Jan 28, 2013, 8:13 PM EST
Mark caught up with Mike Rizzo on Saturday at NatsFest in a one-on-one interview about the state of the Nationals as they head into the 2013 season. Rizzo is happy with the roster as it stands and is glad to be back around the players for the first time since the fall.
Jan 28, 2013, 12:00 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images Dan Haren signed a one-year, $13 million contract with the Nationals last month. Had there been no concerns about his health, Dan Haren might well have commanded the kind of long-term contract several of his fellow free-agent pitchers signed this winter. A midseason bout of back spasms and a lingering hip…
Jan 27, 2013, 5:21 PM EST
Photo by USA Today Sports Images For Denard Span, getting traded to the Washington Nationals was quite the coincidence, perhaps an act of fate. He was returning to the city he was born in, but a town he had spent little time in since. He needed to get in touch with his roots and learn…
Jan 27, 2013, 12:00 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images Jordan Zimmermann went 12-8 with a career-best 2.94 ERA last season. Though both sides reiterated interest in a long-term extension, both Jordan Zimmermann and Mike Rizzo made it clear yesterday they won't engage in serious talks over a deal like that until they first settle the dispute over the right-hander's 2013…
Jan 27, 2013, 12:23 AM EST
When the Washington Nationals agreed to terms with one of the top prizes of the MLB offseason, signing closer Rafael Soriano to a two-year deal, it caught nearly everyone in the baseball world by surprise. It wasn’t rumored, the team already had a guy who saved 43 games in 2011 and another who saved 32…
Jan 26, 2013, 9:46 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images Danny Espinosa played the second half of last season with left shoulder pain. Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa revealed today he played the final month of last season with a torn left rotator cuff and that he’ll attempt to play through this season without repairing the tear through surgery. Espinosa, who…
Jan 26, 2013, 4:43 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is hosting NatsFest today. Hello from NatsFest, which for the first time in the event's history is being held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. As much as everyone enjoyed hosting this at Nationals Park in the past, the feeling was…
Jan 26, 2013, 2:27 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER William Howard Taft debuts at NatsFest on Saturday. The Nationals unveiled a new racing president Saturday afternoon, one with a built-in connection to baseball and the kind of physique that could provide some comedic value. William Howard Taft "agreed to terms" to be the Nationals' fifth racing president,…
Jan 25, 2013, 12:00 PM EST
Photo courtesy Viera.com Viera has been the franchise’s spring home since 2003. It’s easy to make fun of Viera, Fla., because the town is such a punching bag, inflicting wounds on itself with cheesy slogans — remember “In Viera, Even Better”? — and strip malls and an overall lack of charm. Truth be told, Viera…
Jan 24, 2013, 7:24 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images Frank Wren signed B.J. Upton in November and today traded for Justin Upton. The Nationals spent years chasing down the Phillies in the NL East and took legitimate pride in dethroning the five-time division champs last season. Philadelphia, though, is anything but the Nats' most significant concern heading into 2013 and…
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