Dec 24, 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 continue today with significant moment No. 8: Denard Span setting a new club…
Dec 23, 2014, 12:40 PM EST
The Nationals have signed Ian Stewart to a minor-league contract, according to Baseball America’s Matt Eddy, adding a veteran infielder who potentially could serve as a left-handed backup to first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and third baseman Anthony Rendon. Stewart, 29, is a career .229 hitter in parts of seven big-league seasons with the Rockies, Cubs…
Dec 23, 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 continue today with significant moment No. 9: Drew Storen replacing Rafael Soriano as…
Dec 22, 2014, 12:40 PM EST
The Nationals have signed veteran reliever Heath Bell to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, a club source confirmed Monday afternoon. Bell — who announced the news via a self-written essay on The Players’ Tribune, a website for athletes created by Derek Jeter following his retirement in October — was a 3-time…
Dec 22, 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 begin today with significant moment No. 10: The decision to put Ross Detwiler…
Dec 21, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Doug Fister grew up in central California and still calls it home. He pitched in Seattle and Detroit earlier in his career and enjoyed both cities. But there’s something particularly special about pitching in Washington for Fister, who has tried to make the most of his time living in the nation’s capital. Prominent politicians and…
Dec 20, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Jerry Blevins’ offseason began much later than his teammates, and later than even those who participated in the 2014 World Series. The 6-foot-6 lefty was part of a showcase series in Japan in mid-November, along with fellow MLBers Yasiel Puig, Evan Longoria and Robinson Cano. Blevins traveled overseas to play against Japan’s national team, called…
Dec 19, 2014, 1:10 PM EST
Updated at 3:29 p.m. The complex, 3-team, 11-player trade that was agreed upon Wednesday is now official. But the prized shortstop prospect the Nationals will be receiving as part of the deal still can’t join his new organization for another six months. The Nationals announced their end of the trade Friday, with outfielder Steven Souza…
Dec 19, 2014, 12:04 PM EST
Ten weeks into the offseason, the Nationals have few open spots to fill on their roster, but on their bench remain several opportunities, at least for the moment. There is plenty of time for Mike Rizzo and the Nats to replace the holes left by Nate Schierholtz and Scott Hairston via trade or free agency. If…
Dec 19, 2014, 8:57 AM EST
Nationals closer Drew Storen stopped by to go one-on-one with Mark at last weekend’s NatsFest to talk about his offseason and his expectations for 2015. It has been a busy few months for the right-hander, who got married shortly after the Nats were ousted from the playoffs. Storen talked about traveling this offseason and how…
Dec 18, 2014, 2:38 PM EST
After narrowly beating the Washington Nationals in four games in the 2014 NLDS, the San Francisco Giants went on to take their third World Series title in the last five years. Madison Bumgarner overcame his Game 3 loss to the Nats to cement himself in MLB postseason history. It earned him Sports Illustrated’s ‘Sportsman of…
Dec 18, 2014, 12:22 PM EST
With the Winter Meetings and NatsFest in the books, Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I decided to sit down and record an offseason episode of ‘Baseball in the District.’ With so much to talk about, we booked three guests to analyze the Nationals both from a local and national perspective. ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian, SI’s Cliff…
Dec 18, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
If the Nationals were trying to find a potential long-term replacement at shortstop should Ian Desmond leave one year from now, they certainly found themselves an intriguing candidate Wednesday in Trea Turner. The 21-year-old — one of two players the Nationals acquired from the Padres as part of the 3-team, 11-player trade that also sends…
Dec 17, 2014, 6:38 PM EST
Addressing a major organizational hole while dealing from a significant strength, the Nationals have agreed to be part of a 3-team trade with the Rays and Padres that will send outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to Tampa Bay and bring top shortstop prospect Trea Turner to Washington. The complex, 11-player deal, which is headlined by San…
Dec 17, 2014, 3:33 PM EST
There’s a growing amount of evidence to suggest the Tampa Bay Rays are closing in on a trade that would send 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers to the San Diego Padres for a package of players. And there’s also a growing sense around the baseball world that if and when that trade…
Dec 17, 2014, 12:00 PM EST
Tyler Clippard checked in with CSN for a one-on-one interview with Mark at last weekend’s NatsFest. The Nationals reliever gave an update on his offseason and looked ahead to next year. Clippard – along with several of his teammates – is set to be a free agent after the 2015 season. Because of that, his…
Dec 17, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Ross Detwiler’s seven-year run with the Washington Nationals after joining them as the sixth overall pick in 2007 finally ended on Friday, as the Nats dealt him to the Texas Rangers for a pair of prospects. It looks like a good deal for both sides. Detwiler will have a better opportunity in Texas to possibly…
Dec 16, 2014, 5:31 PM EST
The Nationals made official the day pitchers and catchers will report to 2015 spring training in Viera, Fl. on Tuesday with an announcement on Twitter. February 19 it is. That falls in line with a regular season that is beginning late this year, as the Nationals do not open their schedule until April 6 when the…
Dec 16, 2014, 2:38 PM EST
For as much talk as there has been about next offseason and the possibility the Nationals could lose some of their most familiar names, that process has already begun this winter. Ross Detwiler, a member of the Nats’ organization for seven years, was traded to the Texas Rangers on Friday. And Adam LaRoche signed with the…
Dec 16, 2014, 1:00 PM EST
Ian Desmond went one-on-one with Mark at this past weekend’s Nats Fest to talk about his offseason so far. Desmond and his wife welcomed their third child just days after the end of the Nationals’ season, so that has of course changed things at home. The Silver Slugger shortstop discussed family life during the offseason,…
Dec 16, 2014, 12:09 PM EST
Mark came in to the CSN studio on Monday night to sit down for a segment on Geico SportsNet Central explaining the contract settlement reached by the Nationals and Bryce Harper. The two sides reached an agreement late Sunday night to avoid a grievance hearing that was set for this week. In this three-minute video,…
Dec 16, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Two winters ago, in the wake of a difficult postseason debut in which he gave up the runs that handed the Cardinals a 5-game NLDS victory over the Nationals, Drew Storen watched helplessly as general manager Mike Rizzo brought in a new closer, relegating him to a lesser relief role. So forgive Storen if privately…
Dec 15, 2014, 12:53 PM EST
At 9:30 a.m. sharp on Monday morning, a 53-foot tractor trailer holding the world’s largest mobile refrigeration unit pulled down First St. SE and parked in front of the center field gate at Nationals Park. The 480-mile journey from Toronto, Ontario that began on Monday was finally complete, as Dan Craig – the NHL’s senior director…
Dec 15, 2014, 12:00 PM EST
Mark got a few Nationals players one-on-one at this past Saturday’s NatsFest at the Walter E. Convention Center. We will roll those videos out this week, beginning with Stephen Strasburg today. Strasburg was glad to be back in front of the fans at the annual convention Saturday. In this clip he talks about how that…
Dec 15, 2014, 9:17 AM EST
Avoiding a grievance hearing that was set for Tuesday, the Nationals and Bryce Harper settled on their own late Sunday night, agreeing to a 2-year, $7.5 million contract that establishes the star outfielder’s salaries for both the 2015 and 2016 seasons, a source familiar with the deal confirmed. The two sides had been setting themselves…
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MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
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SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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