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Nationals interested in Rougned Odor, Rangers asked about starters

Washington Nationals managing partner, Ed Cohen (L) talks with GM Mike Rizzo in Viera. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

The Nationals have cast a wide net this winter, and one of the teams they’ve talked to about filling their infield need is the Texas Rangers regarding 20-year-old infielder Rougned Odor, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Rangers also expressed strong interest in the Nationals’ starters, the person said. Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister were presumably targets, as both are one year away from free agency, but that is not confirmed.

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.