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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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Nationals announce spring training report dates

The Nationals announced their spring training report dates Friday morning giving us an official countdown until it's time to descend on Viera, Fla. for six weeks. Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 19, 2012. Position players will follow on Feb. 23 and the first full workout will be held Feb

The 2011 winter meetings: that's a wrap

For four days a year, the entire baseball world is in one place. Executives from all 30 teams are under one roof. A possible trade discussion doesn't have to take place via back-and-forth phone calls. It can happen at one table, in one hotel suite, in one hour if the fit is right. The same goes for meeting with agents and, occasionally, the players themselves. There's an urgency and a madness to the meetings -- one that's exacerbated by the hordes of media swarming the lobby and by the rumors that run rampant no matter how baseless they are. So what, then, to make of the Nationals relative inactivity at the meetings? Believe it or not, it shouldn't inspire the panic that it appears to have among many Nationals fans.

Nationals lose Komatsu, Meyers in Rule 5 draft

The Nationals wrapped up the 2011 winter meetings by making an $84,000 profit at the Rule 5 draft Thursday morning. The Nationals did not select anyone in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft but lost outfielder Erik Komatsu to St. Louis and left-hander Brad Meyers

Talking about the Nationals' confidence in Ian Desmond's leadoff abilities, the center field trade market and scouting Yoenis Cespedes

Another reason the Nationals may not feel compelled to give up something substantial to fill their center field need is Ian Desmond's ability in the leadoff spot from the middle of August through the end of the season in 2011. What the Nationals have been searching for is a leadoff-hitting center fielder. What they have on their roster is a capable center fielder and a shortstop who can leadoff.

Winter Meetings: News, notes and rumors, Day 3

Good morning from Day 3 of the 2011 winter meetings where Pujols-watch is still in full swing. According to reports, the "Mystery Team" that jumped into the bidding (and rumors) late Tuesday night is out. It's either going to be Cardinals or Marlins for Albert Pujols and the decision could hold up the rest of the free agent market.

Sizing up the Nationals bench options

The Nationals front-line needs have been clear for some time. In case you haven't heard, they're interested in a starting pitcher and a center fielder. But where the majority of their offseason work truly sits is in assembling their bench.

As Nationals talk with "some potential fits" on the center field trade market, "not much has changed" when it comes to the Rays and B.J. Upton

The Nationals met with a few more teams Tuesday in their search for a trade partner to acquire a center fielder and their long-documented interest in Tampa Bay’s B.J. Upton was brought to the forefront again. While Rizzo seemed positive about some of the various trade discussions he admitted that “I don’t think anything has changed on that front,” when asked about Upton.

A few thoughts on the Nationals center field situation

The best route for acquiring what they're looking for is via a trade. That much is clear. But what they want is a rare commodity. If trading for a center fielder blows up another part of the team and creates more holes than it fills, they don't feel compelled to do it.