The Astros have asked about Clippard; the Angels and Rangers were interested in Ross Detwiler; and other notes.
"If and when the right deal comes about, we’ll pull the trigger like we always do. We’re not afraid to make a trade and will continue to be aggressive and bold."
The trusted scout leaves the Nationals for a scouting director position with the Diamondbacks.
The Nationals also officially announce the hiring of Terry Wetzel as a special assistant to Mike Rizzo, and other scouting additions.
Wetzel brings 32 years of scouting experience to the Nationals front office.
The Nationals had one of the smallest scouting staffs in the major leagues and are adding more.
The former Reds executive is familiar with GM Mike Rizzo, as the two worked together for seven years in Arizona.
Minniti served as a Nationals assistant general manager for five years and takes on the same title in Arizona.
In the wake of Bryan Minniti's departure, the Nationals are in talks with former Reds executive Bob Miller.
Former Nationals assistant GM Bryan Minniti's connection to Stan Kasten has sparked speculation he could surface as LA's GM.