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  1. Carpenter outrighted, now a free agent

    Nov 18, 2015, 5:36 PM EST

    USA Today

    After joining the Nationals in a June trade and appearing in only eight games with the team, right-hander David Carpenter will now test free agency. The Nationals outrighted the veteran reliever off their 40-man roster on Wednesday to Triple-A Syracuse. He then elected to try his luck on the open market. Carpenter, 30, began the…

  2. Roster review: Jose Lobaton

    Nov 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    Age on Opening Day 2016: 31 How acquired: Trade with Rays, Feb. 2014 MLB service time: 4 years, 138 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $1.2 million Contract status: Arbitration eligible, free agent in 2018 2015 stats: 44 G, 155 PA, 11 R, 27 H, 4 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 15 BB, 40 SO, .199 AVG, .279 OBP, .294 SLG, .573 OPS, 2 E, -0.3 WAR…

  3. Rizzo and Baker feel great about Maddux and Lopes hires

    Nov 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    The Nationals’ disappointing 2015 season was followed by a long list of casualties. In addition to Matt Williams getting fired, they dismissed their training staff and did not renew the contracts of all of their assistant coaches. Pitching coach Steve McCatty’s departure was the most surprising among that group. It is hard to blame the Nationals…

  4. Baker excited and well-equipped to manage Harper

    Nov 9, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    Photo by USA Today

    Despite their 83-79 record and well-documented failings in 2015, the Nationals’ managerial opening remained an attractive one this offseason. It’s a team that is just one year removed from winning the NL East and posting the best record in the National League. They also have a pretty decent young player in Bryce Harper, who in less…

  5. Baker sees Nats as ‘perfect fit’ both on and off field

    Nov 7, 2015, 9:00 AM EST

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    Last week when media reports had Bud Black penciled in as the Nationals’ new manager, Dusty Baker gave an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle at a book signing in which he lamented losing out on the job. The Nats had not spoken to him yet – which in hindsight perhaps should have been a…

  6. What will Baker change as manager of the Nats?

    Nov 6, 2015, 2:42 PM EST

    USA Today

    It has been just over 24 hours since Dusty Baker was introduced as the Nationals’ new manager and three-and-a-half months remain until pitchers and catchers report for 2016 spring training. That is a long, long time for Baker to get settled and start making plans for his first year on the job. Given that timeframe,…

  7. Baker, Rizzo don’t buy criticism manager is too old school

    Nov 6, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    The mere mention of Dusty Baker’s name when candidates began surfacing in the Nationals’ managerial search brought strong reactions from all around. Many were thrilled at the news, pointing to his impressive record as a three-time NL manager of the year. Others, however, were not quite as enthused. Criticism emerged of Baker being too old school:…

  8. VIDEO: GM Mike Rizzo goes 1-on-1

    Nov 5, 2015, 8:43 PM EST

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    Mark didn’t only sit down with Dusty Baker on Thursday, he also got Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo 1-on-1. Rizzo explained what went down between the Nats and Bud Black and also spoke glowingly about what Baker will bring to Washington. Rizzo also talked about the front office’s objectives this offseason and confirmed they plan…

  9. VIDEOS: How Dusty Baker will fit as manager of the Nats

    Nov 4, 2015, 12:36 PM EST

    USA Today

    After the Nationals hired Dusty Baker to be their new manager through a complicated process that has all of us still scratching our heads, we at CSN decided to run a full 30-minute special to break it all down. We had Mark Zuckerman, Joe Orsulak, Sebastian Salazar and myself all give our takes on the situation…

  10. Plenty on Baker’s to-do list as Nats manager

    Nov 4, 2015, 9:05 AM EST

    USA Today

    Any time a team fires one manager and hires another, many things will need to be fixed. The Nationals remain a deep and impressive roster despite their shortcomings this past season. But after Dusty Baker is introduced on Thursday – barring something unforeseen, as you never know these days – he will need to get…

  11. Royals can clinch title in World Series Game 5

    Nov 1, 2015, 4:06 PM EST

    USA Today

    WORLD SERIES GAME 5: KANSAS CITY ROYALS at NEW YORK METS Series: Royals lead 3-1 Where: Citi Field, New York Gametime: 8:00 p.m. TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Mostly cloudy, 62 degrees, wind 6 mph Starting pitchers: KCR RHP Edinson Volquez (13-9, 3.55 ERA) / NYM RHP Matt Harvey (13-8, 2.71 ERA) The 2015 MLB season could come to an end on Sunday night,…

  12. Roster review: Blake Treinen

    Nov 1, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    Photo by USA Today

    Age on Opening Day 2016: 27 How acquired: Trade from Oakland, Jan. 2013 MLB service time: 1 year, 50 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $512,800 Contract status: Pre-arbitration 2015 stats: 60 G, 67.2 IP, 62 H, 32 R, 29 ER, 4 HR, 32 BB, 65 K, 1.389 WHIP, 2-5, 3.49 ERA, 3.49 FIP, 0.4 WAR Quotable: “For Blake it’s about consistency. We know the kind of talent he’s got. It’s heavy…

  13. World Series continues with Game 4 on Saturday night

    Oct 31, 2015, 6:05 PM EST

    USA Today

    WORLD SERIES GAME 4: KANSAS CITY ROYALS at NEW YORK METS Series: Royals lead 2-1 Where: Citi Field, New York Gametime: 8:00 p.m. TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Partly cloudy, 51 degrees, wind 5 mph Starting pitchers: KCR RHP Chris Young (11-6, 3.06 ERA) / NYM LHP Steven Matz (4-0, 2.27 ERA) Noah Syndergaard was too much for the Royals in Game…

  14. Roster review: Casey Janssen

    Oct 31, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    AP

    Age on Opening Day 2016: 34 How acquired: Signed as free agent Feb. 2015 MLB service time: 9 years, 63 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $3.5 million Contract status: $7 million mutual option for 2016 with $1.5 million buyout 2015 stats: 48 G, 40 IP, 38 H, 22 R, 22 ER, 5 HR, 8 BB, 27 K, 1.150 WHIP, 2-5, 4.95 ERA, 4.08 FIP, 0.0 WAR Quotable: “It’s kind of a…

  15. Beltway Baseball: Bud Black presents several unknowns for Nats

    Oct 30, 2015, 1:20 PM EST

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    Mark stopped by the CSN office on Thursday to shoot some videos for SportsNet Central and SportsTalk Live, so we decided to sit down and go a little bit more in-depth on the Bud Black hire in an it’s-been-too-long episode of ‘Beltway Baseball.’ First we discussed whether Black was the best candidate available. Then, we…

  16. Harper, Ramos finalists for Gold Glove awards

    Oct 29, 2015, 12:42 PM EST

    USA Today

    Finalists for 2015 Gold Glove awards were announced on Thursday and two Nationals now find themselves in the top three for their respective positions. Bryce Harper has been named a finalist for NL right fielders and Wilson Ramos is in the running for catchers. Neither have won a Gold Glove before in their careers. Harper,…

  17. deGrom and Cueto square off in World Series Game 2

    Oct 28, 2015, 6:27 PM EST

    USA Today

    WORLD SERIES GAME 2: NEW YORK METS AT KANSAS CITY ROYALS Series: Royals lead 1-0 Where: Kaufmann Stadium, Kansas City Gametime: 8:00 p.m. TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Partly cloudy, 53 degrees, wind 8 mph Starting pitchers: NYM RHP Jacob deGrom (14-8, 2.54 ERA) / KCR RHP Johnny Cueto (11-13, 3.44 ERA) Game 1 on Tuesday night was an instant classic…

  18. World Series gets started with Harvey vs. Volquez in Game 1

    Oct 27, 2015, 4:09 PM EST

    USA Today

    WORLD SERIES GAME 1: NEW YORK METS AT KANSAS CITY ROYALS Series: 0-0 Where: Kaufmann Stadium, Kansas City Gametime: 8:00 p.m. TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Chance of rain, 52 degrees, wind 2 mph Starting pitchers: NYM RHP Matt Harvey (13-8, 2.71 ERA) / KCR RHP Edinson Volquez (13-9, 3.55 ERA) The 2015 World Series gets started on Tuesday night in Kansas…

  19. Point/Counterpoint: Does Harvey in the WS change your view on Strasburg?

    Oct 26, 2015, 12:31 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: Does the Mets’ successful use of Matt Harvey this postseason make you view the Nationals’ shutdown of Stephen Strasburg in 2012 any differently? MARK ZUCKERMAN: No. I know it’s trendy to bring up the Strasburg shutdown again now because the Mets have taken the complete opposite approach with Harvey and now are…

  20. Roster review: Doug Fister

    Oct 25, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    Age on Opening Day 2016: 32 How acquired: Trade with Tigers, Dec. 2013 MLB service time: 6 years, 58 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $11.4 million Contract status: Free agent 2015 stats: 25 G, 15 GS, 103 IP, 120 H, 56 R, 48 ER, 14 HR, 24 BB, 63 K, 1.40 WHIP, 5-7, 4.19 ERA, 4.55 FIP, 0.2 WAR Quotable: “For me, once I’m on the mound, I’m…

  21. Roster review: Jordan Zimmermann

    Oct 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    Age on Opening Day 2016: 29 How acquired: 2nd round, 2007 draft MLB service time: 6 years, 154 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $16.5 million Contract status: Free agent 2015 stats: 33 GS, 201.2 IP, 204 H, 89 R, 82 ER, 24 HR, 39 BB, 164 K, 1.20 WHIP, 13-10, 3.66 ERA, 3.75 FIP, 3.0 WAR Quotable: “I feel like I took the ball every time they asked and…

  22. Important offseason dates to consider

    Oct 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    Rizzo fined by MLB for comments

    This offseason should be a big one for the Nationals, who first have to find their new manager. They also have four key impending free agents to make decisions on. After that, they will have a bullpen to reconstruct and some tough calls to make when retooling their lineup. Here is a look at some…

  23. After a disappointing 2015, what’s next for the Nats?

    Oct 9, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    The 2015 season was a massive disappointment for the Nationals, who fell short of the playoffs and a World Series title they were expected to compete for. In attempt to make sense of what went wrong for them and how they can prevent it from happening again, we’ve put together a three-part series on the…

  24. ‘Baseball in the District’ – Mark Zuckerman on a big offseason

    Oct 8, 2015, 2:07 PM EST

    Photo by the Associated Press

    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN For our final episode of the 2015 season of ‘Baseball in the District,’ we brought Mark Zuckerman in studio to help make sense of what amounts to a lost year for the Nationals. We looked back on the season, but focused mainly on what is next, as the Nats have a…

  25. What was the turning point for the 2015 Nationals?

    Oct 8, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    Photo by USA Today

    The 2015 season was a massive disappointment for the Nationals, who fell short of the playoffs and a World Series title they were expected to compete for. In attempt to make sense of what went wrong for them and how they can prevent it from happening again, we’ve put together a three-part series on the…

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