Category Archives: FREE AGENTS

History Lesson: A Quick Study in Futility

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"Nats interested in free agent Lackey", MLB.com (Bill Ladson), Nov. 17, 2009
"Rizzo says Nats still pursuing pitcher", The Washington Times (Ben Goessling), Dec. 9, 2009
"Rizzo in attendance to watch Chapman", The Washington Post (Chico Harlan), Dec. 15, 2009
"Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo Talks Hot Stove with Rob Dibble", Federal Baseball (Patrick Reddington), Dec. 23, 2009 Continue reading

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Nationals Fans Start to Grumble Over Lack of Action

So there’s news tonight from Denver that the Rockies have re-upped Jorge de la Rosa, left handed starting pitcher, to a three-year, $30-plus million contract.  The 30-year old hurler is just the latest free agent pitcher to remove himself from the market before getting into any meaningful negotiations with the Washington Nationals.
Not that I espoused signing de la Rosa.  Far from it.  But many Continue reading

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Random Thoughts: We’re Still Here! Edition

BULLET-POINT STYLE!
*  The Washington Nationals hired Bob Schaefer as Special Assistant to the GM today.  Schaefer, 66, is a 30-year MLB veteran.  He joins the Nationals after serving as Joe Torre’s bench coach with the Dodgers the last three seasons (2008-10).
Schaefer has spent much of the last twenty seasons in either a special assistant to the GM role (2006 Braves under John Schuerholz, 1999- 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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Random Thoughts on Wednesday Afternoon

WHAT TO DO ABOUT DUNN?
I wrote yesterday about how the Nats are on the fence with free agent first baseman Adam Dunn and how he can start entertaining offers from any club after midnight Saturday night. 
Let me say this:  I think the Nats have no intention of signing Adam Dunn, unless he fails to garner a four-year offer elsewhere and he lands in their laps much as he did two years ago, hat in Continue reading

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Dunn Hits the Free Agent Market

Adam Dunn hitting his 300th career home run at Nats Park in 2009.
 (Cheryl Nichols/Nats News Network)
With the conclusion of the World Series, several Nationals filed for free agency late last night according to accounts.  They naturally include Adam Dunn, the powerful but defensively challenged first baseman, along with utilityman Willie Harris, outfielder Kevin Mench and relief pitcher Miguel Continue reading

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GAME 154 REVIEW: Dunn Drives in Five to Chants of "Sign Adam Dunn"

"You’ve got to treat it like its our playoffs." — Adam Dunn, on beating the suddenly struggling Braves
THE RESULT:  The chants started after the first home run, just a few in the upper deck behind home plate.  After the second homer, they grew louder and spread to different parts of the park.
The cheers came to a cresendo after the two-run single in the sixth.
"It’s really good to feel wanted. 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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