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  1. Live BP wraps up with athleticism and a plunking

    Mar 2, 2015, 3:36 PM EST

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    VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals typically have held live batting practice drills on four consecutive days each spring, giving each pitcher in camp two opportunities to work off a mound with a batter at the plate. But a condensed scheduled this spring forced them to cut these sessions in half, putting some added emphasis on…

  2. VIDEO: Wilson Ramos 1-on-1

    Feb 25, 2015, 1:08 PM EST

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    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…

  3. VIDEO: Who will be the odd-man out?

    Feb 23, 2015, 1:08 PM EST

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    In Mark’s latest report from Nationals spring training in Viera, Fla., he looks at who could be the odd-man out of their star-studded rotation. Right now there are six players vying for five spots, meaning someone will likely get bumped to the bullpen within the next few weeks. In this video Mark has reaction from Max…

  4. UPDATED: Zimmermann: Contract talks “on hold right now”

    Feb 21, 2015, 1:44 PM EST

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    Updated at 4:36 p.m. VIERA, Fla. — Though he’s willing to engage with the Nationals if they initiate talks this spring, Jordan Zimmermann says no progress has been made on a long-term extension with the club. And he continues to maintain he won’t negotiate once Opening Day arrives. “I’m just getting ready for the season,”…

  5. Spring storyline No. 1: Dealing with the pressure

    Feb 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    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 conclude today with No. 1: The pressure to win now and the spotlight that will shine on this team from the first day of camp… The Nationals…

  6. Spring storyline No. 5: Last shot at contract negotiations?

    Feb 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    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…

  7. Roster preview: Jordan Zimmermann

    Feb 4, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 28 How acquired: 2nd round pick, 2007 draft 2015 salary: $16.5 million 2014 stats: 32 GS, 199.2 IP, 185 H, 67 R, 59 ER, 13 HR, 29 BB, 182 K, 1.072 WHIP, 14-5, 2.66 ERA, 2.68 FIP, 5.2 WAR 2015 storyline: On the heels of another All-Star season that earned…

  8. VIDEO: Big decisions to make for Nats

    Jan 23, 2015, 4:08 PM EST

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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…

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

    Jan 23, 2015, 12:08 PM EST

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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…

  10. What happens now to Nats’ rotation?

    Jan 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    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…

  11. Pros and cons of Nats’ many trade options

    Jan 19, 2015, 2:11 PM EST

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    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…

  12. Nats sign top free agent Max Scherzer

    Jan 19, 2015, 12:10 AM EST

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    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.…

  13. Reports link Nats to Scherzer again

    Jan 18, 2015, 10:40 PM EST

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    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…

  14. Nats New Year’s resolutions

    Jan 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    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…

  15. Significant moment No. 1: 2 outs, top of the 9th, Game 2

    Dec 31, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    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 conclude today with significant moment No. 1: Matt Williams’ decision to pull Jordan…

  16. Significant moment No. 2: Souza saves JZ’s no-hitter

    Dec 30, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    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. 2: Jordan Zimmermann’s no-hitter, capped by Steven…

  17. VIDEO: Strasburg 1-on-1 at NatsFest

    Dec 15, 2014, 12:00 PM EST

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    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…

  18. Nats players address trade rumors

    Dec 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    The Nationals’ annual offseason convention known as ‘NatsFest’ is usually held in late January, right before the team heads to Viera, Fl. to begin spring training and preparing for Opening Day. It is generally a time to recap the winter for each player and a time to meet new additions to the roster. This year,…

  19. News and notes from Day 3 at the Winter Meetings

    Dec 10, 2014, 10:28 PM EST

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    SAN DIEGO — For all the buzz that seems to have descended upon the Winter Meetings this evening, the Nationals have yet to actually complete any transactions since arriving in town Sunday night. So, for those wondering if anything has happened along the lines of this headline-grabbing tweet from a couple hours ago, rest assured…

  20. Lester deal helps set market for Zimmermann

    Dec 10, 2014, 2:22 PM EST

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    SAN DIEGO — While most of you probably were tucked away in bed at 1:30 a.m. EST, the lobby here at the Manchester Grand Hyatt was abuzz, the news of Jon Lester’s signing with the Cubs sending everybody at the Winter Meetings into a late-night frenzy. The Lester saga had loomed over these entire meetings,…

  21. Rizzo, Williams hope Nats can sign Zimmermann long-term

    Dec 9, 2014, 9:20 PM EST

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    SAN DIEGO — Though they didn’t meet Tuesday, the Nationals expect to sit down with Jordan Zimmermann’s representatives before leaving the Winter Meetings on Thursday morning. And both general manager Mike Rizzo and manager Matt Williams are hopeful the two sides can find the common ground on a long-term extension that has eluded them the…

  22. VIDEO: Much to accomplish at Winter Meetings

    Dec 9, 2014, 11:53 AM EST

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    The Winter Meetings began on Monday and though there was plenty of Hot Stove action around the league, the Nationals have remained quiet so far. They continue to negotiate a long-term extension with Jordan Zimmermann and they still have a hole at second base. Mark checked in with Geico SportsNet Central last night to give an…

  23. Are Nats all-in for 2015 or still prioritizing long-term?

    Dec 9, 2014, 9:00 AM EST

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    SAN DIEGO — There is no more-pressing question facing Mike Rizzo right now than this one: Are his Nationals going “all-in” and trying to win the World Series in 2015, or do they need to sacrifice short-term possibilities for long-term stability? Rizzo himself recognizes this. “It’s a delicate balance, there’s no question about it,” the…

  24. Nats will resume negotiations with Zimmermann this week

    Dec 8, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    SAN DIEGO — The Nationals tried two winters ago to lock up Jordan Zimmermann to a long-term extension. They tried last winter to lock up Zimmermann to a long-term extension. And they’re not done trying just yet. General manager Mike Rizzo will meet with representatives for the right-hander at this week’s Winter Meetings and re-open…

  25. Minor league spotlight: A.J. Cole

    Nov 22, 2014, 10:07 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 23 How acquired: Trade with A’s & Mariners Jan. 2013 (drafted originally by Nats) Position: Starting pitcher Prospect Rank: No. 2 in Nats’ org. (Baseball Prospectus) 2014 Team/Level: Harrisburg Senators (AA) and Syracuse Chiefs (AAA) 2014 Stats: 25 G, 25 GS, 13-3, 3.16 ERA, 134 IP, 148 H, 60 R, 47 ER, 10 HR, 111 SO,…

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MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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