Jan 31, 2014, 4:00 PM EST
2013 record: 76-86, 3rd place in NL West Manager: Bud Black, 8th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $81 million Key additions: RHP Josh Johnson, RHP Joaquin Benoit, OF Seth Smith Key losses: SS Ronny Cedeno, RHP Luke Gregerson, 1B/OF Jesus Guzman, IF/OF Logan Forsythe Projected lineup SS Everth Cabrera CF Will Venable 3B Chase Headley LF…
Jan 31, 2014, 2:33 PM EST
Before the Nationals were eliminated from playoff contention on Sept. 23 of last season, they nearly completed an incredible comeback to secure a wild card spot. From Aug. 9 to Sept. 22 they went 29-12 and along the way closed the gap to a playoff berth to five games. The late season surge, however, was…
Jan 31, 2014, 11:39 AM EST
Danny Espinosa came to Nats Fest last weekend a motivated man. He’s been told by both Matt Williams and Mike Rizzo he’ll have a chance to win the starting job at second base, and seems both thrilled and re-energized by the opportunity. Espinosa spoke with Mark in a one-on-one interview about his goals for spring,…
Jan 31, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2014: 28 How acquired: Drafted 1st round (6th pick), June 2007 2014 salary: $3 million 2013 Stats: 13 GS, 71.1 IP, 92 H, 37 R, 32 ER, 5 HR, 14 BB, 39 K, 1.486 WHIP, 2-7, 4.04 ERA, 3.66 FIP, 0.9 WAR 2014 storyline: For Detwiler it’s a bit difficult to…
Jan 30, 2014, 5:50 PM EST
2013 record: 97-65, 1st place in NL Central Manager: Mike Matheny, 3rd season Estimated 2014 payroll: $109 million Key additions: OF Peter Bourjos, IF Jhonny Peralta, IF Mark Ellis Key losses: OF Carlos Beltran, SP Chris Carpenter, IF Rafael Furcal, IF David Freese, RP John Axford, RP Edward Mujica Projected lineup 3B Matt Carpenter CF…
Jan 30, 2014, 2:29 PM EST
As professional sports continue to adapt to the age of Twitter and social media, one thing is becoming clearer and clearer as each year goes by. Rumors, whether the trade or free agent variety, are becoming more prevalent as media outlets and fans crave content and conversation more and more by the day. The NFL…
Jan 30, 2014, 11:13 AM EST
Gio Gonzalez has enjoyed an offseason free of drama and distractions, much different than last year. Instead of dealing with rumors surrounding Biogenesis and participating in the World Baseball Classic, Gonzalez has been working out in Florida, eating a lot of Cuban food and playing catch with Jorge Posada. It sounds like the life. But…
Jan 30, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2014: 30 How acquired: Traded from Tigers for INF Steve Lombardozzi, LHP Ian Krol and LHP Robbie Ray, Dec. 2013 2014 salary: TBD via arbitration (Fister is seeking $8.5 million, Nats are offering $5.75 million) 2013 Stats: 32 GS, 208.2 IP, 229 H, 91 R, 85 ER, 14 HR, 44 BB,…
Jan 29, 2014, 5:00 PM EST
2013 record: 94-68, 2nd place in NL Central Manager: Clint Hurdle, 4th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $70 million Key additions: RHP Edinson Volquez, C Chris Stewart Key losses: RHP A.J. Burnett, OF Marlon Byrd, 1B Justin Morneau, OF Garrett Jones, C Michael McKenry Projected lineup LF Starling Marte RF Jose Tabata CF Andrew McCutchen 3B…
Jan 29, 2014, 2:38 PM EST
After their 2013 season uncovered a glaring need for lefty relievers, the Nationals made sure they fixed the problem this offseason. On Dec. 11 they made yet another trade with the Oakland Athletics, this time to bring in 30-year-old southpaw Jerry Blevins. A lot is expected of Blevins who will be tasked with retiring lefties…
Jan 29, 2014, 11:57 AM EST
Mike Rizzo stopped by at this past weekend’s Nats Fest to talk with Mark about the event, the team’s offseason and what he expects from Matt Williams’ first spring training. On the topic of their moves this winter, Rizzo had some interesting thoughts on trading for Doug Fister in particular. As you may recall, the…
Jan 29, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2014: 27 How acquired: 2nd round pick, 2007 draft 2014 salary: $7.5 million 2013 Stats: 32 GS, 213.1 IP, 192 H, 81 R, 77 ER, 19 HR, 40 BB, 161 K, 1.088 WHIP, 19-9, 3.25 ERA, 3.51 FIP, 2.4 WAR 2014 storyline: By now, Zimmermann has established what he is: A…
Jan 28, 2014, 2:00 PM EST
Doug Fister pitched in a Mariners rotation that included Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee. He pitched in a Tigers rotation that boasted Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer. And he thinks his current rotation in Washington — featuring Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann — might just top them all. “I’ve certainly been blessed to…
Jan 28, 2014, 12:07 PM EST
Stephen Strasburg missed last January’s Nats Fest due to a scheduling conflict, but was there this year to greet fans and talk about the new season. He had a lot to update us on given he had surgery this offseason to remove loose bodies from his right elbow. Strasburg said he’s already past the six-week…
Jan 28, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
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,…
Jan 27, 2014, 5:33 PM EST
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,…
Jan 27, 2014, 4:15 PM EST
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…
Jan 27, 2014, 2:19 PM EST
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…
Jan 27, 2014, 10:50 AM EST
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…
Jan 27, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
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.…
Jan 26, 2014, 3:13 PM EST
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…
Jan 26, 2014, 12:33 PM EST
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…
Jan 26, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
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…
Jan 25, 2014, 5:18 PM EST
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…
Jan 25, 2014, 3:53 PM EST
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…
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