Feb 3, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT
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 EDT
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…
Feb 2, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Edwin Jackson went 12-9 with a 3.79 ERA in 32 games last season. Updated at 5:18 p.m. The Nationals already had a five-man starting rotation. Actually, they had a seven-man rotation before adding Edwin Jackson to the puzzle today. So why give Jackson a one-year, $10 million contract and create an even…
Feb 2, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT
Thanks to everyone who tuned in for our on-the-fly live episode of Beltway Baseball at 3 p.m. Chase Hughes, Amanda Comak and I discussed the breaking Edwin Jackson news, the effect it has on the rest of the rotation and touched on last week's Brad Lidge signing. We also took your questions on Rick Ankiel…
Feb 2, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Even in loss, John Lannan nearly doubled his $2.75 million salary from last year. A three-judge panel ruled against John Lannan today in his salary arbitration case against the Nationals, determining the left-hander deserves to earn $5 million this season. One day after appearing before the panel in a hearing in St.…
Feb 1, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT
US Presswire photo John Lannan is seeking $5.7 million; the Nats countered with a $5 million offer. The Nationals and John Lannan went to arbitration today, the two sides arguing their cases before a three-judge panel in St. Petersburg, Fla., a source present at the hearing confirmed. This was the first of potentially 24 arbitration…
Feb 1, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT
Two years may not seem like much amid the grandiose scope of the universe, but on the internet it's the equivalent of an ice age. Just look at the above screenshot from Feb. 1, 2010, the day Nats Insider launched. Who could have imagined then what would transpire over the next 730 days? That morning,…
Jan 31, 2012, 10:45 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Livan Hernandez tips his cap to the crowd following his last start in Washington. Whatever slim chance there was of Livan Hernandez returning to the Nationals for another season appears to have vanished. The veteran right-hander has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Astros, according to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. Hernandez has…
Jan 31, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT
Associated Press photo Wilson Ramos went 9-for-20 in the Venezuelan Winter League championship series. Wilson Ramos wanted desperately to get back to playing baseball in Venezuela earlier this offseason, even though the haunting memories of his November abduction were still fresh in his mind. Nearly three months later, it doesn't appear Ramos' on-field performance has…
Jan 31, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Danny Espinosa has to prove he can overcome his second-half tailspin. Nobody reports to spring training without some question, no matter how minor, hanging over his head. Even the sport's best players have some facet of their game that needs to be tweaked, or some off-the-field issue that needs to be resolved.…
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