Aug 17, 2010, 2:37 AM EST
Rest easy, everyone: Bryce Harper has signed with the Nationals. The 17-year-old and the Nats came to terms on a contract shortly before tonight’s midnight deadline, ensuring the No. 1 draft pick will enter the organization’s farm system and begin his trek toward a possible major-league debut in the next two or three seasons. Terms…
Aug 16, 2010, 11:00 PM EST
UPDATE AT 10:08 P.M. — The Nationals just officially announced the signing of fourth-round pick A.J. Cole, the right-hander from Florida who was threatening to enroll at the University of Miami. Cole is believed to have received a $2 million signing bonus, a record for a fourth-round pick. The 18-year-old went a combined 12-1 and…
Aug 16, 2010, 2:23 PM EST
The clock is ticking. The Nationals and their No. 1 draft pick have until midnight to get a deal done. And they're all but guaranteed to wait until literally the 11 o'clock hour before commencing with serious negotiations. Why does this scenario sound familiar? Actually, we in the Washington media and you in the Nats…
Aug 15, 2010, 10:49 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg made two second-inning mistakes but otherwise pitched well. There will come a time, perhaps not too far in the future, when Jim Riggleman will let Stephen Strasburg take the mound for the sixth inning of a tie game sitting on 85 pitches. That time wasn’t this…
Aug 15, 2010, 9:17 PM EST
There’s no one more qualified to understand what Bryce Harper is going through right now (or more qualified to speak about it) than Stephen Strasburg. So the Nationals’ rookie right-hander was asked after today’s game if he has any advice for this year’s No. 1 draft pick, who has until midnight tomorrow to sign. Strasburg,…
Aug 15, 2010, 5:20 PM EST
Jim Riggleman says that, as of now, Jason Marquis will make his next scheduled start. The Nationals manager, though, couched that declaration pretty strongly, suggesting several times this morning that Marquis' rotation spot is not at all secure. "If he's progressing and getting more action on the ball, getting the ball down more, getting more…
Aug 15, 2010, 2:55 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg battles the D'backs and the rain this afternoon. It's a dreary, rainy morning here at Nationals Park. The tarp is on the field and will likely stay there for a while. But I expect there to be baseball today, for two reasons: 1) This is the…
Aug 15, 2010, 3:38 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Another poor outing leaves Jason Marquis' status unclear moving forward. The Nationals can try to figure out why Jason Marquis is wholly unable to get big-league hitters out, but that's not the real issue right now. No, the bigger issue is what to do with the least-effective pitcher…
Aug 14, 2010, 10:03 PM EST
We are now about 54 hours from Monday night's deadline for all draft picks to sign, and though the Nationals haven't locked up any of their four remaining unsigned top picks (first-rounder Bryce Harper, second-rounder Sammy Solis, fourth-rounder A.J. Cole and 12th-rounder Robbie Ray) yet, they perhaps are making progress with at least one of…
Aug 14, 2010, 7:28 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats try to make it two in a row against the Diamondbacks. Jason Marquis makes his fifth start tonight as a National, his second since returning from the DL. And he's still searching for his first victory of the season. Marquis was better in his last outing…
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