The Rangers, however, told the Nationals they won’t trade Odor, the person said. Odor, one of their top prospects who made his debut last season, hit .259/.297/.402 in 114 games at second base. The left-handed hitter has played mostly second base in the minor leagues but saw action at shortstop in the past. The Nationals need a second baseman, or perhaps a third baseman if Anthony Rendon shifts to second, and could use a left-handed hitter in the lineup.
There’s a growing sense that the Nationals could make a move soon, perhaps this week. The Nationals were slated to talk to Zimmermann’s representatives this week, making another strong push to get him re-signed to an extension.
— Adam Kilgore contributed.