Jan 27, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 32 How acquired: Traded from Oakland for RHP Tyler Clippard, Jan. 2015 2015 salary: $5 million 2014 stats: 137 G, 529 PA, 33 R, 123 H, 18 2B, 0 3B, 7 HR, 39 RBI, 1 SB, 43 BB, 60 SO, .258 BA, .324 OBP, .340 SLG, .664 OPS, 92 OPS+, 16 E,…
Jan 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
So, anything interesting happen while I was on vacation the last 10 days? The third week of January usually is pretty quiet, so I can’t imagine the Nationals made any real significant news. They certainly didn’t give out $210 million to a prominent free agent pitcher. Wait, what? OK, so yeah, looks like I picked…
Jan 16, 2015, 10:40 AM EDT
Updated at 1:25 p.m. Stephen Strasburg, Drew Storen and Doug Fister became the latest members of the Nationals to avoid salary arbitration, agreeing to contracts before MLB’s Friday afternoon deadline. Fister signed for $11.4 million, with Strasburg agreeing to a $7.4 million salary and Storen a $5.7 million salary in 2015, according to sources familiar…
Jan 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
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, 5:35 PM EDT
Updated at 11:15 p.m. The Nationals avoided arbitration with four players Thursday evening, agreeing to terms on 2015 contracts with catchers Wilson Ramos and Jose Lobaton, infielder Danny Espinosa and reliever Craig Stammen. Ramos, in his second year of arbitration eligibility, will earn $3.55 million, a raise from his 2014 salary of $2.095 million. The…
Jan 15, 2015, 2:13 PM EDT
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 EDT
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 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…
Jan 14, 2015, 11:13 AM EDT
Seeking to bolster their catching depth, the Nationals acquired minor-league veteran Dan Butler from the Red Sox, sending rehabbing left-hander Danny Rosenbaum to Boston in exchange. Butler, 28, made his big-league debut last season, going 4-for-19 with three doubles in seven games with the Red Sox. He owns a career .256 batting average, .349 on-base…
Jan 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Aside from the still-up-in-the-air situation at second base, the Nationals know who’s going to be in their regular 2015 starting lineup. What they don’t necessarily know yet, though, is how that lineup will be arranged. Matt Williams spent his first couple of months as a big-league manager tinkering with lineup combinations, often moving players around…
Jan 13, 2015, 11:32 AM EDT
The Nationals signed two more veterans to minor-league contracts Tuesday, offering outfielder/first baseman Mike Carp and catcher Steven Lerud invitations to big-league camp and a chance to make the roster this spring. Carp, 28, is a career .254 hitter with a .330 on-base percentage and .744 OPS in 318 major-league games with the Mariners, Red…
Jan 13, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Nine members of the Nationals are expected to file for arbitration on Tuesday, beginning the sometimes long and arduous process of determining salaries for players who aren’t yet eligible for free agency. The Nationals’ roster is loaded with arbitration-eligible players — those with at least 3 years but fewer than 6 years of big-league service…
Jan 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Another significant trade rumor was reported Sunday night, and though this one can no longer happen in reality, it did raise an interesting question from the Nationals’ standpoint. The rumored trade, according to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal: A three-way deal that would have seen Ian Desmond go to the Mets, Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar come…
Jan 9, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WHICH CURRENT NATS MINOR LEAGUER WILL MAKE HIS MLB DEBUT IN 2015 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST IMPACT? MARK ZUCKERMAN: This is always a fun one to debate, because there’s such a good chance of being completely wrong. (Check out last year’s Point/Counterpoint on the same subject. Yikes!) So I offer this up…
Jan 8, 2015, 4:34 PM EDT
Jayson Werth will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Friday, a procedure that could prevent the veteran Nationals outfielder from being 100 percent healthy in time for Opening Day, multiple sources confirmed Thursday afternoon. Werth needs the surgery to repair the AC joint in his throwing shoulder, an injury that plagued him late last…
Jan 8, 2015, 1:01 PM EDT
The Nationals’ 2015 minor-league coaching staff includes plenty of familiar faces returning to their old positions, a few familiar faces taking on new roles and a very familiar face returning to the organization to hold a brand-new job. Rick Ankiel, the one-time Cardinals pitching phenom who resurrected his career as an outfielder and spent two…
Jan 8, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
As noted yesterday, there’s still a long way to go until pitchers and catchers report for spring training (six weeks) and an even longer way to go until the Nationals take the field April 5 to face the Mets on Opening Day. So it would be premature to speculate right now what the Nats’ Opening…
Jan 7, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals entered the offseason three months ago with one glaring roster hole: second base. Yet here they stand today, with pitchers and catchers due to report for spring training in a mere six weeks, and that one glaring hole hasn’t really been addressed. So, what’s going on with the Nats at second base? The…
Jan 4, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Blake Treinen was a revelation for the Nationals last season, an out-of-nowhere power right-hander with the ability to pitch both as a starter or reliever. That versatility helped get Treinen to the big leagues for the first time, and it makes him a valuable commodity for the Nats entering 2015. But versatility is also something…
Jan 3, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Nate McLouth entered 2014 feeling as good about himself as he had in some time, for no shortage of reasons. He was healthy. He was coming off back-to-back strong seasons in Baltimore. And he had job security after signing a 2-year, $10.75 million deal with a good Nationals club. Fast-forward one year and the veteran…
Jan 2, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Ted Leonsis and Mark Lerner always thought they knew what this would be like. Images of the Winter Classic at Nationals Park had floated through their minds for years. But until the day finally arrives, until the event actually takes place, you never really know. So, how did it go? Did it live up to…
Dec 31, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
As we count down the final days of 2014, we’re counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, merely significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We conclude today with significant moment No. 1: Matt Williams’ decision to pull Jordan…
Dec 30, 2014, 12:26 PM EDT
Asdrubal Cabrera, who filled in admirably for the Nationals at second base after his acquisition at the July 31 trade deadline, won’t be returning to Washington in 2015. Cabrera has agreed to a 1-year contract with the Rays, according to multiple reports, removing another potential second base option from the Nationals’ plans but possibly making…
Dec 30, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
As we count down the final days of 2014, we’re counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, merely significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue today with significant moment No. 2: Jordan Zimmermann’s no-hitter, capped by Steven…
Dec 27, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
As we count down the final days of 2014, we’re counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, merely significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue today with significant moment No. 5: Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon rising…
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