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  1. NatsFest 2014 details announced with new venue

    Dec 13, 2013, 7:07 AM EDT

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    The Washington Nationals have announced details for NatsFest 2014, with a new venue set to host the annual preseason celebration for fans. NatsFest will take place on Jan. 25 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Southern Maryland, one year after the event was held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in…

  2. Nats officially announce McLouth signing, DFA Corey Brown

    Dec 12, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT

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    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…

  3. Nats lose catcher Nieto in Rule 5 draft

    Dec 12, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Nationals lost Adrian Nieto in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft to the White Sox, who are hoping the 24-year-old catcher has progressed enough to spend 2014 in the major leagues. Nieto, a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft, was well-liked by Nationals officials, but his slow development (he hasn’t advanced…

  4. 3 deals in 10 days leave Nats in good shape

    Dec 12, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Ten days ago, the Nationals needed a starting pitcher. They needed a left-handed bench bat. And they sorely needed a left-handed reliever. Then came the trade for Doug Fister. Then came the signing of Nate McLouth. And after Wednesday’s trade for Jerry Blevins, general manager Mike Rizzo could take comfort…

  5. Rizzo: Blevins was “our best option”

    Dec 11, 2013, 6:08 PM EDT

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    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…

  6. Nats acquire LHP Blevins for prospect Burns

    Dec 11, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

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    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…

  7. VIDEO: Will Nats make amends for 2013?

    Dec 11, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

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    Nationals manager Matt Williams knows he is taking over a team with sky-high expectations. After winning 98 games in 2012 the Nats took a big step back by missing the playoffs with only 86 victories in 2013. Williams says the team hopes to reach their full potential in 2014, and make amends for what happened this…

  8. Williams wants Davey at spring training

    Dec 11, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Though he has remained out of sight since managing the final game of the season in Arizona, Davey Johnson remains a member of the Nationals’ organization. The 70-year-old former skipper officially is listed as a consultant in the club’s baseball operations department, and general manager Mike Rizzo has repeatedly said…

  9. Williams contemplating lineup construction

    Dec 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — As he has begun to learn the Nationals’ personnel over the last month-plus, Matt Williams has begun scribbling out starting lineups in his mind. Along the way, Washington’s new manager has come to a realization: He’s got plenty of choices. “The good thing about it is we have those options,”…

  10. Wilson, Blevins among lefty trade targets

    Dec 10, 2013, 7:52 PM EDT

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Determined to add a much-needed, experienced left-hander to their bullpen, the Nationals have been exploring the trade market at the Winter Meetings, with several potential targets beginning to emerge. Among the names added to the list of free agents on the Nationals’ radar: the Pirates’ Justin Wilson and the Athletics’…

  11. Rizzo: No offers for Clippard, Storen, Span

    Dec 10, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — On Tuesday morning, two Nationals sources downplayed trade talks involving Tyler Clippard or Drew Storen. On Tuesday afternoon, Mike Rizzo shot down the notion he’s even received a formal offer for either reliever. Or center fielder Denard Span. “We haven’t been fielding all that many calls on Clippard and Storen,”…

  12. Highlights from Williams’ media session

    Dec 10, 2013, 3:18 PM EDT

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Matt Williams just wrapped up his 30-minute media session, getting peppered on all sorts of subjects. The Nationals’ new manager remains as poised and thorough as he was in his introductory news conference in Washington last month, and he shed some light on a few previously untouched topics. Here are…

  13. VIDEO: Nats GM Mike Rizzo on lefty reliever market

    Dec 10, 2013, 2:57 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have already made what many expect to be their biggest moves of the offseason, acquiring Doug Fister to strengthen their rotation and Nate McLouth to bolster their bench. There still remains, however, a vacancy in their bullpen where the Nationals would like to add at least one left-handed relief pitcher. Mark caught up…

  14. Nats’ asking price high on Storen and Clippard

    Dec 10, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Though several clubs have expressed interest in Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard, the Nationals’ asking price remains high, with general manager Mike Rizzo seeking a major return for either reliever. Both Storen and Clippard have been viewed as potential trade candidates since season’s end due to their escalating salaries and…

  15. Nats expect McLouth to get significant playing time

    Dec 10, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — After a strong bounce-back season in Baltimore, Nate McLouth figured to sign with a club this winter that would offer him the chance to win an everyday job. The Nationals, of course, had no such opportunity with Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and Denard Span all entrenched in the outfield. But…

  16. Rizzo believes Ramos can catch 125 games

    Dec 9, 2013, 7:54 PM EDT

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Conventional wisdom, entering the Winter Meetings, suggested the Nationals were in the market for a veteran backup catcher, someone who could be a reliable No. 2 behind Wilson Ramos. Mike Rizzo, though, appeared to quash that line of thinking on Monday, saying he believes Ramos can start 125 or more…

  17. Rizzo in no rush to sign lefty reliever

    Dec 9, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Though he admits he’s “actively” trying to acquire a left-handed reliever, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo suggested he isn’t facing any urgency to make a move this week during the Winter Meetings. “I think we’re going to take our time with it and get the right fit and see where…

  18. Rizzo talks up Espinosa amid trade rumors

    Dec 9, 2013, 6:02 PM EDT

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Danny Espinosa’s future with the Nationals has been in question since the struggling second baseman was demoted last summer and never returned to the big-league roster. But would the Nats prefer to trade Espinosa now, despite his relatively low value, or do they still believe he can play an important…

  19. La Russa, Cox, Torre elected to Hall of Fame

    Dec 9, 2013, 11:41 AM EDT

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre all were unanimous selections to the Hall of Fame today, a trio of baseball’s greatest managers honored together with enshrinement in Cooperstown. Cox, La Russa and Torre were voted in by the Hall’s Expansion Era Committee, a 16-person panel that includes Hall…

  20. Lefties on agenda as Winter Meetings commence

    Dec 9, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Hello from the Dolphin Resort at Walt Disney World, where the Winter Meetings officially open for business this morning. That’s assuming everyone made it out of the snow/ice up north. By all accounts, it appears everyone associated with the Nationals did make it, including your trusty beat writer, who was…

  21. Winter Meetings preview

    Dec 7, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have already addressed their need for another starting pitcher, trading for Doug Fister on Monday night. Then they closed out the week by bolstering their bench with the signing of Nate McLouth late Friday afternoon. So, what’s left for Mike Rizzo and Co. to do once they arrive in Orlando on Sunday for…

  22. Nats sign McLouth to 2-year contract

    Dec 6, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

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    Seeking an upgrade to a bench that was among the majors’ least-productive units this season, the Nationals are adding a veteran with significant experience. And paying him like an everyday player. The Nationals have come to terms on a 2-year contract with outfielder Nate McLouth, pending a physical, a source familiar with the deal confirmed…

  23. Point/Counterpoint: How good will Fister be?

    Dec 6, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: BY SEASON’S END, WHERE WILL DOUG FISTER RANK WITHIN THE NATIONALS’ ROTATION? MARK ZUCKERMAN: Though he figures to open 2014 as the Nats’ No. 4 starter, I don’t expect Fister to be the team’s fourth-best starter next season. I expect him to be much better. In fact, I’ll say he winds up…

  24. Market for lefty relievers is thinning

    Dec 5, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    With their starting rotation now set upon the acquisition of Doug Fister, the Nationals’ top priority becomes a left-handed reliever. Mike Rizzo admitted as much on Tuesday, saying: “It’s a spot that we feel that we have to upgrade.” Trouble is, there aren’t many remaining options on the free-agent market. Javier Lopez (Giants) and Manny…

  25. VIDEO: Analysis of Fister trade

    Dec 4, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

    The Nationals’ trade for Doug Fister was met with reaction from across the baseball world. Most were surprised Mike Rizzo was able to acquire a pitcher of Fister’s caliber without giving up more than Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol and Robbie Ray. What made Fister so attractive to the Nationals? And why did they get him…

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB MN
WASHINGTON 86 63 -- 2
ATLANTA 75 75 11.5
MIAMI 73 76 13.0
NEW YORK 72 79 15.0
PHILADELPHIA 69 81 17.5
Through Monday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
TUE: Nats at Braves, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Braves, 7:10 p.m.
THU: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
FRI: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
MON: OFF
Full season schedule

Mark joins Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak every Thursday at 4 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet for a half-hour show on the Nats, Orioles and rest of MLB. Re-airs Thursdays at 11:30 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

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.

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