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Nats add COO; MASN adds Goessling

We've got a few non-baseball transactions to report, one Nats-related, one MASN-related. Thought they might be of interest.

First, the Nats added to their executive offices Tuesday morning, naming Andrew C. Feffer as new chief operating officer. According to a team release, Feffer will be responsible for all revenue-generating and non-baseball operations.

Feffer previously serves as COO for NFL Players, Inc., the for-profit subsidiary of the NFLPA. Feffer, during his three years there, worked on player marketing, sponsorship, licensing, online development and television.

In addition, Ben Goessling, late of the Washington Times, has taken a job with MASN as a Nats beat reporter. He'll be a full-time writer/blogger, also appearing frequently on-air. It certainly looks like MASN is trying to beef up its Nats coverage to fill the void left by the Times, which officially eliminated its sports section last week.

From all our shared time in press boxes and on the road, I can attest that Ben is a terrific guy as well as a gifted writer, and it's great to see that he's landed in such a terrific spot. Congrats.

By Chico Harlan  |  January 5, 2010; 12:39 PM ET
 
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Thanks for sharing the news, Chico. I'm glad to hear that Ben landed on his feet, and that MASN is beefing up their Nats coverage. Now, if they could just develop a few non-game related Nats broadcasts. That would be sweet. Hope that Zuckerman is able to land something as well.

Interesting about the COO position as well. Hey, maybe *he* could get Matt a cap. Just a thought.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | January 5, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Gee, maybe Zuckerman could join the WaPost and take over Chico's vacant seat.

Posted by: twinbrook | January 5, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Good to hear about both Goessling's fate and MASN's beefed up coverage. Both are good for Nats fans. Sad but likely true: MASN probably has greater resources (and likely more stability) to offer a beat reporter than WaPo's sports desk. I'd be pleasantly surprised if Zuckerman wound up there.

Posted by: natinbeantown | January 5, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Indians signed Kearns to a minor league deal according to MLBTR.

Posted by: slopitchtom | January 5, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Will he be on-air during games, as part of the broadcast team? in the booth? Back in the studio, I'd guess, but in place of whom?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | January 5, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

An FA question:
My preference for the SP still on our holiday shopping list would be one of the righties - Pineiro or Garland. The Mets have interest in the same two guys. Today, Peter Gammons is reporting that Pineiro is likely seeking a multiyear deal at $12m per, so NY is more likely to get Garland.

Is there any way either of these guys fall to us? Who else is still available of interest? I'm hoping we're still actively talking to FA SPs, but haven't heard much lately (though GMs and reporters have likely been taking it easy the last two weeks)

I still think our middle infield needs will only be solved by trade (no Hudson!).

Posted by: natinbeantown | January 5, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

http://masnsports.com/2010/01/ben-goessling-joins-masn-as-na.html


Ben Goessling Joins MASN as Nationals Reporter
By MASN Staff on January 5, 2010 11:11 AM
MASN, the television home of the Washington Nationals, has announced that well-known Washington sports journalist and personality Ben Goessling has joined the network as a full-time reporter, blogger and on-air contributor. Goessling will cover the Nationals for MASNsports.com, the premier online destination for Nationals fans, beginning on January 11th.

A trusted and reliable source for the most up-to-date Nationals news, Goessling will continue writing about the team on a daily basis, hosting live chats and video blogs and making frequent appearances during MASN's pre and post game show, Nats Xtra. He will also interact with fans using Twitter, the popular social networking platform. He joins Phil Wood and Byron Kerr who continue to cover the Nationals for MASNsports.com.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | January 5, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

and Hey JiM, he's from Mpls!
So I guess the question is, do they have cap room for another free agent at MASN?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | January 5, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

natin, here's the list:
www.mlbtraderumors.com/2008/12/2010-mlb-free-a.html

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | January 5, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

"Bill Ladson of MLB.com tweets that the Nationals continue to show interest in righty John Smoltz, 'but they are not willing to break the bank to get him.'"
MLBTR

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | January 5, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I am happy for Ben, even happier that it boosts MASN's Nats coverage. MASN had already stepped it up a little bit, and we need several strong outlets covering the team.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | January 5, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

So, Feffer is the new guy in charge f separating me from my hard earned dollars? Have at it Andrew.

Oh, and congrats to Goessling.

Posted by: comish4lif | January 5, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

MLB Trade Rumors reports that Austin Kearns signed a minor-league deal with Cleveland.

Manny happy returns, indeed.

Posted by: Drew8 | January 5, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm assuming it is still Carpenter and Dibble in the booth? Anyone know how long each is signed for?

Posted by: kfisher32 | January 5, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm assuming it is still Carpenter and Dibble in the booth? Anyone know how long each is signed for?
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Carpy just signed a new two-year deal, and Dibble just completed the first of three years (I think, it may even be four), so they're together for at least the next two seasons.

Posted by: thepostischeap | January 5, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Very happy about Goessling's new job - best to him, and MASN will be a lot better for having him.

The big thing question today, though, is Feffer the person to barrage about tearing down the red tent?

Posted by: Traveler8 | January 5, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

WaPo better watch out. MASN's already taking the lead on interesting blog posts, from two people even.

Posted by: NatsNut | January 5, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse


Re:
Indians signed Kearns to a minor league deal according to MLBTR.

Posted by: slopitchtom

Comment: The Manny Acta-Austin "K" Kearns love affair continues. Will WiMP be next? PLoD is available. Indians are my choice to lose 100-plus games this season, with Manny sweet-talking his way through another lost season, accountable to no one. This guy is the Tom Ridge of baseball managers.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | January 5, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

He may be the guy, Traveler, but you'll have to catch him between his marketing trips to Philly.

(Well, SOMEbody had to say it. What's with you guys today?)

Posted by: Scooter_ | January 5, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Good moves by MASN, they are seeing the void and filling it very nicely. Better watch out WAPO, MASN has a stable of baseball knowledge with Phil-D-Wood, Byron Kerr and now Ben "formally of TWT" Goessling, all doing some good reporting/writing in the dead of winter.

Come on Sports Desk, Zuckerman is there for the taking.

Come on Rizz, glad you found a COO but don't let the Mets get Garland and Hudson.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | January 5, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Seeing how the Nats are all about revenue-generating non-baseball activities, this Feffer hire is an important one.

Posted by: dfh21 | January 5, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Atta person, dfh! Glad someone's willing to carry the standard.

And Sunshine, I'm sure it's occurred to you that when the Injuns hired Acta, their main goal may not have been to win ballgames. (I don't know either way; I'm just saying it's not a lead-pipe cinch.) I mean, for all we know, maybe Cleveland's GM owns stock in ... well, whoever makes Maalox. I'm sure I could look it up, but I'm lazy.

Posted by: Scooter_ | January 5, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully this means Zuckerman to the Post.

Posted by: leetee1955 | January 5, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

"This guy is the Tom Ridge of baseball managers."

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me
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sec3,

Aren't you the NJ Police for political comments?

Did this one slip by you?

Posted by: Section505203 | January 5, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Here's a question:

If Zuckerman signs with The Post, does that mean that The Post has to give up a draft pick to The Times in the 2010 entry draft?

Clearly, MASN doesn't have to give up a draft pick to sign Goessling, because of their place in the standings.

Posted by: wigi | January 5, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Looks like MASN will put on a full court press to provide actual news about the Nats. They also seem to be using a really devious standard for people who are reporting on the Nats: "People who like baseball".

I hope the Post responds in kind with a beat writer who wants to be there.

Sorry chico, I love your writing, but this job you are leaving is the dream job of most of your audience.

Posted by: NatsWin | January 5, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

wigi, the Times didn't offer Zuckerman arbitration, so we're all set. I'm pretty sure he'd have been a Type A, though.

Posted by: natinbeantown | January 5, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Looks like MASN will put on a full court press to provide actual news about the Nats. They also seem to be using a really devious standard for people who are reporting on the Nats: "People who like baseball".
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isn't it about time that Mr. Angelos Sports Network gives the nats some run? from october to march, you would never know that the network even carries the nats. there is all of that awfulmore programming ... especially what passes for sports talk in that burgh. BTW - zuckerman, goessling and the entire former OP sports staff were placed on irrevocable waivers and can sign with anyone without compensation after jan. 10.

Posted by: surly_w | January 5, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

surly, go to masn.com. Way better *written* coverage of the Nats than here, at least so far this offseason.

Posted by: NatsNut | January 5, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Good for Goessling! Glad he got a gig covering a sport (& team) he seems to care about. I'd love to see Zuckerman covering the Nationals w/the WaPo, but I doubt it's going to happen, and that's a shame for the baseball fans in this area.

On other news, it seems that the Devil incarnate [Boras] has struck again; This time he finesses the Cardinals into a 7-yr+, $120M+, no-trade deal on Holliday when they were the only horse in the race. Amazing.

Posted by: BinM | January 5, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of former OP writers, I stumbled across Tim Lemke's new blog earlier.

http://www.timlemkesports.com/home/page/2/

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | January 5, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

here's the link for masn online. good stuff.

http://masnsports.com/

Posted by: NatsNut | January 5, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

BTW, a good Q&A piece from Ladson with Dukes on MLB.com http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100105&content_id=7877462&vkey=news_was&fext=.jsp&c_id=was

Sorry for the long link.

Posted by: BinM | January 5, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Nice piece from Ladson on MLB.com in a Q&A with Elijah Dukes. http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/news/

Jump to the "Dukes' expectations raised for 2010" article.

Sorry for the clunky link.

Posted by: BinM | January 5, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

NN

my comments were aimed at the over-the-cable entity rather than the masn.com website. the website will only get better with a full-time nats beat writer. the cable entity is dead to me between nats seasons.

Posted by: surly_w | January 5, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else have trouble posting for about an hour?

Posted by: leetee1955 | January 5, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

NN

Scoffing at the NJ coverage? I'm shocked.

Posted by: leetee1955 | January 5, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Thought you NJers might enjoy seeing Adam Dunn (allegedly) shooting himself in the leg with a bb gun last summer. How many days 'til Viera?

http://www.nationalsenquirer.com/2010/01/nationals-bb-gun-fight.html

Posted by: TheNationalsEnquirer | January 5, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Yes, leetee.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | January 5, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else have trouble posting for about an hour?
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@leetee: Yes, hence the re-worded double post on the Ladson/Dukes interview.

Posted by: BinM | January 5, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

@surly: Maybe with the Reds Shadow (JimBow) gone, Ray Knight will get replaced by Goessling on the Nationals pre- and post-game shows for MASN, co-hosting along with Johnny H,; Or do they still feel the need to have an ex-MLB player there in the studio to offer 'insights', even though Knight probably hasn't been in a locker-room since he got canned by CIN?

Posted by: BinM | January 5, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

BinM

i'd miss ol' mushmouth.

Posted by: surly_w | January 5, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

@surly
Yah, probably like you'd miss a bad tooth.

Posted by: BinM | January 5, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

The off-season was always exciting with Bowden. We were linked to the most amazing players. Of course, we never signed any of them but it was always fun to delude yourself.

Posted by: soundbloke | January 5, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Holliday 7 years/120 M to Cards. No surprise; only thing Nats could have done is drive his price higher, no way he was leaving. I bet in a couple of years that's going to look like an awesome deal.

As for Smoltz, Braves have been right on most of the guys they have let go. Only way I see him here is if we are the only ones to offer him a contact, and really do we want another player that no other team in MLB wants. I'd rather take a chance on someone like Colby Lewis.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | January 5, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, if it weren't for the rest of you guys, awesome commenters all, I'da been outta here a looooooong time ago. WaPo should reward YOU guys for any clicks they get from me. >:[

Posted by: NatsNut | January 5, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, if it weren't for the rest of you guys, awesome commenters all, I'da been outta here a looooooong time ago. WaPo should reward YOU guys for any clicks they get from me. >:[

Posted by: NatsNut | January 5, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Let's take a hard look into the crystal ball.

Rizzo probably figures he's got about a four-year window to make a run before Strasburg, then Harper, bolt for their Pinstripes paydays. (After all, Seattle didn't keep Junior, AROD and the Unit together, did they?)

FOTF is set, but Rizzo knows he needs to lock up Dunn, pronto. In 2011 or 2012, Stan signs his Maddux-style "final piece" to fill out the rotation of Strasburg, Zimmermann, Marquis and Lannan.

So, folks, that seems to leave two No. 1 picks out in the cold. Where do Marrerro and Detwiler fit into this picture? Your thoughts?

Posted by: Drew8 | January 5, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Let's take a hard look into the crystal ball.

Rizzo probably figures he's got about a four-year window to make a run before Strasburg, then Harper, bolt for their Pinstripes paydays. (After all, Seattle didn't keep Junior, AROD and the Unit together, did they?)

FOTF is set, but Rizzo knows he needs to lock up Dunn, pronto. In 2011 or 2012, Stan signs his Maddux-style "final piece" to fill out the rotation of Strasburg, Zimmermann, Marquis and Lannan.

So, folks, that seems to leave two No. 1 picks out in the cold. Where do Marrerro and Detwiler fit into this picture? Your thoughts?

Posted by: Drew8 | January 5, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Ben!

Posted by: misschatter | January 6, 2010 3:56 AM | Report abuse

testing.....testing

Posted by: leetee1955 | January 6, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I understand he can't hit his weight, but still.

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The Giants designated defensively-skilled shortstop Brian Bocock for assignment to make room for Juan Uribe, tweets Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | January 6, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

It really is just for the WS thing, isn't it?

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Eric Hinske Signs With Braves
By Mark Polishuk [January 5, 2010 at 9:40pm CST]

Scott Miller of CBSSports.com is reporting that Atlanta has signed veteran utilityman Eric Hinske to a one-year contract, pending a physical. The 2002 Rookie Of The Year hit .242/.348/.432 in 224 plate appearances with the Pirates and Yankees last season.

MLB.com's Mark Bowman tweeted earlier today that the Braves were looking to add a pinch-hitter to complete their winter moves from a lineup standpoint, and Hinske's signing would certainly seem to fit that bill. He fares well against right-handed pitching (.804 career OPS) and can play first, third and both corner outfield positions. Also, as Miller's story noted, Hinske is "something of a good-luck charm," having played in the last three World Series. So, in the words of Bill Murray, he's got that goin' for him.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | January 6, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Keeping Track:
I wish him well, and think he'll look good in the blue pajamas, but I think I'd rather have Nyjer.
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Cubs Sign Marlon Byrd
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [December 31, 2009 at 2:12pm CST]

The Cubs signed Marlon Byrd to a three-year $15MM deal today. The 32-year-old will play center field and push Kosuke Fukudome to right. Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Cubs were nearing a deal with Byrd and Carrie Muskat followed up with the contract's length and value before Gordon Wittenmyer reported the specifics: the Cubs will pay Byrd just $3MM in 2010, $5.5MM in 2011 and $6.5MM in 2012.

A number of teams had been connected to Byrd, including the Braves. He had expressed interest in returning to the Rangers, but wanted a multi-year deal. As a Type B free agent, Byrd nets the Rangers a supplementary rounder in next year's draft.

Byrd, 32, hit .283/.329/.479 in 599 plate appearances with the Rangers last year, hitting a career-high 20 homers. He played mostly in center field, where his defense was below average, according to UZR/150. However, the sample size (889 innings) is limited, and UZR did like Byrd's defense in left.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | January 6, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to former Expo Andre Dawson on being inducted into the Hall Of Fame. Full voting here:

http://bbwaa.com/

Posted by: slopitchtom | January 6, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

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