Mar 25, 2015, 5:56 PM EDT
JUPITER, Fla. — It was a spring training game, and so all the usual caveats must apply. But it was a spring training game against the entire regular Cardinals lineup, one of the better top-to-bottom lineups in baseball, and Max Scherzer knew that. So while it would be easy to brush off any serious accolades…
Mar 23, 2015, 12:45 PM EDT
The news out of Viera today that will draw the most attention, of course, is the naming of Max Scherzer as Opening Day starter. But the more important development down there today might well be the fact Yunel Escobar is making his long-awaited spring training debut this afternoon. Sidelined the last three weeks with an…
Mar 20, 2015, 11:03 AM EDT
As you stare out the window this morning and see snow falling in the D.C. area, it’s difficult to believe they’ll be playing a real baseball game here in a mere 17 days. Believe it, though, because not even Mother Nature can get in the way of this. Baseball season has almost arrived. Which, in…
Mar 7, 2015, 10:50 AM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Yunel Escobar has a Grade 1 left oblique strain and will be shut down 7-to-10 days, but the Nationals believe their new second baseman will be ready for Opening Day. Escobar was diagnosed with the minor strain after complaining of a stiff back, which forced him to be scratched from his scheduled…
Mar 6, 2015, 2:11 PM EDT
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Yunel Escobar, still dealing with a stiff back, was due to be examined by a Nationals team doctor Friday, a potentially negative development for the club’s new second baseman. Escobar, who was scratched from his scheduled spring debut Thursday evening, hadn’t shown improvement Friday morning at the Nationals’ complex in…
Mar 5, 2015, 4:29 PM EDT
Updated at 8:55 p.m. VIERA, Fla. — Yunel Escobar had to be scratched from his Nationals debut Thursday with a sore back from extra work he has been doing at second base, according to manager Matt Williams. Escobar was scheduled to be in the lineup for the Nationals’ Grapefruit League opener against the Mets, batting…
Feb 27, 2015, 4:22 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Those of you still dealing with real winter back north won’t have any sympathy, but it was downright miserable today in Viera. The Nationals’ morning workout was conducted under gray skies that produced on-and-off rain, with temperatures in the low-50s and a strong wind howling from the north, with no tall structures…
Feb 26, 2015, 5:02 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Yunel Escobar’s first 24 hours in a Nationals uniform included a meeting with Matt Williams and Mike Rizzo, plenty of work at second base and plenty of time getting to know his teammates. The end result of all that: An upbeat veteran ready to embrace his new position and do his part…
Feb 19, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — And away we go… OK, actually that’s a bit of a false start on my part. Yes, pitchers and catchers do report today, but there will be no organized baseball activity taking place here at Space Coast Stadium. That doesn’t happen until Saturday, with the first official workout. What happens until then?…
Feb 13, 2015, 2:11 PM EDT
2014 record: 77-85, 4th place in AL East Manager: Kevin Cash, 1st season Estimated 2015 payroll: $75 million Key additions: OF Steven Souza, Jr., SS Asdrubal Cabrera, DH Jon Jaso, RP Kevin Jepsen, RP Erensto Frieri Key losses: OF Wil Myers, 2B/OF Ben Zobrist, manager Joe Maddon, GM Andrew Friedman, SS Yunel Escobar, OF Matt Joyce,…
Jan 31, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 32 How acquired: Signed as a free agent, March 2014 2015 salary: $1 million 2014 stats: 105 G, 236 PA, 17 R, 57 H, 8 2B, 0 3B, HR, 17 RBI, 0 SB, 6 BB, 26 SO, .259 AVG, .299 OBP, .309 SLG, .608 OPS, 2 E, -0.4 WAR 2015 storyline: Kevin Frandsen returns to the Nationals in 2015 as…
Jan 27, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 32 How acquired: Traded from Oakland for RHP Tyler Clippard, Jan. 2015 2015 salary: $5 million 2014 stats: 137 G, 529 PA, 33 R, 123 H, 18 2B, 0 3B, 7 HR, 39 RBI, 1 SB, 43 BB, 60 SO, .258 BA, .324 OBP, .340 SLG, .664 OPS, 92 OPS+, 16 E,…
Jan 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 29 How acquired: Drafted 3rd round, June 2004 2015 salary: $11 million 2014 stats: 154 G, 648 PA, 73 R, 151 H, 26 2B, 3 3B, 24 HR, 91 RBI, 24 SB, 46 BB, 183 SO, .255 BA, .313 OBP, .430 SLG, .743 OPS, 103 OPS+, 24 E, 0.1 UZR, 4.1 WAR 2015 storyline: Ian Desmond is entering the…
Jan 17, 2015, 3:25 PM EDT
In trading Tyler Clippard to the Oakland Athletics for Yunel Escobar on Wednesday, the Nationals found both their starting second baseman for 2015 and an insurance policy at shortstop in case Ian Desmond leaves in a trade or via free agency next winter. Escobar is under team control for the next three years, while Clippard…
Jan 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: DID THE NATS GET ENOUGH FOR TYLER CLIPPARD? MARK ZUCKERMAN: Let me start by saying that I don’t think the Nationals got a bad return for Clippard. Yunel Escobar is, at worst, an average MLB shortstop who is under team control for two or three more years. If you can get that…
Jan 15, 2015, 2:13 PM EDT
Mike Rizzo wrapped up a conference call with reporters a short while ago, during which time the Nationals general manager discussed last night’s trade of Tyler Clippard to the Athletics for Yunel Escobar, plus the various domino effects of this deal. Here are some of the highlights from Rizzo. We’ll have more in-depth thoughts on…
Jan 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The immediate reaction to Wednesday night’s trade — the Nationals sent All-Star reliever Tyler Clippard to the Athletics for journeyman infielder Yunel Escobar — was fairly passionate. Especially from those who didn’t like the move, which seemed to be a healthy majority. At first glance, this indeed seemed like a head-scratcher of a deal from…
Jan 14, 2015, 8:30 PM EDT
The Nationals have addressed their one glaring lineup weakness, but it will cost them their most-reliable reliever, not to mention one of the most popular players in club history. The Nats and Athletics, frequent trade partners, have agreed to a deal that sends right-hander Tyler Clippard to Oakland in exchange for shortstop Yunel Escobar, the…
Jan 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Another significant trade rumor was reported Sunday night, and though this one can no longer happen in reality, it did raise an interesting question from the Nationals’ standpoint. The rumored trade, according to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal: A three-way deal that would have seen Ian Desmond go to the Mets, Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar come…
Feb 3, 2014, 5:07 PM EDT
2013 record: 87-76, 2nd place in AL East Manager: Joe Maddon, 9th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $72.2 million Key additions: RP Grant Balfour, RP Heath Bell, C Ryan Hanigan Key losses: RP Fernando Rodney, OF Sam Fuld, RP Alex Torres Projected lineup LF David DeJesus 2B Ben Zobrist 3B Evan Longoria RF Wil Myers DH…
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