Dec 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals’ annual offseason convention known as ‘NatsFest’ is usually held in late January, right before the team heads to Viera, Fl. to begin spring training and preparing for Opening Day. It is generally a time to recap the winter for each player and a time to meet new additions to the roster. This year,…
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, 11:58 AM EDT
Another day passed at the 2014 MLB Winter Meetings without the Nationals making any news. They still have big priorities to take care of, but seem to be taking their time as they work through their to-do list. Mark caught up with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo on Tuesday night to get an update on…
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, 11:53 AM EDT
The Winter Meetings began on Monday and though there was plenty of Hot Stove action around the league, the Nationals have remained quiet so far. They continue to negotiate a long-term extension with Jordan Zimmermann and they still have a hole at second base. Mark checked in with Geico SportsNet Central last night to give an…
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, 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, 6:00 AM EDT
The 2014 Winter Meetings begin on Monday and Mark will be there with coverage all next week. Will the Nationals finally start making moves this offseason? We could soon find out. Mark and I filmed a preview of next week’s Winter Meetings in the CSN studio. We talked about the Nationals’ to-do list, Mike Rizzo’s…
Oct 18, 2014, 3:12 PM EDT
While the Giants and Royals get set to play the 2014 World Series, the Nationals and 27 other MLB teams are in the early stages of their offseason. Here is a look at some important dates to keep in mind while you wait the four long months before pitchers and catchers report to spring training…
Dec 15, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
One of my absolute favorite moments in baseball history was the final play of the 2003 NLDS between the Marlins and Giants, the one where Jeff Conine fires a one-hopper from shallow left field to Ivan Rodriguez, who braces for impact with J.T. Snow and manages to hold onto the ball as he goes head-over-heels…
Dec 12, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Ten days ago, the Nationals needed a starting pitcher. They needed a left-handed bench bat. And they sorely needed a left-handed reliever. Then came the trade for Doug Fister. Then came the signing of Nate McLouth. And after Wednesday’s trade for Jerry Blevins, general manager Mike Rizzo could take comfort…
Dec 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — As he has begun to learn the Nationals’ personnel over the last month-plus, Matt Williams has begun scribbling out starting lineups in his mind. Along the way, Washington’s new manager has come to a realization: He’s got plenty of choices. “The good thing about it is we have those options,”…
Dec 10, 2013, 7:52 PM EDT
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Determined to add a much-needed, experienced left-hander to their bullpen, the Nationals have been exploring the trade market at the Winter Meetings, with several potential targets beginning to emerge. Among the names added to the list of free agents on the Nationals’ radar: the Pirates’ Justin Wilson and the Athletics’…
Dec 10, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — On Tuesday morning, two Nationals sources downplayed trade talks involving Tyler Clippard or Drew Storen. On Tuesday afternoon, Mike Rizzo shot down the notion he’s even received a formal offer for either reliever. Or center fielder Denard Span. “We haven’t been fielding all that many calls on Clippard and Storen,”…
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