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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
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.
The Nationals, who will likely find their name in the "teams to watch" category once the national analysts and pundits begin making their picks, will headline ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball on May 6 at home against the Phillies and again on May 27 in Atlanta against the Braves.
The Nationals avoided arbitration with five of their seven eligible players, coming to terms with Jordan Zimmermann on a $2.3 million contract for 2011, with Tom Gorzelanny for $2.7 million, with Jesus Flores for $815,000 and with Tyler Clippard. They also bought out Gio Gonzalez's arbitration years while signing him to a five-year contract extension worth a guaranteed $42 million. The terms of Clippard's contract are not yet known. They did not, however, reach deals with left-handed starter John Lannan and slugger Michael Morse. Both filed arbitration numbers with the league office, along with the numbers filed by the Nationals, and it doesn't appear the sides are far apart with either player.
The Washington Nationals avoided arbitration and agreed to terms with right-handed All-Star reliever Tyler Clippard on Tuesday on a one-year deal for the 2012 season. Monetary terms were not disclosed by the team.
Nationals knock off two more arbitration eligibles: agree to terms with Jordan Zimmermann and Tom Gorzelanny
The Washington Nationals avoided arbitration with right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and left-hander Tom Gorzelanny early Tuesday, agreeing to one-year deals with both. Monetary terms of the deals were not publicly disclosed.
The Washington Nationals announced Monday afternoon that they've avoided arbitration with catcher Jesus Flores and agreed to terms on a one-year deal.
The Washington Nationals announced a contract extension with left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez Sunday afternoon that will keep their newest starting pitcher with the team through the 2016 season with options for the 2017 and 2018 campaigns.
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