Will Ross Detwiler make more than 20 starts for the Nationals in 2014? Mark Zuckerman and Chase Hughes tackle that debate in this week's Point/Counterpoint.
Manuel will likely rejoin the team to help with "minor league hitting instruction, scouting and public relations."
Fox Sports has reported baseball may see protective headgear for pitchers for the first time next season.
The Nationals sent outfielder Corey Brown to the Athletics for cash, the eighth trade between Washington and Oakland in only three years.