Nov 6, 2015, 11:14 AM EST
Having hired their manager and filled a couple of positions on their coaching staff, the Nationals can begin shifting attention to the biggest task of the offseason: Adjusting their roster. That process, in many ways, begins later today when one of baseball’s first key offseason deadlines arrives. By 5 p.m. EST, all clubs must decide…
Nov 5, 2015, 3:57 PM EST
Acknowledging the unique nature of the situation, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Thursday the club was simultaneously negotiating contracts with both Bud Black and Dusty Baker to be their next manager, had not selected Black for the job and ultimately didn’t make the decision to go with Baker instead because of a financial disagreement.…
Nov 5, 2015, 10:51 AM EST
The Nationals added another high-profile coach to Dusty Baker’s staff Thursday morning, bringing Davey Lopes back to serve in the first base coaching position he held in D.C. a decade ago. Lopes, 70, is one of the sport’s most experienced and respected coaches, particularly as a baserunning instructor. He spent the last five seasons as…
Nov 5, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Dusty Baker will formally be introduced as the sixth manager in Nationals history at 11 a.m., donning a curly W cap and home jersey for the first time during a news conference at Nationals Park. It should be a time of celebration and optimism for the organization, but of course that won’t entirely be the…
Nov 4, 2015, 4:55 PM EST
Mike Maddux, a longtime and well-respected big-league pitching coach, will hold that role on Dusty Baker’s staff with the Nationals, the club announced Wednesday. Maddux, who just parted ways with the Rangers last week after seven seasons, becomes the first known member of Baker’s new staff in Washington, which could include other high-profile names. The…
Nov 3, 2015, 11:58 AM EST
Had the Nationals simply hired Dusty Baker all along, had they picked him over Bud Black last week and agreed to contract terms, few eyebrows would have been raised. It would have been viewed both here in town and throughout the baseball world as a solid choice, a proven and successful manager taking the reins…
Nov 3, 2015, 8:23 AM EST
In a stunning twist to cap a tumultuous 24 hours, the Nationals announced Tuesday morning they have hired Dusty Baker as their new manager, negotiations with initial choice Bub Black having fallen apart over the weekend. Baker, a 3-time NL Manager of the Year Award winner with 20 seasons of experience at the big-league level,…
Nov 2, 2015, 11:11 PM EST
The Nationals’ hiring of Bud Black as their next manager is not yet a done deal, the two sides having been unable to work out final contract details, leaving the door open for the club potentially to offer the job to Dusty Baker instead, according to sources familiar with the situation. The Nationals’ front office…
Nov 2, 2015, 4:09 PM EST
The Nationals declined to pick up contract options for reliever Casey Janssen and outfielder Nate McLouth on Monday, making both veterans free agents along with six others who officially hit the market on the day after the World Series ended. Janssen and McLouth join right-handers Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister, shortstop Ian Desmond, center fielder…
Nov 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2016: 24 How acquired: Traded with C Jose Lobaton and OF Drew Vettleson from Tampa Bay for RHP Nate Karns, Feb. 2014 MLB service time: 161 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $507,500 Contract status: Under team control in 2016, likely Super-2 arbitration-eligible in 2018, free agent in 2022 2015 stats: 49 G, 48.1…
Oct 30, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2016: 28 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2009 draft MLB service time: 5 years, 140 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $5.7 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2016, free agent in 2017 2015 stats: 58 G, 55 IP, 45 H, 23 R, 21 ER, 4 HR, 16 BB, 67 K, 1.109 WHIP, 29 SV,…
Oct 29, 2015, 3:00 PM EST
Age on Opening Day 2016: 35 How acquired: Trade from Philadelphia for RHP Nick Pivetta, July 2015 MLB service time: 10 years, 64 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $13 million Contract status: Signed for $11 million in 2016 ($3 million to be deferred until 2017), free agent in 2017 2015 stats: 59 G, 63.1 IP, 53 H,…
Oct 29, 2015, 8:00 AM EST
The Nationals’ planned hiring of Harry Ralston Black as their next manager isn’t going to cause people to leap out of their seats in jubilation. The 58-year-old everyone has always known simply as “Bud” isn’t the kind of guy who brings a commanding presence to every room he enters. He’s not going to march into…
Oct 28, 2015, 9:43 PM EST
The Nationals plan to name Bud Black their next manager, a source familiar with the decision confirmed Wednesday night, but an official announcement isn’t likely until after the conclusion of the World Series sometime next week. Black, who managed the Padres from 2007-15, was selected by the Nationals from a pool of at least eight…
Oct 28, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2016: 29 How acquired: Trade with RHP Ryan Tatusko from Rangers for SS Cristian Guzman, July 2010 MLB service time: 2 year, 55 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $529,600 Contract status: Under team control in 2016, arbitration-eligible in 2017, free agent in 2020 2015 stats: 40 G, 12 GS, 111 IP, 119 H,…
Oct 27, 2015, 1:00 PM EST
The 111th World Series features a historic matchup: Did you know this is the first time two expansion franchises have met in the Fall Classic? That’s right, each of the previous 110 series included at least one of baseball’s original 16 franchises. Pretty remarkable, huh? Not that the Mets and Royals don’t have plenty of…
Oct 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2016: 22 How acquired: Trade from Padres with SS Trea Turner for OF Steven Souza Jr. and LHP Travis Ott (both sent to Rays as part of 3-team deal). MLB service time: 94 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $507,500 Contract status: Under team control in 2016, arbitration-eligible in 2019, free agent in 2022.…
Oct 26, 2015, 12:49 PM EST
The Nationals’ ongoing search for a new manager reached its second stage Monday, with presumed finalists Bud Black and Dusty Baker in town for follow-up interviews with the organization, according to a source familiar with the process. Black and Baker, both experienced big-league managers, appear to have separated themselves from a larger pool of at…
Oct 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2016: 30 How acquired: Trade from Athletics with RHP Robert Gilliam for LHP Tom Milone, RHP Brad Peacock, RHP A.J. Cole and C Derek Norris, Dec. 2011 MLB service time: 6 years, 162 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $11 million Contract status: Signed for $12 million in 2016, $12 million club option (or…
Oct 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2016: 27 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2009 draft MLB service time: 5 years, 118 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $7.4 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2016, free agent in 2017 2015 stats: 23 GS, 127.1 IP, 115 H, 56 R, 49 ER, 14 HR, 26 BB, 155 K, 1.107 WHIP, 11-7, 3.46…
Oct 22, 2015, 12:13 PM EST
Just as the Nationals’ managerial search appeared to be poised to enter a more advanced phase, a development on the other side of the country could throw some wrenches into the plan. Don Mattingly’s departure from Los Angeles early Thursday morning will have ripple effects across the majors, with the former All-Star first baseman now…
Oct 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2016: 31 How acquired: Free agent, Jan. 2015 MLB service time: 7 years, 79 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $17,142,857 million Contract status: Signed for $15 million in 2016, $15 million in 2017, $15 million in 2018, $35 million in 2019, $35 million in 2020, $35 million in 2021. (Salaries from 2019-21 will…
Oct 21, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2016: 31 How acquired: Minor-league free agent, Dec. 2014 MLB service time: 1 year, 28 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $525,000 Contract status: Under team control in 2016, arbitration-eligible in 2018, free agent in 2021 2015 stats: 126 G, 352 PA, 44 R, 84 H, 15 2B, 1 3B, 10 HR, 34 RBI, 0…
Oct 20, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2016: 28 How acquired: 3rd round pick, 2008 draft MLB service time: 4 years, 113 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $1.8 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2016, free agent in 2018 2015 stats: 118 G, 412 PA, 59 R, 88 H, 21 2B, 1 3B, 13 HR, 37 RBI, 5 SB, 33 BB, 106 SO, .240…
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