Dec 21, 2011, 7:38 PM EST
The Nationals have claimed minor leaguer Carlos Rivero off waivers from the Phillies, adding a potential backup infielder to the mix. Rivero, 23, hit .260 with 16 homers, 71 RBI and a .326 on-base percentage in 136 combined games between Class AA Reading and Class AAA Lehigh Valley this season. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Venezuelan brings…
Dec 21, 2011, 12:00 PM EST
US Presswire photo Roy Oswalt would help the Nationals in 2012 but probably leave after one year. For seven years, we've heard the Nationals espouse a plan of action that has been focused far more on slow-and-steady progress than immediate success. Every move the franchise has made — especially in the three years since Mike…
Dec 20, 2011, 4:14 PM EST
The Nationals announced the signings of nine players to minor-league contracts with invitations to spring training: outfielders Jason Michaels, Xavier Paul and Brett Carroll; infielders Chad Tracy, Andres Blanco and Jarrett Hoffpauir; catcher Carlos Maldonado; and right-handers Jeff Fulchino and Waldis Joaquin. The club also announced it has extended spring training invitations to reliever Rafael…
Dec 20, 2011, 12:00 PM EST
US Presswire photo The Rangers will pay $51.7 million for the right to negotiate with Yu Darvish. Well, we now know who has won the right to negotiate with Yu Darvish (the Texas Rangers) and how much it cost to win that right ($51.7 million). That's the largest posting fee ever paid out to a…
Dec 19, 2011, 9:04 PM EST
US Presswire photo Mike Cameron hit .203 in 78 games this season, 45 of them with the Marlins. Stymied thus far in their quest to find a long-term answer in center field, the Nationals today came up with what appears to be a short-term solution: Mike Cameron. The Nationals agreed to terms with the veteran…
Dec 19, 2011, 6:16 PM EST
The Nationals formally announced their full minor-league coaching staffs for 2012 today, promoting from within for their top two affiliates while hiring an experienced manager from outside to take over at high-Class A Potomac. As was previously revealed, Tony Beasley will move up to manage Class AAA Syracuse after spending this season at Class AA…
Dec 19, 2011, 11:00 AM EST
US Presswire photo Sean Burnett struggled in the first half this season, then turned it around. We've spent plenty of time this offseason talking about several areas the Nationals are hoping to bolster — the rotation, the outfield, the bench — but there's one aspect of the roster that has barely drawn mention so far…
Dec 16, 2011, 7:16 PM EST
US Presswire file photo The price tag for Yu Darvish was too high for the Nationals' tastes. So it turns out the Nationals did not submit a formal bid for Japanese pitching sensation Yu Darvish. (That's according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. I haven't been able to confirm it myself yet, but I…
Dec 16, 2011, 12:00 PM EST
US Presswire photo Michael Morse clubbed 31 homers, drove in 95 runs and hit .303 this season. There's no debating Michael Morse's importance to the Nationals in 2011. During a season in which Ryan Zimmerman missed 2 1/2 months, Adam LaRoche missed four months and Jayson Werth produced some of the worst offensive numbers of…
Dec 15, 2011, 10:36 PM EST
US Presswire photo Several clubs placed bids for Yu Darvish, but we don't know which won yet. UPDATE AT 9:08 P.M. — It doesn't look like an announcement is coming anytime soon. Danny Knobler of CBSsports.com reports the Fighters aren't expected to make their decision until just before Tuesday's deadline. Could be a long weekend,…
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