Feb 11, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
As the countdown to spring training reaches its final days, we’re counting down the Nationals’ five biggest storylines of camp. We continue today with storyline No. 2: The return of Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg from offseason surgeries… Upon revealing that three of their star players (Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg and Adam LaRoche) all had…
Feb 10, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT
The Nationals and Tyler Clippard agreed to salary terms today, thus avoiding an arbitration hearing that was scheduled to take place Feb. 17 in Florida. Clippard will make $5.875 million this season, according to CBSsports.com, settling on a number that was higher than the midpoint of the two sides’ formal arbitration offers last month. Clippard,…
Feb 10, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT
With pitchers and catchers reporting on Thursday, it’s time to take a look ahead at the 2014 Nationals. Going into spring, how does their roster stack up? Mark and I filmed some spring training preview videos looking around the Nationals roster that we’ll have each of the next few days. The first takes a look…
Feb 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
As the countdown to spring training reaches its final days, we’re counting down the Nationals’ five biggest storylines of camp. We continue today with storyline No. 3: The open competition for the final spot in the starting rotation… Ross Detwiler didn’t have to compete for his spot in the Nationals’ rotation one year ago. And…
Feb 9, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 25 How acquired: Drafted 9th round, June 2009 2014 salary: N/A 2013 stats: 9 G, 51.2 IP, 59 H, 27 R, 21 ER, 11 BB, 29 K, 1.355 WHIP, 3.66 ERA, 3.47 FIP, 0.7 WAR 2014 storyline: Taylor Jordan enters spring training as one of three candidates competing for the fifth and final rotation spot.…
Feb 9, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
As the countdown to spring training reaches its final days, we’re counting down the Nationals’ five biggest storylines of camp. We continue today with storyline No. 4: Danny Espinosa’s attempt to bounce back from a disastrous 2013… To say Danny Espinosa has something to prove this spring is a gross understatement. Espinosa has everything to…
Feb 8, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
As the countdown to spring training reaches its final days, we’re counting down the Nationals’ five biggest storylines of camp. We begin today with storyline No. 5: Ryan Zimmerman’s throwing… Ryan Zimmerman’s throwing woes — a national storyline early in 2013 — quietly dissipated late last season. After a brutal stretch that saw him charged…
Feb 8, 2014, 8:03 AM EDT
Mark was in studio last night for two segments in Geico SportsNet Central alongside new anchor Keli Fulton. The first is a quick preview of Nationals’ spring training looking at the biggest questions facing the team. Mark covers a variety of subjects including Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg’s health, and Matt Williams’ first spring training…
Feb 7, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
So you’ve decided to go to spring training. You already know how to watch Bryce Harper take live BP off Stephen Strasburg, but you don’t know how to get to Viera. Or where to stay once you’re there. Or where to eat. Or what to do when you’re not at Space Coast Stadium. Good news:…
Feb 7, 2014, 12:17 PM EDT
Luis Ayala, a key member of the Nationals’ inaugural bullpen in 2005, is returning to the organization six years after last pitching for it. The Nationals have signed Ayala to a minor-league contract with an invitation to big-league spring training, according to a source familiar with the deal. The 36-year-old right-hander pitched for the Braves…
Feb 7, 2014, 7:21 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 27 How acquired: Trade with Texas Rangers, July 2010 2014 salary: N/A 2013 stats: 14 G, 5 GS, 53.2 IP, 38 H, 11 R, 9 ER, HR, 11 BB, 40 K, 0.913 WHIP, 7-1, 1.51 ERA, 2.41 FIP, 1.4 WAR 2014 storyline: Tanner Roark was one of the biggest surprises for the Nationals in 2013.…
Feb 6, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT
As you can tell by the countdown clock to your right, we are now down to the final stretch of a long offseason. Nationals pitchers and catchers (not to mention yours truly) report to Viera in one week as baseball season officially begins. And, from what I gather, a good number of you plan to…
Feb 6, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 31 How acquired: Signed as free agent, Jan. 2013 2014 salary: $1.25 million 2013 stats: 16 G, 7 GS, 60.1 IP, 56 H, 22 R, 22 ER, 8 HR, 14 BB, 45 K, 1.160 WHIP, 4-1, 3.28 ERA, 4.03 FIP, 0.3 WAR 2014 storyline: Ross Ohlendorf heads into 2014 with a chance to earn a…
Feb 5, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT
Adding yet another catching option as a backup to Wilson Ramos, the Nationals have signed Koyie Hill to a minor-league contract, offering the veteran an invitation to big-league camp. Hill, who turns 35 in March, is a career .206 hitter in parts of 10 major-league seasons with the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Cubs and Marlins. He appeared…
Feb 5, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 30 How acquired: 12th round pick, 2005 draft 2014 salary: $1.375 million 2013 stats: 55 G, 81.2 IP, 78 H, 30 R, 25 ER, 4 HR, 27 BB, 79 K, 1.286 WHIP, 0 SV, 1 BS, 7-6, 2.76 ERA, 2.82 FIP, 1.0 WAR 2014 storyline: After back-to-back seasons that showcased…
Feb 4, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 30 How acquired: Traded from Athletics for OF Billy Burns, Dec. 2013 2014 salary: $1.675 million 2013 stats (w/OAK): 67 G, 14 GF, 60 IP, 47 H, 23 R, 21 ER, 7 HR, 17 BB, 52 K, 1.067 WHIP, 5-0, 3.15 ERA, 3.88 FIP, 0.3 WAR 2014 storyline: Recognizing how…
Feb 3, 2014, 3:07 PM EDT
With the Nationals bringing in Matt Williams as their new manager this offseason, technically it left up in the air whether the rest of the coaching staff would return. Soon after the hiring, the Nats announced Steve McCatty and Randy Knorr would be back in 2014, among others, much to the delight of players and…
Jan 30, 2014, 5:50 PM EDT
2013 record: 97-65, 1st place in NL Central Manager: Mike Matheny, 3rd season Estimated 2014 payroll: $109 million Key additions: OF Peter Bourjos, IF Jhonny Peralta, IF Mark Ellis Key losses: OF Carlos Beltran, SP Chris Carpenter, IF Rafael Furcal, IF David Freese, RP John Axford, RP Edward Mujica Projected lineup 3B Matt Carpenter CF…
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 30, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 30 How acquired: Traded from Tigers for INF Steve Lombardozzi, LHP Ian Krol and LHP Robbie Ray, Dec. 2013 2014 salary: TBD via arbitration (Fister is seeking $8.5 million, Nats are offering $5.75 million) 2013 Stats: 32 GS, 208.2 IP, 229 H, 91 R, 85 ER, 14 HR, 44 BB,…
Jan 29, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 27 How acquired: 2nd round pick, 2007 draft 2014 salary: $7.5 million 2013 Stats: 32 GS, 213.1 IP, 192 H, 81 R, 77 ER, 19 HR, 40 BB, 161 K, 1.088 WHIP, 19-9, 3.25 ERA, 3.51 FIP, 2.4 WAR 2014 storyline: By now, Zimmermann has established what he is: A…
Jan 28, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 28 How acquired: Trade from Athletics with RHP Robert Gilliam for LHP Tom Milone, RHP Brad Peacock, RHP A.J. Cole and C Derek Norris, Dec. 2011 2014 salary: $8.5 million 2013 stats: 32 GS, 195.2 IP, 169 H, 79 R, 73 ER, 17 HR, 76 BB, 192 K, 1.252 WHIP,…
Jan 27, 2014, 2:19 PM EDT
Though he would appear to have an obvious leg up to reclaim the job he lost last season while on the disabled list, Ross Detwiler is comfortable with the idea of competing for the final spot in the Nationals’ rotation this spring. “I’ve done it every single year, so it’s nothing different for me,” he…
Jan 27, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT
Gio Gonzalez has spent much of his offseason down in South Florida where he generally trains over the winter. He’s got family, friends, sunshine and workout facilities at the University of Miami, all he needs to get prepared for the new year. This time around, however, he’s had some extra help. Four-time World Series champion…
Jan 27, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 25 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2009 draft 2014 salary: $3.975 million 2013 stats: 30 GS, 183 IP, 136 H, 71 R, 61 ER, 16 HR, 56 BB, 191 K, 1.049 WHIP, 8-9, 3.00 ERA, 3.21 FIP, 3.2 WAR 2014 storyline: Stephen Strasburg took some significant steps forward last season.…
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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.
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