Feb 19, 2015, 1:35 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Doug Fister, like several prominent teammates with the Nationals, knows he’s eligible for free agency at season’s end. The veteran right-hander, though, insists his focus is solely on 2015, not whatever may happen to him after that. “I’m wearing this jersey right now, and that’s the most important thing,” Fister said on…
Feb 19, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
VIERA, Fla. — And away we go… OK, actually that’s a bit of a false start on my part. Yes, pitchers and catchers do report today, but there will be no organized baseball activity taking place here at Space Coast Stadium. That doesn’t happen until Saturday, with the first official workout. What happens until then?…
Feb 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
We’ve reached the final countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training, so we’re counting down the five biggest storylines the Nationals will face in Viera. We conclude today with No. 1: The pressure to win now and the spotlight that will shine on this team from the first day of camp… The Nationals…
Feb 17, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
We’ve reached the final countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training, so we’re counting down the five biggest storylines the Nationals will face in Viera. We continue today with No. 2: Jayson Werth’s continued rehab from offseason shoulder surgery… No major-league club reports for spring training this week with fewer question marks than…
Feb 16, 2015, 4:14 PM EST
In our next spring training preview video segment, we look at a couple of members of the Nationals’ roster who could be “X-Factors” this season, guys who could prove hugely significant or not make a whole lot of difference. The first “X-Factor” is Bryce Harper, who despite moments of glory since reaching the big leagues,…
Feb 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
We’ve reached the final countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training, so we’re counting down the five biggest storylines the Nationals will face in Viera. We continue today with No. 3: Tanner Roark’s uncertain role after losing his rotation spot to Max Scherzer… Tanner Roark made his major-league debut on Aug. 7, 2013,…
Feb 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
We’ve reached the final countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training, so we’re counting down the five biggest storylines the Nationals will face in Viera. We continue today with No. 4: Ryan Zimmerman’s long-anticipated move to first base on a permanent basis… On the day he was drafted, nearly 10 years ago, Ryan…
Feb 14, 2015, 4:00 PM EST
2014 record: 67-95, 5th place in AL West Manager: Jeff Banister, 1st season Estimated 2015 payroll: $141 million Key additions: RHP Yovani Gallardo, LHP Ross Detwiler, OF Kyle Blanks, OF Nate Schierholtz, RHP Kyuji Fujikawa Key losses: OF Alex Rios, RHP Scott Baker, LHP Neal Cotts, RHP Alexi Ogando, LHP Robbie Ross Projected lineup RF Shin-Soo…
Feb 14, 2015, 12:26 PM EST
What are some of the most-important issues facing the Nationals this spring? I discussed several of them last night on Comcast SportsNet, including… — Jayson Werth’s recovery from offseason shoulder surgery — The Nats’ new-look bullpen and the need to replace Tyler Clippard — Ryan Zimmerman’s permanent transition to first base Enjoy the video clip…
Feb 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
We’ve reached the final countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training, so we’re counting down the five biggest storylines the Nationals will face in Viera. We begin today with No. 5: Perhaps the last opportunity for GM Mike Rizzo to negotiate long-term contracts with several prominent pending free agents… This was a story…
Feb 13, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 28 How acquired: Traded with RHP Ryan Tatusko from Rangers for SS Cristian Guzman, July 2010 2015 salary: TBD (will be slightly more than MLB minimum of $507,500) 2014 stats: 31 GS, 198.2 IP, 178 H, 64 R, 63 ER, 16 HR, 39 BB, 138 K, 1.092 WHIP, 15-10, 2.85…
Feb 12, 2015, 3:38 PM EST
The Nationals formally announced 20 non-roster invitees to big-league camp this spring, a list that includes three former MLB All-Stars, several other recognizable names and a group of upper-level prospects from their own farm system. Among the most well-known players who signed minor-league contracts and garnered invitations to major-league camp are second baseman Dan Uggla…
Feb 12, 2015, 2:00 PM EST
2014 record: 87-75, 3rd place in AL West Manager: Lloyd McClendon, 2nd season Estimated 2015 payroll: $125 million Key additions: DH Nelson Cruz, OF Seth Smith, IF/OF Rickie Weeks, OF Justin Ruggiano, LHP J.A. Happ Key losses: DH Kendrys Morales, 1B/OF Corey Hart, 1B Justin Smoak, OF Michael Saunders, C Humberto Quintero, OF Chris Denorfia, RHP…
Feb 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 27 How acquired: 9th round pick, 2010 draft 2015 salary: TBD (will be slightly more than MLB minimum of $507,500) 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 2015 storyline: Barrett was perhaps the most pleasant surprise of the…
Feb 11, 2015, 11:17 AM EST
Jerry Blevins won his arbitration case against the Nationals, awarded a $2.4 million salary for this season, according to a source familiar with the decision. A three-person panel heard arguments from both Blevins and the Nationals (who offered $2.2 million) during Tuesday’s hearing in St. Petersburg, Fla. Those judges decided to rule in favor of…
Feb 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: Traded from Athletics for OF Billy Burns, Dec. 2013 2015 salary: $2.4 million OR $2.2 million (pending arbitration case) 2014 stats: 64 G, 57.1 IP, 48 H, 31 R, 31 ER, 3 HR, 23 BB, 66 K, 1.238 WHIP, 2-3, 4.87 ERA, 2.77 FIP, 0.7 WAR 2015 storyline: After a rough several months to begin his…
Feb 10, 2015, 2:00 PM EST
2014 record: 77-85, 3rd place in NL West Manager: Bud Black, 9th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $105 million Key additions: OF Matt Kemp, OF Justin Upton, OF Wil Myers, RHP James Shields, C Derek Norris, RHP Brandon Morrow, INF Clint Barmes, RHP Shawn Kelley, 3B Will Middlebrooks Key losses: OF Seth Smith, SS Everth Cabrera, C…
Feb 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: 12th round pick, 2005 draft 2015 salary: $2.25 million 2014 stats: 49 G, 72.2 IP, 78 H, 34 R, 31 ER, 5 HR, 14 BB, 56 K, 1.266 WHIP, 4-5, 3.84 ERA, 3.19 FIP, 0.6 WAR 2015 storyline: Few relievers in baseball have been more reliable, durable and versatile than Stammen, who has pitched in just…
Feb 9, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 38 How acquired: Claimed on waivers from Yankees, Aug. 2014 2015 salary: $3.5 million 2014 stats: (w/WSH) 18 G, 11.1 IP, 10 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 8 K, 1.059 WHIP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.51 FIP, 0.7 WAR. (Overall) 64 G, 36 IP, 33 H, 9 R, 7 ER, 0 HR, 8…
Feb 8, 2015, 2:00 PM EST
2014 record: 88-74, 2nd place in NL Central Manager: Clint Hurdle, 5th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $88 million Key additions: RHP A.J. Burnett, C Francisco Cervelli, 1B/OF Corey Hart, INF Jung-ho Kang, LHP Antonio Bastardo Key losses: C Russell Martin, RHP Edinson Volquez, 1B Ike Davis, INF Clint Barmes, LHP Justin Wilson, 1B Gaby Sanchez Projected…
Feb 7, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 27 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2009 draft 2015 salary: $5.7 million 2014 stats: 65 G, 56.1 IP, 44 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 HR, 11 BB, 46 K, 0.976 WHIP, 11 SV, 3 BS, 2-1, 1.12 ERA, 2.71 FIP, 0.9 WAR 2015 storyline: After a brilliant regular season…
Feb 6, 2015, 4:00 PM EST
2014 record: 88-74, 2nd place in AL West Manager: Bob Melvin, 5th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $81.6 million Key additions: 2B Ben Zobrist, DH Billy Butler, 1B Ike Davis, 3B Brett Lawrie, SS Marcus Semien, RHP Jesse Hahn, RHP Tyler Clippard Key losses: LHP Jon Lester, RHP Jeff Samardzija, 1B Brandon Moss, 3B Josh Donaldson, SS…
Feb 6, 2015, 12:00 PM EST
If you’re making a trip to Viera this spring, chances are you’re going for one primary reason: baseball. That’s certainly a worthy reason to travel 900 miles to Viera. Come to think of it, there really aren’t many other worthy reasons to travel to Viera. But there actually will be more to your trip than…
Feb 5, 2015, 12:00 PM EST
Football season’s over. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. And that can mean only one thing: Spring training is right around the corner. Yes, Nationals pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Viera two weeks from today, news that is sure to bring a smile to your face (unless it’s been frozen in place from…
Feb 4, 2015, 2:00 PM EST
2014 record: 79-83, t-2nd place in NL East Manager: Terry Collins, 5th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $98.2 million Key additions: OF Michael Cuddyer, OF John Mayberry Jr. Key losses: OF Eric Young Jr., RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka Projected lineup CF Juan Lagares 2B Daniel Murphy 3B David Wright 1B Lucas Duda RF Michael Cuddyer LF Curtis Granderson…
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