Good morning from the winter meetings, Day 2, here at the Hilton Anatole.
Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
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Throughout the week at the winter meetings, each major league manager will spend some time meeting with reporters. For Nationals manager Davey Johnson that time was at 5 p.m. (CT) today and he riffed on a number of topics.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson said he's open to letting Bryce Harper compete for a major league job in spring training.
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.
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.
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
The first domino of the 2011 winter meetings fell early Sunday evening when former Nationals outfielder Laynce Nix agreed to a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Former Nationals president Stan Kasten joins forces with Magic Johnson in bid to buy Los Angeles Dodgers
Former Nationals president Stan Kasten emerged Friday as a partner with NBA legend Magic Johnson and investment banker Mark Walter as the Guggenheim Baseball Management group -- and got set to put in a bid on the Los Angeles Dodgers.
ESPN's Keith Law compiled a list of the top young talent in the game Thursday -- The Top 50 major leaguers under 25 -- and it was notable with regard to the Nationals for a number of reasons.
Nationals promote Double-A manager Tony Beasley to Triple-A Syracuse (UPDATED: Name Matt LeCroy Double-A manager)
The Nationals promoted Double-A Harrisburg manager Tony Beasley to the same post with Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday afternoon, filling the spot opened when Randy Knorr joined manager Davey Johnson's staff as the bench coach. Single-A Potomac manager Matt LeCroy will manage at Double-A and will bring pitching coach Paul Menhart with him.
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.
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.
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.
A few Nationals notes as the baseball world shakes off its turkey coma and prepares to descend on Dallas for next week's annual Winter Meetings...
Nationals slugger Michael Morse finished 19th in the National League MVP voting as Milwaukee's Ryan Braun took home the top honor.