Nov 4, 2015, 9:05 AM EST
Any time a team fires one manager and hires another, many things will need to be fixed. The Nationals remain a deep and impressive roster despite their shortcomings this past season. But after Dusty Baker is introduced on Thursday – barring something unforeseen, as you never know these days – he will need to get…
Nov 3, 2015, 11:58 AM EST
Had the Nationals simply hired Dusty Baker all along, had they picked him over Bud Black last week and agreed to contract terms, few eyebrows would have been raised. It would have been viewed both here in town and throughout the baseball world as a solid choice, a proven and successful manager taking the reins…
Nov 3, 2015, 8:23 AM EST
In a stunning twist to cap a tumultuous 24 hours, the Nationals announced Tuesday morning they have hired Dusty Baker as their new manager, negotiations with initial choice Bub Black having fallen apart over the weekend. Baker, a 3-time NL Manager of the Year Award winner with 20 seasons of experience at the big-league level,…
Nov 2, 2015, 11:11 PM EST
The Nationals’ hiring of Bud Black as their next manager is not yet a done deal, the two sides having been unable to work out final contract details, leaving the door open for the club potentially to offer the job to Dusty Baker instead, according to sources familiar with the situation. The Nationals’ front office…
Nov 2, 2015, 4:09 PM EST
The Nationals declined to pick up contract options for reliever Casey Janssen and outfielder Nate McLouth on Monday, making both veterans free agents along with six others who officially hit the market on the day after the World Series ended. Janssen and McLouth join right-handers Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister, shortstop Ian Desmond, center fielder…
Nov 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2016: 24 How acquired: Traded with C Jose Lobaton and OF Drew Vettleson from Tampa Bay for RHP Nate Karns, Feb. 2014 MLB service time: 161 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $507,500 Contract status: Under team control in 2016, likely Super-2 arbitration-eligible in 2018, free agent in 2022 2015 stats: 49 G, 48.1…
Nov 1, 2015, 4:06 PM EST
WORLD SERIES GAME 5: KANSAS CITY ROYALS at NEW YORK METS Series: Royals lead 3-1 Where: Citi Field, New York Gametime: 8:00 p.m. TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Mostly cloudy, 62 degrees, wind 6 mph Starting pitchers: KCR RHP Edinson Volquez (13-9, 3.55 ERA) / NYM RHP Matt Harvey (13-8, 2.71 ERA) The 2015 MLB season could come to an end on Sunday night,…
Nov 1, 2015, 10:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2016: 27 How acquired: Trade from Oakland, Jan. 2013 MLB service time: 1 year, 50 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $512,800 Contract status: Pre-arbitration 2015 stats: 60 G, 67.2 IP, 62 H, 32 R, 29 ER, 4 HR, 32 BB, 65 K, 1.389 WHIP, 2-5, 3.49 ERA, 3.49 FIP, 0.4 WAR Quotable: “For Blake it’s about consistency. We know the kind of talent he’s got. It’s heavy…
Oct 31, 2015, 6:05 PM EST
WORLD SERIES GAME 4: KANSAS CITY ROYALS at NEW YORK METS Series: Royals lead 2-1 Where: Citi Field, New York Gametime: 8:00 p.m. TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Partly cloudy, 51 degrees, wind 5 mph Starting pitchers: KCR RHP Chris Young (11-6, 3.06 ERA) / NYM LHP Steven Matz (4-0, 2.27 ERA) Noah Syndergaard was too much for the Royals in Game…
Oct 31, 2015, 10:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2016: 34 How acquired: Signed as free agent Feb. 2015 MLB service time: 9 years, 63 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $3.5 million Contract status: $7 million mutual option for 2016 with $1.5 million buyout 2015 stats: 48 G, 40 IP, 38 H, 22 R, 22 ER, 5 HR, 8 BB, 27 K, 1.150 WHIP, 2-5, 4.95 ERA, 4.08 FIP, 0.0 WAR Quotable: “It’s kind of a…
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