The Washington Nationals look to rebound from a disappointing 69 and 93 2010 season with a few key offseason roster changes. The Nats traded left fielder Josh Willingham to the Oakland A's. Big-hitting first baseman Adam Dunn moved to the American League as the White Sox designated hitter. But General Manager Mike Rizzo had a busy winter shelling out big money on free agents.
The Nationals agreed to a seven-year, 126 million dollar contract with All-Star right fielder Jayson Werth. First baseman Adam LaRoche signed a two year contract worth 16 million dollars with an option for an additional 10 million in 2013. Former Braves post-season hero, Rick Ankiel also signed on with a one-year contract worth up to 2.75 million dollars.
This week, the Nationals picked up utility player Jerry Hairston Jr. and right-handed relief pitcher Todd Coffey, agreeing to one-year contracts with both players.
Pitchers and catchers report to spring training February 16th.
Nationals tickets for the 2011 season are already available with a buy-two-get-two discount with a 20-percent deposit on full season ticket packages.