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Washington Nationals: Spring Training, Day Two...Chien-Ming Wang Introduced, Sean Burnett Bested.

• The Washington Nationals end the winter 2-0 in arbitration battles, besting Sean Burnett this morning after having beaten Brian Bruney earlier in the week. In total, the Nationals saved half-a-million dollars by going to arbitration with the relievers, with Bruney receiving a 1-year/$1.5M dollar deal when he was seeking a raise to $1.85M, and Burnett settling for $775K when he'd asked for $925,000. No word yet on Burnett's reaction to the news, though Bruney's Sirius/XM interview yesterday after the decision in his case got a lot of attention from those following the Washington Nationals...


•'s Bill Ladson: Nats win arbitration case with Burnett | News

"The Nationals have won their arbitration case with reliever Sean Burnett, who will make $775,000 in 2010 instead of the $925,000 he asked for, according to a Major League source."

•'s Ben Goessling: "Nats win arbitration case against Burnett".

"(Burnett will) be a key part of the Nationals' bullpen this year, and could be part of a lefty-righty eighth-inning combo with Bruney. But a big raise will have to wait another year, at least."


Chien-Ming Wang Arrives.

Stephen Strasburg Status Update.


• Chien-Ming Wang Arrives.

The Nationals introduced Chien-Ming Wang in a press conference this afternoon, which was unavailable for anyone outside Florida, or at least where I live, with the best (only) coverage I could find, coming from Twitter, where @NatsTownNews published two photos of the proceedings showing the gathered crowd in one, and a closer shot of Chien-Ming Wang, himself, seated at a table with DC GM Mike Rizzo and team President Stan Kasten in the other. DC left-hander John Lannan (@JLannan31) was at the press conference, simply acknowledging the fact that he was there and thought Wang was a, "Great addition to the staff," on his own Twitter account, while Collin Balester, the Nationals' right-hander let everyone know that @ballystar40 would be wearing the #99 on the mound this Spring, having handed over his trademark digits to the newest Nats' pitcher, Mr. Wang, who'd worn the same number throughout his career with the New York Yankees...

• Stephen Strasburg Status Update.

But the BIG news of the day, so far, coming to you via departing Washington Post Nationals beat writer Chico Harlan's Twitter, is that Stephen Strasburg has in fact arrived at Space Coast Stadium, (at 10:09 exactly) where he'll begin his first Spring Training with the Washington Nationals...