• In a mid-December Twitter message, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick linked the Washington Nationals and free agent outfielder Randy Winn, explaining that Washington considered the 35-year-old outfielder an option because they, "like Winn's versatility, and think he could be a positive influence on Elijah Dukes." But the question then, as it remains now apparently, was whether or not a Nats' outfield that already featured Josh Willingham, Nyjer Morgan, Dukes and Willie Harris, (not to mention Roger Bernadina and Justin Maxwell) could find enough AB's to make it worth Winn's while...
Earlier this afternoon, Mr. Crasnick was back with another Twitter message, which read:
"San Diego, Arizona and Washington among potential fits for Winn. He's looking for the place where he can get the most ABs."
• *MLB.com's Bill Ladson looked into the rumors and reported via Twitter that he, "...spoke to OF Randy Winn. He said he has not heard anything about the Nationals having interest in him."
• Also on Twitter was SI.com's Jon Heyman (@SI_JonHeyman), who posted an update on the Aroldis Chapman chase in a Tweet which included your Washington Nationals in a hash-tagged list of teams who remain interested in the 21-year-old left-handed free agent pitcher:
"#bluejays have decent shot at arolidis chapman after bidding $20 mil. #nats, #marlins, #a's #redsox, #angels also may be players"
• There was no Twitter speculation related to one move the Washington Nationals made today. LHP Victor Garate, acquired from LA for Ronnie Belliard late last season, was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse to make room on the 40-man roster for new DC reliever Matt Capps, who officially signed with Washington on Wednesday.