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  1. Roster review: Anthony Rendon

    Oct 12, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 23 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2011 draft MLB service time: 130 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $1.8 million Contract status: Signed for $1.8 million in 2014, club option for 2015, likely Super-2 arbitration-eligible in 2016, free agent in 2020. 2013 Stats: 98 G, 394 PA, 40 R, 93 H, 23 2B,…

  2. Roster review: Ian Desmond

    Oct 11, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 28 How acquired: 3rd round pick, 2004 draft MLB service time: 4 years, 27 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $3.8 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2014 and 2015, free agent in 2016 2013 Stats: 158 G, 655 PA, 77 R, 168 H, 38 2B, 3 3B, 20 HR, 80 RBI, 21 SB,…

  3. Roster review: Ryan Zimmerman

    Oct 10, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 29 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2005 draft MLB service time: 8 years, 32 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $14 million Contract status: Signed for $14 million in 2014, $14 million in 2015, $14 million in 2016, $14 million in 2017, $14 million in 2018, $18 million in 2019, $18 million club…

  4. Girardi stays in New York, not candidate for Nats

    Oct 9, 2013, 3:42 PM EDT

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    If the Nationals had visions of bringing Joe Girardi to Washington, they were officially quashed on Wednesday when the Yankees announced they have signed their manager to a four-year extension that will keep him in the Bronx through at least 2017. The odds of Girardi coming to D.C. all along seemed long, with his top…

  5. Roster review: Denard Span

    Oct 9, 2013, 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 MLB service time: 5 years, 111 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $4.75 million Contract status: Signed for $6.5 million in 2014, $9 million club option (or $500,000 buyout) in 2015, free agent in 2016 2013 Stats: 153 G, 662 PA,…

  6. Roster review: Jayson Werth

    Oct 8, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 34 How acquired: Free agent, Dec. 2010 MLB service time: 10 years, 102 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $16 million Contract status: Signed for $20 million in 2014, $21 million in 2015, $21 million in 2016, $21 million in 2017, free agent in 2018 2013 Stats: 129 G, 532 PA, 84 R,…

  7. Beltway Baseball: What went wrong in 2013?

    Oct 7, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT

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    It’s been a week since the Nationals’ season ended, giving Mark and I some time to think about the year that was. 86 wins was not enough for the Nats to make the playoffs, and was nowhere near what many expected this team to accomplish in 2013. So, why exactly did they underachieve? In this…

  8. Roster review: Bryce Harper

    Oct 7, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 21 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2010 draft MLB service time: 1 year, 159 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $2 million Contract status: Signed for $2.15 million in 2014, $2.25 million in 2015, arbitration-eligible in 2016, free agent in 2019 2013 Stats: 118 G, 497 PA, 71 R, 116 H, 24 2B,…

  9. Offseason storyline No. 5: Extend Desmond, Zimmermann?

    Oct 5, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals are transitioning into offseason mode, and so are we. Over these first five days, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, concluding today with the No. 5 storyline: Attempting to sign Ian Desmond and Jordan Zimmermann to long-term contract extensions. … One reason the Nationals weren’t devastated…

  10. Offseason storyline No. 4: Fixing the bench, bullpen

    Oct 4, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals are transitioning into offseason mode, and so are we. Over these first five days, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 4 storyline: Fixing a bench and bullpen that wasn’t nearly as strong in 2013 as it was in 2012… The Nationals,…

  11. Offseason storyline No. 3: Who’s the fifth starter?

    Oct 3, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals are transitioning into offseason mode, and so are we. Over these first five days, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 3 storyline: Whether to acquire a No. 5 starter or fill the position from within the system… The Nationals entered each…

  12. Offseason storyline No. 2: Keep the lineup intact?

    Oct 2, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals are transitioning into offseason mode, and so are we. Over these first five days, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 2 storyline: Whether or not to keep the current starting lineup intact… For more than four months, the Nationals owned one…

  13. Offseason storyline No. 1: Hire a manager

    Oct 1, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals are transitioning into offseason mode, and so are we. Over the next five days, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, beginning today with the No. 1 storyline: The search for a new manager to replace Davey Johnson… Mike Rizzo is no dummy. He knows what needs…

  14. Revisiting Opening Day media predictions

    Sep 30, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    You may recall way back on April 1 when I posted this annual article of predictions for the 2013 Nationals made by me and my fellow reporters on the beat. Well, it’s time for another annual tradition: Revisiting those predictions and proving to the world just how wrong we all were in almost every case.…

  15. State of the Nats: Long offseason ahead

    Sep 30, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

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    Top storylines: 86 wins – The Nationals finished their 2013 campaign with losses in five of their final eight games, leaving them with a total of 86 on the year. They ended up ten games behind the Braves in the NL East and four games behind Cincinnati in the wild card race. 86 is a respectable…

  16. After disappointing ’13, Nats want continuity in ’14

    Sep 30, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

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    PHOENIX — The overwhelming sense of disappointment was evident throughout the Nationals’ clubhouse at Chase Field late Sunday afternoon, once their season was officially over, their 2013 record forever written in stone as 86-76. Everyone in that clubhouse expected to win more than 86 games this year. A second-straight NL East title, followed by a…

  17. “Time to go home”

    Sep 29, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT

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    PHOENIX — Davey Johnson had plenty of time to prepare for this, and he’d already formally been honored by the Nationals prior to his final home games one week ago, so by the time Sunday’s season finale was winding down the departing manager was, understandably, spent. Perhaps a day or two or 20 years earlier,…

  18. Instant analysis: Diamondbacks 3, Nats 2

    Sep 29, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: For the final game of his illustrious managerial career, Davey Johnson decided to let his rookies and reserves take the field while his regulars got to enjoy the view from the dugout. Turns out those kids put together a solid performance of their own. Tanner Roark completed a surprising and impressive…

  19. Game 162: Nats at Diamondbacks

    Sep 29, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

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    PHOENIX — And so we have reached the end of the road. A long, often frustrating, still entertaining season will conclude today here at Chase Field, with the Nationals falling short of their lofty expectations but still finishing with either 86 or 87 wins, hardly a terrible record by any stretch of the imagination. The…

  20. Haren’s gem ensures Davey’s record

    Sep 29, 2013, 12:42 AM EDT

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    PHOENIX — Dan Haren’s season, much like the Nationals’ season, felt like a lost cause earlier this summer. With little reason to believe things would significantly turn for the better, both the right-hander and his team easily could have mailed it in and turned their sights on 2014. In the end, neither did. Haren resurrected…

  21. Instant analysis: Nats 2, Diamondbacks 0

    Sep 28, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

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    Game in a nutshell: In their penultimate game of the season, the Nationals got some big-time performances from a couple of guys who mostly disappointed in 2013. Dan Haren, making his final start, tossed seven scoreless innings, scattering four hits, to earn the win. Chad Tracy, starting in place of an injured Adam LaRoche, reached…

  22. Rizzo wraps up 2013, discusses offseason priorities

    Sep 28, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

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    PHOENIX — Mike Rizzo conducted a lengthy session with beat reporters shortly before tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks, both looking back at what happened this season and looking ahead to what he hopes to accomplish this offseason. The Nationals general manager was disappointed in his team’s play through the first four months, was highly encouraged…

  23. Roark will start finale, injury sidelines LaRoche

    Sep 28, 2013, 7:44 PM EDT

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    Updated at 11:35 p.m. PHOENIX — Gio Gonzalez had decided to start the Nationals’ season finale. But then once they won Saturday night’s game to ensure Davey Johnson would finish at least 300 games over the .500 mark for his career, the departing manager decided to hand the ball to Tanner Roark after all. Gonzalez…

  24. Game 161: Nats at Diamondbacks

    Sep 28, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT

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    PHOENIX — By no stretch of the imagination was Dan Haren’s first season with the Nationals a success. Which is why there’s virtually no chance Haren will have a second season with the Nationals. Give the veteran right-hander credit, though. He never made any excuses for his poor performance. And he battled his way back…

  25. Harper: ‘I wanna win for the rest of my career’

    Sep 28, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

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    Mark caught up with Bryce Harper on Friday at Chase Field in Arizona, and took stock of the 2013 season. Harper is of course disappointed with how this year has played out, particularly with the Nats not making the playoffs. Harper says this season was enough frustration for him, that he wants to make sure…

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