The Nationals inquired about Zack Greinke

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Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.com reports that the Nationals have “inquired” about Zack Greinke.  There’s no sense that there’s a deal to be made there, but the Nats were at least asking.

Here’s my theory: the Nationals came to the Winter Meetings with the intention of making all kinds of headlines about giant offers they’d make and big fish they’d land, all in an effort to make the fans think they raised hell.  Only someone screwed up and they accidentally signed Jayson Werth rather than just bluffing about it.  Oops.

You heard a better theory? I haven’t.

Giants place Dereck Rodriguez on DL due to injury sustained during altercation with Dodgers

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Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that Giants pitcher Dereck Rodriguez has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a Grade 1 strain of his hamstring. Rodriguez apparently suffered the injury during Tuesday’s altercation with the Dodgers which featured Yasiel Puig and Nick Hundley.

Rodriguez, 22, has been having an outstanding rookie season, posting a 2.25 ERA with a 65/19 K/BB ratio in 80 innings across 12 starts and two relief appearances.

Casey Kelly will start in Rodriguez’s place against the Reds on Friday.