Feb 19, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Plenty of ballplayers have questioned whether six full weeks of spring training really are necessary, saying they don’t need that much time to get ready for the regular season. Rafael Soriano takes that philosophy to new extremes. Soriano prefers to pitch as little as possible in spring training, believing he needs only…
Feb 12, 2014, 11:22 AM EDT
The Nationals’ bullpen in 2013 was a bit of a weakness. After ranking seventh in the majors (third in the NL) with a 3.23 bullpen ERA in 2012 , they dropped to 17th last season with a 3.56 mark. This offseason the Nats helped balance out the unit by trading with the Oakland Athletics for…
Feb 2, 2014, 4:03 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 26 How acquired: Drafted 1st round (10th pick), June 2009 2014 salary: $3.45 million (plus $1M if he finishes 60 games) 2013 Stats: 68 G, 20 GF, 3 SV, 8 SVO, 61.2 IP, 65 H, 34 R, 31 ER, 7 HR, 19 BB, 58 K, 1.362 WHIP, 4-2, 4.52 ERA,…
Feb 1, 2014, 1:31 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 34 How acquired: Signed as free agent, Jan. 2013 2014 salary: $11 million 2013 Stats: 68 G, 58 GF, 43 SV, 49 SVO, 66.2 IP, 65 H, 24 R, 23 ER, 7 HR, 17 BB, 51 K, 1.230 WHIP, 3-3, 3.11 ERA, 3.65 FIP, 0.5 WAR 2014 storyline: Rafael Soriano’s…
Nov 21, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT
Before the offseason really heats up — I mean, heats up here in D.C. Based on last night’s earth-shattering trade, I’d say the offseason is now in full swing in both Detroit and Texas — it’s perhaps worth one final look back at last offseason. The Nationals didn’t conduct many transactions during the 2012-13 winter,…
Nov 19, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals have done an impressive job building a successful franchise, mostly with home-grown prospects, but there are ramifications of such an endeavor. Such as an ever-increasing payroll. When Mike Rizzo replaced Jim Bowden as general manager in 2009, the Nationals’ payroll stood at $60 million, a figure that ranked 27th among MLB’s 30 franchises.…
Oct 20, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 34 How acquired: Free agent, signed Jan. 2013 MLB service time: 11 years, 57 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $14 million ($7 million is deferred) Contract status: Signed for $14 million in 2014 ($7 million deferred), $14 million club option for 2015 (guaranteed if Soriano finishes 120 games in 2013-14) 2013 Stats:…
Sep 30, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT
You may recall way back on April 1 when I posted this annual article of predictions for the 2013 Nationals made by me and my fellow reporters on the beat. Well, it’s time for another annual tradition: Revisiting those predictions and proving to the world just how wrong we all were in almost every case.…
Sep 2, 2013, 1:40 AM EDT
You could look at the Nats’ chip-away, comeback win Sunday night against the Mets as their most satisfying victory of the season thus far, or merely an avoidance of disaster. The alternative would have been a sweep to an injury-riddled team just as they head on a pivotal road trip. However you classify it, the…
Aug 30, 2013, 12:26 PM EDT
In a season that has seen inconsistency up and down the Nationals’ roster, Tyler Clippard has been as steady and reliable as ever. He’s appeared in more games than any other pitcher on the Nats’ staff (61) and holds its lowest ERA (1.94). Relief pitching is usually among the most volatile roles in sports. Success…
Aug 30, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT
Looking to pull a longman out of his bullpen to make a start on Sunday, Davey Johnson needed Gio Gonzalez to pitch deep into Thursday’s game against the Marlins. A rain delay the night before forced Johnson to use five different relief pitchers, and the previous night he needed four out of the bullpen to…
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.
*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com.
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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