Jan 9, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT
Let’s forgo pleasantries and cut immediately to the chase: There’s no right answer to this year’s Hall of Fame ballot. Anyone who tries to tell you there’s a right answer to the biggest conundrum since Cooperstown first opened its doors eight decades ago simply hasn’t devoted enough time and consideration to this topic. Lord knows…
Jan 9, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT
With Adam LaRoche now officially back for 2013 (and beyond), the Nationals' entire starting lineup is now set. Or, more accurately, the names who will comprise the Nationals' entire starting lineup are now set. The actual order in which they'll step to the plate still must be determined. There are a number of ways Davey…
Jan 8, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT
Associated Press photo With Adam LaRoche re-signed for two years, there's no room for Michael Morse. Mike Rizzo wrapped up a conference call with reporters a short while ago, the Nationals general manager addressing a variety of topics including the re-signing of Adam LaRoche, the possible trade of Michael Morse and the club's need (or…
Jan 8, 2013, 8:39 PM EDT
USA Today Sports Images Derek Jeter and the Yankees will face Ian Desmond and the Nats on March 29. By Chase HughesCSNwashington.com On a day the Nationals essentially finalized their lineup for the 2013 season by re-signing Adam LaRoche, the team announced the first time fans will be able to see them in action in…
Jan 8, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT
USA Today Sports Images Adam LaRoche will return to the Nationals for 2013 and 2014. Updated at 4:20 p.m. The Nationals' unwillingness to budge on their longstanding, two-year offer to Adam LaRoche paid off in the end. LaRoche today agreed to the deal after failing to find another club willing to give the free agent…
Jan 8, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT
USA Today Sports Images Mike Rizzo has made few changes to his roster so far this winter. If your complete attention over the last month was commandeered by the holidays, the Redskins and the fiscal cliff, let's recap all the Nationals news you missed: [Cue sound of crickets chirping.] Uh, guess you really didn't miss…
Jan 7, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT
USA Today Sports Images Stephen Strasburg wanted to keep pitching; the Nats wouldn't let him. As Washington wakes up this morning feeling the sting of another agonizing postseason loss, the debate immediately shifts to a star local athlete's injury and how his team handled the situation. The image of Robert Griffin III's right leg giving…
Jan 5, 2013, 4:28 AM EDT
USA Today Sports Images J.P. Howell posted a 3.05 ERA in 55 games with the Rays last season. The final free agent left-hander on the Nationals' radar is headed elsewhere. J.P. Howell has come to terms on a one-year, $2.85 million contract with the Dodgers, according to multiple reports, electing to head west instead of…
Jan 4, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT
USA Today Sports Images Can Gio Gonzalez duplicate his Cy Young-caliber numbers from last season? Yesterday, we looked at a couple of stat prediction models for the Nationals' lineup and bench. Today, we turn to the Nats' pitching staff, using those same models' projections. Bill James, the original sabermetrician, and Dan Szymborski, who developed the…
Jan 3, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Several projections show a drop-off in production from Ian Desmond this year. Since the calendar has officially turned over and we're trying to stop looking back and start looking forward with more regularity, this seems like a good time to take a gander at a couple of stat projections for the 2013…
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