Found February 06, 2012 on The Hardball Times:
The signing of Edwin Jackson presents the Nationals with the kind of problem that every club strives for—they have more starting pitchers than rotation slots. They actually have a LOT more starting pitchers than spots. Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez, and Jackson are all locks while Chien-Ming Wang, John Lannan, and Ross Detwiler will battle for the last spot. Tom Gorzelanny makes for an above-replacement-level also ran. The Nationals have another rotation-related problem. They are on the cusp of relevance. Their improvements this offseason should put them within shouting distance of the Wild Card (especially if there are two in 2012). Few will be surprised if the Nationals are playing for a playoff berth when the calendar turns to September. That's not the problem, though. The problem is, their ace, Strasburg, is expected to be on a fairly strict innings cap in 2012 that will expire right as the team is pushing for the playoffs. But what if the Nationals...

How Rick Ankiel Affects Bryce Harper and Others

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FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron Answers Questions

Episode 136 The Washington Nationals recently signed Edwin Jackson to a one-year, $11 million deal. Does the addition of Jackson make the Nats a contender? How would the definition of “contender” change if a second wild-card playoff spot were installed? Also, the Baltimore and Colorado trade: what’s the deal with that? Managing editor Dave Cameron answers all these questions...

#44: Is Mike Morse a legit top 10 outfielder?

Michael Morse is one of the few players hyped over the last few years who actually has panned out. Jason Heyward must be very jealous. Morse was a big sleeper heading into last year, and rightfully so. He finished 2010 with 15 home runs, 41 RBI and a .289 batting average in 266 at bats. Even though he struggled out of the gate early in 2011, he put things together towards the end...

Matt Stairs Was Good At Baseball

This morning I was scrolling through some of Dan Szymborski’s projections over at Baseball Think Factory, and I noticed that he had run a projection for Matt Stairs. I had not heard any news about the guy we all know now as a pinch-hitter. As I scoured the internets (read: typed “Matt Stairs” into Google) I quickly realized that Stairs had retired, though since he will be a...

Nationals Sign Rick Ankiel

The Nationals have signed Rick Ankiel to a minor league contract with a spring training invite, according to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times. Ankiel hit .236 with nine home runs and 37 RBIs in 122 appearances for the Nationals last season. The Mets were reportedly very interested in Ankiel and according to Jon Heyman, they were trying to scrape up the $1 million dollars...

The Michael Morse 38 Special T-Shirt

While you're sitting around measuring the shift in the balance of power in the NL East after the Nationals signed Mark Teahen to a minor-league deal today, and being thankful that there are only 13 days left until Nats pitchers and catchers report to camp, up there is an ad for the Michael Morse 38 Special shirt from the 22 Fresh Michael Morse collection. Photo via the 22...

Cardinals sign INF Cora to minors deal

The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a minor-league contract with infielder Alex Cora. Cora would earn $800,000 if he is added to the 40-man roster. The 36-year-old spent last season with the Washington Nationals, playing four positions. He batted .224 with six RBIs in 156 at-bats. Cora, known for his defense, has played with six teams during his 14-year career.

Report: Ankiel, Nats have minor league deal

A person familiar with the deal says the Washington Nationals have agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder Rick Ankiel.

Nationals give Ankiel, Teahen minor league deals

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms with outfielder Rick Ankiel and utility man Mark Teahen on minor league deals that include invites to spring training.

Cora agrees to minor league deal with Cards

Light-hitting infielder Alex Cora has agreed to a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and would get an $800,000 deal if added to the 40-man roster.
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