Dec 3, 2013, 12:24 PM EST
General manager Mike Rizzo just wrapped up a conference call with reporters a few minutes ago. Obviously, last night’s trade for Doug Fister was the primary topic of discussion, but Rizzo also addressed some other issues, including the competition for No. 5 starter, the state of things at second base and the continued desire to…
Dec 3, 2013, 9:00 AM EST
Mike Rizzo was determined to bolster the Nationals’ rotation this winter, and he didn’t sound too keen on going back to the same free-agent well he delved into the last two offseasons. No, it became obvious early on the Nats’ general manager wanted to acquire a starter via trade, perhaps one not all that dissimilar…
Nov 21, 2013, 3:50 PM EST
The Nationals signed reliever Daniel Stange, one of Mike Rizzo’s former draft picks in Arizona who pitched this season at Class AAA with two different franchises, to a minor-league contract. Stange, who turns 28 next month, is a husky (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) right-hander who has made seven career big-league appearances (four with the Diamondbacks in…
Nov 21, 2013, 1:09 PM EST
The Nationals have made several alterations to their scouting and player development departments in the wake of Roy Clark’s departure for Los Angeles, announcing several front office promotions on Thursday. Clark, who had served as assistant general manager and vice president of player personnel since 2009, left the Nationals to join the Dodgers earlier this…
Nov 21, 2013, 9:00 AM EST
Before the offseason really heats up — I mean, heats up here in D.C. Based on last night’s earth-shattering trade, I’d say the offseason is now in full swing in both Detroit and Texas — it’s perhaps worth one final look back at last offseason. The Nationals didn’t conduct many transactions during the 2012-13 winter,…
Nov 18, 2013, 1:56 PM EST
Age on Opening Day 2014: 26 How acquired: Draft (3rd round), June 2008 MLB service time: 2 years, 113 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $526,250 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2014, free agent in 2017 2013 Stats: 44 G, 167 PA, 158 AB, 11 R, 25 H, 9 2B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, SB, 4 BB, 47 SO, .158 BA, .465 OPS, 27 OPS+,…
Nov 14, 2013, 6:00 AM EST
If you’ve ventured outside the last couple of days and felt the shock of a cold, sustained wind strike your face, you know we’ve been getting a early taste of winter here in the D.C. area. And if you’ve been following news out of the baseball world the last week or so, you also know…
Nov 13, 2013, 6:00 AM EST
It’s no secret Mike Rizzo would like to acquire another starting pitcher this winter, and it’s clear the Nationals general manager is willing (if not eager) to explore the trade market for such a pitcher. And there are two legitimately elite starters out there right now who could be dealt: David Price and Max Scherzer.…
Nov 12, 2013, 6:00 AM EST
The Nationals can’t begrudge Trent Jewett for leaving the organization and accepting a job as the Mariners’ new bench coach. Jewett has longstanding ties to Lloyd McClendon and wanted to become the new Seattle manager’s right-hand man, giving up his third base coaching job in D.C. There’s nothing wrong with that, and the Nationals won’t…
Nov 5, 2013, 4:48 PM EST
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo conducted a thorough search to replace Davey Johnson in the Nats’ dugout, and in the end went with a man he has a long history with. In comes Matt Williams who has been on Rizzo’s radar for years as a potential skipper. Mark caught up with Rizzo at last Friday’s…
Nov 5, 2013, 6:00 AM EST
There is much we already know about Matt Williams. We know he was an intense competitor during his 17 big-league seasons. We know he is an excellent communicator based on his post-playing career as a broadcaster and coach. And we know he believes in the importance of defense based on his own track record (four…
Nov 3, 2013, 9:20 AM EST
On Friday Mark was able to get the Nationals’ new manager, Matt Williams, for a one-on-one interview at Nats Park. The new skipper talked about the talent on the team and managing for the first time. He understands the expectations the team will have in 2014 and seems to be genuinely excited to get started.…
Nov 2, 2013, 4:01 PM EST
Yesterday the Nationals introduced Matt Williams, the team’s new manager, at Nats Park by pulling out all the stops. They had the Lerner family and other members of the ownership group, dozens of team employees, and tons of media in attendance. Even Jayson Werth, Ian Desmond and Tanner Roark were there. It was a very…
Nov 2, 2013, 9:00 AM EST
The Nationals will keep most of their coaching staff intact despite a change in managers, a decision both Mike Rizzo and Matt Williams agreed upon, but they will have two new coaches in uniform next season, including one who will hold a brand-new position. Matt LeCroy, who played for the Nationals in 2006 and has…
Nov 1, 2013, 6:34 PM EST
Rarely does any manager — let alone a first-time manager with only four years of big-league coaching experience — take over a club with few obvious roster holes and the expectation of immediate success. So as Matt Williams, on his first official day as manager of the Nationals, contemplated what needs to be fixed on…
Nov 1, 2013, 5:19 PM EST
The Nationals introduced their fifth manager in team history on Friday afternoon at Nats Park, hosting a question and answer session with general manager Mike Rizzo and the newest member of the organization, Matt Williams. Rizzo and Williams held court for over half an hour, taking questions from the media on why the latter was…
Nov 1, 2013, 12:05 PM EST
[Watch the Nationals introduce Matt Williams live at 2 p.m. on CSN] Matt Williams is set to be introduced as the Nationals manager on Friday afternoon, his first official day on the job. What lies ahead for him would be a monumental challenge for any manager – expectations to compete for a World Series – much less one…
Oct 31, 2013, 11:25 AM EST
Updated at 1:25 p.m. Mike Rizzo had known Matt Williams for roughly 14 years and for much of that time had considered the All-Star third baseman a “manager-in-training.” But Rizzo insists he didn’t settle on Williams as the Nationals’ new manager until after the 47-year-old Diamondbacks coach formally interviewed for the job earlier this month…
Oct 25, 2013, 5:07 PM EST
Major-league general managers only get so many opportunities to hire a new manager, even fewer opportunities to conduct a managerial search with a completely clean slate. So when presented with such a scenario, Mike Rizzo did what almost any GM would have done: He went with the guy he’s always believed would make a great…
Oct 25, 2013, 9:52 AM EST
Matt Williams appears to be the choice for the Nationals’ managerial opening. General manager Mike Rizzo has settled on Williams among the pool of candidates who interviewed for the job and plans to hire the Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach, a source familiar with the process confirmed this morning. Rizzo also hopes to keep Randy…
Oct 21, 2013, 3:57 PM EST
Jim Leyland’s retirement earlier today as Tigers manager resonated throughout the baseball world, but the surprise announcement shouldn’t significantly affect the Nationals’ ongoing search for a new skipper. Leyland’s departure does create another high-profile and attractive opening for managerial candidates, leaving five positions now available: the Nationals, Tigers, Reds, Cubs and Mariners. But the only…
Oct 17, 2013, 12:29 PM EST
Updated at 3:17 p.m. The Nationals are ramping up their managerial search, interviewing multiple candidates for the job and making plans to meet with others in contention to replace Davey Johnson next season. Mike Rizzo has already interviewed Matt Williams and Randy Knorr, sources familiar with the process confirmed, making the Diamondbacks third base coach…
Oct 10, 2013, 2:48 PM EST
Mike Rizzo has stated the Nationals’ number one priority this offseason is hiring a new manager for 2014. There are internal candidates, external candidates, some with decades of experience, and some with none at all. Which direction will Rizzo choose? In this episode of Beltway Baseball, Mark and I discussed the Nats’ managerial race ,…
Oct 9, 2013, 3:42 PM EST
If the Nationals had visions of bringing Joe Girardi to Washington, they were officially quashed on Wednesday when the Yankees announced they have signed their manager to a four-year extension that will keep him in the Bronx through at least 2017. The odds of Girardi coming to D.C. all along seemed long, with his top…
Oct 7, 2013, 4:04 PM EST
It’s been a week since the Nationals’ season ended, giving Mark and I some time to think about the year that was. 86 wins was not enough for the Nats to make the playoffs, and was nowhere near what many expected this team to accomplish in 2013. So, why exactly did they underachieve? In this…
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