Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
The Nationals announced their spring training report dates Friday morning giving us an official countdown until it's time to descend on Viera, Fla. for six weeks. Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 19, 2012. Position players will follow on Feb. 23 and the first full workout will be held Feb
For four days a year, the entire baseball world is in one place. Executives from all 30 teams are under one roof. A possible trade discussion doesn't have to take place via back-and-forth phone calls. It can happen at one table, in one hotel suite, in one hour if the fit is right. The same goes for meeting with agents and, occasionally, the players themselves. There's an urgency and a madness to the meetings -- one that's exacerbated by the hordes of media swarming the lobby and by the rumors that run rampant no matter how baseless they are. So what, then, to make of the Nationals relative inactivity at the meetings? Believe it or not, it shouldn't inspire the panic that it appears to have among many Nationals fans.
The Nationals wrapped up the 2011 winter meetings by making an $84,000 profit at the Rule 5 draft Thursday morning. The Nationals did not select anyone in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft but lost outfielder Erik Komatsu to St. Louis and left-hander Brad Meyers
The winter meetings are just about to wrap up from the Hilton Anatole hotel here in Dallas, the last act of the annual baseball meetings being the Rule 5 draft.
According to a source, the Nationals have agreed to terms with outfielder Brett Carroll on a minor league deal, with an invite to major league spring training.
Scott Boras met the media here at the Hilton Anatole hotel for a few minutes tonight, his annual scrum that inspires a mass of media to swarm him as if he were a head of state.
Another reason the Nationals may not feel compelled to give up something substantial to fill their center field need is Ian Desmond's ability in the leadoff spot from the middle of August through the end of the season in 2011. What the Nationals have been searching for is a leadoff-hitting center fielder. What they have on their roster is a capable center fielder and a shortstop who can leadoff.
We have spoken to Oakland. Gio he fits what we're looking for. He's young, controllable, talented starting pitcher that's got a proven track record but with that said those guys come at a cost so we have to balance what the cost is and what the gain is to the club in the long term.
The Nationals felt confident and "good about ourselves" with the offer they made to Mark Buehrle, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said at roughly 3 p.m. CT. By 3:50 p.m. FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal was reporting that Buehrle had agreed with the Miami Marlins for four years and $58 million.
Good morning from Day 3 of the 2011 winter meetings where Pujols-watch is still in full swing. According to reports, the "Mystery Team" that jumped into the bidding (and rumors) late Tuesday night is out. It's either going to be Cardinals or Marlins for Albert Pujols and the decision could hold up the rest of the free agent market.
The Nationals front-line needs have been clear for some time. In case you haven't heard, they're interested in a starting pitcher and a center fielder. But where the majority of their offseason work truly sits is in assembling their bench.
The Nationals met with a few more teams Tuesday in their search for a trade partner to acquire a center fielder and their long-documented interest in Tampa Bay’s B.J. Upton was brought to the forefront again. While Rizzo seemed positive about some of the various trade discussions he admitted that “I don’t think anything has changed on that front,” when asked about Upton.
Free agent left-hander Mark Buehrle has whittled his options down to a final five teams and the Nationals are one of them, according to a source familiar with the decision making process.
The best route for acquiring what they're looking for is via a trade. That much is clear. But what they want is a rare commodity. If trading for a center fielder blows up another part of the team and creates more holes than it fills, they don't feel compelled to do it.
Good morning from the winter meetings, Day 2, here at the Hilton Anatole.
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