Updated at 5:56 p.m.
The Nationals have traded Cristian Guzman, the only player from the original Opening Day 2005 club who has remained on the big-league roster without interruption, to the Texas Rangers, a source familiar with the deal has confirmed.
It's not yet known who the Nationals are receiving in return.
Updates to come...
3:29 p.m. -- Because Guzman has 10 years of big-league service and more than five years with the Nationals, he had to approve the trade. He's still due to earn about $2.6 million the rest of the season, and it's possible the Nats are picking up some of that salary because the Rangers are currently in bankruptcy and unable to add too much to payroll.
4:38 p.m. -- The trade won't be official until tomorrow, but the Nats will be receiving two minor-league pitchers in exchange for Guzman. One of the pitchers is right-hander Ryan Tatusko, a 25-year-old who was 9-2 with a 2.97 ERA in 24 games (13 starts) for Class AA Frisco. Because the deal isn't official yet but Guzman has already left, the Nats will be playing with a 24-man roster tonight. Adam Kennedy is starting at second base and batting second, but Jim Riggleman said Kennedy and Alberto Gonzalez will split playing time moving forward. Riggleman also said the club is unlikely to add another infielder to the roster.
5:36 p.m. -- Mike Rizzo just confirmed the two players are indeed Tatusko and right-hander Tanner Roark. Roark, 23, is 10-5 with a 4.20 ERA in 22 games (17 starts) with Class AA Frisco. It's also believed the Nats are sending the Rangers $2 million to help cover Guzman's remaining salary.
5:45 p.m. -- Here are some quotes from Rizzo about the Guzman and Capps deals and the Dunn talks...
On the trade: "We got two good, young, Double-A prospects that we think will help our inventory, two starting candidates. It's a trade of a veteran player for prospects."
On Guzman's reaction: "Guzie was upbeat, positive. Obviously, he had to OK the trade because he had 10-and-5 rights. It's not an official trade until the paperwork goes through. In 24 hours it will be official."
On how the Capps trade came together: "It quickly came together at the trade deadline a couple days ago when they agreed to put Ramos into the deal. It went pretty quickly after that."
On Ramos: "We think he's close to major-league ready. We think he can be an everyday major-league catcher. He's a well-rounded catcher. He's solid defensively. He's got good power. We think he's a guy that can play every day in the big leagues and be a big impact offensively and defensively."
On what this means for Derek Norris: "He's a couple years behind. That's the key statement. It's inventory. You never have enough top prospects, especially at a premium position like catcher."
On Ramos' offensive struggles this year: "What I heard from scouts, they love his power potential, his approach at the plate, his pitch selection is good. We don't make any excuses for it. He started off slow, got sidetracked when he went to the big leagues and performed well at the big leagues and then came back down. We have no real explanation for it. But we've scouted him for years and seen big-time upside, not only as an offensive catcher but as a defensive catcher."
On chances of Dunn being traded: "There's a lot of teams interested in Adam Dunn. An unbelievable amount. We have many options with him. We're going to do what's best for the long-term viability of the franchise."
On other teams controlling these talks: "The closer to the deadline it takes, the more pressure is on teams to come with something that makes sense for me to trade one of the best offensive players in baseball."
On if he'll lower his original asking price for Dunn: "No, the price will not come down."