Feb 6, 2015, 4:00 PM EDT
2014 record: 88-74, 2nd place in AL West Manager: Bob Melvin, 5th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $81.6 million Key additions: 2B Ben Zobrist, DH Billy Butler, 1B Ike Davis, 3B Brett Lawrie, SS Marcus Semien, RHP Jesse Hahn, RHP Tyler Clippard Key losses: LHP Jon Lester, RHP Jeff Samardzija, 1B Brandon Moss, 3B Josh Donaldson, SS…
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 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…
Dec 20, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Jerry Blevins’ offseason began much later than his teammates, and later than even those who participated in the 2014 World Series. The 6-foot-6 lefty was part of a showcase series in Japan in mid-November, along with fellow MLBers Yasiel Puig, Evan Longoria and Robinson Cano. Blevins traveled overseas to play against Japan’s national team, called…
Nov 4, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
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…
Sep 30, 2014, 4:33 PM EDT
The 2014 Major League Baseball playoffs are finally here, as the 10-team tournament to decide a new World Series champion begins tonight in Kansas City, Mo. It will be the first playoff game played in Kansas City, or by the Royals in general, in 29 years. Of course towns with four teams are hard to…
Sep 30, 2014, 12:25 PM EDT
The playoffs begin on Tuesday night with the American League Wild Card game, the first installment of what should be an exciting month of baseball. It is the first playoff game for the Royals since 1985 and standing in their way is a team that for much of the year looked like the class of…
May 11, 2014, 1:52 PM EDT
Saturday night was a tough loss for the Nationals who saw Rafael Soriano and Drew Storen combine to lose a late lead in Oakland. Now the Nationals have lost five of their last seven and will look to salvage the series with Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 2.91) on the mound. Gonzalez will face his former team for the…
May 10, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT
Last night was an ugly one for the Nationals who got blasted 8-0 by the Athletics. Tonight they’ll try and bounce back against one of the best young pitchers in baseball. A’s ace Sonny Gray (4-1, 1.91) will take the mound for his eighth start of the season. He is in just his second year…
May 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
It may not have felt like it, considering he didn’t make his season debut until May 9, but the Nationals rushed Doug Fister back from the disabled list. After straining his lat muscle on the final day of spring training, Fister was back on the mound making his first rehab start April 17 at extended…
May 9, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT
The Nationals have been touting Doug Fister as one of baseball’s most under-appreciated pitchers since the day they acquired him from the Tigers way back in December. Tonight, we finally get a chance to see the right-hander on the mound, wearing a Nationals uniform, starting a big-league game. A pair of spring training injuries —…
Jan 30, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT
As professional sports continue to adapt to the age of Twitter and social media, one thing is becoming clearer and clearer as each year goes by. Rumors, whether the trade or free agent variety, are becoming more prevalent as media outlets and fans crave content and conversation more and more by the day. The NFL…
Jan 29, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT
After their 2013 season uncovered a glaring need for lefty relievers, the Nationals made sure they fixed the problem this offseason. On Dec. 11 they made yet another trade with the Oakland Athletics, this time to bring in 30-year-old southpaw Jerry Blevins. A lot is expected of Blevins who will be tasked with retiring lefties…
Jan 27, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT
2013 record: 96-66, 1st place in AL West Manager: Bob Melvin, 4th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $78 million Key additions: LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Jim Johnson, INF Nick Punto, RHP Luke Gregerson, LHP Eric O’Flaherty, LHP Fernando Abad Key losses: RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Grant Balfour, OF Chris Young, C Kurt Suzuki, 2B Jemile Weeks,…
Dec 19, 2013, 12:40 PM EDT
The Nationals have traded Corey Brown to the Athletics, sending the outfielder back to the franchise that originally drafted him in the eighth deal struck between Mike Rizzo and Billy Beane in three years. Brown had been designated for assignment last week by the Nationals, who needed to clear a space on their 40-man roster…
Dec 17, 2013, 2:43 PM EDT
Since Mike Rizzo took over as Nationals general manager in 2009, he’s found quite the trade partner in Billy Beane of the Oakland Athletics. Since late 2010, the two have orchestrated seven different trades, sometimes sending the same players back and forth in separate deals. Rizzo and Beane clearly enjoy doing business with each other,…
Dec 12, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT
The Washington Nationals officially announced the signing of outfielder Nate McLouth to a two-year deal on Thursday, and in doing so designated Corey Brown for assignment to make room on their 40-man roster. Brown hit .254 with 19 home runs, 56 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 107 games with Triple-A Syracuse this season before…
Dec 11, 2013, 6:08 PM EDT
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Nationals talked to every left-handed reliever on the open market. And they inquired about potential trades with three or four clubs. In the end, Mike Rizzo decided a Jerry Blevins-for-Billy Burns swap with the Athletics made the most sense in multiple ways. “This was the best option we could…
Dec 11, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Nationals acquired the left-handed reliever they so desired, pulling off a trade with the Athletics on Wednesday that brings veteran Jerry Blevins to Washington in exchange for minor-league outfielder Billy Burns. Blevins, 30, was one of perhaps 10 left-handers the Nationals had expressed interest in at the Winter Meetings…
Nov 25, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT
The Nationals have made yet another trade with the Oakland Athletics, this time sending lefty reliever Fernando Abad to the A’s for outfield prospect John Wooten. Wooten is a 22-year-old the Athletics took in the 37th round of the 2012 MLB Draft out of East Carolina University. He hit .257 through 133 games with 20…
Oct 10, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT
ALDS GAME 5: DETROIT TIGERS at OAKLAND ATHLETICS Series: Tied 2-2 Where: O.co Coliseum, Oakland Gametime: 8 p.m. TV: TBS Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Sunny, 65 degrees, Wind 5 mph out to LF Starting pitchers: DET RHP Justin Verlander (13-12, 3.46) vs. OAK RHP Sonny Gray (5-3, 2.67) It would be tough to imagine a more-compelling batch of Division…
Oct 8, 2013, 11:58 AM EDT
ALDS GAME 4: OAKLAND ATHLETICS (2-1) vs. DETROIT TIGERS (1-2) Series: Athletics lead 2-1 Where: Comerica Park, Detrioit, MI Gametime: 5:00 p.m. TV: TBS Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Sunny, 65 degrees, wind 7 mph Starting pitchers: OAK – Dan Straily (10-8, 3.96) / DET – Doug Fister (14-9, 3.67) Yesterday I laid out all the reasons the odds were in Detroit’s favor in…
Oct 7, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT
ALDS GAME 3: OAKLAND ATHLETICS (1-1) vs. DETROIT TIGERS (1-1) Series: Tied at 1-1 Where: Comerica Park, Detrioit, MI Gametime: 1:00 p.m. TV: MLBN Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Cloudy, 58 degrees, wind 20 mph Starting pitchers: OAK – Jarrod Parker (12-8, 3.97) / DET – Anibal Sanchez (14-8, 2.57) Game 2 on Saturday featured the best finish of the 2013 playoffs so…
Oct 5, 2013, 1:10 PM EDT
ALDS: TAMPA BAY RAYS (0-1) vs. BOSTON RED SOX (1-0) Series: Red Sox lead 1-0 Where: Fenway Park in Boston, MA Gametime: 5:30 p.m. TV: TBS Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Mostly cloudy, 65 degrees, wind 5 mph Starting pitchers: TB – David Price (10-8, 3.33) / BOS – John Lackey (10-13 3.52) An early lead for Tampa Bay turned into a complete…
Oct 4, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT
NLDS: PITTSBURGH PIRATES (94-69) vs. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (98-65) Series: Cardinals lead 1-0 Where: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO Gametime: 1:00 p.m. TV: MLB Network Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Partly cloudy, 83 degrees, wind 15 mph Starting pitchers: PIT – Gerrit Cole (10-7, 3.22) / STL – Lance Lynn (15-10, 3.97) Game 1 of the NLDS dealt a crushing blow…
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