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    I was thinking and it may be better if we group all the Nats' offseason trades, signings, cuts, and minor league notes into one thread. This will help some Nats fans who haven't read up in awhile catchup on what the team is looking like and would keep the forum from getting cluttered. Every category is in chronological order:

    Gains
    Free Agency
    Nov 18 Marlon Anderson (2B) two-year, $1.85 million
    Dec 13 Robert Fick (1B) one-year, undisclosed amount
    Dec 13 Joey Eischen (LHP) one-year, undisclosed amount
    Dec 24 Mike Stanton (LHP) one-year, $1 million
    Jan 5 Jamey Carroll (2B) one-year, $700,000


    Waivers
    Oct 27 Damian Jackson (2B) one-year, $750,000

    Mi.L. Contracts
    Oct 27 Bernie Castro (2B)
    Nov 11 Billy Traber (LHP)
    Nov 21 Chris Booker (RHP)
    Dec 13 Wiki Gonzalez (C)
    Dec 13 Mike DiFelice (C)
    Dec 13 Alberto Castillo (C)
    Dec 13 Brandon Harper (C)
    Dec 20 Alex Escobar (OF)
    Dec 20 T.J. Tucker (RHP)

    Traded for
    Nov 3 Brian Lawrence (RHP)
    Dec 7 Alfonso Soriano (2B)

    Mi.L. Call-ups
    Oct 2 Kory Casto (3B)
    Oct 2 Frank Diaz (CF)
    Oct 3 Armando Galarraga (RHP)
    Oct 27 Bernie Castro (2B)

    Losses
    Free Agency
    Oct 3 C.J. Nitkowski (LHP) signed minor lg. with PIT
    Oct 3 Matt White (LHP)
    Oct 3 Matt Cepicky (LF) signed minor lg. with FLA
    Oct 27 Preston Wilson (CF)
    Oct 27 Deivi Cruz (SS) signed with STL, 1yr/$800,000
    Oct 28 Carlos Baerga (1B)
    Oct 28 Esteban Loaiza (RHP) signed with OAK, 3yr/$21.3 mil
    Oct 28 Gary Bennett (C) signed with STL, 1yr/$800,000
    Oct 28 Tony Armas Jr. (RHP)
    Oct 31 Hector Carrasco (RHP) signed with LAA, 2yr/$6.1 mil
    Dec 20 Junior Spivey (2B) signed with STL, 1yr/undisclosed amount


    Waivers
    Nov 9 Jeffrey Hammonds (RF) retired

    Mi.L. Signings
    Dec 8 Chris Booker (RHP)

    Traded away
    Nov 3 Vinny Castilla (3B) to San Diego for Lawrence and cash
    Dec 7 Brad Wilkerson (LF) to Texas for Soriano
    Dec 7 Termell Sledge (LF) to Texas for Soriano
    Dec 20 Rick Short (2B) to Tohku Rakuten (JAP) for cash

    Mi.L. Assignments
    Oct 19 Josh Karp (RHP)

    Releases
    Oct 2 John Halama (LHP)
    Oct 2 Keith Osik (C) retired
    Oct 3 Antonio Osuna (RHP)
    Nov 15 Kenny Kelly (CF)
    Last edited by KingJ; 01-05-2006, 07:02 PM.
    The Q: Can the Cubs hold a 6-5 lead with 2 outs and nobody on in the 9th?

    The A: No

    ***********My Rant on Bud Selig***********
    Selig is like a stray pigeon. Pigeons are too self-absorbed to care about anyone else. They poo on people they don't like; they poo on people they don't even know. The only real difference between Selig and a pigeon is that Selig intends to bury our heritage, our traditions, and our culture,

  • #2
    We did not lose Hector Carrasco. He is exploring the FA market.
    ---------

    Yup, I posted this message the 22nd of November.
    Hector is lost and has signed with the Angels a 2 year 6.1 million dollar contract.
    Last edited by wilkerson_rulz-06; 12-05-2005, 12:47 PM.
    Cristobal

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    • #3
      Originally posted by wilkerson_rulz
      We did not lose Hector Carrasco.
      Carrasco is lost unless we sign him to a contract in which case he is put under Free Agency for gains.
      The Q: Can the Cubs hold a 6-5 lead with 2 outs and nobody on in the 9th?

      The A: No

      ***********My Rant on Bud Selig***********
      Selig is like a stray pigeon. Pigeons are too self-absorbed to care about anyone else. They poo on people they don't like; they poo on people they don't even know. The only real difference between Selig and a pigeon is that Selig intends to bury our heritage, our traditions, and our culture,

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      • #4
        Sticky Thread

        Thanks for contributing this. I'm making it a sticky so the thread won't have to be searched for when adding to it or replying.

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        • #5
          Man! What ever happened to Jeffrey Hammonds? He was a good pinch-hiiter.
          Cristobal

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          • #6
            Originally posted by wilkerson_rulz
            Man! What ever happened to Jeffrey Hammonds? He was a good pinch-hiiter.
            Hammonds got old quick, he never seemed to fulfill potential he exhibited as a younger player. He best was behind him. The bat slowed and his fielding became suspect. Nationals are better of without him. It seems the team wanted to go with younger guys. The younger guys may be flawed themselves, but they are younger.

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            • #7
              Nationals Offseason Agenda: November 2005

              I am trying to make my own newspaper, I will submit monthly articles on the Nats here is the first one ever! Enjoy!

              wr

              Earlier in November it seemed as the words ''Washington'' and ''Nationals'' would be seperated.

              Still in an ownership crisis the Nationals haven't done much this offseason besides signing pinch hitting specialists
              Damian Jackson and Marlon Anderson.
              They have been mainly interested in starting pitching mainly A.J. Burnett and co.
              The Nationals have yet to make an offer to Burnett who says the Nationals are somewhat near the top of the list of teams he's interested in playing for.

              For the Nationals to be able to compete in 06 they must get out of this ownership tangle, and be more agressive in pursuing free agents.
              Losing out on Loaiza and Carrasco could come back to
              haunt the Nationals in 2006.

              The Vinny Castilla for Brian Lawrence trade was a plus for the Nats, it resolves one of their problems(starting pitching)
              and opens up a window of oppertunity for standout Virginia State graduate Ryan Zimmerman to shine.

              More questions remain: one of which concerns their current outfield problem.

              Now with Preston Wilson and his 12 million $ contract out of town who will take his place?

              Brad Wilkerson and Termel Sledge have been subjects of trade rumours, Ryan Church and Marlon Byrd
              need more developping so they can fully reach their potential. A year of seasoning in AAA won't hurt Byrd.
              As for Church he has to be more consistent and learn the strike-zone and be able to play through pain
              (the organization was dissapointed that Church couldn't play with a broken pinkie-toe in August.)

              Jose Guillen is signed for one more year, after that Church should be more than ready.

              Until next time...

              wilkerson_rulz
              Cristobal

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              • #8
                Originally posted by wilkerson_rulz
                Brad Wilkerson and Termel Sledge have been subjects of trade rumours, Ryan Church and Marlon Byrd
                need more developping so they can fully reach their potential. A year of seasoning in AAA won't hurt Byrd.
                I disagree.

                Byrd was leadoff batter for the Phillies two years ago and has put his career back together. Ryan Church had one of the best hitting records at RFK among the Nationals and hasn't made a fielding error in 722 innings. They are developed and, if anything, Sledge should be in AAA.

                Church could stop being a wimp with injuries, but even if he did play during that time he might not have been as effective since he needs to be able to run.
                Last edited by KingJ; 12-02-2005, 02:56 PM.
                The Q: Can the Cubs hold a 6-5 lead with 2 outs and nobody on in the 9th?

                The A: No

                ***********My Rant on Bud Selig***********
                Selig is like a stray pigeon. Pigeons are too self-absorbed to care about anyone else. They poo on people they don't like; they poo on people they don't even know. The only real difference between Selig and a pigeon is that Selig intends to bury our heritage, our traditions, and our culture,

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                • #9
                  Nats News and Notes: Dec 3 2005

                  http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/...=.jsp&c_id=was

                  WASHINGTON -- This year's Winter Meetings in Dallas move from a weekend to a weekday schedule, beginning on Monday and ending Thursday. While there were very few fireworks at last year's event, there could be more wheeling and dealing this year, thanks to the relatively thin group of free agents.
                  Look for Nationals general manager Jim Bowden to try to acquire starting pitching, a backup catcher and a slugger in Dallas.

                  And be sure to check back at MLB.com and nationals.com regularly to find out the latest about the Nationals as we bring you the news as it happens from Dallas.

                  2005 finish: 81-81, fifth place, National League East

                  Deals so far: Signed INF Damian Jackson to a one-year contract; signed INF Bernie Castro to a one-year contract; traded 3B Vinny Castilla to the Padres for RHP Brian Lawrence and cash; signed INF Marlon Anderson to a two-year contract.

                  Players eligible for arbitration: RHPs Luis Ayala and T.J. Tucker; INF Jamey Carroll; 1B Nick Johnson; 2B Junior Spivey; C Brian Schneider; and OF Brad Wilkerson

                  Free agents: RHPs Tony Armas Jr., Hector Carrasco (signed with the Angels) and Antonio Osuna; LHPs Joey Eischen and John Halama; INF Carlos Baerga; C Gary Bennett; SS Deivi Cruz; and OFs Kenny Kelly and Preston Wilson

                  Needs: There are plenty. They need at least two starters after Esteban Loaiza signed a three-year deal with the Athletics. The Nationals have had discussions with free agent A.J. Burnett and have inquired about Diamondbacks right-hander Javier Vazquez, who wants to be traded closer to his Puerto Rico home.

                  Whether Washington can acquire those pitchers will depend on how much money it can spend. Bowden will not have a budget until the end of the week.

                  The Nationals also need a leadoff hitter, two sluggers and a backup catcher. The team would love to trade for Marlins center fielder Juan Pierre and have him be their leadoff man, but Washington has nothing in its Minor League system that Florida wants.

                  The Nationals thought they found at least one slugger in Wilson last summer, but he turned out to be a disappointment and will not be back with the team. Washington has its eye on Texas second baseman Alfonso Soriano, who would play the outfield in the nation's capital.

                  Backup catchers are hard to find. The Nationals don't have anything in their farm system that could help them now, and there are only a handful of good ones on the free agent market -- Sandy Alomar Jr., Todd Pratt and John Flaherty are a few. Of those three, Washington reportedly has interest in Flaherty.

                  Dealing strengths: The Nationals have a plethora of infielders and outfielders, and Bowden indicated that he would like to trade some of them for pitching and hitting help.

                  Infielders Jamey Carroll and Junior Spivey are on the block, but whether the Nationals can get good players for them remains to be seen. Spivey is coming off one of his worst years, and Carroll, a valuable backup, has never been an everyday player.

                  Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

                  Note to KingJ: THis is an update for the first post in this thread. ADD: On the block.

                  http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/...=.jsp&c_id=was






                  WASHINGTON -- Nationals general manager Jim Bowden is expected to get his player budget from team president Tony Tavares at the end of this week -- in time for the Winter Meetings, which start in Dallas on Monday.
                  Bowden will know at that point if he'll have the money to sign a pitcher like A.J. Burnett or make the trade for a slugger who can be a difference-maker.

                  "I'm trying to get this done for Jim for the Winter Meetings so he can know how many bullets he has in his gun," said Tavares.

                  Even without a budget, Bowden has found a way to make moves this offseason. He solved the third-base logjam by trading Vinny Castilla to the Padres for right-hander Brain Lawrence. That means Ryan Zimmerman will be the everyday third baseman, and Lawrence will be the fourth or fifth starter in the rotation.

                  Last week, Bowden improved the bench by signing infielder Marlon Anderson to a two-year contract.

                  Whether Bowden can do more remains to be seen. Free agent salaries are skyrocketing, and that has already caused the Nationals to lose right-hander Esteban Loaiza to the Athletics and taken them out of the running for relievers Scott Eyre and B.J. Ryan.

                  Washington also lost reliever Hector Carrasco, who had the best season of his career, posting a 2.04 ERA in 64 games. Carrasco made the Major League minimum of $315,000, but he got a significant raise and signed a two-year deal with the Angels on Friday.

                  "Certainly, every signing has an effect on the marketplace," said Bowden. "We have a very thin market and a lot of teams with money. History shows that those dollars will climb, and that's what we are seeing."

                  The Nationals may have no choice but to make trades. Tavares has already said that Washington would not be one of the desperate teams that would spend a lot of money.

                  "We always played conservatively," Tavares said. "We will intelligently get involved. If things get silly and stupid, there's no point getting involved in that level. The worst thing in the world is when you are paying for players at premium prices and they don't perform for you."

                  The top priority is starting pitching. The Nationals need at least two starters and have already had discussions with Burnett. According to Bowden, Burnett's agent, Darek Braunecker, conveyed that Washington will be somewhere near the top of Burnett's list.

                  Matt Morris is another pitcher on the Nationals' radar screen. He spent the past eight years with the Cardinals, winning 101 games with a 3.61 ERA.

                  Javier Vazquez, once the ace of the Expos' pitching staff, is also available, and the Nationals have had discussions with the Diamondbacks about his services.

                  "We still have some targets in the free agent market that we are still pursuing, and we are having trade discussions on a daily basis with several clubs," said Bowden. "We are going to try to improve the team any way we can."

                  Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
                  Last edited by wilkerson_rulz-06; 12-13-2005, 03:53 PM.
                  Cristobal

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                  • #10
                    Updated free agency losses.
                    The Q: Can the Cubs hold a 6-5 lead with 2 outs and nobody on in the 9th?

                    The A: No

                    ***********My Rant on Bud Selig***********
                    Selig is like a stray pigeon. Pigeons are too self-absorbed to care about anyone else. They poo on people they don't like; they poo on people they don't even know. The only real difference between Selig and a pigeon is that Selig intends to bury our heritage, our traditions, and our culture,

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                    • #11
                      ADD IN: retired Keith Osik.
                      Cristobal

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by wilkerson_rulz
                        ADD IN: retired Keith Osik.
                        I hope you are still a Nats fan after our recent update.
                        The Q: Can the Cubs hold a 6-5 lead with 2 outs and nobody on in the 9th?

                        The A: No

                        ***********My Rant on Bud Selig***********
                        Selig is like a stray pigeon. Pigeons are too self-absorbed to care about anyone else. They poo on people they don't like; they poo on people they don't even know. The only real difference between Selig and a pigeon is that Selig intends to bury our heritage, our traditions, and our culture,

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                        • #13
                          WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

                          I'll miss you WIlkerson, have a good career with Texas.
                          Yes I am still a Nats fan.



                          Forever in my heart
                          wilkerson
                          Cristobal

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                          • #14
                            Nats sign LHP Eischen, 1B Fick

                            http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/a...=.jsp&c_id=was

                            Eischen we take care of our lefty problem in the pen although we could probably use another one. Fick can be the Nick Johnson insurance we lost with Wilkerson.
                            The Q: Can the Cubs hold a 6-5 lead with 2 outs and nobody on in the 9th?

                            The A: No

                            ***********My Rant on Bud Selig***********
                            Selig is like a stray pigeon. Pigeons are too self-absorbed to care about anyone else. They poo on people they don't like; they poo on people they don't even know. The only real difference between Selig and a pigeon is that Selig intends to bury our heritage, our traditions, and our culture,

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by KingJ
                              http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/a...=.jsp&c_id=was

                              Eischen we take care of our lefty problem in the pen although we could probably use another one. Fick can be the Nick Johnson insurance we lost with Wilkerson.
                              Good signings, Fick can play 1B and catcher. Good Pinch-hitter.
                              Only one problem: Why is Jim Bowden signing all these utility players, because we didn't have good PH's besides Baerga?

                              Jim, sign a big-name bat and pitcher!

                              Here is the same link, with Fick's picture!
                              http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/...=.jsp&c_id=was
                              Cristobal

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