Feb 2, 2011, 10:25 PM EDT
The Nationals announced the signings of reliever Cla Meredith and Alex Cora to minor-league contracts today, offering both players invitations to big-league camp this spring. Meredith, 27, owns a 3.62 ERA in 286 career appearances with the Red Sox, Padres and Orioles. A Richmond native who pitched in college at VCU, he was a trusted…
Feb 2, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT
Martis outrighted to Syracuse The Nationals have traded outfielder Justin Maxwell to the Yankees, with New York sending minor-league right-hander Adam Olbrychowski to Washington. Maxwell had been designated for assignment last week when the Nationals needed to clear space on their 40-man roster. The club had 10 days to either release him, hope he passed…
Feb 2, 2011, 4:07 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Bryce Harper might be the most-watched player in Nationals camp this spring. The home clubhouse at Space Coast Stadium this spring will house a 31-year-old right fielder who owns the 14th-largest contract in baseball history. It will house a two-time Silver Slugger who is arguably the best third…
Feb 1, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Michael Morse will join Roger Bernadina and Rick Ankiel in left field in 2011. The Nationals were willing to trade Josh Willingham earlier this winter not only because of what they got in return from the Oakland A's (reliever Henry Rodriguez and minor-league outfielder Corey Brown) but also…
Jan 31, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats believe Ian Desmond will benefit from the addition of Adam LaRoche at first base. It’s been a recurring problem for five years now, one that has persisted through two managerial changes, one GM switch and plenty of roster turnover. At last, though, the Nationals believe they…
Jan 28, 2011, 4:07 PM EDT
Mike Rizzo has officially served as GM of the Nationals for 17 months (22 months if you count the period from March-August 2009 when held an interim title) and it's no secret he's made some significant changes during that time. There has been an overhaul of his front office. There has been an overhaul of…
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…
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