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  1. USO trip abroad “life-changing” for Fister

    Dec 21, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    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…

  2. Blevins on Japan, hoping for better results in 2015

    Dec 20, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    Jerry Blevins’ offseason began much later than his teammates, and later than even those who participated in the 2014 World Series. The 6-foot-6 lefty was part of a showcase series in Japan in mid-November, along with fellow MLBers Yasiel Puig, Evan Longoria and Robinson Cano. Blevins traveled overseas to play against Japan’s national team, called…

  3. UPDATED: Trade official, Turner stays with Padres til June

    Dec 19, 2014, 1:10 PM EST

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    Updated at 3:29 p.m. The complex, 3-team, 11-player trade that was agreed upon Wednesday is now official. But the prized shortstop prospect the Nationals will be receiving as part of the deal still can’t join his new organization for another six months. The Nationals announced their end of the trade Friday, with outfielder Steven Souza…

  4. Moore, Taylor hope to compete for Nats’ bench spots

    Dec 19, 2014, 12:04 PM EST

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    Ten weeks into the offseason, the Nationals have few open spots to fill on their roster, but on their bench remain several opportunities, at least for the moment. There is plenty of time for Mike Rizzo and the Nats to replace the holes left by Nate Schierholtz and Scott Hairston via trade or free agency. If…

  5. VIDEO: Drew Storen goes 1-on-1

    Dec 19, 2014, 8:57 AM EST

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    Nationals closer Drew Storen stopped by to go one-on-one with Mark at last weekend’s NatsFest to talk about his offseason and his expectations for 2015. It has been a busy few months for the right-hander, who got married shortly after the Nats were ousted from the playoffs. Storen talked about traveling this offseason and how…

  6. Nats recall NLDS, watching Giants win World Series

    Dec 18, 2014, 2:38 PM EST

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    After narrowly beating the Washington Nationals in four games in the 2014 NLDS, the San Francisco Giants went on to take their third World Series title in the last five years. Madison Bumgarner overcame his Game 3 loss to the Nats to cement himself in MLB postseason history. It earned him Sports Illustrated’s ‘Sportsman of…

  7. ‘Baseball in the District’ – Kurkjian, Zuckerman & Corcoran

    Dec 18, 2014, 12:22 PM EST

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    With the Winter Meetings and NatsFest in the books, Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I decided to sit down and record an offseason episode of ‘Baseball in the District.’ With so much to talk about, we booked three guests to analyze the Nationals both from a local and national perspective. ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian, SI’s Cliff…

  8. How the Turner trade impacts the Desmond decision

    Dec 18, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    If the Nationals were trying to find a potential long-term replacement at shortstop should Ian Desmond leave one year from now, they certainly found themselves an intriguing candidate Wednesday in Trea Turner. The 21-year-old — one of two players the Nationals acquired from the Padres as part of the 3-team, 11-player trade that also sends…

  9. Nats get Turner, Ross from Padres; send Souza, Ott to Rays

    Dec 17, 2014, 6:38 PM EST

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    Addressing a major organizational hole while dealing from a significant strength, the Nationals have agreed to be part of a 3-team trade with the Rays and Padres that will send outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to Tampa Bay and bring top shortstop prospect Trea Turner to Washington. The complex, 11-player deal, which is headlined by San…

  10. Souza’s name crops up in Rays-Padres trade rumor

    Dec 17, 2014, 3:33 PM EST

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    There’s a growing amount of evidence to suggest the Tampa Bay Rays are closing in on a trade that would send 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers to the San Diego Padres for a package of players. And there’s also a growing sense around the baseball world that if and when that trade…

  11. Clippard: ‘I hope we all stay together’

    Dec 17, 2014, 12:00 PM EST

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    Tyler Clippard checked in with CSN for a one-on-one interview with Mark at last weekend’s NatsFest. The Nationals reliever gave an update on his offseason and looked ahead to next year. Clippard – along with several of his teammates – is set to be a free agent after the 2015 season. Because of that, his…

  12. Rizzo explains trading Detwiler; talks prospects

    Dec 17, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

    Detwiler may not be ready as scheduled

    Ross Detwiler’s seven-year run with the Washington Nationals after joining them as the sixth overall pick in 2007 finally ended on Friday, as the Nats dealt him to the Texas Rangers for a pair of prospects. It looks like a good deal for both sides. Detwiler will have a better opportunity in Texas to possibly…

  13. Pitchers and catchers will report Feb. 19

    Dec 16, 2014, 5:31 PM EST

    Viera making push to keep Nats

    The Nationals made official the day pitchers and catchers will report to 2015 spring training in Viera, Fl. on Tuesday with an announcement on Twitter. February 19 it is. That falls in line with a regular season that is beginning late this year, as the Nationals do not open their schedule until April 6 when the…

  14. Nats react to Detwiler & LaRoche leaving

    Dec 16, 2014, 2:38 PM EST

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    For as much talk as there has been about next offseason and the possibility the Nationals could lose some of their most familiar names, that process has already begun this winter. Ross Detwiler, a member of the Nats’ organization for seven years, was traded to the Texas Rangers on Friday. And Adam LaRoche signed with the…

  15. VIDEO: Ian Desmond 1-on-1

    Dec 16, 2014, 1:00 PM EST

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    Ian Desmond went one-on-one with Mark at this past weekend’s Nats Fest to talk about his offseason so far. Desmond and his wife welcomed their third child just days after the end of the Nationals’ season, so that has of course changed things at home. The Silver Slugger shortstop discussed family life during the offseason,…

  16. VIDEO: Explaining Harper’s contract settlement

    Dec 16, 2014, 12:09 PM EST

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    Mark came in to the CSN studio on Monday night to sit down for a segment on Geico SportsNet Central explaining the contract settlement reached by the Nationals and Bryce Harper. The two sides reached an agreement late Sunday night to avoid a grievance hearing that was set for this week. In this three-minute video,…

  17. Storen appreciates vote of confidence in him

    Dec 16, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    Two winters ago, in the wake of a difficult postseason debut in which he gave up the runs that handed the Cardinals a 5-game NLDS victory over the Nationals, Drew Storen watched helplessly as general manager Mike Rizzo brought in a new closer, relegating him to a lesser relief role. So forgive Storen if privately…

  18. Winter Classic truck arrives at Nats Park

    Dec 15, 2014, 12:53 PM EST

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    At 9:30 a.m. sharp on Monday morning, a 53-foot tractor trailer holding the world’s largest mobile refrigeration unit pulled down First St. SE and parked in front of the center field gate at Nationals Park. The 480-mile journey from Toronto, Ontario that began on Monday was finally complete, as Dan Craig – the NHL’s senior director…

  19. 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…

  20. Harper, Nats agree to 2-year contract, avoid grievance

    Dec 15, 2014, 9:17 AM EST

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    Avoiding a grievance hearing that was set for Tuesday, the Nationals and Bryce Harper settled on their own late Sunday night, agreeing to a 2-year, $7.5 million contract that establishes the star outfielder’s salaries for both the 2015 and 2016 seasons, a source familiar with the deal confirmed. The two sides had been setting themselves…

  21. Zimmerman ready to embrace first base

    Dec 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    Ryan Zimmerman has always understood the value of a good first baseman. And he’s determined to become one himself, now that he knows once and for all he’ll be moving across the diamond on a permanent basis. “I’ve been lucky to play with a couple really good first basemen,” the long-time third baseman said Saturday…

  22. VIDEO: Talking roster decisions and Harper’s no-show

    Dec 14, 2014, 2:00 PM EST

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    There were no shortage of topics to discuss Saturday at NatsFest, some of it related to on-the-field matters, some of it related to off-the-field matters. Sebastian Salazar and I addressed several pressing issues in this segment that aired on Comcast SportsNet. We talk about the biggest dilemma facing the Nationals right now (sign pending free…

  23. 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,…

  24. Rizzo hasn’t been contacted by Blue Jays about opening

    Dec 13, 2014, 5:24 PM EST

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    The Nationals haven’t been contacted at all by the Blue Jays regarding any potential interest in Mike Rizzo for their team president position, a source with direct knowledge said Saturday afternoon. A report by ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick earlier in the day said Toronto has “expressed interest” in Rizzo as a candidate to replace Paul Beeston…

  25. Rizzo “disappointed” Harper a no-show for NatsFest

    Dec 13, 2014, 3:51 PM EST

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    Updated at 5:05 p.m. Bryce Harper was a no-show Saturday at NatsFest, deciding not to make a public appearance only three days before a scheduled salary grievance hearing between the star outfielder and the organization. Harper was originally listed among more than 20 Nationals players who were scheduled to appear at the club’s annual winter…

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