Nats keep eye on free-agent market

Nats keep eye on free-agent market

WASHINGTON -- General manager Jim Bowden said the Nationals still have interest in signing free agents, but they are not close to acquiring one in the near future.

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.