CINCINNATI -- With Ryan Zimmerman out with a hamstring injury, two baseball sources revealed on Friday that the Nationals inquired about Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, but the "Nationals were rebuffed" one of the sources said.
Beltre, 35, is considered a solid defensive player and would have provided power missing during Zimmerman's absence. Entering Saturday's action, Beltre is hitting .325 with 14 home runs and 54 RBIs for Texas.
If the Nationals were able to acquire Beltre, Anthony Rendon would be the everyday second baseman and Danny Espinosa would be back on the bench. Currently, Rendon is the regular third baseman, while there could be a platoon at second between Espinosa and Zach Walters.
Asked Friday afternoon if the Nationals were looking for a third baseman before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, general manager Mike Rizzo said, "We have a great third baseman. His name is Anthony Rendon. We have another Gold Glove-caliber guy. His name is Ryan Zimmerman, who is going to be back soon. We feel pretty confident, especially at that position. We like our depth, and we like the way our roster has been constructed. We like the guys that will have to step up and play to their potential. I think we have the man power to do it."
Rendon affirmed Rizzo's faith by making a pair of spectacular plays at the hot corner during the Nationals' 4-1 win over the Reds on Friday.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.