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  1. Time for leaders to emerge

    Aug 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    If it feels like you’ve been watching the Nationals’ worst stretch of baseball in a long time … well, you’re absolutely right. This team has gone 4-13 over the last 2 1/2 weeks, the franchise’s worst 17-game stretch since 2011. That’s also the last time the Nats finished with a losing record, a fact that…

  2. Key to trade isn’t Papelbon, it’s Storen

    Jul 29, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Take the names and reputations out of the equation and consider for a moment the basic facts of what happened yesterday: The Nationals acquired one of baseball’s best closers of the last decade, a 6-time All-Star and World Series champion in the midst of a dominant season, giving up only a second-tier prospect while convincing…

  3. Despite injuries, Nats feel good heading into second half

    Jul 17, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    In first place in the NL East with a two-game lead on the New York Mets, the Nationals are where many predicted they would be at the midway point of the 2015 season. That is despite an inordinate amount of injuries up and down their roster that began in spring training and persist as the…

  4. Do the Nats need to acquire another bat?

    Jul 9, 2015, 11:38 AM EDT

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    Had they not been rained out Wednesday night, the Nationals would have fielded a lineup boasting only two projected members of their Opening Day lineup: Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond. And when they return to the field Friday night in Baltimore, the Nationals probably won’t have more than four regulars available: Harper and Desmond, plus…

  5. Nats make first significant international signing in years

    Jul 2, 2015, 11:17 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have signed Dominican outfielder Juan Soto to a $1.5 million bonus, the organization’s first international signing of any significant consequence since the notorious Esmailyn Gonzalez fiasco nearly a decade ago. The signing has not been formally announced yet, but it was confirmed by a club source. MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez first reported the deal.…

  6. State of the Nats: 2015 draft preview

    Jun 8, 2015, 11:01 AM EDT

    iApr 8, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo on the field before the game between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Top storylines: MLB Draft begins tonight – The 2015 MLB Draft starts on Monday night at 7 p.m. on MLB Network and MLB.com. The Nationals do not pick until 58th overall due to the signing of Max Scherzer this offseason, so if you plan on waiting up for their selection it could be a long night. A…

  7. Scherzer on his start, chocolate sauce and comparing Harper to Miggy

    May 21, 2015, 12:02 PM EDT

    May 11, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Through his first eight games as a Washington National, Max Scherzer is off to the best start of his career by several measures. His ERA is a pristine 1.75, good for fourth in the National League. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is 8.25, over double his career average of 3.49. He’s tied for third in the majors…

  8. UPDATED: Nats sign reliever Valverde to minor-league deal

    Apr 29, 2015, 6:06 PM EDT

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    Updated at 6:06 p.m. ATLANTA — Seeking some experienced help for a bullpen that has struggled through the season’s first three weeks, the Nationals have signed veteran Jose Valverde to a minor-league contract, general manager Mike Rizzo confirmed Wednesday evening. Valverde, 37, has been at the Nationals’ spring training complex in Viera, Fla., for about…

  9. Taylor hopes to develop consistency at Syracuse

    Apr 19, 2015, 1:29 PM EDT

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    When the Nationals gave rookie centerfielder Michael Taylor a chance to show what he could do in Denard Span’s absence, they were hoping the 24-year-old could show flashes of the everyday player they expect him to be down the road. For 12 games, he did just that. Though far from a finished product, Taylor demonstrated enough…

  10. Nats rank 6th in MLB with $163 million payroll

    Apr 8, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals opened the 2015 season with a club-record $163 million payroll, sixth-highest in Major League Baseball. The Associated Press, in its annual calculations of Opening Day salaries, pegged the Nationals’ exact payroll at $163,264,559. That figure includes the salaries and prorated bonuses given to everyone on the 25-man roster and major-league disabled list. The…

  11. Uggla confident as he awaits decision

    Apr 4, 2015, 6:40 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have all but decided their Opening Day roster, though the team plans to make an official announcement on Sunday. And despite their unwillingness to confirm it, veteran Dan Uggla is almost certain to make the team. Uggla himself has not been told either way, but is simply happy with the way the last few…

  12. Rizzo not looking for outside help despite injuries

    Mar 29, 2015, 5:51 PM EDT

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    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…

  13. Taking a stab at the 25-man roster

    Mar 25, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    JUPITER, Fla. — We have officially reached the home stretch of spring training, with 10 remaining exhibition games (nine in Florida, one in D.C.) over the next 12 days before the 2015 season begins for real at Nationals Park. Which means it’s finally time to start trying to figure out who exactly is going to…

  14. Williams sets the tone on Day 1

    Feb 27, 2015, 10:18 AM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Matt Williams likes to post a “Quote of the Day” each morning at the top of the workout schedule that hangs in the Nationals’ spring training clubhouse. Sometimes they’re inspirational sayings, sometimes they’re relayed to baseball, sometimes they’re not. The quote that was posted Thursday, on the morning of the Nationals’ first…

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

    Feb 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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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…

  16. Final thoughts on the Scherzer signing

    Jan 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    So, anything interesting happen while I was on vacation the last 10 days? The third week of January usually is pretty quiet, so I can’t imagine the Nationals made any real significant news. They certainly didn’t give out $210 million to a prominent free agent pitcher. Wait, what? OK, so yeah, looks like I picked…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Familiarity gives Nats confidence in Scherzer investment

    Jan 22, 2015, 1:36 PM EDT

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    For Mike Rizzo, Matt Williams and Max Scherzer, the Nationals’ signing of the latter to a seven-year, $210 million free agent deal in many ways brought a relationship that developed years ago full circle. Rizzo was the scouting director for the Arizona Diamondbacks when they evaluated and then drafted Scherzer with the 11th overall pick…

  20. What happens now to Nats’ rotation?

    Jan 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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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…

  21. VIDEO: Mike Rizzo talks Scherzer 1-on-1

    Jan 21, 2015, 9:57 PM EDT

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    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo made one of the biggest decisions of his tenure in Washington in signing Max Scherzer to a record $210 million contract. It’s a huge investment in a player he has a history with dating back to their days with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Comcast SportsNet’s Jill Sorenson caught up with Rizzo…

  22. For Scherzer, choosing Nats was about ‘winning’

    Jan 21, 2015, 7:45 PM EDT

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    One could look at the Nationals’ signing of Max Scherzer and say the 2013 Cy Young-winner had 210 million reasons to choose the Nats over the other teams who had shown interest this offseason. For Scherzer himself, however, he says it’s not entirely about the money he will earn over the next 14 years. The…

  23. How the ‘unreal’ Scherzer deal came together

    Jan 21, 2015, 5:23 PM EDT

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    If the Nationals signing top free agent Max Scherzer to a free agent contract – along with the final contract numbers – came as a surprise, well, you weren’t alone. A common theme at Wednesday’s introductory press conference at Nationals Park was the element of surprise: how the Nats were able to sign a player…

  24. Nats make it official: ‘Who wouldn’t want Max Scherzer?’

    Jan 21, 2015, 3:05 PM EDT

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    On a day full of smiles and laughs, the Nationals unveiled their greatest free agent signing in franchise history. Pitcher Max Scherzer will make more than $200 million over the next decade, but money is not what made Scherzer decide on D.C., rather the chance at October baseball. “I think this team is capable of…

  25. Nats to introduce Scherzer today at 2 p.m. on CSN

    Jan 21, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

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    The Washington Nationals will introduce their newest acquisition on Wednesday, as star pitcher Max Scherzer will meet with the media for the first time since signing a 7-year, $210 million deal. Comcast SportsNet will carry the press conference live at 2 p.m. and have coverage in both Geico SportsNet Central and a sitdown interview with…

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