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  1. Roster preview: Gio Gonzalez

    Jan 28, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    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,…

  2. 2014 Outlook: Oakland Athletics

    Jan 27, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT

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    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,…

  3. VIDEO: Harper still recovering as spring training nears

    Jan 27, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

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    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…

  4. Detwiler comfortable with competition for No. 5 job

    Jan 27, 2014, 2:19 PM EDT

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    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…

  5. Gio Gonzalez on working out with Yankees great Jorge Posada

    Jan 27, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT

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    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…

  6. Roster preview: Stephen Strasburg

    Jan 27, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    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.…

  7. Storen brushes aside trade rumors

    Jan 26, 2014, 3:13 PM EDT

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    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…

  8. Espinosa hopes to start for Nats at second base

    Jan 26, 2014, 12:33 PM EDT

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    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…

  9. Livo likely to rejoin Nats as spring instructor

    Jan 26, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  10. Strasburg done rehabbing, expects normal spring training

    Jan 25, 2014, 5:18 PM EDT

    Strasburg, Nats get back on track

    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…

  11. Harper may not be 100 percent for spring training

    Jan 25, 2014, 3:53 PM EDT

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    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…

  12. Live updates from NatsFest

    Jan 25, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  13. Cole, Goodwin, Skole among 18 spring invites

    Jan 24, 2014, 4:48 PM EDT

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    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…

  14. 2014 Outlook: New York Yankees

    Jan 24, 2014, 2:03 PM EDT

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    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…

  15. VIDEO: Nats manager Matt Williams one-on-one

    Jan 24, 2014, 9:28 AM EDT

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    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…

  16. Roster preview: Scott Hairston

    Jan 24, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    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,…

  17. 2014 Outlook: New York Mets

    Jan 23, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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    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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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