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Lots of talk, no action … yet

Dec 9, 2010, 12:55 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Nationals made the biggest splash of the offseason (the $126 million Jayson Werth signing) before many MLB executives had even arrived for the start of the Winter Meetings.

In the 72 hours since that blockbuster move, though, the Nationals’ roster has remained unchanged. Despite plenty of talks with a host of agents and other team officials, they haven’t been able to acquire the pitcher, first baseman or other role players they still covet.

Mike Rizzo isn’t worried. Even if he leaves the Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort tomorrow morning without any more acquisitions, the Nats GM believes the work done here will lead to something in the weeks to come.

“I don’t want to put a time frame on a deal, because it doesn’t really matter to me when it gets done,” Rizzo said this afternoon. “You lay a lot of foundations here in trades and talks with agents about free agents. You never want to put yourself into a time crunch, because you never know when the deal will come.”

Read my full story — with an update on the pursuits of Cliff Lee and Adam LaRoche — on CSNwashington.com.

  1. Mike Mussina - Dec 9, 2010 at 4:29 AM

    Looks like Pavano's heading to the Brewers. Happy to see him go somewhere other than DC. The guy fakes injuries.

  2. Rob Dibble's Ghost - Dec 9, 2010 at 4:40 AM

    And Carl Crawford is packing to head to Boston. Back to the Cliff Lee watch, he is supposedly going to make a decision by the end of this coming weekend.

  3. Anonymous - Dec 9, 2010 at 4:43 AM

    Willingham's not going to the Red Sox…unless they want to send Crawford out way…This has to mean that Lee's going to the Yankees. What else are they going to do with all of that money?And we swap Dunn for Werth, go dumpster diving for pitchers again, and count ourselves lucky if we get a first baseman who can't hold a steady job anywhere else… I think the high from Sunday is wearing off.

  4. Anonymous - Dec 9, 2010 at 4:55 AM

    Looks like the naysayers have returned? Ah, the old refrain, the Lerner's are cheap!Rome wasn't built in a day and neither are championship baseball teams.It takes time and good planning.

  5. NatsJack in Florida - Dec 9, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Spoke to my buddy Sandy Alderson yesterday and my first two words to him were "Boof Bonser?". And he immediately defended his signing as "minor league contract".I'll take the Nats efforts over that any day.

  6. joemktg - Dec 9, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Take Anon 11:40 one step further…Crawford to Boston forces Lee as a must-sign for the Yankees, thus makes Greinke more expensive once Lee is off the market. With Pavano off the market (Brewers?), and everyone needing starting pitching, guessing that the rotation is what it is for 2011. Sidebar: Wang now looks more attractive to other clubs. Webb is a Wang-like project for 2011. Ergo:1) Get the 1B (LaRoche)2) Sit tight and wait for injuries to occur to other clubs, then hopefully trade for a SP.3) Hoping Zimm has a breakthrough year.

  7. Ed Stroud - Dec 9, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    63-99

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