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  1. No bid on Darvish? No big deal

    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…

  2. Can Morse do it again?

    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…

  3. 24 hours later … still waiting

    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,…

  4. The largest contracts in Nats history

    Dec 15, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    US Presswire photo Jayson Werth's $126 million contract is easily the largest in Nationals history. As we all sit around waiting for word out of Hokkaido, Japan, where the Nippon Ham Fighters are deciding which of several posting bids from MLB clubs for pitcher Yu Darvish to accept, it seems an appropriate time to recall…

  5. Bidding for Darvish ends, wait begins

    Dec 14, 2011, 10:13 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Yu Darvish will know which MLB club won the bidding on him soon. Updated at 8:12 p.m. The posting period for Yu Darvish expired at 5 p.m. EST, leaving any major-league clubs that bid on the Japanese sensation with nothing to do but wait to find out who won. MLB teams had…

  6. Beltway Baseball – 12/14/11

    Dec 14, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    It’s been a while since our last episode of Beltway Baseball Live, so there wasn’t shortage of material this afternoon when Chase Hughes joined me to discuss the Nationals’ offseason to date. We also were joined by a special guest: Amanda Comak of the Washington Times. Topics on the table today include:d The Nationals’ failed…

  7. Which non-tenders could Nats go after?

    Dec 13, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Virginia native Joe Saunders is suddenly available after the D'backs non-tendered him. As you already know by now, the Nationals tendered contracts to six of their seven arbitration-eligible players before last night's deadline, cutting ties only with reliever Doug Slaten. You may not, however, have stayed up late enough to read a…

  8. Slaten is Nats’ lone non-tender

    Dec 13, 2011, 2:18 AM EST

    US Presswire photo Doug Slaten struggled this year and missed three months with an elbow injury. The Nationals elected not to tender Doug Slaten a contract before tonight's midnight deadline, cutting ties with the left-handed reliever and making him a free agent. The Nats did tender contracts to their six remaining arbitration-eligible players: Tyler Clippard,…

  9. Rijo to be arrested in Dominican

    Dec 12, 2011, 7:54 PM EST

    Jose Rijo, the former Reds postseason hero and Nationals executive who lost his job as a result of the 2009 Esmailyn Gonzalez scandal, is slated to be arrested in his native Dominican Republic sometime in the next two weeks for being in contempt of court. German Miranda, the head of the Dominican's Justice Ministry Anti-Laundering…

  10. To tender or not to tender?

    Dec 12, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    US Presswire photo Tom Gorzelanny would probably make at least $2.5 million in 2012 if tendered. One of baseball's complicated, oft-misunderstood deadlines comes tonight at midnight when all teams must tender contracts to all players who don't have 2012 contracts yet but are under team control. What in the world does that mean? Let's try…

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