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Weekly Wrap

If you were occupied by holiday festivities this week, it’s OK, because it was a rather slow week of baseball news, barring the power rankings that labeled the Nats a team to watch for the 2013 season. ESPN’s Buster Olney ranked the Nats second in his early power rankings. While D.C. is preparing to watch the Redskins fight for a division title, MASNsports.com’s Dan Kolko

Weekly Wrap

The Nationals have seen three of their former arms sign deals this week. John Lannan signed a one-year deal with the Phillies, Tom Gorzelanny signed a two-year deal with the Brewers, and Edwin Jackson agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal with the Cubs. The Nats, however, have yet to make a deal with Adam LaRoche. Baseball America released its list of the top 10

Nationals seeking new members for Nat Pack

The Nat Pack - that group of baseball-crazy types who engage and excite fans at Nationals Park during baseball season - is looking for some new blood. If you think you have what it takes to be park of the group that directs entertainment in and out of the ballpark, the Nationals want to hear from you. Fans from across the area are encouraged to

Weekly Wrap

A week removed from the Winter Meetings, the biggest news out of the Nationals organization is the lack of news. The Nats still have yet to make moves involving Michael Morse and/or Adam LaRoche, who Byron Kerr compares here. Where LaRoche will land for the 2013 season is uncertain, although the Nats said at the Winter Meetings that they were confident he would be back

You’ll have to wait longer for Nats’ first pick in 2013 draft

For the most part, Nationals fans who treat the First-Year Player Draft in June like it was Christmas Day have not had to wait long to open their first present. Since their arrival in D.C. from Montreal before the 2005 season, the Nationals have traditionally drafted pretty high, the reward for usually finishing low in the standings. Take away their choice of Miami Gardens, Fla.,

For Rizzo and Nats, patience preferred over spendthrift ways

If you’re not an aficionado of Rotisserie League Baseball - yes, capitalized and trademarked, to distinguish it from the generic and bastardized forms of fantasy sports not invented by founding father Dan Okrent - you might be wondering why the Nationals are being so frugal when they’ve obviously got money to spend and needs to fill. The $13 million they shelled out for one year

“Talented workhorse” Haren passes physical, thrilled to join stacked rotation

If Dan Haren has hip and back problems that threaten his career and scare off potential employers, it’s news to the right-hander, whose one-year, $13 million deal with the Nationals became official Friday after he passed the physical performed earlier in the week. “I’m 100 percent confident I’ll be healthy this year and I feel I’ll be able to contribute at a high level,” he

Nats officially announce signing of Dan Haren

We’re still awaiting word on the results of right-hander Dan Haren’s physical before his one-year, $13 million deal with the Nationals becomes official. Haren was supposed to fly into Washington, D.C., on Wednesday evening, then undergo a physical yesterday. Coincidentally, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo departed the Winter Meetings in Nashville on Wednesday afternoon - a full day before most teams’ executives - and returned

Weekly Wrap: Winter Meetings

The 2012 Winter Meetings have come to a close. During a week of rumors, trade news and meetings, the Nationals agreed to terms with another starter in Dan Haren, formerly of the Angels, and re-signed Zach Duke. All buzz this week was covered by MASN’s Dan Kolko. In case you missed any Winter Meetings news, here’s a recap of the week. Monday, Dec. 3 The

Bank on LaRoche and Rizzo finally finding their way to an agreement

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mike Rizzo has departed the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center and Resort, leaving first baseman Adam LaRoche to ponder the Nationals’ two-year contract offer. LaRoche remains in his Kansas home, perhaps whiling away the Winter Meetings in a hunter’s blind and wondering why he can’t garner anything more substantial than a two-year deal after winning a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger for

Rizzo, Nats will work to restock starting pitching depth, too

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - When teams make a major move, there’s often a minor transaction that accompanies the bigger, flashier one. Often, it happens days, even weeks after the headline-grabbing news, and it’s relegated to much smaller type - or barely noticed at all. By agreeing to terms with right-hander Dan Haren on a deal reportedly worth $13 million for one year, the Nationals solved one

If Orioles want to talk trade, Rizzo will listen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nationals may be located just 35 miles from the Orioles, but that distance along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway might as well be a chasm that can’t be crossed when it comes to trade talks between the neighboring teams. The Nationals haven’t made a deal with the Orioles since arriving in D.C. from Montreal before the 2005 season. The last deal of substance

NatsFest to be held Jan. 26 at Walter E. Washington Convention Center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - You wanted Nationals news from the Winter Meetings? OK, mark your calendars for Saturday, Jan. 26 and the return of NatsFest, which will be bigger and better than ever after the best season in team history. For the first time, this all-day celebration of all things curly and W will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, which will become

Filling the left-handed void in the Nationals’ bullpen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Since there’s a dearth of left-handed relief pitching available on the free agent market, the Nationals are going to have to be creative when finding southpaws to round out their bullpen. Sean Burnett is angling for a four-year deal, which only works against his return and complicates general manager Mike Rizzo’s to-do list at the Winter Meetings. Right now, the prospects of

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