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Nationals Journal: December 12, 2010 - December 18, 2010

Pitcher Chad Gaudin agrees to minor-league contract

The Nationals have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Chad Gaudin on a minor-league contract that includes a spring training invitation. From the team's news release: The 27 year-old Gaudin is 35-39 with a 4.61 ERA (339 ER/661.2 IP) in...

By Washington Post editors  | December 17, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
 
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The Nationals' options at first base

With the active Nationals having signed one outfielder (Jayson Werth) and traded away another (Josh Willingham), their most obvious need remains an Adam Dunn-sized hole at first base. With teams adding free agents in a frenzy the past few days,...

By Adam Kilgore  | December 17, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Chien-Ming Wang is re-signed by Nationals

The Nationals re-signed right-handed starter Chien-Ming Wang, taking a second gamble on an accomplished pitcher who hasn't thrown an official pitch since mdway through 2009. Wang signed for a guaranteed $1 million, and he could make as much as $5...

By Adam Kilgore  | December 16, 2010; 10:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Chien-Ming Wang  
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Mike Rizzo and Josh Willingham on the trade

Let's do this quick, bullet-point style. Here are highlights from General Manager Mike Rizzo, who just completed a teleconference with reporters, and Josh Willingham, who spoke with the Post in a brief phone conversation, on the trade that sent Willingham...

By Adam Kilgore  | December 16, 2010; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Nationals receive Henry Rodriguez, Corey Brown from Oakland in Josh Willingham trade

In return for trading Josh Willingham to the Oakland A's, the Nationals will receive Henry Rodriguez and Corey Brown, a right-handed, 23-year-old fireballing reliever who made 29 major league appearances last year and a 25-year-old outfielder with speed, power potential...

By Adam Kilgore  | December 16, 2010; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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Nationals nearing deal with Chien-Ming Wang

The Nationals are close to completing a deal that would bring back right-handed starter Chien Ming-Wang for one year, according to a source. They signed Wang to a one-year, $2 million contract late last offseason, but the Nationals non-tendered Wang...

By Adam Kilgore  | December 16, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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UPDATED: Nationals agree to trade Josh Willingham to Athletics

The Nationals have agreed to trade left fielder Josh Willingham to the Oakland A's for two young minor league players, a source familiar with the trade confirmed. In return for Willingham, the Nationals received reliever Henry Rodriguez, 23, and outfielder...

By Adam Kilgore  | December 16, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
 
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More on Jayson Werth: His new role, his impact and his beard

Before the introduction of Jayson Werth becomes completely stale news, I wanted to empty out the notebook with a few more nuggets from yesterday. But if you have time this morning to read just one piece, then do read Boz's...

By Adam Kilgore  | December 16, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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How Jayson Werth affects Bryce Harper

The Nationals' biggest free agent acquisition ever happens to play the same position as their best position player prospect, which, Mike Rizzo said, "is a problem I would be glad to address in the very near future." The Nationals have...

By Adam Kilgore  | December 15, 2010; 6:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Mark Lerner talks balancing 'Phase 1' and 'Phase 2'

In introducing Jayson Werth, the Nationals reiterated their declaration that they're beginning the next step in their vision to build a winning franchise. The press conference began at 1 p.m., and the words "Phase Two" were uttered before the clock...

By Adam Kilgore  | December 15, 2010; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Cliff Lee talked to Jayson Werth about playing together

Up in Philadelphia this afternoon, just about the time Jayson Werth had retreated into the Nationals clubhouse and away from the media, the Phillies re-introduced Cliff Lee in a press conference similar to the one Werth had just finished in...

By Adam Kilgore  | December 15, 2010; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Jayson Werth has a full no-trade clause

With the official introduction of Jayson Werth and plenty of interviews that followed complete, perhaps the most interesting piece of new information, confirmed by agent Scott Boras, is this: General Manager Mike Rizzo relented on his general philosophy and...

By Adam Kilgore  | December 15, 2010; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Live: Jayson Werth news conference

Cindy Boren is live blogging the event. Look below for a live feed from Comcast SportsNet video from the news conference....

By Washington Post editors  | December 15, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Mike Rizzo's letter to Nationals fans

With the Nationals set to introduce Jayson Werth at a news conference today at Nationals Park, Mike Rizzo e-mailed a letter to Nationals fans about the signing and what it means, in his view, for the franchise. He returned...

By Adam Kilgore  | December 15, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Nationals sign Matt Stairs

The Nationals signed pinch-hitting specialist Matt Stairs to a minor league team contract, the team announced this afternoon on its official Twitter feed. Stairs, who turns 43 in February, will be invited to major league camp and compete for a...

By Adam Kilgore  | December 14, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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Even in the offseason, the Phillies beat the Nationals

The Phillies have beaten the Nationals 51 times in the team's past 72 meetings, and this offseason, just when it seemed the Nationals may have finally struck their own blow in the mismatch, the Phillies won again. The Nationals may...

By Adam Kilgore  | December 14, 2010; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
 
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Nationals 'aggressively pursuing' trade for Zack Greinke and Matt Garza; but can they make it happen?

Once Cliff Lee signs -- we can all only hope it happens before the next presidential election -- the rest of this offseason's starting pitching dominoes can start to fall. The teams willing to trade prized starters will wait for...

By Adam Kilgore  | December 13, 2010; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
 
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Drew Storen takes on the red carpet

Drew Storen had planned on spending Monday night with his parents in Indianapolis, back home after spending a semester this fall at Stanford. But he was about as far away from Indianapolis, speaking metaphorically, as you can get. Storen, the...

By Adam Kilgore  | December 13, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Cliff Lee is going to sign a bad contract

At some point soon, maybe today, Cliff Lee is going to sign with either the Yankees or the Rangers, presumably for seven years. The Nationals pretty much exited the running for Lee once the bidding escalated to seven years. The...

By Adam Kilgore  | December 13, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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