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In Mike Rizzo's office at Nationals Park, only one jersey is displayed. Signed and framed, Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez's No. 7 adorns a wall. There's a reason for that.
Taking a look at the roster the Nationals will break the 2012 season with.
Last spring, Adam LaRoche knew his left shoulder wasn't right.
Sean Burnett worked through his repertoire pitch by pitch, knocking off the rust in a bullpen session typical of the early days of spring training. It would be a few more days before he and his fellow Washington Nationals pitchers had a chance to face batters, so Burnett was throwing for an audience of one - catcher Sandy Leon.
Five springs ago, Jesus Flores arrived at Washington Nationals camp as a burly 22-year-old catcher. He had a rocket arm, could handle the bat well enough to last on the Nationals' 25-man roster throughout 2007 as a Rule 5 pick and was quickly deemed the "catcher of the future" in D.C.
The words are Spanish. Black cursive, flanked by tufts of cerulean blue ink. They blanket the immense left forearm of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos. His favorite Bible verse, Philippians 4:13, now tattooed there as a permanent reminder of the day his life began anew.
In the past few days, the Washington Nationals have been busy with housekeeping. They've extended Gio Gonzalez, given hefty raises to Jordan Zimmermann and Tyler Clippard in their first years of arbitration, and boosted the salaries of lefty Tom Gorzelanny and catcher Jesus Flores with modest raises as well.
The Washington Nationals cut ties with reliever Doug Slaten Monday night, choosing to non-tender the left-hander. Slaten was the only one of seven arbitration eligible players Washington did not offer a contract to for the 2012 season.