WINTER MEETINGS NOTES

Ex-Chiefs outfielder Jayson Werth was signed to a record seven year 126-million dollar contract by the Nationals at the start of the Baseball Winter Meetings last week.  Werth replaces the loss of Adam Dunn who signed on with the White Sox earlier.

In the Major League Rule 5 draft, the Nationals selected righthanded pitcher Elvin Ramirez from the Mets organization off their AA-Binghampton roster and another righty Brian Broderick from the Cardinals organization off the AA-Springfield roster.

Ramirez, 23, is from the Domincan Republic and spent most of the 2010 season at A-St Lucie and was 4-3 with a 4.17 ERA in 49 relief appearances.  He posted 65 strikeouts in 73 innings, but also walked 43 batters.  He finished the season with Binghamton-AA and appeared in 3 games.

Broderick, 24, is 6’6″ and started the 2010 season at Jupiter-A and went 3-5 with a 5.47 ERA in 9-starts.  He moved up to AA-Springfield and finished 11-2 with a 2.72 ERA.

The Nationals also selected 23 year old Mike Allen, a righthanded pitcher off the Twins AA-New Brittan roster.  Allen was only 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA in 37 relief appearances between AA-New Brittan and A-Ft. Myers last season, but had 49 K’s in 51 innings combined.

On the Free Agent front outfielder Jonathan Tucker was signed after spending six years in the Baltimore Orioles organization.  Last season at Bowie-AA in the Eastern League, he batted .221 with 2 HR, 27 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 83 games.  He also played 21 games at Norfolk.

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