Found December 07, 2011 on Rays Index:
On the surface it would look like the Washington Nationals and Tampa Bay Rays are in the same spot as they were back in July. That is, the Nationals want BJ Upton, but are firm in what they are willing to give up. And the Rays are willing to give up Upton, but they are firm in what they want for him (shortstop Ian Desmond). But Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post wonders if the game has changed a little since since July. And maybe now, both sides may be willing to loosen their stances a little. Speaking with Nationals GM Mike Rizzo seemed to suggest that is what is happening… “What would be different from previous conversations would be whether there was a change in their scenario or a change in our scenario,” Rizzo said. “Injuries sometimes can cause that. A breakout season from a prospect at that position, now it becomes a position of depth. Those are the kind of things that would change the landscape of the trade discussions from the end of the season until now.” Kilgore goes on ...

Nationals, Rays Discussed B.J. Upton

The latest Nationals news... The Nationals and Rays discussed center fielder B.J. Upton recently, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  Yesterday we heard the Rays would have to be overwhelmed to move Upton.  The Nationals are "fixated" on leaving the Winter Meetings with a new center fielder, a team source told Pete Kerzel of Nationals manager...

Rays Lose Former Top Prospect In Rule 5 Draft

The Rays did not make any selections in today’s Rule 5 draft. They did lose two minor leaguers in the minor league portion of the draft. Catcher Gerardo Olivares was taken by the Red Sox in the triple-A portion of the draft. And Matt Sweeney was selected by the Orioles in the double-A portion of the draft. Sweeney is a bit of a loss for the Rays, but more because he has failed...

Friedman Stays in Tampa Bay

Andrew Friedman once again turned down an offer to leave Tampa Bay for a job in a more lucrative market. I read quite often that some team wants Joe Maddon or Friedman, with the thought that wouldn’t they want a job with more resources to build a team. In their current positions, however, both get hailed as miracle workers. No one really expects them to win. The Tampa Bay fans...

Winter Meetings Disappointing For Nationals So Far

Today is the last official day of Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings, and the Washington Nationals haven't been quite the story that many expected.  The Winter Meetings this year were supposed to be a continuation of the Nationals Phase Two, which included Jayson Werth's 7-year, $126 million deal this time last year.  So far, it's been anything but. From the...

Nationals comfortable with Desmond leading off

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that he is confident that shortstop Ian Desmond can start the 2012 season as the leadoff hitter on Wednesday.

Rays And Reds Are Discussing Trade Possibilities

You guys want to talk about attendance? Didn’t think so. What season is it? It’s Hot Stove season! So let’s grab that net and catch that beautiful butterfly! The Reds want a starting pitcher. And now we learn that the Rays and Reds have discussed a deal, and that the name of the Reds top first base prospect has come up in those conversations (via @JimBowdenESPNxm). Joe Maddon...

Tampa Bay Rays make no deals but take plenty of notes at winter meetings

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The Bus Leagues Experience Volume 2 is now available

Cork was kind enough to allow me to make this announcement here, and you folks have been really nice to me since I started here and I’m pretty sure you are all baseball fans, so I hope you don’t mind. When I am not writing here, I also write for a site called Bus Leagues Baseball. We write about the minor leagues and one of the areas we take the most pride in is our interviews...

Nationals Targeting Roy Oswalt?

The Nationals had hoped to sign Mark Buehrle, but their offer to the left-hander fell short in both years and average annual value, tweets Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. With Buehrle off the board, the Nats will switch their focus to Roy Oswalt, says Kilgore. Kilgore reported in November that Oswalt was Washington's "Plan B" if the club couldn't land Buehrle...

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DALLAS — The Washington Nationals were dealt a blow to their offseason plans Wednesday afternoon when left-hander Mark Buehrle became the third big-name free agent to sign with the Miami Marlins, agreeing to a four-year, $58 million contract. "We're good," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said, looking calm and collected ...
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