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Nationals Journal: December 19, 2010 - December 25, 2010

Nationals reach two-year deal with Sean Burnett

The Nationals have reached an agreement with reliever Sean Burnett on a contract extension that will keep the left-handed reliever with the Nationals through the 2012 season with a dual option for 2013, according to a league source. The deal...

By Adam Kilgore  | December 23, 2010; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Bryce Harper tops Baseball America's top 10 Nationals prospects

One of the highlights of any offseason for the seamheads out there comes when Baseball America publishes its list of top prospects by team. Today was the Nationals' turn, and there was no surprise about the top spot. Baseball America's...

By Adam Kilgore  | December 22, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Nationals designate Matt Chico for assignment

The Nationals designated left-handed starting pitcher Matt Chico, once their No. 2, for assignment.

By Adam Kilgore  | December 21, 2010; 8:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Matt Chico, Pitching rotation  | Tags:  Matt Chico, Washington Nationals  
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Relationships, opportunity led Ankiel to Nationals

Rick Ankiel, the Nationals' newest outfielder, said he chose the Nationals over a handful of other interested teams because of his solid relationships with Manager Jim Riggleman and hitting coach Rick Eckstein from their days with the St. Louis Cardinals,...

By Dave Sheinin  | December 21, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Stephen Strasburg expects to start throwing before start of spring training

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg said Monday his rehabilitation from elbow ligament-replacement surgery remains on pace, and he expects to begin throwing again in California "a few weeks before" reporting to spring training in Viera, Fla., along with the team's other...

By Dave Sheinin  | December 20, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg  
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Nats sign Mattheus, ink six to minor-league deals

The Nationals announced the signing of RHP Ryan Mattheus to a one-year big league contract, plus six other players to minor-league signings with spring training invitations. Mattheus, a 27-year-old reliever, came to the Nationals in the Joe Beimel trade in...

By Dave Sheinin  | December 20, 2010; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Nationals sign OF Rick Ankiel to one-year deal

The Nationals have signed veteran outfielder Rick Ankiel to an incentive-laden one-year contract worth a guaranteed $1.5 million, pending a physical exam -- a somewhat curious move given the fact Ankiel hits from the same side (left) as holdovers Roger...

By Dave Sheinin  | December 20, 2010; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
 
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Payroll flexibility a critical issue for Nats' future

The Philadelphia Phillies will have a payroll north of $160 million in 2011. They also have $106.95 million committed to only nine players in 2012 (and that's assuming they decline expensive options on Brad Lidge and Roy Oswalt), and $80...

By Dave Sheinin  | December 20, 2010; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Not trading for Zack Greinke makes sense for the Nationals

The options for adding a top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher dwindled last night with one of the most significant moves of the baseball offseason. The Nationals will not be trading for Zack Greinke, not after the Milwaukee Brewers acquired him from the...

By Adam Kilgore  | December 19, 2010; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
 
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