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  1. Clippard, Fister will go to arbitration

    Jan 17, 2014, 9:10 PM EST

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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…

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

    Jan 17, 2014, 11:40 AM EST

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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…

  3. Roster preview: Ryan Zimmerman

    Jan 17, 2014, 9:00 AM EST

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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…

  4. Detwiler signs for $3 million, avoids arbitration

    Jan 16, 2014, 10:42 PM EST

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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…

  5. Roster preview: Ian Desmond

    Jan 16, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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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…

  6. Nats extend contract with Harrisburg through ’18

    Jan 15, 2014, 1:55 PM EST


    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…

  7. Roster preview: Anthony Rendon

    Jan 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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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…

  8. Zimmermann, 7 others file for arbitration

    Jan 14, 2014, 7:32 PM EST

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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…

  9. Roster preview: Adam LaRoche

    Jan 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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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…

  10. Roster preview: Wilson Ramos

    Jan 13, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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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…

  11. Strasburg signs for $3.975 million, avoids arbitration

    Jan 10, 2014, 8:34 PM EST

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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…

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

    Jan 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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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…

  13. 2014 Outlook: Boston Red Sox

    Jan 9, 2014, 4:00 PM EST

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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…

  14. Original Nat Carroll returns on minor-league deal

    Jan 9, 2014, 2:03 PM EST

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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…

  15. How much is Zimmermann worth?

    Jan 9, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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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…

  16. My 2014 Hall of Fame ballot

    Jan 8, 2014, 2:12 PM EST

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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,…

  17. 2014 Outlook: Atlanta Braves

    Jan 7, 2014, 2:00 PM EST

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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…

  18. How much is Desmond worth?

    Jan 7, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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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…

  19. Break’s over

    Jan 6, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    If you’re having a difficult time remembering the Nationals’ most-recent roster transaction, don’t feel bad. It’s been 18 days since the Nats traded Corey Brown to the Athletics for cash considerations, and it’s not like that was an earth-shattering move to begin with. The Nationals, like most MLB clubs, essentially took two weeks off for…

  20. Former Nats CF Nyjer Morgan attempting comeback

    Jan 4, 2014, 3:26 PM EST

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    Former Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan is attempting a comeback to the major leagues. The 33-year-old with the nickname ‘Tony Plush’ spent last season with the Yokohama DeNa BayStars in Japan. He last played in the majors for the Brewers in 2012. Morgan put up some decent numbers in his one season overseas, hitting 11 home runs in…

  21. Point/Counterpoint: Would you give Werth $83 million?

    Jan 3, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WOULD YOU GIVE JAYSON WERTH A 4-YEAR, $83 MILLION CONTRACT THIS WINTER, IF HE WAS ON THE OPEN MARKET? MARK ZUCKERMAN: Now here’s an interesting subject. If you take Werth’s 7-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals and remove the terms of the first three years of the deal (which he has…

  22. Sizing up the National League

    Jan 2, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    ESPN’s Buster Olney ranked his top 10 teams in MLB the other day, a list that included the Nationals. Olney had the Nats eighth, but if you break it down to only NL clubs, they’re fourth. The NL teams ahead of the Nationals? The Dodgers (second overall), Cardinals (third) and Braves (seventh). That seems fair.…

  23. Nats New Year’s resolutions

    Jan 1, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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    We can now say goodbye to 2013 (something I have a hunch plenty of Nationals fans are happy to do) and say hello to 2014 (something I’m sure plenty of you out there are ready to do). With that in mind, I’ve once again managed to get my hands on all the New Year’s resolutions…

  24. Significant moment No. 1: Harper hits the wall

    Dec 31, 2013, 6:00 AM EST

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    As we count down the final days of 2013, we are counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, and some didn’t even take place on the field. All, though, were significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We conclude…

  25. Nats bring back Rhymes on minor-league deal

    Dec 30, 2013, 7:29 PM EST

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    The Nationals have re-signed Will Rhymes to a minor-league contract, giving the 30-year-old infielder an invitation to big-league spring training, according to his agency. Rhymes, who played at the College of William and Mary, was at Nationals camp last spring and wound up spending the season at Class AAA Syracuse. He hit .274 with a…



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