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  1. UPDATED: Yunel Escobar traded to Angels

    Dec 10, 2015, 7:00 PM EST

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    UPDATED: 7:00 p.m. After just one season in Washington, infielder Yunel Escobar has been traded by the Nationals to the Los Angeles Angels for a pair of right-handed pitchers. The team made the news official on Thursday evening. In return for Escobar, the Nationals get talented young reliever Trevor Gott and 28-year-old minor league starter…

  2. Baseball in the District – What does interest in Zobrist and Leake mean?

    Dec 10, 2015, 12:19 PM EST

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    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN We are back with another episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ as the 2015 Winter Meetings are coming to a close. Tim Murray and I broke down what was a busy week for the Nationals and in baseball. We first discussed the controversy started by Dusty Baker and gave our thoughts…

  3. Updated: Nats still in the mix for O’Day

    Dec 6, 2015, 2:44 PM EST

    USA Today

    UPDATED 2:45 p.m. Though multiple reports had top free agent reliever Darren O’Day re-signing with the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, the right-hander has now clarified he has not made his decision quite yet. The contract was said to be a four-year deal worth $31 million. O’Day turned 33 in October and the Nationals have been reluctant to give him four years…

  4. Prospect spotlight: Reynaldo Lopez

    Dec 5, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2016: 22 How acquired: Signed as international free agent in 2012 Position: Starting pitcher Prospect Rank: No. 5 in Nats’ org. (Baseball America) 2015 Level/Team: A-Potomac 2015 Stats: 19 G, 19 GS, 4.09 ERA, 99 IP, 93 H, 47 R, 45 ER, 5 HR, 28 BB, 94 SO, 3 HBP, 9 WP, 6-7, CG, 1.222 WHIP, 8.5…

  5. Baseball in the District – Moving on from Zimmermann

    Dec 2, 2015, 2:00 PM EST

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    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Our latest episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ featured a lot of talk about Jordan Zimmermann, who this week left the Nationals to sign a free agent deal with the Detroit Tigers. We looked back on his career in Washington and at the contract he signed with Detroit. We also looked…

  6. Prospect spotlight: Wilmer Difo

    Dec 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    Age on Opening Day 2016: 23 How acquired: Signed as international free agent in 2010 Position: Infielder Prospect Rank: No. 6 in Nats’ org. (Baseball America) 2015 Level/Team: A-Potomac, AA-Harrisburg, MLB-Nationals 2015 Stats: (minors) 106 G, 464 PA, 434 AB, 61 R, 124 H, 28 2B, 6 3B, 5 HR, 53 RBI, 30 SB, 2 CS, 20 BB, 92 SO, .286 BA, .325 OBP, .412 SLG, .738 OPS, 7 HBP / (majors)…

  7. With Zimmermann gone, now what?

    Dec 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Jordan Zimmermann leaving the Nationals as a free agent was essentially a foregone conclusion, so much so that the team has probably been making long-term plans without him in mind for months. And now that it’s official, the question becomes what is next for their pitching staff. Who will step in to fill Zimmermann’s place in the…

  8. Appreciating Zimmermann’s Nationals career

    Nov 30, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    Zimmermann, Rizzo on contract talks

    Before he made the All-Star team, threw a no-hitter and signed a free agent contract north of $100 million, Jordan Zimmermann was a well-kept secret for those who watched him take the mound every fifth day for the Washington Nationals. He was the quiet one, content with standing in the shadows of Stephen Strasburg and Gio…

  9. PHOTOS: Zimmermann’s Nats career through the years

    Nov 29, 2015, 4:36 PM EST

    USA Today

    CLICK TO LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY Here is a look back at Jordan Zimmermann’s seven-year career with the Washington Nationals after the news he has signed a free agent deal with the Detroit Tigers… 1. April 20, 2009 – Zimmermann’s MLB debut Nearly two years after getting drafted by the Nats, Jordan Zimmermann made his MLB…

  10. Did Zimmermann sign at a discount?

    Nov 29, 2015, 3:01 PM EST

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    Jordan Zimmermann signing away from the Nationals in free agency was not a surprise. And him choosing a team in the midwest, where he is from, is something many had long predicted. But both the timing of his new contract and the terms he agreed to are perhaps surprising for some. Not only did Zimmermann…

  11. Zimmermann signs with Tigers

    Nov 29, 2015, 12:05 PM EST

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    After seven years in Washington, Jordan Zimmermann has found a new home. The right-hander has agreed to sign a free agent deal with the Detroit Tigers. CBS Sports was first to report the news. The contract is worth five years and $110 million, according to Fox Sports. Zimmermann, 29, holds a 3.32 ERA in 178 career starts.…

  12. Prospect spotlight: Victor Robles

    Nov 29, 2015, 9:36 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2016: 18 How acquired: Signed as international free agent in 2013 Position: Outfielder Prospect Rank: No. 3 in Nats’ org. (Baseball America) 2015 Level/Team: GULF-GCL Nationals, NYPL-Auburn 2015 Stats: (two teams) 61 G, 261 PA, 213 AB, 48 R, 75 H, 11 2B, 5 3B, 4 HR, 27 RBI, 24 SB, 5 CS, 18 BB, 33 SO,…

  13. Prospect spotlight: Erick Fedde

    Nov 28, 2015, 9:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2016: 23 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2014 draft Position: Starting pitcher Prospect Rank: No. 4 in Nats’ org. (Baseball America) 2015 Level/Team: NYPL-Auburn, A-Hagerstown 2015 Stats: (two teams) 3.38 ERA, 14 G, 14 GS, 64 IP, 62 H, 30 R, 24 ER, 2 HR, 16 BB, 59 SO, 4 HBP, 3 WP, 1.219 WHIP, 1-2,…

  14. Prospect spotlight: Lucas Giolito

    Nov 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2016: 21 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2012 draft Position: Starting pitcher Prospect Rank: No. 1 in Nats’ org. (Baseball America) 2015 Level/Team: Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg 2015 Stats: (two teams) 21 G, 19 GS, 3.15 ERA, 117 IP, 113 H, 45 R, 41 ER, 3 HR, 37 BB, 131 SO, 6 HBP, 9 WP,…

  15. Prospect spotlight: Trea Turner

    Nov 25, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    Age on Opening Day 2016: 22 How acquired: Trade with Padres, Dec. 2014 Position: Infielder Prospect Rank: No. 2 in Nats’ org. (Baseball America) 2015 Level/Team: AA-San Antonio (Padres), AA-Harrisburg, AAA-Syracuse, MLB-Nationals 2015 Stats: (minors) 116 G, 500 PA, 454 AB, 68 R, 146 H, 24 2B, 7 3B, 8 HR, 54 RBI, 29 SB, 6 CS, 38 BB, 97…

  16. Baseball in the District – How will Nats rebuild their bullpen?

    Nov 24, 2015, 2:40 PM EST

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    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN With Thanksgiving approaching and the winter meetings still over a week away, baseball has been put on the backburner for many in this town. But not for Tim Murray and I, who are going to be doing our podcast ‘Baseball in the District’ on a weekly basis now. We got back…

  17. Nats bring Henley back as third base coach

    Nov 24, 2015, 11:01 AM EST

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    The Nationals filled another vacancy on Dusty Baker’s coaching staff on Tuesday by bringing back Bobby Henley as their third base coach. Henley’s contract was not renewed after Matt Williams was fired as manager in October. He had recently accepted a position as a senior assistant for player development, but will now return to the field…

  18. Roster review: Matt Thornton

    Nov 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2016: 39 How acquired: Selected off waivers Aug. of 2014 MLB service time: 11 years, 129 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $3.5 million Contract status: Free agent 2015 stats: 60 G, 41.1 IP, 33 H, 12 R, 10 ER, 2 HR, 11 BB, 23 K, 1.265 WHIP, 2-1, 2.18 ERA, 3.52 FIP, 1.2 WAR Quotable: “You kind…

  19. Rizzo happy to bring back Sean Burnett

    Nov 21, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    Nats unlikely to retain Burnett

    The Nationals’ bullpen may have been their biggest weakness in 2015, but it hasn’t always been that way. In 2012, when they led the majors with 98 wins and won the NL East, it was one of their biggest strengths. They had balance, depth and firepower top to bottom in what amounted to one of…

  20. Harper credits Desmond and Werth as mentors

    Nov 20, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Though Bryce Harper recently turned 23 years old, he is just months away from beginning his fifth season in the major leagues. That may be hard to believe for many of us, as it was not long ago that the now-MVP was taken first overall by the Nationals in the 2010 MLB Draft. Through four years, Harper…

  21. Harper points to health as key to MVP season

    Nov 19, 2015, 10:00 PM EST

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    For a player to have a season worthy of an MVP award, many things have to go right, and for Bryce Harper in 2015, just about everything did. He set career-highs in almost every statistical category and led the league in runs, homers, OBP, slugging percentage and OPS. This was all at the age of 22.…

  22. Nats announce 2016 spring training schedule

    Nov 19, 2015, 2:16 PM EST

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    The Nationals’ 2016 spring training schedule has been released with less than three months now until pitchers and catchers report. The Nats will begin their spring schedule on March 2 at Port Charlotte against the Tampa Bay Rays. They will host their first game on March 3 against the defending NL-champion New York Mets. The…

  23. Rizzo hopes new medical and training program is “next Moneyball”

    Nov 19, 2015, 11:55 AM EST

    L to R: Dr. Keith Pyne, GM Mike Rizzo, and Dr. Robin West. (AP)

    On paper, the Nationals feature one of the most talented rosters in baseball. They can pitch, they can hit, they can defend. When healthy, they have several players who could contend for MVP awards on a yearly basis. They have All-Star potential at most positions. But the potential of their lineup, in particular, has rarely been realized…

  24. VIDEO: Mark Zuckerman talks Harper on STL

    Nov 19, 2015, 9:09 AM EST

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    Mark joined Rob Carlin and Brian Mitchell on Wednesday night’s episode of SportsTalk Live to preview tonight’s unveiling of the 2015 Most Valuable Player award for both leagues. The Nationals are likely to see Bryce Harper win the honors for the NL after his historic Age 22 season. Mark talks about Harper’s memorable year and…

  25. Scherzer finishes 5th in NL Cy Young voting

    Nov 18, 2015, 7:11 PM EST

    USA Today

    The results for the 2015 NL Cy Young award were announced on Wednesday night with Max Scherzer placing fifth in voting, his first year with the Nationals. Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta edged out Dodgers star Zack Greinke to win the award for the first time in his career. Scherzer ties Jordan Zimmermann for the second-highest…

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