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…
Jan 19, 2015, 12:10 AM EDT
UPDATED: 12:29 a.m. The best starting rotation in Major League Baseball is about to get even better, as the Nationals have agreed to terms on a seven-year contract with top free agent Max Scherzer. Sources familiar with the deal confirmed the agreement early Monday morning, though the exact dollar amount is unclear at this point.…
Jan 18, 2015, 10:40 PM EDT
Just when it appeared the market for free agent pitcher Max Scherzer had died down, a new report on Sunday has both the Nationals and a mystery team in a bidding war for the former Cy Young winner. Here is what Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted to spark the rumor: max scherzer talking seriously…
Jan 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
2014 record: 76-86, 4th place in NL Central Manager: Bryan Price, 2nd season Estimated 2015 payroll: $118 million Key additions: OF Marlon Byrd, SP Anthony DeSclafani, OF Brennan Boesch, 1B Josh Satin Key losses: SP Mat Latos, 3B Jack Hannahan, OF Ryan Ludwick, RP Alfredo Simon, OF Chris Heisey Projected lineup CF Billy Hamilton 3B Todd Frazier 1B Joey Votto C Devin Mesoraco…
Jan 17, 2015, 3:25 PM EDT
In trading Tyler Clippard to the Oakland Athletics for Yunel Escobar on Wednesday, the Nationals found both their starting second baseman for 2015 and an insurance policy at shortstop in case Ian Desmond leaves in a trade or via free agency next winter. Escobar is under team control for the next three years, while Clippard…
Jan 17, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
2014 record: 73-89, 5th place in NL Central Manager: Joe Maddon, 1st season Estimated 2015 payroll: $110 million Key additions: SP Jon Lester, C Miguel Montero, 2B Tommy La Stella, manager Joe Maddon Key losses: OF Justin Ruggiano, C Jeff Baker, C/1B Ryan Lavarnway Projected lineup LF Chris Coghlan SS Starlin Castro 1B Anthony Rizzo RF Jorge Soler C…
Jan 16, 2015, 7:22 PM EDT
It has become a running joke among members of the Nationals’ media corps, that if they make a sequel to the 2011 Oscar-nominated film ‘Moneyball,’ they will have to cast somebody as Mike Rizzo. Rizzo and Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane have become trade partners so often, that telling the story of either team…
Jan 16, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT
2014 record: 73-89, 4th place in AL Central Manager: Robin Ventura, 4th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $117 million Key additions: SP Jeff Samardzija, 1B Adam LaRoche, LF Melky Cabrera, CL David Robertson, RP Zach Duke, 3B Emilio Bonifacio Key losses: 1B Paul Konerko, SP Felipe Paulino, IF Marcus Semien Projected lineup CF Adam Eaton LF Melky Cabrera 1B…
Jan 16, 2015, 10:40 AM EDT
Updated at 1:25 p.m. Stephen Strasburg, Drew Storen and Doug Fister became the latest members of the Nationals to avoid salary arbitration, agreeing to contracts before MLB’s Friday afternoon deadline. Fister signed for $11.4 million, with Strasburg agreeing to a $7.4 million salary and Storen a $5.7 million salary in 2015, according to sources familiar…
Jan 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: DID THE NATS GET ENOUGH FOR TYLER CLIPPARD? MARK ZUCKERMAN: Let me start by saying that I don’t think the Nationals got a bad return for Clippard. Yunel Escobar is, at worst, an average MLB shortstop who is under team control for two or three more years. If you can get that…
Jan 15, 2015, 5:35 PM EDT
Updated at 11:15 p.m. The Nationals avoided arbitration with four players Thursday evening, agreeing to terms on 2015 contracts with catchers Wilson Ramos and Jose Lobaton, infielder Danny Espinosa and reliever Craig Stammen. Ramos, in his second year of arbitration eligibility, will earn $3.55 million, a raise from his 2014 salary of $2.095 million. The…
Jan 15, 2015, 2:13 PM EDT
Mike Rizzo wrapped up a conference call with reporters a short while ago, during which time the Nationals general manager discussed last night’s trade of Tyler Clippard to the Athletics for Yunel Escobar, plus the various domino effects of this deal. Here are some of the highlights from Rizzo. We’ll have more in-depth thoughts on…
Jan 15, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
2014 record: 71-91, 5th place in AL East Manager: John Farrell, 3rd season Estimated 2015 payroll: $181 million Key additions: OF Hanley Ramirez, 3B Pablo Sandoval, RHP Rick Porcello, RHP Justin Masterson, LHP Wade Miley, RHP Anthony Varvaro, C Ryan Hanigan Key losses: OF Yoenis Cespedes, C David Ross, RHP Ryan Dempster, IF Juan Francisco…
Jan 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The immediate reaction to Wednesday night’s trade — the Nationals sent All-Star reliever Tyler Clippard to the Athletics for journeyman infielder Yunel Escobar — was fairly passionate. Especially from those who didn’t like the move, which seemed to be a healthy majority. At first glance, this indeed seemed like a head-scratcher of a deal from…
Jan 14, 2015, 8:30 PM EDT
The Nationals have addressed their one glaring lineup weakness, but it will cost them their most-reliable reliever, not to mention one of the most popular players in club history. The Nats and Athletics, frequent trade partners, have agreed to a deal that sends right-hander Tyler Clippard to Oakland in exchange for shortstop Yunel Escobar, the…
Jan 14, 2015, 11:13 AM EDT
Seeking to bolster their catching depth, the Nationals acquired minor-league veteran Dan Butler from the Red Sox, sending rehabbing left-hander Danny Rosenbaum to Boston in exchange. Butler, 28, made his big-league debut last season, going 4-for-19 with three doubles in seven games with the Red Sox. He owns a career .256 batting average, .349 on-base…
Jan 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Aside from the still-up-in-the-air situation at second base, the Nationals know who’s going to be in their regular 2015 starting lineup. What they don’t necessarily know yet, though, is how that lineup will be arranged. Matt Williams spent his first couple of months as a big-league manager tinkering with lineup combinations, often moving players around…
Jan 13, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT
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,…
Jan 13, 2015, 11:32 AM EDT
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…
Jan 13, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
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…
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