Feb 1, 2015, 12:00 PM EST
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…
Feb 1, 2015, 9:51 AM EST
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…
Jan 31, 2015, 2:03 PM EST
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…
Jan 31, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
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…
Jan 30, 2015, 2:36 PM EST
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…
Jan 30, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
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,…
Jan 29, 2015, 4:00 PM EST
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…
Jan 29, 2015, 1:31 PM EST
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…
Jan 29, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
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,…
Jan 28, 2015, 2:04 PM EST
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…
Jan 28, 2015, 11:26 AM EST
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…
Jan 28, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
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…
Jan 27, 2015, 3:21 PM EST
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…
Jan 27, 2015, 12:00 PM EST
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,…
Jan 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
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…
Jan 26, 2015, 4:44 PM EST
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…
Jan 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
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…
Jan 25, 2015, 2:06 PM EST
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…
Jan 25, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
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…
Jan 24, 2015, 12:32 PM EST
Ross Ohlendorf – who was a big contributor for the Nationals in 2013 – has signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers, according to Fox Sports Southwest. The contract also comes with an invite to spring training. Ohlendorf was part of the Nationals for two seasons, though he did not appear at the big…
Jan 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Max Scherzer will be paid handsomely to join a team that was already one of the best in baseball, having led the National League in wins in two of the last three seasons. If the Nationals offer a player $210 million to play for them, it’s not a very difficult decision for that person to make.…
Jan 23, 2015, 4:08 PM EST
After signing Max Scherzer, the Nationals have some big decisions to make over the next four weeks in regards to their rotation. Do they make a trade involving Jordan Zimmermann or Doug Fister, or roll into 2015 with all six of their starting pitchers on the roster? I discussed what happens next for the Nationals…
Jan 23, 2015, 12:08 PM EST
Even before the Nationals added Max Scherzer in a record free agent contract, their starting rotation was by all accounts a strength. They held the best rotation ERA in MLB last season at 3.04 and the best WHIP at 1.14. Even in the postseason, their 0.73 starters’ ERA was tops among all playoff teams. Pundits…
Jan 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Moments before Wednesday’s press conference at Nationals Park, as the Nats were getting ready to introduce former Cy Young-winner Max Scherzer – their biggest free agent catch as a franchise to date – left fielder Jayson Werth walked through the door of the media room with a blue velvet blazer on and took a seat…
Jan 22, 2015, 4:31 PM EST
The Nationals added a former All-Star reliever to their bullpen mix on Wednesday, signing right-hander Evan Meek to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training. MLB.com first had the report. Meek, 31, joins the Nationals after spending 2014 with the Orioles. He made 23 appearances for Baltimore and struggled with…
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