Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Weekend In Review.

DENVER, CO - JUNE 29: Starting pitcher Mark Buehrle #56 of the Chicago White Sox delivers against the Colorado Rockies during Interleague play at Coors Field on June 29, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

• Over the weekend we looked at the Nationals' search for a center fielder, examined the Nats' history of going after pitching on the international market and wondered what the future holds for left-hander John Lannan. It was a slow weekend in NatsTown following Friday's announcements of the four players added to the Nationals' 40-Man Roster. The Nats also reclaimed Cole Kimball, bringing the right-hander back into the fold a day after the Blue Jays tried to swipe the injured pitcher. So...when do pitchers and catchers report again? Who will the Nats sign this winter to make the pre-Winter Meetings splash? When will Yu Darvish announce his intentions? What's Jim Bowden hearing about the Nats' search for a center fielder? What? Bowden? BIG STORY!


• Your Daily Message From Jim Bowden On Twitter(@JimBowdenESPNxm): "Nats getting shutout in pursuit of Upton, Revere and Span...focusing on Cespedes now."


• "The Nationals have identified Mark Buerhle as their No. 1 free agent target, and they are visiting him today in St. Louis." - "Nationals visiting Mark Buerhle, their top free agent target, at his home" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post


• "Man sets world record for wearing the most t-shirts at one time, two of which have Nats connotations." - "Guinness world record features Curly W logo" - Dan Steinberg, DC Sports Bog - The Washington Post

• "So the question then becomes: If the center fielder doesn't bat atop the Nationals' lineup, who else might?" - "If CF doesn't lead off, who does?" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "Baseball America has also taken notice of the Miami Dade College and former University of North Carolina center fielder, rating [Brian] Goodwin as the No. 5 prospect in the Nationals system." - "Baseball America's top Nats prospects - No. 5: Brian Goodwin" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• "The Nationals added four minor leaguers to their 40-man roster today, protecting a quartet of players who would have otherwise been eligible for the Rule 5 draft in December." - "Nationals add four to 40-man roster, get Kimball back from Toronto" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "When it was over, I chatted briefly with Chuck Hinton, who was the last expansion Senator to bat .300 (.310 in 1962), and had the longest home hitting streak in stadium history..." - "Maybe Chuck Hinton was born too late for immortality" - Phil Wood, MASNSports.com

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "It is vital that our younger generations, the guardians of our future, develop strong awareness concerning the futility of war." 


• "Derek Norris, Scottsdale Scorpions (Washington Nationals) - Owned a 17-game on-base streak, Oct. 7-Nov. 9, during which he hit .339 (21-for-62) and had a .434 on-base percentage..." - "AFL unveils 2011 Top Prospects Team" - MLB.com: News

• "Scottsdale Scorpions Derek Norris and Bryce Harper were named to the Arizona Fall League 2011 Top Prospects Team, which was announced over the weekend." - "Harper, Norris selected to 2011 AFL Top Prospects Team" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• Liga Mexicana del Pacifico: Naranjeros 3, Tomateros 2 - Zech Zinicola (HER) W, 1-1, 1.0 IP, 1 K - Box Score.

• Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional: Cardenales 5, Tiburones 4 - Shairon Martis (GUA) - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's - Box Score.

• Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional: Navegantes 3, Bravos 2 - Jesus Flores - 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI's - Box Score.

 Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional: Leones 6, Aguilas 1 - Sandy Leon (ZUL) 0 for 4, Josh Wilkie (CAR) 1.0 IP, 1 K - Box Score.

 Liga de Beisbol Dominicano: Aguilas 6, Tigres 5 - Jhonatan Solano 2 for 3, 2 RBI's, 1 BB; Atahualpa Severino - 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R - Box Score.

 Liga de Beisbol Dominicano: Toros 3, Leones 2 - Eury Perez (ESC) - 0 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K - Box Score.

• "Winter League Roundup" - NationalsProspects.com


• Phillies: "The Phillies have acquired Ty Wigginton from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later or cash..." - "Phillies Trade for Ty Wigginton" - Corey Seidman, Phillies Nation

• Mets: "As the New York Mets have struggled on the field, their attendance has fallen 23 percent over the past two years." - "Mets Lowering Prices To Fill The Stands At Citi Field" - CBS New York

Braves: "Colorado has offered [Seth] Smith to the Braves for [Martin] Prado and will be creative in trying to get a deal done, though it is reluctant to include a center fielder." - "Renck: Rockies like extra National League wild card" - Troy E. Renck, The Denver Post

 Marlins"The Marlins are on the verge of upgrading their starting rotation. A source close to Gio Gonzalez reports the Miami native could be joining his hometown team soon." - "Potential trade could bolster Marlins rotation" - Inside Sports with David Villavicencio

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