Jan 18, 2013, 12:30 AM EST
Though he went out of his way to use the words “Drew Storen” and “closer” together multiple times, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo left no doubt who will be handed the ball for the ninth inning come Opening Day: The guy he just gave $28 million. “Suffice it to say, Raffy is here to pitch…
Jan 17, 2013, 4:03 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images Joe Torre’s World Baseball Classic club won’t feature any Nationals. They may have a roster loaded with All-Stars, but the Nationals won’t have anyone representing Team USA in this spring’s World Baseball Classic. Manager Joe Torre announced his 28-man provisional roster this morning, and in a fairly surprising development, zero members…
Jan 17, 2013, 6:00 AM EST
USA Today Sports Images Michael Morse was popular with Nationals teammates and fans alike. Michael Morse's arrival in Washington on Aug. 21, 2009, barely merited even the briefest of mentions. Acquired from the Mariners for Ryan Langerhans two months earlier in what was universally described as a "swap of minor leaguers," Morse was promoted to…
Jan 17, 2013, 12:16 AM EST
USA Today Sports Images Michael Morse became expendable after the Nats re-signed Adam LaRoche. Updated at 7:50 p.m. The Nationals have sent Michael Morse back to Seattle and are getting A.J. Cole back from Oakland in the process. Morse was part of a three-team trade involving the Nationals, Athletics and Mariners, with Cole (one of…
Jan 16, 2013, 7:35 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth each are scheduled to appear at NatsFest. The majority of players off the Nationals' roster are scheduled to attend next week's NatsFest, though a couple of prominent names notably will be absent. Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa, Dan Haren,…
Jan 16, 2013, 5:32 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images Jesus Flores hit .241 with 23 homers in 311 games with the Nationals from 2007-12. Jesus Flores, cut loose by the Nationals in November, has found a new home in Los Angeles. The Dodgers have signed the 28-year-old catcher to a minor-league contract with an invitation to big-league spring training, according…
Jan 16, 2013, 5:19 AM EST
USA Today Sports Images Rafael Soriano becomes the Nationals' top closer after signing a $28 million deal. There's a common wisdom in baseball that says you don't pay big money for a closer. Unless he's the last piece to a championship puzzle. Were the Nationals a high-priced closer away from being a championship club? And…
Jan 15, 2013, 7:40 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images Rafael Soriano saved 42 games for the Yankees last season. Already overloaded with right-handers with experience closing games in the big leagues, the Nationals are adding another big name to their bullpen … and making a major financial commitment to him. The Nationals have agreed to terms on a two-year, $28…
Jan 15, 2013, 12:00 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images Tyler Moore likely will be the top right-handed bat off the Nationals' bench. It's one thing for a ballclub's lineup or rotation to be set one month before pitchers and catchers even report for spring training. It's quite another for a ballclub's bench to be all but locked up in mid-January.…
Jan 14, 2013, 12:00 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images Space Coast Stadium could be hosting its final Nationals camp this spring. When the Nationals gather for spring training in four weeks, they'll do so knowing it could be their final camp in the remote outpost of Viera along Florida's Space Coast. Ownership has never hid its desire to relocate to…
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