Dec 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman has always understood the value of a good first baseman. And he’s determined to become one himself, now that he knows once and for all he’ll be moving across the diamond on a permanent basis. “I’ve been lucky to play with a couple really good first basemen,” the long-time third baseman said Saturday…
Dec 14, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
There were no shortage of topics to discuss Saturday at NatsFest, some of it related to on-the-field matters, some of it related to off-the-field matters. Sebastian Salazar and I addressed several pressing issues in this segment that aired on Comcast SportsNet. We talk about the biggest dilemma facing the Nationals right now (sign pending free…
Dec 13, 2014, 5:24 PM EDT
The Nationals haven’t been contacted at all by the Blue Jays regarding any potential interest in Mike Rizzo for their team president position, a source with direct knowledge said Saturday afternoon. A report by ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick earlier in the day said Toronto has “expressed interest” in Rizzo as a candidate to replace Paul Beeston…
Dec 13, 2014, 3:51 PM EDT
Updated at 5:05 p.m. Bryce Harper was a no-show Saturday at NatsFest, deciding not to make a public appearance only three days before a scheduled salary grievance hearing between the star outfielder and the organization. Harper was originally listed among more than 20 Nationals players who were scheduled to appear at the club’s annual winter…
Dec 13, 2014, 10:49 AM EDT
Hello from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, home once again to NatsFest. There was a huge line of fans snaking around the floor level of the center waiting to get in before doors opened to season ticket holders, so it looks like there’s going to be a big turnout today. Most every player of…
Dec 11, 2014, 4:19 PM EDT
Updated at 6:08 p.m. Ross Detwiler, whom the Nationals drafted No. 6 in the country seven years ago but never fully developed into the front-line starting pitcher they hoped, has seen his time with the organization come to an end. Detwiler was traded to the Rangers on Thursday afternoon for a pair of minor leaguers,…
Dec 11, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT
SAN DIEGO — A Winter Meetings that saw the Nationals sign zero free agents and make zero trades concluded Thursday morning with zero players selected and zero players lost in both the major-league and minor-league portions of the annual Rule 5 draft. It’s the first time that has happened in club history, but it’s perhaps…
Dec 11, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT
SAN DIEGO — The Nationals will have a starting second baseman by the time Opening Day rolls around, whether they sign a free agent, pull off a trade or even move Anthony Rendon back to the position (creating a hole at third base in the process). But the market for second basemen thinned some in…
Dec 10, 2014, 10:28 PM EDT
SAN DIEGO — For all the buzz that seems to have descended upon the Winter Meetings this evening, the Nationals have yet to actually complete any transactions since arriving in town Sunday night. So, for those wondering if anything has happened along the lines of this headline-grabbing tweet from a couple hours ago, rest assured…
Dec 10, 2014, 7:48 PM EDT
SAN DIEGO — From the day they signed him to the largest contract in franchise history on the eve of the 2010 Winter Meetings, the Nationals knew the day might come when Jayson Werth would need to move to left field and open up right field for Bryce Harper. “We hope we have that problem…
Dec 10, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT
SAN DIEGO — While most of you probably were tucked away in bed at 1:30 a.m. EST, the lobby here at the Manchester Grand Hyatt was abuzz, the news of Jon Lester’s signing with the Cubs sending everybody at the Winter Meetings into a late-night frenzy. The Lester saga had loomed over these entire meetings,…
Dec 10, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT
SAN DIEGO — Matt Williams seemed to go out of his way this season to try to take pressure off Bryce Harper and not ask his 21-year-old outfielder to carry a Nationals lineup that featured plenty of other potent and experienced bats. But after seeing Harper finish 2014 strong after an injury-plagued first half, culminating…
Dec 9, 2014, 11:07 PM EDT
SAN DIEGO — Matt Williams addressed a number of topics during his 31-minute Winter Meetings media session late Tuesday afternoon, including some interesting thoughts on the plan for Bryce Harper in 2015. (I’ll have a full post on that subject in the morning.) The recently crowned NL Manager of the Year revisited his first season…
Dec 9, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT
SAN DIEGO — Though they didn’t meet Tuesday, the Nationals expect to sit down with Jordan Zimmermann’s representatives before leaving the Winter Meetings on Thursday morning. And both general manager Mike Rizzo and manager Matt Williams are hopeful the two sides can find the common ground on a long-term extension that has eluded them the…
Dec 9, 2014, 2:35 PM EDT
SAN DIEGO — While most of the attention at these Winter Meetings has been on big-ticket free agents like Jon Lester and Billy Beane’s complete makeover of the Athletics, there’s been another intriguing, under-the-radar storyline that could bode quite well for one of the Nationals’ best players. Teams are starting to hand out record-setting contracts…
Dec 9, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT
SAN DIEGO — There is no more-pressing question facing Mike Rizzo right now than this one: Are his Nationals going “all-in” and trying to win the World Series in 2015, or do they need to sacrifice short-term possibilities for long-term stability? Rizzo himself recognizes this. “It’s a delicate balance, there’s no question about it,” the…
Dec 8, 2014, 9:42 PM EDT
SAN DIEGO — The Nationals are open to a variety of options to fill the one obvious hole on their roster: second base. How much variety? Enough that they’ll also consider acquiring a third baseman instead and moving Anthony Rendon back to second. “The roster flexibility works in our favor,” general manager Mike Rizzo said…
Dec 8, 2014, 7:52 PM EDT
SAN DIEGO — Mike Rizzo didn’t offer definitive answers to the majority of questions posed at him during the Nationals general manager’s first media session of the Winter Meetings. But he did come as close to definitive as he gets when asked about Drew Storen’s status as the club’s closer entering 2015. “We trust Drew,”…
Dec 8, 2014, 3:08 PM EDT
SAN DIEGO — Things are just starting to heat up here at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, where team execs, agents and everyone else in the baseball world have had a chance to adjust to West Coast time and get down to work on Day 1 of the Winter Meetings. Keep in mind that because of…
Dec 8, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
SAN DIEGO — The Nationals tried two winters ago to lock up Jordan Zimmermann to a long-term extension. They tried last winter to lock up Zimmermann to a long-term extension. And they’re not done trying just yet. General manager Mike Rizzo will meet with representatives for the right-hander at this week’s Winter Meetings and re-open…
Dec 7, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Mike Rizzo and his entire front office will fly to San Diego today, check in to the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel and set up shop for what might well be the most unpredictable Winter Meetings the Nationals have ever attended. Seriously, there is no telling what the Nats will end up doing over the next…
Dec 5, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT
Updated at 3:17 p.m. A Fairfax County judge found Jayson Werth guilty Friday of reckless driving and sentenced the Nationals right fielder to 10 days in jail. Werth was pulled over by a Virginia State Trooper on the morning of July 6, clocked at 105 mph in his Porsche on a 55-mph stretch of the…
Dec 5, 2014, 1:01 PM EDT
The Yankees, Tigers and Diamondbacks reportedly are about to finalize a trade that, for most of the baseball community, is notable because it includes the guy who will replace Derek Jeter at shortstop in the Bronx: Didi Gregorius. For the Nationals and anyone who follows them, though, this deal is significant because of a different…
Dec 4, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: SHOULD THE NATS ENTER 2015 WITH DREW STOREN AS CLOSER, OR SHOULD THEY LOOK ELSEWHERE? MARK ZUCKERMAN: I understand why we’re having this discussion, but I do think it’s a bit unfair to suggest the Nationals need a new closer. The argument for change essentially boils down to Storen’s performance in two…
Dec 3, 2014, 4:29 PM EDT
The vast majority of the Nationals’ roster is scheduled to appear at next weekend’s NatsFest, with only a handful of prominent players not on the docket. The Nationals released more details for the Dec. 13 event, which is returning to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown D.C. after being moved last year to…
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