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Nationals Journal: February 1, 2009 - February 7, 2009

Chico on Strasburg

Chico's most recent trip was to San Diego, where he spent time with Stephen Strasburg. It's running on the dead-tree Sports front on Sunday, but I thought you might like a sneak peek....

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 7, 2009; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Hill Wins Arbitration Case

Washington Nationals pitcher Shawn Hill won his arbitration case today, and will earn $775,000 in 2009. The Nationals -- who still have three other arbitration cases pending -- had proposed a salary of $500,000. Hill, 27, is coming off an...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 7, 2009; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
 
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Angels Also Have Interest In Dunn

The latest Ken Rosenthal report suggests that the Angels have Adam Dunn (as well as Bobby Abreu) on their radar, further diluting the odds that the free agent slugger signs with Washington. The Dodgers might also make a run at...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 7, 2009; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Hill Has Arbitration Hearing

Shawn Hill today became the first Washington Nationals player to go to arbitration. Hill, along with his agent, Adam Katz, appeared for the hearing opposite Washington GM Jim Bowden. The two sides had tried to work out a deal just...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 6, 2009; 9:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Balester on Board

Just an early heads up that Collin Balester will be available via an online chat next Wednesday (Feb. 11) at noon. We'll post the URL closer to the event....

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 6, 2009; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Kearns Discusses His Friend, His Competition For a Job

From 2002 until 2006, Austin Kearns and Adam Dunn were teammates in Cincinnati. The Reds had drafted Kearns and Dunn in the first and second rounds of the 1998 draft. The two became close friends -- as they still...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 6, 2009; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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It's Not Hot, and There's No Stove. Discuss.

The promised hot stove season has become more like that sad little hibachi you had in college, the one that sat on the patio all winter under the ice and snow and eventually rusted completely through. I was out sick...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 6, 2009; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Odalis Perez Signs Minor League Deal

Odalis Perez is coming back to the Nationals, and his second stint is beginning with circumstances similar to his first. The Nationals today signed the left-hander -- their Opening Day starter in 2008 -- to a non-guaranteed minor league deal,...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 5, 2009; 9:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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NatsTown

If you turn on your television or radio this year, if you pop open your Internet browser, or if you open your newspaper (and careful research suggests that a few dozen still do), you will hear a lot about a...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 5, 2009; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (133)
 
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The Unemployment Line

Just about two weeks ago, baseball still had 97 unsigned free agents. Nats GM Jim Bowden guessed that some of the biggest names among them -- and there were plenty -- would find takers (or, more accurately, cave in and...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 5, 2009; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Once And For All, Manny Ain't Coming Here

There have been some whispers across baseball today suggesting that the Nationals might take an interest in Manny Ramirez, particularly if 1.) they cannot lure Adam Dunn and 2.) Ramirez somehow turns away from the Dodgers. That said, Manny-to-Washington isn't...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 3, 2009; 8:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (155)
 
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Nats Sign Cintron, Valentin

The Nationals today agreed to non-guaranteed minor league deals with two free agents, shortstop Alex Cintron and catcher Javier Valentin. Cintron, 30, has been in the big leagues since 2001, playing for the Diamondbacks, White Sox and Orioles. (He also...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 3, 2009; 7:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Arbitration, Free Agents

Some nuggets from all over the place... * Washington has yet to reach a deal with any of its four arbitration-eligible players, Ryan Zimmerman, Josh Willingham, Scott Olsen and Shawn Hill, leaving the Nats with a dwindling period of time...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 3, 2009; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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The Unpredictable, Pain-Free, Kind-Of-Forgotten Shawn Hill

At least in baseball, February is the month for could-bes. It's the month when every pitcher's season belongs only to the imagination, and it's the month where you think about a pitcher like Shawn Hill and wonder what might happen...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 2, 2009; 7:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
 
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Video: The Bullpen

Joel Hanrahan, Steve Shell and Manny Acta discuss the outlook for the bullpen:...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 2, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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The Sabermatricians Are Coming! The Sabermatricians Are Coming!

SABR will hold its 39th annual convention in D.C. this summer. (For those few who might not know, SABR is the Society for American Baseball Research, which fosters "research, preservation, and dissemination of the history and record of baseball." And...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 2, 2009; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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