Category Archives: FREE AGENTS

Nationals Add Coffey and Hairston to Ever-Increasing Roster

The Washington Nationals have been busy the last few days.
Friday, they introduced 1B Adam LaRoche to the media.  Monday, they traded for LHP Tom Gorzelanny – sending away three minor leaguers in the deal – and signed infielder Alex Cora to a minor league contract. 
Tuesday, word surfaced that they signed right-handed reliever Todd Coffey, though no terms have been announced or leaked yet. Continue reading

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Rizzo Fails Quest to Deliver "Impact" Starter to Nats Rotation for 2011

Nats GM Mike Rizzo hasn’t landed a pitcher this off-season…yet. (C.Nichols/Nats News Network)

Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo stated in the fall his top priority this off-season was to acquire a "top of the rotation" starting pitcher for 2011.  The free agent class was remarkably weak in starting pitching this year, and when rumors started floating that it would take $20 Continue reading

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Nationals Sign First Baseman Adam LaRoche

Multiple sources confirm the Washington Nationals have signed free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche to a two ear deal, reportedly for $16 million total.
LaRoche is a left-handed hitting eight-year veteran who averages .271/.339/.488 with 25 homers and 93 RBIs per 162 games throughout his career.
LaRoche has hit exactly 25 home runs each of the last three seasons, including in 2010 with Arizona.  Continue reading

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Nationals Sign OF Rick Ankiel, Seven Others

–Updated 4:07 pm.  Thanks to reader Todd Boss for the reminder, the Nats apparently need to clear three spots on the 40-man due to the Chien-Ming Wang signing.
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The Washington Nationals signed 31-year old outfielder Rick Ankiel to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.  According to Nats Insider, the deal also includes $1.25 million in performance bonuses.
Ankiel, very famously, came up as a Continue reading

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Matt Antonelli Announces His Signing with Nationals

–Updated 5:43 pm.  Just recieved confirmation from the Nationals that Antonelli signed a triple-A contract without invite to major league spring training.

We’re still trying to confirm this information, but according to his verified twitter account and theoretically "official" blog, former San Diego Padres second baseman Matt Antonelli has signed a free agent contract with the Washington Continue reading

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Werth Press Conference Reveals No-Trade Clause

"I’ve been in the post-season a lot the last few years, and that’s what it’s all about.  That’s what you play for."
""You finally get to free agency, you have a chance to do something special for yourself and for your family. There’s a lot of things that go into it."
–Jayson Werth, at his introductory press conference.

(D.Nichols/Nats News Network)
The obligatory handshakes and jersey Continue reading

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Nationals Sign Pinch-Hitter Matt Stairs

Matt Stairs crossing home plate at Nats Park
as a member of the Padres.
(C.Nichols/NatsNewsNetwork)
The Washington Nationals announced this morning they signed 1B/OF/PH Matt Stairs to a non-guaranteed minor league contract, which includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training.
Stairs is an 18-year big league veteran who has competed in four post-seasons and won a World Series Continue reading

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Cubs Do Nats a Favor with Pena; Attention Turns to LaRoche

By all accounts, Carlos Pena is a quality human being and leader of men.  There are several people with the Washington Nationals that would have loved him to be a leader in this organization.  They liked his left-handed power bat and nimbleness around first base.  He would have been a great free agent signing for this team.
Four years ago.
Anybody in baseball could have had Pena for a song after Continue reading

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Nationals Are "All In" with Werth

The last time Jayson Werth was at Nats Park he looked like this. (C.Nichols/Nats News Network)

Mike Rizzo went all-in.
With the announcement of a seven-year, $126 million contact for right fielder Jayson Werth, Mike Rizzo, the Lerner family, and the entire Washington Nationals organization decided to go all-in, foregoing a steady growth pattern and instead choosing to try to buy a pennant. 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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