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  1. Burnett signs 2-year extension

    Dec 23, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    The Nationals have signed reliever Sean Burnett to a two-year contract with a team option for a third year, according to a source close to the left-hander. Burnett, who was entering the second of his three arbitration seasons, will make $1.4 million in 2011 and $2.3 million in 2012. He would be eligible for free…

  2. Chico outrighted to Class AAA

    Dec 22, 2010, 6:48 PM EDT

    Rest easy, Matt Chico fans: The left-hander will remain with the Nationals organization after all. Chico, who was designated for assignment earlier this week, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Class AAA Syracuse, the club announced today. Though the Nationals only announced the DFA move last night, Chico must have been placed on waivers earlier…

  3. Baseball America’s Top 10 prospects

    Dec 22, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    Every winter, Baseball America ranks the top 10 prospects from every organization. These rankings obviously aren't the end-all, be-all, but BA is pretty much considered the authority when it comes to the minor leagues and amateur baseball, so their words do carry some weight. The Nationals' top 10 was released this morning, and to no…

  4. Chico DFA’d

    Dec 22, 2010, 12:39 AM EDT

    The Nationals have designated left-hander Matt Chico for assignment, clearing one spot on their 40-man roster needed after last week's signing of Chien-Ming Wang. Chico, who pitched in one big-league game this year, has seven days to either clear waivers and be outrighted to Class AAA Syracuse, be traded to another club or released. The…

  5. Plenty of money still to spend

    Dec 21, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jayson Werth got a huge contract, but he's only making $10 million in 2011. The Nationals front office has stated pretty clearly for several months that now is the time to start adding high-priced acquisitions, whether via free agency or trades. The organization is willing and able to…

  6. Strasburg rehab update

    Dec 20, 2010, 9:26 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg just held a brief conference call with beat writers to update everyone on his rehab from Tommy John surgery. No major news to report here; he's basically right on schedule with things. Strasburg continues to go through plenty of strength and conditioning workouts, with an emphasis on building up his shoulder so as…

  7. Nats sign Rick Ankiel

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Updated at 11:58 a.m. The Nationals have signed outfielder Rick Ankiel to a one-year, $1.5 million contract, a club source confirmed this morning. Ankiel, the former Cardinals phenom whose pitching career flamed out nearly a decade ago, has resurrected himself as an outfielder and in 2008 hit 25 homers with 71 RBI for St. Louis.…

  8. Greinke to Brewers, vetoes Nats?

    Dec 19, 2010, 4:21 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke is now a Brewer, though perhaps only after coming very close to becoming a National. The Royals agreed this morning to trade their ace right-hander (plus shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and $2 million) to Milwaukee for four players: center fielder Lorenzo Cain, shortstop Alcides Escobar, right-hander Jake Odorizzi and a pitcher-to-be-named (believed to be…

  9. Wang, Antonelli & the GIBBYs

    Dec 18, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

    Good Saturday morning to you, NatsTown. Hope everyone is staying warm and dreaming wonderful thoughts of pitchers and catchers reporting to sunny Viera in less than two months' time. Couple of quick-hit items to pass along as you enjoy your coffee and morning paper. (Does anyone out there still read the paper? Please assure me…

  10. Gaudin signs minor-league deal

    Dec 17, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    The Nationals have signed veteran right-hander Chad Gaudin to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Gaudin, who will be 28 on Opening Day, has pitched for six major-league clubs in eight years, most recently the Yankees. He went 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 30 relief appearances for New York this season;…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 55 44 --
ATLANTA 55 46 1.0
NEW YORK 48 53 8.0
MIAMI 47 52 8.5
PHILADELPHIA 43 57 12.5
Through Wednesday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
THU: OFF
FRI: Nats at Reds, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Reds, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Reds, 1:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
Full season schedule

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ON THE RADIO

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MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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