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  1. Wrapping up the Winter Meetings

    Dec 10, 2015, 11:48 AM EST

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    NASHVILLE — The Nationals arrived for the Winter Meetings four days ago with plenty of uncertainty surrounding their bullpen, interest in adding a left-handed bat and questions about the potential for them to do something really dramatic. They departed the Winter Meetings on Thursday morning with slightly less uncertainty surrounding their bullpen, the same level…

  2. Report: Nats sign swingman Petit to 1-year deal

    Dec 9, 2015, 8:37 PM EST

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    NASHVILLE — Needing an experienced long reliever to take over the role vacated by last week’s parting with Craig Stammen, the Nationals reportedly have come to terms with former Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit on a 1-year contract. The Petit agreement, reported by the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, has not been confirmed by the Nationals…

  3. Rizzo: Offer made to Leake, but search for starter “tepid”

    Dec 9, 2015, 3:36 PM EST

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    Updated at 6:09 p.m. NASHVILLE — Seeking more depth for a rotation that is losing two key stalwarts to free agency this winter, the Nationals made an offer to right-hander Mike Leake this week at the Winter Meetings, general manager Mike Rizzo confirmed Wednesday afternoon. Rizzo didn’t provide specifics of the offer and framed it…

  4. Do the Nats need another left-handed bat?

    Dec 9, 2015, 9:46 AM EST

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    NASHVILLE — The Nationals’ pursuit of Ben Zobrist wasn’t lip service. They made a serious run at the veteran free agent, so much so that one source familiar with the process said they actually offered more money than the $56 million he wound up taking from the Cubs last night. That said, the Nationals didn’t…

  5. Nats lose out on Zobrist, who signs with Cubs

    Dec 8, 2015, 8:18 PM EST

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    NASHVILLE — The Ben Zobrist Sweepstakes finally resolved itself Tuesday night at the Winter Meetings, and though the Nationals didn’t land the highly coveted free agent, they can at least take solace knowing he’s not headed to their biggest division rival. The Cubs, never considered among the favorites to sign Zobrist, swept in at the…

  6. Nats in discussions with reliever Kelley, but no deal yet

    Dec 8, 2015, 5:23 PM EST

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    NASHVILLE — The Nationals have been in discussions with right-hander Shawn Kelley at the Winter Meetings, general manager Mike Rizzo said, but the club has not come to terms with the free-agent reliever yet. “We have not completed a deal with Kelly, no,” Rizzo said during his Tuesday afternoon session with reporters at the Opryland…

  7. Zobrist decision likely this week, Nats in mix

    Dec 7, 2015, 4:19 PM EST

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    NASHVILLE — Ben Zobrist, among the most-popular free agents on the market this winter, is likely to make a decision this week, and the Nationals are among the final suitors for the versatile veteran. Zobrist, who lives in Nashville, is scheduled to meet with Nationals officials in town for the Winter Meetings on Tuesday, a…

  8. Bullpen market continues to thin

    Dec 7, 2015, 11:13 AM EST

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    NASHVILLE — Here’s the biggest dilemma facing the Nationals at the Winter Meetings, which officially began this morning: They desperately need to acquire quality, late-inning relievers while at the same time they desperately need to deal away a couple of quality, late-inning relievers. Does this meet the definition of irony? Mike Rizzo and Co. are…

  9. Winter Meetings storylines

    Dec 6, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Executives, managers, coaches, scouts, trainers, traveling secretaries, PR reps, agents, equipment reps, broadcasters, writers and pretty much anybody else associated with the sport of baseball all are making their way to Nashville today for this year’s Winter Meetings, which officially commence Monday morning. This is the third time the gargantuan Gaylord Opryland Resort has hosted…

  10. Source: Nats sign veteran lefty Perez to 2-year deal

    Dec 4, 2015, 3:52 PM EST

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    The Nationals have taken their first significant step toward overhauling their bullpen, agreeing to terms Friday with veteran left-hander Oliver Perez on a 2-year, $7 million deal, according to a source familiar with the contract. Perez, 34, has been around the block during a 15-year career featuring an assortment of highs and lows, but he…

  11. Can the Nationals remake their entire bullpen?

    Dec 4, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Scroll through the Nationals’ 2015 pitching register and then answer this question: Which relievers on that list are locks to make the 2016 Opening Day roster? Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen might return, but both right-handers are going to be the subject of plenty of trade speculation over the next several weeks after seeing their…

  12. Nats sign veterans Heisey, Sizemore to minor-league deals

    Nov 21, 2015, 12:48 PM EST

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    Updated at 1:35 p.m. The Nationals have signed Chris Heisey and Scott Sizemore to minor-league contracts, offering the veteran outfielder and infielder opportunities to come to big-league camp next spring and compete for a spot on the Opening Day roster. Heisey, who turns 31 next month, spent most of his 6-year career in Cincinnati, where…

  13. Free-agent market for relievers is thin

    Nov 13, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    The Nationals’ No. 1 roster priority this winter is crystal clear: Improve a bullpen that was the club’s biggest weakness this season. That, of course, is easier said than done. How exactly does general manager Mike Rizzo go about fixing this problem? Are there in-house options? Who from the current relief corps should stay and…

  14. How much do the Nationals have to spend in 2016?

    Nov 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    They’ve hired a new manager, begun putting together a new coaching staff and made decisions regarding several new free agents. So now the Nationals, like all MLB clubs, are transitioning into full-blown Hot Stove League mode, the focus now on 2016 roster alterations. Some clubs will undergo massive roster renovations. Others will make only a…

  15. Zimmermann, Desmond get qualifying offers; Span doesn’t

    Nov 6, 2015, 5:04 PM EST

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    The Nationals extended 1-year qualifying offers worth about $15.8 million to Jordan Zimmermann and Ian Desmond in advance of Friday’s 5 p.m. EST deadline, ensuring they will at least get back draft-pick compensation for either of those free agents should they sign elsewhere this winter. The Nationals did not submit the offer to Denard Span…

  16. Decision day for qualifying offers

    Nov 6, 2015, 11:14 AM EST

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    Having hired their manager and filled a couple of positions on their coaching staff, the Nationals can begin shifting attention to the biggest task of the offseason: Adjusting their roster. That process, in many ways, begins later today when one of baseball’s first key offseason deadlines arrives. By 5 p.m. EST, all clubs must decide…

  17. Nats decline options on Janssen, McLouth

    Nov 2, 2015, 4:09 PM EST

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    The Nationals declined to pick up contract options for reliever Casey Janssen and outfielder Nate McLouth on Monday, making both veterans free agents along with six others who officially hit the market on the day after the World Series ended. Janssen and McLouth join right-handers Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister, shortstop Ian Desmond, center fielder…

  18. Desmond turns emotional after likely Nats finale

    Oct 4, 2015, 10:12 PM EST

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    NEW YORK — An emotional Ian Desmond fought back tears as he tried to sum up 12 seasons in the Nationals organization Sunday evening following what almost certainly was his final game with the franchise. “When I got drafted by the Expos, they didn’t know where the team would be,” Desmond said, pausing several times…

  19. Cabrera, Hairston, Schierholtz become free agents

    Oct 30, 2014, 1:35 PM EST

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    Three veteran Nationals players officially became free agents today, the conclusion of the World Series signaling the beginning of baseball’s annual Hot Stove League. Infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and outfielders Scott Hairston and Nate Schierholtz are three of 121 major league players who are now free agents, according to a list released by the MLB Players…

  20. Free agency primer: Catchers

    Nov 9, 2013, 6:00 AM EST

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    With MLB free agency officially underway — don’t get too excited yet, because players typically don’t start signing for several more weeks — we’re taking a broad look at players the Nationals could pursue, based on positions of possible need. We conclude today with backup catchers… The Nationals have believed for some time now that…

  21. Free agency primer: Starting pitchers

    Nov 6, 2013, 6:00 AM EST

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    With MLB free agency officially underway — don’t get too excited yet, because players typically don’t start signing for several more weeks — we’re going to take a broad look at players the Nationals could pursue, based on positions of possible need. We start today with starting pitchers… If it seems like the Nationals always…

  22. Rizzo wraps up 2013, discusses offseason priorities

    Sep 28, 2013, 8:29 PM EST

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    PHOENIX — Mike Rizzo conducted a lengthy session with beat reporters shortly before tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks, both looking back at what happened this season and looking ahead to what he hopes to accomplish this offseason. The Nationals general manager was disappointed in his team’s play through the first four months, was highly encouraged…

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