Nationals Notes: Johnson, Pitching, Jackson, LaRoche

Earlier today, Tim Dierkes profiled the Nationals in the latest installment of the Arbitration Eligibles series.  Here’s more on the Nats..

  • The Nationals have yet to reach agreement on a new deal with manager Davey Johnson for 2013 and beyond, but General Manager Mike Rizzo says he is confident about getting a deal done, tweets Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
  • Johnson told’s Bill Ladson that he is also confident that an agreement will be reached and that a deal could be struck as early as Thursday.  “There isn’t really any rush for me,” Johnson said. “I’m not worried about it. I assume everything is going to worked out. I don’t feel like it’s an emergency. I feel like I’m still the manager.
  • Rizzo said the Nats aren’t far down the road on anything when it comes to the starting pitching market, Amanda Comak of the Washington Times tweets.  Right-hander Edwin Jackson has said that he would like to return to Washington but will also listen to offers from other clubs.
  • Meanwhile, Rizzo was honest when asked about the club’s decision not to extend Jackson a qualifying offer, explaining that he liked some free agent options better and didn’t want to get locked in, Kilgore tweets.
  • The Nationals have been in contact with Adam LaRoche‘s agents and continue to talk, tweets Comak.
  • Ladson also notes that the Nationals re-signed catcher Carlos Maldonado to a minor league contract and signed outfielder Ray Kruml to a minor league deal.  Maldonado elected free agency last month.

7 Responses to Nationals Notes: Johnson, Pitching, Jackson, LaRoche Leave a Reply

  1. UrsaMajor 3 years ago

    Now that’s a hard-hitting update…….Zzzzzzzzzz.

  2. Nats don’t leak much. In contrast to, say, Arizona. You will not know what Rizzo is going to do until he does it…

  3. Natsfan89 3 years ago

    Wish Edwin luck. He faltered down the stretch but he was a more than adequate starter for the Nats most of the year. Pitched well enough to win most of his starts, stayed healthy, ate up innings, and seemed like a genuinely nice guy. Hope he lands somewhere he can stay for more than a couple months.

  4. letsgonats 3 years ago

    what about Nick Johnson. Can the Nats hire him as roving hiting instructor? Teach them how to take a walk or two and drive up ptich counts? Werth and LaRoche are only ones who don’t seem offended by free passes.

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