The standstill market among the most high-profile free agents continues, and it's unclear if the dust will settle before next week, when pitchers and catchers report. Among the notable arms that may not be in camp on Day 1 is Jake Arrieta, the 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner who is arguably the best starter on the market. Could Nationals pursue Arrieta? Linking the relationship between Scott Boras, Arrieta's agent, and Boras' relationship with Nationals owner Tom Werner, USA Today's Bob Nightengale speculated a potential union between the two parties in a Feb. 7 report, though Nightengale referenced no indication that they were engaged in active discussions. The Nationals had expressed interest in Arrieta during the Winter Meetings, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, as a potential option to shore up the back end of its already formidable rotation. General Manager Mike Rizzo said at the time that he would be comfortable with in-house options, such as A.J. Cole or Erick Fedde, taking the fifth rotation spot to follow Gio Gonzalez and Tanner Roark.
Could Nationals pursue Arrieta for rotation?
MLB.com | Feb 7