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  1. Boras’ ‘internal rating’ says Nats have MLB’s best rotation

    Jan 23, 2015, 12:08 PM EDT

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    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…

  2. Scherzer signing shows Nats’ continued growth

    Jan 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  3. Nats sign reliever Evan Meek

    Jan 22, 2015, 4:31 PM EDT

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    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…

  4. Familiarity gives Nats confidence in Scherzer investment

    Jan 22, 2015, 1:36 PM EDT

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    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…

  5. VIDEO: Max Scherzer on SportsTalk Live

    Jan 22, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  6. What happens now to Nats’ rotation?

    Jan 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  7. VIDEO: Mike Rizzo talks Scherzer 1-on-1

    Jan 21, 2015, 9:57 PM EDT

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    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…

  8. For Scherzer, choosing Nats was about ‘winning’

    Jan 21, 2015, 7:45 PM EDT

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    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…

  9. How the ‘unreal’ Scherzer deal came together

    Jan 21, 2015, 5:23 PM EDT

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    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…

  10. Nats to introduce Scherzer today at 2 p.m. on CSN

    Jan 21, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  11. Roster preview: Jayson Werth

    Jan 21, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  12. Roster preview: Denard Span

    Jan 20, 2015, 4:22 PM EDT

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    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…

  13. VIDEO: Does Scherzer make Nats WS favorites?

    Jan 20, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

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    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…

  14. Looking at the biggest contracts for pitchers

    Jan 20, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  15. Pros and cons of Nats’ many trade options

    Jan 19, 2015, 2:11 PM EDT

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    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…

  16. Scherzer’s deal to eclipse $200 million

    Jan 19, 2015, 12:31 PM EDT

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    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…

  17. Roster preview: Bryce Harper

    Jan 19, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  18. Nats sign top free agent Max Scherzer

    Jan 19, 2015, 12:10 AM EDT

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    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.…

  19. Reports link Nats to Scherzer again

    Jan 18, 2015, 10:40 PM EDT

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    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…

  20. 2015 outlook: Cincinnati Reds

    Jan 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  21. How will Nats replace Clippard?

    Jan 17, 2015, 3:25 PM EDT

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    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…

  22. 2015 outlook: Chicago Cubs

    Jan 17, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  23. Why Rizzo and Beane make so many deals

    Jan 16, 2015, 7:22 PM EDT

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    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…

  24. 2015 Outlook: Chicago White Sox

    Jan 16, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

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    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…

  25. Unique offseasons for Stammen, Frandsen

    Jan 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    There was a lot that came out of our conversations with Nationals players at NatsFest back on Dec. 13, lots of important baseball stuff that had to be written and talked about soon after the fact. Now that Mark and I are done presenting the nuts and bolts, I wanted to share some leftovers from…

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