Nov 10, 2012, 6:58 PM EST
Photo by AP Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond had by all accounts a breakout season for Washington in 2012. He upped his batting average and power numbers significantly, and in turn cut down on errors which had always been his most glaring flaw. The combination of improvements he made turned him into a National League All-Star,…
Nov 10, 2012, 2:00 PM EST
US Presswire file photo Was the 2010 signing of Jayson Werth for $126 million a great move or a disaster? Every offseason has its highs and lows, moments when teams are lauded for moves they make (or don't make) and chastised for other moves they make (or don't make). Truth be told, it's almost impossible…
Nov 9, 2012, 11:11 PM EST
The Nationals and Davey Johnson have finalized details of a contract that ensures the veteran manager will return in the same capacity next season. The question of Johnson’s return was never seriously in doubt, but it had yet to be formalized because of the unusual nature of his employment with the Nationals. Lured back to…
Nov 9, 2012, 5:00 PM EST
Joakim Soria is a free agent after missing all of 2012 due to injury. (Photo by AP) Despite receiving much of the blame for the Nationals’ devastating loss in Game 5 of the NLDS, the team appears confident in closer Drew Storen. The 25-year-old saved 43 games in 2011 and was excellent for most of…
Nov 9, 2012, 2:00 PM EST
Given the year-round nature of the baseball season and offseason these days, there's never a perfect time for reporters to go on vacation. But we all need our share of time off, especially after the long and very eventful season the Nationals just experienced. So I'm punching my time clock today and heading out of…
Nov 8, 2012, 11:57 PM EST
US Presswire photo Stephen Strasburg hit .277 with a home run, four doubles and seven RBI. The first major award of Stephen Strasburg's big-league career was not for anything he did on the pitcher's mound. Instead, it's for what he did in the batter's box. Strasburg tonight won the Silver Slugger Award, deemed as the…
Nov 8, 2012, 2:00 PM EST
There was plenty to talk about during our first offseason edition of Beltway Baseball, and Chase Hughes and I tried to touch on just about every important subject facing the Nationals as the Hot Stove League gets underway. Among the topics of discussion: Adam LaRoche and the domino effect his situation has on so many…
Nov 7, 2012, 11:52 PM EST
Davey Johnson, Bryce Harper and Gio Gonzalez have all been named finalists for major awards that will be handed out next week by the Baseball Writers Association. Harper is a finalist for NL Rookie of the Year, which will be announced Monday evening. Johnson is up for NL Manager of the Year, to be revealed…
Nov 7, 2012, 5:47 PM EST
US Presswire file photo Anthony Rendon has 10 hits in his last 21 at-bats in the Arizona Fall League. After a slow start to his Arizona Fall League season, top Nationals prospect Anthony Rendon has gone on a tear at the plate over the last week. Rendon has 10 hits in his last 21 at-bats…
Nov 7, 2012, 12:00 PM EST
The World Series is over. The 2012 election is over. The Hot Stove League has begun. So it’s time to turn our attention to the offseason plan for the Nationals and look at what steps they could (and should) take to not only repeat as NL East champions in 2013 but to make a deeper…
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