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  1. Nats sign reliever Hensley to minor-league deal

    Jan 21, 2014, 6:28 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have signed right-hander Clay Hensley to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, adding a veteran reliever to the competition for the one or two jobs that will be up for grabs in Viera. Hensley, 34, is a veteran of seven major-league seasons and sports a 4.00 ERA in 271 career…

  2. Rizzo doesn’t rule out Balfour signing

    Jan 21, 2014, 12:13 PM EDT

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    Mike Rizzo hasn’t been afraid in the past to make a surprise January signing, even at positions that already appear to be filled — ie. Edwin Jackson in 2012 and Rafael Soriano in 2013 — so it perhaps wasn’t all that surprising over the weekend when a report by FoxSports.com suggested the Nationals have some…

  3. Roster preview: Denard Span

    Jan 21, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 30 How acquired: Trade from Twins for RHP Alex Meyer, Nov. 2012 2014 salary: $6.5 million 2013 stats: 153 G, 662 PA, 75 R, 170 H, 28 2B, 11 3B, 4 HR, 47 RBI, 20 SB, 42 BB, 77 SO, .279 AVG, .327 OBP, .380 SLG, .707 OPS, 0 E, 10.2…

  4. 2014 Outlook: Miami Marlins

    Jan 20, 2014, 7:44 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 62-100, 5th place in NL East Manager: Mike Redmond, 2nd season Estimated 2014 payroll: $40 million Key additions: C Jarrod Saltalamaccia, 1B/OF Garrett Jones, IF Rafael Furcal, 3B Casey McGehee Key losses: 1B Logan Morrison, OF Justin Ruggiano, OF Chris Coghlan Projected lineup 2B Rafael Furcal LF Christian Yelich RF Giancarlo Stanton 1B Garrett Jones C Jarrod Saltalamacchia…

  5. Roster preview: Bryce Harper

    Jan 20, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 21 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2010 draft 2014 salary: $2.15 million 2013 stats: 118 G, 497 PA, 71 R, 116 H, 24 2B, 3 3B, 20 HR, 58 RBI, 11 SB, 61 BB, 94 SO, .274 AVG, .368 OBP, .486 SLG, .854 OPS, 6 E, 2.6 UZR, 3.8 WAR…

  6. Point/Counterpoint: Impact rookie in 2014?

    Jan 20, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WHICH MEMBER OF THE NATIONALS’ FARM SYSTEM WILL MAKE HIS MLB DEBUT IN 2014 AND BECOME A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTOR? MARK ZUCKERMAN: Unlike the last two seasons, there isn’t an obvious, slam-dunk choice here. There’s no Bryce Harper or Anthony Rendon in the pipeline, poised to make an immediate impact in the big…

  7. Roster preview: Jamey Carroll

    Jan 18, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 40 How acquired: Minor-league free agent, signed Jan. 2014 2014 salary: Minor-league contract 2013 Stats: 73 G, 249 PA, 26 R, 48 H, 9 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 11 RBI, 2 SB, 17 BB, 39 SO, .211 AVG, .267 OBP, .251 SLG, .518 OPS, 2 E, -0.5 UZR (at…

  8. Clippard, Fister will go to arbitration

    Jan 17, 2014, 9:10 PM EDT

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    Unable to come to terms on contracts before Friday’s 1 p.m. deadline, right-handers Tyler Clippard and Doug Fister and the Nationals formally filed dueling arbitration figures to Major League Baseball headquarters. Hearings before a three-judge panel will be set for next month, though both players and the Nationals are free to continue negotiating and could…

  9. Update: Zimmermann, Desmond get 2-year deals

    Jan 17, 2014, 11:40 AM EDT

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    Updated at 1:25 p.m. With the deadline to submit competing arbitration figures to Major League Baseball looming this afternoon, there is likely to be a flurry of activity from the Nationals over the next several hours. Sure enough, the Nationals have agreed to terms with five of their seven arbitration-eligible players so far today: Jordan…

  10. Roster preview: Ryan Zimmerman

    Jan 17, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 29 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2005 draft 2014 salary: $14 million 2013 Stats: 147 G, 633 PA, 84 R, 156 H, 26 2B, 2 3B, 26 HR, 79 RBI, 6 SB, 60 BB, 133 SO, .275 AVG, .344 OBP, .465 SLG, .809 OPS, 21 E, -14.0 UZR, 3.0 WAR…

  11. Detwiler signs for $3 million, avoids arbitration

    Jan 16, 2014, 10:42 PM EDT

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    Ross Detwiler and the Nationals came to terms on a 2014 contract Thursday night, avoiding arbitration only 24 hours before they would have been required to submit competing salary figures. Detwiler will earn $3 million this season, a modest raise from his 2013 salary of $2.3375 million, according to sources familiar with the contract. The…

  12. Roster preview: Ian Desmond

    Jan 16, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 28 How acquired: 3rd round pick, 2004 draft 2014 salary: TBD (should make roughly $7 million via arbitration) 2013 Stats: 158 G, 655 PA, 77 R, 168 H, 38 2B, 3 3B, 20 HR, 80 RBI, 21 SB, 43 BB, 145 SO, .280 AVG, .331 OBP, .453 SLG, .784 OPS, 20…

  13. Nats extend contract with Harrisburg through ’18

    Jan 15, 2014, 1:55 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have extended their longstanding affiliation with Class AA Harrisburg, signing a new, 4-year contract that will keep the two clubs connected through 2018. The Senators already were contracted with the Nationals through this upcoming season, but by reaching agreement now on a long-term extension the two sides guarantee there won’t be any threat…

  14. Roster preview: Anthony Rendon

    Jan 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 23 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2011 draft 2014 salary: $1.8 million 2013 Stats: 98 G, 394 PA, 40 R, 93 H, 23 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR, 35 RBI, 1 SB, 31 BB, 69 SO, .265 AVG, .329 OBP, .396 SLG, .725 OPS, 9 E, 3.4 UZR (at 2B), -2.3…

  15. Zimmermann, 7 others file for arbitration

    Jan 14, 2014, 7:32 PM EDT

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    Eight Nationals players filed for arbitration this evening, a procedural step toward determining their 2014 salaries. Right-handers Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard, left-handers Ross Detwiler and Jerry Blevins, shortstop Ian Desmond and catcher Wilson Ramos all officially filed paperwork, according to the MLB Players’ Association. Those players and the Nationals must…

  16. Roster preview: Adam LaRoche

    Jan 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 34 How acquired: Signed as free agent, January 2013 2014 salary: $12 million 2013 stats: 152 G, 590 PA, 70 R, 121 H, 19 2B, 3 3B, 20 HR, 62 RBI, 4 SB, 72 BB, 131 SO, .237 AVG, .332 OBP, .403 SLG, .735 OPS, 11 E, -2.3 UZR, 0.6…

  17. Roster preview: Wilson Ramos

    Jan 13, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    We are now exactly one month away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Viera. So as the final countdown to spring training begins, we’re going to preview one member of the Nationals roster each day, looking both at how these players fared in 2013 and what to expect from them in 2014. We begin today…

  18. Strasburg signs for $3.975 million, avoids arbitration

    Jan 10, 2014, 8:34 PM EDT

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    The Nationals and Stephen Strasburg agreed to terms Friday night on a $3.975 million contract for 2014, avoiding arbitration. Strasburg was arbitration-eligible for the first time in his career, giving him the right to negotiate his salary. If the right-hander and the club couldn’t settle on terms before Tuesday’s deadline, he would have filed for…

  19. Point/Counterpoint: The Nats’ first Hall of Famer

    Jan 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WHO WILL BE THE FIRST PERSON WEARING A NATIONALS CAP ON A HALL OF FAME PLAQUE? MARK ZUCKERMAN: Wow, what a great topic for debate. Because this isn’t just about trying to predict which Nationals player is most likely to become a Hall of Famer, but which one is most likely to…

  20. 2014 Outlook: Boston Red Sox

    Jan 9, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 97-65, 1st place in AL East Manager: John Farrell, 2nd season Estimated 2014 payroll: $164 million Key additions: C A.J. Pierzynski, RHP Edward Mujica Key losses: OF Jacoby Ellsbury, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, SS Stephen Drew Projected lineup RF Shane Victorino LF Daniel Nava 2B Dustin Pedroia DH David Ortiz 1B Mike Napoli SS…

  21. Original Nat Carroll returns on minor-league deal

    Jan 9, 2014, 2:03 PM EDT

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    Updated at 3:15 p.m. Jamey Carroll, a member of the original 2005 Nationals, is coming back to Washington nine years later. Carroll is signing a minor-league contract with the Nationals, with a good chance of making the Opening Day roster, sources confirmed Thursday afternoon. The club also signed veteran infielder Mike Fontenot to a minor-league…

  22. How much is Zimmermann worth?

    Jan 9, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    A couple of days ago, we examined Ian Desmond’s case for a long-term extension and how much the Nationals might have to pay their shortstop to keep him here for many years to come. (By the way, upon further review, I think I may have low-balled Desmond with my 7-year, $100 million proposal. I probably…

  23. My 2014 Hall of Fame ballot

    Jan 8, 2014, 2:12 PM EDT

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    There is no greater honor in baseball than election to the Hall of Fame. And there’s no greater Hall of Fame in sports than the original, the one that first opened its doors in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1936. So you’d think the annual election of new members to baseball immortality would be a joyous occasion,…

  24. 2014 Outlook: Atlanta Braves

    Jan 7, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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    2013 record: 96-66, 1st place in NL East Manager: Fredi Gonzalez, 4th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $90 million Key additions: RHP Gavin Floyd, C/OF Ryan Doumit Key losses: C Brian McCann, RHP Tim Hudson, LHP Paul Maholm, OF Reed Johnson Projected lineup RF Jason Heyward LF Justin Upton 1B Freddie Freeman C Evan Gattis 3B…

  25. How much is Desmond worth?

    Jan 7, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

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    One of the Nationals’ top priorities over the next couple of months, as previously mentioned here and elsewhere, is to sign Ian Desmond and Jordan Zimmermann to long-term contract extensions. Why now? Because each player is two years away from free agency, and that’s usually the most popular window of opportunity to lock a guy…

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