Jan 29, 2015, 4:00 PM EST
2014 record: 89-73, 2nd place in AL Central Manager: Ned Yost, 6th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $111 million Key additions: DH Kendrys Morales, OF Alex Rios, RHP Edinson Volquez, RHP Kris Medlen Key losses: DH Billy Butler, RHP James Shields, OF Nori Aoki, OF Raul Ibanez, OF Josh Willingham, RHP Aaron Crow Projected lineup SS Alcides…
Jan 29, 2015, 1:31 PM EST
Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth pleaded guilty Thursday to reckless driving in a Fairfax County court and agreed to a 5-day jail sentence. Werth, 35, was scheduled to go to trial Tuesday but dropped his appeal of a December conviction in Fairfax County General District Court, in which he was sentenced to 10 days in jail…
Jan 29, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 27 How acquired: Trade from Twins for RHP Matt Capps, July 2010 2015 salary: $3.55 million 2014 stats: 88 G, 361 PA, 32 R, 91 H, 12 2B, 0 3B, 11 HR, 47 RBI, 0 SB, 17 BB, 57 SO, .267 AVG, .299 OBP, .399 SLG, .698 OPS, 5 E,…
Jan 28, 2015, 2:04 PM EST
2014 record: 70-92, 4th place in AL West Manager: A.J. Hinch, 1st season Estimated 2015 payroll: $71 million Key additions: C/OF Evan Gattis, OF Colby Rasmus, SS Jed Lowrie, 3B Luis Valbuena, SP Dan Straily, RP Luke Gregerson Key losses: OF Dexter Fowler, C Carlos Corporan, RP Matt Albers, OF Delino DeShields Projected lineup 2B Jose Altuve 3B Luis Valbuena RF George Springer…
Jan 28, 2015, 11:26 AM EST
Needing to bolster the back end of a bullpen that no longer features Tyler Clippard or Rafael Soriano, the Nationals on Wednesday signed veteran right-hander and former Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen. The contract — a 1-year deal with a mutual option for 2016 that includes $5 million in guaranteed money — hasn’t been made…
Jan 28, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 30 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2005 draft 2015 salary: $14 million 2014 stats: 61 G, 240 PA, 26 R, 60 H, 19 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 38 RBI, 0 SB, 22 BB, 37 SO, .280 AVG, .342 OBP, .449 SLG, .790 OPS, 4 E, 0.6 UZR (at 3B), 0.4…
Jan 27, 2015, 3:21 PM EST
2014 record: 90-72, 1st place in AL Central Manager: Brad Ausmus, 2nd season Estimated 2015 payroll: $172 million Key additions: OF Yoenis Cespedes, OF Anthony Gose, RHP Alfredo Simon, RHP Shane Greene, LHP Tom Gorzelanny Key losses: RHP Max Scherzer, OF Torii Hunter, RHP Rick Porcello, RHP Joba Chamberlain, LHP Phil Coke Projected lineup 2B Ian…
Jan 27, 2015, 12:00 PM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 32 How acquired: Traded from Oakland for RHP Tyler Clippard, Jan. 2015 2015 salary: $5 million 2014 stats: 137 G, 529 PA, 33 R, 123 H, 18 2B, 0 3B, 7 HR, 39 RBI, 1 SB, 43 BB, 60 SO, .258 BA, .324 OBP, .340 SLG, .664 OPS, 92 OPS+, 16 E,…
Jan 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
So, anything interesting happen while I was on vacation the last 10 days? The third week of January usually is pretty quiet, so I can’t imagine the Nationals made any real significant news. They certainly didn’t give out $210 million to a prominent free agent pitcher. Wait, what? OK, so yeah, looks like I picked…
Jan 26, 2015, 4:44 PM EST
2014 record: 66-96, 4th place in NL West Manager: Walt Weiss, 3rd season Estimated 2015 payroll: $98 million Key additions: C Nick Hundley, INF Daniel Descalso, OF Roger Bernadina, SP John Lannan, SP Jair Jurrjens Key losses: OF/1B Michael Cuddyer, SP Brett Anderson, RP Matt Belisle, 2B Josh Rutledge Projected lineup CF Charlie Blackmon RF Carlos Gonzalez SS Troy Tulowitzki 1B Justin Morneau 3B…
Jan 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 29 How acquired: Drafted 3rd round, June 2004 2015 salary: $11 million 2014 stats: 154 G, 648 PA, 73 R, 151 H, 26 2B, 3 3B, 24 HR, 91 RBI, 24 SB, 46 BB, 183 SO, .255 BA, .313 OBP, .430 SLG, .743 OPS, 103 OPS+, 24 E, 0.1 UZR, 4.1 WAR 2015 storyline: Ian Desmond is entering the…
Jan 25, 2015, 2:06 PM EST
2014 record: 85-77, 3rd place in NL Central Manager: Terry Francona, 3rd season Estimated 2015 payroll: $87 million Key additions: 1B/OF Brandon Moss, RHP Gavin Floyd, LHP Scott Downs, RHP Shaun Marcum Key losses: DH Jason Giambi, OF J.B. Shuck, 2B Joe Wendle Projected lineup CF Michael Bourn SS Jose Ramirez LF Michael Brantley 1B Carlos Santana RF Brandon Moss C Yan Gomes 2B Jason…
Jan 25, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 24 How acquired: Drafted 1st round, June 2011 2015 salary: $1.8 million 2014 stats: 153 G, 683 PA, 111 R, 176 H, 39 2B, 6 3B, 21 HR, 83 RBI, 17 SB, 58 BB, 104 SO, .287 BA, .351 OBP, .473 SLG, .824 OPS, 125 OPS+, 5 E, 4.2 UZR, 6.6 WAR 2015 storyline: Rendon enters 2015 after what was an all-around breakout season in his first…
Jan 24, 2015, 12:32 PM EST
Ross Ohlendorf – who was a big contributor for the Nationals in 2013 – has signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers, according to Fox Sports Southwest. The contract also comes with an invite to spring training. Ohlendorf was part of the Nationals for two seasons, though he did not appear at the big…
Jan 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Max Scherzer will be paid handsomely to join a team that was already one of the best in baseball, having led the National League in wins in two of the last three seasons. If the Nationals offer a player $210 million to play for them, it’s not a very difficult decision for that person to make.…
Jan 23, 2015, 4:08 PM EST
After signing Max Scherzer, the Nationals have some big decisions to make over the next four weeks in regards to their rotation. Do they make a trade involving Jordan Zimmermann or Doug Fister, or roll into 2015 with all six of their starting pitchers on the roster? I discussed what happens next for the Nationals…
Jan 23, 2015, 12:08 PM EST
Even before the Nationals added Max Scherzer in a record free agent contract, their starting rotation was by all accounts a strength. They held the best rotation ERA in MLB last season at 3.04 and the best WHIP at 1.14. Even in the postseason, their 0.73 starters’ ERA was tops among all playoff teams. Pundits…
Jan 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Moments before Wednesday’s press conference at Nationals Park, as the Nats were getting ready to introduce former Cy Young-winner Max Scherzer – their biggest free agent catch as a franchise to date – left fielder Jayson Werth walked through the door of the media room with a blue velvet blazer on and took a seat…
Jan 22, 2015, 4:31 PM EST
The Nationals added a former All-Star reliever to their bullpen mix on Wednesday, signing right-hander Evan Meek to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training. MLB.com first had the report. Meek, 31, joins the Nationals after spending 2014 with the Orioles. He made 23 appearances for Baltimore and struggled with…
Jan 22, 2015, 1:36 PM EST
For Mike Rizzo, Matt Williams and Max Scherzer, the Nationals’ signing of the latter to a seven-year, $210 million free agent deal in many ways brought a relationship that developed years ago full circle. Rizzo was the scouting director for the Arizona Diamondbacks when they evaluated and then drafted Scherzer with the 11th overall pick…
Jan 22, 2015, 11:00 AM EST
Soon after he was introduced to fans and media at Nationals Park on Wednesday, new free agent acquisition Max Scherzer sat down for an interview with Chick Hernandez and Brian Mitchell on CSN’s SportsTalk Live. It was a great conversation, as Chick and Brian asked Max about what he will bring to the Nats, how…
Jan 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Already harboring the deepest rotation in the majors – and arguably the best overall in the game – the Nationals “strengthened a strength,” as general manager Mike Rizzo likes to say, in signing former Cy Young winner Max Scherzer to a free agent deal on Sunday. Now the Nationals have a conundrum: six quality starting…
Jan 21, 2015, 9:57 PM EST
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo made one of the biggest decisions of his tenure in Washington in signing Max Scherzer to a record $210 million contract. It’s a huge investment in a player he has a history with dating back to their days with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Comcast SportsNet’s Jill Sorenson caught up with Rizzo…
Jan 21, 2015, 7:45 PM EST
One could look at the Nationals’ signing of Max Scherzer and say the 2013 Cy Young-winner had 210 million reasons to choose the Nats over the other teams who had shown interest this offseason. For Scherzer himself, however, he says it’s not entirely about the money he will earn over the next 14 years. The…
Jan 21, 2015, 5:23 PM EST
If the Nationals signing top free agent Max Scherzer to a free agent contract – along with the final contract numbers – came as a surprise, well, you weren’t alone. A common theme at Wednesday’s introductory press conference at Nationals Park was the element of surprise: how the Nats were able to sign a player…
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