Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Weekend In Review - Adam LaRoche Talks Moving Slowly; Spring Training Schedule Released...

Patrick McDermott

MLB.com's Bill Ladson wrote this weekend that his sources told him the Washington Nationals' talks with Adam LaRoche are progressing slowly. That's what passes for the biggest Nats-related news of the last week. Don't worry, it will be Spring in no time...

What did we learn this season? Postseason games are stressful. Jayson Werth is teh clutch. If "clutch" existed. Ross Detwiler can come up big when called upon. When the team you follow comes close (even as close as an NLDS loss), the winter seems a lot longer. The Washington Nationals' Spring Training schedule was announced last week and it only served to remind everyone just how long it will be before there is baseball again. The AFL Championship Game was fun to watch, but it was more of a tease, with some top prospects playing good baseball and some #umpshow antics interfering with enjoyment. It was just enough to remind you how long it will be before the Nationals and the rest of the major league teams are back in action. At least the, uh, Hot Stove League, is, uh, heating up. I hate myself. When does the WBC start again? The only real "news" this week was MLB.com's Bill Ladson's report that talks with free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche are progressing slowly. I hate not having baseball to watch. I haven't turned to MLB.tv to start rewatching 2012 games yet, however. There's a lot of time left this winter... For now it's rumors, rumors and links, and Lots Of Them... As many of them as we could find... Starting RIGHT NOW!!!

• THE BIG STORY!!!:

• "Negotiations between the Nationals and first baseman Adam LaRoche are going slowly, according to a source familiar with the talks." - "Nationals' negotiations with Adam LaRoche going slowly" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com

• NATS BEAT:

• "As readers of this column know, I'm as bullish on Rendon as anyone. I thought he was the best prospect in the 2011 draft, and I thought his ankle and shoulder injuries at Rice were fluky rather than recurring problem." - "Ask BA" - Jim Callis, Baseball America

• "The Marlins have Stanton under team control for FOUR more years. He's not going anywhere." - "Ask Boswell: Redskins, Caps, Nationals and more" - Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post

• "The Nationals have announced the exhibition schedule for what likely will be their final spring training in Viera..." - "Spring training schedule released" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "How's this for some surprising news: ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the new-look Blue Jays are close to finally naming a manager." - "Nationals Pastime: Riggleman's name resurfaces (plus some notes)" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "There is quite a skirmish going on in the National League East for the services of the top two center fielders on the free-agent market, B.J. Upton and Michael Bourn." - "Battle royale going on atop NL East over Bourn, B.J. Upton" - Jon Heyman, CBSSports.com

• "My dad came up with the idea of trying to get some stuff together, get a van...and take it up there to help whoever we could," says [Steve] Lombardozzi Jr..." - "Nats infielder, father help Sandy victims - Dick Uliano, WTOP.com

• "The Nationals will play 15 games at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla., and season tickets will be available starting on Monday morning at 10 a.m. at the team's official website." - "Washington Nationals' 2013 spring training schedule announced" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "The Nats' exhibition schedule will start on Feb. 23, when they play the Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The next day, Washington will host Miami at Space Coast Stadium." - "Nationals unveil 2013 Spring Training slate" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• "The Nationals released Friday their 2013 spring training game schedule." - "Nationals announce earlier spring training game schedule" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "When you are warm-hearted, there is no room for anger, jealousy or insecurity."

• NATS MINORS/AFL:

• "Leadoff hitter Brian Goodwin is hitting .238 but has a .340 on-base percentage and .475 slugging percentage with a three home runs, tied for second on the team." - "Nationals prospects playing in Arizona Fall League championship" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "For [Anthony] Rendon, this was both a successful AFL stint and also confirmation of his advanced skills." - "AFL season wraps up" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "Not all that much went on in the baseball world over the weekend, but the last couple days were pretty eventful for Michael Morse." - "Nationals Pastime: AFL season provides plenty to like for Nats fans" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "[Cole] Kimball was not selected because of his numbers -- he finished with a 4.80 ERA over 15 innings of work -- but rather for how hard he continued to work to get back to where he was pre-injury." - "Nationals' Cole Kimball wins AFL's 2012 Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award" - Jonathan Mayo, nationals.com

• "Brian Goodwin went 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk. Matt Skole went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Anthony Rendon went 1-for-4 with a triple..." - "Perry gets roughed up early in finals, Salt River comeback falls short in 4-3 loss" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• NATSTOWN:

• "November 19, 1960 Ed Doherty is appointed the first general manager of the expansion Senators. It is also announced that fan favorite Mickey Vernon will be the field manager of the new franchise." - "This Date in Washington Senators History – Vernon named as manager of the new franchise" - Art Audley, D.C. Baseball History

• "Another edition of mlb.com Nats beat reporter Bill Ladson’s inbox for 11/16/12. As always, I write my responses before reading his and edit some questions for clarity." - "Ladson’s Inbox: 11/16/12 edition" - Todd Boss, Nationals Arm Race

• "Final AFL Stats & Thoughts" - Luke Erickson, NationalsProspects.com

• "Bryce Harper's girlfriend is pretty good at soccer" - Nats Enquirer

• "[Sean Burnett] went the entire month of April without allowing an earned run, and pitched through May giving up just one, earning his two saves in key situations that month." - "2012 Player-By-Player Wrap Up: Sean Burnett" - Erin Flynn, The Nats Blog

• NL EAST UPDATES:

Mets: "Sandy Alderson said he needed 'clarity' with a pair of his most important players Friday and he could be closer to getting that with at least one of them." - "Source: R.A., Mets talking 2-year deal" - Dan Martin, NYPOST.com

Braves: "The Braves hope that catcher Gerald Laird keeps a personal streak alive by playing in a third consecutive World Series in 2013." - "Braves sign Laird as backup catcher (updated)" - David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Phillies: "The Phillies currently have 34 players on their 40-man roster. It's unlikely they fill all six spots with minor leaguers..." - "To protect or not to protect" - Matt Gelb, Philly.com

Marlins: "Juan Pierre is back. The Marlins have agreed to terms with Pierre, a key catalyst on their 2003 World Series team, on a 1-year deal worth $1.6 million." - "Marlins go back to the past, sign Juan Pierre" - Clark Spencer, Fish Bytes, Miami Herald

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