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Report: Nats in talks for Bourjous


Report: Nats in talks for Bourjous

The Washington Nationals are reportedly still interested in acquiring another outfielder and, according to J.P. Morosi of, have rehashed talks with Anaheim about Peter Bourjos.

Morosi reports Washington has had "preliminary discussions" with the Angels and that the Royals, Diamondbacks, and Blue Jays have also expressed interest. The Angels have an excess of outfielders the moment with Vernon Wells and Torii Hunter in the mix and super prospect Mike Trout now in the majors.

Morosi cites Jayson Werth's injury as a catalyst for the Nats to renew their interest in an outfielder. Werth broke his wrist earlier this week fielding a ball in right field and could be out for an extended amount of time.

The 25-year-old Bourjos is hitting just .192 this season with one home run and nine RBI in 21 games. He certainly wouldn't impact the Nationals offense right away and that is their biggest weakness.

The Angels on the other hand, as Morosi notes, would most likely be looking for relief pitchers in return. The Nationals have a relatively strong bullpen, but their depth has been hurt by injuries to Drew Storen and Brad Lidge.

Anaheim did lose their catcher in Chris Ianetta this week, he had wrist surgery that will sideline him for six to eight weeks, and Washington has one of the better back-up catchers in the game in Jesus Flores.

Whether the Nationals move forward and deal for Bourjos or not, Morosi's sources indicate they are still on the market for outfield help. It could also signify a discouraging outlook for Jayson Werth who does have a history with his left wrist, albeit a completely different part.

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Nationals re-sign Howie Kendrick for two-years


Nationals re-sign Howie Kendrick for two-years

WASHINGTON  -- The Nationals have agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract with outfielder Howie Kendrick, a deal subject to a successful physical.

Agent Pat Murphy confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Monday. USA Today was first to report the deal.

Kendrick, 34, hit .293 with seven home runs and RBIs in 52 games with Washington after he was acquired from Philadelphia. The versatile right-handed hitter got just three plate appearances off the bench in the playoffs.

In 12 major league seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, Dodgers, Phillies and Nationals, Kendrick is a .291 hitter with a .755 OPS. He's now primarily an outfielder for Washington after playing left field, second base, first base and other positions throughout his career.

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See hilarious highlights from Nats' Racing Presidents tryouts

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See hilarious highlights from Nats' Racing Presidents tryouts

Ever wonder how you can become one of the Washington Nationals' Racing Presidents or what it takes to get the job?

The team recently detailed the requirements and held tryouts on Sunday for the next group of presidents to carry on the 12-season tradition.

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While the basic requirements are pretty standard — be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, etc. — the specifics are quite unusual compared with a typical job. Among them, presidential candidates need to be at least 5-foot-7 but no taller than 6-foot-6 and able to run from centerfield to first base in a 50-pound costume. Needless to say, those who were invited to try out had to be in pretty good physical shape.

So in bitter cold temperatures, participants raced against each other in a 40-yard dash with the 50-pound costume on. They also danced.

Here are some of the highlights from Sunday’s Racing Presidents tryouts.

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