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Nationals Journal: January 24, 2010 - January 30, 2010

Adam Dunn contract extension talk at Nationals hot stove lunch

Friday afternoon the Nats hosted their second annual "Hot Stove" season ticket holders luncheon, where the menu included chicken marsala, cheesecake, and some news about budding contract talks with Adam Dunn. The first baseman (wearing a camo Texas Longhorns trucker...

By Chico Harlan  |  January 29, 2010; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
 
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Nats agree to terms with Miguel Batista

The Nationals have announced that they've agreed to terms with right-hander Miguel Batista on a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. In 530 appearances (237 starts) over 15 seasons with Seattle, Arizona, Toronto, Kansas City, Montreal,...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  January 29, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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The Bacsik-Bonds at-bat, pitch-by-pitch

I wasn't surprised in the slightest to learn that Tim Redding was accusing Mike Bacsik of grooving the fastball that Barry Bonds smashed for career home run number 756 back in 2007. I recall rumblings at the time within the...

By Dave Sheinin  |  January 29, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Walker signing official; Estrada DFA'd

[UPDATE, 5:30 p.m.] -- To clear room for Walker on the 40-man roster, the Nationals have designated RHP Marco Estrada for assignment. Estrada, 26, drafted by the Nats in 2005 (6th round), had late-season stints in the big leagues in...

By Chico Harlan  |  January 28, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Afternoon notes: Storen, top prospects, Hudson and Smoltz

Just a little carton of baseball McNuggets here. * At 1:30 on ESPN.com -- now! -- Drew Storen is chatting live. * As you've perhaps seen, ESPN (i.e., Keith Law) has its annual list ranking the top 100 prospects. The...

By Chico Harlan  |  January 28, 2010; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Bog: Bowden interviews Rizzo

On his D.C. Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg reports on former Nationals GM Jim Bowden's interview with Mike Rizzo: So former Nats GM Jim Bowden--co-hosting a SIRIUS XM MLB Home Plate show with Seth Everett--interviewed current Nats GM Mike Rizzo Wednesday...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 27, 2010; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
 
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Bog: 'No way we'll lose 100,' Zimmerman says

Dan Steinberg's DC Sports Bog reports on the Nationals' Winter Caravan, including Ryan Zimmerman's appearance on DC101's Elliot in the Morning, where he essentially guaranteed that the Nats would not reach the century mark in losses for a third consecutive...

By Alexa Steele  |  January 27, 2010; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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More on the new and improved front office

For all the free agent signings of the 2009-10 offseason, Washington's most assertive moves this winter came behind the scenes, as GM Mike Rizzo overhauled his front office. Today's story offers some perspective on those changes. But to supplement, let...

By Chico Harlan  |  January 26, 2010; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (164)
 
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Nats sign three, including RHP Tyler Walker

With a busy day of signings, the Washington Nationals on Monday added right-handed reliever Tyler Walker, starting pitcher Chuck James and outfielder Chris Duncan, according to a team source. James and Duncan agreed to minor league deals, and Walker has...

By Chico Harlan  |  January 25, 2010; 6:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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