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  1. Roster review: Eury Perez

    Nov 24, 2013, 9:29 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 23 How acquired: Signed as free agent, 2007 MLB service time: 70 days 2013 salary+bonuses: N/A Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2017, free agent in 2020 2013 Stats: 9 G, 8 PA, 8 AB, R, H, SB, 3 SO, .125 BA, .125 OBP, .250 OPS, 0.0 WAR 2013 analysis: Eury Perez…

  2. Point/Counterpoint: Lock up Harper or Strasburg?

    Nov 22, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    We’ve created a new weekly — or, depending on how motivated we are, perhaps bi-weekly — feature here at the Insider in which your two trusty authors will be engaging in some heated debates over matters of great concern to the Nationals. These are the kind of either/or scenarios that may not ever play out…

  3. Nats sign reliever Stange to minor-league deal

    Nov 21, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

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    The Nationals signed reliever Daniel Stange, one of Mike Rizzo’s former draft picks in Arizona who pitched this season at Class AAA with two different franchises, to a minor-league contract. Stange, who turns 28 next month, is a husky (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) right-hander who has made seven career big-league appearances (four with the Diamondbacks in…

  4. Nats announce front office promotions

    Nov 21, 2013, 1:09 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have made several alterations to their scouting and player development departments in the wake of Roy Clark’s departure for Los Angeles, announcing several front office promotions on Thursday. Clark, who had served as assistant general manager and vice president of player personnel since 2009, left the Nationals to join the Dodgers earlier this…

  5. Revisiting last winter’s transactions

    Nov 21, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Before the offseason really heats up — I mean, heats up here in D.C. Based on last night’s earth-shattering trade, I’d say the offseason is now in full swing in both Detroit and Texas — it’s perhaps worth one final look back at last offseason. The Nationals didn’t conduct many transactions during the 2012-13 winter,…

  6. Solis, Taylor, Barrett added; Abad, Robertson dropped

    Nov 20, 2013, 8:09 PM EDT

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    Needing to make tweaks to their 40-man roster before Thursday’s midnight deadline to protect players from being lost in next month’s Rule 5 draft, the Nationals purchased the contracts of pitchers Sammy Solis and Aaron Barrett and outfielder Michael Taylor while designating left-handers Fernando Abad and Tyler Robertson for assignment. Solis, Barrett and Taylor were…

  7. Payroll will top $120 million next season

    Nov 19, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have done an impressive job building a successful franchise, mostly with home-grown prospects, but there are ramifications of such an endeavor. Such as an ever-increasing payroll. When Mike Rizzo replaced Jim Bowden as general manager in 2009, the Nationals’ payroll stood at $60 million, a figure that ranked 27th among MLB’s 30 franchises.…

  8. Does the Nationals’ lineup need an upgrade?

    Nov 18, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Pose the following question — What was the biggest reason the Nationals underperformed this season? — and you’d probably get various forms of the same answer: They didn’t hit enough. Which leads to obvious questions about the possibility of upgrading the lineup this winter in hopes of fielding a more offensively productive group in 2014.…

  9. The Nationals’ all-time leaderboards

    Nov 16, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have been playing baseball in this town for nine years now, and with each passing season they write more and more of their own history. Which means their all-time stat leaderboards are beginning to look more and more legitimate. The first couple of times I compiled these leaderboards, the lists induced tears and…

  10. Solis impresses in Arizona Fall League

    Nov 15, 2013, 9:31 AM EDT

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    We haven’t given as much attention this year to the Arizona Fall League as in years past — that’s unfortunately what happens when there are no Nationals prospects the likes of Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper or Anthony Rendon participating — but there have been some notable performances out west over the last month. Beginning with…

  11. Nationals OF Jayson Werth places 13th in NL MVP voting

    Nov 15, 2013, 12:16 AM EDT

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    A day after his teammate Jordan Zimmermann showed up on the National League Cy Young ballot, Jayson Werth placed 13th in NL Most Valuable Player voting. Werth received 20 points overall as Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates took home the top honor with 409 total points, 28 of them first place votes. The highest Werth…

  12. My 2013 National League MVP ballot

    Nov 14, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

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    One of the great perks — and daunting responsibilities — of serving as a member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America is the opportunity to vote on MLB’s major postseason awards. The BBWAA annually hands out four awards in each league: MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year, and…

  13. Hot Stove League firing up earlier than usual

    Nov 14, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    If you’ve ventured outside the last couple of days and felt the shock of a cold, sustained wind strike your face, you know we’ve been getting a early taste of winter here in the D.C. area. And if you’ve been following news out of the baseball world the last week or so, you also know…

  14. What would Nats have to give up for an elite starter?

    Nov 13, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    It’s no secret Mike Rizzo would like to acquire another starting pitcher this winter, and it’s clear the Nationals general manager is willing (if not eager) to explore the trade market for such a pitcher. And there are two legitimately elite starters out there right now who could be dealt: David Price and Max Scherzer.…

  15. Nats assistant GM Roy Clark leaving to join Dodgers

    Nov 13, 2013, 3:28 AM EDT

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    A day after seeing third base coach Trent Jewett leave to join the Mariners, another Nats official is moving west. Nationals assistant general manager and VP of player personnel Roy Clark is heading to Los Angeles to join the Dodgers front office. Keith Law of ESPN first reported the news. Clark spent four years with the…

  16. The need for more coaching continuity

    Nov 12, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals can’t begrudge Trent Jewett for leaving the organization and accepting a job as the Mariners’ new bench coach. Jewett has longstanding ties to Lloyd McClendon and wanted to become the new Seattle manager’s right-hand man, giving up his third base coaching job in D.C. There’s nothing wrong with that, and the Nationals won’t…

  17. Roster review: Ryan Mattheus

    Nov 11, 2013, 11:57 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 30 How acquired: Trade, July 2009 MLB service time: 2 years, 111 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $504,500 (approx.) Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2015, free agent in 2018 2013 Stats: 37 G, 35.1 IP, 52 H, 26 R, 25 ER, 15 BB, 22 SO, HR, 1.896 WHIP, 0-3, 6.37 ERA, 3.44 FIP,…

  18. Free agency primer: Catchers

    Nov 9, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    With MLB free agency officially underway — don’t get too excited yet, because players typically don’t start signing for several more weeks — we’re taking a broad look at players the Nationals could pursue, based on positions of possible need. We conclude today with backup catchers… The Nationals have believed for some time now that…

  19. Denard Span wins Wilson defensive award

    Nov 8, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

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    Denard Span may have missed out on the coveted Gold Glove award for National League center fielders, but he has been given somewhat of a consolation prize. Span was named the Wilson defensive player of the year award for the Washington Nationals from Wilson sporting goods. The award signifies Span as the Nationals’ most valuable…

  20. Free agency primer: Bench players

    Nov 8, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    With MLB free agency officially underway — don’t get too excited yet, because players typically don’t start signing for several more weeks — we’re taking a broad look at players the Nationals could pursue, based on positions of possible need. We continue today with bench players… The Nationals’ bench, touted as a real strength on…

  21. Free agency primer: Lefty relievers

    Nov 7, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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    With MLB free agency officially underway — don’t get too excited yet, because players typically don’t start signing for several more weeks — we’re taking a broad look at players the Nationals could pursue, based on positions of possible need. We continue today with left-handed relievers… Throughout spring training, the Nationals insisted they didn’t need…

  22. Desmond wins 2nd straight Silver Slugger Award

    Nov 6, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

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    Ian Desmond no longer is recognized only in Washington as one of baseball’s best shortstops. The rest of the sport clearly recognizes it, too. Desmond won his second straight Silver Slugger Award on Wednesday night, deemed once again the best offensive shortstop in the National League by managers and coaches. One year after boasting three…

  23. Nationals announce spring training schedule

    Nov 6, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

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    The Nationals announced their 2014 spring training schedule on Wednesday, a 31-game exhibition slate that begins Feb. 28 against the Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and concludes March 29 against the Tigers in Washington. The Nationals haven’t announced reporting dates yet, but pitchers and catchers will arrive in Viera, Fla., in mid-February for what…

  24. Free agency primer: Starting pitchers

    Nov 6, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    With MLB free agency officially underway — don’t get too excited yet, because players typically don’t start signing for several more weeks — we’re going to take a broad look at players the Nationals could pursue, based on positions of possible need. We start today with starting pitchers… If it seems like the Nationals always…

  25. Rick Eckstein takes position with Angels

    Nov 5, 2013, 8:47 PM EDT

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    Fired on July 22 from his job as hitting coach for the Washington Nationals, Rick Eckstein has finally landed on his feet, taking a position with the L.A. Angels of Anaheim. Eckstein will help the Angels as an assistant hitting coach, but will also have advance scouting duties. FoxSports.com first reported the news. Eckstein was…

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