Jan 29, 2014, 11:57 AM EDT
Mike Rizzo stopped by at this past weekend’s Nats Fest to talk with Mark about the event, the team’s offseason and what he expects from Matt Williams’ first spring training. On the topic of their moves this winter, Rizzo had some interesting thoughts on trading for Doug Fister in particular. As you may recall, the…
Jan 29, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 27 How acquired: 2nd round pick, 2007 draft 2014 salary: $7.5 million 2013 Stats: 32 GS, 213.1 IP, 192 H, 81 R, 77 ER, 19 HR, 40 BB, 161 K, 1.088 WHIP, 19-9, 3.25 ERA, 3.51 FIP, 2.4 WAR 2014 storyline: By now, Zimmermann has established what he is: A…
Jan 28, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
Doug Fister pitched in a Mariners rotation that included Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee. He pitched in a Tigers rotation that boasted Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer. And he thinks his current rotation in Washington — featuring Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann — might just top them all. “I’ve certainly been blessed to…
Jan 28, 2014, 12:07 PM EDT
Stephen Strasburg missed last January’s Nats Fest due to a scheduling conflict, but was there this year to greet fans and talk about the new season. He had a lot to update us on given he had surgery this offseason to remove loose bodies from his right elbow. Strasburg said he’s already past the six-week…
Jan 28, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 28 How acquired: Trade from Athletics with RHP Robert Gilliam for LHP Tom Milone, RHP Brad Peacock, RHP A.J. Cole and C Derek Norris, Dec. 2011 2014 salary: $8.5 million 2013 stats: 32 GS, 195.2 IP, 169 H, 79 R, 73 ER, 17 HR, 76 BB, 192 K, 1.252 WHIP,…
Jan 27, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT
2013 record: 96-66, 1st place in AL West Manager: Bob Melvin, 4th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $78 million Key additions: LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Jim Johnson, INF Nick Punto, RHP Luke Gregerson, LHP Eric O’Flaherty, LHP Fernando Abad Key losses: RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Grant Balfour, OF Chris Young, C Kurt Suzuki, 2B Jemile Weeks,…
Jan 27, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT
Saturday’s NatsFest didn’t reveal anything shockingly new about the Nationals players, as many of them took time to talk to the media. There were some small revelations, but perhaps the biggest was Bryce Harper saying he may not be 100 percent by the time he reports to spring training. The Nats outfielder is still recovering…
Jan 27, 2014, 2:19 PM EDT
Though he would appear to have an obvious leg up to reclaim the job he lost last season while on the disabled list, Ross Detwiler is comfortable with the idea of competing for the final spot in the Nationals’ rotation this spring. “I’ve done it every single year, so it’s nothing different for me,” he…
Jan 27, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT
Gio Gonzalez has spent much of his offseason down in South Florida where he generally trains over the winter. He’s got family, friends, sunshine and workout facilities at the University of Miami, all he needs to get prepared for the new year. This time around, however, he’s had some extra help. Four-time World Series champion…
Jan 27, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 25 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2009 draft 2014 salary: $3.975 million 2013 stats: 30 GS, 183 IP, 136 H, 71 R, 61 ER, 16 HR, 56 BB, 191 K, 1.049 WHIP, 8-9, 3.00 ERA, 3.21 FIP, 3.2 WAR 2014 storyline: Stephen Strasburg took some significant steps forward last season.…
Jan 26, 2014, 3:13 PM EDT
Trade rumors are nothing new for Drew Storen, so when a new round of speculation surfaced this winter, the Nationals reliever didn’t worry about it. “No, I didn’t,” he said Saturday at NatsFest. “It’s part of the business. You read it and … eh, whatever happens. You never really know the full story. It’s kind…
Jan 26, 2014, 12:33 PM EDT
After a year that saw Danny Espinosa play through a torn rotator cuff, break his wrist, and hit .158 on his way to a demotion to Triple-A, the 26-year-old remains very much optimistic about 2014. He knows it will be an important year in the context of his MLB career, and considers 2013 to be…
Jan 26, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
There aren’t a whole lot of ex-Nationals who bring a smile to everyone’s faces, owing in large part to the franchise’s overall lack of success and ever-changing roster during its first nine seasons in the District. Livan Hernandez, though, has always been — and will always remain — one of the most popular players in…
Jan 25, 2014, 5:18 PM EDT
Three months after having surgery to remove loose bodies from his right elbow, Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg is fully past the rehab process and feeling great. At this point, just weeks before pitchers and catchers report, he’s moving through the final days of winter as if the procedure never even happened. “It’s not considered rehab…
Jan 25, 2014, 3:53 PM EDT
Though his surgically repaired left knee feels “great,” Bryce Harper admitted Saturday he had been in pain well before his well-publicized wall collisions in April and May and he may not be 100 percent healed for the start of Nationals spring training. “I’m trying to get back to full strength,” the 21-year-old outfielder said at…
Jan 25, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT
Hello from the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, which today is hosting NatsFest for the first time. And there’s plenty on tap for the festivities, which runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for the general public (season-ticket holders and VIPs get an hour to themselves beginning at 10 a.m.). Props to the Nationals for bringing…
Jan 24, 2014, 4:48 PM EDT
The Nationals have invited 18 non-roster players to participate in big-league camp this spring, a list that includes prospects A.J. Cole, Brian Goodwin and Matt Skole. Cole, Goodwin and Skole are the organization’s second-, third- and fourth-ranked prospects, according to Baseball America. Though none has a reasonable shot at making the Opening Day roster, each…
Jan 24, 2014, 2:03 PM EDT
2013 record: 85-77, 3rd place in AL East Manager: Joe Girardi, 7th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $196 million Key additions: OF Jacoby Ellsbury, C Brian McCann, SP Masahiro Tanaka, OF Carlos Beltran Key losses: SP Phil Hughes, OF Vernon Wells, 3B Alex Rodriguez (technically) Projected lineup CF Jacoby Ellsbury SS Derek Jeter RF Carlos Beltran 1B Mark Teixeira C Brian…
Jan 24, 2014, 9:28 AM EDT
Nationals manager Matt Williams sat down with Brian Mitchell on Thursday night for a one-on-one interview as part of SportsTalk Live’s ‘Open Mic’ segment. Williams looked ahead to this weekend’s NatsFest, as well as the new season, giving a preview of what to expect over the next few weeks as the team reports to spring…
Jan 24, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 33 How acquired: Traded from Cubs for RHP Ivan Pineyro and player-to-be-named, July 2013 2014 salary: $2.5 million (Cubs are paying $500,000 of that) 2013 stats (Nats only): 33 G, 62 PA, 5 R, 13 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 0 SB, 2 BB, 19 SO,…
Jan 23, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
2013 record: 74-88, 3rd place in NL East Manager: Terry Collins, 4th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $85 million Key additions: RHP Bartolo Colon, OF Curtis Granderson, OF Chris Young, LHP John Lannan Key losses: LHP Johan Santana, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Jordany Valdespin, IF Justin Turner, RHP David Aardsma Projected lineup RF Chris Young 2B…
Jan 23, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 32 How acquired: Free agent, Dec. 2013 2014 salary: $5 million 2013 stats (w/BAL): 146 G, 593 PA, 76 R, 137 H, 31 2B, 4 3B, 12 HR, 36 RBI, 30 SB, 53 BB, 86 SO, .258 AVG, .329 OBP, .399 SLG, .729 OPS, 1 E, 4.0 UZR, 2.5 WAR…
Jan 22, 2014, 6:03 PM EDT
2013 record: 66-96, 4th place in AL Central Manager: Ron Gardenhire, 13th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $83 million Key additions: C Kurt Suzuki, SP Ricky Nolasco, SP Phil Hughes Key losses: C/OF Ryan Doumit, SP Liam Hendricks Projected lineup CF Alex Presley 2B Brian Dozier 1B Joe Mauer LF Josh Willingham RF Oswaldo Arcia 3B Trevor Plouffe DH Jason Kubel…
Jan 22, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 34 How acquired: Free agent, Dec. 2010 2014 salary: $20 million 2013 stats: 129 G, 532 PA, 84 R, 147 H, 24 2B, 0 3B, 25 HR, 82 RBI, 10 SB, 60 BB, 101 SO, .318 AVG, .398 OBP, .532 SLG, .931 OPS, 1 E, -3.3 UZR, 4.6 WAR 2014…
Jan 21, 2014, 6:28 PM EDT
The Nationals have signed right-hander Clay Hensley to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, adding a veteran reliever to the competition for the one or two jobs that will be up for grabs in Viera. Hensley, 34, is a veteran of seven major-league seasons and sports a 4.00 ERA in 271 career…
NL EAST STANDINGS
x-Clinched division title
WED: Nats at Braves, 7:10 p.m.
THU: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
FRI: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
TUE: Mets at Nats 7:05 p.m.
Full season schedule
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As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...
MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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