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Nats keep a clinched fist around its cash page 3
Washington's front office is remaining steadfast in not overpaying for marquee free agents.

Date published: 1/11/2007


"Manny and I are going to go in with an open mind to try to bring the best team north we can for the best long-term benefit of the Nationals," Bowden said. "That might mean developing two guys in the rotation a little ahead of time and taking a little hit as we're developing.

"That might mean we'd rather bring a veteran because he's pitching so well, because in three months we think we can trade him for a couple of pitching prospects," he said. "It's not going to be an exact science."

Extra bases

Nationals president Stan Kasten confirmed that former manager Frank Robinson and the organization were parting ways. Robinson, who was fired in September after five seasons with the organization, was not offered a job in the front office.

"It's a difficult decision for me personally, because all of us have so much respect for Frank," Kasten said. "I have nothing critical to say about him."

Robinson told The Free Lance-Star Monday that he would not be interested in an unpaid offer to work with the team in spring training.

Acta said Nook Logan, who was acquired in a late-season trade with the Detroit Tigers, would enter spring training as the Nationals' starting center fielder.

Kasten said a winter caravan, with stops planned in Virginia, Maryland and the District, is scheduled for Jan. 22-29. Acta, as well as players and the team's "racing president" mascots, are likely to attend various events around the area.

To reach TODD JACOBSON: 540/374-5440
Email: tjacobson@freelancestar.com

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