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Nationals Journal: January 4, 2009 - January 10, 2009

Redding Signs With Mets

Sorry this didn't get posted Friday; it happened after I'd left. We've normally let NJ cool off over the weekends, but I expect the weekend posting to pick up as we continue to alter the way we do things. So...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  January 10, 2009; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Nats Lead NL East?

According to Dave Sheinin over at Baseball Insider, the Nats are having a terrific winter compared to their NL East foes. Take a look and see what you think....

By Tracee Hamilton  |  January 9, 2009; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
 
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Should Raines Make the Hall?

And should Nats fans care? While trolling around the web this morning, I came across this piece by Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News. The debate about Raines and the Hall is a good one -- although the stats...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  January 9, 2009; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Nats Draw Line With Dunn, Hudson

Though the Washington Nationals' pursuit of its top free agent targets -- Adam Dunn and Orlando Hudson -- has not been called off, the team is discouraged about its chances of signing either, one well-placed source said yesterday. For now,...

By Chico Harlan  |  January 8, 2009; 8:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
 
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Could Tom Glavine Make Sense?

There's a throwaway line at the end of this ESPN.com story about Tom Glavine that mentions the Nationals as a possible match for the future Hall of Famer. For what it's worth: The Nationals, have not had any formal talks...

By Chico Harlan  |  January 8, 2009; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Brewers Like Cordero... er, Hoffman; Mets Like Redding (Update)

And I like toffee. But that's neither here nor there. Back in the saddle this morning and I see a couple of tidbits that weren't mentioned yesterday in posts or in comments, as near as I could tell: The Brewers...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  January 8, 2009; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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John Patterson Retires

Chico may have more on this later, so I'll keep it a bit on the brief side: A sad but perhaps not unexpected end to a once promising career of a Nationals starter: righthander John Patterson retired today, ending a...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 7, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Nats Prospect Rankings

Baseball America today released its list of the Nationals' top 10 prospects, an intelligence report of such detail that the publication (always well-respected, and pricelessly thorough) goes on to project the team's big league lineup in 2012. Compared with last...

By Chico Harlan  |  January 7, 2009; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Acta, Entering 2009

I caught up yesterday with Nats skipper Manny Acta, just back from a family vacation in London. Mostly, we talked about his contract status and hopes entering 2009. You can read the 50-cent version here (41 cents for home delivery!),...

By Chico Harlan  |  January 7, 2009; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Tex Talks Nats

Sheinin, who took the train up to Yankee Stadium for Mark Teixeira's introductory press conference in pinstripes, just e-mailed me a few Nats-related highlights from the proceedings. Below, you can read what the slugger said about Washington. Sheinin will have...

By Chico Harlan  |  January 6, 2009; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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Right Off The Stove

With Milton Bradley headed for Chicago and a few number of other mid- to upper-tier free agents (Giambi, Burrell) now finding takers, it seems like a good time to run through the Nationals' remaining options/strategies from now 'til Viera, Fla....

By Chico Harlan  |  January 6, 2009; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Robbie Tolan

There's a sad story today in the Houston Chronicle about a 23-year-old named Robbie Tolan, who was shot outside his home last Wednesday. He now has a bullet lodged in his liver. He's expected to survive, but his baseball career...

By Chico Harlan  |  January 6, 2009; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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I Turn My Back for a Few Minutes ...

-- okay, a few weeks -- and you lose Mark Teixeira and gain Daniel Cabrera. People, people, people. By the way, Happy New Year. Teixeira is speaking in the Bronx today -- perhaps he traveled up there on the...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  January 6, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Bradley A Cub

The number of potential candidates for an already crowded Nats outfield dropped by one today, when Milton Bradley signed with the Chicago Cubs. According to reports, the deal is for three years and $30 million. You can read more here...

By Chico Harlan  |  January 5, 2009; 7:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Arbitration Time

Today begins the 10-day period where players may file for arbitration -- and yes, in some cases that word itself can cause eyes to glaze, but for the Nationals this year, there are some things to keep an eye on....

By Chico Harlan  |  January 5, 2009; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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