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  1. Roster preview: Nate McLouth

    Jan 23, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  2. 2014 Outlook: Minnesota Twins

    Jan 22, 2014, 6:03 PM EDT

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    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…

  3. Roster preview: Jayson Werth

    Jan 22, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  4. Nats sign reliever Hensley to minor-league deal

    Jan 21, 2014, 6:28 PM EDT

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    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…

  5. 2014 Outlook: Milwaukee Brewers

    Jan 21, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 74-88, 4th place in NL Central Manager: Ron Roenicke, 4th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $83 million Key additions: 1B/3B Mark Reynolds, LHP Will Smith Key losses: OF Norichika Aoki, 1B/OF Corey Hart, 1B/3B, Yuniesky Betancourt, LHP Mike Gonzalez Projected lineup SS Jean Segura 2B Scooter Gennett RF Ryan Braun 3B Aramis Ramirez C…

  6. Rizzo doesn’t rule out Balfour signing

    Jan 21, 2014, 12:13 PM EDT

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    Mike Rizzo hasn’t been afraid in the past to make a surprise January signing, even at positions that already appear to be filled — ie. Edwin Jackson in 2012 and Rafael Soriano in 2013 — so it perhaps wasn’t all that surprising over the weekend when a report by FoxSports.com suggested the Nationals have some…

  7. Roster preview: Denard Span

    Jan 21, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 30 How acquired: Trade from Twins for RHP Alex Meyer, Nov. 2012 2014 salary: $6.5 million 2013 stats: 153 G, 662 PA, 75 R, 170 H, 28 2B, 11 3B, 4 HR, 47 RBI, 20 SB, 42 BB, 77 SO, .279 AVG, .327 OBP, .380 SLG, .707 OPS, 0 E, 10.2…

  8. 2014 Outlook: Miami Marlins

    Jan 20, 2014, 7:44 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 62-100, 5th place in NL East Manager: Mike Redmond, 2nd season Estimated 2014 payroll: $40 million Key additions: C Jarrod Saltalamaccia, 1B/OF Garrett Jones, IF Rafael Furcal, 3B Casey McGehee Key losses: 1B Logan Morrison, OF Justin Ruggiano, OF Chris Coghlan Projected lineup 2B Rafael Furcal LF Christian Yelich RF Giancarlo Stanton 1B Garrett Jones C Jarrod Saltalamacchia…

  9. Roster preview: Bryce Harper

    Jan 20, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 21 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2010 draft 2014 salary: $2.15 million 2013 stats: 118 G, 497 PA, 71 R, 116 H, 24 2B, 3 3B, 20 HR, 58 RBI, 11 SB, 61 BB, 94 SO, .274 AVG, .368 OBP, .486 SLG, .854 OPS, 6 E, 2.6 UZR, 3.8 WAR…

  10. Point/Counterpoint: Impact rookie in 2014?

    Jan 20, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WHICH MEMBER OF THE NATIONALS’ FARM SYSTEM WILL MAKE HIS MLB DEBUT IN 2014 AND BECOME A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTOR? MARK ZUCKERMAN: Unlike the last two seasons, there isn’t an obvious, slam-dunk choice here. There’s no Bryce Harper or Anthony Rendon in the pipeline, poised to make an immediate impact in the big…

  11. 2014 Outlook: Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jan 19, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 92-70, 1st place in NL West Manager: Don Mattingly, 4th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $230 million Key additions: 2B Alexander Guerrero, RHP Dan Haren, RHP Chris Perez Key losses: 2B Mark Ellis, INF Nick Punto, RHP Ricky Nolasco, RHP Edinson Volquez Projected lineup LF Carl Crawford RF Yasiel Puig SS Hanley Ramirez 1B…

  12. Roster preview: Tyler Moore

    Jan 19, 2014, 10:10 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 27 How acquired: Drafted in the 16th round, June 2008 2014 salary: N/A 2013 Stats: 63 G, 178 PA, 16 R, 37 H, 9 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 21 RBI, 0 SB, 8 BB, 58 SO, .222 AVG, .260 OBP, .347 SLG, .607 OPS, 1 E, -5.3 UZR (at OF), -0.6 UZR (at…

  13. John Lannan signs with New York Mets

    Jan 18, 2014, 4:38 PM EDT

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    After leaving the Nats to join the Phillies last season, lefty John Lannan is now headed to another NL East rival. Lannan agreed to a minor league deal with the New York Mets on Saturday with an invitation to spring training. The Long Island native will take a shot at making the Mets roster, and his chances…

  14. Roster preview: Jamey Carroll

    Jan 18, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 40 How acquired: Minor-league free agent, signed Jan. 2014 2014 salary: Minor-league contract 2013 Stats: 73 G, 249 PA, 26 R, 48 H, 9 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 11 RBI, 2 SB, 17 BB, 39 SO, .211 AVG, .267 OBP, .251 SLG, .518 OPS, 2 E, -0.5 UZR (at…

  15. Clippard, Fister will go to arbitration

    Jan 17, 2014, 9:10 PM EDT

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    Unable to come to terms on contracts before Friday’s 1 p.m. deadline, right-handers Tyler Clippard and Doug Fister and the Nationals formally filed dueling arbitration figures to Major League Baseball headquarters. Hearings before a three-judge panel will be set for next month, though both players and the Nationals are free to continue negotiating and could…

  16. 2014 outlook: Kansas City Royals

    Jan 17, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 86-76, 3rd place in AL Central Manager: Ned Yost, 5th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $90 million Key additions: OF Norichika Aoki, 2B Omar Infante, LHP Jason Vargas Key losses: RHP Ervin Santana, LHP Brcuce Chen, C George Kottaras Projected lineup RF Norichika Aoki 2B Omar Infante 1B Eric Hosmer DH Billy Butler LF…

  17. Update: Zimmermann, Desmond get 2-year deals

    Jan 17, 2014, 11:40 AM EDT

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    Updated at 1:25 p.m. With the deadline to submit competing arbitration figures to Major League Baseball looming this afternoon, there is likely to be a flurry of activity from the Nationals over the next several hours. Sure enough, the Nationals have agreed to terms with five of their seven arbitration-eligible players so far today: Jordan…

  18. Roster preview: Ryan Zimmerman

    Jan 17, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 29 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2005 draft 2014 salary: $14 million 2013 Stats: 147 G, 633 PA, 84 R, 156 H, 26 2B, 2 3B, 26 HR, 79 RBI, 6 SB, 60 BB, 133 SO, .275 AVG, .344 OBP, .465 SLG, .809 OPS, 21 E, -14.0 UZR, 3.0 WAR…

  19. Detwiler signs for $3 million, avoids arbitration

    Jan 16, 2014, 10:42 PM EDT

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    Ross Detwiler and the Nationals came to terms on a 2014 contract Thursday night, avoiding arbitration only 24 hours before they would have been required to submit competing salary figures. Detwiler will earn $3 million this season, a modest raise from his 2013 salary of $2.3375 million, according to sources familiar with the contract. The…

  20. 2014 Outlook: Houston Astros

    Jan 16, 2014, 1:39 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 51-111, 5th place in AL West Manager: Bo Porter, 2nd season Estimated 2014 payroll: $48 million Key additions: SP Scott Feldman, OF Dexter Fowler, RP Jess Crain, RP Matt Albers, RP Chad Qualls Key losses: IF Ryan Jackson, OF Brandon Barnes, SP Jordan Lyles Projected lineup CF Dexter Fowler 2B Jose Altuve C Jason Castro DH Chris…

  21. Roster preview: Ian Desmond

    Jan 16, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 28 How acquired: 3rd round pick, 2004 draft 2014 salary: TBD (should make roughly $7 million via arbitration) 2013 Stats: 158 G, 655 PA, 77 R, 168 H, 38 2B, 3 3B, 20 HR, 80 RBI, 21 SB, 43 BB, 145 SO, .280 AVG, .331 OBP, .453 SLG, .784 OPS, 20…

  22. 2014 Outlook: Detroit Tigers

    Jan 15, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 93-69, 1st place in AL Central Manager: Brad Ausmus, 1st season Estimated 2014 payroll: $158 million Key additions: 2B Ian Kinsler, RHP Joe Nathan, RHP Joba Chamberlain, LHP Ian Krol, INF Steve Lombardozzi Key losses: 1B Prince Fielder, RHP Doug Fister, SS Jhonny Peralta, 2B Omar Infante, RHP Joaquin Benoit, RHP Jose Veras…

  23. Nats extend contract with Harrisburg through ’18

    Jan 15, 2014, 1:55 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have extended their longstanding affiliation with Class AA Harrisburg, signing a new, 4-year contract that will keep the two clubs connected through 2018. The Senators already were contracted with the Nationals through this upcoming season, but by reaching agreement now on a long-term extension the two sides guarantee there won’t be any threat…

  24. Roster preview: Anthony Rendon

    Jan 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 23 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2011 draft 2014 salary: $1.8 million 2013 Stats: 98 G, 394 PA, 40 R, 93 H, 23 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR, 35 RBI, 1 SB, 31 BB, 69 SO, .265 AVG, .329 OBP, .396 SLG, .725 OPS, 9 E, 3.4 UZR (at 2B), -2.3…

  25. Zimmermann, 7 others file for arbitration

    Jan 14, 2014, 7:32 PM EDT

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    Eight Nationals players filed for arbitration this evening, a procedural step toward determining their 2014 salaries. Right-handers Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard, left-handers Ross Detwiler and Jerry Blevins, shortstop Ian Desmond and catcher Wilson Ramos all officially filed paperwork, according to the MLB Players’ Association. Those players and the Nationals must…

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB MN
x-WASHINGTON 87 63 -- 0
ATLANTA 75 76 12.5
MIAMI 73 77 14.0
NEW YORK 73 79 15.0
PHILADELPHIA 69 82 18.5
Through Tuesday's games
x-Clinched division title

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
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.
MON: OFF
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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TUE: 2:30 p.m.
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THU: 2:30 p.m.
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