Jan 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
So, anything interesting happen while I was on vacation the last 10 days? The third week of January usually is pretty quiet, so I can’t imagine the Nationals made any real significant news. They certainly didn’t give out $210 million to a prominent free agent pitcher. Wait, what? OK, so yeah, looks like I picked…
Jan 26, 2015, 4:44 PM EDT
2014 record: 66-96, 4th place in NL West Manager: Walt Weiss, 3rd season Estimated 2015 payroll: $98 million Key additions: C Nick Hundley, INF Daniel Descalso, OF Roger Bernadina, SP John Lannan, SP Jair Jurrjens Key losses: OF/1B Michael Cuddyer, SP Brett Anderson, RP Matt Belisle, 2B Josh Rutledge Projected lineup CF Charlie Blackmon RF Carlos Gonzalez SS Troy Tulowitzki 1B Justin Morneau 3B…
Jan 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 29 How acquired: Drafted 3rd round, June 2004 2015 salary: $11 million 2014 stats: 154 G, 648 PA, 73 R, 151 H, 26 2B, 3 3B, 24 HR, 91 RBI, 24 SB, 46 BB, 183 SO, .255 BA, .313 OBP, .430 SLG, .743 OPS, 103 OPS+, 24 E, 0.1 UZR, 4.1 WAR 2015 storyline: Ian Desmond is entering the…
Jan 25, 2015, 2:06 PM EDT
2014 record: 85-77, 3rd place in NL Central Manager: Terry Francona, 3rd season Estimated 2015 payroll: $87 million Key additions: 1B/OF Brandon Moss, RHP Gavin Floyd, LHP Scott Downs, RHP Shaun Marcum Key losses: DH Jason Giambi, OF J.B. Shuck, 2B Joe Wendle Projected lineup CF Michael Bourn SS Jose Ramirez LF Michael Brantley 1B Carlos Santana RF Brandon Moss C Yan Gomes 2B Jason…
Jan 25, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 24 How acquired: Drafted 1st round, June 2011 2015 salary: $1.8 million 2014 stats: 153 G, 683 PA, 111 R, 176 H, 39 2B, 6 3B, 21 HR, 83 RBI, 17 SB, 58 BB, 104 SO, .287 BA, .351 OBP, .473 SLG, .824 OPS, 125 OPS+, 5 E, 4.2 UZR, 6.6 WAR 2015 storyline: Rendon enters 2015 after what was an all-around breakout season in his first…
Jan 24, 2015, 12:32 PM EDT
Ross Ohlendorf – who was a big contributor for the Nationals in 2013 – has signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers, according to Fox Sports Southwest. The contract also comes with an invite to spring training. Ohlendorf was part of the Nationals for two seasons, though he did not appear at the big…
Jan 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Max Scherzer will be paid handsomely to join a team that was already one of the best in baseball, having led the National League in wins in two of the last three seasons. If the Nationals offer a player $210 million to play for them, it’s not a very difficult decision for that person to make.…
Jan 23, 2015, 4:08 PM EDT
After signing Max Scherzer, the Nationals have some big decisions to make over the next four weeks in regards to their rotation. Do they make a trade involving Jordan Zimmermann or Doug Fister, or roll into 2015 with all six of their starting pitchers on the roster? I discussed what happens next for the Nationals…
Jan 23, 2015, 12:08 PM EDT
Even before the Nationals added Max Scherzer in a record free agent contract, their starting rotation was by all accounts a strength. They held the best rotation ERA in MLB last season at 3.04 and the best WHIP at 1.14. Even in the postseason, their 0.73 starters’ ERA was tops among all playoff teams. Pundits…
Jan 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Moments before Wednesday’s press conference at Nationals Park, as the Nats were getting ready to introduce former Cy Young-winner Max Scherzer – their biggest free agent catch as a franchise to date – left fielder Jayson Werth walked through the door of the media room with a blue velvet blazer on and took a seat…
Jan 22, 2015, 4:31 PM EDT
The Nationals added a former All-Star reliever to their bullpen mix on Wednesday, signing right-hander Evan Meek to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training. MLB.com first had the report. Meek, 31, joins the Nationals after spending 2014 with the Orioles. He made 23 appearances for Baltimore and struggled with…
Jan 22, 2015, 1:36 PM EDT
For Mike Rizzo, Matt Williams and Max Scherzer, the Nationals’ signing of the latter to a seven-year, $210 million free agent deal in many ways brought a relationship that developed years ago full circle. Rizzo was the scouting director for the Arizona Diamondbacks when they evaluated and then drafted Scherzer with the 11th overall pick…
Jan 22, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT
Soon after he was introduced to fans and media at Nationals Park on Wednesday, new free agent acquisition Max Scherzer sat down for an interview with Chick Hernandez and Brian Mitchell on CSN’s SportsTalk Live. It was a great conversation, as Chick and Brian asked Max about what he will bring to the Nats, how…
Jan 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Already harboring the deepest rotation in the majors – and arguably the best overall in the game – the Nationals “strengthened a strength,” as general manager Mike Rizzo likes to say, in signing former Cy Young winner Max Scherzer to a free agent deal on Sunday. Now the Nationals have a conundrum: six quality starting…
Jan 21, 2015, 9:57 PM EDT
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo made one of the biggest decisions of his tenure in Washington in signing Max Scherzer to a record $210 million contract. It’s a huge investment in a player he has a history with dating back to their days with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Comcast SportsNet’s Jill Sorenson caught up with Rizzo…
Jan 21, 2015, 7:45 PM EDT
One could look at the Nationals’ signing of Max Scherzer and say the 2013 Cy Young-winner had 210 million reasons to choose the Nats over the other teams who had shown interest this offseason. For Scherzer himself, however, he says it’s not entirely about the money he will earn over the next 14 years. The…
Jan 21, 2015, 5:23 PM EDT
If the Nationals signing top free agent Max Scherzer to a free agent contract – along with the final contract numbers – came as a surprise, well, you weren’t alone. A common theme at Wednesday’s introductory press conference at Nationals Park was the element of surprise: how the Nats were able to sign a player…
Jan 21, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT
The Washington Nationals will introduce their newest acquisition on Wednesday, as star pitcher Max Scherzer will meet with the media for the first time since signing a 7-year, $210 million deal. Comcast SportsNet will carry the press conference live at 2 p.m. and have coverage in both Geico SportsNet Central and a sitdown interview with…
Jan 21, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 35 How acquired: Signed as free agent, Dec. 2010 2015 salary: $21 million 2014 stats: 147 G, 629 PA, 85 R, 156 H, 37 2B, 3B, 16 HR, 82 RBI, 9 SB, 83 BB, 113 SO, .292 BA, .394 OBP, .455 SLG, .849 OPS, 134 OPS+, 5 E, -1.6 UZR, 4.8 WAR 2015 storyline: Jayson Werth is entering his fifth season with the Nationals in the third-to-final…
Jan 20, 2015, 4:22 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: Trade with Twins, Nov. 2012 2015 salary: $9 million 2014 stats: 147 G, 668 PA, 94 R, 184 H, 39 2B, 8 3B, 5 HR, 37 RBI, 31 SB, 50 BB, 65 SO, .302 BA, .355 OBP, .416 SLG, .771 OPS, 113 OPS+, 4 E, -4.7 UZR, 3.8 WAR 2015 storyline: Denard Span is entering the…
Jan 20, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
In signing Max Scherzer to a record-setting contract, the Nationals appear to be going all in on competing for a World Series title in 2015. But does adding the right-hander make them favorites? I discussed that topic and more with Michael Jenkins on Geico SportsNet Central last night. We also looked at the history between…
Jan 20, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Though Max Scherzer’s contract includes a signing bonus and deferred money, the final total counting against the Nats’ payroll comes in at seven years and $210 million. Not only is that the biggest contract ever handed out in Nationals history, it’s the second largest ever for a starting pitcher, both in total money and average annual…
Jan 19, 2015, 2:11 PM EDT
While many of us focused on the possibility the Nationals would trade a starting pitcher this offseason, namely Jordan Zimmermann or Doug Fister who are both just a year away from hitting free agency, the Nats pulled off a stunner late Sunday night in acquiring the biggest name on the market, Max Scherzer. Now what was…
Jan 19, 2015, 12:31 PM EDT
The Washington Nationals shocked everybody in signing Max Scherzer to a free agent contract late Sunday night, but that was before the financial details even came out. A new report from Fox Sports says the Nationals are set to pay Scherzer $210 million over a period of 14 years with half of the money deferred. He…
Jan 19, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 22 How acquired: Drafted 1st round, June 2010 2015 salary: $2.5 million 2014 stats: 100 G, 395 PA, 41 R, 96 H, 10 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR, 32 RBI, 2 SB, 38 BB, 104 SO, .273 BA, .344 OBP, .423 SLG, .768 OPS, 4 E, -1.1 UZR, 1.3 WAR 2015 storyline: Though just 22 years…
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