Dec 22, 2011, 9:57 PM EDT
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has spent the last two winters desperately seeking to add another front-line starter to pitch alongside Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann in his rotation. Today, Rizzo finally got his man, but the price to acquire him was steep. Washington has agreed to acquire left-hander Gio Gonzalez from the Oakland Athletics…
Dec 22, 2011, 8:24 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Gio Gonzalez is 31-21 with a 3.17 ERA (and 183 walks) the last two seasons. It appears we're nearing a resolution on the Gio Gonzalez trade free-for-all that's been brewing for several weeks now, ever since the Athletics started hinting they were looking to deal the young left-hander. The Nationals, to no…
Dec 22, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT
The Nationals’ name has come up plenty of times this winter as potential suitors for a host of available player, but until news broke late last night about a near-deal with utilityman Mark DeRosa they had yet to sign anyone to a major-league contract. What about some of those ever-present rumors? Are the Nationals serious…
Dec 22, 2011, 4:13 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Mark DeRosa hit 23 homers in 2009 but played only 73 total games the last two years. The Nationals are close to signing Mark DeRosa to a one-year contract, giving the club a veteran utilityman who can play all over the field and come off the bench, albeit one who has been…
Dec 21, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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…
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