Wire Taps: Nationals Pitchers And Catchers Report On February 13th

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The Washington Nationals announced that pitchers and catchers report on 2/13/14. They also named a new Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer. Bryce Harper was doing stuff with a belt on. Craig Stammen's finishing up at college. Tuesay in NatsTown in links...

There were two announcements from the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. The first was the official start date for Spring Training 2014. Pitchers and catchers will report on...:

A little while later on Tuesday afternoon, the Nationals announced an addition to the front office at 1500 South Capitol St. SE:

Camillo served as the VP of the NBA's Team Marketing and Business Operations before joining the Nationals' front office.

As for any news about the on-field product? Not much out there, but we scoured the internets to find what was out there. Links and lots of them, starting... RIGHT NOW!!!:

• THE BIG STORY!!!:

• "So, what kind of numbers might it take to keep Desmond and Zimmermann in D.C. for the long-term?" - "How big of a long-term contract does Ian Desmond deserve?" - Mark Zuckerman, Nats Insider

• NATS BEAT:

• "The Nationals announced on Tuesday that Valerie J. Camillo has been named chief revenue and marketing officer, responsible for all revenue-generating departments, including ticketing, marketing, special events and corporate partnerships." - "Nats name Valerie Camillo chief revenue and marketing officer" - nationals.com: News

• "The Nationals named Valerie J. Camillo,  a former NBA marketing and business executive, the team’s new chief revenue and marketing officer on Tuesday." - "Nationals name Valerie J. Camillo chief revenue and marketing officer" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is hoping that Frank Thomas will be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame." - "Nationals GM Mike Rizzo expects Frank Thomas to receive Hall of Fame call" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• "'I thought it was a great trade for the Nationals to get an impact starter like Doug Fister, a guy who has been a proven pitcher in any year,' Fitt said. 'He is established.'" - "Another look at the loss of Ray in trade for pitcher Doug Fister" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• "Nationals pitchers and catchers will report to spring training in Viera, Fl. on Feb. 13." - "Nats pitchers and catchers report date released" - Chase Hughes, Nats Insider

• "Over his final eight appearances of the season, Cedeno allowed just two baserunners in 4 1/3 innings and kept five of the six baserunners he inherited from scoring." - "Nationals Pastime: Cedeno one intriguing reliever to watch in spring" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com


• "O'Flaherty has been one of the most effective relievers in baseball but, even coming off major surgery, I would think he could get a multi-year deal." - "Ask Boswell: Redskins, Nationals and Washington sports" - Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post

• "With the start of spring training games now less than two months away, MASN has announced its Nationals spring training broadcast schedule." - "Nationals Pastime: MASN announces Nationals spring training broadcast schedule (with note)" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

• "Hey Look, It's Bart Bryce. And He's Doing Stuff!":

"It was in these very internet pages less than 24 hours ago that we told you Nationals wunderkind Bryce Harper wanted a UFC title belt because he's simply too cool for WWE." - "IMPORTANT UPDATE: Bryce Harper has his UFC title belt" - Mike Axisa, CBSSports.com

• "Williams' spot could be even more difficult than the one in Detroit because the Nationals still must prove last year's disappointment is the aberration, not the 2012 NL East championship." - "MLB 2014: The show will look a lot different" - Paul White, USA TODAY Sports

• NATSTOWN/NATS MINORS:

• "Also in Puerto Rico, right-handed reliever Tyler Herron had a strong showing for the Indios de Mayaguez. He has a 0.84 ERA in 21 1/3 innings with 21 strikeouts and 11 walks." - "Round-up of Nationals playing winter ball" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "Billy Gardner Jr. has spent more than two decades coaching and managing in the minor leagues and has loved it all." - "Meet new Syracuse Chiefs Manager Billy Gardner Jr." - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "I want to talk some more about this Bryce Harper weight-gain nonsense, because really, the whole thing is getting a little out of hand." - "Bryce Harper weight gain ‘controversy’ continues" - Sarah Kogod, D.C. Sports Bog

• "Just Adam LaRoche with a mountain lion, no big deal." - NatsEnquirer

• "The Nationals re-signed right-hander Ryan Tatusko to a Minor League deal on Monday." - "Nationals re-sign pitcher RyanTatusko to Minor League deal" - nationals.com: News

• "Majestic Athletics tweeted a sneak peek of this year’s Nats batting practice uniforms." - "Nats batting practice jerseys sneak peek (Updated)" - Sarah Kogod, Washington Post

• NL EAST UPDATES:

Braves: "Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and Kris Medlen are set to become free agents following the 2015 season..." - "The Braves’ Good Problem" - Paul Swydan, FanGraphs Baseball

Phillies: "The Phillies have been quiet on the roster front the past few weeks, although they made big news last week when they signed a 25-year contract with Comcast SportsNet worth a reported $2.5 billion." - "Phillies looking ahead toward spring" - Todd Zolecki, phillies.com: News

Mets: "For the moment, though, it’s Ike Davis and the Mets backup catcher situation.  I know, I know. But Brewers GM Doug Melvin did offer interesting comments to MLB.com on the Davis trade talks." - "Chance for NY Mets to avoid a mistake with Ike Davis" - Andy Martino, New York Daily News

Marlins: "For finishing 62-100 last season, the Marlins earned themselves the second overall selection at the First-Year Player Draft in June." - "Marlins Inbox: Has Jose Fernandez set the stage for Tyler Kolek?" - Joe Frisaro, marlins.com: News

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