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Mark Zuckerman

  1. The end of a long and winding road

    Dec 11, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

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    I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: Nats Insider was never intended to be permanent. The purpose of this site when it launched Feb. 1, 2010 was purely selfish. I had been unemployed for a month after the Washington Times eliminated its entire sports department, and figuring it might help my pursuit of another…

  2. Wrapping up the Winter Meetings

    Dec 10, 2015, 11:48 AM EST

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    NASHVILLE — The Nationals arrived for the Winter Meetings four days ago with plenty of uncertainty surrounding their bullpen, interest in adding a left-handed bat and questions about the potential for them to do something really dramatic. They departed the Winter Meetings on Thursday morning with slightly less uncertainty surrounding their bullpen, the same level…

  3. Report: Nats sign swingman Petit to 1-year deal

    Dec 9, 2015, 8:37 PM EST

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    NASHVILLE — Needing an experienced long reliever to take over the role vacated by last week’s parting with Craig Stammen, the Nationals reportedly have come to terms with former Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit on a 1-year contract. The Petit agreement, reported by the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, has not been confirmed by the Nationals…

  4. Boras puts onus on Nats to initiate Harper, Strasburg talks

    Dec 9, 2015, 6:59 PM EST

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    NASHVILLE — If the Nationals harbor any hopes of keeping Bryce Harper in D.C. long-term, the onus will be on them to initiate negotiations, agent Scott Boras said Wednesday. “I think those are club dynamics,” Boras said during his customary gaggle with reporters on the third day of the Winter Meetings. “Whenever any team approaches…

  5. Rizzo: Offer made to Leake, but search for starter “tepid”

    Dec 9, 2015, 3:36 PM EST

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    Updated at 6:09 p.m. NASHVILLE — Seeking more depth for a rotation that is losing two key stalwarts to free agency this winter, the Nationals made an offer to right-hander Mike Leake this week at the Winter Meetings, general manager Mike Rizzo confirmed Wednesday afternoon. Rizzo didn’t provide specifics of the offer and framed it…

  6. Do the Nats need another left-handed bat?

    Dec 9, 2015, 9:46 AM EST

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    NASHVILLE — The Nationals’ pursuit of Ben Zobrist wasn’t lip service. They made a serious run at the veteran free agent, so much so that one source familiar with the process said they actually offered more money than the $56 million he wound up taking from the Cubs last night. That said, the Nationals didn’t…

  7. Nats lose out on Zobrist, who signs with Cubs

    Dec 8, 2015, 8:18 PM EST

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    NASHVILLE — The Ben Zobrist Sweepstakes finally resolved itself Tuesday night at the Winter Meetings, and though the Nationals didn’t land the highly coveted free agent, they can at least take solace knowing he’s not headed to their biggest division rival. The Cubs, never considered among the favorites to sign Zobrist, swept in at the…

  8. Baker’s wish list: lefties, speed, guys at natural positions

    Dec 8, 2015, 7:14 PM EST

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    NASHVILLE — Though he acknowledges this is the best roster he’s been handed in four separate stints as a major-league manager, Dusty Baker does see aspects of the Nationals he’d like to improve. Baker rattled off several needs Tuesday afternoon during his media session at the Winter Meetings: Left-handed pitching. Left-handed hitting. And speed, something…

  9. Nats in discussions with reliever Kelley, but no deal yet

    Dec 8, 2015, 5:23 PM EST

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    NASHVILLE — The Nationals have been in discussions with right-hander Shawn Kelley at the Winter Meetings, general manager Mike Rizzo said, but the club has not come to terms with the free-agent reliever yet. “We have not completed a deal with Kelly, no,” Rizzo said during his Tuesday afternoon session with reporters at the Opryland…

  10. Highlights from Dusty Baker’s media session

    Dec 8, 2015, 2:56 PM EST

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    NASHVILLE — Dusty Baker wrapped up his Winter Meetings media session a short while ago, easily the most-attended session a Nationals manager has held over the last decade. (The man is quite popular and obviously is still of interest to those in the cities he previously managed and played.) The 66-year-old skipper officially has been…

  11. More on Zobrist, Escobar and the infield

    Dec 8, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    NASHVILLE — The Ben Zobrist Sweepstakes appears to be approaching the finish line at last, with the highly coveted veteran scheduled to meet with Nationals officials today at the Winter Meetings and then make a decision where he’ll sign sometime shortly after that. And as of last night, all indications were that Zobrist’s decision has…

  12. Rizzo on grievance: “That’s business. It’s not personal.”

    Dec 7, 2015, 7:22 PM EST

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    NASHVILLE — The Nationals say they were aware of Jonathan Papelbon’s grievance against the club the day after they suspended him in late September and insist it doesn’t change their plans for the controversial closer. “That’s business. It’s not personal,” general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday at the Winter Meetings, adding: “It was something we’ve…

  13. Zobrist decision likely this week, Nats in mix

    Dec 7, 2015, 4:19 PM EST

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    NASHVILLE — Ben Zobrist, among the most-popular free agents on the market this winter, is likely to make a decision this week, and the Nationals are among the final suitors for the versatile veteran. Zobrist, who lives in Nashville, is scheduled to meet with Nationals officials in town for the Winter Meetings on Tuesday, a…

  14. Bullpen market continues to thin

    Dec 7, 2015, 11:13 AM EST

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    NASHVILLE — Here’s the biggest dilemma facing the Nationals at the Winter Meetings, which officially began this morning: They desperately need to acquire quality, late-inning relievers while at the same time they desperately need to deal away a couple of quality, late-inning relievers. Does this meet the definition of irony? Mike Rizzo and Co. are…

  15. Report: Papelbon files grievance against Nationals

    Dec 6, 2015, 11:31 PM EST

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    NASHVILLE — The Nationals’ already unenviable dilemma with Jonathan Papelbon appears to have become even more complicated after a report Sunday night that the controversial closer has filed a grievance against the organization over his unpaid suspension at season’s end. Citing multiple major league sources, Boston radio station website WEEI.com reported the former Red Sox…

  16. Winter Meetings storylines

    Dec 6, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Executives, managers, coaches, scouts, trainers, traveling secretaries, PR reps, agents, equipment reps, broadcasters, writers and pretty much anybody else associated with the sport of baseball all are making their way to Nashville today for this year’s Winter Meetings, which officially commence Monday morning. This is the third time the gargantuan Gaylord Opryland Resort has hosted…

  17. Source: Nats sign veteran lefty Perez to 2-year deal

    Dec 4, 2015, 3:52 PM EST

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    The Nationals have taken their first significant step toward overhauling their bullpen, agreeing to terms Friday with veteran left-hander Oliver Perez on a 2-year, $7 million deal, according to a source familiar with the contract. Perez, 34, has been around the block during a 15-year career featuring an assortment of highs and lows, but he…

  18. Can the Nationals remake their entire bullpen?

    Dec 4, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Scroll through the Nationals’ 2015 pitching register and then answer this question: Which relievers on that list are locks to make the 2016 Opening Day roster? Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen might return, but both right-handers are going to be the subject of plenty of trade speculation over the next several weeks after seeing their…

  19. Stammen non-tendered after injury-plagued season

    Dec 3, 2015, 12:25 AM EST

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    The Nationals chose not to tender a 2016 contract to Craig Stammen before Wednesday night’s deadline, a move that makes the popular-but-rehabbing reliever a free agent but doesn’t necessarily preclude him from re-signing with the organization that drafted him a decade ago. Facing a midnight deadline on six remaining arbitration-eligible players, the Nationals made the…

  20. UPDATE: Moore, Lobaton avoid arbitration with 1-year deals

    Dec 2, 2015, 6:19 PM EST

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    Updated at 6:19 p.m. The Nationals agreed to terms on 1-year contracts with Tyler Moore and Jose Lobaton, avoiding arbitration and assuring neither bench player would be non-tendered before Wednesday night’s deadline. Moore’s deal is for $900,000, according to CBSSports.com. Lobaton’s deal is for $1.3875 million, according to the Washington Post. The pair of settlements…

  21. Would O’Day be worth the price tag for Nats?

    Nov 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    There’s no question about the Nationals’ most-pressing need this winter: bullpen help. And there’s no question about the best-available reliever on the free-agent market: Darren O’Day. So it shouldn’t come as much surprise that the Nationals have significant interest in O’Day. (ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick went so far Sunday as to say the Nats have joined…

  22. Roster review: Aaron Barrett

    Nov 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2016: 28 How acquired: 9th round pick, 2010 draft MLB service time: 1 year, 144 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $514,200 Contract status: Likely arbitration-eligible (Super-2) in 2017, free agent in 2021 2015 stats: 40 G, 29.1 IP, 28 H, 15 R, 15 ER, 1 HR, 7 BB, 35 K, 1.193 WHIP, 3-3, 4.60…

  23. Nats sign veterans Heisey, Sizemore to minor-league deals

    Nov 21, 2015, 12:48 PM EST

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    Updated at 1:35 p.m. The Nationals have signed Chris Heisey and Scott Sizemore to minor-league contracts, offering the veteran outfielder and infielder opportunities to come to big-league camp next spring and compete for a spot on the Opening Day roster. Heisey, who turns 31 next month, spent most of his 6-year career in Cincinnati, where…

  24. Nats add trio to 40-man roster, protect from Rule 5 draft

    Nov 20, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

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    The Nationals selected the contract of three prospects Thursday evening, adding them to the club’s 40-man roster and protecting them from being taken away in next month’s Rule 5 draft. None of the three players — infielder Chris Bostick, catcher Spencer Kieboom and left-hander Nick Lee — rank high on the Nationals’ top prospects list,…

  25. VIDEO: 1-on-1 with NL MVP Bryce Harper

    Nov 19, 2015, 9:08 PM EST

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    We knew this day was coming for awhile, but that didn’t make Thursday’s announcement of Bryce Harper as the unanimous choice for National League MVP any less significant. This kind of thing doesn’t happen around here every day. (Technically, it hadn’t happened at all since 1925.) Harper was kind enough to take a few minutes…

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