Nationals like Loney, but trade unlikely

Nationals like Loney, but trade unlikely

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- While the Nationals have expressed interest in Dodgers first baseman James Loney, the two parties don't see a match that could result in Loney landing in Washington.

The Nationals, according to a source, would have to give up shortstop Ian Desmond and right-hander Jordan Zimmermann in return, which the Nationals have no interest in doing.

Loney has two fans in Nationals manager Jim Riggleman and Bob Schaefer, a special assistant to the general manager Mike Rizzo. Both Riggleman and Schaefer were in the Dodgers organization and worked with Loney over the years.