Feb 25, 2015, 4:00 AM EDT
Ian Desmond reported to Viera to join his Nationals teammates this week after an offseason that included widespread trade rumors. Now the three-time Silver Slugger enters the final year of his contract knowing he will not be traded, but with plenty of questions about his future. In this video, Mark reports from Nats spring training…
Feb 25, 2015, 1:05 AM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman is a veteran of the game of baseball, as the 30 year old is now entering his 11th (!) season in the majors. This spring, however, things have changed, as the Face of the Franchise has moved across the diamond to take over for Adam LaRoche at first base. Zimmerman stopped to chat…
Feb 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Mark sat down with Drew Storen on Monday in Viera, Fla., as he looks forward to the 2015 season knowing he will be the Nationals’ closer. For Storen, that’s a change from the last two years where Rafael Soriano held down the role when the season began. Storen is happy to be back in the…
Feb 23, 2015, 8:24 PM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman showed up early to Nationals spring training ready to get started for the 2015 season. This is, of course, not a normal camp for Zimmerman, who now transitions across the diamond to first base. This spring will give him his first extensive stretch getting experience at his new position. Manager Matt Williams gave…
Feb 23, 2015, 1:08 PM EDT
In Mark’s latest report from Nationals spring training in Viera, Fla., he looks at who could be the odd-man out of their star-studded rotation. Right now there are six players vying for five spots, meaning someone will likely get bumped to the bullpen within the next few weeks. In this video Mark has reaction from Max…
Feb 21, 2015, 1:45 PM EDT
Max Scherzer arrived at Nats’ spring training on Thursday ready to join what many expect to be the best rotation in the major leagues. The $210 million man is no stranger to that sort of hype, but did his best to downplay it. CSN was there with a camera as Scherzer was introduced and Mark…
Feb 20, 2015, 1:36 PM EDT
Nationals pitchers and catchers reported to Viera, Fla. on Thursday ready to get started for the 2015 season after an eventful winter. Mark is down there and caught up with a few players including Gio Gonzalez and Drew Storen. In this video, Mark also adds some analysis of the first day of 2015 spring training.…
Feb 15, 2015, 2:15 PM EDT
2014 record: 83-79, 3rd place in AL East Manager: John Gibbons, 8th season (2004-08, 2013-present) Estimated 2015 payroll: $121 million Key additions: 3B Josh Donaldson, C Russell Martin, LF Michael Saunders Key losses: OF Melky Cabrera, 3B Brett Lawrie, 1B Adam Lind, RP Casey Janssen, OF Colby Rasmus, RP Sergio Santos Projected lineup SS Jose Reyes C…
Feb 13, 2015, 4:42 PM EDT
The Nationals have released their promotional schedule for the 2015 season and on it are a few items that should get fans excited to go out to the park this summer. There will be a Star Wars day, bobbleheads to commemorate the team’s 10th anniversary, a players’ pets calendar, as well as a Chia pet…
Feb 13, 2015, 2:11 PM EDT
2014 record: 77-85, 4th place in AL East Manager: Kevin Cash, 1st season Estimated 2015 payroll: $75 million Key additions: OF Steven Souza, Jr., SS Asdrubal Cabrera, DH Jon Jaso, RP Kevin Jepsen, RP Erensto Frieri Key losses: OF Wil Myers, 2B/OF Ben Zobrist, manager Joe Maddon, GM Andrew Friedman, SS Yunel Escobar, OF Matt Joyce,…
Feb 11, 2015, 11:04 PM EDT
As part of their negotiations to build a new joint spring training site in West Palm Beach, the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros have reached an agreement with the state of Florida that will keep them there for the next 30 years. For the Nats, in particular, staying there is no surprise. For them to…
Feb 11, 2015, 5:13 PM EDT
2014 record: 88-74, 2nd place in NL West Manager: Bruce Bochy, 9th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $163.8 million Key additions: 3B Casey McGehee, OF Nori Aoki Key losses: 3B Pablo Sandoval, 1B/OF Michael Morse Projected lineup CF Angel Pagan 2B Joe Panik 1B Brandon Belt C Buster Posey RF Hunter Pence 3B Casey McGehee LF Nori…
Feb 10, 2015, 9:58 PM EDT
The hopes of Washington landing the 2017 MLB All-Star Game appear to have vanished, as The Miami Herald has reported the ’17 Midsummer Classic will take place at Marlins Park. Marlins’ beat writer Clark Spencer says the team and Major League Baseball are expected to make an announcement before the end of the week. The…
Feb 9, 2015, 5:20 PM EDT
2014 record: 90-72, 1st place in NL Central Manager: Mike Matheny, 4th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $121 million Key additions: OF Jason Heyward, RP Jordan Walden, INF Mark Reynolds, RP Matt Belisle Key losses: OF Oscar Taveras, SP Shelby Miller, C A.J. Pierzynski, 2B Daniel Descalso, SP Justin Masterson, RP Jason Motte Projected lineup 3B Matt…
Feb 8, 2015, 9:52 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 33 How acquired: Signed as free agent, Jan. 2015 2015 salary: $3.5 million 2014 stats: 50 G, 45.2 IP, 47 H, 22 R, 20 ER, 6 HR, 7 BB, 28 K, 1.182 WHIP, 25 SV, 5 BS, 3-3, 3.94 ERA, 4.14 FIP, 0.1 WAR 2015 storyline: Casey Janssen comes to…
Feb 7, 2015, 4:20 PM EDT
2014 record: 73-89, 5th place in NL East Manager: Ryne Sandberg, 3rd season Estimated 2015 payroll: $140 million Key additions: SP Aaron Harang, OF Jeff Francoeur, UT Odubel Herrera, SP Chad Billingsley, OF Jordan Danks, RP Kevin Slowey Key losses: SS Jimmy Rollins, SP A.J. Burnett, OF Marlon Byrd, RP Mike Adams, C Wil Nieves Projected lineup CF Ben Revere C…
Feb 6, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 29 How acquired: Trade with Oakland, Dec. 2011 2015 salary: $11 million 2014 stats: 27 GS, 158.2 IP, 134 H, 66 R, 63 ER, 10 HR, 56 BB, 162 K, 1.197 WHIP, 10-10, 3.57 ERA, 3.02 FIP, 3.1 WAR 2015 storyline: Gio Gonzalez comes back for his fourth year for…
Feb 5, 2015, 3:21 PM EDT
2014 record: 84-78, 2nd place in AL East Manager: Joe Girardi, 8th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $214.3 million Key additions: RP Andrew Miller, SS Didi Gregorious, DH Garrett Jones, SP Nathan Eovaldi Key losses: SS Derek Jeter, CL David Roberston, OF Ichiro Suzuki, 3B Martin Prado, SP Brandon McCarthy, SP Hiroki Kuroda Projected lineup LF Brett Gardner 3B Chase…
Feb 5, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: Trade, Dec. 2013 2015 salary: $11.4 million 2014 stats: 25 GS, 164 IP, 153 H, 52 R, 44 ER, 18 HR, 24 BB, 98 K, 1.079 WHIP, 16-6, 2.41 ERA, 3.93 FIP, 1.3 WAR 2015 storyline: Doug Fister enters 2015 – his second season with the Nationals…
Feb 4, 2015, 6:29 PM EDT
Updated at 8:30 p.m. New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday he views Washington and Baltimore as two “distinct” markets and thus wouldn’t have a problem awarding future All-Star Games to both cities without a gap in time between the two. During a tour of the Nationals Youth Academy in Southeast Washington, the newly minted…
Feb 3, 2015, 2:02 PM EDT
2014 record: 70-92, 5th place in AL Central Manager: Paul Molitor, 1st year Estimated 2015 payroll: $108 million Key additions: OF Torii Hunter, RHP Ervin Santana, RHP Tim Stauffer Key losses: 1B Chris Parmelee Projected lineup SS Danny Santana 2B Brian Dozier 1B Joe Mauer DH Kennys Vargas RF Torii Hunter 3B Trevor Plouffe LF Oswaldo Arcia C Kurt…
Feb 1, 2015, 9:51 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 33 How acquired: Signed as a free agent, Dec. 2013 2015 salary: $5 million 2014 stats: 79 G, 162 PA, 10 R, 24 H, 6 2B, 0 3B, HR, 7 RBI, 4 SB, 16 BB, 35 SO, .173 AVG, .280 OBP, .237 SLG, .517 OPS, 2 E, -0.6 WAR 2015 storyline: After a…
Jan 31, 2015, 2:03 PM EDT
2014 record: 94-68, 1st place in NL West Manager: Don Mattingly, 5th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $264 million Key additions: SS Jimmy Rollins, 2B Howie Kendrick, C Yasmani Grandal, SP Brandon McCarthy, SP Brett Anderson, RP Joel Peralta Key losses: SS Hanley Ramirez, 2B Dee Gordon, SP Josh Beckett, SP Dan Haren, SP Chad Billingsley Projected lineup SS Jimmy Rollins LF Carl…
Jan 31, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 32 How acquired: Signed as a free agent, March 2014 2015 salary: $1 million 2014 stats: 105 G, 236 PA, 17 R, 57 H, 8 2B, 0 3B, HR, 17 RBI, 0 SB, 6 BB, 26 SO, .259 AVG, .299 OBP, .309 SLG, .608 OPS, 2 E, -0.4 WAR 2015 storyline: Kevin Frandsen returns to the Nationals in 2015 as…
Jan 30, 2015, 2:36 PM EDT
2014 record: 98-64, 1st place in AL West Manager: Mike Scioscia, 16th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $148 million Key additions: DH Matt Joyce, 2B Josh Rutledge, LHP Andrew Heaney, RP Ryan Mattheus Key losses: 2B Howie Kendrick, RP Sean Burnett, RP Jason Grilli Projected lineup RF Kole Calhoun DH Matt Joyce CF Mike Trout 1B Albert Pujols LF Josh Hamilton 3B David Freese…
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