The Nationals thought they had their No. 1 starter set in stone for years to come. But Stephen Strasburg's Tommy John surgery will leave a massive void at the top of Washington's 2011 rotation and will leave general manager Mike Rizzo searching for a replacement this winter.
Rizzo said acquiring a No. 1 starter is his No. 1 priority this offseason.
"We need a guy to head the rotation, a front-of-the-rotation guy to put everybody in what we feel is their proper place in the rotation," Rizzo said before tonight's game. "That's the No. 1 priority going into the offseason."
The pickings on the free agent market are pretty slim, with Cliff Lee the clear-cut prize of a group that also includes Kevin Millwood, Bronson Arroyo, Javier Vazquez, Ted Lilly and Jake Westbrook.
Read the full story, which includes Rizzo's take on the Adam Dunn situation, on CSNwashington.com.