Mar 28, 2015, 1:50 PM EDT
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Less than a week after announcing Max Scherzer as their Opening Day starter, the Nationals announced the order for the rest of their rotation to open the season. Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg will follow Scherzer and face the Mets in the season-opening series April 6-9. Gio Gonzalez and Doug…
Mar 23, 2015, 12:45 PM EDT
The news out of Viera today that will draw the most attention, of course, is the naming of Max Scherzer as Opening Day starter. But the more important development down there today might well be the fact Yunel Escobar is making his long-awaited spring training debut this afternoon. Sidelined the last three weeks with an…
Mar 18, 2015, 12:49 PM EDT
Anything can happen over the course of a 162-game MLB season, but as of today, March 18, the Miami Marlins certainly look like the Nationals’ biggest threat to repeating as champions of the NL East. They have the pitching and they have the young talent on offense to contend for the playoffs this year, and…
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 13, 2015, 12:28 PM EDT
Two years from now (or possibly three if there are any more delays in construction) when the Nationals and Astros want to play each other in spring training, neither will ever have to set foot on a bus. That’s the beauty of the shared complex these two franchises are going to be building in West…
Mar 8, 2015, 12:16 PM EDT
With wins in their first three spring games, today the Nationals travel to Tampa to face the New York Yankees. Doug Fister will start for a Nats team missing many regulars in their lineup. Of their expected Opening Day lineup, only Ian Desmond is playing. He will bat third. Today will give the Nats a…
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…
Feb 25, 2015, 1:08 PM EDT
Mark sat down with Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos on Tuesday for a one-on-one interview at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla. Ramos is of course excited to be working with what many expect to be the best starting rotation in Major League Baseball. Ramos also shares some goals of his own, including staying healthy which…
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…
Feb 19, 2015, 1:35 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Doug Fister, like several prominent teammates with the Nationals, knows he’s eligible for free agency at season’s end. The veteran right-hander, though, insists his focus is solely on 2015, not whatever may happen to him after that. “I’m wearing this jersey right now, and that’s the most important thing,” Fister said on…
Feb 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
We’ve reached the final countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training, so we’re counting down the five biggest storylines the Nationals will face in Viera. We begin today with No. 5: Perhaps the last opportunity for GM Mike Rizzo to negotiate long-term contracts with several prominent pending free agents… This was a story…
Feb 5, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
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…
Jan 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
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.…
Jan 23, 2015, 4:08 PM EDT
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…
Jan 23, 2015, 12:08 PM EDT
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…
Jan 22, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT
Soon after he was introduced to fans and media at Nationals Park on Wednesday, new free agent acquisition Max Scherzer sat down for an interview with Chick Hernandez and Brian Mitchell on CSN’s SportsTalk Live. It was a great conversation, as Chick and Brian asked Max about what he will bring to the Nats, how…
Jan 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Already harboring the deepest rotation in the majors – and arguably the best overall in the game – the Nationals “strengthened a strength,” as general manager Mike Rizzo likes to say, in signing former Cy Young winner Max Scherzer to a free agent deal on Sunday. Now the Nationals have a conundrum: six quality starting…
Jan 19, 2015, 2:11 PM EDT
While many of us focused on the possibility the Nationals would trade a starting pitcher this offseason, namely Jordan Zimmermann or Doug Fister who are both just a year away from hitting free agency, the Nats pulled off a stunner late Sunday night in acquiring the biggest name on the market, Max Scherzer. Now what was…
Jan 19, 2015, 12:10 AM EDT
UPDATED: 12:29 a.m. The best starting rotation in Major League Baseball is about to get even better, as the Nationals have agreed to terms on a seven-year contract with top free agent Max Scherzer. Sources familiar with the deal confirmed the agreement early Monday morning, though the exact dollar amount is unclear at this point.…
Jan 18, 2015, 10:40 PM EDT
Just when it appeared the market for free agent pitcher Max Scherzer had died down, a new report on Sunday has both the Nationals and a mystery team in a bidding war for the former Cy Young winner. Here is what Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted to spark the rumor: max scherzer talking seriously…
Jan 16, 2015, 10:40 AM EDT
Updated at 1:25 p.m. Stephen Strasburg, Drew Storen and Doug Fister became the latest members of the Nationals to avoid salary arbitration, agreeing to contracts before MLB’s Friday afternoon deadline. Fister signed for $11.4 million, with Strasburg agreeing to a $7.4 million salary and Storen a $5.7 million salary in 2015, according to sources familiar…
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 21, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Doug Fister grew up in central California and still calls it home. He pitched in Seattle and Detroit earlier in his career and enjoyed both cities. But there’s something particularly special about pitching in Washington for Fister, who has tried to make the most of his time living in the nation’s capital. Prominent politicians and…
Dec 15, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
Mark got a few Nationals players one-on-one at this past Saturday’s NatsFest at the Walter E. Convention Center. We will roll those videos out this week, beginning with Stephen Strasburg today. Strasburg was glad to be back in front of the fans at the annual convention Saturday. In this clip he talks about how that…
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- Report: Nats making lefty relievers available for trade
- Strasburg labors in return from ankle sprain
- Former Nats OF released by Texas Rangers; Ohlendorf to Triple-A
- Nats announce season-opening rotation order
- Zimmerman expects to return in 2-3 days
- Strasburg returns to mound as Nats face Mets
- Storen returns to mound after 2-week absence
- Phillies' All-Star likely to begin season on disabled list
- Report: AL Central team interested in former Nats closer Soriano
- Zimmermann contract talks "not looking good"