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  1. Nats want Lee, but not for 7 years

    Dec 7, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Nationals are seriously interested in signing Cliff Lee. Just not serious enough to give the prized free agent pitcher a seven-year contract. While the Nationals will likely make a formal contract offer to Lee in the coming days, club sources said they will not include a seventh year in…

  2. Another 7-year contract offer?

    Dec 7, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — As Day 2 of the Winter Meetings gets underway, here are some Tuesday morning goodies to munch on with your breakfast… – If the Nationals truly are serious about making their second gargantuan splash of the offseason by signing Cliff Lee, they may need only to inform the left-hander they're…

  3. Teams interested in Willingham

    Dec 7, 2010, 12:53 AM EDT

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Nationals’ signing of Jayson Werth to a massive, $126 million contract could have a profound domino effect on the club’s overall plan for the rest of the offseason. It opens the door for other prominent free agents to take the Nationals seriously after previously considering the perennial last-place club…

  4. Rizzo on Werth, Willingham, pitching

    Dec 6, 2010, 10:28 PM EDT

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Mike Rizzo wrapped up his daily media session a little while ago. Here are some of the highlights from the Nationals' GM… Responding to the negative reaction around baseball to the Jayson Werth contract: "There's no negative reaction from me. I'm satisfied with the deal. I'm glad we got Jayson…

  5. Lunchtime tidbits

    Dec 6, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Some lunchtime tidbits for you from the Winter Meetings… – The Jayson Werth signing continues to be the biggest topic of discussion here at the Swan and Dolphin Resort. I stopped counting how many people have approached me so far today and before saying anything else asked me something along…

  6. More on Jayson Werth

    Dec 6, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — As the shock of the Jayson Werth signing begins to wear off, plenty of thoughts come to mind. Here's what I was pondering last night, presented in bullet-by-bullet form for your early morning consideration while I make my way to the Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort for the official start…

  7. Making a (very costly) statement

    Dec 6, 2010, 2:59 AM EDT

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — It’s a rare day indeed when the Washington Nationals make a move that shakes up the entire baseball world. This is a franchise that for the better part of six years has existed on the periphery of the major leagues, content to build its franchise through draft picks and second-tier…

  8. Nats sign Werth for 7 years [updated]

    Dec 5, 2010, 10:12 PM EDT

    ORLANDO — Boy, did I pick the wrong time to be on an airplane. I just landed in Orlando, turned on my BlackBerry and was greeted with a flood of emails, including a formal press release from the Nationals announcing they've signed outfielder Jayson Werth to a seven-year contract. Obviously, more to come… UPDATE AT…

  9. Trade vs. draft picks

    Dec 4, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    I don't want to harp on the Adam Dunn story forever, and we'll certainly start moving on to other topics soon — the Winter Meetings begin Monday, after all — but I did want to touch on one more aspect of this whole thing while it's still fresh on everyone's minds. A lot of people…

  10. Rizzo statement on Dunn

    Dec 3, 2010, 8:36 PM EDT

    Mike Rizzo isn’t scheduled to speak to media members until Monday at the Winter Meetings, but the Nationals general manager did just release a statement about Adam Dunn. Here it is… “The Washington Nationals wish Adam Dunn and his family the best of luck and good will in Chicago. Adam contributed much to the Nationals…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 58 48 --
ATLANTA 58 51 1.5
MIAMI 53 55 6.0
NEW YORK 52 56 7.0
PHILADELPHIA 48 61 11.5
Through Thursday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Orioles at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 12:35 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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