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NL East Update: The one where Infante is alright

Marlin Maniac has made a startling discovery. Omar Infante is actually a decent player! Of course Florida got the weaker end of the deal that sent Infante and Mike Dunn to the Marlins in exchange for Dan Uggla, but that would have been the case no matter where Uggla went. That being said, Infante is […]

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Cliff Lee to Philadelphia is bad news for Nats

The Philadelphia Phillies came out of nowhere last night to sign the top free-agent in baseball, Cliff Lee. With the addition, they now arguably sport one of the best starting rotations of all-time as Lee joins Roy Halladay (NL Cy Young), Roy Oswalt (NL Leader in WHIP), and Cole Hamles (9.1 K/9 in 2010)… here […]

Breaking News: Cliff Lee Back In Philadelphia

Cliff Lee signs a five-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, leaving the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers at the table. Philadelphia swooped in at the last minute to acquire the prized left-hander. Lee will join Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels in the stacked Phillies rotation. More to come…

Lastings Milledge Starts a Fight In Winter League

Former Mets/Nationals/Pirates center fielder of the future Free Agent outfielder Lastings Milledge, trying to prove his worth in the Venezuelan Winter League, got in a huge in-game fight Sunday. According to NBC’s Hardball Talk: “Lastings Milledge involved in big team fight in winter ball. Venezuelan friend says: Heated game. After he doubled in 4th, he […]

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Nationals going after Greinke and Garza

According to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post, the Nationals are aggressively pursuing a trade for Zack Greinke and Matt Garza: “The Nationals are “aggressively pursuing” a trade for Garza or Greinke, but it is difficult to see them actually pulling it off, a major league source said. Both pitchers, especially Greinke, the 2009 American […]

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Ladson: Nationals Out On Cliff Lee

According to Bill Ladson of MLB.COM, the Washington Nationals are officially out of the running for left-handed ace Cliff Lee: “The Nationals are out of the Cliff Lee sweepstakes, a baseball source told MLB.com on Sunday night. No reason was given as to why the left-hander passed on Washington. Published reports have indicated that Lee […]

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NL East Update: Winter Meetings Edition

Could we really see Zack Greinke join an already stacked Phillies starting rotation? This is largely speculation and there is realistically no way this would ever happen but it’s worth looking at. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro is a go-getter, you have to admire that about him. There’s no shame in “inquiring” about a certain player, […]

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Jayson Werth: By The Numbers

The Nationals made their biggest splash ever in free-agency this week, signing outfielder Jayson Werth away from their division rival Philadelphia Phillies. The contract, which tied the highest annual amount ever given to an outfielder, has completely changed the landscape of Washington Nationals baseball forever. Fans hope this means that their wealthy owner, Ted Lerner, […]

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Catching up with the Cleveland Indians: Let’s Go Tribe!

This off-season The Nats Blog will be conducting interviews with sites from all thirty teams. One team a week leading up to the start of the 2011 baseball season. This week I spoke with Ryan Richards from Let’s Go Tribe!, one of the top Cleveland Indians blogs on the net to talk about a team […]

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ESPN Has A Fun/Depressing Game Based On Jayson Werth’s Contract

ESPN.COM is featuring a fun depressing game on their home page that allows you to see how your salary matches with Jayson Werth’s. After submitting your salary it will tell you how many hundred years it will take you to match his annual salary, how quickly he earns your salary, and all sorts of other […]

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NL East Update: The one where Sandy plays it safe

Unlike previous off-seasons where the Mets were determined to acquire the biggest names available, Sandy Alderson & company will be playing it safe this year. Carlos Beltran, Johan Santana, Francisco Rodriquez, and Jason Bay are just a few of the big names that New York has lured to Queens since 2005. This strategy did not work […]

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Competition Among Teams In Baseball

Dave Cameron of FanGraphs had a thought-provoking article earlier this week on the issue of free agent compensation. Cameron argues that teams should no longer be compensated for losing top players to free agency. First things first: The MLB categorizes players by their ability levels using the Elias Ratings system (which is not an accurate […]

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The Nationals wanted to be taken seriously…well things just got real serious.

After playing bridesmaid the last several years in free agency, the Nationals couldn’t afford to sit by and watch another winter pass without landing the top talent needed to turn their franchise around. Alfonso Soriano left town and never looked back, Mark Teixiera used the club as a leverage tool, and rumors that the Nats […]

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Reactions to Werth Signing

The Washington Nationals have made a huge splash in the free agent market by signing Jayson Werth to a seven-year worth $126 million. Here are some reactions from around the league. – Ed Price, from MLB FanHouse wonders if Werth can handle being the centerpiece of a franchise, especially now that Adam Dunn will be […]

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