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Nationals Journal: January 31, 2010 - February 6, 2010

Riggleman on Kennedy signing

I had the chance to speak briefly this morning with Manager Jim Riggleman re: all things Kennedy. Here's an excerpt of the conversation. Q: First off, what are your general feelings about the Kennedy acquisition? A: Well, I feel good...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 5, 2010; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (206)
 
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Nationals sign free agent 2B Adam Kennedy

Acting quickly after losing Orlando Hudson to the Minnesota Twins, the Washington Nationals have reached an agreement with free agent second baseman Adam Kennedy in an attempt to fill the last major need of their offseason. Kennedy has agreed to...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 5, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
 
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Hudson won't be heading to DC

[UPDATE] -- The latest from Buster Olney suggests that Hudson is closing in on a deal with the Twins -- one year, $5 million. --- The Washington Nationals had hoped to cap their offseason -- and further reduce their list...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 4, 2010; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
 
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The best shape ever

Here's a guarantee: Several times within the next month, you will consume a news story -- not even counting this blog post -- asserting that a particular baseball player is Reporting to Spring Training in the Best Shape of His...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 4, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
 
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Nats add Mench on minor league deal

Baseball America, in its weekly rundown of minor league transactions, details the latest batch of Nationals' minor league signings. We already knew about the Chuck James signing, but the addition of Kevin Mench is also worth noting. Mench had a...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 3, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
 
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Why the Nats (in particular) need defense

Speaking recently about keys for the upcoming season, Ryan Zimmerman said that "we have to play better defense" -- a contention that is, of course, impossible to dispute. And unless the Nats take the field this year holding Formica countertops...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 2, 2010; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
 
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NatsFest 2010: afternoon delight

NatsFest 2010 just wrapped up. For those returning from the stadium, I'm curious to hear your thoughts on the event: Was it well-organized? Do any players have legible autographs? Did Stan Kasten, in his Q&A with fans, break even for...

By Chico Harlan  |  January 31, 2010; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
 
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