Nov 13, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
The Nationals’ No. 1 roster priority this winter is crystal clear: Improve a bullpen that was the club’s biggest weakness this season. That, of course, is easier said than done. How exactly does general manager Mike Rizzo go about fixing this problem? Are there in-house options? Who from the current relief corps should stay and…
Nov 12, 2015, 6:11 PM EST
Bryce Harper added to his growing collection of hardware Thursday night, winning the first Silver Slugger Award of his career as one of the three best offensive outfielders in the National League. Harper was selected along with fellow outfielders Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates and Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies in a vote of NL…
Nov 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
There may be no more complex question facing the Nationals this winter than this: What do they do with Jonathan Papelbon? Mike Rizzo acquired the veteran closer at the trade deadline not only because the general manager thought he could help his team down the stretch but because he was signed for another season. The…
Nov 11, 2015, 7:56 PM EST
Stephen Strasburg is doing well after having a non-cancerous growth surgically removed from his back in October, according to his agent Scott Boras. Boras, who was speaking to reporters Wednesday at the GM Meetings in Florida, said that the growth caused discomfort while Strasburg pitched. Scott Boras said Stephen Strasburg had a non-cancerous growth surgically…
Nov 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
They’ve hired a new manager, begun putting together a new coaching staff and made decisions regarding several new free agents. So now the Nationals, like all MLB clubs, are transitioning into full-blown Hot Stove League mode, the focus now on 2016 roster alterations. Some clubs will undergo massive roster renovations. Others will make only a…
Nov 10, 2015, 7:33 PM EST
Bryce Harper, to the surprise of nobody, is one of three finalists for NL MVP honors. The Nationals’ young star will have to wait another nine days to find out if he won the award, and if so, by how much margin. Harper, and teammate Wilson Ramos, did find out Tuesday evening they will not…
Nov 10, 2015, 5:06 PM EST
Five weeks after he was fired by the Nationals, Matt Williams is returning to a big-league dugout, and returning to a familiar and comfortable locale. Williams has accepted an offer to serve as the Diamondbacks’ third base coach, according to Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, returning to the same position he held before coming to Washington…
Nov 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
The Nationals’ disappointing 2015 season was followed by a long list of casualties. In addition to Matt Williams getting fired, they dismissed their training staff and did not renew the contracts of all of their assistant coaches. Pitching coach Steve McCatty’s departure was the most surprising among that group. It is hard to blame the Nationals…
Nov 9, 2015, 8:59 PM EST
An awards season that figures to elevate Bryce Harper’s dominant performance to new levels kicked off Monday night when the Nationals’ young star was selected as his league’s best player in 2015 by a group that may carry more weight than any other: his peers. Harper was voted NL Outstanding Player of 2015 by fellow…
Nov 9, 2015, 2:39 PM EST
The Nationals’ long and winding path toward relocating their spring training home began moving in a straight and expedited direction Monday when club executives joined MLB commissioner Rod Manfred and members of the Astros’ front office for a groundbreaking ceremony of a new two-team facility in West Palm Beach, Fla. The $144 million complex, approved…
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As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2015 schedule (subject to change)...
MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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