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Nationals Journal: November 29, 2009 - December 5, 2009

Cathcart named manager of Class A Potomac

The Nationals just released their 2010 minor league managing and coaching assignments, and there is lots of continuity there from 2009. The only new face among the six managers in the system is Gary Cathcart, 46, who was named the...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 4, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
 
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Morning reading

Here is our story from the print edition on the Nationals' off-season goals. The gist: The team sees its needs as starting pitching, catcher, bullpen arms and a middle infielder, in that order. Trades are more likely than major free...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 4, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Rizzo hires his pops

Mike Rizzo's newest senior adviser is someone who has been advising him longer than anyone else on the planet. Late Thursday afternoon, the Nationals announced the hiring of Phil Rizzo -- Mike's dad, and a Hall of Fame scout in...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 3, 2009; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Nationals release 2010 spring training schedule

If you're planning a trip to lovely Viera, Fla. in the spring, or thinking about doing so, you can now start plotting your itinerary, as the Nationals released their 2010 spring training schedule. The ongoing defection of Grapefruit League teams...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 3, 2009; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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A closer look at the Olsen decision

In the previous post, I mentioned the Nationals' arbitration-eligible players and the Dec. 12 deadline for offering them 2010 contracts. And I further mentioned veteran lefty Scott Olsen as perhaps the team's most difficult call. You guys have had a...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 3, 2009; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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An arbitration refresher

In most MLB cities, Tuesday was a significant day in the hot stove league, as teams had to decide whether or not to offer arbitration to their compensation-eligible free agents -- those classified as Type A or Type B (as...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 2, 2009; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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