Nov 20, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
An active major-league roster, as you surely know, consists of 25 players (provided the calendar doesn’t read September). But as any astute baseball fan also knows, an organization’s 40-man roster is just as significant over the long haul, because it’s from that expanded pool of candidates that teams select their 25 active players. And early each…
Nov 19, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WILL THE NATS ULTIMATELY REGRET RYAN ZIMMERMAN’S CONTRACT EXTENSION? MARK ZUCKERMAN: The easy answer at this moment is to say that yes, they will regret it. Really, who wants to be on the hook for $86 million (the minimum Zimmerman is still owed) to a guy who can no longer play the…
Nov 18, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
I read somewhere yesterday that 50 percent of the continental United States was covered by snow, the earliest date that has been the case in more than a decade. So it only makes sense that the Hot Stove League has fired up a bit earlier than usual this winter. Three major transactions went down in…
Nov 17, 2014, 4:42 PM EDT
Matt Purke, the former highly touted left-hander who was released by the Nationals on Friday, has re-signed a minor-league contract with the organization. Purke will get an invitation to big-league spring training, where he’ll continue his rehab from the Tommy John surgery he underwent in May, though he’ll no longer be on the club’s 40-man…
Nov 17, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
When Scott Boras, during an August 2013 trip to Nationals Park, was asked generically for his thoughts on contracts that buy out a young player’s arbitration years, the super agent answered as only he can. “I’m more into 12-year deals for young players,” he said that afternoon, perfectly straight-faced. Boras never mentioned any one player by…
Nov 14, 2014, 11:02 AM EDT
The Nationals have released left-hander Matt Purke, a once-touted prospect whose career with the organization was derailed by a string of arm injuries. Purke, 24, was taken by the Nationals in the third round of the 2011 draft, then offered a major-league contract worth more than $4 million to sway him from returning to TCU…
Nov 14, 2014, 9:56 AM EDT
The Nationals have come to terms with Kevin Frandsen on a 1-year, $1 million contract, avoiding arbitration with the veteran infielder and ensuring their most-productive bench player from this season returns in 2015. A source familiar with the deal confirmed it also includes up to $300,000 in performance bonuses. The signing hasn’t been announced by the club yet,…
Nov 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
The Washington Nationals have now existed, believe it or not, for 10 full baseball seasons. For those of us who were there that first morning in Viera in the spring of 2005 or at a sold-out RFK Stadium two months later, this does not seem possible. Ten years? How did that happen? It did happen,…
Nov 13, 2014, 8:06 PM EDT
No Nationals player has come close to winning the NL MVP Award in the club’s 10 seasons in the District, but Anthony Rendon just came closer than any previous one. Rendon placed fifth in balloting for this year’s NL MVP, the best finish by any Nationals player to date, besting former sixth-place finishers Alfonso Soriano (2006)…
Nov 13, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
While most ballplayers are well into their offseason downtime, enjoying life away from the park for awhile, there are a handful out there still playing ball and trying to get an early jump on 2015. Winter ball is in full swing throughout the Caribbean, and a few members of the Nationals organization are seeing significant…
Nov 12, 2014, 6:33 PM EDT
Three Nationals pitchers received top-5 votes for the NL Cy Young Award this season, with Jordan Zimmermann leading the way and finishing fifth in balloting released Wednesday evening. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was the unanimous winner of his third Cy Young Award in four seasons, selected by all 30 members of the Baseball Writers’ Association…
Nov 12, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT
Not that there was any reason to assume otherwise, but the Nationals officially announced Wednesday they are retaining their entire coaching staff for 2015, establishing the kind of continuity that group has not enjoyed in seven years. All seven members of manager Matt Williams’ staff will return next season: bench coach Randy Knorr, pitching coach Steve…
Nov 12, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals drafted Jordan Zimmermann. They developed him. They rehabbed him through Tommy John surgery. And they groomed him into one of baseball’s best and most consistent pitchers, a huge piece of their 2012 and 2014 NL East championships. So why on earth would they even consider trading Zimmermann away now? Well, it should be made…
Nov 11, 2014, 6:23 PM EDT
Updated at 8:40 p.m. Matt Williams had no substantive managerial experience prior to his hiring by the Nationals 12 months ago, aside from a few weeks in the Arizona Fall League and as a fill-in skipper for the Diamondbacks’ Class AA affiliate. Inexperience, though, didn’t prevent him from earning his profession’s top honor in his…
Nov 11, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WHO SHOULD THE NATIONALS MOST TRY TO LOCK UP TO A LONG-TERM EXTENSION: IAN DESMOND, DOUG FISTER OR JORDAN ZIMMERMANN? MARK ZUCKERMAN: With the offseason now in full swing, we bring back our popular Point/Counterpoint feature from last winter. Chase and I will debate one topic each week (give or take) while…
Nov 10, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT
The Nationals have re-signed infielder Emmanuel Burriss and reliever Manny Delcarmen to minor-league contracts, offering both players invitations to big-league camp next spring with a chance to make the Opening Day roster. Burriss and Delcarmen return to the organization after spending all of 2014 at Class AAA Syracuse, where each performed well. Burriss hit .300…
Nov 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Last week, they handed out Gold Gloves and Silver Sluggers. This week comes the main event: the announcement of MLB’s four major awards handed out by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The fun begins tonight with the two Rookie of the Year Awards, continues Tuesday with Manager of the Year Awards, picks up Wednesday…
Nov 4, 2014, 11:23 AM EDT
For those who have followed the Nationals closely over the last decade, there are few figures more beloved than Livan Hernandez, the charismatic, overweight-yet-surprisingly-athletic, fun-loving right-hander who threw the first pitch in club history and until only recently held most of the team’s pitching records. The man we know simply as “Livo” will forever be attached to…
Nov 2, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 30 How acquired: Trade from Yankees for RHP Jonathan Albaladejo, Dec. 2007 MLB service time: 5 years, 148 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $5.875 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible, free agent in 2016 2014 stats: 75 G, 70.1 IP, 47 H, 22 R, 17 ER, 5 HR, 23 BB, 82 K, 0.995 WHIP,…
Nov 1, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 27 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2009 draft MLB service time: 4 years, 140 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $3.45 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible, free agent in 2017 2014 stats: 65 G, 56.1 IP, 44 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 HR, 11 BB, 46 K, 0.976 WHIP, 11 SV, 3 BS,…
Oct 31, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 28 How acquired: Trade with RHP Ryan Tatusko from Rangers for SS Cristian Guzman, July 2010 MLB service time: 1 year, 55 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $506,000 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2017, free agent in 2020 2014 stats: 31 GS, 198.2 IP, 178 H, 64 R, 63 ER, 16 HR, 39…
Oct 30, 2014, 4:14 PM EDT
The Nationals made their first contract decisions of the offseason Thursday afternoon, picking up the $9 million option they held on center fielder Denard Span for 2015 but declining their options on first baseman Adam LaRoche and reliever Rafael Soriano. None of the three moves was a surprise, but each helps shape the club’s roster…
Oct 30, 2014, 1:35 PM EDT
Three veteran Nationals players officially became free agents today, the conclusion of the World Series signaling the beginning of baseball’s annual Hot Stove League. Infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and outfielders Scott Hairston and Nate Schierholtz are three of 121 major league players who are now free agents, according to a list released by the MLB Players…
Oct 30, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 29 How acquired: Trade from Athletics with RHP Robert Gilliam for LHP Tom Milone, RHP Brad Peacock, RHP A.J. Cole and C Derek Norris, Dec. 2011 MLB service time: 5 years, 162 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $8.5 million Contract status: Signed for $11 million in 2015, $12 million in 2016, $12…
Oct 29, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: Traded from Tigers for INF Steve Lombardozzi, LHP Ian Krol and LHP Robbie Ray, Dec. 2013 MLB service time: 5 years, 58 days 2014 salary + bonuses: $7.2 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2015, free agent in 2016 2014 stats: 25 GS, 164 IP, 153 H, 52…
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