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  1. Stephen Strasburg throws seven shutout innings, leaves after 80 pitches

    Apr 1, 2013, 2:53 PM EST

    Miami Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Stephen Strasburg was cruising along through seven shutout innings against the Marlins and looked ready to pitch into the eighth inning of a game for the first time in his career, but manager Davey Johnson decided to pull him after just 80 pitches. Washington was up 2-0, so it was hardly a blowout situation, but…

  2. UPDATE: Rafael Soriano’s trip to the Dominican Republic was not about his tooth

    Mar 20, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Rafael Soriano

    UPDATE: Drat. Seems the trip was just to visit his family. He’s gonna have his tooth worked on in Florida tomorrow. Totally ruins my ObamaCare joke. At this rate Jay Leno is never going to ask me to join his writing staff. Sigh. 2:00 PM: It’s like that Ray Stevens “Haircut” song, except it’s about…

  3. Nats reliever Christian Garcia to be shelved two more weeks

    Mar 17, 2013, 9:29 PM EST

    Washington Nationals v St Louis Cardinals - Game Two

    Via James Wagner: The initial word on Christian Garcia’s visit with a Baltimore-based hand specialist is that the right-hander will need two more weeks of rest before he can resume throwing. Garcia was scheduled to fly to Washington on Sunday to be evaluated by Ken Means, a hand specialist. He had originally hoped to play…

  4. Scott Boras says Kyle Lohse is “talking with a number of teams”

    Mar 14, 2013, 5:31 PM EST

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    Kyle Lohse remains unsigned, but he’s been throwing at Scott Boras’ training facility in California and the agent says he’s “talking with a number of teams.” “A lot of teams are evaluating their existing situations, but have called and have interest in Kyle,” Boras told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, who reports that the asking price…

  5. 2013 Preview: Washington Nationals

    Mar 13, 2013, 9:44 AM EST

    Bryce Harper Reuters

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up first: the Washington Nationals. The Big Question: Are the Washington Nationals the best team in baseball? It’s probably easier to make…

  6. Scott Boras is still trying to get Kyle Lohse a three-year deal

    Mar 4, 2013, 2:44 PM EST

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    Kyle Lohse remains unsigned and the assumption seems to be that his asking price must be dirt cheap at this point, but as with the ultimately incorrect assumptions about Rafael Soriano and Michael Bourn agent Scott Boras clearly has other ideas. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com spoke to someone with a team that’s been in contact…

  7. Yankees have “no interest” in Kyle Lohse

    Feb 21, 2013, 10:15 AM EST

    Kyle Lohse Getty

    It’s now been one week since Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote that Kyle Lohse “is almost certain to sign with a team soon” and he remains unsigned. MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reported yesterday that the Rangers “have not changed their position on their lack of interest” in Lohse and the Yankees still aren’t in the mix…

  8. Rafael Soriano has arrived at Nationals camp

    Feb 16, 2013, 1:48 PM EST

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    Rafael Soriano was late reporting to the Nationals’ spring training complex this week because of an issue with his work visa. But that’s all settled now. According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, the Dominican right-hander arrived in Viera, Florida on Saturday morning. He was greeted in the clubhouse by Nats general manager Mike Rizzo and new…

  9. Rafael Soriano got his visa, will report this weekend

    Feb 15, 2013, 11:32 AM EST

    soriano getty

    Bad news: the mocked-up milk carton of a missing Rafael Sorinao I made is no longer useful. Good news: it’s because he got his visa and is reporting to camp: Nationals closer Rafael Soriano will not be absent for long. He was able to get his visa in the Dominican Republic on Friday and will…

  10. Kyle Lohse “is almost certain to sign with a team soon”

    Feb 14, 2013, 10:15 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lohse delivers a pitch to a Washington Nationals batter during the first inning of their MLB National League baseball game in St. Louis

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com dropped this tidbit into a lengthy article about Zack Greinke: “Kyle Lohse, sources say, is almost certain to sign with a team soon.” Nothing beyond that in terms of where or for how much, but Lohse is the last of the unsigned free agents with draft pick compensation attached after Michael…

  11. Rafael Soriano has not reported to Nats camp and no one will say why

    Feb 14, 2013, 10:00 AM EST

    rafael-soriano-yankees

    The Nationals pitchers and catchers were already to have reported. But closer Rafael Soriano has not shown up yet. And as Adam Kilgore reports, no one is sure where he is and no one with the team is commenting: Team officials have given no explanation of Soriano’s absence. The team has not even acknowledged whether…

  12. Nationals “may try to swoop in and sign” Kyle Lohse

    Feb 12, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

    Kyle Lohse Getty

    Now that Michael Bourn has his $48 million deal from the Indians the last unsigned free agent with draft pick compensation attached is Kyle Lohse. There’s been little in the way of reports that he’s in negotiations with any teams, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes that the Nationals “may try to swoop…

  13. Conflicting reports on the Mets’ interest in Michael Bourn

    Jan 24, 2013, 6:36 AM EST

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    There has been a lot of chatter about the Mets and Michael Bourn in the past day or so. It breaks down like this: John Harper of the Daily News says that he has been told that the Mets have a real interest in Bourn. He also reports that the Mets not signing Scott Hairston,…

  14. Scott Boras is trying to drum up interest in Jose Valverde

    Jan 21, 2013, 5:57 PM EST

    Jose Valverde

    Now that he’s found a taker for Rafael Soriano on a heavily deferred deal, Scott Boras is trying to get teams interested in ex-Tigers closer Jose Valverde. Valverde, 34, was 49-for-49 saving games for the Tigers in 2011 and 35-for-40 last season, but the postseason meltdown that saw him give up nine runs in 2…

  15. Rafael Soriano will be the Nationals’ closer

    Jan 18, 2013, 2:50 PM EST

    Rafael Soriano Getty

    General manager Mike Rizzo left no doubt that Rafael Soriano will be the Nationals’ new closer after signing a two-year, $28 million deal, saying: “Suffice it to say, Raffy is here to pitch the ninth inning.” That means last year’s primary closer, Tyler Clippard, moves back into a setup role after saving 32 games, and…

  16. Drew Storen avoids arbitration with Nationals, gets one-year, $2.5 million deal

    Jan 17, 2013, 9:11 PM EST

    Drew Storen Getty

    The Nationals and right-hander Drew Storen have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. Storen’s agent, CAA Baseball, made the announcement on Twitter and added that the deal includes $1 million in performance bonuses. This is a pretty nice chunk of change for Storen, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this…

  17. Kyle Farnsworth has multiple offers

    Jan 16, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

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    With Rafael Soriano off the table the list of established relievers is getting shorter. And apparently several teams feel that ending up with Kyle Farnsworth is better than ending up with nothing: Sources: Interest in Farnsworth intensifying in wake of Soriano deal. Multiple offers, has narrowed choices from six teams to three. — Ken Rosenthal…

  18. Half of Rafael Soriano’s new $28 million contract is deferred

    Jan 15, 2013, 6:23 PM EST

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    Rafael Soriano‘s two-year, $28 million pact with the Nationals has an interesting financial breakdown. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, the right-handed reliever will make just a $7 million salary in 2013 and 2014, and the remaining $14 million will be deferred until after the 2018 season. So agent Scott Boras can boast…

  19. Nationals sign Rafael Soriano to two-year, $28 million deal

    Jan 15, 2013, 2:27 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Well, this certainly came out of nowhere. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that free agent reliever Rafael Soriano has agreed to a two-year, $28 million contract with the Nationals, who lose their first-round draft pick in order to sign him. Soriano was one of three remaining free agents with draft pick compensation attached. All…

  20. Report: Dodgers “looking into” signing Rafael Soriano

    Jan 14, 2013, 8:06 PM EST

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    The market for free agent reliever Rafael Soriano has been pretty weak this winter, mostly because of the draft pick compensation tied to him after he opted out of his contract with the Yankees and then rejected a one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer. However, the deep-pocketed Dodgers could come to the rescue. “20 percent chance”…

  21. Behold, the most Scott Boras quote of all time

    Jan 11, 2013, 1:52 PM EST

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    Agent Scott Boras, talking to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com about representing the three free agents with draft pick compensation attached who remained unsigned in Kyle Lohse, Rafael Soriano, and Michael Bourn: People call me all the time and say, “Man, your players aren’t signed yet.” Well, it doesn’t really matter what time dinner is when…

  22. Yankees really, really don’t want Rafael Soriano back

    Jan 7, 2013, 4:45 PM EST

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    Rafael Soriano is still looking for work, with the draft pick compensation attached to signing him no doubt crushing the reliever’s potential market, but just in case anyone thought he might end up back with the Yankees … The Yankees want the draft pick/draft dollars they’ll get when Soriano signs elsewhere more than they want…

  23. Yankees probably won’t welcome back Rafael Soriano

    Jan 6, 2013, 5:23 PM EST

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    Rafael Soriano had a 2.26 ERA in 67 2/3 innings last year for the Yankees while converting 42 saves in 46 opportunities. But he has struggled to attract offers on the open market this offseason because of the draft pick (and draft pool money) that a team would have to forfeit in order to ink…

  24. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EST

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  25. Tigers unlikely to be talked into signing Rafael Soriano

    Dec 16, 2012, 10:12 AM EST

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    Scott Boras has been trying to set up the Tigers and reliever Rafael Soriano since the Winter Meetings began. And perhaps even before. But it does not sound like the Detroit decision-makers are enticed. Danny Knobler of CBS Sports heard from sources inside the Tigers front office on Saturday that owner Mike Ilitch “won’t be…

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