Dec 12, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Just over two weeks ago, Mark and I debated which of the Nationals’ rivals in the NL East would be their biggest threat in 2015. The idea came from the Braves taking a step back by trading Jason Heyward, and the emergence of the Marlins and Mets as up-and-coming teams. I argued the Braves were…
Dec 10, 2014, 11:58 AM EDT
Another day passed at the 2014 MLB Winter Meetings without the Nationals making any news. They still have big priorities to take care of, but seem to be taking their time as they work through their to-do list. Mark caught up with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo on Tuesday night to get an update on…
Dec 9, 2014, 11:53 AM EDT
The Winter Meetings began on Monday and though there was plenty of Hot Stove action around the league, the Nationals have remained quiet so far. They continue to negotiate a long-term extension with Jordan Zimmermann and they still have a hole at second base. Mark checked in with Geico SportsNet Central last night to give an…
Dec 6, 2014, 11:42 AM EDT
We are one week into the month of December and so far the Nationals have been among MLB’s quietest teams this offseason. Aside from picking up Denard Span’s option for 2015 and several minor free agent signings, they have for the most part been inactive. That is not only uncharacteristic of GM Mike Rizzo’s tenure, it…
Dec 5, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
The 2014 Winter Meetings begin on Monday and Mark will be there with coverage all next week. Will the Nationals finally start making moves this offseason? We could soon find out. Mark and I filmed a preview of next week’s Winter Meetings in the CSN studio. We talked about the Nationals’ to-do list, Mike Rizzo’s…
Nov 30, 2014, 12:47 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 24 How acquired: Draft (2nd round), June 2013 Position: Pitcher Prospect Rank: No. 8 in Nats’ org. (Baseball Prospectus) 2014 Team/Level: Single-A Hagerstown Suns 2014 Stats: 29 G, 18 GS, 5-6, 5.19 ERA, 100.2 IP, 120 H, 70 R, 58 ER, 3 HR, 55 BB, 89 SO, 1.738 WHIP, SO/BB 1.62 2014 Analysis: The 2014 season provided…
Nov 27, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Last year we at CSN went through all 30 MLB teams and cited one reason for each why their fans should be thankful. Well, one year later as we all celebrate Thanksgiving, here is another stab at that idea. Some teams have more to be thankful for than others, of course, but each team in baseball…
Nov 23, 2014, 9:44 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 22 How acquired: Signed as international free agent June 2010 Position: Second baseman/shortstop Prospect Rank: No. 10 in Nats’ org. (Baseball Prospectus) 2014 Team/Level: Single-A Hagerstown Suns 2014 Stats: 136 G, .315 BA, 559 AB, 176 H, 14 HR, 90 RBI, 31 2B, 7 3B, 91 R, 49 SB, 37 BB, 65 SO, .831 OPS 2014…
Nov 22, 2014, 10:07 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 23 How acquired: Trade with A’s & Mariners Jan. 2013 (drafted originally by Nats) Position: Starting pitcher Prospect Rank: No. 2 in Nats’ org. (Baseball Prospectus) 2014 Team/Level: Harrisburg Senators (AA) and Syracuse Chiefs (AAA) 2014 Stats: 25 G, 25 GS, 13-3, 3.16 ERA, 134 IP, 148 H, 60 R, 47 ER, 10 HR, 111 SO,…
Nov 21, 2014, 1:42 PM EDT
In a move to boost their bullpen depth, the Nationals signed relief pitcher Bruce Billings to a minor league deal with an invite to major league spring training on Friday. Billings, a 29-year-old right-hander, made one appearance for the Yankees last season. He pitched for both the Rockies and Athletics in 2011. Billings has a 9.82…
Nov 18, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT
Nationals minor league coordinator Tony Beasley has left the organization to become the new third base coach of the Texas Rangers, the Nats announced on Tuesday. Beasley served the same role for the Nationals in 2006 on Frank Robinson’s staff before leaving to coach the Pirates for three seasons. He returned to the Nats in 2011 to…
Nov 17, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 25 How acquired: Draft (3rd round), June 2007 Position: Outfielder Prospect Rank: No. 6 in Nats’ org. (Baseball America) 2014 Team/Level: Syracuse Chiefs (AAA) and Nationals (MLB) 2014 Stats: 96 G, .350 BA, 346 AB, 121 H, 18 HR, 75 RBI, 26 SB, 62 R, 25 2B, 2 3B, 52 BB, 75 SO, 1.022 OPS (at Syracuse) 2014 Analysis: This season was…
Nov 16, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 24 How acquired: Draft (6th round), June 2009 Position: Center fielder Prospect Rank: No. 3 in Nats’ org. (Baseball America) 2014 Team/Level: Harrisburg Senators (AA), Syracuse Chiefs (AAA), Nationals (MLB) 2014 Stats: 110 G, .304 BA, 428 AB, 130 H, 23 HR, 64 RBI, 37 SB, 81 R, 20 2B, 3 3B, 57 BB,…
Nov 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 20 How acquired: Draft (1st round), June 2012 Position: Starting pitcher Prospect Rank: No. 1 in Nats’ org. (Baseball Prospectus) 2014 Team/Level: Single-A Hagerstown Suns 2014 Stats: 10-2, 20 G, 2.20 ERA, 98 IP, 70 H, 28 R, 24 ER, 7 HR, 28 BB, 110 SO, HBP, WP, 1.000 WHIP Quotable: “Physically it’s on a whole other level. You’re pitching every…
Nov 14, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 26 How acquired: Trade with Athletics Jan. 2013 MLB service time: 65 days 2014 salary+bonuses: N/A Contract status: Pre-arbitration eligible 2014 stats: 15 G, 7 GS, 2.49 ERA, 50.2 IP, 57 H, 17 R, 14 ER, HR, 13 BB, 30 SO, 1.382 WHIP, 3.09 FIP, 0.2 WAR 2014 analysis: Acquired by the Nats in the three-team…
Nov 13, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT
After letting Scott Hairston and Nate Schierholtz enter free agency, the Nationals have a few spots open on their bench to fill this offseason. Unless they decide to bring either player back, they will need some new reserves for pinch-hit situations and spot starts. We already looked at the second baseman available in free agency last week. Here is…
Nov 12, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
Tuesday night was a big one for Matt Williams, who won NL Manager of the Year in his first season as skipper. The 48-year-old guided a Nats team through injuries and adversity to an NL East championship and 96 wins, the best record in the National League. Soon after learning he won the award, Williams…
Nov 9, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 33 How acquired: Signed as free agent Dec. 2013 MLB service time: 8 years, 152 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $5 million Contract status: $6.5 million team option for 2016 ($750K buyout) 2014 stats: 79 G, .173 BA, .280 OBP, 139 AB, 10 R, 24 H, 6 2B, HR, 7 RBI, 4 SB, 16 BB,…
Nov 8, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 28 How acquired: Taken in 16th round of 2008 draft MLB service time: 2 years, 18 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $507,900 Contract status: Pre-arbitration, free agent 2019 2014 stats: 42 G, .231 BA, .300 OBP, 91 AB, 8 R, 21 H, 2 2B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 7 BB, 29 SO, .685 OPS, 0.3 WAR…
Nov 7, 2014, 1:02 PM EDT
Bryce Harper will no longer participate in Major League Baseball’s Japan Series showcase next week, as the final roster was announced on Friday. Relief pitcher Jerry Blevins will instead go to represent the Nationals. Harper was part of an original group announced in late September. Albert Pujols and Adam Jones also dropped out in the…
Nov 7, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 29 How acquired: Taken in 1st round (6th overall) in 2007 draft MLB service time: 5 years, 2 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $3 million Contract status: 2nd year of arbitration eligibility, free agent 2016 2014 stats: 47 G, 63 IP, 68 H, 34 R, 28 ER, 5 HR, 21 BB, 39 K, 1.413 WHIP, 2-3, 4.00 ERA, 4.16 FIP, -0.2 WAR Quotable:…
Nov 6, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT
[Updated 7:08 p.m.] The left side of the Nationals’ infield has earned some hardware for their impressive 2014 seasons. Ian Desmond and Anthony Rendon were given Silver Slugger awards on Thursday, honoring them as the best offensive players at their respective positions in the National League this year. For Desmond, it’s his third consecutive Silver Slugger…
Nov 6, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT
On paper it would appear the Nationals have very little questions in their bullpen. They have balance left to right, experience and a closer in Drew Storen who held a 1.12 ERA in 2014. But after another playoff loss that involved a poor showing from their relief pitchers, the Nats enter this offseason with a conundrum.…
Nov 6, 2014, 5:30 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 27 How acquired: Taken in the 9th round of the 2010 MLB Draft MLB service time: 144 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $500,000 Contract status: Signed for 2015, still rookie eligible 2014 stats: 50 G, 40.2 IP, 33 H, 17 R, 12 ER, HR, 20 BB, 49 K, 1.303 WHIP, 3-0, 2.66 ERA, 2.59 FIP, 0.7 WAR Quotable: “I’m going to…
Nov 5, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT
The Nationals enter this offseason with few needs, but one glaring void at second base. That is, assuming Ryan Zimmerman shifts to first and Anthony Rendon stays at third. So, which way will the Nationals go? Will they make a trade to fill the position, promote somebody from within, or sign a free agent? Here…
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