Jan 15, 2014, 1:55 PM EDT
The Nationals have extended their longstanding affiliation with Class AA Harrisburg, signing a new, 4-year contract that will keep the two clubs connected through 2018. The Senators already were contracted with the Nationals through this upcoming season, but by reaching agreement now on a long-term extension the two sides guarantee there won’t be any threat…
Jan 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 23 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2011 draft 2014 salary: $1.8 million 2013 Stats: 98 G, 394 PA, 40 R, 93 H, 23 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR, 35 RBI, 1 SB, 31 BB, 69 SO, .265 AVG, .329 OBP, .396 SLG, .725 OPS, 9 E, 3.4 UZR (at 2B), -2.3…
Jan 14, 2014, 7:32 PM EDT
Eight Nationals players filed for arbitration this evening, a procedural step toward determining their 2014 salaries. Right-handers Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard, left-handers Ross Detwiler and Jerry Blevins, shortstop Ian Desmond and catcher Wilson Ramos all officially filed paperwork, according to the MLB Players’ Association. Those players and the Nationals must…
Jan 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 34 How acquired: Signed as free agent, January 2013 2014 salary: $12 million 2013 stats: 152 G, 590 PA, 70 R, 121 H, 19 2B, 3 3B, 20 HR, 62 RBI, 4 SB, 72 BB, 131 SO, .237 AVG, .332 OBP, .403 SLG, .735 OPS, 11 E, -2.3 UZR, 0.6…
Jan 13, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
2013 record: 92-70, 2nd place in AL Central Manager: Terry Francona, 2nd season Estimated 2014 payroll: $82 million Key additions: OF David Murphy, RHP John Axford, LHP Josh Outman Key losses: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, LHP Scott Kazmir, OF Drew Stubbs, OF Jason Kubel, RHP Chris Perez, RHP Joe Smith Projected lineup CF Michael Bourn 1B…
Jan 13, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
We are now exactly one month away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Viera. So as the final countdown to spring training begins, we’re going to preview one member of the Nationals roster each day, looking both at how these players fared in 2013 and what to expect from them in 2014. We begin today…
Jan 11, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT
2013 record: 63-99, 5th place in AL Central Manager: Robin Ventura, 3rd season Estimated 2014 payroll: $85 million Key additions: OF Adam Eaton, 1B Jose Abreu, 3B Matt Davidson, RHP Felipe Paulino, RHP Ronald Belisario, LHP Scott Downs Key losses: RHP Addison Reed, RHP Gavin Floyd Projected lineup CF Adam Eaton LF Alejandro De Aza…
Jan 10, 2014, 8:34 PM EDT
The Nationals and Stephen Strasburg agreed to terms Friday night on a $3.975 million contract for 2014, avoiding arbitration. Strasburg was arbitration-eligible for the first time in his career, giving him the right to negotiate his salary. If the right-hander and the club couldn’t settle on terms before Tuesday’s deadline, he would have filed for…
Jan 10, 2014, 2:49 PM EDT
2013 record: 66-96, 5th place in NL Central Manager: Rick Renteria, 1st season Estimated 2014 payroll: $80 million Key additions: RP Jose Veras, OF Justin Ruggiano, SP/RP Brett Marshall, C George Kottaras, IF Donnie Murphy Key losses: OF Brian Bogusevic, 1B Matt Gamel, RP Daniel Bard Projected lineup SS Starlin Castro 3B Luis Valbuena 1B…
Jan 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WHO WILL BE THE FIRST PERSON WEARING A NATIONALS CAP ON A HALL OF FAME PLAQUE? MARK ZUCKERMAN: Wow, what a great topic for debate. Because this isn’t just about trying to predict which Nationals player is most likely to become a Hall of Famer, but which one is most likely to…
Jan 9, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT
2013 record: 97-65, 1st place in AL East Manager: John Farrell, 2nd season Estimated 2014 payroll: $164 million Key additions: C A.J. Pierzynski, RHP Edward Mujica Key losses: OF Jacoby Ellsbury, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, SS Stephen Drew Projected lineup RF Shane Victorino LF Daniel Nava 2B Dustin Pedroia DH David Ortiz 1B Mike Napoli SS…
Jan 9, 2014, 2:03 PM EDT
Updated at 3:15 p.m. Jamey Carroll, a member of the original 2005 Nationals, is coming back to Washington nine years later. Carroll is signing a minor-league contract with the Nationals, with a good chance of making the Opening Day roster, sources confirmed Thursday afternoon. The club also signed veteran infielder Mike Fontenot to a minor-league…
Jan 9, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT
The Washington Nationals have released a list of players they expect to attend Jan. 25′s NatsFest at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. The appearances are subject to change, but for now it appears Stephen Strasburg will be there after missing the event in 2013. Bryce Harper will be in attendance as well, along…
Jan 9, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
A couple of days ago, we examined Ian Desmond’s case for a long-term extension and how much the Nationals might have to pay their shortstop to keep him here for many years to come. (By the way, upon further review, I think I may have low-balled Desmond with my 7-year, $100 million proposal. I probably…
Jan 8, 2014, 2:12 PM EDT
There is no greater honor in baseball than election to the Hall of Fame. And there’s no greater Hall of Fame in sports than the original, the one that first opened its doors in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1936. So you’d think the annual election of new members to baseball immortality would be a joyous occasion,…
Jan 8, 2014, 10:42 AM EDT
2013 record: 85-77, 3rd place in AL East Manager: Buck Showalter, 5th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $82 million Key additions: 2B Jemile Weeks, RP Ryan Webb, OF David Lough Key losses: 2B Brian Roberts, SP Scott Feldman, OF Nate McLouth, OF Michael Morse, CL Jim Johnson Projected lineup RF Nick Markakis 3B Ryan Flaherty 1B…
Jan 7, 2014, 5:05 PM EDT
It may be one of the coldest days anyone alive can remember – the record low of 5 degrees for Jan. 7 in D.C. was set in 1884 – but here’s something to cheer Nats fans up. Nationals pitchers and catchers will report to spring training in Viera, Fl. on Feb. 13. That means there…
Jan 7, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
2013 record: 96-66, 1st place in NL East Manager: Fredi Gonzalez, 4th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $90 million Key additions: RHP Gavin Floyd, C/OF Ryan Doumit Key losses: C Brian McCann, RHP Tim Hudson, LHP Paul Maholm, OF Reed Johnson Projected lineup RF Jason Heyward LF Justin Upton 1B Freddie Freeman C Evan Gattis 3B…
Jan 7, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
One of the Nationals’ top priorities over the next couple of months, as previously mentioned here and elsewhere, is to sign Ian Desmond and Jordan Zimmermann to long-term contract extensions. Why now? Because each player is two years away from free agency, and that’s usually the most popular window of opportunity to lock a guy…
Jan 6, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS 2013 record: 81-81, 2nd place in NL West Manager: Kirk Gibson, 5th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $90 million Key additions: 1B Mark Trumbo, CL Addison Reed, RP Brad Ziegler Key losses: SP Tyler Skaggs, RP Heath Bell, SP Daniel Hudson Projected lineup CF Gerardo Parra 2B Aaron Hill 1B Paul Goldschmidt C Miguel Montero LF Mark Trumbo 3B…
Jan 6, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
If you’re having a difficult time remembering the Nationals’ most-recent roster transaction, don’t feel bad. It’s been 18 days since the Nats traded Corey Brown to the Athletics for cash considerations, and it’s not like that was an earth-shattering move to begin with. The Nationals, like most MLB clubs, essentially took two weeks off for…
Jan 4, 2014, 3:26 PM EDT
Former Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan is attempting a comeback to the major leagues. The 33-year-old with the nickname ‘Tony Plush’ spent last season with the Yokohama DeNa BayStars in Japan. He last played in the majors for the Brewers in 2012. Morgan put up some decent numbers in his one season overseas, hitting 11 home runs in…
Jan 3, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WOULD YOU GIVE JAYSON WERTH A 4-YEAR, $83 MILLION CONTRACT THIS WINTER, IF HE WAS ON THE OPEN MARKET? MARK ZUCKERMAN: Now here’s an interesting subject. If you take Werth’s 7-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals and remove the terms of the first three years of the deal (which he has…
Jan 2, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
ESPN’s Buster Olney ranked his top 10 teams in MLB the other day, a list that included the Nationals. Olney had the Nats eighth, but if you break it down to only NL clubs, they’re fourth. The NL teams ahead of the Nationals? The Dodgers (second overall), Cardinals (third) and Braves (seventh). That seems fair.…
Jan 1, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
We can now say goodbye to 2013 (something I have a hunch plenty of Nationals fans are happy to do) and say hello to 2014 (something I’m sure plenty of you out there are ready to do). With that in mind, I’ve once again managed to get my hands on all the New Year’s resolutions…
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.
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- Gonzalez faces Astros under the lights in Viera
- Should Desmond be the Nationals' No. 2 hitter?
- Strasburg settles down, Nats rout Cardinals 11-1
- Strasburg leads Nationals against Cardinals
- Skole among first round of cuts at Nats camp