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Nationals Journal: January 2, 2011 - January 8, 2011

The Nationals' pursuit of pitching

Even before this offseason started, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo publicly and clearly established his winter's first priority. He wanted to acquire a frontline starting pitcher, the kind who takes the ball on opening day, who makes fans hope his...

By Adam Kilgore  | January 8, 2011; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
 
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Could the Nationals have trumped the Cubs' offer for Matt Garza? Probably not.

The Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays have apparently agreed upon a framework for a trade that would send Matt Garza to Chicago and four Cubs prospects to Tampa Bay, according to a report by the Daily Herald of suburban...

By Adam Kilgore  | January 7, 2011; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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A favorite emerges for the Nationals MASN analyst job

UPDATE, 8:32: The Nationals, as expected, are going to choose F.P. Santangelo as the analyst for Nationals games on MASN. Santangelo, 43, spent last season as the back-up analyst for both the San Francisco Giants team radio broadcasts and for...

By Adam Kilgore  | January 6, 2011; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
 
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Nationals begin arbitration process with John Lannan, Michael Morse and Doug Slaten

Baseball's arbitration filing period, which begins today and will last through Jan. 15, will affect the remaining three Nationals players eligible for arbitration who have yet to reach an agreement with the team: Starter John Lannan, outfielder Michael Morse and...

By Adam Kilgore  | January 5, 2011; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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The state of the Nationals' starting rotation

With the Adam LaRoche deal completed, pending a physical, the Nationals are pretty much done with their starting lineup. What about their rotation? General Manager Mike Rizzo proclaimed his desire to add a frontline starting pitcher this offseason, but it...

By Adam Kilgore  | January 5, 2011; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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More on Adam LaRoche, the Nationals new first baseman

Here are nine things not touched in today's fishwrap story you might not have known about Adam LaRoche: 1. He's from a baseball family. LaRoche's father, Dave, pitched 14 seasons as a reliever for the Angels, Indians, Cubs, Twins and...

By Adam Kilgore  | January 5, 2011; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Nationals agree to terms with Adam LaRoche

The Nationals found their replacement for first baseman Adam Dunn tonight, finalizing a two-year deal with an option for a third year with Adam LaRoche. LaRoche, the best remaining free agent remaining at the position, is a defensive upgrade over...

By Adam Kilgore  | January 4, 2011; 9:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
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Who will be the Nationals' 25th man?

If and when the Nationals reach an agreement with first baseman Adam LaRoche, they can turn to one of the finishing touches of their offseason -- the final spot on their bench. The Nationals need to wait until they have...

By Adam Kilgore  | January 4, 2011; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Adam LaRoche still in discussions with the Nationals

The Nationals' search for a first baseman to replace Adam Dunn has focused on Adam LaRoche ever since the Baltimore Orioles agreed to terms with Derrek Lee, and it seems increasingly likely LaRoche will end up in Washington. While there...

By Adam Kilgore  | January 4, 2011; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Weighing Adam LaRoche and a first base platoon

The most obvious choice to play first base for the Nationals next season is Adam LaRoche. The Nationals are the team most in need of a first baseman, and LaRoche is the best free agent first baseman available in need...

By Adam Kilgore  | January 3, 2011; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
 
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