Found December 05, 2012 on The Sports Fan Journal:
The closer is one of the most pressure-packed positions in all of sports. The Mariano Riveras and Trevor Hoffmans of the world are the exception to the rule. They’ve made the closer position look effortless, sustaining excellence for nearly their entire careers. But the life of the mere mortal closers is one of wildly successful [...]The post A Tribute To Brad Lidge, The Perfect Closer appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.

On NatsFest

And so, after an inexplicable 2-year hiatus, the Nationals will be making like a real, live, MLB team and holding a Winter fan fest this year. Good deal. Tickets will be available online starting at 10:00 AM Thursday, December 6, 2012 at A person who knows stuff and is usually right told us the Nationals may or may not be looking to bring back former players...

AP source: RHP Haren, Nationals near deal

A person familiar with the talks tells The Associated Press that free agent pitcher Dan Haren and the Washington Nationals are close to completing a one-year deal for $13 million. The person spoke Tuesday at the baseball winter meetings under condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't finalized. The Nationals had the best record in the majors last season. The NL East champions...

Reliever signings: Sean Burnett, Randy Choate

The ill-advised "mutli-year contracts to relievers" train continued to roll along on Wednesday, with the Angels signing Sean Burnett (last of the Nationals) to a two-year, $8 million deal and the Cardinals signing Randy Choate (last of the Dodgers) to a three-year, $7.5 million deal. Both of these relievers owe Brandon League and Jonathan Broxton a fistbump for setting...

Video: Davey Johnson and Mike Rizzo talk about Dan Haren signing

Nationals sign Dan Haren to 1 year, $13 Million deal. Up above, video of Davey Johnson and Mike Rizzo talking about the Dan Haren signing, via Video is here, also. Davey: "I like his stuff. I like his competitiveness....I think he'll be one of the leaders on the staff"Rizzo: "We have a good core of four young starters, and a really...

Angels sign Sean Burnett

The Angels continue to revamp their bullpen as they have now signed left hander Sean Burnett to a two-year $8mm deal, Jerry Crasnick of reports. The deal also includes an option for a third year. Burnett will pair up with Scott Downs and form a very solid lefty duo for the Angels bullpen. The Angels also have right handers Ryan Madson and Ernesto Frieri in the back end bullpen...

End of an Era: Dan Haren

By Tanner Shurtz - Columnist On July 25, 2010 Tony Reagins made a trade with the Diamondbacks interim General Manager Jerry Dipoto. The trade was Dan Haren for Joe Saunders, Patrick Corbin, Rafael Rodríguez, and a PTBNL (Tyler Skaggs), Haren was under contract for 2011 and 2012 at $12.75MM per season with a club option for 2013 of $15.5MM ($3.5MM buyout), while...

Phillies Are "In" On Michael Bourn

According to Jon Heyman of, the Phillies are among the teams interested in former Phillies centerfielder Michael Bourn. Bourn was traded by the Phillies prior to the 2008 season to the Houston Astros as part of the package to acquire Brad Lidge. Lidge went on to have his "perfect...
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