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Nationals sign Derrick Robinson to minor-league deal
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

The Nationals have signed outfielder Derrick Robinson to a minor-league contract, the team announced Friday. 

Robinson played in 102 games for the Reds in 2013, hitting .255 with seven doubles and three triples for the club. He was unable to play in 2014 after injuring his left shoulder, which required surgery.

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Nationals' Werth (shoulder): My goal is to be ready by opening day
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on the AC joint in his right shoulder Jan. 9, said he still has some normal residual discomfort from the operation but feels better, per The Washington Post.

While Werth is expected to undergo 2-3 months of rehab, which puts his status for opening day in jeopardy, he remains hopeful of a quick recovery because his operation was minimally-invasive and with no complications.

“I don’t want to do anything to jeopardize the rest of my career but also want to get on the field an play,” he said. “It’s a balance. … As soon as I’m ready, I’ll be back. … My goal is opening day. If I can’t make opening day in D.C., then I want to make opening day in Boston. I’m going to try to be back as soon as I can without doing something stupid.”

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Nationals sign pitcher Evan Meek to minor-league deal
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Nationals have signed pitcher Evan Meek to a minor-league deal, according to MLB.com.

The 31-year-old Meek spent last season moving between the majors and the minors with the Orioles. He posted a 5.79 ERA over 23 1/3 innings in the majors. Meek was outrighted to Triple-A in October, but decided to reject the move, becoming a free-agent. The deal includes an invite to spring training. 

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Boras: Tigers 'were always in conversation' for Max Scherzer
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowksi said Monday agent Scott Boras did reach out to him a few times this offseason about starting pitcher Max Scherzer, but no negotiations took place before Scherzer agreed to a seven-year, $210 million contract with the Nationals.

On Wednesday, Boras stayed away from any details regarding negotiations with the Tigers and was very complimentary of the Detroit organization, per MLB.com. Scherzer turned down a six-year, $144 million contract extension from the Tigers last spring.

“First of all, (owner) Mike Ilitch is much like the Lerner family: They’re owners that run their own shop. They do their own thing their own way,” Boras told MLB Network Radio. “I don’t think anyone should question anything about what the Tiger organization wants to do other than win.

"To suggest that, when a general manager makes a bright move and makes an offer for a player, I just don’t see the negative of it. And I don’t think that Mike Ilitch sees the negative of it either. And as you move forward and you continue to communicate, the Tigers and us were always in conversation, and the reason we were is that it was a place that Max Scherzer won 70 percent of his games there. He was a very important part to them potentiating them achieving Mike Ilitch’s goals in winning.

“When you have a wedding, you don’t really talk about who you dated, and I kind of leave it at that. Certainly there’s nothing that the Tigers don’t do. They cross every bridge and they’re very conscientious about how they pursue players. They had great value for Max and it was a great relationship. Obviously this fit for Max was something that was, in his mind, something better for him.”

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Agent Boras denies report Nationals' Strasburg wants to be traded
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2016 season, but a report surfaced this week claiming Strasburg is available in a trade and open to leaving Washington.

However, Strasburg's agent -- Scott Boras -- made sure to deny the report Wednesday at the press conference of another one of his clients -- Max Scherzer, who just signed a seven-year deal with the Nationals.

“We don’t know where that came from,” Boras said Wednesday, per The Washington Times. “Stephen Strasburg wants to play here and wants to be with Max Scherzer and grow. I don’t know who the writer was, but the writer certainly never called us and he never called Stephen.”

The Nationals selected Strasburg with the No. 1 pick in the 2009 MLB draft. He made the All-Star team in 2012 and is 43-30 with a 3.02 ERA in five MLB seasons.

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