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Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 10/30/2011

Eight Nationals become free agents as offseason begins

Free agency officially begins today, with eligible players able to file. Teams still have exclusive negotiating rights with their own free agents for the next few days, until Thursday at 12:01 a.m. If the Nationals make a big splash in free agency, it’s likely to be with a center fielder or starting pitcher.

They also have a handful of players whom they may or may not re-sign. They have no high-profile free agents, like Adam Dunn last season. In fact, none of their players are projected to be either Type A or Type B free agents, meaning the Nationals cannot receive any compensatory draft choices this offseason. (Outfielder Jonny Gomes was on track to be a Type B free agent when the Nationals traded for him in July, but his uneven playing time and subpar hitting in Washington undermined that.)

Among their own their own free agents, the Nationals have had substantial contract discussions with right-handed starter Chien-Ming Wang. Here’s the full list of Nationals’ free agents. Who should they let go, and who should they re-sign?

OF Rick Ankiel

2B Alex Cora

RP Todd Coffey

OF Jonny Gomes

SP Livan Hernandez

OF Laynce Nix

C Ivan Rodriguez

SP Chien-Ming Wang

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