Dec 7, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Mike Rizzo and his entire front office will fly to San Diego today, check in to the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel and set up shop for what might well be the most unpredictable Winter Meetings the Nationals have ever attended. Seriously, there is no telling what the Nats will end up doing over the next…
Dec 5, 2014, 2:29 PM EST
Updated at 3:17 p.m. A Fairfax County judge found Jayson Werth guilty Friday of reckless driving and sentenced the Nationals right fielder to 10 days in jail. Werth was pulled over by a Virginia State Trooper on the morning of July 6, clocked at 105 mph in his Porsche on a 55-mph stretch of the…
Dec 5, 2014, 1:01 PM EST
The Yankees, Tigers and Diamondbacks reportedly are about to finalize a trade that, for most of the baseball community, is notable because it includes the guy who will replace Derek Jeter at shortstop in the Bronx: Didi Gregorius. For the Nationals and anyone who follows them, though, this deal is significant because of a different…
Dec 4, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: SHOULD THE NATS ENTER 2015 WITH DREW STOREN AS CLOSER, OR SHOULD THEY LOOK ELSEWHERE? MARK ZUCKERMAN: I understand why we’re having this discussion, but I do think it’s a bit unfair to suggest the Nationals need a new closer. The argument for change essentially boils down to Storen’s performance in two…
Dec 3, 2014, 4:29 PM EST
The vast majority of the Nationals’ roster is scheduled to appear at next weekend’s NatsFest, with only a handful of prominent players not on the docket. The Nationals released more details for the Dec. 13 event, which is returning to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown D.C. after being moved last year to…
Dec 3, 2014, 10:43 AM EST
Denard Span had surgery to repair a sports hernia, a relatively minor procedure that shouldn’t impact the Nationals’ center fielder’s preparation for next season, the club announced Wednesday morning. Span, 30, posted a photo on Twitter of himself in a hospital bed, giving a thumbs-up sign, though he didn’t reveal what happened. “God is so…
Dec 3, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Over the weekend, I gave everyone the opportunity to submit Nats-related questions, and the response was so impressive, I needed to break up the answers into two full-length posts. If you missed it, here’s Part 1, with my answers to questions mostly pertaining to specific players. Now we move onto Part 2, which features questions…
Dec 2, 2014, 5:09 PM EST
The Nationals tendered 2015 contracts to all 10 of their unsigned, arbitration-eligible players on Tuesday, a group that includes Ross Detwiler and Danny Espinosa, two players whose future with the organization has been in doubt. For now, the Nationals chose to retain all 10 of those players, tendering them contracts in advance of Tuesday’s 11:59…
Dec 2, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
All MLB clubs face more roster decisions tonight, with a midnight deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players. It’s mostly a procedural event, with the vast majority of arbitration-eligible players (those with more than three years but less than six years of big-league service time, plus the Super-2 players who qualify) being tendered contracts and setting the…
Dec 1, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
When I opened up the metaphorical phone lines Saturday morning and invited everyone to “call in” with their questions on the Nationals, little did I know the circuits would light up like this. Seriously, though, thanks and major props to all of you who submitted some really intelligent, interesting questions. I wish I could get…
Nov 29, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Do you have a question about the Nationals you’ve been dying to ask? Well, you’re in luck, because I’m opening myself up for business. Yes, your trusty Nats Insider is now taking your questions. Not stupid questions. Not rhetorical questions. Good, insightful questions. Submit them here in the comments section, and I’ll pick out the…
Nov 28, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
We had known, really, since late in the season that Adam LaRoche would not be returning to the Nationals in 2015. That common-sense assumption, though, became reality this week when the White Sox announced they signed the veteran first baseman to a 2-year, $25 million contract. The reasons for LaRoche’s departure — and why the…
Nov 26, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WHICH NL EAST RIVAL SHOULD THE NATS WORRY ABOUT MOST IN 2015? MARK ZUCKERMAN: We have to begin by pointing out the Nationals won the NL East by 17 games this season, and none of the four other clubs won more than 79 games. So the gap between the defending champs and…
Nov 25, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
The Nationals don’t have to fill many roster holes this winter. They need a second baseman. They might need another bench player. And they might need another reliever. The Nationals also could choose to do way more roster altering than that, should they decide to make a trade or sign a prominent free agent or…
Nov 24, 2014, 12:44 PM EST
The Baseball Hall of Fame revealed its 2015 ballot on Thursday, and the list surely will add even more fuel to the annual debate about which of the game’s greats deserve enshrinement in Cooperstown. Pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are the biggest names of the 17 newcomers on an already-crowded ballot, along with the…
Nov 24, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
ESPN’s Buster Olney began posting his annual Top 10 players at each position lists last week, running through catchers and then all four infield positions. (NOTE: You’ll need to be an ESPN.com Insider to access the full articles.) And, I believe, he’ll continue this week with the three outfield positions, then starting pitchers and relief pitchers.…
Nov 21, 2014, 8:04 PM EST
Adam LaRoche didn’t have to wait long this winter to find employment. The veteran first baseman, who became a free agent after four seasons with the Nationals, has agreed to a 2-year, $25 million contract with the White Sox, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. Chicago wasted little time acquiring LaRoche, completing the deal before…
Nov 21, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Whether it happens via trade this offseason or free agency the next two offseasons, the Nationals star-studded rotation is most likely going to undergo change sometime in the near future. Unless the Lerner family starts doling out massive contracts the likes of which it (not to mention other franchises) has been reluctant to offer to date,…
Nov 20, 2014, 5:15 PM EST
The Nationals added four prospects to their 40-man roster Thursday, protecting all from next month’s Rule 5 draft, clearing space for one of them by dropping veteran reliever Ryan Mattheus. Right-hander A.J. Cole, outfielder Brian Goodwin, infielder Wilmer Difo and left-handed reliever Matt Grace all had their contracts purchased, putting them on the organization’s 40-man…
Nov 20, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
An active major-league roster, as you surely know, consists of 25 players (provided the calendar doesn’t read September). But as any astute baseball fan also knows, an organization’s 40-man roster is just as significant over the long haul, because it’s from that expanded pool of candidates that teams select their 25 active players. And early each…
Nov 19, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WILL THE NATS ULTIMATELY REGRET RYAN ZIMMERMAN’S CONTRACT EXTENSION? MARK ZUCKERMAN: The easy answer at this moment is to say that yes, they will regret it. Really, who wants to be on the hook for $86 million (the minimum Zimmerman is still owed) to a guy who can no longer play the…
Nov 18, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
I read somewhere yesterday that 50 percent of the continental United States was covered by snow, the earliest date that has been the case in more than a decade. So it only makes sense that the Hot Stove League has fired up a bit earlier than usual this winter. Three major transactions went down in…
Nov 17, 2014, 4:42 PM EST
Matt Purke, the former highly touted left-hander who was released by the Nationals on Friday, has re-signed a minor-league contract with the organization. Purke will get an invitation to big-league spring training, where he’ll continue his rehab from the Tommy John surgery he underwent in May, though he’ll no longer be on the club’s 40-man…
Nov 17, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
When Scott Boras, during an August 2013 trip to Nationals Park, was asked generically for his thoughts on contracts that buy out a young player’s arbitration years, the super agent answered as only he can. “I’m more into 12-year deals for young players,” he said that afternoon, perfectly straight-faced. Boras never mentioned any one player by…
Nov 14, 2014, 11:02 AM EST
The Nationals have released left-hander Matt Purke, a once-touted prospect whose career with the organization was derailed by a string of arm injuries. Purke, 24, was taken by the Nationals in the third round of the 2011 draft, then offered a major-league contract worth more than $4 million to sway him from returning to TCU…
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TUE: 2:30 p.m.
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THU: 2:30 p.m.
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