Jan 15, 2015, 12:00 PM EST
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…
Jan 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
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…
Jan 14, 2015, 8:30 PM EST
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…
Jan 14, 2015, 11:13 AM EST
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…
Jan 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
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…
Jan 13, 2015, 2:00 PM EST
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,…
Jan 13, 2015, 11:32 AM EST
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…
Jan 13, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
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…
Jan 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
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…
Jan 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
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…
Jan 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
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…
Jan 9, 2015, 5:16 PM EST
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…
Jan 9, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
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…
Jan 8, 2015, 4:34 PM EST
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…
Jan 8, 2015, 1:01 PM EST
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…
Jan 8, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
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…
Jan 7, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
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…
Jan 6, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
The Washington Nationals’ hopes for a new spring training site in West Palm Beach, Fla. improved significantly on Monday, as mayor Jeri Muoio announced plans to seek a land swap agreement with Palm Beach County. The proposal would allow the Nats – along with the Houston Astros – to construct a 160-acre joint spring facility as soon…
Jan 5, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Nearly 10 weeks had passed since the Nationals’ loss to the San Francisco Giants – the eventual champions – in the NLDS, when Aaron Barrett stood in front of the media at NatsFest at the Walter E. Covention Center in mid-December. Game 4, however, was still fresh on his mind. The Nationals reliever took the…
Jan 4, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Blake Treinen was a revelation for the Nationals last season, an out-of-nowhere power right-hander with the ability to pitch both as a starter or reliever. That versatility helped get Treinen to the big leagues for the first time, and it makes him a valuable commodity for the Nats entering 2015. But versatility is also something…
Jan 3, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Nate McLouth entered 2014 feeling as good about himself as he had in some time, for no shortage of reasons. He was healthy. He was coming off back-to-back strong seasons in Baltimore. And he had job security after signing a 2-year, $10.75 million deal with a good Nationals club. Fast-forward one year and the veteran…
Jan 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Ted Leonsis and Mark Lerner always thought they knew what this would be like. Images of the Winter Classic at Nationals Park had floated through their minds for years. But until the day finally arrives, until the event actually takes place, you never really know. So, how did it go? Did it live up to…
Jan 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Hello and Happy New Year, everybody. The year of 2014 is finally in the books after the most eventful season in Nationals history. So many things happened and so many memories were made for Washington fans. As we get ready for a new season in a few months – pitchers and catchers report in six weeks…
Dec 31, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
As we count down the final days of 2014, we’re counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, merely significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We conclude today with significant moment No. 1: Matt Williams’ decision to pull Jordan…
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