Feb 4, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT
UPDATE AT 3:35 P.M. — I've added some more names to the list after the Nats announced this afternoon the signings of J.D. Martin, Matt Chico, Carlos Maldonado and Kevin Barker to minor-league contracts and spring training invitations issued to Derek Norris, Jhonatan Solano and Josh Wilkie… Since pitchers and catchers report in a mere…
Feb 3, 2011, 10:20 PM EDT
Minor-league catcher Adrian Nieto has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for two performance-enhancing drugs, MLB announced this afternoon. Nieto, who spent last season at low-Class A Hagerstown, tested positive for Oxandrolone and metabolite. Use of both drugs violate the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, and a positive test for either triggers…
Feb 3, 2011, 8:29 PM EDT
The Natonals have signed outfielder Laynce Nix to a minor-league contract with an invitation to big-league camp this spring. Nix, 30, hit .291 with four homers and 18 RBI in 97 games with the Reds last season. In 483 career major-league games with the Rangers, Brewers and Reds, he has 48 homers and 142 RBI.…
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…
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