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  1. 2015 outlook: Atlanta Braves

    Jan 13, 2015, 2:00 PM EST

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    2014 record: 79-83, T-2nd place in NL East Manager: Fredi Gonzalez, 5th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $93 million Key additions: RHP Shelby Miller, OF Nick Markakis, INF Alberto Callaspo, C A.J. Pierzynski, RHP Jason Grilli, RHP Jim Johnson Key losses: OF Justin Upton, OF Jason Heyward, RHP Ervin Santana, RHP Kris Medlen, RHP Aaron Harang,…

  2. Nats sign Carp, Lerud to minor-league contracts

    Jan 13, 2015, 11:32 AM EST

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    The Nationals signed two more veterans to minor-league contracts Tuesday, offering outfielder/first baseman Mike Carp and catcher Steven Lerud invitations to big-league camp and a chance to make the roster this spring. Carp, 28, is a career .254 hitter with a .330 on-base percentage and .744 OPS in 318 major-league games with the Mariners, Red…

  3. Nine players expected to file for arbitration Tuesday

    Jan 13, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Nine members of the Nationals are expected to file for arbitration on Tuesday, beginning the sometimes long and arduous process of determining salaries for players who aren’t yet eligible for free agency. The Nationals’ roster is loaded with arbitration-eligible players — those with at least 3 years but fewer than 6 years of big-league service…

  4. Was Zobrist/Escobar better than Desmond/Espinosa?

    Jan 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Another significant trade rumor was reported Sunday night, and though this one can no longer happen in reality, it did raise an interesting question from the Nationals’ standpoint. The rumored trade, according to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal: A three-way deal that would have seen Ian Desmond go to the Mets, Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar come…

  5. Unique offseasons for Stammen, Frandsen

    Jan 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    There was a lot that came out of our conversations with Nationals players at NatsFest back on Dec. 13, lots of important baseball stuff that had to be written and talked about soon after the fact. Now that Mark and I are done presenting the nuts and bolts, I wanted to share some leftovers from…

  6. Who’s left? The best remaining MLB free agents

    Jan 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    The turn of the calendar to 2015 makes it a little bit easier for all of us to picture the beginning of spring training, even with the harsh winter setting in around Washington, D.C. There are now just six weeks to go before pitchers and catchers report in Viera for Nationals camp. As the season…

  7. Werth’s surgery successful, rehab now begins

    Jan 9, 2015, 5:16 PM EST

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    Jayson Werth underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair the A/C joint in his right shoulder on Friday, the team announced in a press release. The procedure was performed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. No structural damage or abnormalities were found during the surgery. Werth now begins a recovery program that is expected to…

  8. Point/Counterpoint: What rookie will make an impact in ’15?

    Jan 9, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WHICH CURRENT NATS MINOR LEAGUER WILL MAKE HIS MLB DEBUT IN 2015 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST IMPACT? MARK ZUCKERMAN: This is always a fun one to debate, because there’s such a good chance of being completely wrong. (Check out last year’s Point/Counterpoint on the same subject. Yikes!) So I offer this up…

  9. Sources: Werth to have shoulder surgery Friday

    Jan 8, 2015, 4:34 PM EST

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    Jayson Werth will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Friday, a procedure that could prevent the veteran Nationals outfielder from being 100 percent healthy in time for Opening Day, multiple sources confirmed Thursday afternoon. Werth needs the surgery to repair the AC joint in his throwing shoulder, an injury that plagued him late last…

  10. 2015 minor-league coaching staff includes Ankiel

    Jan 8, 2015, 1:01 PM EST

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    The Nationals’ 2015 minor-league coaching staff includes plenty of familiar faces returning to their old positions, a few familiar faces taking on new roles and a very familiar face returning to the organization to hold a brand-new job. Rick Ankiel, the one-time Cardinals pitching phenom who resurrected his career as an outfielder and spent two…

  11. What the 25-man roster looks like at this point

    Jan 8, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    As noted yesterday, there’s still a long way to go until pitchers and catchers report for spring training (six weeks) and an even longer way to go until the Nationals take the field April 5 to face the Mets on Opening Day. So it would be premature to speculate right now what the Nats’ Opening…

  12. Where do things stand at second base?

    Jan 7, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    The Nationals entered the offseason three months ago with one glaring roster hole: second base. Yet here they stand today, with pitchers and catchers due to report for spring training in a mere six weeks, and that one glaring hole hasn’t really been addressed. So, what’s going on with the Nats at second base? The…

  13. Nats move closer to leaving Viera for West Palm Beach

    Jan 6, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    Nats still exploring spring relocation

    The Washington Nationals’ hopes for a new spring training site in West Palm Beach, Fla. improved significantly on Monday, as mayor Jeri Muoio announced plans to seek a land swap agreement with Palm Beach County. The proposal would allow the Nats – along with the Houston Astros – to construct a 160-acre joint spring facility as soon…

  14. Barrett intent on moving past playoff loss

    Jan 5, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Nearly 10 weeks had passed since the Nationals’ loss to the San Francisco Giants – the eventual champions – in the NLDS, when Aaron Barrett stood in front of the media at NatsFest at the Walter E. Covention Center in mid-December. Game 4, however, was still fresh on his mind. The Nationals reliever took the…

  15. Treinen eager for whatever Nats have in mind for him

    Jan 4, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Blake Treinen was a revelation for the Nationals last season, an out-of-nowhere power right-hander with the ability to pitch both as a starter or reliever. That versatility helped get Treinen to the big leagues for the first time, and it makes him a valuable commodity for the Nats entering 2015. But versatility is also something…

  16. McLouth confident about health, not about playing time

    Jan 3, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Nate McLouth entered 2014 feeling as good about himself as he had in some time, for no shortage of reasons. He was healthy. He was coming off back-to-back strong seasons in Baltimore. And he had job security after signing a 2-year, $10.75 million deal with a good Nationals club. Fast-forward one year and the veteran…

  17. A classic day for Nationals Park and D.C. sports

    Jan 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Ted Leonsis and Mark Lerner always thought they knew what this would be like. Images of the Winter Classic at Nationals Park had floated through their minds for years. But until the day finally arrives, until the event actually takes place, you never really know. So, how did it go? Did it live up to…

  18. Nats New Year’s resolutions

    Jan 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Hello and Happy New Year, everybody. The year of 2014 is finally in the books after the most eventful season in Nationals history. So many things happened and so many memories were made for Washington fans. As we get ready for a new season in a few months – pitchers and catchers report in six weeks…

  19. Significant moment No. 1: 2 outs, top of the 9th, Game 2

    Dec 31, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    As we count down the final days of 2014, we’re counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, merely significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We conclude today with significant moment No. 1: Matt Williams’ decision to pull Jordan…

  20. Reports: Rays signing Cabrera, making Zobrist available

    Dec 30, 2014, 12:26 PM EST

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    Asdrubal Cabrera, who filled in admirably for the Nationals at second base after his acquisition at the July 31 trade deadline, won’t be returning to Washington in 2015. Cabrera has agreed to a 1-year contract with the Rays, according to multiple reports, removing another potential second base option from the Nationals’ plans but possibly making…

  21. Significant moment No. 2: Souza saves JZ’s no-hitter

    Dec 30, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    As we count down the final days of 2014, we’re counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, merely significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue today with significant moment No. 2: Jordan Zimmermann’s no-hitter, capped by Steven…

  22. 10 best Nats quotes of 2014

    Dec 29, 2014, 12:00 PM EST

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    In winning their second NL East title in three years, qualifying for the playoffs, winning 10 straight games at one point and completing the team’s first no-hitter, the Washington Nationals provided plenty of great memories for their fans in 2014. They were fun to watch and, though the year ended much earlier than many expected, it was…

  23. Significant moment No. 3: Nats clinch NL East in Atlanta

    Dec 29, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    As we count down the final days of 2014, we’re counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, merely significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue today with significant moment No. 3: The night the Nationals clinched the…

  24. Significant moment No. 4: Zim injures his hamstring

    Dec 28, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    As we count down the final days of 2014, we’re counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, merely significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue today with significant moment No. 4: Ryan Zimmerman’s June 22 hamstring injury…

  25. Significant moment No. 5: The kids step up in October

    Dec 27, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    As we count down the final days of 2014, we’re counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, merely significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue today with significant moment No. 5: Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon rising…

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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.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.

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