The Nationals extended 1-year qualifying offers worth about $15.8 million to Jordan Zimmermann and Ian Desmond in advance of Friday’s 5 p.m.
It has been just over 24 hours since Dusty Baker was introduced as the Nationals' new manager and three-and-a-half months remain until pitchers and catchers report for 2016 spring training.
Having hired their manager and filled a couple of positions on their coaching staff, the Nationals can begin shifting attention to the biggest task of the offseason: Adjusting their roster.
The mere mention of Dusty Baker's name when candidates began surfacing in the Nationals' managerial search brought strong reactions from all around.
Rob Carlin and Doc Walker give their first impressions of Dusty Baker.