VIERA, Fla. -- We're still two weeks away from the first Grapefruit League game, but the Nationals already own a 2-0 record ... in arbitration.
Sean Burnett is the latest player to lose his hearing to the Nats. A three-person panel ruled in favor of the club today, so the left-hander will earn $775,000 this season instead of the $925,000 he was seeking. The Nats also defeated Brian Bruney in his case earlier this week.
Plenty more players trickling in now, including Ryan Zimmerman, Adam Dunn, Nyjer Morgan, Willy Taveras, Roger Bernadina, Shawn Estes, Matt Chico, Jason Bergmann, Tyler Clippard, Collin Balester (sporting that hideous moustache), Matt Capps, J.D. Martin, Tyler Walker and plenty more I'm forgetting at the moment.
No sight of Chien-Ming Wang yet, but they're furiously setting up the stage for his press conference, on the field right in front of the pitcher's mound. The Nats would have preferred to do this indoors, but the room they generally use for these things isn't big enough to accommodate all the media that will be here for Wang's press conference. A gaggle of reporters from Taiwan has descended upon Viera, and my understanding is that many of them will be following Wang and the Nats around all season. Definitely a new experience for this organization.
OK, time to run down to Jim Riggleman's camp-opening press conference. I'll be back later with details of that and of Wang's introduction.