Nov 7, 2011, 11:00 AM EST
US Presswire photo Ian Desmond and the Nats and in better shape than Adam Jones and the O's. Ask a bunch of local baseball observers which of the region's two franchises is closer to contention, the Nationals or the Orioles, and the answer will be unanimous. Of course the Nats are in better shape than…
Nov 5, 2011, 4:26 AM EST
File photo courtesy Bill Scheuerman Sammy Solis dominated during a four-inning outing Friday night. Mike Rizzo raved Friday afternoon about the depth of quality starting pitchers now in the Nationals' organization, insisting there are eight or nine guys who legitimately deserve to start in the big leagues in 2012. And that doesn't even include the…
Nov 4, 2011, 6:10 PM EST
US Presswire photo Chien-Ming Wang re-signed with the Nationals for one year and $4 million. Though he believes his club already has “six or seven quality guys that we can call upon to start in the major leagues,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo acknowledges he’s still looking to add another veteran to his suddenly deep…
Nov 4, 2011, 11:00 AM EST
US Presswire file photo Bryce Harper is tearing up the Arizona Fall League. This just in: Bryce Harper is really good. OK, so that's not exactly breaking news, but what the 19-year-old phenom has been doing for the last week in Arizona is bordering on the ludicrous. After going 3-for-3 with a homer and two…
Nov 3, 2011, 10:04 PM EST
US Presswire photo Chien-Ming Wang went 4-3 with a 4.04 ERA in 11 starts. The Nationals have agreed to a one-year contract with right-hander Chien-Ming Wang, according to a club source, finalizing a deal that had been in the works for weeks. The deal, which is still pending a physical, includes a guaranteed $4 million…
Nov 3, 2011, 7:00 PM EST
The Hot Stove League is officially underway — free agents were allowed to begin negotiating with all clubs at 12:01 a.m. today — and there’s no shortage of topics to discuss about the Nationals. Chase Hughes and I delved into a bunch of topics this afternoon on our latest live edition of Beltway Baseball. We…
Nov 3, 2011, 5:46 PM EST
The Astros have claimed utilityman Brian Bixler off waivers from the Nationals. Bixler, 29, hit .205 with two RBI in 79 games this season, proving a versatile backup who saw action at six different positions: shortstop, third base, first base and all three outfield spots. The Nationals placed him on waivers earlier this week, clearing…
Nov 3, 2011, 2:00 PM EST
US Presswire photo Lefty Mark Buehrle could be an top target of the Nationals this winter. One hundred sixty-six major-league free agents were free to begin negotiating with any club they wanted at 12:01 a.m. today, the unofficial commencement of baseball's Hot Stove League. But before you start scouring flight path websites to see where…
Nov 2, 2011, 9:03 PM EST
Barring a last-minute deal that neither side expects to happen, Chien-Ming Wang will hit the open market later tonight. The veteran right-hander is one of eight recently declared free agents on the Nationals roster who will be free to negotiate with other clubs when the clock strikes midnight. Wang is joined by fellow right-handers Livan…
Nov 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EST
US Presswire photo John Lannan stands to earn a sizable raise through arbitration. Mike Rizzo was asked during a conference call with reporters last week what kind of budget he's been given for next year's payroll. The Nationals general manager politely declined to divulge any numbers, saying only that he has been given parameters by…
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