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Nats Journal: Nationals extend qualifying offers to Ian Desmond, Jordan Zimmermann

The Nationals extended qualifying offers to shortstop Ian Desmond and starter Jordan Zimmermann before Friday’s 5 p.m. deadline. All free agents are eligible for qualifying offers, but center fielder Denard Span and starter Doug Fister, who led the team in ERA in 2014 before a disappointing 2015 season, were the only other Nationals whose salaries and track records suggested they might receive them.
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