Jan 5, 2011, 1:32 AM EDT
Updated at 10:38 p.m. The Nationals' longstanding vacancy at first base has been filled at last. Free agent Adam LaRoche agreed to a two-year, $16 million contract this evening, club sources confirmed. The deal won't become official until LaRoche passes a physical, which is due to take place Thursday in Washington. Contract terms stipulate that…
Jan 4, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Danny Espinosa would benefit from not hitting eighth on a regular basis. We've got a pretty clear picture now who will comprise the Nationals' 2011 starting lineup. Jayson Werth is in right field, with Nyjer Morgan in center and some combination of Roger Bernadina, Michael Morse and Rick…
Jan 3, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT
Hope everyone had a happy and safe New Year's. Let's start 2011 off with some quick-hit news and notes for your perusal… — Even though he was traded to the Brewers two weeks ago, Zack Greinke's name keeps popping up in relation to the Nationals. SI.com's Jon Heyman wrote on Twitter last night that the…
Jan 1, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT
New Year's is a time of celebration, of new beginnings, new endeavors and renewed hope. One year ago, though, it marked the end of an era. On January 1, 2010, The Washington Times published its final sports section, a development that left myself and about two dozen colleagues unemployed, and left D.C. sports fans with…
Dec 31, 2010, 8:59 PM EDT
The Nationals’ first base dilemma may finally be nearing its resolution. Derrek Lee has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Orioles, according to the Baltimore Sun. Lee, 35, must still pass a physical before the deal becomes official, but that’s expected to be a formality. Which leaves Adam LaRoche as the lone…
Dec 30, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the "Best (and other) Moments of 2010" poll yesterday. You all gave some fantastic answers and insight into why you chose the moments you did. Plus, a bunch of you made me laugh with your wickedly funny answers. I've pored through all the answers, and I think I've come…
Dec 29, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT
Photo by Rachel Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Was Stephen Strasburg’s debut the best moment of 2010? Everyone loves to put together “End of Year” lists around this time, and why not? It’s a fun way to look at the past 12 months and recall what made this year notable. And there were no shortage of…
Dec 28, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ian Desmond should be an improved player in his second big-league season. Yesterday's posting about the remaining market for first basemen and starting pitchers spurred a discussion about the overall improvement (or lack thereof) the Nationals have made so far this winter. Opinions seemed to be split among…
Dec 27, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT
After a brief holiday respite over the weekend, the Nationals are back to work today, still trying to address two significant roster needs: a first baseman and a starting pitcher. The market at first base hasn't really changed, aside from the fact the Padres have signed Brad Hawpe to a one-year deal. The Nats may…
Dec 23, 2010, 7:56 PM EDT
The Nationals have lost left-hander Aaron Thompson to the Pirates on a waiver claim, a move that brings the club’s 40-man roster back down to its maximum allowable number. Thompson, 23, went a combined 5-13 with a 5.65 ERA at Class AA Harrisburg and Class AAA Syracuse this season. He was originally acquired by the…
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