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  1. Roster preview: Jordan Zimmermann

    Feb 4, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 28 How acquired: 2nd round pick, 2007 draft 2015 salary: $16.5 million 2014 stats: 32 GS, 199.2 IP, 185 H, 67 R, 59 ER, 13 HR, 29 BB, 182 K, 1.072 WHIP, 14-5, 2.66 ERA, 2.68 FIP, 5.2 WAR 2015 storyline: On the heels of another All-Star season that earned…

  2. 2015 outlook: Minnesota Twins

    Feb 3, 2015, 2:02 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 70-92, 5th place in AL Central Manager: Paul Molitor, 1st year Estimated 2015 payroll: $108 million Key additions: OF Torii Hunter, RHP Ervin Santana, RHP Tim Stauffer Key losses: 1B Chris Parmelee Projected lineup SS Danny Santana 2B Brian Dozier 1B Joe Mauer DH Kennys Vargas RF Torii Hunter 3B Trevor Plouffe LF Oswaldo Arcia C Kurt…

  3. Roster preview: Stephen Strasburg

    Feb 3, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 26 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2009 draft 2015 salary: $7.4 million 2014 stats: 34 GS, 215 IP, 198 H, 86 R, 75 ER, 23 HR, 43 BB, 242 K, 1.121 WHIP, 14-11, 3.14 ERA, 2.94 FIP, 4.3 WAR 2015 storyline: Strasburg took some important career steps in 2014. He…

  4. Janssen signing official, Fornataro DFA’d

    Feb 2, 2015, 2:40 PM EDT

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    Casey Janssen has passed his physical, making the reliever’s 1-year, $5 million contract with the Nationals official, the club announced Monday. Janssen, 33, came to terms on the deal Wednesday but still needed to take his physical before it could be announced. The Nationals also needed to clear a spot on their 40-man roster, which…

  5. Roster preview: Max Scherzer

    Feb 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 30 How acquired: Signed as free agent, Jan. 2015 2015 salary + bonus: $15 million 2014 stats: 33 GS, 220 1/3 IP, 196 H, 80 R, 77 ER, 18 HR, 63 BB, 252 K, 1.175 WHIP, 18-5, 3.15 ERA, 2.85 FIP, 5.5 WAR 2015 storyline: Let’s see … you just…

  6. 2015 outlook: Miami Marlins

    Feb 1, 2015, 4:00 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 77-85, 4th place in NL East Manager: Mike Redmond, 3rd year Estimated 2015 payroll: $68.3 million Key additions: 2B Dee Gordon, 1B Michael Morse, 3B Martin Prado, OF Ichiro Suzuki, RHP Mat Latos, RHP Dan Haren, RHP Aaron Crow Key losses: RHP Nathan Eovaldi, LHP Andrew Heaney, 3B Casey McGehee, 1B Garrett Jones, OF…

  7. Celebrating 5 years of Nats Insider

    Feb 1, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    How Nats Insider looked on Feb. 1, 2010

    Nats Insider was never supposed to be a permanent thing. When I launched this site on Feb. 1, 2010, my intentions were modest. Having been laid off along with the rest of the original Washington Times sports department one month earlier, I simply wanted to create an outlet to continue writing a bit about the…

  8. Roster preview: Nate McLouth

    Feb 1, 2015, 9:51 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 33 How acquired: Signed as a free agent, Dec. 2013 2015 salary: $5 million 2014 stats: 79 G, 162 PA, 10 R, 24 H, 6 2B, 0 3B, HR, 7 RBI, 4 SB, 16 BB, 35 SO, .173 AVG, .280 OBP, .237 SLG, .517 OPS, 2 E,  -0.6 WAR 2015 storyline: After a…

  9. 2015 outlook: Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jan 31, 2015, 2:03 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 94-68, 1st place in NL West Manager: Don Mattingly, 5th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $264 million Key additions: SS Jimmy Rollins, 2B Howie Kendrick, C Yasmani Grandal, SP Brandon McCarthy, SP Brett Anderson, RP Joel Peralta Key losses: SS Hanley Ramirez, 2B Dee Gordon, SP Josh Beckett, SP Dan Haren, SP Chad Billingsley Projected lineup SS Jimmy Rollins LF Carl…

  10. Roster preview: Kevin Frandsen

    Jan 31, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 32 How acquired: Signed as a free agent, March 2014 2015 salary: $1 million 2014 stats: 105 G, 236 PA, 17 R, 57 H, 8 2B, 0 3B, HR, 17 RBI, 0 SB, 6 BB, 26 SO, .259 AVG, .299 OBP, .309 SLG, .608 OPS, 2 E,  -0.4 WAR 2015 storyline: Kevin Frandsen returns to the Nationals in 2015 as…

  11. 2015 outlook: Los Angeles Angels

    Jan 30, 2015, 2:36 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 98-64, 1st place in AL West Manager: Mike Scioscia, 16th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $148 million Key additions: DH Matt Joyce, 2B Josh Rutledge, LHP Andrew Heaney, RP Ryan Mattheus Key losses: 2B Howie Kendrick, RP Sean Burnett, RP Jason Grilli Projected lineup RF Kole Calhoun DH Matt Joyce CF Mike Trout 1B Albert Pujols LF Josh Hamilton 3B David Freese…

  12. Roster preview: Jose Lobaton

    Jan 30, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 30 How acquired: Trade from Rays with LHP Felipe Rivero and OF Drew Vettleson for RHP Nathan Karns 2015 salary: $1.2 million 2014 stats: 66 G, 230 PA, 18 R, 50 H, 9 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 0 SB, 15 BB, 61 SO, .234 AVG, .287 OBP,…

  13. 2015 outlook: Kansas City Royals

    Jan 29, 2015, 4:00 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 89-73, 2nd place in AL Central Manager: Ned Yost, 6th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $111 million Key additions: DH Kendrys Morales, OF Alex Rios, RHP Edinson Volquez, RHP Kris Medlen Key losses: DH Billy Butler, RHP James Shields, OF Nori Aoki, OF Raul Ibanez, OF Josh Willingham, RHP Aaron Crow Projected lineup SS Alcides…

  14. Werth pleads guilty, accepts 5-day jail sentence

    Jan 29, 2015, 1:31 PM EDT

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    Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth pleaded guilty Thursday to reckless driving in a Fairfax County court and agreed to a 5-day jail sentence. Werth, 35, was scheduled to go to trial Tuesday but dropped his appeal of a December conviction in Fairfax County General District Court, in which he was sentenced to 10 days in jail…

  15. Roster preview: Wilson Ramos

    Jan 29, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 27 How acquired: Trade from Twins for RHP Matt Capps, July 2010 2015 salary: $3.55 million 2014 stats: 88 G, 361 PA, 32 R, 91 H, 12 2B, 0 3B, 11 HR, 47 RBI, 0 SB, 17 BB, 57 SO, .267 AVG, .299 OBP, .399 SLG, .698 OPS, 5 E,…

  16. 2015 outlook: Houston Astros

    Jan 28, 2015, 2:04 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 70-92, 4th place in AL West Manager: A.J. Hinch, 1st season Estimated 2015 payroll: $71 million Key additions: C/OF Evan Gattis, OF Colby Rasmus, SS Jed Lowrie, 3B Luis Valbuena, SP Dan Straily, RP Luke Gregerson Key losses: OF Dexter Fowler, C Carlos Corporan, RP Matt Albers, OF Delino DeShields Projected lineup 2B Jose Altuve 3B Luis Valbuena RF George Springer…

  17. Nats sign Janssen to bolster back of bullpen

    Jan 28, 2015, 11:26 AM EDT

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    Needing to bolster the back end of a bullpen that no longer features Tyler Clippard or Rafael Soriano, the Nationals on Wednesday signed veteran right-hander and former Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen. The contract — a 1-year deal with a mutual option for 2016 that includes $5 million in guaranteed money — hasn’t been made…

  18. Roster preview: Ryan Zimmerman

    Jan 28, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 30 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2005 draft 2015 salary: $14 million 2014 stats: 61 G, 240 PA, 26 R, 60 H, 19 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 38 RBI, 0 SB, 22 BB, 37 SO, .280 AVG, .342 OBP, .449 SLG, .790 OPS, 4 E, 0.6 UZR (at 3B), 0.4…

  19. 2015 outlook: Detroit Tigers

    Jan 27, 2015, 3:21 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 90-72, 1st place in AL Central Manager: Brad Ausmus, 2nd season Estimated 2015 payroll: $172 million Key additions: OF Yoenis Cespedes, OF Anthony Gose, RHP Alfredo Simon, RHP Shane Greene, LHP Tom Gorzelanny Key losses: RHP Max Scherzer, OF Torii Hunter, RHP Rick Porcello, RHP Joba Chamberlain, LHP Phil Coke Projected lineup 2B Ian…

  20. Roster preview: Yunel Escobar

    Jan 27, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 32 How acquired: Traded from Oakland for RHP Tyler Clippard, Jan. 2015 2015 salary: $5 million 2014 stats: 137 G, 529 PA, 33 R, 123 H, 18 2B, 0 3B, 7 HR, 39 RBI, 1 SB, 43 BB, 60 SO, .258 BA, .324 OBP, .340 SLG, .664 OPS, 92 OPS+, 16 E,…

  21. 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…

  22. 2015 outlook: Colorado Rockies

    Jan 26, 2015, 4:44 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 66-96, 4th place in NL West Manager: Walt Weiss, 3rd season Estimated 2015 payroll: $98 million Key additions: C Nick Hundley, INF Daniel Descalso, OF Roger Bernadina, SP John Lannan, SP Jair Jurrjens Key losses: OF/1B Michael Cuddyer, SP Brett Anderson, RP Matt Belisle, 2B Josh Rutledge Projected lineup CF Charlie Blackmon RF Carlos Gonzalez SS Troy Tulowitzki 1B Justin Morneau 3B…

  23. Roster preview: Ian Desmond

    Jan 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 29 How acquired: Drafted 3rd round, June 2004 2015 salary: $11 million 2014 stats: 154 G, 648 PA, 73 R, 151 H, 26 2B, 3 3B, 24 HR, 91 RBI, 24 SB, 46 BB, 183 SO, .255 BA, .313 OBP, .430 SLG, .743 OPS, 103 OPS+, 24 E, 0.1 UZR, 4.1 WAR 2015 storyline: Ian Desmond is entering the…

  24. 2015 outlook: Cleveland Indians

    Jan 25, 2015, 2:06 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 85-77, 3rd place in NL Central Manager: Terry Francona, 3rd season Estimated 2015 payroll: $87 million Key additions: 1B/OF Brandon Moss, RHP Gavin Floyd, LHP Scott Downs, RHP Shaun Marcum Key losses: DH Jason Giambi, OF J.B. Shuck, 2B Joe Wendle Projected lineup CF Michael Bourn SS Jose Ramirez LF Michael Brantley 1B Carlos Santana RF Brandon Moss C Yan Gomes 2B Jason…

  25. Roster preview: Anthony Rendon

    Jan 25, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 24 How acquired: Drafted 1st round, June 2011 2015 salary: $1.8 million 2014 stats: 153 G, 683 PA, 111 R, 176 H, 39 2B, 6 3B, 21 HR, 83 RBI, 17 SB, 58 BB, 104 SO, .287 BA, .351 OBP, .473 SLG, .824 OPS, 125 OPS+, 5 E, 4.2 UZR, 6.6 WAR 2015 storyline: Rendon enters 2015 after what was an all-around breakout season in his first…

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