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Why Adam Dunn is No Longer a National

Adam Dunn tosses his helmet after another strikeout. (C.Nichols/Nats News Network)

Adam Dunn is no longer property of the Washington Nationals for two simple reasons:
1)  The organization decided the expense — in terms of amount of money and length of contract — was not worth the risk on a decidedly flawed player. 
2)  Dunn and his agent were convinced that on the open market he could sign Continue reading

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Dunn Deal: Where Do the Nats Go From Here?

So that’s it.
Adam Dunn is officially no longer property of the Washington Nationals, having signed a four year, $56 million dollar contract with the Chicago White Sox.
As I’ve written many times in the last several months, it was never about Dunn’s defense.  Kenny Williams, GM of the American League White Sox, gave Dunn his fourth year.  That’s all this was ever about.  To pretend like defense Continue reading

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Darkest Before the Dawn?

Can the Washington Nationals take a step back record-wise in 2011 and still progress as a team?  It’s an interesting question to ponder.  Because as things stand right now, it looks more and more likely the team the Nats field next season will be filled with the same questions as last season.  Or worse.
It’s clear now that first baseman Adam Dunn won’t return to the Nationals.  This has been Continue reading

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Hot Stove Headache

I hate this time of year on the baseball calendar.
The General Manager’s meetings started in Orlando today, a precursor to baseball’s Winter Meetings the first week in December.  This week lays the groundwork for future deals — rarely is a big deal or signing completed during this introductory phase. 
I’m sure there are some GMs out there still just compiling their list of available free agents Continue reading

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Rizzo Gets Five-Year Extension, Title of V.P. of Baseball Operations

"It’ll be my baby."  Mike Rizzo, named Washington Nationals V.P. of Baseball Operations.

Mike Rizzo during spring training 2010. (C. Nichols/Nats News Network)
The Washington Nationals today announced that Mike Rizzo has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager and signed a new five-year contract. Managing Principal Owner Theodore N. Lerner made the Continue reading

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The Adam Dunn Conundrum: Forget Defense, It’s About the Money

Adam Dunn’s contract status is the biggest decision heading into off-season for Mike Rizzo and the Washington Nationals. (Photo by C.Nichols/Nats News Network)

Let’s get one thing straight shall we fair readers?
Whether or not the Washington Nationals re-sign Adam Dunn has almost nothing to do with his defensive ability, contrary to what anyone at The Washington Post — whether it’s Thomas Continue reading

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Stephen Strasburg Has "Significant" Tear in UCL; Tommy John Surgery Likely

Nats fans might not see this again until 2012. (Photo by C. Nichols/Nats News Network)
The Washington Nationals announced this morning that Stephen Strasburg has a "significant tear" in the Ulner Collateral Ligament in his right elbow and will "probably" have Tommy John surgery, pending a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum, an expert in the procedure.
The typical rehabilitation time from this Continue reading

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Bryce Harper Introduced: "I can’t wait to show ‘em what I can do."

Bryce Harper was introduced today as a member of the Washington Nationals (Photo by Ian Koski/Nats Daily News)
The Washington Nationals introduced their newest prodigy, 17-year old outfielder Bryce Harper, to the media and Nationals fans with a press conference before tonight’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The remarkably composed and well-spoken Harper, who should be getting ready for Continue reading

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