>Nats re-sign Luis Ayala, an indespensible member of the bullpen and one of the best set-up men out in the NL the last 3 seasons, to a 2 year, $2.2 million deal. Nats shut him down in September because of a bone spur in his elbow after making 68 appearances (81 in '04; 65 in '03) - but his agent Joe Longo claims he's healthy: "He's throwing already, he's feeling great, he feels no pain whatsoever...He's going to be fine for spring training." (via Washington Times 1/10/2005).
>Veteran outfielder Michael Tucker comes on board, signing a 1 year, non-guaranteed deal. His future with the team probably hinges on Brandon Watson's spring and Jose Guillen's health.