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  1. Minor league spotlight: A.J. Cole

    Nov 22, 2014, 10:07 AM EST

    AP

    Age on Opening Day 2015: 23 How acquired: Trade with A’s & Mariners Jan. 2013 (drafted originally by Nats) Position: Starting pitcher Prospect Rank: No. 2 in Nats’ org. (Baseball Prospectus) 2014 Team/Level: Harrisburg Senators (AA) and Syracuse Chiefs (AAA) 2014 Stats: 25 G, 25 GS, 13-3, 3.16 ERA, 134 IP, 148 H, 60 R, 47 ER, 10 HR, 111 SO,…

  2. Nats sign RHP Billings

    Nov 21, 2014, 1:42 PM EST

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    In a move to boost their bullpen depth, the Nationals signed relief pitcher Bruce Billings to a minor league deal with an invite to major league spring training on Friday. Billings, a 29-year-old right-hander, made one appearance for the Yankees last season. He pitched for both the Rockies and Athletics in 2011. Billings has a 9.82…

  3. ML coordinator Beasley leaves for Texas

    Nov 18, 2014, 5:40 PM EST

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    Nationals minor league coordinator Tony Beasley has left the organization to become the new third base coach of the Texas Rangers, the Nats announced on Tuesday. Beasley served the same role for the Nationals in 2006 on Frank Robinson’s staff before leaving to coach the Pirates for three seasons. He returned to the Nats in 2011 to…

  4. Minor league spotlight: Steven Souza, Jr.

    Nov 17, 2014, 12:00 PM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 25 How acquired: Draft (3rd round), June 2007 Position: Outfielder Prospect Rank: No. 6 in Nats’ org. (Baseball America) 2014 Team/Level: Syracuse Chiefs (AAA) and Nationals (MLB) 2014 Stats: 96 G, .350 BA, 346 AB, 121 H, 18 HR, 75 RBI, 26 SB, 62 R, 25 2B, 2 3B, 52 BB, 75 SO, 1.022 OPS (at Syracuse) 2014 Analysis: This season was…

  5. Minor league spotlight: Michael Taylor

    Nov 16, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 24 How acquired: Draft (6th round), June 2009 Position: Center fielder Prospect Rank: No. 3 in Nats’ org. (Baseball America) 2014 Team/Level: Harrisburg Senators (AA), Syracuse Chiefs (AAA), Nationals (MLB) 2014 Stats: 110 G, .304 BA, 428 AB, 130 H, 23 HR, 64 RBI, 37 SB, 81 R, 20 2B, 3 3B, 57 BB,…

  6. Minor league spotlight: Lucas Giolito

    Nov 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

    AP

    Age on Opening Day 2015: 20 How acquired: Draft (1st round), June 2012 Position: Starting pitcher Prospect Rank: No. 1 in Nats’ org. (Baseball Prospectus) 2014 Team/Level: Single-A Hagerstown Suns 2014 Stats: 10-2, 20 G, 2.20 ERA, 98 IP, 70 H, 28 R, 24 ER, 7 HR, 28 BB, 110 SO, HBP, WP, 1.000 WHIP Quotable: “Physically it’s on a whole other level. You’re pitching every…

  7. Roster review: Blake Treinen

    Nov 14, 2014, 1:05 PM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 26 How acquired: Trade with Athletics Jan. 2013 MLB service time: 65 days 2014 salary+bonuses: N/A Contract status: Pre-arbitration eligible 2014 stats: 15 G, 7 GS, 2.49 ERA, 50.2 IP, 57 H, 17 R, 14 ER, HR, 13 BB, 30 SO, 1.382 WHIP, 3.09 FIP, 0.2 WAR 2014 analysis: Acquired by the Nats in the three-team…

  8. Best bench options for Nats in free agency

    Nov 13, 2014, 12:34 PM EST

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    After letting Scott Hairston and Nate Schierholtz enter free agency, the Nationals have a few spots open on their bench to fill this offseason. Unless they decide to bring either player back, they will need some new reserves for pinch-hit situations and spot starts. We already looked at the second baseman available in free agency last week. Here is…

  9. VIDEO: Matt Williams 1-on-1

    Nov 12, 2014, 12:00 PM EST

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    Tuesday night was a big one for Matt Williams, who won NL Manager of the Year in his first season as skipper. The 48-year-old guided a Nats team through injuries and adversity to an NL East championship and 96 wins, the best record in the National League. Soon after learning he won the award, Williams…

  10. Roster review: Nate McLouth

    Nov 9, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 33 How acquired: Signed as free agent Dec. 2013 MLB service time: 8 years, 152 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $5 million Contract status: $6.5 million team option for 2016 ($750K buyout) 2014 stats: 79 G, .173 BA, .280 OBP, 139 AB, 10 R, 24 H, 6 2B, HR, 7 RBI, 4 SB, 16 BB,…

  11. Roster review: Tyler Moore

    Nov 8, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

    Moore makes most of rare start

    Age on Opening Day 2015: 28 How acquired: Taken in 16th round of 2008 draft MLB service time: 2 years, 18 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $507,900 Contract status: Pre-arbitration, free agent 2019 2014 stats: 42 G, .231 BA, .300 OBP, 91 AB, 8 R, 21 H, 2 2B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 7 BB, 29 SO, .685 OPS, 0.3 WAR…

  12. Roster review: Ross Detwiler

    Nov 7, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

    MLB: Washington Nationals at New York Mets

    Age on Opening Day 2015: 29 How acquired: Taken in 1st round (6th overall) in 2007 draft MLB service time: 5 years, 2 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $3 million Contract status: 2nd year of arbitration eligibility, free agent 2016 2014 stats: 47 G, 63 IP, 68 H, 34 R, 28 ER, 5 HR, 21 BB, 39 K, 1.413 WHIP, 2-3, 4.00 ERA, 4.16 FIP, -0.2 WAR Quotable:…

  13. Desmond, Rendon win Silver Sluggers

    Nov 6, 2014, 6:31 PM EST

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    [Updated 7:08 p.m.] The left side of the Nationals’ infield has earned some hardware for their impressive 2014 seasons. Ian Desmond and Anthony Rendon were given Silver Slugger awards on Thursday, honoring them as the best offensive players at their respective positions in the National League this year. For Desmond, it’s his third consecutive Silver Slugger…

  14. Best free agent relief pitchers available

    Nov 6, 2014, 4:10 PM EST

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    On paper it would appear the Nationals have very little questions in their bullpen. They have balance left to right, experience and a closer in Drew Storen who held a 1.12 ERA in 2014. But after another playoff loss that involved a poor showing from their relief pitchers, the Nats enter this offseason with a conundrum.…

  15. Roster review: Aaron Barrett

    Nov 6, 2014, 5:30 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 27 How acquired: Taken in the 9th round of the 2010 MLB Draft MLB service time: 144 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $500,000 Contract status: Signed for 2015, still rookie eligible 2014 stats: 50 G, 40.2 IP, 33 H, 17 R, 12 ER, HR, 20 BB, 49 K, 1.303 WHIP, 3-0, 2.66 ERA, 2.59 FIP, 0.7 WAR Quotable: “I’m going to…

  16. Top 2B free agents available

    Nov 5, 2014, 2:22 PM EST

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    The Nationals enter this offseason with few needs, but one glaring void at second base. That is, assuming Ryan Zimmerman shifts to first and Anthony Rendon stays at third. So, which way will the Nationals go? Will they make a trade to fill the position, promote somebody from within, or sign a free agent? Here…

  17. Nats announce 2015 spring schedule

    Nov 5, 2014, 12:58 PM EST

    Viera making push to keep Nats

    Exactly four months before their exhibition games kick off in Viera, Fl., the Washington Nationals announced their 2015 spring training schedule on Wednesday afternoon. They will begin with the New York Mets on March 5 at Space Coast Stadium. That begins a stretch of 21 games in 19 days. The Nats will host the Cardinals,…

  18. Roster review: Matt Thornton

    Nov 5, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 38 How acquired: Claimed on waivers from Yankees on Aug. 5, 2014 MLB service time: 9 years, 129 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $3.5 million Contract status: Signed for $3.5 million through 2015, free agent in 2016 2014 stats: 18 G, 11.1 IP, 10 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 8 K, 1.059 WHIP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.51…

  19. Report: Alfonso Soriano retires from baseball

    Nov 4, 2014, 11:03 PM EST

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    Alfonso Soriano – one of the most decorated players in the Nationals’ brief history in Washington – has retired from the game of baseball after 16 MLB seasons. Soriano, 38, played just one year with the Nats, in 2006. He hit .277 with a .911 OPS, stole 41 bases and posted 46 home runs and 95…

  20. Span & LaRoche miss out on Gold Gloves

    Nov 4, 2014, 7:51 PM EST

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    Both Adam LaRoche and Denard Span lost out on the NL Gold Glove awards for their respective positions after entering Tuesday night as finalists. The award for first base went to Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers, while Juan Lagares of the Mets won the honors for center field. Managers and coaches vote for the competition…

  21. Williams a finalist for NL Manager of the Year

    Nov 4, 2014, 6:34 PM EST

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    After leading his team to an NL-best 96 wins in his rookie season as skipper, Matt Williams has been named a finalist for National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Williams is among three nominees, the others are Bruce Bochy of the Giants and Clint Hurdle of the Pirates. Bochy…

  22. Roster review: Jerry Blevins

    Nov 4, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: Trade with Oakland on Dec. 11, 2013 MLB service time: 4 years, 81 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $1.675 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible, free agent in 2016 2014 stats: 64 G, 57.1 IP, 48 H, 31 R, 31 ER, 3 HR, 23 BB, 66 K, 1.238 WHIP, 2-3, 4.87 ERA, 2.77 FIP, 0.7 WAR Quotable: “The situational type innings or…

  23. MLB free agency begins tonight

    Nov 3, 2014, 9:19 PM EST

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    At 12:01 a.m. Tuesday morning, MLB teams can begin making offers to free agents. In other words, the Hot Stove season is officially upon us. That means Asdrubal Cabrera, Nate Schierholtz and Scott Hairston are free to look elsewhere. It also means the Nats can begin filling holes on their roster for the 2015 season.…

  24. Nats claim RHP Fornataro

    Nov 3, 2014, 5:01 PM EST

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    Seeking to fill out the final spot on their 40-man roster, the Nationals claimed right-handed pitcher Eric Fornataro off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. Fornataro, 26, made his major league debut with the Cardinals in April. In eight MLB appearances this season, Fornataro gave up five earned runs in 9 2/3 innings…

  25. Nats add Miller as VP and Asst. GM

    Nov 3, 2014, 4:21 PM EST

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    The Nationals made a significant addition to their front office on Monday in hiring veteran MLB executive Bob Miller as Vice President and Assistant General Manager. Miller, 50, spent the previous nine seasons with the Cincinnati Reds in the same role. According to Nats GM Mike Rizzo, Miller will assist in all facets of baseball…

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