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WASHINGTON - Nationals starting pitchers Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister arent paying attention to speculation about whether theyll be traded before next season, the last of their current contracts. Blake Countess Jersey Retro .Shortstop Ian Desmond also could be bound for free agency a year from now or sent to another team before that and acknowledges hes well aware he could end up leaving the franchise that drafted him out of high school in 2004.Ive got guys that I consider Dad in this organization. Ive got guys that are just like my brothers, Desmond said Saturday at the clubs fan festival. I was 18 when I signed; I had like four armpit hairs. Now Ive got three kids.Asked if he found recent trade talk jarring, Desmond replied: Jarring? Look, this isnt my first day on the job. I understand whats going on. ... Its part of the business. The Nationals didnt get here by sitting still.What has been a relatively quiet off-season for Washington could become drastically different in the coming months, depending on what happens with a group of key players who arent signed beyond 2015.In addition to Desmond (the teams top returning player in homers, 24, and RBIs, 91), Zimmermann (14-5, 2.66 ERA, no-hitter in the regular-season finale) and Fister (club-high 16 wins, rotation-leading 2.41 ERA), that category includes setup man Tyler Clippard and leadoff hitter Denard Span.General manager Mike Rizzo might trade one or more.Or he could try as much as possible to keep together a club that won the NL East title two of the past three seasons.If its a fair value (offer), like I have said all along, I would gladly sign, said Zimmermann, who added that he doesnt want contract negotiations to continue during the season. But at the end of the day, its got to be something thats fair. And if its not, then Ill be moving on.Fister, traded from Detroit to Washington last off-season, is avoiding word of what could happen now.I want to be taken by surprise, because I want to expect that Im going to be back here next year, he said.The only deal that came together last week for Rizzo was sending left-hander Ross Detwiler to Texas for two minor league prospects.We had a lot of trade ideas and we just havent found the right time, place or situation, the GM said. We feel that we like the team we have, but we certainly see the room for improvement.He wouldnt comment on negotiations for Desmond, Zimmermann or Fister.Weve got a lot of options, Rizzo said. We can go a lot of different ways. We can stand pat and go with a team that we think is a very, very competitive ballclub. We can make a few tweaks here and there.___Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich China Cheap Jerseys . Cox started the season with San Francisco, but was released by the team on Nov. 12 before being signed by Seattle, where he appeared in two games and tallied three tackles before being released on Dec. Bill Kirchiro Jersey Retro .com) - Stephen Currys jumper with 3. https://www.cheapjerseyslines.com/ . Top-ranked Rafael Nadal was also taken to three sets but emerged with a 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 win over Tobias Kamke of Germany, while second-seeded David Ferrer joined Murray in making an early exit after a 6-4, 7-5 loss to Daniel Brands of Germany.SPIELBERG, Austria -- Red Bull doubts coming home will be an advantage, as Formula One returns to Austria this week for the first time in 11 years. Team drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel finally ended Mercedes six-race winning streak by finishing 1-3 in the Canadian Grand Prix two weeks ago. But just when their F1 fortunes have taken an upturn, they dont believe their home track, the old A1 Ring redubbed the Red Bull Ring, will give them anything more than an emotional boost in the Austrian Grand Prix. Even then, teams that have been eating Red Bulls exhaust for the last four years are keen to pay them in kind on their home track. "It adds a bit of extra motivation," F1 leader Nico Rosberg of Mercedes admits. "It would be really special to win on the A1 Ring." Ricciardo and Vettel believe rival Mercedes will bounce back from its hiccup in Montreal, and go into the Austrian GP as deserved favourites. "The gap is still big," Ricciardo said on Thursday. "Weve got a bit of steam from the last race. Were all really excited - the home one for Red Bull - but (closing the gap) is still going to take a bit of time, its not going to happen overnight." Vettel thinks Mercedes is likely to have sorted out the technical mishaps from Montreal. "Everything else would surprise me," Vettel said, adding his teams goal was to get as close as possible to its dominant rival. "If a chance comes up like in Canada, we want to be right there to take it." Only engine troubles have stymied Mercedes this season. In Montreal, Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton had the same problem at about the same time, when their rear brakes overheated. While Hamilton went out, race leader Rosberg managed to limit the damage and lost just one place. "Its work in progress," Rosberg said of his team technicians trying to solve the problem. "We are confident its not happening again. We dont need to go extra conservative." Despite his second DNF of the season, Hamilton took positives out of tthe Canadian GP. Authentic Cheap Jerseys. "Weve only gained from that experience," the 2008 world champion said. "The cars been fixed so that wont happen again. ... We have a lot races ahead of us so a couple of DNFs are not concerning me too much now. I have done my optimum but there is still room for improvement." The Austrian GP was last held in 2003, when Michael Schumacher triumphed on his way to the sixth of his seven world titles. Only four drivers have raced on this circuit -- Jenson Button, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso and Filipe Massa. It will be the first time for Ricciardo and Vettel. Although the track has been modified only slightly, the 11-year-old race data wont be much help as the series has drastically changed with the introduction of the hybrid cars. "To be honest, I dont remember anything ... I have no memories," Alonso said. "(It) is a very short circuit, so there are only five or six corners around here where you can make the time, so I expect all the cars to be very close. One or two tenths (in time), you can make a lot of places, so you just need to make a perfect lap." Teams will rely heavily on their simulations, and need to gather as much data as possible during practice on Friday and Saturday morning, especially on surface characteristics. Those could change between the first and second practices as rain has been forecast for Friday afternoon. At 4.3 kilometres, the track is one of the shortest on the calendar. However, it has fast straights and features only nine turns, with just the first three to be taken in low gear, and it includes two DRS zones -- after the second and the ninth turn. In these zones, drivers are allowed to alter the angle of their cars rear wing flap to reduce drag while attempting to overtake. Until the Canadian GP, Mercedes was racing in a league of its own. Rosberg leads with 140 points, Hamilton has 118, and next-best was Ricciardo, on 79. Vettel was fifth with 60, but he and Ricciardo are hoping coming home will make a difference. ' ' '

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