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

    Dec 15, 2014, 12:00 PM EST

    Photo by USA Today

    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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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,…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Minor league spotlight: A.J. Cole

    Nov 22, 2014, 10:07 AM EST

    AP

    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,…

  10. When should the next wave of pitching prospects arrive?

    Nov 21, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

    AP

    Whether it happens via trade this offseason or free agency the next two offseasons, the Nationals star-studded rotation is most likely going to undergo change sometime in the near future. Unless the Lerner family starts doling out massive contracts the likes of which it (not to mention other franchises) has been reluctant to offer to date,…

  11. The Nats’ all-time stats leaders after 10 seasons

    Nov 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    The Washington Nationals have now existed, believe it or not, for 10 full baseball seasons. For those of us who were there that first morning in Viera in the spring of 2005 or at a sold-out RFK Stadium two months later, this does not seem possible. Ten years? How did that happen? It did happen,…

  12. Zimmermann 5th in Cy Young vote, Fister 8th, Strasburg 9th

    Nov 12, 2014, 6:33 PM EST

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    Three Nationals pitchers received top-5 votes for the NL Cy Young Award this season, with Jordan Zimmermann leading the way and finishing fifth in balloting released Wednesday evening. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was the unanimous winner of his third Cy Young Award in four seasons, selected by all 30 members of the Baseball Writers’ Association…

  13. Nats would want a boatload in any deal for Zimmermann

    Nov 12, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    The Nationals drafted Jordan Zimmermann. They developed him. They rehabbed him through Tommy John surgery. And they groomed him into one of baseball’s best and most consistent pitchers, a huge piece of their 2012 and 2014 NL East championships. So why on earth would they even consider trading Zimmermann away now? Well, it should be made…

  14. Point/Counterpoint: Who should get long-term deal?

    Nov 11, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WHO SHOULD THE NATIONALS MOST TRY TO LOCK UP TO A LONG-TERM EXTENSION: IAN DESMOND, DOUG FISTER OR JORDAN ZIMMERMANN? MARK ZUCKERMAN: With the offseason now in full swing, we bring back our popular Point/Counterpoint feature from last winter. Chase and I will debate one topic each week (give or take) while…

  15. Previewing MLB awards week

    Nov 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    Last week, they handed out Gold Gloves and Silver Sluggers. This week comes the main event: the announcement of MLB’s four major awards handed out by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The fun begins tonight with the two Rookie of the Year Awards, continues Tuesday with Manager of the Year Awards, picks up Wednesday…

  16. Roster review: Jerry Blevins

    Nov 4, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: Trade with Oakland on Dec. 11, 2013 MLB service time: 4 years, 81 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $1.675 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible, free agent in 2016 2014 stats: 64 G, 57.1 IP, 48 H, 31 R, 31 ER, 3 HR, 23 BB, 66 K, 1.238 WHIP, 2-3, 4.87 ERA, 2.77 FIP, 0.7 WAR Quotable: “The situational type innings or…

  17. Roster review: Jordan Zimmermann

    Oct 28, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 28 How acquired: 2nd round pick, 2007 draft MLB service time: 5 years, 154 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $7.5 million Contract status: Signed for $16.5 million 2015, free agent in 2016 2014 stats: 32 GS, 199.2 IP, 185 H, 67 R, 59 ER, 13 HR, 29 BB, 182 K, 1.072 WHIP,…

  18. Important offseason dates to keep in mind

    Oct 18, 2014, 3:12 PM EST

    Associated Press

    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…

  19. Offseason storyline No. 2: Lock up Desmond, Zimmermann?

    Oct 11, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    As the Nationals transition into offseason mode, so do we (a little sooner than any of us expected). Over a five-day stretch, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 2 storyline: Attempting to sign Ian Desmond, Jordan Zimmermann and/or Doug Fister to long-term extensions…

  20. Nats mum on Game 5 starter, Strasburg available tonight

    Oct 7, 2014, 7:37 PM EST

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    SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Williams won’t name his starting pitcher for a potential Game 5 of the NLDS just yet, not with victory in Game 4 tonight still a prerequisite for that scenario to even come to fruition. But one revelation the Nationals manager offered up about his plan for tonight’s do-or-die game — Stephen…

  21. Nats-Giants Game 2 by the numbers

    Oct 5, 2014, 12:04 PM EST

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    Though the Nationals came out on the wrong end of Game 2 of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants, the night will go down in MLB history as the longest playoff game ever played. The players involved surely won’t appreciate the significance of that until the season is over, but we can. Here is…

  22. Nats suffer crushing loss in 18-inning marathon

    Oct 5, 2014, 12:02 AM EST

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    Updated at 2:40 a.m. The stage was set. Everything was lined up for a perfect October evening at the ballpark. Jordan Zimmermann was about to toss a shutout and give the Nationals a 1-0 victory in Game 2 of the National League Division Series. And then this story took the first of several stunning turns…

  23. NLDS Game 2: Giants at Nats

    Oct 4, 2014, 1:33 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Some food for thought as we count down to Game 2 later this afternoon: 1) The Nationals haven’t lost two straight games in nearly a month (Sept. 5-6 against the Phillies), 2) They’ve won 3-of-4 (what would be required now to win this series) 21 times this season, and 3) The guy taking the mound…

  24. Zimmermann takes ball in Game 2

    Oct 4, 2014, 12:08 PM EST

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    After a frustrating Game 1 loss that shifted the Giants’ way on minor defensive mistakes and missed opportunities at the plate, the Nationals turn the page on Saturday with Jordan Zimmermann on the mound. Zimmermann (14-5, 2.66) is coming off the best start of his career, and now he arguably enters his most important thus…

  25. Nats yet to name Game 4 starter, playoff roster

    Oct 2, 2014, 1:19 PM EST

    Photo by The Associated Press

    Nationals manager Matt Williams began his press conference the day before Game 1 of the NLDS by confirming several pieces of information everyone pretty much already knew. Stephen Strasburg will start Game 1 against the San Francisco Giants, as expected, and Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister will pitch Games 2 and 3. As for his…

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