Nov 13, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
The Nationals’ No. 1 roster priority this winter is crystal clear: Improve a bullpen that was the club’s biggest weakness this season. That, of course, is easier said than done. How exactly does general manager Mike Rizzo go about fixing this problem? Are there in-house options? Who from the current relief corps should stay and…
Aug 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
There were any number of moments Friday night at Citi Field that could have stood on their own merits as epic examples of what pennant race baseball is all about. Matt Harvey taking the mound for the eighth inning with the Mets up 1-0, then giving up the tying hit to Yunel Escobar. Tyler Clippard…
Jul 31, 2015, 6:38 PM EST
NEW YORK — Tyler Clippard will get his first chance to face his former Nationals teammates on Friday night, as the Nats play at the New York Mets in a big weekend series. Clippard was traded to the Mets on Monday from the Oakland Athletics, whom he was traded to by the Nats over the…
Jul 28, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
There were moments over the last month or two, and especially in the last day or two, when the notion of Tyler Clippard returning to Washington sure sounded plausible. The Nationals’ most-glaring need as Friday’s trade deadline approaches is for experienced bullpen help, preferably a guy who could help bridge the gap between the club’s…
Jul 27, 2015, 7:38 PM EST
Given the rumors linking the Nationals to former fan favorite Tyler Clippard this week, the worst fears of many have perhaps been realized. Clippard is coming back to the NL East, but he won’t be pitching in Washington. The New York Mets have instead traded for the two-time NL All-Star. Clippard, 30, was shipped to…
Mar 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
With the Nationals having completed 10 seasons as a franchise since they moved to Washington, D.C. back in 2005, we at CSNwashington.com will roll out a series of articles looking back on the first decade of baseball’s return to the District. We will have periodic installments throughout the season with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark…
Feb 24, 2015, 5:48 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Matt Williams was asked Tuesday if he’s ever going to actually perform his Babe Ruth impersonation, as promised last season when his Nationals won 10 straight games. The manager’s answer was, well, let’s just say it was convoluted. More on that in a little bit. In the meantime, here are some news,…
Feb 24, 2015, 1:15 PM EST
Among the Nationals’ biggest challenges this spring is reconfiguring their bullpen after trading Tyler Clippard (and letting Rafael Soriano leave as a free agent). They recognize they can’t fully replace Clippard, one of the best and most-consistent relievers in baseball, but they also like the options they have to fill that role. In this video…
Feb 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Mark sat down with Drew Storen on Monday in Viera, Fla., as he looks forward to the 2015 season knowing he will be the Nationals’ closer. For Storen, that’s a change from the last two years where Rafael Soriano held down the role when the season began. Storen is happy to be back in the…
Feb 20, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Upon signing with the Nationals last month, Casey Janssen couldn’t help but do a little research on the guy he’ll be replacing as primary setup man — Tyler Clippard — and realize what exactly was now going to be expected of him. “I definitely looked at Tyler’s numbers, and they’re pretty impressive,”…
Jan 17, 2015, 3:25 PM EST
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…
Jan 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: DID THE NATS GET ENOUGH FOR TYLER CLIPPARD? MARK ZUCKERMAN: Let me start by saying that I don’t think the Nationals got a bad return for Clippard. Yunel Escobar is, at worst, an average MLB shortstop who is under team control for two or three more years. If you can get that…
Jan 15, 2015, 2:13 PM EST
Mike Rizzo wrapped up a conference call with reporters a short while ago, during which time the Nationals general manager discussed last night’s trade of Tyler Clippard to the Athletics for Yunel Escobar, plus the various domino effects of this deal. Here are some of the highlights from Rizzo. We’ll have more in-depth thoughts on…
Jan 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
The immediate reaction to Wednesday night’s trade — the Nationals sent All-Star reliever Tyler Clippard to the Athletics for journeyman infielder Yunel Escobar — was fairly passionate. Especially from those who didn’t like the move, which seemed to be a healthy majority. At first glance, this indeed seemed like a head-scratcher of a deal from…
Jan 14, 2015, 8:30 PM EST
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 18, 2014, 2:38 PM EST
After narrowly beating the Washington Nationals in four games in the 2014 NLDS, the San Francisco Giants went on to take their third World Series title in the last five years. Madison Bumgarner overcame his Game 3 loss to the Nats to cement himself in MLB postseason history. It earned him Sports Illustrated’s ‘Sportsman of…
Dec 17, 2014, 12:00 PM EST
Tyler Clippard checked in with CSN for a one-on-one interview with Mark at last weekend’s NatsFest. The Nationals reliever gave an update on his offseason and looked ahead to next year. Clippard – along with several of his teammates – is set to be a free agent after the 2015 season. Because of that, his…
Dec 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
The Nationals’ annual offseason convention known as ‘NatsFest’ is usually held in late January, right before the team heads to Viera, Fl. to begin spring training and preparing for Opening Day. It is generally a time to recap the winter for each player and a time to meet new additions to the roster. This year,…
Dec 9, 2014, 2:35 PM EST
SAN DIEGO — While most of the attention at these Winter Meetings has been on big-ticket free agents like Jon Lester and Billy Beane’s complete makeover of the Athletics, there’s been another intriguing, under-the-radar storyline that could bode quite well for one of the Nationals’ best players. Teams are starting to hand out record-setting contracts…
Dec 8, 2014, 7:52 PM EST
SAN DIEGO — Mike Rizzo didn’t offer definitive answers to the majority of questions posed at him during the Nationals general manager’s first media session of the Winter Meetings. But he did come as close to definitive as he gets when asked about Drew Storen’s status as the club’s closer entering 2015. “We trust Drew,”…
Nov 4, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
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…
Nov 3, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: Drafted in 12th round of 2005 MLB Draft MLB service time: 4 years, 160 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $1.375 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible, free agent in 2017 2014 stats: 49 G, 72.2 IP, 78 H, 34 R, 31 ER, 5 HR, 14 BB, 56 K, 1.266 WHIP, 4-5, 3.84 ERA, 3.19 FIP, 0.6 WAR Quotable: “I don’t normally…
Nov 2, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 30 How acquired: Trade from Yankees for RHP Jonathan Albaladejo, Dec. 2007 MLB service time: 5 years, 148 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $5.875 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible, free agent in 2016 2014 stats: 75 G, 70.1 IP, 47 H, 22 R, 17 ER, 5 HR, 23 BB, 82 K, 0.995 WHIP,…
Oct 13, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
As the Nationals transition into offseason mode, so do we (a little sooner than any of us expected). Over a five-day stretch, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 4 storyline: Wondering whether one of the majors’ best bullpens might be bolstered even more…
Oct 3, 2014, 11:19 PM EST
In his short time in the majors, Bryce Harper has developed a knack for hitting targets in big league ballparks on home runs. The Blackberry sign in Toronto? Check. The restaurant in right field out in Seattle? Yup. Heck, even before he reached the bigs, Harper was pelting homers off the back wall at Tropicana…
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