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  1. Original Nat Carroll returns on minor-league deal

    Jan 9, 2014, 2:03 PM EDT

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    Updated at 3:15 p.m. Jamey Carroll, a member of the original 2005 Nationals, is coming back to Washington nine years later. Carroll is signing a minor-league contract with the Nationals, with a good chance of making the Opening Day roster, sources confirmed Thursday afternoon. The club also signed veteran infielder Mike Fontenot to a minor-league…

  2. Nationals release list of players expected at NatsFest

    Jan 9, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT

    Strasburg: 'I think our lineup's better'

    The Washington Nationals have released a list of players they expect to attend Jan. 25’s NatsFest at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. The appearances are subject to change, but for now it appears Stephen Strasburg will be there after missing the event in 2013. Bryce Harper will be in attendance as well, along…

  3. How much is Zimmermann worth?

    Jan 9, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    A couple of days ago, we examined Ian Desmond’s case for a long-term extension and how much the Nationals might have to pay their shortstop to keep him here for many years to come. (By the way, upon further review, I think I may have low-balled Desmond with my 7-year, $100 million proposal. I probably…

  4. My 2014 Hall of Fame ballot

    Jan 8, 2014, 2:12 PM EDT

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    There is no greater honor in baseball than election to the Hall of Fame. And there’s no greater Hall of Fame in sports than the original, the one that first opened its doors in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1936. So you’d think the annual election of new members to baseball immortality would be a joyous occasion,…

  5. 2014 Outlook: Baltimore Orioles

    Jan 8, 2014, 10:42 AM EDT

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    2013 record: 85-77, 3rd place in AL East Manager: Buck Showalter, 5th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $82 million Key additions: 2B Jemile Weeks, RP Ryan Webb, OF David Lough Key losses: 2B Brian Roberts, SP Scott Feldman, OF Nate McLouth, OF Michael Morse, CL Jim Johnson Projected lineup RF Nick Markakis 3B Ryan Flaherty 1B…

  6. Nats pitchers and catchers report date released

    Jan 7, 2014, 5:05 PM EDT

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    It may be one of the coldest days anyone alive can remember – the record low of 5 degrees for Jan. 7 in D.C. was set in 1884 – but here’s something to cheer Nats fans up. Nationals pitchers and catchers will report to spring training in Viera, Fl. on Feb. 13. That means there…

  7. 2014 Outlook: Atlanta Braves

    Jan 7, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 96-66, 1st place in NL East Manager: Fredi Gonzalez, 4th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $90 million Key additions: RHP Gavin Floyd, C/OF Ryan Doumit Key losses: C Brian McCann, RHP Tim Hudson, LHP Paul Maholm, OF Reed Johnson Projected lineup RF Jason Heyward LF Justin Upton 1B Freddie Freeman C Evan Gattis 3B…

  8. How much is Desmond worth?

    Jan 7, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    One of the Nationals’ top priorities over the next couple of months, as previously mentioned here and elsewhere, is to sign Ian Desmond and Jordan Zimmermann to long-term contract extensions. Why now? Because each player is two years away from free agency, and that’s usually the most popular window of opportunity to lock a guy…

  9. 2014 Outlook: Arizona Diamondbacks

    Jan 6, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

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    ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS 2013 record: 81-81, 2nd place in NL West Manager: Kirk Gibson, 5th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $90 million Key additions: 1B Mark Trumbo, CL Addison Reed, RP Brad Ziegler Key losses: SP Tyler Skaggs, RP Heath Bell, SP Daniel Hudson Projected lineup CF Gerardo Parra 2B Aaron Hill 1B Paul Goldschmidt C Miguel Montero LF Mark Trumbo 3B…

  10. Break’s over

    Jan 6, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    If you’re having a difficult time remembering the Nationals’ most-recent roster transaction, don’t feel bad. It’s been 18 days since the Nats traded Corey Brown to the Athletics for cash considerations, and it’s not like that was an earth-shattering move to begin with. The Nationals, like most MLB clubs, essentially took two weeks off for…

  11. Former Nats CF Nyjer Morgan attempting comeback

    Jan 4, 2014, 3:26 PM EDT

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    Former Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan is attempting a comeback to the major leagues. The 33-year-old with the nickname ‘Tony Plush’ spent last season with the Yokohama DeNa BayStars in Japan. He last played in the majors for the Brewers in 2012. Morgan put up some decent numbers in his one season overseas, hitting 11 home runs in…

  12. Point/Counterpoint: Would you give Werth $83 million?

    Jan 3, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WOULD YOU GIVE JAYSON WERTH A 4-YEAR, $83 MILLION CONTRACT THIS WINTER, IF HE WAS ON THE OPEN MARKET? MARK ZUCKERMAN: Now here’s an interesting subject. If you take Werth’s 7-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals and remove the terms of the first three years of the deal (which he has…

  13. Sizing up the National League

    Jan 2, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    ESPN’s Buster Olney ranked his top 10 teams in MLB the other day, a list that included the Nationals. Olney had the Nats eighth, but if you break it down to only NL clubs, they’re fourth. The NL teams ahead of the Nationals? The Dodgers (second overall), Cardinals (third) and Braves (seventh). That seems fair.…

  14. Nats New Year’s resolutions

    Jan 1, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    We can now say goodbye to 2013 (something I have a hunch plenty of Nationals fans are happy to do) and say hello to 2014 (something I’m sure plenty of you out there are ready to do). With that in mind, I’ve once again managed to get my hands on all the New Year’s resolutions…

  15. Significant moment No. 1: Harper hits the wall

    Dec 31, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2013, we are counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, and some didn’t even take place on the field. All, though, were significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We conclude…

  16. Nats bring back Rhymes on minor-league deal

    Dec 30, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have re-signed Will Rhymes to a minor-league contract, giving the 30-year-old infielder an invitation to big-league spring training, according to his agency. Rhymes, who played at the College of William and Mary, was at Nationals camp last spring and wound up spending the season at Class AAA Syracuse. He hit .274 with a…

  17. Significant moment No. 2: Rizzo hires Williams

    Dec 30, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2013, we are counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, and some didn’t even take place on the field. All, though, were significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue…

  18. Significant moment No. 3: Davey’s farewell

    Dec 29, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2013, we are counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, and some didn’t even take place on the field. All, though, were significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue…

  19. Significant moment No. 4: Eckstein fired

    Dec 28, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2013, we are counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, and some didn’t even take place on the field. All, though, were significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue…

  20. Point/Counterpoint: Espinosa as utilityman?

    Dec 27, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: SHOULD THE NATIONALS MAKE DANNY ESPINOSA THEIR UTILITY INFIELDER, OR SHOULD THEY LOOK ELSEWHERE TO FILL THAT POSITION? MARK ZUCKERMAN: This may be the unpopular answer, but I say the Nationals absolutely should give Espinosa a shot here. To me, the most important trait for a utility infielder is defense. And you…

  21. Significant moment No. 5: Beanball war with the Braves

    Dec 27, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2013, we are counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, and some didn’t even take place on the field. All, though, were significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue…

  22. Significant moment No. 6: Storen’s demotion

    Dec 26, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2013, we are counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, and some didn’t even take place on the field. All, though, were significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue…

  23. Significant moment No. 7: Span’s 29-game streak

    Dec 25, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2013, we are counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, and some didn’t even take place on the field. All, though, were significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue…

  24. Significant moment No. 8: Gio and Biogenesis

    Dec 24, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2013, we are counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, and some didn’t even take place on the field. All, though, were significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue…

  25. Significant moment No. 9: Harper’s 2 Opening Day homers

    Dec 23, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    As we count down the final days of 2013, we are counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, and some didn’t even take place on the field. All, though, were significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue…

Archives

FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 96 66 --
ATLANTA 79 83 17.0
NEW YORK 79 83 17.0
MIAMI 77 85 19.0
PHILADELPHIA 73 89 23.0

NL POSTSEASON SCHEDULE

NL WILD CARD GAME
WED: Giants at Pirates, 8:07 p.m. (ESPN)

NLDS
FRI: Game 1, Pirates at Nats, 12:07 p.m.,
OR Giants at Nats, 3:07 p.m. (FS1)
SAT: Game 2, PIT/SF at Nats, 5:37 p.m. (FS1)
MON: Game 3, Nats at PIT/SF, TBA (MLBN)
OCT. 7: Game 4, Nats at PIT/SF, TBA (FS1)*
OCT. 9: Game 5, PIT/SF at Nats, TBA (FS1)*
*if necessary

Mark joins Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak every Thursday at 4 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet for a half-hour show on the Nats, Orioles and rest of MLB. Re-airs Thursdays at 11:30 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

ON THE RADIO

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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