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  1. Rizzo hasn’t been contacted by Blue Jays about opening

    Dec 13, 2014, 5:24 PM EST

    Associated Press

    The Nationals haven’t been contacted at all by the Blue Jays regarding any potential interest in Mike Rizzo for their team president position, a source with direct knowledge said Saturday afternoon. A report by ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick earlier in the day said Toronto has “expressed interest” in Rizzo as a candidate to replace Paul Beeston…

  2. Rizzo “disappointed” Harper a no-show for NatsFest

    Dec 13, 2014, 3:51 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    Updated at 5:05 p.m. Bryce Harper was a no-show Saturday at NatsFest, deciding not to make a public appearance only three days before a scheduled salary grievance hearing between the star outfielder and the organization. Harper was originally listed among more than 20 Nationals players who were scheduled to appear at the club’s annual winter…

  3. Live from NatsFest

    Dec 13, 2014, 10:49 AM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    Hello from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, home once again to NatsFest. There was a huge line of fans snaking around the floor level of the center waiting to get in before doors opened to season ticket holders, so it looks like there’s going to be a big turnout today. Most every player of…

  4. The Marlins are not playing around

    Dec 12, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

    Photo by USA Today

    Just over two weeks ago, Mark and I debated which of the Nationals’ rivals in the NL East would be their biggest threat in 2015. The idea came from the Braves taking a step back by trading Jason Heyward, and the emergence of the Marlins and Mets as up-and-coming teams. I argued the Braves were…

  5. UPDATED: Nats trade Detwiler to Texas for 2 minor leaguers

    Dec 11, 2014, 4:19 PM EST

    AP

    Updated at 6:08 p.m. Ross Detwiler, whom the Nationals drafted No. 6 in the country seven years ago but never fully developed into the front-line starting pitcher they hoped, has seen his time with the organization come to an end. Detwiler was traded to the Rangers on Thursday afternoon for a pair of minor leaguers,…

  6. Nothing gained, nothing lost in Rule 5 draft

    Dec 11, 2014, 1:00 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    SAN DIEGO — A Winter Meetings that saw the Nationals sign zero free agents and make zero trades concluded Thursday morning with zero players selected and zero players lost in both the major-league and minor-league portions of the annual Rule 5 draft. It’s the first time that has happened in club history, but it’s perhaps…

  7. Market for second basemen is thinning

    Dec 11, 2014, 9:00 AM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    SAN DIEGO — The Nationals will have a starting second baseman by the time Opening Day rolls around, whether they sign a free agent, pull off a trade or even move Anthony Rendon back to the position (creating a hole at third base in the process). But the market for second basemen thinned some in…

  8. News and notes from Day 3 at the Winter Meetings

    Dec 10, 2014, 10:28 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    SAN DIEGO — For all the buzz that seems to have descended upon the Winter Meetings this evening, the Nationals have yet to actually complete any transactions since arriving in town Sunday night. So, for those wondering if anything has happened along the lines of this headline-grabbing tweet from a couple hours ago, rest assured…

  9. Rizzo: Werth and Harper will swap positions

    Dec 10, 2014, 7:48 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    SAN DIEGO — From the day they signed him to the largest contract in franchise history on the eve of the 2010 Winter Meetings, the Nationals knew the day might come when Jayson Werth would need to move to left field and open up right field for Bryce Harper. “We hope we have that problem…

  10. Lester deal helps set market for Zimmermann

    Dec 10, 2014, 2:22 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    SAN DIEGO — While most of you probably were tucked away in bed at 1:30 a.m. EST, the lobby here at the Manchester Grand Hyatt was abuzz, the news of Jon Lester’s signing with the Cubs sending everybody at the Winter Meetings into a late-night frenzy. The Lester saga had loomed over these entire meetings,…

  11. VIDEO: Mike Rizzo 1-on-1

    Dec 10, 2014, 11:58 AM EST

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    Another day passed at the 2014 MLB Winter Meetings without the Nationals making any news. They still have big priorities to take care of, but seem to be taking their time as they work through their to-do list. Mark caught up with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo on Tuesday night to get an update on…

  12. Nats believe Harper is ready to shoulder more load

    Dec 10, 2014, 9:00 AM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    SAN DIEGO — Matt Williams seemed to go out of his way this season to try to take pressure off Bryce Harper and not ask his 21-year-old outfielder to carry a Nationals lineup that featured plenty of other potent and experienced bats. But after seeing Harper finish 2014 strong after an injury-plagued first half, culminating…

  13. Highlights from Williams’ media session

    Dec 9, 2014, 11:07 PM EST

    AP

    SAN DIEGO — Matt Williams addressed a number of topics during his 31-minute Winter Meetings media session late Tuesday afternoon, including some interesting thoughts on the plan for Bryce Harper in 2015. (I’ll have a full post on that subject in the morning.) The recently crowned NL Manager of the Year revisited his first season…

  14. Rizzo, Williams hope Nats can sign Zimmermann long-term

    Dec 9, 2014, 9:20 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    SAN DIEGO — Though they didn’t meet Tuesday, the Nationals expect to sit down with Jordan Zimmermann’s representatives before leaving the Winter Meetings on Thursday morning. And both general manager Mike Rizzo and manager Matt Williams are hopeful the two sides can find the common ground on a long-term extension that has eluded them the…

  15. Clippard stands to benefit from exploding reliever deals

    Dec 9, 2014, 2:35 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    SAN DIEGO — While most of the attention at these Winter Meetings has been on big-ticket free agents like Jon Lester and Billy Beane’s complete makeover of the Athletics, there’s been another intriguing, under-the-radar storyline that could bode quite well for one of the Nationals’ best players. Teams are starting to hand out record-setting contracts…

  16. VIDEO: Much to accomplish at Winter Meetings

    Dec 9, 2014, 11:53 AM EST

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    The Winter Meetings began on Monday and though there was plenty of Hot Stove action around the league, the Nationals have remained quiet so far. They continue to negotiate a long-term extension with Jordan Zimmermann and they still have a hole at second base. Mark checked in with Geico SportsNet Central last night to give an…

  17. Are Nats all-in for 2015 or still prioritizing long-term?

    Dec 9, 2014, 9:00 AM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    SAN DIEGO — There is no more-pressing question facing Mike Rizzo right now than this one: Are his Nationals going “all-in” and trying to win the World Series in 2015, or do they need to sacrifice short-term possibilities for long-term stability? Rizzo himself recognizes this. “It’s a delicate balance, there’s no question about it,” the…

  18. Nats open to variety of options at second (or third) base

    Dec 8, 2014, 9:42 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    SAN DIEGO — The Nationals are open to a variety of options to fill the one obvious hole on their roster: second base. How much variety? Enough that they’ll also consider acquiring a third baseman instead and moving Anthony Rendon back to second. “The roster flexibility works in our favor,” general manager Mike Rizzo said…

  19. Rizzo gives vote of confidence to Storen

    Dec 8, 2014, 7:52 PM EST

    AP

    SAN DIEGO — Mike Rizzo didn’t offer definitive answers to the majority of questions posed at him during the Nationals general manager’s first media session of the Winter Meetings. But he did come as close to definitive as he gets when asked about Drew Storen’s status as the club’s closer entering 2015. “We trust Drew,”…

  20. News and notes from Day 1 at the Winter Meetings

    Dec 8, 2014, 3:08 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    SAN DIEGO — Things are just starting to heat up here at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, where team execs, agents and everyone else in the baseball world have had a chance to adjust to West Coast time and get down to work on Day 1 of the Winter Meetings. Keep in mind that because of…

  21. Nats will resume negotiations with Zimmermann this week

    Dec 8, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    SAN DIEGO — The Nationals tried two winters ago to lock up Jordan Zimmermann to a long-term extension. They tried last winter to lock up Zimmermann to a long-term extension. And they’re not done trying just yet. General manager Mike Rizzo will meet with representatives for the right-hander at this week’s Winter Meetings and re-open…

  22. What’s in store for Nats at Winter Meetings?

    Dec 7, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    Mike Rizzo and his entire front office will fly to San Diego today, check in to the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel and set up shop for what might well be the most unpredictable Winter Meetings the Nationals have ever attended. Seriously, there is no telling what the Nats will end up doing over the next…

  23. VIDEO: When will the Nationals start making moves?

    Dec 6, 2014, 11:42 AM EST

    Photo by The Associated Press

    We are one week into the month of December and so far the Nationals have been among MLB’s quietest teams this offseason. Aside from picking up Denard Span’s option for 2015 and several minor free agent signings, they have for the most part been inactive. That is not only uncharacteristic of GM Mike Rizzo’s tenure, it…

  24. Werth guilty of reckless driving, sentenced to 10 days in jail

    Dec 5, 2014, 2:29 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    Updated at 3:17 p.m. A Fairfax County judge found Jayson Werth guilty Friday of reckless driving and sentenced the Nationals right fielder to 10 days in jail. Werth was pulled over by a Virginia State Trooper on the morning of July 6, clocked at 105 mph in his Porsche on a 55-mph stretch of the…

  25. Tigers trade away another player acquired for Fister

    Dec 5, 2014, 1:01 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images

    The Yankees, Tigers and Diamondbacks reportedly are about to finalize a trade that, for most of the baseball community, is notable because it includes the guy who will replace Derek Jeter at shortstop in the Bronx: Didi Gregorius. For the Nationals and anyone who follows them, though, this deal is significant because of a different…

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