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  1. What happens now to Nats’ rotation?

    Jan 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    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…

  2. VIDEO: Mike Rizzo talks Scherzer 1-on-1

    Jan 21, 2015, 9:57 PM EST

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    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…

  3. For Scherzer, choosing Nats was about ‘winning’

    Jan 21, 2015, 7:45 PM EST

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    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…

  4. How the ‘unreal’ Scherzer deal came together

    Jan 21, 2015, 5:23 PM EST

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    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…

  5. Nats to introduce Scherzer today at 2 p.m. on CSN

    Jan 21, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

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    The Washington Nationals will introduce their newest acquisition on Wednesday, as star pitcher Max Scherzer will meet with the media for the first time since signing a 7-year, $210 million deal. Comcast SportsNet will carry the press conference live at 2 p.m. and have coverage in both Geico SportsNet Central and a sitdown interview with…

  6. Roster preview: Jayson Werth

    Jan 21, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 35 How acquired: Signed as free agent, Dec. 2010 2015 salary: $21 million 2014 stats: 147 G, 629 PA, 85 R, 156 H, 37 2B, 3B, 16 HR, 82 RBI, 9 SB, 83 BB, 113 SO, .292 BA, .394 OBP, .455 SLG, .849 OPS, 134 OPS+, 5 E, -1.6 UZR, 4.8 WAR 2015 storyline: Jayson Werth is entering his fifth season with the Nationals in the third-to-final…

  7. Roster preview: Denard Span

    Jan 20, 2015, 4:22 PM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: Trade with Twins, Nov. 2012 2015 salary: $9 million 2014 stats: 147 G, 668 PA, 94 R, 184 H, 39 2B, 8 3B, 5 HR, 37 RBI, 31 SB, 50 BB, 65 SO, .302 BA, .355 OBP, .416 SLG, .771 OPS, 113 OPS+, 4 E, -4.7 UZR, 3.8 WAR 2015 storyline: Denard Span is entering the…

  8. VIDEO: Does Scherzer make Nats WS favorites?

    Jan 20, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

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    In signing Max Scherzer to a record-setting contract, the Nationals appear to be going all in on competing for a World Series title in 2015. But does adding the right-hander make them favorites? I discussed that topic and more with Michael Jenkins on Geico SportsNet Central last night. We also looked at the history between…

  9. Looking at the biggest contracts for pitchers

    Jan 20, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Though Max Scherzer’s contract includes a signing bonus and deferred money, the final total counting against the Nats’ payroll comes in at seven years and $210 million. Not only is that the biggest contract ever handed out in Nationals history, it’s the second largest ever for a starting pitcher, both in total money and average annual…

  10. Pros and cons of Nats’ many trade options

    Jan 19, 2015, 2:11 PM EST

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    While many of us focused on the possibility the Nationals would trade a starting pitcher this offseason, namely Jordan Zimmermann or Doug Fister who are both just a year away from hitting free agency, the Nats pulled off a stunner late Sunday night in acquiring the biggest name on the market, Max Scherzer. Now what was…

  11. Scherzer’s deal to eclipse $200 million

    Jan 19, 2015, 12:31 PM EST

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    The Washington Nationals shocked everybody in signing Max Scherzer to a free agent contract late Sunday night, but that was before the financial details even came out. A new report from Fox Sports says the Nationals are set to pay Scherzer $210 million over a period of 14 years with half of the money deferred. He…

  12. Roster preview: Bryce Harper

    Jan 19, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 22 How acquired: Drafted 1st round, June 2010 2015 salary: $2.5 million 2014 stats: 100 G, 395 PA, 41 R, 96 H, 10 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR, 32 RBI, 2 SB, 38 BB, 104 SO, .273 BA, .344 OBP, .423 SLG, .768 OPS, 4 E, -1.1 UZR, 1.3 WAR 2015 storyline: Though just 22 years…

  13. Nats sign top free agent Max Scherzer

    Jan 19, 2015, 12:10 AM EST

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    UPDATED: 12:29 a.m. The best starting rotation in Major League Baseball is about to get even better, as the Nationals have agreed to terms on a seven-year contract with top free agent Max Scherzer. Sources familiar with the deal confirmed the agreement early Monday morning, though the exact dollar amount is unclear at this point.…

  14. Reports link Nats to Scherzer again

    Jan 18, 2015, 10:40 PM EST

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    Just when it appeared the market for free agent pitcher Max Scherzer had died down, a new report on Sunday has both the Nationals and a mystery team in a bidding war for the former Cy Young winner. Here is what Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted to spark the rumor: max scherzer talking seriously…

  15. 2015 outlook: Cincinnati Reds

    Jan 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    2014 record: 76-86, 4th place in NL Central Manager: Bryan Price, 2nd season Estimated 2015 payroll: $118 million Key additions: OF Marlon Byrd, SP Anthony DeSclafani, OF Brennan Boesch, 1B Josh Satin Key losses: SP Mat Latos, 3B Jack Hannahan, OF Ryan Ludwick, RP Alfredo Simon, OF Chris Heisey Projected lineup CF Billy Hamilton 3B Todd Frazier 1B Joey Votto C Devin Mesoraco…

  16. How will Nats replace Clippard?

    Jan 17, 2015, 3:25 PM EST

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    In trading Tyler Clippard to the Oakland Athletics for Yunel Escobar on Wednesday, the Nationals found both their starting second baseman for 2015 and an insurance policy at shortstop in case Ian Desmond leaves in a trade or via free agency next winter. Escobar is under team control for the next three years, while Clippard…

  17. 2015 outlook: Chicago Cubs

    Jan 17, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    2014 record: 73-89, 5th place in NL Central Manager: Joe Maddon, 1st season Estimated 2015 payroll: $110 million Key additions: SP Jon Lester, C Miguel Montero, 2B Tommy La Stella, manager Joe Maddon Key losses: OF Justin Ruggiano, C Jeff Baker, C/1B Ryan Lavarnway Projected lineup LF Chris Coghlan SS Starlin Castro 1B Anthony Rizzo RF Jorge Soler C…

  18. Why Rizzo and Beane make so many deals

    Jan 16, 2015, 7:22 PM EST

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    It has become a running joke among members of the Nationals’ media corps, that if they make a sequel to the 2011 Oscar-nominated film ‘Moneyball,’ they will have to cast somebody as Mike Rizzo. Rizzo and Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane have become trade partners so often, that telling the story of either team…

  19. 2015 Outlook: Chicago White Sox

    Jan 16, 2015, 2:00 PM EST

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    2014 record: 73-89, 4th place in AL Central Manager: Robin Ventura, 4th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $117 million Key additions: SP Jeff Samardzija, 1B Adam LaRoche, LF Melky Cabrera, CL David Robertson, RP Zach Duke, 3B Emilio Bonifacio Key losses: 1B Paul Konerko, SP Felipe Paulino, IF Marcus Semien Projected lineup CF Adam Eaton LF Melky Cabrera 1B…

  20. Strasburg, Storen, Fister avoid arbitration

    Jan 16, 2015, 10:40 AM EST

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    Updated at 1:25 p.m. Stephen Strasburg, Drew Storen and Doug Fister became the latest members of the Nationals to avoid salary arbitration, agreeing to contracts before MLB’s Friday afternoon deadline. Fister signed for $11.4 million, with Strasburg agreeing to a $7.4 million salary and Storen a $5.7 million salary in 2015, according to sources familiar…

  21. Point/Counterpoint: Did Nats get enough for Clippard?

    Jan 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: DID THE NATS GET ENOUGH FOR TYLER CLIPPARD? MARK ZUCKERMAN: Let me start by saying that I don’t think the Nationals got a bad return for Clippard. Yunel Escobar is, at worst, an average MLB shortstop who is under team control for two or three more years. If you can get that…

  22. Ramos, Lobaton, Espinosa, Stammen avoid arbitration

    Jan 15, 2015, 5:35 PM EST

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    Updated at 11:15 p.m. The Nationals avoided arbitration with four players Thursday evening, agreeing to terms on 2015 contracts with catchers Wilson Ramos and Jose Lobaton, infielder Danny Espinosa and reliever Craig Stammen. Ramos, in his second year of arbitration eligibility, will earn $3.55 million, a raise from his 2014 salary of $2.095 million. The…

  23. Rizzo on Escobar’s role, Desmond’s future and more

    Jan 15, 2015, 2:13 PM EST

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    Mike Rizzo wrapped up a conference call with reporters a short while ago, during which time the Nationals general manager discussed last night’s trade of Tyler Clippard to the Athletics for Yunel Escobar, plus the various domino effects of this deal. Here are some of the highlights from Rizzo. We’ll have more in-depth thoughts on…

  24. 2015 outlook: Boston Red Sox

    Jan 15, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

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    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…

  25. More thoughts on the Clippard-Escobar trade

    Jan 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    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…

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