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Chatter Archive: December 2008


  • Cabrera signing official

    The Nationals officialy annouced the signing of right-hander Daniel Cabrera to a one-year deal today, after Cabrera passed a physical that included an MRI of his right shoulder and right elbow. Published December 29 2008

  • So what now?

    There are still plenty of big free agents left on the market, but whether the Nationals will land any of them depends on how much the recession has dropped their prices, according to a club source. Published December 24 2008

  • Teixeira picked Yankees to win now

    According to a club source, the Nationals were "not beaten by anybody" on the amount of money or the number of years they offered Mark Teixeira. Rather, Teixeira picked the Yankees because he wanted to win now. Published December 23 2008

  • Teixeira chase nearing conclusion?

    That's the question this morning following a pair of reports on Mark Teixeira, one from MASN's Roch Kubatko saying the Nationals might have upgraded their offer to the first baseman to an eight-year deal worth between $178 and $184 million. Published December 23 2008

  • Nats agree to deal with Cabrera

    The Nationals have agreed to a one-year deal with former Orioles pitcher Daniel Cabrera, pending a physical. They'll be the next Beltway team to try to wring a big season out of the talented but inconsistent pitcher. Published December 20 2008

  • Your Friday Teixeira update

    Don't get too excited by the title. There's not a whole lot of new concrete information on the Nationals' pursuit -- or for that matter, anyone else's pursuit -- of Mark Teixeira. Published December 19 2008

  • Sox owner: "We are not going to be a factor"

    Are you ready for the latest bizarre twist in the Mark Teixeira story: Boston owner John Henry says it seems clear his team is out of the running. Published December 18 2008

  • Sox closing in on Teixeira?

    A report out of Boston says the Red Sox's head honchos -- owner John Henry, president Larry Lucchino and GM Theo Epstein -- are in Dallas this evening meeting with Teixeira and agent Scott Boras, perhaps to finalize a contract with the free agent first baseman. Published December 18 2008

  • Nats sign two from Dominican

    The club announced today it has signed two more teenagers from the Dominican Republic: catcher Bill Pena and left-hander Gregory Baez. Published December 18 2008

  • Nats Fan Fest details

    For the first time since they came to town four years ago, the Nationals will hold a winter Fan Fest. Published December 16 2008

  • Teixeira getting close, or just posturing?

    Mark Teixeira is reportedly "close" to deciding where to sign. But is an announcement imminent, or is Scott Boras up to his old tricks yet again? Published December 16 2008

  • Nats sign 13 to minor-league deals

    The Nationals have agreed to minor-league contracts with 13 players, 12 of whom will get invitations to big-league camp next spring. Published December 13 2008

  • Harris gets 2-year deal, Redding nontendered

    The Nationals have signed outfielder Willie Harris to a two-year, $3 million extension, but they've elected not to tender a contract to right-hander Tim Redding. Published December 12 2008

  • Why Teixeira now but not Soriano then?

    Why are the Nationals willing to offer nine-figure contracts now when they weren't willing to do the same two years ago for a player equally as intriguing as Mark Teixeira? Published December 11 2008

  • Nats make Rule 5 picks

    The Nationals took pitcher Terrell Young from Cincinnati's minor-league system with the first pick in the Rule 5 draft on Thursday. Published December 11 2008

  • Bowden: Nats have made Teixeira offer

    The Nationals are believed to have offered at least seven years and $150 million to Mark Teixeira. Published December 10 2008

  • Nats release Colome

    The Nationals announced earlier today they have release reliever Jesus Colome. Published December 10 2008

  • Getting started with Day 3

    The Los Angeles Times reported this morning that the Nationals are willing to offer Mark Teixeira an eight-year, $160 million contract. Published December 10 2008

  • Redding deal dead for now

    Got word a little while ago that the proposed Tim-Redding-to-Colorado deal fell apart, at least in its current form. Published December 9 2008

  • Redding to Rockies?

    There are indications Tim Redding might be headed to Colorado in exchange for outfielder Willy Taveras. Published December 9 2008