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Nationals Watch Archive: December 2012


  • Brewers agree with Michael Gonzalez as Nationals' search for LHP continues

    Another of the Nationals' remaining options for left-handed relief found work elsewhere on Friday with Michael Gonzalez reportedly agreeing to a one-year, $2.25 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. Published December 28 2012

  • Tom Gorzelanny agrees with Brewers, Edwin Jackson nears deal with Cubs

    Two more 2012 Nationals found new homes on Thursday when left-hander Tom Gorzelanny agreed to a two-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers and right-hander Edwin Jackson was close on what could be a four-year, $52 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. Published December 20 2012

  • Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos' friend Vicky Cabrera thriving after heart surgery

    Many of you might remember a story that ran in our paper last May on Victoria Cabrera, a 13-year-old little girl from Venezuela who was a family friend of Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos. Vicky, as her friends call her, was struggling with a congenital heart defect and the cost of surgery to fix the problem was becoming prohibitive. Here's an update on her and her family. Published December 19 2012

  • Anthony Rendon, Lucas Giolito headline Baseball America's Top 10 Nationals' prospects list

    Baseball America released its 2012 Top 10 prospects list for the Washington Nationals on Wednesday morning, and for the first time since 2009, neither Bryce Harper nor Stephen Strasburg finds his name residing at its top. That's just fine with the organization, and Nationals fans, who watched both players help the team to 98 wins this past season. Published December 19 2012

  • How the Nationals shaped the Adam LaRoche market

    There is one thing both the Nationals and Adam LaRoche can point to as to why the market for LaRoche has been slow to develop and, thus, his desire for more than the Nationals are offering is still apparently somewhat unfulfilled: draft pick compensation. Published December 18 2012

  • John Lannan signs with the Philadelphia Phillies

    John Lannan agreed to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, a person with knowledge of the agreement confirmed, pending a physical. Published December 15 2012

  • Nationals announce minor league coaching staffs

    The Nationals announced their minor league coaching staffs and coordinators on Friday, promoting Single-A Hagerstown manager Brian Daubach to Single-A Potomac and former Gulf Coast League manager Tripp Keister to the position at Single-A Hagerstown. Published December 14 2012

  • Could Josh Hamilton signing with the Angels affect the Nationals' chances to re-sign Adam LaRoche?

    Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson has not made his desire for the team to re-sign first baseman Adam LaRoche any kind of a secret. Published December 12 2012

  • Davey Johnson honored by D.C. Chamber of Commerce, still hopeful for Adam LaRoche deal by Christmas

    Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson was at his charismatic best Wednesday afternoon at the Washington Hilton Hotel when he was honored by the D.C. Chamber of Commerce with the Hometown Hero award. Published December 12 2012

  • Nationals pitchers Ross Detwiler, Craig Stammen to join USO Holiday Tour

    Craig Stammen and Ross Detwiler have the unique chance to go on a USO Holiday Tour with Capitals forward Matt Hendricks, singer Kellie Pickler, comedian Iliza Shlesinger and General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Published December 11 2012

  • Nationals GM Mike Rizzo discusses the acquisition of Dan Haren

    Nationals GM Mike Rizzo discussed the team's one-year deal with right-hander Dan Haren Friday night. Here's some of what he had to say: Published December 7 2012

  • Dan Haren discusses one-year deal with Nationals

    The Washington Nationals agreed to terms with right-hander Dan Haren on Tuesday on a one-year, $13 million deal, but it was contingent upon the 32-year-old passing a physical. That was completed on Friday and Haren took some time to discuss his one-year deal with the Nationals. Published December 7 2012

  • MLB Winter Meetings: Nationals will continue search for starting pitching depth

    The Washington Nationals are hoping that by Thursday evening they will have their newest starting pitcher officially in the fold. Dan Haren, who agreed to a one-year, $13 million deal with the team on Tuesday, is expected to have his physical wrapped up soon -- and the Nationals' hope, of course, is that he passes. So if and when that does go final, the Nationals will have their starting five essentially locked up. And while they'll be thrilled about that, with what should be one of the best rotations in the league yet again, it actually makes their search for starting pitching depth more difficult. Published December 6 2012

  • MLB Winter Meetings: Nationals leave meetings still optimistic about deal with Adam LaRoche

    Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo departed the winter meetings on Wednesday with owner Mark Lerner and manager Davey Johnson. But the rest of the contingent left Thursday afternoon and they did so with what seemed to be overriding optimism that they will workout a deal with free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche. The Nationals have made their two-year offer to LaRoche and they appear unwilling to budge off it, leaving the ball in his court. Published December 6 2012

  • MLB Winter Meetings: Nationals lose four players in Rule 5 draft

    The Washington Nationals didn't make any selections in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft but they lost four players, including two in the major league portion of the draft, to other teams. Left-hander Danny Rosenbaum and infielder Jeff Kobernus were taken in the major league portion of the draft, going to the Colorado Rockies and the Boston Red Sox, respectively. Kobernus was then traded by the Red Sox to the Detroit Tigers. In the Triple-A portion of the draft, the Nationals lost left-hander Jack McGeary to the Red Sox and right-hander Hector Nelo, who went to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Published December 6 2012

  • MLB Winter Meetings: John Lannan drawing interest; Nats looking for starting depth

    Notes on the interest in former Nationals' left-hander John Lannan as well as the Nationals' own search for starting pitching depth. Published December 5 2012

  • MLB Winter Meetings: Sean Burnett signs with Angels, Nationals turn focus toward J.P. Howell

    The Washington Nationals parted ways with left-hander Sean Burnett on Wednesday afternoon with Burnett agreeing to a two-year deal with a club option with the Los Angeles Angels. Published December 5 2012

  • MLB Winter Meetings: Nationals make their exit, remain optimistic on Adam LaRoche

    The winter meetings don't "officially" end until mid-morning on Thursday, following the Rule 5 draft. But most of the Nationals, having accomplished almost all of their main offseason goals already, have made their exit from the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Nationals owner Mark Lerner, general manager Mike Rizzo and manager Davey Johnson all left Nashville on Wednesday afternoon, returning to D.C. with very little left on their to-do list and just in time to greet Dan Haren as he arrives for his physical. Published December 5 2012

  • Nationals participate in Stand Up To Cancer auction

    Before the rumor mill gets cranking on Day 3 of the Winter Meetings, I wanted to make sure one of the initiatives announced by Major League Baseball this week didn't go overlooked. All 30 MLB clubs have joined together to create an auction of some rare baseball experiences to help benefit Stand Up To Cancer. Published December 5 2012

  • MLB Winter Meetings: Picked up pieces from Day 2 in Nashville

    Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson held his press conference with reporters at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel Tuesday afternoon, and the gregarious manager was in fine form discussing his team and where he sees them going in 2013. Johnson, who goes about his business on a daily basis with a fairly cocksure nature, didn't shy away from letting everyone know what he thinks about the talent assembled for the 2013 Nationals. Here are a few other notes and rumblings from the day. Published December 4 2012