Jan 31, 2012, 6:49 PM EST
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 EST
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.…
Jan 30, 2012, 12:00 PM EST
US Presswire photo Ian Desmond is likely to get first crack at leading off. Since we're now inside of three weeks to the start of spring training — and since it doesn't appear there are any major roster shakeups still in store between now and then — it's time to start considering the Nationals' potential…
Jan 29, 2012, 11:00 AM EST
US Presswire photo Bryce Harper tops the Nationals' highly ranked farm system. A couple of items to clean out of the notebook on this Sunday morning, some tasty morsels for you to munch on with brunch… — Do the Nationals have the best farm system in baseball? Or, to be more precise, did they have…
Jan 27, 2012, 1:44 PM EST
US Presswire photo Ryan Mattheus pitched well last year but will have a tough time making this year's team. It's a tired cliche among baseball folks: "You can never have enough pitching." Yes, it's true. No team has ever been hurt by having too many good pitchers on its staff. But sometimes too much pitching…
Jan 26, 2012, 11:06 PM EST
Brad Lidge spent the last four seasons watching his Phillies beat up the Nationals. All of a sudden, the veteran reliever is on the other side of the equation, and he believes his new employer could be on the verge of supplanting his former club atop the NL East. "I'm definitely excited for the new…
Jan 26, 2012, 4:01 PM EST
US Presswire photo Brad Lidge has 223 career saves and a 3.44 ERA in 10 seasons. Updated at 11:49 a.m. In search of a veteran reliever who could help soften the burden on late-inning stars Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard, the Nationals are turning to a one-time nemesis from a division rival. The Nationals have…
Jan 26, 2012, 12:00 PM EST
US Presswire photo Mike Rizzo again suggested Jayson Werth could wind up in center field this year. There are 24 days remaining before pitchers and catchers report to Viera, Fla., for the start of spring training, which is still plenty of time for the Nationals to add or subtract from their roster. Listening to Mike…
Jan 26, 2012, 12:20 AM EST
Updated at 7:20 p.m. Gio Gonzalez has had more than a month to contemplate his trade from the Athletics to the Nationals, and he's had nearly two weeks to contemplate the five-year extension he was given from general manager Mike Rizzo before ever throwing a pitch for his new club. Gonzalez knows there will be…
Jan 25, 2012, 10:53 PM EST
Associated Press photo Mike Rizzo helps Gio Gonzalez put on a Nationals jersey for the first time. The Nationals did make a run at signing Prince Fielder over the last month, but pulled out of negotiations once it was clear the free agent first baseman would get a contract far beyond what they were willing…
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