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…
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…
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;…
Dec 17, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Josh Willingham's trade opens the door for Roger Bernadina to start in left field. If it wasn't clear before, it certainly became obvious yesterday when Mike Rizzo traded Josh Willingham to the Oakland A's. The Nationals' general manager is remodeling his roster to include more guys who fit…
Dec 17, 2010, 1:44 AM EDT
Photo courtesy Bill Scheuermann Chien-Ming Wang returns after appearing in two Florida instructional league games. Chien-Ming Wang made $2 million from the Nationals last year without ever appearing in a game. The Nats are willing to give the Taiwanese right-hander another $1 million to make another attempt to return in 2011. The Nationals re-signed Wang…
Dec 16, 2010, 10:24 PM EDT
Read my full story on the trade on CSNwashington.com The Nationals and A's each just had dueling conference calls a little while ago. I was in on the Nats' call with Mike Rizzo, who had some interesting things to say about today's trade and why it was made. My colleague John Shea of the San…
Dec 16, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT
Updated at 4:03 p.m. The Nationals have finalized a trade that will send left fielder Josh Willingham to the Athletics for reliever Henry Rodriguez and minor-league outfielder Corey Brown, both teams formally announced late this afternoon. Willingham, who hit .268 with 16 homers and 56 RBI in 114 games this season before undergoing knee surgery…
Dec 16, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT
The Nationals have a right fielder (one who will cost them $126 million over the next seven years). They've got one of the best third basemen in the game. They've got a pair of young middle infielders who can grow together. The Nats have both a veteran and two young catchers who can share the…
Dec 15, 2010, 10:44 PM EDT
Jayson Werth spent the last four seasons playing in as successful an environment as you can find in baseball: as one piece of a Phillies roster loaded with All-Stars that played in front of sellout crowds every night and won four straight division titles, with a World Series crown thrown in for good measure. The…
Dec 15, 2010, 7:51 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jayson Werth donned a Nats cap and jersey today for the first time. Jayson Werth's introductory press conference (along with several follow-up, smaller sessions with reporters talking to Werth, Mike Rizzo, Jim Riggleman and others) has concluded. I'm going back through the tape right now and will be…
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