01/23/09 6:14 PM EST
Nats keep eye on free-agent market
No deal imminent, but team has lingering interest in Dunn, Hudson
By Bill Ladson / MLB.com
The Denver Post reported that the Nationals had interest in right-hander Josh Fogg, but a baseball source said the report was false. Washington is going into Spring Training with a young rotation of Collin Balester, Daniel Cabrera, John Lannan, Scott Olsen and Jordan Zimmermann. Fogg is 32 years old and doesn't fit the club's long-term plans. He is coming off one of his worst seasons, going 2-7 with a 7.58 ERA with the Reds last season.
However, the Nats still have interest in first baseman Adam Dunn and second baseman Orlando Hudson, two left-handed hitters who could off-set a lineup dominated by right-handed hitters. But right now, Dunn and Hudson have exceeded the team's price range.
"I can tell you, we continue to work hard [when it comes to signing players] and continue to give our recommendations to [team president] Stan Kasten and keep him abreast on how the market is," Bowden said.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.