Washington Nationals Shopping John Lannan For Position Player, Targeting Edwin Jackson, According To Report

John Lannan's name has come up on the rumor mill, as multiple reports suggest the Nationals are looking to deal him to clear room to sign pitcher Edwin Jackson.

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MLB Offseason 2012: Nationals Sign Mark Teahen To Minor-League Deal

The Washington Nationals made another roster transaction Monday, signing infielder/outfielder Mark Teahen to a minor-league deal Monday. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Teahen will be invited to Spring Training where he's expected to battled for bench spot.

Last month, Teahen, 30, was released by the Toronto Blue Jays, who acquired the utility players from the Chicago White Sox in the summer. Between the two squads, the left-hander got 177 plate appearances and hit just .200. with four home runs and 14 RBI.

For his career, Teahen has compiled a .264 batting average with 67 home runs and 332 RBI. This will Teahen four team of his career, which began with the Kansas City Royals.

Also Monday, the Nationals made the signing of veteran outfield Rick Ankiel official. On Sunday, it was reported that Ankeil was going to sign a minor-league contract.

For more on Ankiel and the Washington Nationals' offseason, visit our Nationals blog Federal Baseball.
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MLB Free Agency Rumors 2011: Washington Nationals Reportedly Still In Aggressive Pursuit of Prince Fielder

The Washington Nationals are reportedly quite interested in adding prized free agent slugger, Prince Fielder, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. For the first part of free agency, the attention seemed to be on the Nationals' interest in acquiring starting pitching. The Nats signed veteran right hander Chien-Ming Wang, and then pursued both Mark Buerhle and Roy Oswalt as well.

The focus then turned to Cuban sensation Yoenis Cespedes, a 26-year old center fielder who would add pop to the lineup and athleticism to the outfield.  According to Rosenthal, Cespedes may still be targeted by Washington, but only if negotiations with Fielder don't materialize.

Talks with Fielder hit a significant roadblock on Monday, one source said, prompting the Nats to revisit Cespedes as an alternative.

Cespedes, 26, is not yet on the open market; he first must establish temporary residence in the Dominican Republic, a development that is expected any day now.

Fielder, 27, is the Nationals’ primary target, at least among offensive players, sources said. The Nats also are pursuing high-end starting pitchers, including free agents C.J. Wilson, Mark Buehrle and Roy Oswalt.

For more on the Nationals dynamic free agency hunt, visit Federal Baseball.

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