Dec 21, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT
The Nationals signed catcher Chris Snyder to a minor league deal on Saturday, bringing the veteran back for a second consecutive spring. Snyder will join the team at big league camp in Viera, Fl. and provide backup catching depth behind Wilson Ramos. Snyder appeared in eight exhibition games for the Nats last year before he…
Dec 21, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT
Former Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki has a new home for 2014. The 30-year-old backstop has joined the Twins on a one-year deal, a day after Minnesota traded Ryan Doumit to the Braves. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the news. Suzuki will earn $2.75 million next season playing for his third team in two years. Last year…
Dec 20, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT
The Washington Nationals announced on Friday their new minor league coaching staff for 2014, including a large group of promotions from within. Three complete coaching staffs got bumped up a level in the minors. Brian Daubach, Chris Michalak and Mark Harris will move together from Single-A Potomac to Double-A Harrisburg. Tripp Keister, Franklin Bravo and…
Dec 17, 2013, 2:43 PM EDT
Since Mike Rizzo took over as Nationals general manager in 2009, he’s found quite the trade partner in Billy Beane of the Oakland Athletics. Since late 2010, the two have orchestrated seven different trades, sometimes sending the same players back and forth in separate deals. Rizzo and Beane clearly enjoy doing business with each other,…
Dec 15, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT
On Friday night Adam LaRoche, Willie and Jep Robertson from Duck Dynasty and former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light hosted a group of Nats writers at the Occidental Grill in downtown D.C. to talk about their recent USO Holiday Tour. I’ve already covered some baseball related items involving LaRoche, as well as an in-depth look…
Dec 14, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT
For Adam LaRoche and the 2013 USO Holiday Tour, it was years in the making. The Nationals first baseman always knew he wanted to travel overseas to support the troops, and seeing teammates Ross Detwiler and Craig Stammen embark on one last December sealed the deal. LaRoche talked with Detwiler and Stammen about their experience…
Dec 14, 2013, 9:48 AM EDT
Adam LaRoche returned from his nearly weeklong tour of U.S. military bases overseas yesterday, flying into Washington alongside Willie and Jep Roberston from Duck Dynasty and former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light. Before each of them flew back home, they decided to meet with a few Nationals beat writers to discuss the experience. I’ll have…
Dec 13, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT
The Nationals signed three players on Friday to minor league deals with invitations to major league spring training: first baseman Brock Peterson, pitcher Manny Delcarmen and catcher Brian Jeroloman. All three will report to Viera, Fl. hoping to compete for a roster spot and add depth to the Nationals’ exhibition squad. Peterson, 30, spent last…
Dec 13, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT
Nearly ten years after the Expos moved to Washington to become the Nationals, the city of Montreal is discussing bringing baseball back. A new study from the Montreal Gazette explores the possibility by looking at the specific costs a new team would require. Their findings include a $525 million price tag to purchase a team…
Dec 13, 2013, 7:07 AM EDT
The Washington Nationals have announced details for NatsFest 2014, with a new venue set to host the annual preseason celebration for fans. NatsFest will take place on Jan. 25 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Southern Maryland, one year after the event was held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in…
Dec 12, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT
The Washington Nationals officially announced the signing of outfielder Nate McLouth to a two-year deal on Thursday, and in doing so designated Corey Brown for assignment to make room on their 40-man roster. Brown hit .254 with 19 home runs, 56 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 107 games with Triple-A Syracuse this season before…
Dec 11, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT
Nationals manager Matt Williams knows he is taking over a team with sky-high expectations. After winning 98 games in 2012 the Nats took a big step back by missing the playoffs with only 86 victories in 2013. Williams says the team hopes to reach their full potential in 2014, and make amends for what happened this…
Dec 10, 2013, 2:57 PM EDT
The Nationals have already made what many expect to be their biggest moves of the offseason, acquiring Doug Fister to strengthen their rotation and Nate McLouth to bolster their bench. There still remains, however, a vacancy in their bullpen where the Nationals would like to add at least one left-handed relief pitcher. Mark caught up…
Dec 7, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT
Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche will soon embark on a once in a lifetime opportunity, taking part in the 2013 USO Holiday Tour organized by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey. LaRoche will join a group of celebrities including stars of the reality show ‘Duck Dynasty,’ Jep and Willie Robertson, as…
Dec 1, 2013, 12:56 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 23 How acquired: Draft (3rd round), June 2011 Position: Starting pitcher Prospect Rank: N/A 2013 Team/Level: Hagerstown Suns (Single-A), Potomac Nationals (Single-A), Mesa Solar Sox (AFL) 2013 Stats: 18 G, 6-4, 3.80 ERA, 90.0 IP, 92 H, 45 R, 38 ER, 6 HR, 25 BB, 82 SO, 5 HBP, 10 WP, 1.300 WHIP (two teams) AFL…
Nov 30, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 24 How acquired: Draft (5th round), June 2011 Position: Corner infielder Prospect Rank: No. 4 in Nats’ org. (Baseball America) 2013 Team/Level: Harrisburg Senators (Double-A), Mesa Solar Sox (AFL) 2013 Stats: 2 G, 7 PA, 5 AB, R, H, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SO, .200 BA, .429 OBP, .400 SLG, .829 OPS 2013 Analysis: Matt…
Nov 29, 2013, 10:42 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 25 How acquired: Draft (2nd round), June 2010 Position: Pitcher Prospect Rank: No. 6 in Nats’ org. (Baseball America) 2013 Team/Level: Potomac Nationals (Single-A), Gulf Coast Nationals (Rookie), Mesa Solar Sox (AFL) 2013 Stats: 14 G, 13 GS, 2-1, 3.32 ERA, 59.2 IP, 59 H, 23 R, 22 ER, 3 HR, 19 BB, 43 SO, 3…
Nov 28, 2013, 7:18 AM EDT
Some Major League Baseball franchises are more fortunate than others, that’s just the way it is. That’s life. Some teams will celebrate this year’s Thanksgiving holiday with a lot more to be thankful for. But each team, even the Mets, have something to appreciate, something to behold for the present and the future. As a…
Nov 27, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT
The more than 600 voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America will receive a Hall of Fame ballot in the mail this week, a group of 19 players representing the new class of candidates. Writers will cast their votes with the results announced on Jan. 8. New to the ballot are some notable…
Nov 26, 2013, 7:16 PM EDT
Six years after opening Nationals Park the Nats want to renovate. NBC Washington has reported the Nationals’ plans to build a roof over the 41,000 seat stadium in Southeast D.C. They are, as of now, just ‘plans’ as the city would have to not only approve of the project, but pay for it. Mark Segraves…
Nov 26, 2013, 3:47 PM EDT
Braves hire ex-Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee The Phillies let Rich Dubee walk a month ago after serving as the team’s pitching coach for nine seasons under Charlie Manuel, and now he has a new job. Dubee will stay in the National League East and join the Braves as their minor league pitching coordinator. Dubee…
Nov 26, 2013, 9:35 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 23 How acquired: Draft (1st round), June 2011 Position: Center fielder Prospect Rank: No. 3 in Nats’ org. (Baseball America) 2013 Team/Level: Harrisburg Senators (Double-A) 2013 Stats: 122 G, 533 PA, 457 AB, 82 R, 115 H, 19 2B, 11 3B, 10 HR, 40 RBI, 19 SB, 11 CS, 66…
Nov 25, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT
The Nationals have made yet another trade with the Oakland Athletics, this time sending lefty reliever Fernando Abad to the A’s for outfield prospect John Wooten. Wooten is a 22-year-old the Athletics took in the 37th round of the 2012 MLB Draft out of East Carolina University. He hit .257 through 133 games with 20…
Nov 25, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 19 How acquired: Draft (1st round), June 2012 Position: Starting pitcher Prospect Rank: No. 1 in Nats’ org. (Baseball America) 2013 Team/Level: GCL Nationals (Rookie), Auburn Doubledays (Short-Season A) 2013 Stats: 2-1, 11 G, 1.96 ERA, 36.2 IP, 28 H, 9 R, 8 ER, HR, 14 BB, 39 SO, 2 HBP,…
Nov 24, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT
Let go by the Nationals less than a month ago, Dan Haren has found a new home. The 11-year veteran has reached a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers for one year and $10 million. He’ll also have a vesting option for 2015 that kicks in if he reaches 180 innings pitched. Haren leaves the…
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