Mar 29, 2015, 5:51 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Though it appears his team will be forced to open the season without any of its 1-2-3 hitters, projected fourth outfielder or possibly its top setup man, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Sunday he’s not looking outside the organization right now for roster reinforcements. “We’re satisfied with what we have,” Rizzo…
Mar 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Three weeks ago, back when he didn’t think he’d be looking for an Opening Day center fielder, Nationals manager Matt Williams noted the progress Michael Taylor had made over the previous 12 months and how that left the top prospect on the cusp of the big-league roster. “Mike’s close,” Williams said. “He’s really close.” Circumstances,…
Mar 20, 2015, 11:03 AM EDT
As you stare out the window this morning and see snow falling in the D.C. area, it’s difficult to believe they’ll be playing a real baseball game here in a mere 17 days. Believe it, though, because not even Mother Nature can get in the way of this. Baseball season has almost arrived. Which, in…
Mar 17, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The 2015 MLB season is just weeks away, which means it’s the time of year for fantasy baseball drafts. Don’t play fantasy baseball? Think that fantasy football is way, way better? Well, I certainly beg to differ. If you love baseball, fantasy can be a load of fun. It’s like fantasy football, but with a…
Mar 10, 2015, 3:52 PM EDT
Denard Span’s surgery this week came as a surprise to many, as it will likely keep him out for the rest of spring training. The Nationals may have to begin the 2015 season without their leadoff hitter, who has been so good at setting the table over the last two seasons. Mark called in to…
Mar 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Several random, yet somewhat connected, thoughts that have come to mind in the 24 hours since we learned Denard Span had surgery to repair a core muscle injury… We don’t know how long it will take Span to fully recover from the surgery, or whether this will become a lingering problem all season. While the…
Mar 9, 2015, 9:02 AM EDT
Updated at 10:34 a.m. Denard Span is likely to miss as much as the season’s first month after surgery Monday morning to repair a right core muscle injury, yet another blow to the Nationals’ thinning ranks of healthy outfielders. Span is expected to begin baseball activities in 4-to-6 weeks, Nationals manager Matt Williams told reporters…
Mar 5, 2015, 12:19 PM EDT
The Washington Nationals shocked many around the baseball world when they signed Max Scherzer to a record contract back in January. They strengthened a strength and added more firepower to what was already a very good starting rotation. But so far, all of it has been talk and projections on paper. They have yet to…
Mar 3, 2015, 10:06 AM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — It happens every spring. The scenario is always the same, only the names involved change. A promising young player looks ready to make the Opening Day roster. Except the only job available is on the bench, which would deny him from the regular playing time he’d get at Class AAA. This spring,…
Feb 25, 2015, 3:17 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — All 70 players invited by the Nationals to big-league camp have reported, but at least one prominent regular won’t be able to participate entirely at Thursday’s first full-squad workout of the spring. Jayson Werth, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder January 9, will be held back from full participation for…
Feb 22, 2015, 4:22 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — The second pitchers and catchers workout of the spring saw everybody switch routines from Saturday’s first session. Pitchers who threw off the bullpen mounds Saturday went through fundamental drills Sunday, and vice versa. Among the biggest names who toed the rubber were Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez. The three pitchers…
Jan 21, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 35 How acquired: Signed as free agent, Dec. 2010 2015 salary: $21 million 2014 stats: 147 G, 629 PA, 85 R, 156 H, 37 2B, 3B, 16 HR, 82 RBI, 9 SB, 83 BB, 113 SO, .292 BA, .394 OBP, .455 SLG, .849 OPS, 134 OPS+, 5 E, -1.6 UZR, 4.8 WAR 2015 storyline: Jayson Werth is entering his fifth season with the Nationals in the third-to-final…
Jan 20, 2015, 4:22 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: Trade with Twins, Nov. 2012 2015 salary: $9 million 2014 stats: 147 G, 668 PA, 94 R, 184 H, 39 2B, 8 3B, 5 HR, 37 RBI, 31 SB, 50 BB, 65 SO, .302 BA, .355 OBP, .416 SLG, .771 OPS, 113 OPS+, 4 E, -4.7 UZR, 3.8 WAR 2015 storyline: Denard Span is entering the…
Jan 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Hello and Happy New Year, everybody. The year of 2014 is finally in the books after the most eventful season in Nationals history. So many things happened and so many memories were made for Washington fans. As we get ready for a new season in a few months – pitchers and catchers report in six weeks…
Dec 29, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
In winning their second NL East title in three years, qualifying for the playoffs, winning 10 straight games at one point and completing the team’s first no-hitter, the Washington Nationals provided plenty of great memories for their fans in 2014. They were fun to watch and, though the year ended much earlier than many expected, it was…
Dec 24, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
As we count down the final days of 2014, we’re counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, merely significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue today with significant moment No. 8: Denard Span setting a new club…
Dec 6, 2014, 11:42 AM EDT
We are one week into the month of December and so far the Nationals have been among MLB’s quietest teams this offseason. Aside from picking up Denard Span’s option for 2015 and several minor free agent signings, they have for the most part been inactive. That is not only uncharacteristic of GM Mike Rizzo’s tenure, it…
Dec 3, 2014, 10:43 AM EDT
Denard Span had surgery to repair a sports hernia, a relatively minor procedure that shouldn’t impact the Nationals’ center fielder’s preparation for next season, the club announced Wednesday morning. Span, 30, posted a photo on Twitter of himself in a hospital bed, giving a thumbs-up sign, though he didn’t reveal what happened. “God is so…
Nov 16, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 24 How acquired: Draft (6th round), June 2009 Position: Center fielder Prospect Rank: No. 3 in Nats’ org. (Baseball America) 2014 Team/Level: Harrisburg Senators (AA), Syracuse Chiefs (AAA), Nationals (MLB) 2014 Stats: 110 G, .304 BA, 428 AB, 130 H, 23 HR, 64 RBI, 37 SB, 81 R, 20 2B, 3 3B, 57 BB,…
Nov 13, 2014, 8:06 PM EDT
No Nationals player has come close to winning the NL MVP Award in the club’s 10 seasons in the District, but Anthony Rendon just came closer than any previous one. Rendon placed fifth in balloting for this year’s NL MVP, the best finish by any Nationals player to date, besting former sixth-place finishers Alfonso Soriano (2006)…
Nov 4, 2014, 7:51 PM EDT
Both Adam LaRoche and Denard Span lost out on the NL Gold Glove awards for their respective positions after entering Tuesday night as finalists. The award for first base went to Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers, while Juan Lagares of the Mets won the honors for center field. Managers and coaches vote for the competition…
Nov 3, 2014, 9:19 PM EDT
At 12:01 a.m. Tuesday morning, MLB teams can begin making offers to free agents. In other words, the Hot Stove season is officially upon us. That means Asdrubal Cabrera, Nate Schierholtz and Scott Hairston are free to look elsewhere. It also means the Nats can begin filling holes on their roster for the 2015 season.…
Oct 30, 2014, 4:14 PM EDT
The Nationals made their first contract decisions of the offseason Thursday afternoon, picking up the $9 million option they held on center fielder Denard Span for 2015 but declining their options on first baseman Adam LaRoche and reliever Rafael Soriano. None of the three moves was a surprise, but each helps shape the club’s roster…
Oct 23, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT
Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche and center fielder Denard Span have been named Gold Glove finalists for the 2014 season by Rawlings. The group of finalists was announced on Thursday. LaRoche – who won the award in 2012 – is up against Justin Morneau of the Rockies and Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers. Span –…
Oct 18, 2014, 3:12 PM EDT
While the Giants and Royals get set to play the 2014 World Series, the Nationals and 27 other MLB teams are in the early stages of their offseason. Here is a look at some important dates to keep in mind while you wait the four long months before pitchers and catchers report to spring training…
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