Wire Taps: One More Year Of Chipper Jones vs The Washington Nationals. Or, "LARRRRRRY!!!"

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves walks to bat against the Washington Nationals in the eighth inning at Nationals Park on September 24, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Washington Nationals won, 4-1. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

• Larry "Chipper" Jones has a .298/.406/.506 line with 60 doubles, four triples, 40 HR's, 170 walks and 116 K's against the Washington Nationals' franchise. The 18-year-veteran who first played against the Nats' organization in 1993 (going 1 for 2 w/ a double and a run scored in a 9/21/93 game against the Expos) and first played against the Nationals on April 11, 2005 (going 1 for 3 w/ a double, two walks and two runs against the Nats), announced on Thursday that he'll have one more year, whatever he can make of it, to add to those totals before he retires from the game. Enjoy the farewell tour, Chipper! Will you give him an ovation the last time he's in D.C.? • As for Nats news, Drew Storen had his elbow checked out and it's apparently fine. Jordan Zimmermann starts against the Astros today. The game is only on the radio via MLB.com's Gameday Audio, but we'll be following along. Here are the links and lots of 'em, RIGHT NOW!!!

• THE BIG STORY!!!!:

• "'There were times when I could have went out on the free-agent market and see if the grass was greener but I really didn’t think that it was,' [Chipper] Jones said..." - "End of an era: Chipper says he’ll retire after 2012 season" - David O'Brien, Atlanta Braves

• "'I have the utmost respect for Chipper Jones and all he's accomplished in the game,' [Todd] Helton said. 'You're talking about a first-ballot Hall of Famer.'" - "Helton tips cap to Chipper" - Thomas Harding, ColoradoRockies.com: News

• NATS BEAT:

• "'I knew from talking to other guys that have had elbow stuff, it wasn't the same,' he said." - "Clean MRI on Storen's elbow" - Drew Storen, NatsInsider.com

• "Both [Michael] Morse and [Adam] LaRoche have said their only concern is getting enough at-bats to feel confident in their timing at the plate." - "Michael Morse, Adam LaRoche not certain to play opening day" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "[Gio] Gonzalez labored from the moment he took the mound. Actually, he sensed a rough afternoon ahead while he was still warming up in the bullpen..." - "Gio tries to learn from ragged start" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "Gio Gonzalez defined his start against the Cardinals Thursday afternoon as 'a learning experience' and a 'step in the right direction.'" - "Gonzalez battered as Cardinals blast Nationals" - Craig Heist, WTOP.com

• "One year after struggling offensively, [Rick] Ankiel is having success at the plate this spring. He is just 4-for-11, but manager Davey Johnson is pleased with the outfielder's new approach." - "Ankiel returns to where it all began" - David Villavicencio, nationals.com: News

• "[Drew] Storen had no grave concerns about his arm, 'but it’s always in the back of your head,' he said." - "Drew Storen has inflammation in elbow joint, no structural damage" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Is it time to panic? Do the spring struggles indicate that the Nats are doomed to sit towards the bottom of the league in offensive production this year?" - "Too early to panic over offensive struggles" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "Still, the Nationals should be heartened that, just 19 months after Tommy John surgery, [Stephen] Strasburg is feeling invincible again." - "DALY: Stephen Strasburg striving for perfection every at-bat" - Dan Daly, Washington Times

• "With depth in the outfield boosted in Syracuse with Bryce Harper's arrival, and [Tyler] Moore never having played outfield for an extended period of time, Moore will stay at first base." - "Moore will spend lots of time at first base this season" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• "And whether [Bryce] Harper sticks in center or eventually shifts back to a corner outfield spot may depend less on him and more on another player many are talking about in the Nationals chain: Michael Taylor." - "Down on the Farm: Michael Taylor" - Curly W Live

• "The Nats may be slightly less inclined to deal him since Chien-Ming Wang's hamstrong injury, but they could employ Ross Detwiler, who has been impressive, as their fifth starter if they dealt Lannan." - "Tigers still showing interest in Nationals' Lannan" - Jon Heyman, CBSSports.com

"There's always a delicate balance in evaluating players during spring training, deciding what's more important: stats or approach." - "Is lack of offense a concern?" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "Gio Gonzalez is one of the bright young pitching stars in the big leagues today, but the 26-year-old is still learning." - "Gio has positive outlook after tough start" - David Villacencio, nationals.com: News

• "The Detroit Tigers were No. 17, at $478 million, a 24% increase over last season. They are sandwiched between the Washington Nationals (No. 16, $480 million) and the Colorado Rockies (No. 18, $464 million)." - "Forbes: Tigers rank No. 17 in MLB team values" - AP/Detroit Free Press

• "[Michael] Morse said — and has continued to say — he is not worried about the injury." - "Michael Morse’s status is latest uncertainty for injury-riddled team" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "With [Chien-Ming] Wang now injured, and an already thin batting lineup fighting the injury bug as well, the Nationals really can't afford to trade away their pitching depth at the moment." - "Would the Nats really trade Lannan?" - Chase Hughes, CSNWashington.com

• "Manager Davey Johnson said he prefers his starting rotation over any in the league, adding that his top three pitchers match up with Philadelphia's star-studded cast." - "Nationals want to keep Phillies fans away" - Rob Maaddi, AP/WTOP.com

• "First baseman Adam LaRoche and pitchers Drew Storen, Chien-Ming Wang and Sean Burnett are all missing time due to injury, and each has a different timeline set for their return." - "Nats being overly cautious with injured players" - David Villavicencio, nationals.com: News

• "'It just gets in there and helps the healing,' [Davey] Johnson said. 'That's kind of a new science, as far as I know.'" - "Nats pessimistic Morse will start season" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "[Michael] Morse has yet to play the outfield once this spring though he did serve as the team’s designated hitter on March 12 and 13." - "Michael Morse gets PRP injection, Opening Day in doubt" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "[Chris] Marrero still has restrictions when it comes to running, especially when rounding bases. But he has returned to full baseball activity otherwise..." - "Chris Marrero ahead of schedule, and the Nationals may need him" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "[Steve] Lombardozzi says he doesn't have a problem with being given some time in the outfield, even if it pushes him closer to that utility role which up-and-coming players often try and steer clear of." - "The Lombardozzi-in-left experiment" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "[Davey] Johnson admits the Nationals are being very cautious with [Michael] Morse. They want the man who hit a career-high 31 home runs last year to be healthy when he returns to action." - "Nationals have options if Michael Morse isn't ready for Opening Day" - David Villavicencio, nationals.com: News

• "Bo Porter has experience with players like Steve Lombardozzi, an infielder trying to learn outfield on short notice." - "Nationals already ‘comfortable’ with Steve Lombardozzi in the outfield" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "The Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals also submitted bids, but they were both reportedly much shorter than nine years." - "Dodgers reportedly runner-up in Prince Fielder sweepstakes, offered four-year deal" - James Schmehl, MLive.com

• "[Steve] Lombardozzi is in line to make the Nationals out of camp as something of a super-utility player. The Nationals are hesitant to put that name on the role he'll have..." - "Steve Lombardozzi a 'comfortable' option in the outfield and other notes from Thursday's 9-0 loss to the Cardinals" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Coming over to the American League, [Gio] Gonzalez is still adjusting to hitting and the need to get up out of the dugout between innings on the mound." - "Gio Gonzalez still smiling after rough start" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "[Gio] Gonzalez said he actually felt like he had decent stuff today, but he never really found a groove against an aggressive-hitting Cardinals team." - "Say goodbye to Gonzalez's sparkling spring numbers" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "The Cardinals' bats broke out in a big way Thursday and, in a related development, it was not a good day for Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez." - "Nationals' offense quiet as Gio Gonzalez has rough outing in loss to Cardinals" - Anthony Castrovince, nationals.com: News

• "'I don’t want them peaking too early,' Manager Davey Johnson said, before pausing. 'And they’re not.'" - "Davey Johnson not worried about Nationals’ offense" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• NATSTOWN:

• "Michael Morse pretending to place a call during a photo shoot for 22 Fresh during the offseason. Was he calling his doctor?" - "#Panicmode" - Nats Enquirer

• "The easy breezy weekend question for you is - when will Mike Morse take his first cuts this season?" - "Mike Morse Contest!" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

•"The Nats, with Danny Espinosa at 2B and Ian Desmond at SS, have two young middle infielders in their starting lineup." - "What Does Lombardozzi Bring?" - The Nationals Review

• "Nats Fold To Cards, 9-0" - NationalsProspects.com

• "As spring training in Pompano Beach continued, Ted Williams and his charges learned more and more about each other." - "1969 Senators Spring Training — Hondo’s Holdout" - Steve Walker, D.C. Baseball History

• "Washington Nationals Spring Training Postcard: Better than New Year’s Eve" - Dyan Smith, Special to District Sports Page

• "One of the tales of Spring Training this year has been Washington's interest in left fielder Gerardo Parra. However, there are five good reasons why baseball fans shouldn't pay much attention to the rumors." - "The Trade Rumor That Won't Die: Gerardo Parra to the Nationals" - Dan Strittmatter, AZ Snake Pit

• "Washington Nationals Outfielder/First Baseman was born on 03/22/1982 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida." - "NATS: Happy Birthday, Michael Morse" - Cheryl Nichols, District Sports Page

• "Just yesterday though Washington made another small move that may have an effect very early in the season." - "Why Did The Nationals Sign Xavier Nady?" - Patrick Hilley, The Nats Blog

• NL EAST UPDATES:

Mets: "'To have the guy who I consider the face of this organization out there, I think, is really important,' Manager Terry Collins said of [David] Wright.'" - "With Opener in Mind, Wright Returns to Action" - Andrew Keh, NYTimes.com

Phillies: "'There is no replacing Chase [Utley] and there is no replacing [Ryan] Howard,' Polanco said. "You just go out and do your job and see what happens.'" - "Polanco's finger on the mend" - Bob Brookover, Philly.com

Marlins: "Fredi Gonzalez said when he ran into Joe Girardi at the Winter Meetings in December, the two managers gave each other wide-eyed looks of astonishment." - "Former Miami Marlins managers missed free-spending ways" - Clark Spencer, MiamiHerald.com

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