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Despite Rizzo’s continued denials, Fielder-to-Nationals rumors just won’t die

No matter how many times he denies it, no matter how strongly general manager Mike Rizzo says Adam LaRoche is healthy and his team’s first baseman for 2012, the Nationals continue to be linked to free agent slugger Prince Fielder. Maybe it’s the fact that NatsTown isn’t convinced LaRoche’s surgically repaired shoulder is fit enough to withstand the rigors of a full season. Maybe it’s

Does Michael Morse fit better in left or right field?

If the Nationals are intent on going into 2012 with Jayson Werth as their primary center fielder - as general manager Mike Rizzo told a national radio audience Wednesday - the move creates an opening in right field. Rizzo’s proclamation has also stirred up a lot of discussion in NatsTown in the past 24 hours, with curious fans wondering who will be manning the patch

Nats seem to be leaning toward Werth in center

Further proof that the Nationals are willing to go into 2012 with Jayson Werth as their primary center fielder: General manager Mike Rizzo pretty much said as much in an interview this morning on MLB Network Radio on Sirius/XM. “We see the 2013 free agent class at center field is much stronger than it is for the 2012 season,” Rizzo said. “With that in mind,

Nationals announce one-year deal with Mark DeRosa

Through their public relations department’s Twitter account, the Nationals have announced that they’ve signed free agent utility man Mark DeRosa to a one-year deal. The 36-year-old has started games at six different positions during his 14-year major league career. He’s played everywhere but pitcher, catcher and center field. He is a career .272 hitter with 93 homers and 452 RBIs for the Braves, Rangers, Cubs,

What if ... Jerry Dipoto had gotten the GM gig that went to Mike Rizzo?

Depending on your point of view, general manager Mike Rizzo is either a forward-thinking executive who just made a decisive move that landed the Nationals a front-line starting pitcher with the trade for Gio Gonzalez, or he’s the overreacting fool who just mortgaged the club’s farm system and future for a chance to win sooner rather than later. But Rizzo’s latest deal, whatever it does

Lefty Ballard inks minor league deal with Nationals

Add another name to the list of organizational depth players signed by the Nationals this offseason. Left-hander Mike Ballard has inked a minor league deal with the Nats, per this tweet from MLB.com’s Bill Ladson. Ballard is a 27-year-old native of Norfolk, Va., who has logged a 51-43 record and 4.50 ERA in eight minor league seasons. He spent the first five years of his

For starters, Nats’ improved rotation has at least one too many arms

There’s no way around it: The Nationals have at least one more starting pitcher than spots in the vastly improved five-man rotation that will break camp from spring training in Viera, Fla., in early April. “We have great depth in the starting rotation,” general manager Mike Rizzo said Friday night during a conference call to announce the trade for Gio Gonzalez. “We’ve got (Stephen) Strasburg,

Strasburg sports beautiful ugly sweater

Hopefully you had very happy and relaxing holiday season, Nationals fans. And if you’re like me, you’re not too thrilled about having to get back to work. So as you’re browsing the internet, pretending to get things done, take a look at Stephen Strasburg’s recent getup. Strasburg apparently attended an ugly sweater party recently and, quite honestly, his sweater of choice was as nasty as

Five questions (and answers) about Gio Gonzalez

The deal is done, finally officially announced by the teams involved Friday night. The Nationals have acquired left-hander Gio Gonzalez and minor league right-hander Robert Gilliam from the A’s in exchange for four top prospects: right-handers Brad Peacock and A.J. Cole, left-hander Tommy Milone and catcher Derek Norris. Some of you like the deal, others don’t. Curiously enough, in the two weeks since the Winter

Some leftovers from Rizzo’s conference call

A couple of pre-holiday morsels left over from the conference call with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo after the six-player trade that landed left-hander Gio Gonzalez was formally announced: * Don’t buy into all of those rumors about clandestine talks between the Nationals and free agent first baseman Prince Fielder. Asked if Adam LaRoche would be the Nationals’ first baseman in 2012, Rizzo said, “That

Rizzo on Gonzalez: “He brings a presence in our rotation”

There’s very little about Gio Gonzalez that Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo doesn’t like. He throws four pitches, gobbles up innings and posts the kind of statistics that make opposing general managers drool with envy. In short, the southpaw is a power pitcher in a game where few hurlers can lay claim to that jb description. If that wasn’t evident by the left-hander’s presence as

Price was high, but Nats finally get workhorse arm in Gio Gonzalez (updated)

There are all kinds of reasons to make a trade - you’re trying to fill a hole, you’re trying to loosen a positional logjam, you need to create a pathway for a promising young player. The Nationals’ acquisition Thursday afternoon of left-hander Gio Gonzalez from the Oakland A’s in exchange for four prospects solves a glaring need in the Washington rotation: someone to log lots

Done deal? Report says Rizzo snags Gonzalez in 4-for-1 swap (updated)

According to this tweet from ESPN’s Keith Law, the Nationals have finally landed a front-line starting pitcher they’ve been seeking, dealing four prospects to the Oakland A’s in exchange for left-hander Gio Gonzalez. We’re still waiting definitive word from the Nationals, of course, but if the deal goes down as reported, the A’s got quite a haul for the 26-year-old southpaw, who is under team

Nationals agree to deal with utility man DeRosa

The Nationals continue to talk to the A’s about a blockbuster swap for left-hander Gio Gonzalez, and they’re moving closer to locking in a veteran utility man that manager Davey Johnson has wanted to add all offseason. According to baseball sources with knowledge of the negotiations, the Nationals are closing in on a deal with 36-year-old Mark DeRosa, whose versatility would fit well with Johnson’s

Nationals claim 3B Rivero off waivers from Phillies

The Nationals have claimed third baseman Carlos Rivero off waivers from the Phillies, per a team-issued press release. The 23-year-old Venezuelan hit .270 with 36 doubles, 16 homers and 71 RBIs between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2011. He was primarily a shortstop at the start of his minor league career in the Indians’ organization, but switched to third base almost full-time last

What if ... the Nationals hadn’t drafted Ryan Zimmerman?

Long before the hope embodied by Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman was the face of the Nationals. When the team was still trying to gain a foothold on the D.C. sports scene, when vestiges of the Expos hadn’t yet been eradicated from towel carts and equipment bags, it was Zimmerman who provided optimism for the future. His selection as the transplanted team’s first

Is Rizzo honing in on deal for A’s Gio Gonzalez?

The posting portion of the Yu Darvish sweepstakes is over and the Texas Rangers were the winner, with a reported record bid of $51.7 million. That gets them 30 days to negotiate with the Japanese right-hander in hopes of knocking out a long-term contract that’s expected to push their total investment in Darvish well over $100 million. Is it just me, or do you sometimes

Nine agree to minor league deals with spring invites

The Nationals have agreed to terms with nine players on minor league contracts with invitations to spring training in Viera, Fla. So make room in the clubhouse for right-handers Jeff Fulchino and Waldis Joaquin, catcher Carlos Maldonado, infielders Andres Blanco, Jarrett Hoffpauir and Chad Tracy, and outfielders Brett Carroll, Jason Michaels and Xavier Paul. In addition, three players currently in the organization have been invited

Nationals confirm minor league deal with veteran outfielder Mike Cameron

According to this tweet from FOXSports.com senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal, the Nationals have reached an agreement with free agent outfielder Mike Cameron. It’s a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. The 38-year-old would fill the Nationals’ need for a right-handed-hitting backup outfielder who can play center field. Cameron can also play left and right, but 1,787 of his 1,921 career games

Nats add Blanco, Michaels, Joaquin on minor league deals

Turns out reliever Jeff Fulchino isn’t the only player who has recently signed a minor league contract with the Nationals, who are stocking up on fringe major leaguers to provide organizational depth and extra bodies in spring training. According to multiple published reports, the Nationals have also agreed to deals - which include invites to spring camp in Viera, Fla. - with infielder Andres Blanco,

Rizzo must decide if rising price for pitching is too high

Part of being a successful front office executive in Major League Baseball is the ability to flip on the fly. General managers have to be able to adjust their line of thinking to the game’s ever-changing landscape. Those who do receive the opportunity to constantly improve their teams; those who stick to their guns just a little too long are left in the dust as

No bid on Darvish; now what’s the Nats’ pitching plan?

According to a baseball source, the Nationals were not one of the teams to place a bid on Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish through the posting process, which ended at 5 p.m. Wednesday. That takes the Nationals out of the mix for a right-hander, who is described as the best pitcher not currently in the major leagues and helps to better explain general manager Mike Rizzo’s

Report: Nationals sign reliever Fulchino

According to this tweet from the Houston Chronicle’s Zachary Levine, the Nationals have signed right-handed reliever Jeff Fulchino, who split last season between the Padres and Astros. In a five-season career that has also included stints with the Marlins and Royals, the 32-year-old Fulchino is 9-10 with a 4.84 ERA in 163 relief outings. He was 1-4 with a 5.71 ERA in 2011. Manager Davey

On Darvish, circumspect Rizzo merely playing the game within the game

The shroud of secrecy around the bidding process for Yu Darvish - which is starting to feel like an Oliver Stone screenplay instead of an elongated baseball transaction - is slowly starting to lift, and Nationals fans hoping the Japanese pitcher would take the mound in D.C. may not like what it’s revealing. According to this story in the New York Post, the Blue Jays

A possible Nationals bench matrix

While it’s clearly not the priority this offseason, improving the Nationals’ bench for 2012 is one of general manager Mike Rizzo’s tasks. And while Rizzo will make the moves, it will be in concert with manager Davey Johnson, who has to use the players to the best of their (and his) abilities. Therefore, GM and manager had better be on the same page in terms

Deadline passes, Rizzo mum on Darvish

The 5 p.m. Eastern time deadline for submitting bids on the Yu Darvish posting has passed, and if the Nationals have bid on the Japanese right-hander, he isn’t saying. Appearing this evening on “The Mid-Atlantic Sports Report” on MASN, Rizzo sidestepped a direct question from host Amber Theoharis about whether the Nationals beat the clock with a bid. Just as he told reporters last week

Clock ticking on bids for Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish

By 5 p.m. Eastern time today, the bidding for the services of Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish will be done. Shortly thereafter - well, maybe early Thursday, since baseball seems to run on its own time schedule - perhaps we’ll know if the Nationals placed a bid on the right-hander and, if they did, whether it was the winning one. At least one baseball executive believes

Nationals announce 32-game Florida spring training schedule

The Nationals have released their Florida spring training schedule, a 32-game slate that begins Saturday, March 3 against the Astros in Kissimmee, Fla., and ends with a road game against the Red Sox in Lee County, Fla., on April 2. The Nats will play 15 Grapefruit League home games at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla., beginning with a contest against the Astros on Sunday,

What if ... the Nationals hadn’t let Adam Dunn walk?

Today, we welcome back “What if ...?” Wednesday, which took a hiatus while baseball conducted its Winter Meetings in Dallas (Trivia time: Did you know that the Winter Meetings are actually a gathering for baseball’s minor leagues that the majors eventually piggybacked on? Yep, lots of recent grads seeking employment in the bushes and a minor league trade show featuring everything from beer distribution systems

Disaster preparedness exercise at Nationals Park

Over the course of this year, we’ve seen the importance of knowing what to do in the event of a disaster. Hurricane Irene and even a small earthquake struck the east coast within the past six months, leaving a lot of us to wonder how we would handle ourselves should a threat ever arise. Fortunately for those in the Washington area, The District of Columbia

Who’s available after the non-tender deadline

The non-tender deadline passed at midnight, with the Nationals declining to offer left-handed relief specialist Doug Slaten arbitration. While the club can still re-sign Slaten - teams often will non-tender a player, then bring him back on a minor league deal at a lesser price, frequently with a spring training invite - it appears the Nationals and Slaten will sever ties. The Nats will look

Nationals non-tender Slaten

The Nationals have announced, via their media relations department’s Twitter account, that left-handed reliever Doug Slaten has been non-tendered, removing him from the 40-man roster and making him a free agent. While that doesn’t preclude the Nationals from re-signing Slaten to a contract for a lesser amount than the $695,000 he made in 2011, it appears as if the lefty specialist will part ways with

Nats ink Carroll to minor league deal; Rijo a fugitive in Dominican

The Nationals added some outfield depth to the organization Monday with the signing of Brett Carroll to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training in Viera, Fla. The 29-year-old Carroll has spent parts of five seasons in the majors with the Marlins and Brewers. A 10th-round pick by the Marlins in the 2004 draft, Carroll is a career .203 hitter with five

Who’s in on Yu Darvish? (updated)

How far the Nationals’ pursuit of Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish goes - assuming, of course, that they participate in the bidding process now that the right-hander has been posted by his homeland club, the Nippon-Ham Fighters - depends just as much on the other bidders as it does the Lerner family’s deep pockets and desire to add to their collection of stud pitchers. There will

Gorzelanny, Slaten, Flores sweating out Monday’s non-tender deadline

While Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo continues his search for a pitcher, a center fielder and some bench help, baseball’s offseason calendar continues to move on. Next up is Monday’s midnight deadline for teams to tender contracts to its arbitration-eligible players, and the Nationals have some decisions to make. Of the seven players eligible for arbitration, some decisions will be relatively easy. Outfielder/first baseman Michael

A closer look at the Perry-for-Balester swap

On the surface, the Nationals’ trade earlier today sending right-hander Collin Balester to the Detroit Tigers for right-hander Ryan Perry is a bit of a head-scratcher. But what looks like a straight-up deal of similar pitchers who had hit proverbial dead ends with the organizations that drafted them is actually more of a minute tweak for each club. Let’s tackle Balester first. The 25-year-old was

Nationals acquire right-hander Perry, ship Balester to Detroit

While the Nationals didn’t make any headlines during the Winter Meetings, the team won’t finish the week without at least one move. According to a press release, the Nationals have acquired right-handed reliever Ryan Perry from the Tigers in exchange for reliever Collin Balester. Perry spent three seasons in Detroit, amassing a 5-6 record with 29 holds, two saves and a 4.07 ERA. During that

Nationals announce spring training reporting dates

It may be chilly in the mid-Atlantic, but there are warm thoughts ahead. Like Florida-warm. Specifically, the planned community of Viera, home to Space Coast Stadium and spring training headquarters of the Nationals. The Nationals have announced their reporting dates for the 2012 edition of spring training. Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 19, position players are due in Feb. 23 and the first full-squad workout

Big contracts put Zimmerman in line for huge payday

The Nationals came back from the Winter Meetings empty-handed, shut out in their quest to find a starting pitcher, a center fielder who can hit leadoff and some punch off the bench. Not that Ryan Zimmerman is happy that he doesn’t have someone a few spots ahead in the batting order to drive in on a regular basis, but general manager Mike Rizzo’s inability to

Nats GM Rizzo upbeat as Winter Meetings end

DALLAS - He thought he had the pitcher he wanted only to fall tantalizingly short of signing free agent Mark Buehrle, who opted for more money, a longer contract term and a reunion with former manager Ozzie Guillen in Miami. He talked to multiple teams about center fielders in trades, but couldn’t find a deal that worked. He was so busy courting Buehrle and trying

Rizzo coy on whether Nationals will bid for Yu Darvish

DALLAS - News that the Nippon-Ham Fighters have decided to post prize pitcher Yu Darvish created a frenzy of activity at the Hilton Anatole on the final day of baseball’s Winter Meetings. Japanese media members swarmed team executives who have expressed an interest in Darvish, trying to establish an early field of teams who will enter the process to bid for the right to try

Nats don’t make a pick, but lose Komatsu, Meyers in Rule 5 draft (updated with Rizzo quotes)

DALLAS - The Nationals didn’t make a pick in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft Thursday morning, but they lost two players from their Triple-A Syracuse roster. With the 22nd pick, the Cardinals selected outfielder Erik Komatsu, who was acquired from the Brewers in the trade for Jerry Hairston Jr. Komatsu hit .277 with seven homers and 48 RBIs between Double-A Huntsville

Ex-Nat Bacsik trying to talk his way into permanent radio gig

DALLAS - When he etched his name in baseball history on Aug. 7, 2007 by giving up Barry Bonds’ 756th career homer in San Francisco, then-Nationals lefty Mike Bacsik basked in the spotlight. He’s never really grown tired of talking about the pitch that will forever link him with the game’s most prolific home run hitter. Bacsik, now 34 and retired for three seasons since

Boras: I. Rodriguez not returning to D.C. (and lobby leftovers)

DALLAS - Apparently, the Winter Meetings must, by decree of longstanding baseball law, include at least one full-out media scrum with super agent Scott Boras, a guy who frustrates the other 29 clubs that do not have a curly W on their caps. This year’s happened last night, while Nats general manager Mike Rizzo was pondering exactly what Plan B - and the B doesn’t

Buehrle’s decision forces Rizzo, Nationals to fallback plan

DALLAS - Mark Buehrle was the guy the Nationals wanted. However, in the wake of the left-hander’s decision to spurn a three-year offer for between $42-$45 million from Washington to sign a four-year deal with the Marlins on Wednesday, Nats general manager Mike Rizzo isn’t too heartbroken that the deal never came to fruition. “We weren’t - I wasn’t - comfortable going four years on

Nationals weighing making Rule 5 pick

DALLAS - The Nationals will have to change their plans for the Rule 5 draft, which will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, the last activity at baseball’s Winter Meetings. The Nationals, who have picked first in the past two Rule 5 drafts, will have the 16th selection. General manager Mike Rizzo said the Nationals are weighing whether to make a selection. At the Orlando

Outfield talks stall, Nats maintain interest in Cespedes, would use Desmond at leadoff

DALLAS - Twins center fielder Denard Span apparently is off the market, the Nationals continue to express an interest in Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and if they don’t land the leadoff hitter/center fielder they’ve established as a priority for the offseason, the Nats are confident Ian Desmond can handle the job at the top of the lineup. General manager Mike Rizzo covered a lot of

Rizzo, Nats fail to land Buehrle, who signs with Marlins

DALLAS - Mike Rizzo told reporters Wednesday afternoon that the Nationals had pretty much made their best and final offer to free agent Mark Buehrle and that the team was awaiting an answer from the left-hander. The Nationals didn’t have to wait long for a response: Buehrle has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $58 million deal to join the Miami Marlins. That gives the Marlins

Nationals in the mix for Mark Buehrle, kicked tires on Gio Gonzalez

DALLAS - Looks like the Nationals are, indeed, one of the three finalists to land free agent left-hander Mark Buehrle. A major league source just confirmed for me that the Nats are still in the Buehrle sweepstakes. During his briefing with reporters Tuesday, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said he thought once Buehrle had whittled down his list of possible destinations, the process of choosing

Is no-trade clause a stumbling block for Buehrle deal? (Updated)

DALLAS - The Nationals want left-hander Mark Buehrle and Buehrle has the Nats in his final five. General manager Mike Rizzo believes that it’s possible serious talks will accelerate now that Buehrle has established the teams in contention. In other words, Buehrle has narrowed down his list and seems ready to take the next step. All indications point to the fact that Buehrle wants to

Is business about to pick up in Dallas for Nationals?

DALLAS - Frustrated by the snail’s pace of trade talks and free agent discussions at the Winter Meetings? Did you figure the Nationals would have solved at least one of their issues by this point, and be ready to look at, say, whether they would try to mine for a prospect in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft? General Mike Rizzo probably feels your pain, but he’s

Nats, Rockies talking - but about whom?

DALLAS - Add the Colorado Rockies to the list of teams that have apparently connected with the Nationals about an outfielder at the Winter Meetings. The question is, who on the Rockies’ roster are the Nationals targeting. If the Nationals wanted to fill their need for a fleet center fielder who can lead off and play strong defense, Dexter Fowler would probably be the best

Rizzo aware of, not concerned about Marlins’ moves

DALLAS - Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is well aware of the splash the Miami Marlins have made in the past week, signing free agent closer Heath Bell and free agent shortstop Jose Reyes to big deals. And he’s heard the whispers that the Marlins are trying to tempt one of the biggest free agents on the market, longtime Cardinal Albert Pujols, with a 10-year

More Buehrle talks on tap, Rizzo wary of going long-term with Wilson

DALLAS - The Nationals haven’t spoken today with the representatives for free agent Mark Buehrle, but Washington general manager Mike Rizzo believes his team is still firmly in the running for the veteran left-hander. More conversations between the two sides could be forthcoming tonight. “My sense is that, from the rumor mills, that he’s narrowed it down to a select number of teams,” Rizzo said

Rizzo on search for center fielder: “There’s nothing imminent”

DALLAS - If the Nationals moved any closer to trading for a center fielder at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday, general manager Mike Rizzo isn’t tipping his hand. The lobby scuttlebutt at the Hilton Anatole had the Nats linked to several potential center fielder/leadoff hitter types - the Yankees’ Brett Gardner, the Rays’ B.J. Upton, the Angels’ Peter Bourjos and the Orioles’ Adam Jones among

Nats again talking to Rays about B.J. Upton

DALLAS - Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The Nationals’ pursuit of a center fielder has taken them to conversations with the Tampa Bay Rays about B.J. Upton. Now this isn’t the first time the Nats have entertained the notion of trading for Upton, who was one of their targets at the July 31 non-waiver deadline. The 27-year-old Upton has underperformed in St.

Slim and trim, Dmitri Young angling for another comeback

DALLAS - Dmitri Young strolls through the Hilton Anatole lobby at the Winter Meetings, stopping to greet old baseball friends. An effervescent grin has replaced the frustrated scowl that Young wore as his major league career wore down, and he’s a shade of his former self, having pared his more than 300-lb. frame down to a svelte 230 lbs. “Cap and gown,” he cracks wise

Everyone wants to talk to Nats about depth in minor leagues (updated with Gardner note)

DALLAS - Back in 2008, after his last draft as general manager of the Nationals, Jim Bowden spoke glowingly about the waves of talent that would start lapping at the shores of the Anacostia River a few years down the road. It was easy to brush off Bowden’s claims as the eternal hope of an eternally optimistic baseball executive saddled with a moribund club, but

Off to the lobby, in search of Nats news

DALLAS - Welcome to the second day of baseball’s Winter Meetings, which may or may not be the day someone besides the Marlins and Dodgers decides to join the fray with a significant free agent acquisition. Maybe even a trade. I’m not sure what to make of this year’s edition of the meetings, which have been threadbare on actual news - unless you reside in

Dueling reports: Have Nats offered sixth year to Wilson?

DALLAS - Less than 24 hours ago, it appeared that the Nationals were done with their pursuit of free agent lefty C.J. Wilson, whose asking price of $120 million spread over six seasons seemed a little too rich for even the Nats’ deep wallets. Now, according to a report by MLB Network Radio’s Jim Duquette - a former Orioles executive who still has strong contacts

Davey Johnson on rotation, Marrero, DeRosa, Darvish, Detwiler

DALLAS - Nationals skipper Davey Johnson spoke to media members at the Winter Meetings on Monday afternoon, tackling a number of topics, from whether he thinks the team will find the center fielder it’s seeking to whether he could go into the 2012 season with his present starting rotation. * Johnson said he would be fine with Jayson Werth, who played right field last year

Johnson wants Rizzo to keep open mind on Bryce Harper

DALLAS - Like general manager Mike Rizzo, Nationals skipper Davey Johnson wants to give Bryce Harper a chance to compete for a spot on the team’s 25-man roster out of spring training. But there are obstacles stacked against the organization’s future centerpiece, not the least of which are the facts that he’s only 19 and has never played above Double-A. So in speaking to reporters

Rizzo: Don’t expect Nats to bid on Prince Fielder

DALLAS - Prince Fielder at first base with a curly W on his cap? Don’t expect the Nationals to make a move on the biggest - literally and in terms of potential impact - free agent on the market. In an exclusive interview with MASNsports.com at the Winter Meetings, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Fielder isn’t on the team’s radar right now and that

On first day in Dallas, Rizzo and Nationals lay some groundwork

DALLAS - Mike Rizzo’s shopping list hasn’t changed, and he’s spent most of his day in his suite on the fifth floor of the Hilton Anatole laying the groundwork for moves that may or may not come to fruition during the remainder of baseball’s Winter Meetings. He’s met with two agents representing free agents, though he declined to say whether the Nationals have extended a

Red Sox eyeing pitching, could offer Nats Kalish, Reddick

DALLAS - The Nationals’ search for a center fielder who can hit leadoff may lead to Boston, where the Red Sox could be willing to part with an outfielder in exchange for a pitcher. New Boston general manager Ben Cherington is dangling Ryan Kalish and Josh Reddick in hopes that he can pry an arm from the Nationals, according to a major league source. Kalish

Is balance of power shifting toward D.C. in NL East?

DALLAS - Is the balance of power in the National League East shifting? The Nationals came to the Winter Meetings with money to spend and holes to fill, guaranteeing that general manager Mike Rizzo will be among the more popular executives at the Hilton Anatole. Last night, the newly christened Miami Marlins landed their second huge free agent of the offseason, agreeing to a six-year,

Balking at Wilson’s asking price, Nats ready to move on

DALLAS - Looks like the Nationals, like most of baseball, are balking at the notion of paying left-hander C.J. Wilson north of $100 million to solidify their rotation. A source at the Winter Meetings told me tonight that the Nats are moving their focus to the other two top free agent pitchers, lefty Mark Buehrle and right-hander Roy Oswalt. This is typical of baseball’s biggest

Nix signs with Phillies, Riggleman to manage Reds’ Double-A team (updated)

DALLAS - Just like last year, the Winter Meetings aren’t waiting until their official Monday start for player news, and one of the first tidbits from the Hilton Anatole came in the form of reports that the Nationals have lost a guy off the bench they had hoped to re-sign. According to multiple media outlets, the Phillies have agreed to a two-year major league deal

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