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Free agent signing set for Friday

The Washington Nationals have issued a media advisory stating that the team will "host a News Conference on Friday to announce the signing of a free-agent player."

The news conference will take place at 1 p.m. at Nationals Park to introduce catcher Ivan Rodriguez, a future Hall of Famer who signed a two-year, $6 million deal. The 38-year-old will back up Jesus Flores, who is recovering from a serious right shoulder injury.

Chico Harlan will be there to give you a full report.

By Alexa Steele  |  December 10, 2009; 6:54 PM ET
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What I'd like to hear from the FO toward the end of the presser is that they are "in serious discussions with other teams & player agents regarding additional acquisitions". No need to pin down names of either teams or players, just give the fans a "teased lead" to look forward to.

Posted by: BinM | December 10, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

BinM, I hear you, but didn't Rizzo grant your Christmas wish a couple of days ago with the following statement.

Rizzo said, "I wouldn't categorize anything as imminent to be done, nor do I feel it important to get done by the end of these meetings.... If we leave here doing nothing else, we certainly have a lot of irons in the fire for stuff down the road this winter."

Posted by: TheStick | December 10, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

This Rizzo statement could also qualify in that department:

"We came here with a checklist of things to try to accomplish over the course of the offseason," general manager Mike Rizzo said. "We're far from finished, but we think this was a good starting point and we feel good about it."

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 11, 2009 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Rizzo also said this (quotes are from the OP):

"We're engaged with a lot of agents on a lot of pitchers," Rizzo said. "We're trying to find the best guy that fits the ability level we're looking at. I think it's going to take a little bit of time. As always happens when a few pitchers start falling, it's usually a domino effect."

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 11, 2009 7:09 AM | Report abuse

I loved this from Boz's chat:

"And the sooner they extend Dunn __before he can prove that he is a less-bad 1st baseman than he was a LFer__ the cheaper they get him. If they DON'T extend him, *it will be over Rizzo's prone body blocking the door. He loves the guy.* And Mike is as Old School and defense conscious as they come."

This makes me very happy.

Posted by: NatsNut | December 11, 2009 7:35 AM | Report abuse

BinM, does this quote from Boz's column today help you out?

"So, by adding Iván Rodríguez and Brian Bruney, do the Nats qualify as busy holiday shoppers?

"'These are smaller items on our list," team President Stan Kasten said. "Now we can move on.'"

Posted by: gilbertbp | December 11, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

I will be quite interested to learn who the Nats acquire for the middle infield. We know that Guzman has limited range as a shortstop, Desmond is still unproven and eratic, and Gonzalez can't hit. We've heard they were going after a shortstop but now feel that secondbasemen are more plentiful on the market. There are reports that Hudson is not a match for the Nats. Lopez and Belliard can also be ruled out. DeRossa looks like a long shot with multiple teams after him. Leaving only Jerry Hairston and Adam Kennedy as the best of the rest unless someone gets cut loose on Saturday. So to me they have to turn to the trade market. There's only 2 months to spring training. What are they waiting for ....

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 11, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I don't know... I'd love to see that bum Belliard back sporting a curly W.

Posted by: twinbrook | December 11, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

How would a free agent 2B who has put up a .276/.355/.343 in 206 games/760 PAs over the past two years look on the 2010 Nats?

Posted by: section309 | December 11, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

I'm confused by the wording of this post. Is the 1 PM press conference to officially announce the Pudge signing? To announce a new free agent signing we don't know about yet? Both?

Please clarify.

Posted by: Fozzie1 | December 11, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Jamey Carroll, come on down! :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 11, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

All I care about is pitching pitching pitching. The Nats can survive with Guz on Second, which would compensate for his now limited range, and Desmond at Short. This is probably the most likely scenario anyhow - Because Im not totally convinced that the owners arent still cheap bastards.

But anyhoo, hopefully they can score Garland, resign Livan and a get a couple more bp guys. Though if they get garland and keep livan, they could probably put a couple of the 100 number 5 starters they have in the bp.

Posted by: Cartaldo | December 11, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

The OP is having a Nats chat at 2:30.

Posted by: leetee1955 | December 11, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know the origins of the nickname "Pudge"?

Posted by: Section222 | December 11, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse


The announcement is for Pudge, but they left his name out in the vein hope of getting some interest.

Posted by: soundbloke | December 11, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I believe that Rodriguez and, before him, Carlton Fisk, each earned the nickname as youths because of their, uh, stocky builds.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 11, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

I don't know... I'd love to see that bum Belliard back sporting a curly W.

Posted by: twinbrook | December 11, 2009 8:43 AM



Posted by: NatsNut | December 11, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of Desmond, the MASN site has one part of a Byron Kerr interview with him up now, with part two to come later.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 11, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

i don't want to see belliard or jamey carroll or livan on our team ever again. no flop's, no cordero's.

i can be sentimental but i prefer a future.

Posted by: longterm | December 11, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Booooooo confusing headline!

Posted by: Kev29 | December 11, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Quote from Scott Boros in today's NYTimes:
"I don't think anyone in baseball will not tell you Adrian Beltre is far and above the best defensive third baseman in the game.''

No comment.

Posted by: nats24 | December 11, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I was wondering about the nickname "Pudge" too since he doesn't look, um, pudgy in the photo in today's dead trees edition. And then there's the released Zack Segovia, whose face is *completely* obscured by his glove in the other photo on p. 8.

Posted by: Section109 | December 11, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I think compared to all baseball players, most catchers have the short and squat build, which could translate to pudgy.

Posted by: NatsNut | December 11, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I resemble that remark ...

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 11, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

109, that's the stock photo they use for any minor league player that none of us have ever seen.

Posted by: BobLHead | December 11, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Now, *that's* what I call stocky:

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 11, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Jamie Carroll is one of my all time favorite Nats.

He plays a heck of a second base, hits well enough and is the most fan-friendly baseball player in the majors.

He signs before every games and doesn't leave the fans until everyone who wants a signature gets one. When he returned as a Rockie in 06 he signed for more fans in 1 weekend that the whole Nats team did in a month.

Bring him back Rizzo.

Posted by: alm1000 | December 11, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Anita #*%$-ing Marks? Thanks, MASN.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 11, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Has been postponed until 2:00 and can be seen on

Posted by: brothbart | December 11, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Presser being carried live on Rescheduled for 2PM.

Posted by: joemktg1 | December 11, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, brothcart. I just came back here to post that.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 11, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Oops. brothBart, I meant.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 11, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Mmmmm. Broth cart.

Posted by: section309 | December 11, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I think Fisk got the nickname "Pudge" because of his build.

Rodriguez likely got the nickname because he reminded people of Fisk. And there are surely worse people to be compared to.

In fact, consider Fisk's stats after he turned 38 (he was born in 1947)...

Not too shabby.

Posted by: js_edit | December 11, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Nah, I'm gonna need something more substantial than broth. Chicken corn soup, maybe. :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 11, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Agree re. being compared to Fisk, js.

Also, there's a new post up, with more to follow once the presser has begun.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 11, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

What is the big deal about Livan???? This guy HAS NOT had a winnning record in the last 4 or 5 years. This garbage about eating up innnings is nuts. He eats up inning and gives up more runs --SOOO what good is he--NADA. He would be useful if the innings he eats up ALSO produces NO RUNS from the the team he is facing. He is only good for 4 innings after 4 he is gargage. I hope they don't sign him--but if they do let him pitch as a reliever not a starter.

Posted by: vergens2 | December 11, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

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