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  1. Report: Red Sox want to reduce Mike Napoli’s contract to one year

    Jan 11, 2013, 9:44 PM EDT

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    Mike Napoli agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with the Red Sox over a month ago, but the two sides are currently discussing an amended contract after an issue with his health (believed to be one of his hips) was revealed during his pre-signing physical. We now have some details on what the Red…

  2. The Red Sox have inquired about Michael Morse

    Jan 11, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox are one of the clubs that have spoken to the Nationals about the now-available Michael Morse. The idea is that Morse would be a fallback/alternative to Mike Napoli who, amazingly, still doesn’t have a finalized contract with Boston despite reaching a general agreement with them over a month…

  3. Nationals’ payroll to rise above $100 million for the first time

    Jan 10, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

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    By re-signing Adam LaRoche to a two-year, $24 million deal the Nationals’ payroll is all but certain to rise above $100 million for the first time in franchise history, notes Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com: It has always been the intention of the organization, at the direction of the Lerner family, to steadily increase payroll as…

  4. Phew! Michael Morse is already back on Twitter

    Jan 10, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Earlier this week when the Nationals re-signed Adam LaRoche and everyone started assuming they’ll soon be trading Michael Morse he announced a planned absence from Twitter: Hey everyone ,going silent for a while — Michael Morse (@Dc_BEAST38) January 8, 2013 It was short-lived, however, because Morse just couldn’t help himself from commenting on something this…

  5. Michael Morse “strongly opposes” being a designated hitter

    Jan 8, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT

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    It’s a near certainty that the Nationals are going to trade Michael Morse, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal presents one issue that might affect talks with any potentailly interested American League teams: Morse strongly opposes being a DH, according to major-league sources. The issue, sources say, will carry weight for some AL clubs. Morse is…

  6. Michael Morse realizes the Nationals are going to trade him

    Jan 8, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Michael Morse

    I wrote earlier that the Nationals will almost surely trade Michael Morse after re-signing Adam LaRoche to a two-year deal and apparently Morse came to a similar conclusion: Hey everyone ,going silent for a while — Michael Morse (@Dc_BEAST38) January 8, 2013 Probably not a bad idea, although in looking at his Twitter account Morse…

  7. Expect the Nationals to trade Michael Morse

    Jan 8, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT

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    It took Adam LaRoche a couple months to cave in and accept the Nationals’ two-year offer, but now that he’s returning to Washington expect Michael Morse to be on the way out. Morse has somewhat quietly been one of the better right-handed hitters in baseball since becoming a regular in 2010, but there’s nowhere for…

  8. Adam LaRoche accepts two-year deal from Nationals

    Jan 8, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Adam LaRoche was holding out for three years and the Nationals were steadfast in sticking with a two-year offer. Today the free agent first baseman decided that was good enough, as Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that LaRoche has agreed to a two-year deal to return to Washington. Having draft pick compensation attached to his…

  9. Adam LaRoche hopeful of re-signing with Nationals, but talking to “a few other teams”

    Dec 29, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

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    Nothing much has changed in negotiations between Adam LaRoche and the Nationals. While LaRoche wants a three-year deal, the Nationals aren’t willing to budge beyond two guaranteed years. With no resolution in sight, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post checked in with LaRoche yesterday for an update. “We’re talking to a few other teams,” LaRoche…

  10. Nationals and Adam LaRoche not close to resolution

    Dec 21, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

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    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said previously that he’d like a decision from free agent Adam LaRoche before Christmas, but Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com writes that the two sides haven’t made any real progress in weeks. According to Zuckerman “there’s little reason to believe a resolution is near” because LaRoche continues to want a three-year…

  11. Adam LaRoche and the Nationals “are at a stalemate”

    Dec 17, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Adam LaRoche

    Last week the Nationals were said to be sticking with their two-year, $25 million offer to Adam LaRoche and now Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the two sides “are at a stalemate” in negotiations. LaRoche continues to want a three-year deal–which would be similar to Mike Napoli‘s contract with the Red Sox–and the Nationals…

  12. Nationals sticking with two-year, $25 million offer to Adam LaRoche

    Dec 14, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Adam LaRoche

    There haven’t been a ton of Adam LaRoche rumors swirling and most reports have the Nationals confident in re-signing the 33-year-old first baseman, perhaps leading to Michael Morse being traded. As for what type of contract LaRoche may end up with, Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post writes that the Nationals haven’t changed their original…

  13. Nationals “remain confident they will get” Adam LaRoche

    Dec 5, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

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    Adam LaRoche slugged 33 home runs and tallied 100 RBI in 154 games this summer for the Nationals while also earning Gold Glove honors at first base. But he hasn’t found much of a market this offseason. Which has the Washington front office feeling good. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that the Nationals “remain confident…

  14. The Adam LaRoche market isn’t so hot and heavy after all

    Dec 3, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Adam LaRoche

    The Nationals would very much like to keep free agent Adam LaRoche, but they’re sticking to their guns at the moment and only offering a two-year deal. Fortunately for them, it may yet be enough to get a deal done. According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, the Rangers are not purusing LaRoche, and MLB.com’s Brittany…

  15. Davey Johnson really wants the Nationals to re-sign Adam LaRoche

    Dec 1, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have the option of moving Michael Morse over to first base following the acquisition of Denard Span this week, but manager Davey Johnson really wants the club to re-sign Adam LaRoche. Per Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Johnson hosted a charity event last night to benefit Lighthouse Central Florida, a non-profit organization…

  16. Nationals are “definitely shopping Mike Morse”

    Nov 30, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    With their trade for Denard Span the Nationals’ outfield is set with Span in center field and Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth flanking him in the corners. That would shift Michael Morse from left field to first base and seemingly signal the end of free agent Adam LaRoche‘s time in Washington, but general manager Mike…

  17. The Red Sox are talking to Adam LaRoche

    Nov 29, 2012, 8:43 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox have reportedly identified Mike Napoli as their No. 1 target in free agency, but they are also weighing the alternatives. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Red Sox are talking to Adam LaRoche as a potential fallback option for first base. The Red Sox have made a three-year offer to Napoli,…

  18. Will the Nationals look to trade Michael Morse?

    Nov 20, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    If the National succeed in re-signing free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche to a multi-year deal it could lead to a first base/corner outfield logjam in the not-so-distant future and Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com has an interesting article wondering if that means Michael Morse could be on the trading block soon: Signed for one more…

  19. The Nationals have been in contact with B.J. Upton

    Nov 16, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

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    It’s officially a battle royal among NL East teams for the services of free agent outfielder B.J. Upton. Upton met with both the Phillies and Braves this week, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have also engaged in some “initial dialogue” and are expected to have “increased communication” in the…

  20. Nationals have all of the pieces for a longer run in 2013

    Oct 13, 2012, 2:04 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Yeah, that was a particularly gruesome way to lose. But that will only make the eventual payoff that much sweeter. Of course, the Nationals aren’t guaranteed anything going forward after losing in the NLDS to the Cardinals on Friday night. Shutting down Stephen Strasburg early was a move geared towards protecting the future, but the…

  21. The Nationals add some insurance, lead the Cardinals 7-5 going into ninth inning

    Oct 12, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT

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    The Nationals just added some valuable insurance in the bottom of the eighth inning, as Kurt Suzuki smacked an RBI single up the middle to push the score to 7-5 going into the top of the ninth. Jason Motte allowed back-to-back singles to Adam LaRoche and Michael Morse to begin the inning, but bounced back…

  22. Nationals put a hurting on Adam Wainwright, lead 6-0 through three innings

    Oct 12, 2012, 9:49 PM EDT

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    The Nationals are pouring it on against the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLDS. Bryce Harper led off the top of the bottom of the third inning with a solo home run. After entering tonight’s action 1-for-19 in the series, the 19-year-old phenom has a triple and a homer in his first two at-bats…

  23. Nationals grab quick 3-0 lead in Game 5 of NLDS against Cardinals

    Oct 12, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

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    The Nationals won Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cardinals yesterday in thrilling fashion thanks to a walkoff solo home run from Jayson Werth. And Nationals Park is rocking again after one inning tonight. Werth led off the bottom of the first inning with a double off Adam Wainwright before the scuffling Bryce Harper…

  24. NLDS Game 5 lineups: Cardinals vs. Nationals

    Oct 12, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

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    Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Nationals, in Washington: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS WASHINGTON NATIONALS 1. Jon Jay, CF 1. Jayson Werth, RF 2. Carlos Beltran, RF 2. Bryce Harper, CF 3. Matt Holliday, LF 3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B 4. Allen Craig, 1B 4. Adam LaRoche, 1B 5.…

  25. NLDS Game 4 lineups: Cardinals vs. Nationals

    Oct 11, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Davey Johnson, Mike Matheny

    Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Nationals, in Washington: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS WASHINGTON NATIONALS 1. Jon Jay, CF 1. Jayson Werth, RF 2. Carlos Beltran, RF 2. Bryce Harper, CF 3. Matt Holliday, LF 3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B 4. Allen Craig, 1B 4. Adam LaRoche, 1B 5.…

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