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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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Quick hits from Mike Rizzo on Day 1 of winter meetings

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo wrapped up his session with reporters a little while ago and the indications -- both from his meeting with us and from talking with several Nationals executives and industry sources -- is that the Nationals aren't on the verge of anything major.

Winter Meetings: News, notes and rumors, Day 1

Good morning from the Hilton Anatole. The 2011 winter meetings are set to officially get underway this morning but really, the Miami Marlins did a fine job of getting things off to a raucous start late last night when they kept Jose Reyes in the division for six more years and $106 million dollars. Keep it here throughout the day as we'll be updating this as a running tab of notable news and rumors.

Jim Riggleman set to manage at Double-A for Reds organization

Former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman has found his next career landing spot. After an abrupt resignation that ended his Nationals tenure this past June, Riggleman scouted for the San Francisco Giants for the second half of the 2011 season. Now, a source has confirmed, he will get back into uniform as the manager of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Cincinnati's Double-A affiliate

Nationals among "several" teams interested in OF Laynce Nix

Outfielder Laynce Nix is drawing interest from a number of teams and the former National could make a decision as early as next week's winter meetings, a source said. The Nationals are among "several teams" who are interested in Nix's services and Nix's representation has had ongoing discussions with Nationals GM Mike Rizzo, talking as recently as this past weekend.

Nationals notes on Cespedes and Espinosa

The Winter Meetings are officially less than five days away but the hot stove speculation and rumor mill is already clicking it's way into high gear. As the Nationals remain focused on their top two offseason targets -- a starting pitcher and a center fielder -- Nationals general manager has now made two in-person visits to a top target in each category.

Chris Marrero's torn hamstring and how it affects the Nationals' bench

Included in an update yesterday about the Nationals players who were participating in the Caribbean Winter Leagues, were first baseman Chris Marrero's numbers: .288 average, .387 on-base percentage, .327 slugging percentage. He wasn't blowing the top off the Dominican Winter League but he was putting together a nice season. He hadn't, however, played in a game since Nov. 15. That could have been for a number of reasons -- especially since a lot of U.S. players take some time off to go home for holidays. Turns out it was due to a torn hamstring, an injury suffered two weeks ago while playing for the Tigres de Licey, and underwent surgery in Washington recently, as a report from MLB.com late Monday night stated and was confirmed this morning.