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  1. 2015 outlook: Chicago Cubs

    Jan 17, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    2014 record: 73-89, 5th place in NL Central Manager: Joe Maddon, 1st season Estimated 2015 payroll: $110 million Key additions: SP Jon Lester, C Miguel Montero, 2B Tommy La Stella, manager Joe Maddon Key losses: OF Justin Ruggiano, C Jeff Baker, C/1B Ryan Lavarnway Projected lineup LF Chris Coghlan SS Starlin Castro 1B Anthony Rizzo RF Jorge Soler C…

  2. Why Rizzo and Beane make so many deals

    Jan 16, 2015, 7:22 PM EDT

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    It has become a running joke among members of the Nationals’ media corps, that if they make a sequel to the 2011 Oscar-nominated film ‘Moneyball,’ they will have to cast somebody as Mike Rizzo. Rizzo and Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane have become trade partners so often, that telling the story of either team…

  3. 2015 Outlook: Chicago White Sox

    Jan 16, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 73-89, 4th place in AL Central Manager: Robin Ventura, 4th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $117 million Key additions: SP Jeff Samardzija, 1B Adam LaRoche, LF Melky Cabrera, CL David Robertson, RP Zach Duke, 3B Emilio Bonifacio Key losses: 1B Paul Konerko, SP Felipe Paulino, IF Marcus Semien Projected lineup CF Adam Eaton LF Melky Cabrera 1B…

  4. Strasburg, Storen, Fister avoid arbitration

    Jan 16, 2015, 10:40 AM EDT

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    Updated at 1:25 p.m. Stephen Strasburg, Drew Storen and Doug Fister became the latest members of the Nationals to avoid salary arbitration, agreeing to contracts before MLB’s Friday afternoon deadline. Fister signed for $11.4 million, with Strasburg agreeing to a $7.4 million salary and Storen a $5.7 million salary in 2015, according to sources familiar…

  5. Point/Counterpoint: Did Nats get enough for Clippard?

    Jan 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: DID THE NATS GET ENOUGH FOR TYLER CLIPPARD? MARK ZUCKERMAN: Let me start by saying that I don’t think the Nationals got a bad return for Clippard. Yunel Escobar is, at worst, an average MLB shortstop who is under team control for two or three more years. If you can get that…

  6. Ramos, Lobaton, Espinosa, Stammen avoid arbitration

    Jan 15, 2015, 5:35 PM EDT

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    Updated at 11:15 p.m. The Nationals avoided arbitration with four players Thursday evening, agreeing to terms on 2015 contracts with catchers Wilson Ramos and Jose Lobaton, infielder Danny Espinosa and reliever Craig Stammen. Ramos, in his second year of arbitration eligibility, will earn $3.55 million, a raise from his 2014 salary of $2.095 million. The…

  7. Rizzo on Escobar’s role, Desmond’s future and more

    Jan 15, 2015, 2:13 PM EDT

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    Mike Rizzo wrapped up a conference call with reporters a short while ago, during which time the Nationals general manager discussed last night’s trade of Tyler Clippard to the Athletics for Yunel Escobar, plus the various domino effects of this deal. Here are some of the highlights from Rizzo. We’ll have more in-depth thoughts on…

  8. 2015 outlook: Boston Red Sox

    Jan 15, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 71-91, 5th place in AL East Manager: John Farrell, 3rd season Estimated 2015 payroll: $181 million Key additions: OF Hanley Ramirez, 3B Pablo Sandoval, RHP Rick Porcello, RHP Justin Masterson, LHP Wade Miley, RHP Anthony Varvaro, C Ryan Hanigan Key losses: OF Yoenis Cespedes, C David Ross, RHP Ryan Dempster, IF Juan Francisco…

  9. More thoughts on the Clippard-Escobar trade

    Jan 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The immediate reaction to Wednesday night’s trade — the Nationals sent All-Star reliever Tyler Clippard to the Athletics for journeyman infielder Yunel Escobar — was fairly passionate. Especially from those who didn’t like the move, which seemed to be a healthy majority. At first glance, this indeed seemed like a head-scratcher of a deal from…

  10. Nats trade Clippard to A’s for Escobar

    Jan 14, 2015, 8:30 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have addressed their one glaring lineup weakness, but it will cost them their most-reliable reliever, not to mention one of the most popular players in club history. The Nats and Athletics, frequent trade partners, have agreed to a deal that sends right-hander Tyler Clippard to Oakland in exchange for shortstop Yunel Escobar, the…

  11. 2015 outlook: Baltimore Orioles

    Jan 14, 2015, 2:01 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 96-66, 1st place in AL East Manager: Buck Showalter Estimated 2015 payroll: $115 million Key additions: C/1B Ryan Lavarnway, RP Jason Garcia, C J.P. Arencibia, LHP Scott Barnes Key losses: OF Nick Markakis, OF Nelson Cruz, LHP Andrew Miller, C Nick Hundley Projected lineup LF Alejandro De Aza 3B Manny Machado CF Adam Jones DH Chris…

  12. Nats get catcher from Boston for Rosenbaum

    Jan 14, 2015, 11:13 AM EDT

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    Seeking to bolster their catching depth, the Nationals acquired minor-league veteran Dan Butler from the Red Sox, sending rehabbing left-hander Danny Rosenbaum to Boston in exchange. Butler, 28, made his big-league debut last season, going 4-for-19 with three doubles in seven games with the Red Sox. He owns a career .256 batting average, .349 on-base…

  13. Looking at different lineup possibilities

    Jan 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Aside from the still-up-in-the-air situation at second base, the Nationals know who’s going to be in their regular 2015 starting lineup. What they don’t necessarily know yet, though, is how that lineup will be arranged. Matt Williams spent his first couple of months as a big-league manager tinkering with lineup combinations, often moving players around…

  14. 2015 outlook: Atlanta Braves

    Jan 13, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

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    2014 record: 79-83, T-2nd place in NL East Manager: Fredi Gonzalez, 5th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $93 million Key additions: RHP Shelby Miller, OF Nick Markakis, INF Alberto Callaspo, C A.J. Pierzynski, RHP Jason Grilli, RHP Jim Johnson Key losses: OF Justin Upton, OF Jason Heyward, RHP Ervin Santana, RHP Kris Medlen, RHP Aaron Harang,…

  15. Nats sign Carp, Lerud to minor-league contracts

    Jan 13, 2015, 11:32 AM EDT

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    The Nationals signed two more veterans to minor-league contracts Tuesday, offering outfielder/first baseman Mike Carp and catcher Steven Lerud invitations to big-league camp and a chance to make the roster this spring. Carp, 28, is a career .254 hitter with a .330 on-base percentage and .744 OPS in 318 major-league games with the Mariners, Red…

  16. Nine players expected to file for arbitration Tuesday

    Jan 13, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Nine members of the Nationals are expected to file for arbitration on Tuesday, beginning the sometimes long and arduous process of determining salaries for players who aren’t yet eligible for free agency. The Nationals’ roster is loaded with arbitration-eligible players — those with at least 3 years but fewer than 6 years of big-league service…

  17. Was Zobrist/Escobar better than Desmond/Espinosa?

    Jan 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Another significant trade rumor was reported Sunday night, and though this one can no longer happen in reality, it did raise an interesting question from the Nationals’ standpoint. The rumored trade, according to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal: A three-way deal that would have seen Ian Desmond go to the Mets, Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar come…

  18. Unique offseasons for Stammen, Frandsen

    Jan 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    There was a lot that came out of our conversations with Nationals players at NatsFest back on Dec. 13, lots of important baseball stuff that had to be written and talked about soon after the fact. Now that Mark and I are done presenting the nuts and bolts, I wanted to share some leftovers from…

  19. Who’s left? The best remaining MLB free agents

    Jan 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The turn of the calendar to 2015 makes it a little bit easier for all of us to picture the beginning of spring training, even with the harsh winter setting in around Washington, D.C. There are now just six weeks to go before pitchers and catchers report in Viera for Nationals camp. As the season…

  20. Werth’s surgery successful, rehab now begins

    Jan 9, 2015, 5:16 PM EDT

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    Jayson Werth underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair the A/C joint in his right shoulder on Friday, the team announced in a press release. The procedure was performed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. No structural damage or abnormalities were found during the surgery. Werth now begins a recovery program that is expected to…

  21. Point/Counterpoint: What rookie will make an impact in ’15?

    Jan 9, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WHICH CURRENT NATS MINOR LEAGUER WILL MAKE HIS MLB DEBUT IN 2015 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST IMPACT? MARK ZUCKERMAN: This is always a fun one to debate, because there’s such a good chance of being completely wrong. (Check out last year’s Point/Counterpoint on the same subject. Yikes!) So I offer this up…

  22. Sources: Werth to have shoulder surgery Friday

    Jan 8, 2015, 4:34 PM EDT

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    Jayson Werth will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Friday, a procedure that could prevent the veteran Nationals outfielder from being 100 percent healthy in time for Opening Day, multiple sources confirmed Thursday afternoon. Werth needs the surgery to repair the AC joint in his throwing shoulder, an injury that plagued him late last…

  23. 2015 minor-league coaching staff includes Ankiel

    Jan 8, 2015, 1:01 PM EDT

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    The Nationals’ 2015 minor-league coaching staff includes plenty of familiar faces returning to their old positions, a few familiar faces taking on new roles and a very familiar face returning to the organization to hold a brand-new job. Rick Ankiel, the one-time Cardinals pitching phenom who resurrected his career as an outfielder and spent two…

  24. What the 25-man roster looks like at this point

    Jan 8, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As noted yesterday, there’s still a long way to go until pitchers and catchers report for spring training (six weeks) and an even longer way to go until the Nationals take the field April 5 to face the Mets on Opening Day. So it would be premature to speculate right now what the Nats’ Opening…

  25. Where do things stand at second base?

    Jan 7, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals entered the offseason three months ago with one glaring roster hole: second base. Yet here they stand today, with pitchers and catchers due to report for spring training in a mere six weeks, and that one glaring hole hasn’t really been addressed. So, what’s going on with the Nats at second base? The…

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