FoxSports scribe Ken Rosenthal says the Nationals are showing serious interest in free agent slugger Prince Fielder, but that talks hit a "significant roadblock" today. According to Rosenthal, the Nats view Cuban outfielder Yoennis Cespedes as their plan B, a player who has been linked to the Phillies among other teams. Fielder, 27, hit .299/.415/.566 with 38 home runs and finished third in MVP voting. [Full report]
Beerleaguer: The Nats are also pursuing a handful of free agent starters, including Roy Oswalt, and are expected to promote phenom Bryce Harper at some point next season. They still need a lot of pieces to fall into place, but the Nats are definitely a budding rival and would be troublesome if they secure Prince and some pitching.