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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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Nationals win arbitration case against Lannan

The Washington Nationals resolved their final arbitration case with a panel of three arbiters ruling in their favor after John Lannan's hearing. Lannan will make $5 million for the 2012 season. He had filed at $5.7 million.

Livan Hernandez signs minor league deal with Astros

Livan Hernandez, the durable right-hander who will always have the distinction of throwing the first pitch in Washington Nationals history, agreed to a minor league deal with the Houston Astros on Tuesday, officially ending his second stint with the Nationals.

Former Nationals catcher Pudge Rodriguez still navigating the waters of free agency

One of the unintended effects of the Prince Fielder free agency taking as long as it did is that, in a lot of ways, it seems to have held up the free agent market for several players. As of Thursday morning there were still 83 major league free agents left on the market and the list was littered with names of established players. Among those players is veteran catcher Ivan Rodriguez, the former National, who is currently working out in Colombia and planning to return to his home in Florida in the next few days. He's also still looking for a team.

A few words from Gio Gonzalez...

Well, the title to this blog might be a bit misleading. After spending some time with the newest National this afternoon one thing is certainly clear: Gonzalez is a talker. He was excited today -- as well he should be -- and that excitement was evident not in just how much he said but what he said.

After taking a big hit with the Gio Gonzalez trade, Baseball Prospectus ranks the Nationals farm system

The Gio Gonzalez trade in late December rid the Washington Nationals of four top prospects: right-handers Brad Peacock and A.J. Cole, left-hander Tommy Milone and catcher Derek Norris. While the trade was a hefty one -- you have to give up something to get something -- it didn't entirely decimate the Nationals farm system but it did throw their hierarchy for a bit of a loop. With that in mind, Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein ranked the Nationals Top 20 prospects heading into the 2012 season.