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Nationals Journal: October 31, 2010 - November 6, 2010

Nationals will pursue former Cy Young winner Brandon Webb

The Nationals' stated, primary goal this offseason is to land a legitimate No. 1 starting pitcher to anchor their rotation. In their search for pitching help, they may also hone in on a low-risk, high-reward free agent who once fit...

By Adam Kilgore  | November 5, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
 
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Nationals release Tyler Walker

The Nationals have unconditionally released right-hander reliever Tyler Walker, a veteran who is currently rehabbing from major shoulder surgery. Walker, 34, had a 3.57 ERA this season with 30 strikeouts in 35 innings. Many bullpen teammates, particularly rookie Drew Storen,...

By Adam Kilgore  | November 5, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Nationals decline option on Adam Kennedy

As expected, the Nationals have declined their 2011 option on second baseman Adam Kennedy, according to a team source. Kennedy would have made $2 million if the Nationals exercised their option. Instead, the Nationals will owe him $500,000, and Kennedy...

By Adam Kilgore  | November 3, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Jesus Flores playing in Venezuela

Nationals catcher Jesus Flores continued his comeback from a devastating series of right shoulder injuries Tuesday night, making his debut for Navegantes del Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League. Flores, who also participated in the Nationals' Instructional League, went 2...

By Adam Kilgore  | November 3, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Bo Porter named new Nationals third base coach

The Nationals quickly found their new third base coach in the wake of Pat Listach's departure, hiring experienced coach Bo Porter, a former major league outfielder who once briefly played for Manager Jim Riggleman. Having kept in touch with Porter,...

By Adam Kilgore  | November 2, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Michael Burgess, Cole Kimball in Rising Stars Game

Outfielder Michael Burgerss and reliever Cole Kimball -- and not uber-prospect Bryce Harper -- will represent the Nationals in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game this Saturday, a showcase that in 2009 featured 28 players who played in the...

By Adam Kilgore  | November 2, 2010; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Nationals release 2011 spring training schedule

The Nationals announced their spring training schedule for next season this afternoon. The Nats will play 30 games, beginning Monday, February 28 in Port St. Lucie against the New York Mets. Their first home game, at Space Coast Stadium in...

By Adam Kilgore  | November 2, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Adam Dunn officially files for free agency

The final out of the World Series means the offseason can begin, and so first baseman Adam Dunn and three other Nationals officially filed for free agency late last night. Because of a change this season to the Basic Agreement...

By Adam Kilgore  | November 2, 2010; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Pat Listach leaving Nationals for Chicago Cubs

Third base coach Pat Listach will leave the Nationals to become the bench coach for the Chicago Cubs, according to a source close to the Nationals. The decision will become official sometime after the World Series. MLB.com first reported Listach's...

By Adam Kilgore  | November 1, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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