Jan 27, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT
The Nationals designated outfielder Justin Maxwell for assignment today, clearing space on their 40-man roster for reliever Todd Coffey. Maxwell, an Olney native who was drafted out of the University of Maryland in 2005, never saw his career take off with the Nationals despite a number of stints in the big leagues the last two…
Jan 27, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nyjer Morgan faces plenty of pressure to return to form in 2011. As the Washington area digs itself out of a snowstorm that has left everyone in a sour mood, perhaps some solace can be taken from one heart-warming thought: Pitchers and catchers report in less than three…
Jan 26, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT
File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nationals Park has experienced its share of weather delays the last three years. It's shaping up to be one of those classic Washington weather days in which the mere threat of frozen precipitation causes mass panic. I fully expect grocery stores to be out of bottled water,…
Jan 25, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Drew Storen converted five of seven save opportunities last season. The unquestioned strength of the 2010 Nationals was a bullpen that managed to post some of the best numbers in baseball despite also logging the most innings in baseball. Nats relievers churned out 545 2/3 innings (an average…
Jan 24, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT
The Nationals have designated right-hander Shairon Martis for assignment, a move that clears space on their 40-man roster for utilityman Jerry Hairston, who was officially added today. Once a rising star in the Nationals' farm system, Martis was a surprise member of the 2009 Opening Day rotation and began that season with a 5-0 record.…
Jan 24, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT
Upon launching Nats Insider some 357 days ago, I had no expectation whatsoever for this site. My intention at the time was simple: Find an outlet in which I could continue covering the Washington Nationals, hopefully reaching some small segment of the fan base. Along the way, this place became something far greater than I…
Jan 21, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT
Having added a $126 million right fielder, a back-of-the-rotation starter, a couple of relievers and several veteran bench players, the Nationals appear to have improved over the offseason. This franchise may not be ready to win quite yet, but those back-to-back, 100-loss seasons from 2008-09 are looking more and more like a distant memory. Improved…
Jan 20, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Alberto Gonzalez could be the odd man out on the Nationals bench. After a flurry of moves this week, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo admitted he's essentially done reshaping his roster for the winter. There could be another minor move or two between now and the time pitchers…
Jan 19, 2011, 10:25 PM EDT
It's turned into a busy day in NatsTown. Actually, it's been a busy week already, with the Tom Gorzelanny trade (which was officially announced this afternoon) and the signings of Jerry Hairston, Todd Coffey and Alex Cora. All of these moves, as I mentioned earlier, have created an overflow situation on the Nationals' 40-man roster.…
Jan 19, 2011, 7:36 PM EDT
The Nationals have signed infielder Jerry Hairston to a one-year, $2 million contract, giving the club a veteran who can take over at second base if rookie Danny Espinosa isn’t deemed ready for full-time duty as well as a versatile utilityman who can play all over the field if needed. Hairston, who spent last season…
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