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Nationals Journal: January 23, 2011 - January 29, 2011

Justin Maxwell designated for assignment

The Nationals today designated Justin Maxwell for assignment, potentially cutting ties with an Olney native and Maryland alum who could never harness his vast potential. The Nationals designated Maxwell in order to make room for reliever Todd Coffey, whose contract...

By Adam Kilgore  | January 27, 2011; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (124)
 
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Bryce Harper ranked No. 3 prospect in baseball

The Nationals farm system at the moment can be divided between Bryce Harper and everyone else, a fact reiterated by last night's MLB.com countdown of baseball's top 50 prospects. Harper, the 18-year-old outfielder picked first overall in last year's draft,...

By Adam Kilgore  | January 26, 2011; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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A Nationals opening day roster guess

By now, Nationals players have begun preparing for spring training. Pitchers are starting to throw bullpen sessions on their own. A few hitters, including Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond, have spent time with Rick Eckstein taking batting practice in Florida....

By Adam Kilgore  | January 25, 2011; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
 
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Nationals designate Shairon Martis for assignment

The Nationals designated right-handed starting pitcher Shairon Martis for assignment in order to make room for newly signed utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. on the 40-man roster. Martis, who will turn 24 in March, spent all of 2010 with Class...

By Adam Kilgore  | January 24, 2011; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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