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Chatter Archive: December 2009

  • A note of gratitude

    As the Washington Times drops its sports section after tomorrow, I'd like to thank everybody who made this newspaper such an invigorating place to cover sports. Published December 31 2009

  • Farewell, and thanks

    This is the blog post I hoped never to have to write. Published December 30 2009

  • Nats sign Bruntlett, Whitesell

    Washington adds a middle infielder and a first baseman on minor league deals. Published December 28 2009

  • The Capps effect

    The signing of closer Matt Capps early this morning completes a dramatic makeover of the Nats' bullpen. Published December 24 2009

  • Nats close to signing Capps

    The Cubs don't expect to get the free agent closer, so that leaves Washington as his likely landing spot. A deal could be wrapped up tonight. Published December 23 2009

  • Meet Jason Marquis

    The Nats' newest pitcher is a workhorse from Staten Island who does a lot of little things well but rarely blows you away. He can't wait, though, to instill his wisdom on the rest of Washington's pitching staff. Published December 22 2009

  • How the Nats' rotation looks now

    With the Nationals' signing of right-hander Jason Marquis to what's believed to be a two-year contract worth $15 million, the team has the veteran starter they've been after all winter. It's not a guarantee the Nationals are done shopping for pitching before spring training, but if it is, here's how the rotation might look on Opening Day: Published December 21 2009

  • Nats announce 2010 ticket prices

    The Nationals announced their single-game ticket prices for 2010 today, cutting prices on 3,000 seats while holding all others steady, expanding the number of value dates and introducing lower-cost parking options around Nationals Park. Published December 16 2009

  • Nats sign six to minor-league deals

    The Nationals announced Tuesday afternoon they have signed six players to minor-league contracts: right-handed pitchers Joel Peralta, Logan Kensing and Ryan Speier, catcher Jamie Burke, infielder Pete Orr and outfielder Jerry Owens. Published December 15 2009

  • Selig appoints committee to address on-field issues

    MLB commissioner has assembled 14 current or former managers, GMs and executives to tackle a variety of issues affecting the sport. Published December 15 2009

  • Nats re-sign Olsen

    One day after getting non-tendered, left-hander Scott Olsen re-signs a one-year, incentive-laden contract with Washington. Published December 13 2009

  • It's official: Olsen, MacDougal non-tendered

    GM Mike Rizzo elected not to tender contracts to Scott Olsen or Mike MacDougal, but Wil Nieves will return in 2010. Published December 12 2009

  • Olsen, Nieves likely to be non-tendered

    The Nats aren't expected to tender Scott Olsen or Wil Nieves a contract before tonight's midnight deadline, but there's a good chance both players could be re-signed to lesser deals. Published December 12 2009

  • Rodriguez: I can play every day

    The Nats' newest addition insists he's capable of being the starting catcher over the full season. GM Mike Rizzo's not sure, but he's happy to hear Pudge say it. Published December 11 2009

  • Pudge press conference bumped to 2 p.m. [UPDATED]

    The Nats will formally introduce their newest catcher (a future Hall of Famer) at Nationals Park. Published December 11 2009

  • Live chat Friday at 3:30

    Let's chat about the Nats on Friday at 3:30 p.m. We'll cover the Winter Meetings, the free agent market, the non-tender deadline and anything else on your mind. Published December 10 2009

  • All done in Indianapolis

    The Winter Meetings are all done, and the Nationals, of course, are happy with the progress they made. That's the predictable thing to say publicly, but in their case, how productive a week this was won't be determined for some time. Published December 10 2009

  • Nats will select Kroenke first in Rule 5

    The Nationals will take Yankees reliever Zach Kroenke first in Thursday's Rule 5 draft and offer him back to his former team as the player to be named later in the Brian Bruney deal, according to a source familiar with discussions. Published December 9 2009

  • Rizzo says Nats still pursuing pitcher

    GM Mike Rizzo confirmed the team is interested in "most of the pitchers we've been linked to," which includes Joel Pineiro, Jason Marquis, Vicente Padilla and Jon Garland. Published December 9 2009

  • A quiet, snowy Day 3

    There's no news on the Nationals' front so far today, but agent Scott Boras spoke a few minutes ago about the team signing catcher Ivan Rodriguez. Published December 9 2009