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  1. The depth chart … for now

    Feb 6, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Rick Ankiel and Roger Bernadina will be competing for playing time in center field. Another Super Bowl has come and gone — what an equally thrilling and bizarre finish that was last night, huh? — and that can mean only one thing: Pitchers and catchers will be reporting for work in less…

  2. Ankiel returns on minor-league deal

    Feb 5, 2012, 10:43 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Rick Ankiel will return to the Nationals on a minor-league contract. Still in search of a center fielder in the short term and a left-handed bat for their bench over the full season, the Nationals have re-signed Rick Ankiel to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, a club source…

  3. Coffey signs with Dodgers

    Feb 4, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Todd Coffey posted a 3.62 ERA in 69 games with the Nationals last season. “Coffey Time” is heading out to La-La Land. Which means it may need to be re-branded “Soy Latte Time.” Todd Coffey, who amused Nationals fans with his bullpen-to-mound sprint last season, has signed a one-year contract with the…

  4. Payroll could reach $84 million

    Feb 3, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Edwin Jackson will earn $9 million this year, with another $2 million paid in 2013. Somewhat lost amid the news of Edwin Jackson's signing and the domino effect it's going to have on the Nationals rotation is the financial impact of all this. Even on a one-year rental, Jackson doesn't come cheap.…

  5. Sorting out a suddenly overflow rotation

    Feb 3, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Trivia time: Can you name the five pitchers who made the most starts for the Nationals in 2010? If you said Livan Hernandez (33), John Lannan (25), Craig Stammen (19), Luis Atilano (16) and Scott Olsen (15), congratulations. You remember the painful history of this franchise far too well. Was it really less than two…

  6. Transcript of Rizzo’s conference call

    Feb 2, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    General manager Mike Rizzo held a conference call this afternoon to discuss the Nationals' acquisition of Edwin Jackson and what it means for the rest of his pitching staff. Here's a full transcript from that conference call with reporters… Q: Edwin Jackson is a guy you've been after for quite some time, as far back…

  7. Nats agree to deal with Jackson (updated)

    Feb 2, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Edwin Jackson went 12-9 with a 3.79 ERA in 32 games last season. Updated at 5:18 p.m. The Nationals already had a five-man starting rotation. Actually, they had a seven-man rotation before adding Edwin Jackson to the puzzle today. So why give Jackson a one-year, $10 million contract and create an even…

  8. Beltway Baseball Live – 2/2/12

    Feb 2, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Thanks to everyone who tuned in for our on-the-fly live episode of Beltway Baseball at 3 p.m. Chase Hughes, Amanda Comak and I discussed the breaking Edwin Jackson news, the effect it has on the rest of the rotation and touched on last week's Brad Lidge signing. We also took your questions on Rick Ankiel…

  9. Lannan loses arbitration case

    Feb 2, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Even in loss, John Lannan nearly doubled his $2.75 million salary from last year. A three-judge panel ruled against John Lannan today in his salary arbitration case against the Nationals, determining the left-hander deserves to earn $5 million this season. One day after appearing before the panel in a hearing in St.…

  10. Lannan’s case heard, Durbin signs minor deal

    Feb 1, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo John Lannan is seeking $5.7 million; the Nats countered with a $5 million offer. The Nationals and John Lannan went to arbitration today, the two sides arguing their cases before a three-judge panel in St. Petersburg, Fla., a source present at the hearing confirmed. This was the first of potentially 24 arbitration…

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