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Nationals Journal: August 10, 2008 - August 16, 2008

More than 3,700 words from Jim Bowden on Aaron Crow

Let the insight roll... BOWDEN QUOTES ON CROW Q: Randy Hendricks says the final offer was not a major league contract? That is correct. This is what we did. We had a major league contract on the table the entire...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 16, 2008; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
 
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Thoughts on Crow, and not for the last time

This is no science, I know, but I'm getting the sense that blame in the Crow debacle is very evenly divided. We're putting this to the test. Any poll about the Nationals' decision not to meet Aaron Crow's demands can...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 16, 2008; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Looking back on a setback

I'm back this morning, still with a strange amount of energy, to sort through everything I missed, all the context I should have included, and all the insight I didn't have time to provide. Let's call this the unabridged Day-After...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 16, 2008; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
 
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Two hours after deadline

Whewww. Big exhale. It's been a crazy night. Below, I'll simply paste the story I just finished. It's too late for this thing to appear in the paper, but I think it'll make its way into the online edition. Either...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 16, 2008; 1:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Bowden on Crow

JIM BOWDEN First comment: We worked extremely hard and were unable to sign Aaron Crow, our first-round pick. We were extremely competitive in trying to sign him. We offered a major league contract. Dollar wise, we offered more than Brian...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 16, 2008; 1:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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No deal; Crow gone

The Washington Nationals tonight decided that Aaron Crow will not be a National. The midnight deadline for signing draft picks passed, and the Nationals refused to meet the signing bonus demands of Crow, the right-handed pitcher they'd drafted -- and...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 16, 2008; 12:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Less than two hours remaining

The latest, as we near the end: This e-mail from Randy Hendricks, Crow's advisor. "Nothing new," he writes. Seems like the major league contract has become the biggest sticking point. (That's what he indicated later in his e-mail.) Anyway, gotta...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 15, 2008; 10:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Five hours remaining

During Nationals' batting practice today, team president Stan Kasten requested the chance to speak with a few media members. He wasn't much in the mood for questions, though -- at least not after he got his message across. Transcribed below...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 15, 2008; 6:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Eight hours remaining

No progress made so far today in talks with Crow. That's what I'm hearing, at least, from one of the involved parties. We've got just more than eight hours to go before we know Crow's status. Stay tuned. For now,...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 15, 2008; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?

No first-rounders came to terms on Thursday, and so today, much of baseball is dipping itself into the negotiating cauldron. The Nationals have just hours left to sign first-rounder Aaron Crow. The deadline for signing picks: midnight tonight. Crow's agent,...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 15, 2008; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (153)
 
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A few final notes from Nats Park

* The losing streak is now at seven games. This is the third losing streak of six games or longer since July. * Jesus Flores, who missed tonight's game with a stomach virus, received an IV and should be ready...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 14, 2008; 11:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Crow's agent: I would doubt Nats sign Aaron Crow

I caught up by phone today with Randy Hendricks, half of the Hendricks Sports Management team, which represents Aaron Crow. Take this as just half the story (that's the way it always works here), but here were Hendricks's main points....

By Chico Harlan  |  August 14, 2008; 7:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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Backs, thumbs, diabetes

Tidbits, skewed highly toward the medical category, from around the world of the cosmically cursed Nats: * One late lineup change: Ronnie Belliard has replaced Cristian Guzman at shortstop for tonight's game. The early indication is that Guzman has some...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 14, 2008; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Gonzalez to DL; Boone reinstated

The Nationals might not be able to halt their losing streak today, but at least now they'll have the power of 25 men when they try. Today's transaction deepens the Nats' bench, replacing Alberto Gonzalez with Aaron Boone. The official...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 14, 2008; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
 
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A Nat or a Cat?

If you fancy yourself a masochist, here is the recap of yesterday's 12-0 loss. If you crave a little sense of encouragement, here's the notebook, which looks back on the offseason trade for Lastings Milledge. And now, if you want...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 14, 2008; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (130)
 
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A Relief from Early Relief

For those who survived past the third inning - or simply for those who have sought sanctuary on the Nationals Journal - I wanted to provide something to pique your Nationals interest as they try to break within a touchdown...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 13, 2008; 8:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
 
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Lineups

The Nationals try to end a five-game losing streak. The Mets have a chance of evening up the National League East. Here are the lineups both teams will attempt their tasks with, still warm from the copying machine... Washington Bonifacio...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 13, 2008; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Draft Perspective

Just a few quick things for the morning. First, as a reminder, we're chatting at 2 p.m. today. Here, ZB recaps the action: Notebook, gamer. As you can read in the notebook, Bowden is already starting to posture in the...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 13, 2008; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
 
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Clubhouse Changes, Injury Updates and more...

Zach Berman here again from Nationals Park. Some quick notes to complement your viewing of the Nationals' offense hurting Johan Santana in the first inning... * The clubhouse in the bowels of Nationals Park took on a different look. After...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 12, 2008; 8:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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Lineups

This is Zach Berman at Nationals Park, where the Nationals try to rebound from a sweep by Milwaukee. The New York Mets are not too hot, either, losing their last two games. Many intriguing storylines in this series -- I'll...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 12, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Exit notes from Miller Park

* Starter Garrett Mock had one of the more unusual pitching lines you'll see this season. 4-2/3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 B, 9 K That's right -- nine strikeouts in less than five innings. Just out of curiosity,...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 11, 2008; 8:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (125)
 
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Third-, fourth-rounders agree

A little draft-pick signing news. The Nationals have really gotten to work this week signing their top-5 picks. Two more agreed today: Daniel Espinosa, the third-round selection (87th overall) and Graham Hicks, the fourth-round pick (121st overall). Espinosa is a...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 11, 2008; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
 
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Acta: Gonzalez a DL possibility

Right on target -- which is to say, a full week after he got injured -- there's finally talk of placing SS Alberto Gonzalez on the disabled list. Gonzalez, who injured his left glut on August 4, will likely be...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 11, 2008; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Lineups

Good morning from Miller Park. Here's your morning reading and lineups. Gamer here, Svrluga gamer here (awesome TV last night), getaway day lineup below. Washington Harris - 7 Orr - 6 Zimmerman - 5 Kearns - 9 Milledge - 8...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 11, 2008; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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When Walking Makes Sense

Walks, walks, walks. The Nats survived all of them. But Luis Ayala? They couldn't survive their own worst reliever. The 5-4 game Washington lost today in 13 innings produced a laundry list of oddities -- though, indeed, most of them...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 10, 2008; 8:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
 
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More on Nieto

OK, an update on Nieto. GM Jim Bowden confirmed the signing. According to the team release, Nieto will report on Tuesday to the Nationals' Gulf Coast League affiliate. This year, no other fifth-round pick has received a bonus exceeding $225,000....

By Chico Harlan  |  August 10, 2008; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
 
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Nats, Nieto agree

According to a source, the Nats have agreed to terms with fifth-round pick Adrian Nieto, a catcher from American Heritage School in Florida. His signing bonus: $376,000, according to the source, or roughly double the slot recommendations for somebody drafted...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 10, 2008; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Picks and Runs

Two questions (and perhaps they're familiar ones) for your Sunday morning. ONE. Can the Nationals sign their top-5 picks? TWO: Can the Nationals score? They're struggling with the first mission because, this year, according to those with whom I've spoken,...

By Chico Harlan  |  August 10, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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