Ryan Zimmerman might have to move to first base in the future to accomodate the Washington Nationals' top hitting prospect, Anthony Rendon, who was drafted as a third baseman out of Rice. The Nats can't sign Adam LaRoche to more than a two-year deal because they need room in the infield, and especially at first in case the Nationals have to move Ryan Zimmerman across the infield eventually. Let's not kick Zim off the hot corner just yet.

Anthony Rendon, considered by most the top hitting prospect available in the 2011 Draft, was described by D.C. GM Mike Rizzo as a Gold Glove caliber defender on the night the Nats selected the then-21-year-old infielder sixth overall. With Zimmerman entrenched at third base, however, some wondered just where the Rice infielder would fit in the organization.

"Right now we feel that third base is his position," the Nationals' GM told reporters on the night of the draft, "we feel that we've evaluated him as a Gold Glove caliber defensive guy at third base. We're going to delay that decision til he gets to the big leagues and establishes himself here and we'll make those decisions down the road."

The speculation since he was drafted was that Rendon might eventually move over to second since Zimmerman was firmly established at third, similar to the way Danny Espinosa was moved over to second from short with Ian Desmond already in D.C. when Espinosa was called up. When Rendon arrived in Florida for his first Spring Training with the Nationals last year, Nats' skipper Davey Johnson told the infielder he would that he would be playing all around the infield at third, short and second.

When Washington Post writer Adam Kilgore asked Zimmerman about eventually losing his position to accomodate Rendon, he was diplomatic in his response. "'I think I want to play third base until someone is better than me at it,'" Zimmerman told the WaPost reporter:

"'I think there's teams that move people. I've said it all along — I want to be here as long as I can. I want to play my whole career here. If that means me playing third base for five more years and then moving somewhere because someone is better than me at third and it'll help us win, then I'll do it. If that means me playing third base for 10 years and then going to first base or wherever, then I'll do it. I don't care.'"

Zimmerman did, however, add that he wasn't going to leave his spot quietly. "'I'm certainly not going to make it easy for someone to come and be better than me,'" Zimmerman told the WaPost reporter, "'Someone is going to have to take it from me.'"