A few notes this morning as the General Managers meetings will complete their final day in Milwaukee...
Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
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Braves Craig Kimbrel wins NL Rookie of the Year, Wilson Ramos finished fourth, Danny Espinosa sixth in voting
Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel received all 32 first place votes to take home the 2011 National League Rookie of the Year award. Nationals Wilson Ramos and Danny Espinosa finished fourth and sixth, respectively.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo will head to Milwaukee today, along with the rest of the league's general managers for the GM meetings relieved -- like the rest of us -- to just talk baseball. After a week spent worrying and praying for the safe and healthy return of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, everyone -- including Ramos -- is looking forward to turning the page toward baseball and filling the rest of the Nationals' offseason needs. But first, a few notes and thoughts:
A roundup of our coverage from the kidnapping of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, along with the coverage of his rescue and joyful reunion with his family.
As 8 a.m. in Washington approaches, it has now been roughly 37 hours since Wilson Ramos was kidnapped from his home Wednesday evening in a town near Valencia Venezuela.
I wish I could begin this post with a better update but there has been no change in the status in the kidnapping of Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos as it approaches 8:30 a.m. in Washington, D.C. and 9:30 a.m. in Venezuela.
Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped from his home in Valencia, Venezuela Wednesday afternoon, his Venezuelan Winter League team, Tigres de Aragua, has confirmed.
Baseball America released its list of the Nationals' Top 10 prospects, as well as their winners for a a host of "Best Tools" superlatives. No surprises at the top as Bryce Harper obviously locked up the No. 1 spot but the rest of the list has been given a shuffle after the folks at Baseball America added in the Nationals' 2011 draft haul.
Nationals happy to have a healthy Chien-Ming Wang back, not done searching for quality starting pitching
When the Washington Nationals finalized a one-year, $4 million deal with Chien-Ming Wang for 2012, they helped solidify what continues to become one of the young team's clear strengths: starting pitching depth.
The Nationals announced their one-year deal with Chien-Ming Wang Friday afternoon, making official the $4 million (plus incentives) pact that, reported Thursday evening, keeps the 31-year-old in the fold for 2012 after a successful major league comeback.
According to a team source, the Nationals and Chien-Ming Wang have agreed on a new one-year deal, pending a physical.
The Astros announced they've claimed utility man Brian Bixler off waivers from the Nationals today, sending the valuable do-everything man to Houston.
While the Nationals set about filling the final question mark on the coaching staff for 2012 -- the bench coach -- they'll run down their own list of candidates. As of Thursday morning, though, multiple sources indicated that neither third base coach Bo Porter nor Triple-A manager Randy Knorr were the main candidates for that job.
Deal between right-hander Chien-Ming Wang and Nationals agreed on "conceptually" but not expected to be done before he hits open market at midnight
A deal between the Nationals and right-handed pitcher Chien-Ming Wang has been agreed upon "conceptually," his agent Alan Nero said Wednesday but it's not expected to get done before 12:01 a.m. on Thursday when Wang will officially hit the open market as a free agent. Six different teams have already inquired about Wang, Nero said.
Despite the Nationals much-improved defense, there is not a single Washington player on the list of 2011 Gold Glove finalists.