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  1. Improved bench a must

    Dec 1, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Laynce Nix was one of several Nationals who struggled as pinch-hitters this year. For all the attention we've given so far this offseason to the Nationals' desire to acquire a veteran starting pitcher and a starting center fielder, we should be careful not to overlook another roster dynamic desperately in need of…

  2. 2012 Hall of Fame ballot released

    Nov 30, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

    US Presswire file photo Barry Larkin appears to have a good shot at election this year. The Hall of Fame released this year's induction ballot today, which always makes for both an interesting read and a starting point for some spirited debate. Those who have been members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America for…

  3. Espinosa makes Topps Rookie All-Star Team

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

    Danny Espinosa's second-half slump may have killed his chances of winning National League Rookie of the Year, but it wasn't enough to keep him off one of baseball's more-prestigious honorary lists. Espinosa was named second baseman on this year's Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team, the trading card company announced today. He was the lone…

  4. Nats have surprised at Winter Meetings before

    Nov 30, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    US Presswire file photo The Nationals traded for Alfonso Soriano during the 2005 Winter Meetings in Dallas. The last time they convened at the Anatole Hotel in Dallas for baseball’s Winter Meetings, the Nationals did so with a clear-cut wish list. The Nationals’ top priority during that week in Dec. 2005? Acquire a veteran starting…

  5. Torn hamstring shelves Marrero

    Nov 29, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Chris Marrero hit .248 in his first 31 big-league games. The chances of Chris Marrero starting at first base for the Nationals come Opening Day were already minuscule at best, what with Adam LaRoche signed for $8 million and Michael Morse available to move in from left field if needed. But manager…

  6. Ready to ignite the Hot Stove

    Nov 28, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo B.J. Upton could be available via trade, or perhaps as a free agent in a few weeks. One week from today, the baseball world will converge on the massive Anatole Hotel in Dallas for this year's installment of the winter meetings. In theory, the Hot Stove League has been in season for…

  7. Thanksgiving in NatsTown

    Nov 24, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    On the heels of a season in which they made some significant strides, the Nationals have plenty to be thankful for this time of year. And fortunately for all of you, I happened to get my hands on a bunch of Thanksgiving messages from all sorts of Nationals employees, from players to coaches to the…

  8. Could new CBA delay Harper’s debut?

    Nov 23, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Bud Selig and union chief Michael Weiner at yesterday's CBA press conference. The formal announcement yesterday of baseball's new collective bargaining agreement spawned all kinds of analysis, drawing praise from some corners, disdain from others and an overall state of awe from plenty who were amazed that owners and players were able…

  9. Ramos goes 0-for-5 in return

    Nov 22, 2011, 11:46 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Wilson Ramos made his winter ball debut tonight in Venezuela. Updated at 10:57 p.m. Eleven days after he was rescued from his abductors in Venezuela, Wilson Ramos was back on the diamond in his homeland Tuesday night, playing the game he loves. Ramos' performance for the Aragua Tigres — he went 0-for-5…

  10. My NL MVP ballot

    Nov 22, 2011, 7:36 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Ryan Braun's fantastic season for the Brewers earned my MVP vote. There are few rights and privileges given to members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America more important than the opportunity to vote for the sport's top awards: MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year. And…

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