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  1. Angels, Nationals reportedly discussing Peter Bourjos trade

    May 11, 2012, 1:29 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    We detailed earlier today that Peter Bourjos seems to have gone missing. Now tonight we find that multiple teams are looking for him. The Los Angeles Angels center fielder hasn’t played much since the Angels called up uber-prospect Mike Trout from the minors, losing ground in a crowded outfield race that also includes Vernon Wells,…

  2. Mariners sign Adam Kennedy to minor league contract

    Jan 10, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    Adam Kennedy, Chris Denorfia

    Adam Kennedy, whose $2 million option for 2011 was declined by the Nationals last month, has agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training from the Mariners. Kennedy started 85 games for the Nationals last season, including 75 at second base, but hit just .249 with a .327 on-base percentage and .327…

  3. Nationals, Adam LaRoche finalize two-year, $16 million deal

    Jan 7, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Adam LaRoche and the Nationals made things official this afternoon, as Washington announced a two-year contract with the veteran first baseman. He’ll get $7 million in 2011 and $8 million in 2012, and the deal also includes a $10 million mutual option or $1 million buyout for 2012. In other words, he’s guaranteed $16 million…

  4. Nationals general manager downplays interest in Carl Pavano

    Jan 5, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Carl Pavano pitching

    Carl Pavano has been linked to the Nationals for nearly the entire offseason, with recent reports suggesting that he’s basically narrowed his choices down to Washington or Minnesota, but in talking to Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post yesterday general manager Mike Rizzo surprisingly downplayed the Nationals’ interest: I hear we are “the finalist” along…

  5. Adam LaRoche and the Nationals nearing two-year deal

    Jan 3, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    As soon as Derrek Lee signed with Baltimore it seemed inevitable that fellow free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche would end up in Washington, and sure enough Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals and LaRoche are close to agreeing on a two-year contract. LaRoche would replace Adam Dunn at first base, which is…

  6. Mike Morse waiting to learn fate as Nationals’ fallback option

    Dec 29, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

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    On the strength of hitting .289 with 15 homers in 266 at-bats as a part-timer Mike Morse emerged as a possible everyday player for the Nationals in 2011, but Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com writes that his role hinges on whether they sign a veteran first baseman. Washington has been linked to just about every free…

  7. Yunesky Maya named top pitcher in Dominican winter league

    Dec 28, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Yunesky Maya signed a four-year, $6 million contract with the Nationals after defecting from Cuba and found himself in the majors following just five starts in the minors, but the 28-year-old right-hander struggled with an 0-3 record and 5.88 ERA in five September outings. Maya headed to the Dominican Republic to pitch winter ball and…

  8. Carl Pavano is holding out for a three-year contract

    Dec 27, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins starter Pavano pitches to the New York Yankees during the first inning of Game 2 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoffs in Minneapolis

    Carl Pavano and his agent smartly let Cliff Lee sign before making their move, setting him up as the top free agent starter on the market. However, that took place two weeks ago and Pavano still hasn’t made a decision despite interest from multiple teams. Minnesota and Washington (and previously Milwaukee) have been linked to…

  9. Chien-Ming Wang expected to re-sign with the Nationals

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Washington signing Chien-Ming Wang to an incentive-laden one-year contract for 2010 didn’t work out so well, as never threw a pitch for the Nationals after struggling to come back from shoulder surgery, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the two sides are giving it another try. According to Rosenthal the Nationals are close to…

  10. Orioles “closing in on signing” first baseman Adam LaRoche

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

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    Baltimore is “closing in on signing” first baseman Adam LaRoche, according to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse. Craig wrote this morning that the Orioles, Nationals, and Padres are seemingly fighting it out for LaRoche and Derrek Lee, so perhaps Lee could generate a nice little bidding war now. Arizona declined its $7.5 million option on…

  11. A’s get Josh Willingham from Nationals for two minor leaguers

    Dec 16, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    Josh Willingham

    UPDATE: Buster Olney of ESPN.com says it’s a done deal, pending physical exams. UPDATE #2: Rosenthal says the minor leaguers are reliever Henry Rodriguez and outfielder Corey Brown. Neither are considered top prospects, but Rodriguez has a high-90s fastball and big-time strikeout totals in the minors. It’s a pretty good haul for Willingham. ========== Earlier…

  12. Rays agree to terms on $900,000 deal with Joel Peralta

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Rays have agreed to terms with right-hander Joel Peralta on a one-year, $900,000 deal. After back-to-back rough years Peralta had to earn his way back to the majors with a dominant stint at Triple-A as a 34-year-old and then pitched brilliantly for the Nationals with a 2.02 ERA,…

  13. Carl Pavano’s “other suitors are pessimistic and think he’s going back to Minnesota”

    Dec 14, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Carl Pavano

    This morning I wrote about how Cliff Lee signing with the Phillies leaves Carl Pavano as the top starting pitcher on the free agent market, but Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Pavano’s “other suitors” aside from the Twins “are pessimistic and think he’s going back to Minnesota.” That jibes with Tom Haudricourt of the…

  14. Kevin Gregg close to signing $12 million deal with Orioles

    Dec 14, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    Kevin Gregg Blue Jays

    Last week Baltimore reportedly offered Kevin Gregg a two-year, $8 million deal, but apparently that wasn’t enough because according to Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com the Orioles have upped their two-year offer to $12 million and Gregg is close to accepting. Gregg racked up 37 saves for the Blue Jays this year for his fourth straight…

  15. Matt Stairs returns to his original team at age 43 … sort of

    Dec 14, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Matt Stairs

    Way back in 1989 the Montreal Expos signed a Canadian-born infielder named Matt Stairs as an undrafted free agent. In the two-plus decades since then Stairs has played more than 1,800 games in the majors for a dozen different teams while becoming baseball’s all-time leader in pinch-hit homers and the Expos have moved to Washington…

  16. Carl Pavano is suddenly the top starting pitcher on the market

    Dec 14, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    carl-pavano-mustache-pitching

    By waiting until the Cliff Lee domino fell Carl Pavano has put himself in position to be the most sought-after starting pitcher on the free agent market, which is both very smart on his agent’s part and remarkable given how the veteran right-hander was viewed just a couple years ago. Pavano was a huge bust…

  17. Nationals “have expressed interest in Derrek Lee”

    Dec 13, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Derrek Lee

    Washington has been linked to just about every veteran first baseman on the market this offseason, so not surprisingly Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals “have expressed interest in Derrek Lee.” Lee is 35 years old and coming off his worst season since 1998, hitting .260/.347/.428 with 19 homers in 148 games for…

  18. UPDATE: Brewers sign backup catcher Wil Nieves

    Dec 10, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    UPDATE: Done deal. Nieves gets a non-guaranteed contract worth $775,000. ========== Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers are close to signing veteran catcher Wil Nieves, who played this year with the Nationals. Nieves is a run-of-the-mill backup with a good defensive reputation and an anemic bat, hitting .227 with a .570 OPS for…

  19. Pavano “will wait until after the weekend to make a decision”

    Dec 10, 2010, 2:21 PM EDT

    carl-pavano-mustache-pitching

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post spoke to agent Tom O’Connell about Carl Pavano’s status and reports that the free agent right-hander “will wait until after the weekend to make a decision.” Pavano is said to be drawing interest from the Twins, Nationals, and Brewers, so it may come down to which team is willing…

  20. Brandon Webb “remains the Cubs’ No. 1 target”

    Dec 9, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb dugout

    After signing first baseman Carlos Pena to a one-year, $10 million deal the Cubs have turned their attention to the rotation. Craig reported earlier that Matt Garza could be a possibility, but Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune writes that Brandon Webb “remains their No. 1 target.” Webb hasn’t pitched since Opening Day of 2009…

  21. Pirates and Scott Olsen finalize one-year deal with 2012 option

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Scott Olsen

    As expected, the Pirates and Scott Olsen have agreed to a one-year contract with a team option for 2012. Olsen, who’s gone 24-38 with a 5.17 ERA since a solid rookie season in 2006, will try to resurrect his career in Pittsburgh while earning $500,000 in base salary with another $3 million in potential incentives.…

  22. Adam LaRoche “has interest in playing for the Nationals”

    Dec 7, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    adam-laroche-diamondbacks-swing

    Washington is committed to overpaying veteran free agents this offseason and not surprisingly Adam LaRoche wants in on the action. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that LaRoche “has interest in playing for the Nationals and his representative is expected to meet with the club in the next couple of days.” Ladson adds that the Nationals…

  23. Cubs talk to Scott Boras about first baseman Carlos Pena

    Dec 7, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Carlos Pena

    Apparently looking to replace Derrek Lee at first base with another veteran the Cubs have talked to agent Scott Boras about Carlos Pena, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. Muskat reports that general manager Jim Hendy met with Boras to “discuss” Pena, but no salary figures were exchanged. Pena continued to show tons of power…

  24. Pirates and Scott Olsen close to incentive-laden contract

    Dec 6, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    Scott Olsen

    Pittsburgh is close to signing left-hander Scott Olsen to an incentive-laden one-year contract, according to both Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. Langosch reports that the deal will be completed once Olsen passes a physical exam later this week, although given his history of shoulder problems that’s no sure…

  25. Chien-Ming Wang views Nationals as fallback plan if he can’t land MLB deal elsewhere

    Dec 6, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Chien-Ming Wang is looking for a major-league deal or he’ll likely accept Washington’s offer of a minor-league contract and re-sign with the Nationals, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com. Last offseason Washington gave Wang a one-year contract that included $2 million in guaranteed money and another $3 million in potential incentives, but he struggled to…

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