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Nationals Journal: December 7, 2008 - December 13, 2008

Angels Make Eight-Year Offer to Teixeira

According to this L.A. Times story (which credits the team-owned flagship radio station), the Angels have made an eight-year offer to free agent first baseman Mark Teixeira. The dollar amount was unspecified, but Bill Shaikin, the fine reporter who wrote...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 13, 2008; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (165)
 
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Nationals Actively Seeking Bullpen Help

Let's take a time-out from our 24-7 Mark Teixeira Watch to visit another area where the Nationals are looking for a big upgrade -- the back end of their bullpen. Terrell Young, the 24-year-old right-hander they took in the Rule...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 12, 2008; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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The Waiting Begins. Well, Continues.

Not much new today on Teixeira, but I found a few nuggets to pass on as I wait with trembling hand for Dave to hand in his expenses from Vegas. The Sun's Peter Schmuck says that fans of the TTMNBN...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  December 12, 2008; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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The Meetings End, the Teixeira Chase Goes On

The taxi line outside the Bellagio Hotel is long, as most executives prepare to depart Las Vegas. (Jim Bowden, the Nats' GM, didn't even wait for the Rule 5 Draft to conclude before heading for the airport.) This week, the...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 11, 2008; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (147)
 
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UPDATE: Rizzo on Rule 5 Pick Terrell Young

The Rule 5 Draft is seconds away from starting, but two Nationals officials confirmed to me the team will select RHP Terrell Young from the Cincinnati Reds with the first overall pick. Young, 24, went 2-5 with a 2.88 ERA...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 11, 2008; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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This is Why People Hate the Yankees

The Yankees and Teixeira = not done? So says SI's Jon Heyman. This is the entry....

By Tracee Hamilton  |  December 11, 2008; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Finally, Stuff Happens

To review: The Teixeira tap dance really heated up yesterday in Vegas. Now we're gettin' somewhere! Some morning reading, in case you missed any of this... First, Dave's final story. (Editor's note: Whoa, that sounds ominous. I meant Dave's final...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  December 11, 2008; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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UPDATE: Nationals Make 8-year, $160M Offer to Teixeira

That is the Nationals' offer to first baseman Mark Teixeira, according to two industry sources with knowledge of the offer. From Jim Bowden: "We've made a very significant, concrete offer. He's our No. 1 priority." From Scott Boras: "We've been...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 10, 2008; 8:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
 
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Everybody Take a Deep Breath

Lots of stuff flying around about Mark Teixeira, but little of it true. As one Nationals executive told me a few minutes ago, "Ninety percent of this stuff is pure fabrication." I have also heard from multiple people, representing several...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 10, 2008; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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No Cute Headline

There's this from the L.A. Times....

By Tracee Hamilton  |  December 10, 2008; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Colome Released

From the Associated Press: The Washington Nationals have released right-handed reliever Jesus Colome. Colome went 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA in 61 appearances last season for the Nationals, who finished a majors-worst 59-102. In 2007, his first season with the...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  December 10, 2008; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Teixeira: The Lay of the Land

Today is the last full day of the winter meetings (tomorrow is essentially the Rule 5 Draft, followed by everyone scurrying to the airport), and there doesn't appear to be much chance of Mark Teixeira signing a contract on the...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 10, 2008; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Sabathia Deal Done

Not a Nats move, but a move, at least. The New York Post says Sabathia and the Yankees have agreed to a deal. That should let some of the other free agent dominoes start tumbling. My hunch was that Teixeira...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  December 10, 2008; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Sheinin Chat Change [Updated]

Sheinin's chat will now be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, instead of 2. Here's the link....

By Tracee Hamilton  |  December 10, 2008; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Teixeira To Sox? Angels? Nats?

According to Ken Rosenthal at foxsports.com, the Angels have all but given up on signing Teixeira -- and that the Nats may make him the highest offer. (Scroll down to 5:41 p.m. on his blog.) According to mlb.com, the Angels...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  December 10, 2008; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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UPDATE: Redding-Taveras Deal Now Dead

Just got word that the Nationals' proposed trade of Tim Redding to the Rockies for center fielder Willy Taveras is dead for the moment, with the Nationals apparently the ones who balked. It does not mean the deal could not...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 9, 2008; 10:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Nats Working on Redding-Taveras Trade

The Nationals are working on a trade tonight that would send right-handed starting pitcher Tim Redding to the Colorado Rockies for center fielder Willy Taveras, according to a baseball source with knowledge of the talks. Taveras, who turns 27 on...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 9, 2008; 9:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Nats, Rockies Talk Trade?

Bill Ladson at mlb.com reports that the Rockies are interested in Tim Redding and the Nats want center fielder Carlos Gonzalez....

By Tracee Hamilton  |  December 9, 2008; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Waiting For Boras

Yesterday around this time, a huge crowd of reporters gathered around the stage where Greg Maddux had just announced his retirement, anticipating a Q-and-A session with agent Scott Boras, who counts among his clients not only Maddux but several of...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 9, 2008; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Kasten Endorses Beeston

The Toronto Sun reports that Stan Kasten endorses Paul Beeston for the Jays job. Short item......

By Tracee Hamilton  |  December 9, 2008; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Wrapping Up Day One

Here is the text of what I wrote about the Nationals for the print edition. Go to the jump for some additional nuggets that did not make the paper: LAS VEGAS, Dec. 8--Whatever the view around the game is of...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 8, 2008; 10:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Nats Not Bidding on Free Agent Pitchers

Still working on figuring out what the Nationals are doing, but in the meantime here is something they are definitely NOT doing: I am told they are completely sitting out the free-agent pitching market -- at least pitchers who would...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 8, 2008; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Since You Asked...

First, Dave will have a chat Wednesday at 2 p.m., assuming nothing is breaking at that time in Vegas. Boz will be in his usual Friday-at-3 spot. Second, while I'd love to have two people in Vegas, I don't. Dave...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  December 8, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Morning in Vegas

It's just after 9 a.m. here at the Bellagio. The blackjack tables are packed, the night owls are starting to ooze back in from the nightlife circuit, and my room service continental breakfast of muffin, criossant, orange juice and coffee...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 8, 2008; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Let the Meetings Begin! Please!

Will the winter meetings begin with a bang, or a whimper? We shall see. I would be surprised to see a Teixeira deal done by Friday ... but happily surprised. In the meantime, if you're still interested in ATT (All...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  December 8, 2008; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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