Here's a transcript from Nationals GM Mike Rizzo's conference call with reporters on Thursday afternoon, following the team's signing of right-hander Edwin Jackson:
Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
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A few thoughts on what the Nationals will do about their surplus pitching and other notes after Thursday's signing of Edwin Jackson
So the Nationals signed free agent right-hander Edwin Jackson on Thursday to a one-year deal worth about $10 million, giving them seven viable starting pitchers for their rotation. My how things have changed down on South Capitol Street.
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.
The Washington Nationals and John Lannan earned the distinction of being the first to argue an arbitration case in major league baseball this year as the two sides presented in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Wednesday a source confirmed to The Washington Times.
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.
With the Nationals' roster needing only "tweaking" before spring training, this post is brought to you via a PR e-mail from Topps touting their 2012 trading cards -- a line with the theme of "Going Golden" where gold cards, rings and coins are possible surprises inside the pack.
Spring training won't begin for another three weeks or so but that hasn't stopped the questions about this spring's most-anticipated roster debate from already being lobbed: Where will Bryce Harper open the 2012 season?
The Nationals announced Friday that they'll play Georgetown University's baseball team in an exhibition game on Friday, March 2 at 12 p.m. at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla. In other spring training news, 13 of the Nationals spring training games will be broadcast on television or radio.
One thing we can safely say now that Brad Lidge has joined the Nationals bullpen ranks: It's getting crowded out there.
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.
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.
As I wrote Tuesday afternoon when the Detroit Tigers dropped a theoretical bomb on the baseball world with a nine-year, $214 million deal for Prince Fielder: The mystery team pulled off another coup.
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.
Just what are the contract demands for Prince Fielder that appear to be so high that 30 major league teams are balking at them?
The Washington Nationals announced a multi-year contract extension with slugger Michael Morse Friday afternoon, thereby avoiding salary arbitration and, presumably buying out at least his final year of arbitration -- which would have come next offseason.