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Nationals agree to two-year extension with LHP Sean Burnett

Washington Avoids Salary Arbitration with Top Bullpen Lefty The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms with left-handed reliever Sean Burnett on a two-year contract extension with a mutual option for the 2013 season, thus avoiding salary arbitration. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. In 2010, his finest season to date, Burnett posted career-best efforts in appearances

Nationals agree to terms with OF Rick Ankiel on one-year contract

The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms with free-agent outfielder Rick Ankiel on a one-year contract. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Ankiel is a career .248 (311-for-1255) hitter with 64 doubles, 55 home runs and 181 RBI in 416 big league games with Atlanta (2010), Kansas City (2010) and St. Louis (1999-2009). 25 of Ankiel's

Nationals agree to terms with Chad Gaudin on minor league contract

The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Chad Gaudin on a minor-league contract that includes a Spring Training invitation. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operation and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. The 27 year-old Gaudin is 35-39 with a 4.61 ERA (339 ER/661.2 IP) in 258 games/75 starts spanning eight big league seasons with New York (AL), Oakland, San

Orioles sign free agent RHP Jeremy Accardo to a one-year contract

The Orioles today announced that they have signed free agent RHP Jeremy Accardo to a one-year contract. Accardo, who turns 29 on Saturday, went 3-2 with 24 saves and a 3.48 ERA (44.0IP, 17ER) in 42 games with Triple-A Las Vegas in 2010. In his six season major league career, the right-handed Accardo has held left-handed hitters to a .205 average, .292 on-base percentage and

Nationals re-sign righthander Chien-Ming Wang

The Washington Nationals tonight signed free-agent right-handed pitcher Chien-Ming Wang to a one-year Major League contract. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Wang, 30, returns for a second season with the Nationals organization. He did not pitch in 2010 while working with the Nationals' training staff on a rehab program designed to regain full health from

Nationals acquire RHP Henry Rodriguez & OF Corey Brown from Oakland in exchange for LF Josh Willingham

The Washington Nationals today acquired right-handed pitcher Henry Rodriguez and outfielder Corey Brown from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for left fielder Josh Willingham. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Rodriguez went 1-0 with a 4.55 ERA in 29 appearances last season with Oakland in just his second season as a full-time reliever. He posted 10.7

OriolesREACH to host Inaugural Birdland Golf Classic in Sarasota

The Founders Club will host event to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota On Thursday, February 17, the Orioles will hold the inaugural OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic at The Founders Club in Sarasota to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota, a new organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for every person to play baseball, regardless of their ability. The event begins with registration and lunch

Nationals agree to terms with OF/1B Matt Stairs

The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms with outfielder/first baseman Matt Stairs on a non-guaranteed minor league contract, which includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Stairs is an 18-year big league veteran who has competed in four post-seasons and won a World Series championship with the Philadelphia Phillies

MASN to televise Jayson Werth press conference live

MASN will provide live coverage of the Nationals news conference scheduled for Wednesday afternoon introducing outfielder Jayson Werth to local media. The news conference is scheduled for Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. and will be televised live on MASN hosted by Nats Xtra broadcaster Johnny Holliday. The Nationals signed Werth to a seven-year, $126 million deal during the annual Winter Meetings.  Werth, 31, batted .296

Orioles re-sign RHP Koji Uehara

Reliever Agrees To One-Year Deal With Vesting Option For Second Year The Orioles today announced that they have signed free agent RHP Koji Uehara to a one-year contract for 2011, with a vesting option for the 2012 season. Uehara, 35, went 1-2 with 13 saves and a 2.86 ERA (44.0IP, 14ER) in 2010. He led AL relievers in fewest walks per 9.0 innings (1.02) and

Nationals announce 2011 minor league managers, coaches & coordinators

The Washington Nationals today named their minor league managers, coaches and coordinators for the 2011 season. Nationals Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Development Bob Boone, Director of Player Development Doug Harris and Director of Minor League Operations Mark Scialabba made the joint announcements. Among the changes from last season, Randy Knorr was promoted from his managerial post at Double-A to skipper the

Orioles acquire SS J.J. Hardy and INF Brendan Harris from Minnesota Twins

The Orioles today announced that they have acquired SS J.J. Hardy and INF Brendan Harris from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league right-handed pitchers Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobson. The Orioles will also receive cash considerations from Minnesota. Hardy, 28, was an All-Star in 2007 with the Milwaukee Brewers, when he batted .277 with 26 home runs and 80 RBI. He averaged 30

32nd Annual OriolesREACH Holiday Party for Kids to be held next Tuesday, December 14th

Manager Buck Showalter, Mark Reynolds, Nick Markakis, Jake Arrieta and Craig Tatum Expected to Attend Current and former Orioles will host 80 second through fourth graders from Samuel F.B. Morse School as part of the 32nd Annual OriolesREACH Holiday Party for Kids next Tuesday, December 14, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Dave & Busters in the Arundel Mills Mall. The current Orioles, including

Nationals select pitchers Elvin Ramirez & Brian Broderick in major league phase of Rule 5 Draft

The Washington Nationals selected right-handed pitchers Elvin Ramirez and Brian Broderick in the Major League phase of today's Rule 5 Draft. Additionally, the club selected right-handed pitcher Michael Allen in the Triple-A phase of the Draft. Nationals Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements. Ramirez, 23, went 4-4 with a 4.16 ERA in 52 relief appearances last season with Single-A St.

Orioles select pitcher in Rule 5 Draft

The Orioles today selected RHP Adrian Rosario from the Milwaukee Brewers organization in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 draft. With the selection, the Orioles now have 34 players on their major league roster. Rosario, 21, spent most of 2010 pitching for Class-A Wisconsin, where he was 4-0 with two saves and a 4.50 ERA (32.0IP, 16ER) in 14 games. He also appeared

Orioles acquire 3B Mark Reynolds from Arizona Diamondbacks

The Orioles today announced that they have acquired 3B Mark Reynolds and a player to be named later or cash from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for RHP David Hernandez and RHP Kam Mickolio. Reynolds, 27, has hit at least 28 home runs, driven in 85 runs and appeared in 145 games in each of the last three seasons, including a career-high 44 home runs

Statement from Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo

Statement from Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo in response to first baseman Adam Dunn agreeing to terms on a multi-year contract with the Chicago White Sox: "The Washington Nationals wish Adam Dunn and his family the best of luck and good will in Chicago. Adam contributed much to the Nationals and to the Washington, D.C. community. He will

Nationals agree to terms with Jesus Flores & Alberto Gonzalez

The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms, thus avoiding salary arbitration, with catcher Jesus Flores and infielder Alberto Gonzalez. The club did not tender contracts to catcher Wil Nieves and right-handed pitchers Joel Peralta and Chien-Ming Wang. Nationals Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Orioles decline contract offer to Matt Albers

The Orioles today announced that they have declined to tender a contract offer to RHP Matt Albers, allowing him to become a free agent. Albers, 27, was acquired by the Orioles on December 12, 2007 from Houston as part of a deal that sent SS Miguel Tejada to the Astros. He went 11-12 with a 4.60 ERA (191.2IP, 98ER) in 146 games pitched over three

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