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  1. Nats, Florida reach 30-year spring training agreement

    Feb 11, 2015, 11:04 PM EDT

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    As part of their negotiations to build a new joint spring training site in West Palm Beach, the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros have reached an agreement with the state of Florida that will keep them there for the next 30 years. For the Nats, in particular, staying there is no surprise. For them to…

  2. 2015 outlook: San Francisco Giants

    Feb 11, 2015, 5:13 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 88-74, 2nd place in NL West Manager: Bruce Bochy, 9th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $163.8 million Key additions: 3B Casey McGehee, OF Nori Aoki Key losses: 3B Pablo Sandoval, 1B/OF Michael Morse Projected lineup CF Angel Pagan 2B Joe Panik 1B Brandon Belt C Buster Posey RF Hunter Pence 3B Casey McGehee LF Nori…

  3. Report: Marlins get ’17 All-Star game

    Feb 10, 2015, 9:58 PM EDT

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    The hopes of Washington landing the 2017 MLB All-Star Game appear to have vanished, as The Miami Herald has reported the ’17 Midsummer Classic will take place at Marlins Park. Marlins’ beat writer Clark Spencer says the team and Major League Baseball are expected to make an announcement before the end of the week. The…

  4. 2015 outlook: St. Louis Cardinals

    Feb 9, 2015, 5:20 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 90-72, 1st place in NL Central Manager: Mike Matheny, 4th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $121 million Key additions: OF Jason Heyward, RP Jordan Walden, INF Mark Reynolds, RP Matt Belisle Key losses: OF Oscar Taveras, SP Shelby Miller, C A.J. Pierzynski, 2B Daniel Descalso, SP Justin Masterson, RP Jason Motte Projected lineup 3B Matt…

  5. Roster preview: Casey Janssen

    Feb 8, 2015, 9:52 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 33 How acquired: Signed as free agent, Jan. 2015 2015 salary: $3.5 million 2014 stats: 50 G, 45.2 IP, 47 H, 22 R, 20 ER, 6 HR, 7 BB, 28 K, 1.182 WHIP, 25 SV, 5 BS, 3-3, 3.94 ERA, 4.14 FIP, 0.1 WAR 2015 storyline: Casey Janssen comes to…

  6. 2015 outlook: Philadelphia Phillies

    Feb 7, 2015, 4:20 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 73-89, 5th place in NL East Manager: Ryne Sandberg, 3rd season Estimated 2015 payroll: $140 million Key additions: SP Aaron Harang, OF Jeff Francoeur, UT Odubel Herrera, SP Chad Billingsley, OF Jordan Danks, RP Kevin Slowey Key losses: SS Jimmy Rollins, SP A.J. Burnett, OF Marlon Byrd, RP Mike Adams, C Wil Nieves Projected lineup CF Ben Revere C…

  7. Roster preview: Gio Gonzalez

    Feb 6, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 29 How acquired: Trade with Oakland, Dec. 2011 2015 salary: $11 million 2014 stats: 27 GS, 158.2 IP, 134 H, 66 R, 63 ER, 10 HR, 56 BB, 162 K, 1.197 WHIP, 10-10, 3.57 ERA, 3.02 FIP, 3.1 WAR 2015 storyline: Gio Gonzalez comes back for his fourth year for…

  8. 2015 outlook: New York Yankees

    Feb 5, 2015, 3:21 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 84-78, 2nd place in AL East Manager: Joe Girardi, 8th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $214.3 million Key additions: RP Andrew Miller, SS Didi Gregorious, DH Garrett Jones, SP Nathan Eovaldi Key losses: SS Derek Jeter, CL David Roberston, OF Ichiro Suzuki, 3B Martin Prado, SP Brandon McCarthy, SP Hiroki Kuroda Projected lineup LF Brett Gardner 3B Chase…

  9. Roster preview: Doug Fister

    Feb 5, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: Trade, Dec. 2013 2015 salary: $11.4 million 2014 stats: 25 GS, 164 IP, 153 H, 52 R, 44 ER, 18 HR, 24 BB, 98 K, 1.079 WHIP, 16-6, 2.41 ERA, 3.93 FIP, 1.3 WAR 2015 storyline: Doug Fister enters 2015 – his second season with the Nationals…

  10. Manfred: D.C. and Baltimore are “distinct” markets

    Feb 4, 2015, 6:29 PM EDT

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    Updated at 8:30 p.m. New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday he views Washington and Baltimore as two “distinct” markets and thus wouldn’t have a problem awarding future All-Star Games to both cities without a gap in time between the two. During a tour of the Nationals Youth Academy in Southeast Washington, the newly minted…

  11. 2015 outlook: Minnesota Twins

    Feb 3, 2015, 2:02 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 70-92, 5th place in AL Central Manager: Paul Molitor, 1st year Estimated 2015 payroll: $108 million Key additions: OF Torii Hunter, RHP Ervin Santana, RHP Tim Stauffer Key losses: 1B Chris Parmelee Projected lineup SS Danny Santana 2B Brian Dozier 1B Joe Mauer DH Kennys Vargas RF Torii Hunter 3B Trevor Plouffe LF Oswaldo Arcia C Kurt…

  12. Roster preview: Nate McLouth

    Feb 1, 2015, 9:51 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 33 How acquired: Signed as a free agent, Dec. 2013 2015 salary: $5 million 2014 stats: 79 G, 162 PA, 10 R, 24 H, 6 2B, 0 3B, HR, 7 RBI, 4 SB, 16 BB, 35 SO, .173 AVG, .280 OBP, .237 SLG, .517 OPS, 2 E,  -0.6 WAR 2015 storyline: After a…

  13. 2015 outlook: Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jan 31, 2015, 2:03 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 94-68, 1st place in NL West Manager: Don Mattingly, 5th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $264 million Key additions: SS Jimmy Rollins, 2B Howie Kendrick, C Yasmani Grandal, SP Brandon McCarthy, SP Brett Anderson, RP Joel Peralta Key losses: SS Hanley Ramirez, 2B Dee Gordon, SP Josh Beckett, SP Dan Haren, SP Chad Billingsley Projected lineup SS Jimmy Rollins LF Carl…

  14. Roster preview: Kevin Frandsen

    Jan 31, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 32 How acquired: Signed as a free agent, March 2014 2015 salary: $1 million 2014 stats: 105 G, 236 PA, 17 R, 57 H, 8 2B, 0 3B, HR, 17 RBI, 0 SB, 6 BB, 26 SO, .259 AVG, .299 OBP, .309 SLG, .608 OPS, 2 E,  -0.4 WAR 2015 storyline: Kevin Frandsen returns to the Nationals in 2015 as…

  15. 2015 outlook: Los Angeles Angels

    Jan 30, 2015, 2:36 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 98-64, 1st place in AL West Manager: Mike Scioscia, 16th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $148 million Key additions: DH Matt Joyce, 2B Josh Rutledge, LHP Andrew Heaney, RP Ryan Mattheus Key losses: 2B Howie Kendrick, RP Sean Burnett, RP Jason Grilli Projected lineup RF Kole Calhoun DH Matt Joyce CF Mike Trout 1B Albert Pujols LF Josh Hamilton 3B David Freese…

  16. 2015 outlook: Houston Astros

    Jan 28, 2015, 2:04 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 70-92, 4th place in AL West Manager: A.J. Hinch, 1st season Estimated 2015 payroll: $71 million Key additions: C/OF Evan Gattis, OF Colby Rasmus, SS Jed Lowrie, 3B Luis Valbuena, SP Dan Straily, RP Luke Gregerson Key losses: OF Dexter Fowler, C Carlos Corporan, RP Matt Albers, OF Delino DeShields Projected lineup 2B Jose Altuve 3B Luis Valbuena RF George Springer…

  17. 2015 outlook: Colorado Rockies

    Jan 26, 2015, 4:44 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 66-96, 4th place in NL West Manager: Walt Weiss, 3rd season Estimated 2015 payroll: $98 million Key additions: C Nick Hundley, INF Daniel Descalso, OF Roger Bernadina, SP John Lannan, SP Jair Jurrjens Key losses: OF/1B Michael Cuddyer, SP Brett Anderson, RP Matt Belisle, 2B Josh Rutledge Projected lineup CF Charlie Blackmon RF Carlos Gonzalez SS Troy Tulowitzki 1B Justin Morneau 3B…

  18. Roster preview: Ian Desmond

    Jan 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 29 How acquired: Drafted 3rd round, June 2004 2015 salary: $11 million 2014 stats: 154 G, 648 PA, 73 R, 151 H, 26 2B, 3 3B, 24 HR, 91 RBI, 24 SB, 46 BB, 183 SO, .255 BA, .313 OBP, .430 SLG, .743 OPS, 103 OPS+, 24 E, 0.1 UZR, 4.1 WAR 2015 storyline: Ian Desmond is entering the…

  19. 2015 outlook: Cleveland Indians

    Jan 25, 2015, 2:06 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 85-77, 3rd place in NL Central Manager: Terry Francona, 3rd season Estimated 2015 payroll: $87 million Key additions: 1B/OF Brandon Moss, RHP Gavin Floyd, LHP Scott Downs, RHP Shaun Marcum Key losses: DH Jason Giambi, OF J.B. Shuck, 2B Joe Wendle Projected lineup CF Michael Bourn SS Jose Ramirez LF Michael Brantley 1B Carlos Santana RF Brandon Moss C Yan Gomes 2B Jason…

  20. Roster preview: Anthony Rendon

    Jan 25, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 24 How acquired: Drafted 1st round, June 2011 2015 salary: $1.8 million 2014 stats: 153 G, 683 PA, 111 R, 176 H, 39 2B, 6 3B, 21 HR, 83 RBI, 17 SB, 58 BB, 104 SO, .287 BA, .351 OBP, .473 SLG, .824 OPS, 125 OPS+, 5 E, 4.2 UZR, 6.6 WAR 2015 storyline: Rendon enters 2015 after what was an all-around breakout season in his first…

  21. Ohlendorf follows Detwiler to Texas

    Jan 24, 2015, 12:32 PM EDT

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    Ross Ohlendorf – who was a big contributor for the Nationals in 2013 – has signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers, according to Fox Sports Southwest. The contract also comes with an invite to spring training. Ohlendorf was part of the Nationals for two seasons, though he did not appear at the big…

  22. Scherzer talked to Fister, Thornton before joining Nats

    Jan 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Max Scherzer will be paid handsomely to join a team that was already one of the best in baseball, having led the National League in wins in two of the last three seasons. If the Nationals offer a player $210 million to play for them, it’s not a very difficult decision for that person to make.…

  23. VIDEO: Big decisions to make for Nats

    Jan 23, 2015, 4:08 PM EDT

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    After signing Max Scherzer, the Nationals have some big decisions to make over the next four weeks in regards to their rotation. Do they make a trade involving Jordan Zimmermann or Doug Fister, or roll into 2015 with all six of their starting pitchers on the roster? I discussed what happens next for the Nationals…

  24. Boras’ ‘internal rating’ says Nats have MLB’s best rotation

    Jan 23, 2015, 12:08 PM EDT

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    Even before the Nationals added Max Scherzer in a record free agent contract, their starting rotation was by all accounts a strength. They held the best rotation ERA in MLB last season at 3.04 and the best WHIP at 1.14. Even in the postseason, their 0.73 starters’ ERA was tops among all playoff teams. Pundits…

  25. Scherzer signing shows Nats’ continued growth

    Jan 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Moments before Wednesday’s press conference at Nationals Park, as the Nats were getting ready to introduce former Cy Young-winner Max Scherzer – their biggest free agent catch as a franchise to date – left fielder Jayson Werth walked through the door of the media room with a blue velvet blazer on and took a seat…

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