Nov 21, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT
Before the offseason really heats up — I mean, heats up here in D.C. Based on last night’s earth-shattering trade, I’d say the offseason is now in full swing in both Detroit and Texas — it’s perhaps worth one final look back at last offseason. The Nationals didn’t conduct many transactions during the 2012-13 winter,…
Nov 20, 2013, 8:09 PM EDT
Needing to make tweaks to their 40-man roster before Thursday’s midnight deadline to protect players from being lost in next month’s Rule 5 draft, the Nationals purchased the contracts of pitchers Sammy Solis and Aaron Barrett and outfielder Michael Taylor while designating left-handers Fernando Abad and Tyler Robertson for assignment. Solis, Barrett and Taylor were…
Nov 19, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals have done an impressive job building a successful franchise, mostly with home-grown prospects, but there are ramifications of such an endeavor. Such as an ever-increasing payroll. When Mike Rizzo replaced Jim Bowden as general manager in 2009, the Nationals’ payroll stood at $60 million, a figure that ranked 27th among MLB’s 30 franchises.…
Nov 18, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
Pose the following question — What was the biggest reason the Nationals underperformed this season? — and you’d probably get various forms of the same answer: They didn’t hit enough. Which leads to obvious questions about the possibility of upgrading the lineup this winter in hopes of fielding a more offensively productive group in 2014.…
Nov 16, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals have been playing baseball in this town for nine years now, and with each passing season they write more and more of their own history. Which means their all-time stat leaderboards are beginning to look more and more legitimate. The first couple of times I compiled these leaderboards, the lists induced tears and…
Nov 15, 2013, 9:31 AM EDT
We haven’t given as much attention this year to the Arizona Fall League as in years past — that’s unfortunately what happens when there are no Nationals prospects the likes of Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper or Anthony Rendon participating — but there have been some notable performances out west over the last month. Beginning with…
Nov 14, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT
One of the great perks — and daunting responsibilities — of serving as a member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America is the opportunity to vote on MLB’s major postseason awards. The BBWAA annually hands out four awards in each league: MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year, and…
Nov 14, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
If you’ve ventured outside the last couple of days and felt the shock of a cold, sustained wind strike your face, you know we’ve been getting a early taste of winter here in the D.C. area. And if you’ve been following news out of the baseball world the last week or so, you also know…
Nov 13, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
It’s no secret Mike Rizzo would like to acquire another starting pitcher this winter, and it’s clear the Nationals general manager is willing (if not eager) to explore the trade market for such a pitcher. And there are two legitimately elite starters out there right now who could be dealt: David Price and Max Scherzer.…
Nov 12, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals can’t begrudge Trent Jewett for leaving the organization and accepting a job as the Mariners’ new bench coach. Jewett has longstanding ties to Lloyd McClendon and wanted to become the new Seattle manager’s right-hand man, giving up his third base coaching job in D.C. There’s nothing wrong with that, and the Nationals won’t…
Nov 9, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
With MLB free agency officially underway — don’t get too excited yet, because players typically don’t start signing for several more weeks — we’re taking a broad look at players the Nationals could pursue, based on positions of possible need. We conclude today with backup catchers… The Nationals have believed for some time now that…
Nov 8, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
With MLB free agency officially underway — don’t get too excited yet, because players typically don’t start signing for several more weeks — we’re taking a broad look at players the Nationals could pursue, based on positions of possible need. We continue today with bench players… The Nationals’ bench, touted as a real strength on…
Nov 7, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT
With MLB free agency officially underway — don’t get too excited yet, because players typically don’t start signing for several more weeks — we’re taking a broad look at players the Nationals could pursue, based on positions of possible need. We continue today with left-handed relievers… Throughout spring training, the Nationals insisted they didn’t need…
Nov 6, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT
Ian Desmond no longer is recognized only in Washington as one of baseball’s best shortstops. The rest of the sport clearly recognizes it, too. Desmond won his second straight Silver Slugger Award on Wednesday night, deemed once again the best offensive shortstop in the National League by managers and coaches. One year after boasting three…
Nov 6, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT
The Nationals announced their 2014 spring training schedule on Wednesday, a 31-game exhibition slate that begins Feb. 28 against the Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and concludes March 29 against the Tigers in Washington. The Nationals haven’t announced reporting dates yet, but pitchers and catchers will arrive in Viera, Fla., in mid-February for what…
Nov 6, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
With MLB free agency officially underway — don’t get too excited yet, because players typically don’t start signing for several more weeks — we’re going to take a broad look at players the Nationals could pursue, based on positions of possible need. We start today with starting pitchers… If it seems like the Nationals always…
Nov 5, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
There is much we already know about Matt Williams. We know he was an intense competitor during his 17 big-league seasons. We know he is an excellent communicator based on his post-playing career as a broadcaster and coach. And we know he believes in the importance of defense based on his own track record (four…
Nov 4, 2013, 3:14 PM EDT
The Nationals officially activated Ross Detwiler and Christian Garcia off the 60-day disabled list, required procedural moves that transfer both pitchers back onto the club’s 40-man roster for the offseason. Detwiler dealt with a lingering back injury much of the season that ultimately was diagnosed as a herniated disc. The left-hander was limited to 13…
Nov 4, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
Randy Knorr knew he had overwhelming support from players, not to mention Davey Johnson. He felt his interview with Mike Rizzo and members of the Lerner family a few weeks ago went well. And, he admitted, there was a point when he really thought he was going to be the next manager of the Washington…
Nov 2, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT
The Nationals will keep most of their coaching staff intact despite a change in managers, a decision both Mike Rizzo and Matt Williams agreed upon, but they will have two new coaches in uniform next season, including one who will hold a brand-new position. Matt LeCroy, who played for the Nationals in 2006 and has…
Nov 1, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT
Rarely does any manager — let alone a first-time manager with only four years of big-league coaching experience — take over a club with few obvious roster holes and the expectation of immediate success. So as Matt Williams, on his first official day as manager of the Nationals, contemplated what needs to be fixed on…
Nov 1, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 27 How acquired: 16th round pick, 2008 draft MLB service time: 1 year, 106 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $493,000 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2016, free agent in 2019 2013 Stats (Nats only): 63 G, 178 PA, 16 R, 37 H, 9 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 21 RBI, 0 SB, 8…
Oct 31, 2013, 11:25 AM EDT
Updated at 1:25 p.m. Mike Rizzo had known Matt Williams for roughly 14 years and for much of that time had considered the All-Star third baseman a “manager-in-training.” But Rizzo insists he didn’t settle on Williams as the Nationals’ new manager until after the 47-year-old Diamondbacks coach formally interviewed for the job earlier this month…
Oct 31, 2013, 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 MLB service time: 8 years, 102 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $2.5 million Contract status: Signed for $2.5 million in 2014 (Cubs will pay $500,000 of that), free agent in 2015 2013 Stats (Nats only): 33 G, 62…
Oct 30, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 25 How acquired: 9th round pick, 2009 draft MLB service time: 93 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $490,000 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2017, free agent in 2020 2013 Stats: 9 G, 51.2 IP, 59 H, 27 R, 21 ER, 11 BB, 29 SO, 3 HR, 1.355 WHIP, 1-3, 3.66 ERA, 3.49 FIP,…
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TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Marlins at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
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