WASHINGTON -- Agent Matt Sosnick said there aren't any hard feelings toward the Nationals, who have decided not to offer his client, outfielder Josh Willingham, a multiyear deal. The club still has control of Willingham, who is in his last year of arbitration.
Willingham played in 114 games for Washington this past season and hit .268 with 16 home runs and 56 RBIs. He missed the final month and a half of the season because of a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Willingham said recently that the knee is getting better, and he will start swinging a bat and throwing a baseball around Christmas time.
"The Nationals have a right to do whatever they want," Sosnick said via phone. "It's part of the arbitration process. They are in no obligation to offer him a multiyear deal. He is under control for one more year."
But a baseball source familiar with the Nationals' thinking believes Willingham will most likely be traded before the 2011 season starts. The source believes that Washington would want something for Willingham before he becomes a free agent after the 2011 season. Published reports already indicated that several teams have interest in Willingham's services.
Sosnick declined to comment on the possibility of Willingham being traded and general manager Mike Rizzo wasn't available to comment.
Bernadina leaving Venezuelan Winter League team
WASHINGTON -- Nationals outfielder Roger Bernadina will leave the Venezuelan Winter League this weekend, according to his agent, Storm Kischenbaum. Bernadina felt fatigued and decided to shut it down for the season.
Instead, Bernadina will spend the rest of the offseason working out and preparing for the 2011 season. Bernadina is currently with Navegantes del Magallanes and is 5-for-24 (.208) with an RBI.
"We decided that he was a little bit tired and [played] a little too much baseball," Kischenbaum said. "We took the approach that we wanted to just put a halt to the [Venezuelan] Winter League. Instead, he will work out with his trainer."
Bernadina played nearly a full season with the Nationals in 2010, hitting .246 with 11 home runs, 46 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. He ended the season as the everyday left fielder after Josh Willingham went down with the left knee injury.
Jaime off Nats' 40-man roster
WASHINGTON -- Nationals right-hander Juan Jaime was taken off the 40-man roster, according to a baseball source. He missed all of 2010 because of right elbow reconstruction. Jaime joined Washington's system in '06 and has yet to play a Major League game.
In four seasons in the organization, Jaime has pitched in 42 games, going 10-3 with a 2.42 ERA. He struck out 146 batters in 111 2/3 innings.
Before the injury, Jaime's fastball was clocked as high as 98 mph.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.