Feb 8, 2012, 7:22 PM EST
US Presswire photo Even with Bryce Harper, the Nats' farm system ranked only 21st according to ESPN.com. Remember all the excitement coming out of 1500 South Capitol St. last week when Baseball America named the Nationals' farm system as the sport's best? Well, another industry authority believes that same farm system rates among the bottom…
Feb 8, 2012, 12:00 PM EST
Photo courtesy Viera.com Viera has grown considerably since the Nationals began playing there in 2005. If you read yesterday's post, you now know everything there is to know about the baseball side of spring training. But there's so much more to spring training than bullpen sessions, pitchers fielding practice and long bus trips. Like, what…
Feb 7, 2012, 12:00 PM EST
US Presswire file photo Autographs are easy to obtain before and after workouts near Space Coast Stadium. That magical date we've been counting down to for months is nearly upon us. Pitchers and catchers report for the start of spring training in a mere 12 days. And that means a lot of people are making…
Feb 6, 2012, 8:38 PM EST
US Presswire photo Mark Teahen hit .200 with four homers last season for the White Sox and Blue Jays. Still seeking some more bench options, the Nationals today announced they’ve signed veteran corner infielder Mark Teahen to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Teahen, 30, is a career .264 hitter with 67…
Feb 6, 2012, 3:00 PM EST
US Presswire photo Rick Ankiel and Roger Bernadina will be competing for playing time in center field. Another Super Bowl has come and gone — what an equally thrilling and bizarre finish that was last night, huh? — and that can mean only one thing: Pitchers and catchers will be reporting for work in less…
Feb 5, 2012, 10:43 PM EST
US Presswire photo Rick Ankiel will return to the Nationals on a minor-league contract. Still in search of a center fielder in the short term and a left-handed bat for their bench over the full season, the Nationals have re-signed Rick Ankiel to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, a club source…
Feb 4, 2012, 3:33 PM EST
US Presswire photo Todd Coffey posted a 3.62 ERA in 69 games with the Nationals last season. “Coffey Time” is heading out to La-La Land. Which means it may need to be re-branded “Soy Latte Time.” Todd Coffey, who amused Nationals fans with his bullpen-to-mound sprint last season, has signed a one-year contract with the…
Feb 3, 2012, 8:02 PM EST
US Presswire photo Edwin Jackson will earn $9 million this year, with another $2 million paid in 2013. Somewhat lost amid the news of Edwin Jackson's signing and the domino effect it's going to have on the Nationals rotation is the financial impact of all this. Even on a one-year rental, Jackson doesn't come cheap.…
Feb 3, 2012, 12:00 PM EST
Trivia time: Can you name the five pitchers who made the most starts for the Nationals in 2010? If you said Livan Hernandez (33), John Lannan (25), Craig Stammen (19), Luis Atilano (16) and Scott Olsen (15), congratulations. You remember the painful history of this franchise far too well. Was it really less than two…
Feb 2, 2012, 11:00 PM EST
General manager Mike Rizzo held a conference call this afternoon to discuss the Nationals' acquisition of Edwin Jackson and what it means for the rest of his pitching staff. Here's a full transcript from that conference call with reporters… Q: Edwin Jackson is a guy you've been after for quite some time, as far back…
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