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Comings .... And Goings

[January 11th]-- Marlon Byrd, who just a few months ago was languishing in the humidity of New Orleans, signed an $800,000 contract with the Nationals on Wednesday. Byrd came to Washington in an early-season trade with the Phillies for underproducing Endy Chavez. He began the season as a singles hitter, then found the "big stick" in New Orleans with the help of hitting coach Mitchell Page. He returned to D.C. and hammered the ball. Byrd will likely platoon with Michael Tucker if Ryan Church or Alfonso Soriano is traded. There might even be a chance that Byrd could get to play regularly if both players end up playing somewhere else next year.

Tony Blanco, the Rule V draft-pick who spent most of last season hidden on the disabled list, is really hurt this time. Blanco had surgery on his right shoulder this week, and it could be a full year before he's able to return to playing every day.

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