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Nats Hot Stove Round Up: Willingham and Dunn on the outs? Webb coming to D.C.?

At the end of each week we will round up all of the rumors surrounding the Washington Nationals hot stove. We hope this will provide a comprehensive view of what’s going down in Nats Town.

The General Managers Meetings have come to a close without the Nationals making a single deal, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t in the news…

698307…According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, the Nationals are unlikely to re-sign starting left fielder Josh Willingham to a long-term extension. In fact it seems that General Manager Mike Rizzo knows very well Willingham’s worth and according to MLB.com reporter Bill Ladson, it’s unlikely the outfielder will still be on the club by the start of the 2011 season…Willingham appears to be drawing interest from a number of teams, most notably the Colorado Rockies…

…In their push to solidify their starting rotation, the National shave been linked to several second-tier starters this past week. Most notably the club has shown that they are very interested in signing left-handed starter Jorge De La Rosa. Mike Rizzo met with the starters representatives past week and appear to be the frontrunner to sign him, as the Rockies appear uninterested in signing the 29-year-old to a long term deal…De La Rosa went 8-7 last year with a 3.77 xFIP..

…The club also appears to be the front runner to land Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Carl Pavano. There are, however, “six or eight teams” in the chase to land the 34-year-old who posted a sub four ERA for the first time since 2004 last season. Pavano found a resurgence (perhaps due to his amazing facial hair) in 2010, leading the majors in complete games and shutouts…

…The Nats are one of at least seven teams currently after former Cy Young winner Brandon Webb. It’s unclear how much Webb will demand, as the former ace has thrown just four innings since 2008, however his sterling track record has several teams interested which will help drive up his price. Currently the Dodgers, Rangers, Cardinals, Twins, Reds, and Pirates appear to be in the chase…

…First baseman Adam Dunn appears to be moving away from re-signing with the Washington Nationals this winter. The Nats have had a three-year deal on the table for Dunn for months, but it appears he may be moving to the mid-west as the Cubs, White Sox, and most notably the Tigers appear to be in hot pursuit…

Justin Upton rumors dominated the national scene this week but surprisingly the Nationals did not come up in any of the discussions. Considering the clubs need for a center fielder, Rizzo’s relationship with Arizona, and Upton’s Virginia roots, it would seem like a no brainer the club would push for the potential future star. Many predict however that landing the 23-year-old outfielder would require quite a purse in return, and with the Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, and potentially even the Marlins in the chase, perhaps Rizzo doesn’t want to get in a bidding war…

Local Note:

Former Langley High School standout Jay Sborz signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves this week…Former Westfield High School standout Brandon Snyder made his MLB debut last season for the Baltimore Orioles and looks to make the big league club next spring…Both were drafted in the first round of the MLB draft…

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