Found October 26, 2011 on Nationals Enquirer:
So Mike Rizzo held a conference call with real media outlets on Wednesday, and among the nuggets shared was a confirmation that the Nationals have scouted Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish. Via Mark Zuckerman: Rizzo acknowledged his scouts saw Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish pitch several times this year. The GM himself saw Darvish, who may attempt to sign with a major-league club this winter, in person two seasons ago. "As we've always said, we're open to acquiring talent in any way, shape or form," Rizzo said. (via NatsInsider, 10/26/2011) Let the record show that "acquiring talent in any way, shape, or form" includes overpaying for it (see Werth, Jayson). Here's a little more on Darvish, via Adam Kilgore/Washington Post: The price to acquire would be steep. Darvish would be made available to major league organizations by his team, the Nippon Ham Fighters, via the “posting” system. Teams would submit bids, and the highest bidder w...

In other Washington Nationals offseason news, Jayson Werth's iPad is broken

Yes, that's a photo of Jayson Werth at the Apple Store at Tyson's Corner (Ted Lerner's mall!) on Wednesday evening. According to anonymous sources with knowledge of the situation, Jayson Werth's iPad is broken, and he had to wait over an hour to get his situation resolved. Interestingly, at around $500 a pop, $126 million could buy, like, 250,000 iPads. Elsewhere...

Jesus Flores: "Contento por los batazos en la primera semana."

Apparently Jesus Flores is pleased by all the hits so far in his 2011 Venezuelan Winter League campaign. Indeed, to say Flores is raking through nine games for Navegantes del Magallanes would be an understatement: 462/.488/.795, 18 hits, 4 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI. Wait, did Flores just say "I hope Wilson Ramos breaks both his legs this Winter."? Befriend the Nats Enquirer...

Nationals mapping out P Strasburg's workload

The Washington Nationals are formulating a plan on how many innings phenom Stephen Strasburg will throw next year. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said team officials have a good idea of the parameters regarding Strasburg's workload for 2012. "There is nothing concrete, because we want to see how he comes to spring training, how he feels, how he develops throughout...

Chien-Ming Wang still talking to the Nationals about a contract extension

Right handed pitcher Chien-Ming Wang wants a contract extension from the Nationals. Earlier this month, we learned that both sides were talking about it. Today, William Ladson of, says that a new deal with Wang is still not close although both sides are still talking. Wang is eligible to become a free agent after the World Series, but he feels loyal to the Nationals since...

Nationals Notes: Johnson, Wang, Rodriguez, Darvish

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo told reporters on a conference call that the team will make an announcement about its 2012 manager within a few days. The team has conducted a series of interviews and will presumably announce that Davey Johnson will return to the bench next year. Here are more notes from Rizzo's conference call with: The Nationals are indeed expected to make Johnson...

Nationals working to keep Wang

General manager Mike Rizzo said that the Nationals are not close to re-signing right-hander Chien-Ming Wang to an extension but that the club is still communicating with Wang's agent, Alan Nero.

Quick Hits: Valverde, Wang, Cubs

Links for Thursday afternoon, before what may be the final baseball game of the 2011 season... The Tigers are expected to pick up Jose Valverde’s $9MM option for 2012 soon, according to Jon Heyman of (Twitter link). Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post hears from Alan Nero, the agent for Chien-Ming Wang, that a new deal between the right-hander and the Nationals...

Rizzo has plan regarding Strasburg

General manager Mike Rizzo has a general idea as to how many innings right-hander Stephen Strasburg will throw in 2012, but he will not give out the details until he sees Strasburg in Spring Training.

Johnson expected to remain Nats manager

The Nationals are expected to retain Davey Johnson as their manager, according to a baseball source. An announcement would be made after the World Series ends.
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