Feb 7, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
So you’ve decided to go to spring training. You already know how to watch Bryce Harper take live BP off Stephen Strasburg, but you don’t know how to get to Viera. Or where to stay once you’re there. Or where to eat. Or what to do when you’re not at Space Coast Stadium. Good news:…
Feb 7, 2014, 12:17 PM EDT
Luis Ayala, a key member of the Nationals’ inaugural bullpen in 2005, is returning to the organization six years after last pitching for it. The Nationals have signed Ayala to a minor-league contract with an invitation to big-league spring training, according to a source familiar with the deal. The 36-year-old right-hander pitched for the Braves…
Feb 7, 2014, 7:21 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 27 How acquired: Trade with Texas Rangers, July 2010 2014 salary: N/A 2013 stats: 14 G, 5 GS, 53.2 IP, 38 H, 11 R, 9 ER, HR, 11 BB, 40 K, 0.913 WHIP, 7-1, 1.51 ERA, 2.41 FIP, 1.4 WAR 2014 storyline: Tanner Roark was one of the biggest surprises for the Nationals in 2013.…
Feb 6, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT
As you can tell by the countdown clock to your right, we are now down to the final stretch of a long offseason. Nationals pitchers and catchers (not to mention yours truly) report to Viera in one week as baseball season officially begins. And, from what I gather, a good number of you plan to…
Feb 6, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 31 How acquired: Signed as free agent, Jan. 2013 2014 salary: $1.25 million 2013 stats: 16 G, 7 GS, 60.1 IP, 56 H, 22 R, 22 ER, 8 HR, 14 BB, 45 K, 1.160 WHIP, 4-1, 3.28 ERA, 4.03 FIP, 0.3 WAR 2014 storyline: Ross Ohlendorf heads into 2014 with a chance to earn a…
Feb 5, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT
2013 record: 74-88, 5th place in AL East Manager: John Gibbons, 7th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $135 million Key additions: C Erik Kratz, IF Brent Morel, C Dioner Navarro Key losses: SP Josh Johnson, RP Darren Oliver, OF Rajai Davis, C J.P. Arencibia, IF/OF Mark DeRosa Projected lineup SS Jose Reyes RF Jose Bautista 1B…
Feb 5, 2014, 2:05 PM EDT
Tyler Clippard enters 2014 as one of the Nationals’ most tenured veterans. This will be his sixth season with Washington and his eighth in the majors overall. In his time with the Nats, Clippard has seen the team undergo a dramatic change. They are now World Series contenders just three years removed from being a…
Feb 5, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT
Adding yet another catching option as a backup to Wilson Ramos, the Nationals have signed Koyie Hill to a minor-league contract, offering the veteran an invitation to big-league camp. Hill, who turns 35 in March, is a career .206 hitter in parts of 10 major-league seasons with the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Cubs and Marlins. He appeared…
Feb 5, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 30 How acquired: 12th round pick, 2005 draft 2014 salary: $1.375 million 2013 stats: 55 G, 81.2 IP, 78 H, 30 R, 25 ER, 4 HR, 27 BB, 79 K, 1.286 WHIP, 0 SV, 1 BS, 7-6, 2.76 ERA, 2.82 FIP, 1.0 WAR 2014 storyline: After back-to-back seasons that showcased…
Feb 4, 2014, 4:08 PM EDT
Heading into a year he hopes to make the Nationals’ roster out of spring training, infielder Zach Walters put in extra time this offseason playing winter ball in Venezuela. The experience in the South American country, however, got off to an ominous start. Walters fell ill on the second day there with a virus and…
Feb 4, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
2013 record: 91-72, 2nd place in AL West Manager: Ron Washington, 8th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $132 million Key additions: 1B Prince Fielder, OF Shin-Soo Choo, C J.P. Arencibia Key losses: 2B Ian Kinsler, OF Nelson Cruz, C A.J. Pierzynski, OF David Murphy, RHP Matt Garza, RHP Joe Nathan Projected lineup LF Shin-Soo Choo SS…
Feb 4, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT
2013 was a long season for Nationals reliever Drew Storen as he posted the worst numbers of his career and was sent down to Triple-A to figure out his problems. But over the final five weeks of the season Storen was excellent, he looked like his old self and closed the year on a positive…
Feb 4, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 30 How acquired: Traded from Athletics for OF Billy Burns, Dec. 2013 2014 salary: $1.675 million 2013 stats (w/OAK): 67 G, 14 GF, 60 IP, 47 H, 23 R, 21 ER, 7 HR, 17 BB, 52 K, 1.067 WHIP, 5-0, 3.15 ERA, 3.88 FIP, 0.3 WAR 2014 storyline: Recognizing how…
Feb 3, 2014, 5:07 PM EDT
2013 record: 87-76, 2nd place in AL East Manager: Joe Maddon, 9th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $72.2 million Key additions: RP Grant Balfour, RP Heath Bell, C Ryan Hanigan Key losses: RP Fernando Rodney, OF Sam Fuld, RP Alex Torres Projected lineup LF David DeJesus 2B Ben Zobrist 3B Evan Longoria RF Wil Myers DH…
Feb 3, 2014, 3:07 PM EDT
With the Nationals bringing in Matt Williams as their new manager this offseason, technically it left up in the air whether the rest of the coaching staff would return. Soon after the hiring, the Nats announced Steve McCatty and Randy Knorr would be back in 2014, among others, much to the delight of players and…
Feb 3, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 29 How acquired: Trade with New York Yankees, Dec. 2007 2014 salary: TBD via arbitration (Clippard is seeking $6.35 million, Nats are offering $4.45 million) 2013 Stats: 72 G, 6 GF, 71.0 IP, 37 H, 19 R, 19 ER, 9 HR, 24 BB, 73 K, 0.859 WHIP, 6-3, 2.41 ERA,…
Feb 3, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT
At Nats Fest 2013, outfielder Denard Span met many of his then-new teammates for the first time. He had recently been acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Twins and was switching organizations and leagues. Now with a full year in Washington under his belt, Span is much more comfortable heading into this season with…
Feb 2, 2014, 4:03 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 26 How acquired: Drafted 1st round (10th pick), June 2009 2014 salary: $3.45 million (plus $1M if he finishes 60 games) 2013 Stats: 68 G, 20 GF, 3 SV, 8 SVO, 61.2 IP, 65 H, 34 R, 31 ER, 7 HR, 19 BB, 58 K, 1.362 WHIP, 4-2, 4.52 ERA,…
Feb 2, 2014, 12:43 PM EDT
2013 record: 71-91, 4th place in AL West Manager: Lloyd McClendon, 1st season Estimated 2014 payroll: $82 million Key additions: 2B Robinson Cano, OF Corey Hart, OF Logan Morrison, RHP Scott Baker, C John Buck Key losses: 1B Kendrys Morales, OF Raul Ibanez, LHP Joe Saunders, LHP Oliver Perez Projected lineup CF Dustin Ackley 3B…
Feb 2, 2014, 9:48 AM EDT
Jayson Werth joined Mark for a one-on-one interview at last weekend’s Nats Fest, and as usual provided a great perspective on the state of the team. He thinks the Nationals underachieved last season, but could be better off now because of their struggles. “We grew a lot as a team, we learned a lot as…
Feb 1, 2014, 4:01 PM EDT
2013 record: 76-86, 3rd place in NL West Manager: Bruce Bochy, 8th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $154 million Key additions: OF Michael Morse, SP Tim Hudson Key losses: SP Barry Zito, RP Chad Gaudin, OF Andres Torres Projected lineup CF Angel Pagan 2B Marco Scutaro 1B Brandon Belt C Buster Posey RF Hunter Pence 3B…
Feb 1, 2014, 1:31 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 34 How acquired: Signed as free agent, Jan. 2013 2014 salary: $11 million 2013 Stats: 68 G, 58 GF, 43 SV, 49 SVO, 66.2 IP, 65 H, 24 R, 23 ER, 7 HR, 17 BB, 51 K, 1.230 WHIP, 3-3, 3.11 ERA, 3.65 FIP, 0.5 WAR 2014 storyline: Rafael Soriano’s…
Feb 1, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT
[Updated 12:07 p.m.] The Nationals have agreed to terms with starting pitcher Doug Fister on a contract for 2014 to avoid arbitration, the team announced on Saturday. The deal leaves Tyler Clippard as the only Nats player yet to reach an agreement for this season. Fister and Clippard were among eight different Nationals who filed…
Jan 31, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT
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 EDT
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…
ON THE RADIO
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.
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- Zimmermann perfect against Sabathia, Yankees
- Fister could be ready for season's first week
- Zimmermann leads Nats against Yankees' Sabathia
- Injuries highlight the importance of rotation depth
- Gio Gonzalez starts strong, but Astros top Nationals
- Bryce Harper repping new eye black company
- Gonzalez faces Astros under the lights in Viera
- Should Desmond be the Nationals' No. 2 hitter?
- Strasburg settles down, Nats rout Cardinals 11-1