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.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 Josh Mauro Jersey
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