Dec 9, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT
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…
Dec 8, 2014, 9:42 PM EDT
SAN DIEGO — The Nationals are open to a variety of options to fill the one obvious hole on their roster: second base. How much variety? Enough that they’ll also consider acquiring a third baseman instead and moving Anthony Rendon back to second. “The roster flexibility works in our favor,” general manager Mike Rizzo said…
Dec 8, 2014, 7:52 PM EDT
SAN DIEGO — Mike Rizzo didn’t offer definitive answers to the majority of questions posed at him during the Nationals general manager’s first media session of the Winter Meetings. But he did come as close to definitive as he gets when asked about Drew Storen’s status as the club’s closer entering 2015. “We trust Drew,”…
Dec 8, 2014, 3:08 PM EDT
SAN DIEGO — Things are just starting to heat up here at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, where team execs, agents and everyone else in the baseball world have had a chance to adjust to West Coast time and get down to work on Day 1 of the Winter Meetings. Keep in mind that because of…
Dec 8, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
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…
Dec 7, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Mike Rizzo and his entire front office will fly to San Diego today, check in to the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel and set up shop for what might well be the most unpredictable Winter Meetings the Nationals have ever attended. Seriously, there is no telling what the Nats will end up doing over the next…
Dec 6, 2014, 11:42 AM EDT
We are one week into the month of December and so far the Nationals have been among MLB’s quietest teams this offseason. Aside from picking up Denard Span’s option for 2015 and several minor free agent signings, they have for the most part been inactive. That is not only uncharacteristic of GM Mike Rizzo’s tenure, it…
Dec 5, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT
Updated at 3:17 p.m. A Fairfax County judge found Jayson Werth guilty Friday of reckless driving and sentenced the Nationals right fielder to 10 days in jail. Werth was pulled over by a Virginia State Trooper on the morning of July 6, clocked at 105 mph in his Porsche on a 55-mph stretch of the…
Dec 5, 2014, 1:01 PM EDT
The Yankees, Tigers and Diamondbacks reportedly are about to finalize a trade that, for most of the baseball community, is notable because it includes the guy who will replace Derek Jeter at shortstop in the Bronx: Didi Gregorius. For the Nationals and anyone who follows them, though, this deal is significant because of a different…
Dec 5, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
The 2014 Winter Meetings begin on Monday and Mark will be there with coverage all next week. Will the Nationals finally start making moves this offseason? We could soon find out. Mark and I filmed a preview of next week’s Winter Meetings in the CSN studio. We talked about the Nationals’ to-do list, Mike Rizzo’s…
Dec 4, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: SHOULD THE NATS ENTER 2015 WITH DREW STOREN AS CLOSER, OR SHOULD THEY LOOK ELSEWHERE? MARK ZUCKERMAN: I understand why we’re having this discussion, but I do think it’s a bit unfair to suggest the Nationals need a new closer. The argument for change essentially boils down to Storen’s performance in two…
Dec 3, 2014, 4:29 PM EDT
The vast majority of the Nationals’ roster is scheduled to appear at next weekend’s NatsFest, with only a handful of prominent players not on the docket. The Nationals released more details for the Dec. 13 event, which is returning to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown D.C. after being moved last year to…
Dec 3, 2014, 10:43 AM EDT
Denard Span had surgery to repair a sports hernia, a relatively minor procedure that shouldn’t impact the Nationals’ center fielder’s preparation for next season, the club announced Wednesday morning. Span, 30, posted a photo on Twitter of himself in a hospital bed, giving a thumbs-up sign, though he didn’t reveal what happened. “God is so…
Dec 3, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Over the weekend, I gave everyone the opportunity to submit Nats-related questions, and the response was so impressive, I needed to break up the answers into two full-length posts. If you missed it, here’s Part 1, with my answers to questions mostly pertaining to specific players. Now we move onto Part 2, which features questions…
Dec 2, 2014, 5:09 PM EDT
The Nationals tendered 2015 contracts to all 10 of their unsigned, arbitration-eligible players on Tuesday, a group that includes Ross Detwiler and Danny Espinosa, two players whose future with the organization has been in doubt. For now, the Nationals chose to retain all 10 of those players, tendering them contracts in advance of Tuesday’s 11:59…
Dec 2, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
All MLB clubs face more roster decisions tonight, with a midnight deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players. It’s mostly a procedural event, with the vast majority of arbitration-eligible players (those with more than three years but less than six years of big-league service time, plus the Super-2 players who qualify) being tendered contracts and setting the…
Dec 1, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
When I opened up the metaphorical phone lines Saturday morning and invited everyone to “call in” with their questions on the Nationals, little did I know the circuits would light up like this. Seriously, though, thanks and major props to all of you who submitted some really intelligent, interesting questions. I wish I could get…
Nov 30, 2014, 12:47 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 24 How acquired: Draft (2nd round), June 2013 Position: Pitcher Prospect Rank: No. 8 in Nats’ org. (Baseball Prospectus) 2014 Team/Level: Single-A Hagerstown Suns 2014 Stats: 29 G, 18 GS, 5-6, 5.19 ERA, 100.2 IP, 120 H, 70 R, 58 ER, 3 HR, 55 BB, 89 SO, 1.738 WHIP, SO/BB 1.62 2014 Analysis: The 2014 season provided…
Nov 29, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Do you have a question about the Nationals you’ve been dying to ask? Well, you’re in luck, because I’m opening myself up for business. Yes, your trusty Nats Insider is now taking your questions. Not stupid questions. Not rhetorical questions. Good, insightful questions. Submit them here in the comments section, and I’ll pick out the…
Nov 28, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
We had known, really, since late in the season that Adam LaRoche would not be returning to the Nationals in 2015. That common-sense assumption, though, became reality this week when the White Sox announced they signed the veteran first baseman to a 2-year, $25 million contract. The reasons for LaRoche’s departure — and why the…
Nov 26, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WHICH NL EAST RIVAL SHOULD THE NATS WORRY ABOUT MOST IN 2015? MARK ZUCKERMAN: We have to begin by pointing out the Nationals won the NL East by 17 games this season, and none of the four other clubs won more than 79 games. So the gap between the defending champs and…
Nov 25, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals don’t have to fill many roster holes this winter. They need a second baseman. They might need another bench player. And they might need another reliever. The Nationals also could choose to do way more roster altering than that, should they decide to make a trade or sign a prominent free agent or…
Nov 24, 2014, 12:44 PM EDT
The Baseball Hall of Fame revealed its 2015 ballot on Thursday, and the list surely will add even more fuel to the annual debate about which of the game’s greats deserve enshrinement in Cooperstown. Pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are the biggest names of the 17 newcomers on an already-crowded ballot, along with the…
Nov 24, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
ESPN’s Buster Olney began posting his annual Top 10 players at each position lists last week, running through catchers and then all four infield positions. (NOTE: You’ll need to be an ESPN.com Insider to access the full articles.) And, I believe, he’ll continue this week with the three outfield positions, then starting pitchers and relief pitchers.…
Nov 23, 2014, 9:44 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 22 How acquired: Signed as international free agent June 2010 Position: Second baseman/shortstop Prospect Rank: No. 10 in Nats’ org. (Baseball Prospectus) 2014 Team/Level: Single-A Hagerstown Suns 2014 Stats: 136 G, .315 BA, 559 AB, 176 H, 14 HR, 90 RBI, 31 2B, 7 3B, 91 R, 49 SB, 37 BB, 65 SO, .831 OPS 2014…
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