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  1. What would Stanton’s $325 million deal mean for Harper?

    Nov 17, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    When Scott Boras, during an August 2013 trip to Nationals Park, was asked generically for his thoughts on contracts that buy out a young player’s arbitration years, the super agent answered as only he can. “I’m more into 12-year deals for young players,” he said that afternoon, perfectly straight-faced. Boras never mentioned any one player by…

  2. Minor league spotlight: Michael Taylor

    Nov 16, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 24 How acquired: Draft (6th round), June 2009 Position: Center fielder Prospect Rank: No. 3 in Nats’ org. (Baseball America) 2014 Team/Level: Harrisburg Senators (AA), Syracuse Chiefs (AAA), Nationals (MLB) 2014 Stats: 110 G, .304 BA, 428 AB, 130 H, 23 HR, 64 RBI, 37 SB, 81 R, 20 2B, 3 3B, 57 BB,…

  3. Minor league spotlight: Lucas Giolito

    Nov 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 20 How acquired: Draft (1st round), June 2012 Position: Starting pitcher Prospect Rank: No. 1 in Nats’ org. (Baseball Prospectus) 2014 Team/Level: Single-A Hagerstown Suns 2014 Stats: 10-2, 20 G, 2.20 ERA, 98 IP, 70 H, 28 R, 24 ER, 7 HR, 28 BB, 110 SO, HBP, WP, 1.000 WHIP Quotable: “Physically it’s on a whole other level. You’re pitching every…

  4. Roster review: Blake Treinen

    Nov 14, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 26 How acquired: Trade with Athletics Jan. 2013 MLB service time: 65 days 2014 salary+bonuses: N/A Contract status: Pre-arbitration eligible 2014 stats: 15 G, 7 GS, 2.49 ERA, 50.2 IP, 57 H, 17 R, 14 ER, HR, 13 BB, 30 SO, 1.382 WHIP, 3.09 FIP, 0.2 WAR 2014 analysis: Acquired by the Nats in the three-team…

  5. Nats release oft-injured prospect Purke

    Nov 14, 2014, 11:02 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have released left-hander Matt Purke, a once-touted prospect whose career with the organization was derailed by a string of arm injuries. Purke, 24, was taken by the Nationals in the third round of the 2011 draft, then offered a major-league contract worth more than $4 million to sway him from returning to TCU…

  6. Frandsen re-signs with Nats, avoids arbitration

    Nov 14, 2014, 9:56 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have come to terms with Kevin Frandsen on a 1-year, $1 million contract, avoiding arbitration with the veteran infielder and ensuring their most-productive bench player from this season returns in 2015. A source familiar with the deal confirmed it also includes up to $300,000 in performance bonuses. The signing hasn’t been announced by the club yet,…

  7. The Nats’ all-time stats leaders after 10 seasons

    Nov 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Washington Nationals have now existed, believe it or not, for 10 full baseball seasons. For those of us who were there that first morning in Viera in the spring of 2005 or at a sold-out RFK Stadium two months later, this does not seem possible. Ten years? How did that happen? It did happen,…

  8. Rendon finishes 5th in NL MVP vote

    Nov 13, 2014, 8:06 PM EDT

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    No Nationals player has come close to winning the NL MVP Award in the club’s 10 seasons in the District, but Anthony Rendon just came closer than any previous one. Rendon placed fifth in balloting for this year’s NL MVP, the best finish by any Nationals player to date, besting former sixth-place finishers Alfonso Soriano (2006)…

  9. Best bench options for Nats in free agency

    Nov 13, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT

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    After letting Scott Hairston and Nate Schierholtz enter free agency, the Nationals have a few spots open on their bench to fill this offseason. Unless they decide to bring either player back, they will need some new reserves for pinch-hit situations and spot starts. We already looked at the second baseman available in free agency last week. Here is…

  10. Nats winter ball update

    Nov 13, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    While most ballplayers are well into their offseason downtime, enjoying life away from the park for awhile, there are a handful out there still playing ball and trying to get an early jump on 2015. Winter ball is in full swing throughout the Caribbean, and a few members of the Nationals organization are seeing significant…

  11. Zimmermann 5th in Cy Young vote, Fister 8th, Strasburg 9th

    Nov 12, 2014, 6:33 PM EDT

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    Three Nationals pitchers received top-5 votes for the NL Cy Young Award this season, with Jordan Zimmermann leading the way and finishing fifth in balloting released Wednesday evening. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was the unanimous winner of his third Cy Young Award in four seasons, selected by all 30 members of the Baseball Writers’ Association…

  12. Entire coaching staff will return in 2015

    Nov 12, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Not that there was any reason to assume otherwise, but the Nationals officially announced Wednesday they are retaining their entire coaching staff for 2015, establishing the kind of continuity that group has not enjoyed in seven years. All seven members of manager Matt Williams’ staff will return next season: bench coach Randy Knorr, pitching coach Steve…

  13. VIDEO: Matt Williams 1-on-1

    Nov 12, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Tuesday night was a big one for Matt Williams, who won NL Manager of the Year in his first season as skipper. The 48-year-old guided a Nats team through injuries and adversity to an NL East championship and 96 wins, the best record in the National League. Soon after learning he won the award, Williams…

  14. Nats would want a boatload in any deal for Zimmermann

    Nov 12, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals drafted Jordan Zimmermann. They developed him. They rehabbed him through Tommy John surgery. And they groomed him into one of baseball’s best and most consistent pitchers, a huge piece of their 2012 and 2014 NL East championships. So why on earth would they even consider trading Zimmermann away now? Well, it should be made…

  15. UPDATED: Williams wins NL Manager of the Year Award

    Nov 11, 2014, 6:23 PM EDT

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    Updated at 8:40 p.m. Matt Williams had no substantive managerial experience prior to his hiring by the Nationals 12 months ago, aside from a few weeks in the Arizona Fall League and as a fill-in skipper for the Diamondbacks’ Class AA affiliate. Inexperience, though, didn’t prevent him from earning his profession’s top honor in his…

  16. Point/Counterpoint: Who should get long-term deal?

    Nov 11, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WHO SHOULD THE NATIONALS MOST TRY TO LOCK UP TO A LONG-TERM EXTENSION: IAN DESMOND, DOUG FISTER OR JORDAN ZIMMERMANN? MARK ZUCKERMAN: With the offseason now in full swing, we bring back our popular Point/Counterpoint feature from last winter. Chase and I will debate one topic each week (give or take) while…

  17. Burriss, Delcarmen returning on minor-league deals

    Nov 10, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have re-signed infielder Emmanuel Burriss and reliever Manny Delcarmen to minor-league contracts, offering both players invitations to big-league camp next spring with a chance to make the Opening Day roster. Burriss and Delcarmen return to the organization after spending all of 2014 at Class AAA Syracuse, where each performed well. Burriss hit .300…

  18. Previewing MLB awards week

    Nov 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Last week, they handed out Gold Gloves and Silver Sluggers. This week comes the main event: the announcement of MLB’s four major awards handed out by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The fun begins tonight with the two Rookie of the Year Awards, continues Tuesday with Manager of the Year Awards, picks up Wednesday…

  19. Roster review: Nate McLouth

    Nov 9, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 33 How acquired: Signed as free agent Dec. 2013 MLB service time: 8 years, 152 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $5 million Contract status: $6.5 million team option for 2016 ($750K buyout) 2014 stats: 79 G, .173 BA, .280 OBP, 139 AB, 10 R, 24 H, 6 2B, HR, 7 RBI, 4 SB, 16 BB,…

  20. Roster review: Tyler Moore

    Nov 8, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

    Moore makes most of rare start

    Age on Opening Day 2015: 28 How acquired: Taken in 16th round of 2008 draft MLB service time: 2 years, 18 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $507,900 Contract status: Pre-arbitration, free agent 2019 2014 stats: 42 G, .231 BA, .300 OBP, 91 AB, 8 R, 21 H, 2 2B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 7 BB, 29 SO, .685 OPS, 0.3 WAR…

  21. Roster review: Ross Detwiler

    Nov 7, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 29 How acquired: Taken in 1st round (6th overall) in 2007 draft MLB service time: 5 years, 2 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $3 million Contract status: 2nd year of arbitration eligibility, free agent 2016 2014 stats: 47 G, 63 IP, 68 H, 34 R, 28 ER, 5 HR, 21 BB, 39 K, 1.413 WHIP, 2-3, 4.00 ERA, 4.16 FIP, -0.2 WAR Quotable:…

  22. Desmond, Rendon win Silver Sluggers

    Nov 6, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT

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    [Updated 7:08 p.m.] The left side of the Nationals’ infield has earned some hardware for their impressive 2014 seasons. Ian Desmond and Anthony Rendon were given Silver Slugger awards on Thursday, honoring them as the best offensive players at their respective positions in the National League this year. For Desmond, it’s his third consecutive Silver Slugger…

  23. Best free agent relief pitchers available

    Nov 6, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

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    On paper it would appear the Nationals have very little questions in their bullpen. They have balance left to right, experience and a closer in Drew Storen who held a 1.12 ERA in 2014. But after another playoff loss that involved a poor showing from their relief pitchers, the Nats enter this offseason with a conundrum.…

  24. Roster review: Aaron Barrett

    Nov 6, 2014, 5:30 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 27 How acquired: Taken in the 9th round of the 2010 MLB Draft MLB service time: 144 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $500,000 Contract status: Signed for 2015, still rookie eligible 2014 stats: 50 G, 40.2 IP, 33 H, 17 R, 12 ER, HR, 20 BB, 49 K, 1.303 WHIP, 3-0, 2.66 ERA, 2.59 FIP, 0.7 WAR Quotable: “I’m going to…

  25. Top 2B free agents available

    Nov 5, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT

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    The Nationals enter this offseason with few needs, but one glaring void at second base. That is, assuming Ryan Zimmerman shifts to first and Anthony Rendon stays at third. So, which way will the Nationals go? Will they make a trade to fill the position, promote somebody from within, or sign a free agent? Here…

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