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Nationals Journal: December 14, 2008 - December 20, 2008

Nats, Cabrera Agree To Deal

Starting pitcher Daniel Cabrera, 27, has agreed today to a one-year contract with the Nationals, pending a physical, multiple sources said. Cabrera will likely take the starting rotation spot held last year by Tim Redding, non-tendered by the club earlier...

By Chico Harlan  |  December 20, 2008; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
 
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What Willie Thinks

Only one player on Washington's current roster has spent time as a teammate of Mark Teixeira's. That's Willie Harris -- newly signed to a two-year, $3 million deal. Today I interrupted his afternoon of fishing in Cairo, Ga. (current temperature:...

By Chico Harlan  |  December 20, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Teixeira Watch

In some respects, even the principals involved in the Mark Teixeira saga are running out of things to say, and whatever developed yesterday did nothing to clarify where Mark Teixeira will end up -- or even when such a decision...

By Chico Harlan  |  December 20, 2008; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Back To Where We Were

So wait - did the last 24 hours even happen? Seemingly not. Yesterday, the baseball world held the general consensus that Boston was most likely to be Mark Teixeira's next home. Then, last night, the Sox leadership trio met with...

By Chico Harlan  |  December 19, 2008; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Teixeira, Teixeira and Teixeira

1. And so, the Mark Teixeira Sweepstakes appear to have entered their critical phase, as all Scott Boras negotiations do, in which emphatic lines are drawn, and the trick is to figure out who's bluffing and who isn't. I'm not...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 19, 2008; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
 
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The Odds Tilt Again

The longer the Mark Teixeira sweepstakes go on, the better the Washington Nationals chances are becoming. More than a week since making their bold contract proposal to Teixeira, baseball's top offensive free agent, the Nationals have moved from a presumed...

By Chico Harlan  |  December 19, 2008; 12:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Sox Closing In On Teixeira?

Reports out of Boston right now indicate that the Red Sox are trying to put all the Teixeira negotiations to rest, perhaps wrapping up a deal by tonight or Friday morning. According to WCVB-TV in Boston, the Red Sox top...

By Chico Harlan  |  December 18, 2008; 7:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Teixeira: Still Unemployed For The Moment

The Mark Teixeira pursuit is, of course, a Scott Boras Production, and it just so happens that Boras loves mysteries. He puts them to good use. Ahh, so many questions here. Will the Yankees make some daring last-second, out-of-nowhere bid?...

By Chico Harlan  |  December 18, 2008; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Nationals Sign Two Dominican Prospects

You might not read this on the MLB Trade Rumors Web site, but the Nationals today announced the signing of two international players, both 16-year-old Dominican prospects. Catcher Bill Pena and left-handed pitcher Gregory Baez both agreed to professional contracts...

By Chico Harlan  |  December 18, 2008; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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The Caravan Takes Off

Deeply indebted to Sheinin for all of his work, I now take the handoff from here 'til liftoff in Viera, Fla. (Pitchers and catchers report in 59 days.) Of course, position players, include the $160 million man, can't report until...

By Chico Harlan  |  December 17, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
 
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As We Begin Another Week on the Teixeira Watch

Wow. Check this out: My friend Roch Kubatko produced not one, not two, not three, not four, but five -- FIVE! -- posts over the weekend in in the interests of debunking a single rumor regarding Mark Teixeira. (And if...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 15, 2008; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (223)
 
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