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Another offseason day, another picture of Gio Gonzalez on Instagram. This time, he's riding a little BMX bike with his tongue hanging out.
How many days until pitchers and catchers report again?
(Photo via @GioGonzalez47)
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Of all the random photos posted on Twitter/Instagram this offseason of Gio Gonzalez hanging out with random people, the photo above of Gio hanging with internet meme/sensation Sweet Brown Thursday night in Oklahoma City after accepting the Warren Spahn Award from the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame takes the cake. Pic above via @TeamSweetBrown.
And so, that photo inspired a hash...
So the Washington Post's Adam Kilgore checked in with Steve McCatty, who checked in with Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard after the Nationals signed Rafael Soriano to be their closer. Despite quotes from McCatty stating that both took the news "like professionals", reading between the lines it sounds like Storen took the news much harder than Clippard.
McCatty on Storen...
So Bryce Harper and Davey Johnson were in NYC last night to receive their respective NL Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year awards, and Davey introduced Harper to the crowd:
"Well, I’m not really going to say anything good about him. His head is too big already. Nah, I’m
just kidding." (Davey Johnson on Bryce Harper, via Washington Post, 1/20/2013)
The Washington Nationals have agreed to a $2,337,500, one-year deal with left-handed starter Ross Detwiler, avoiding arbitration.
Detwiler earned $485,000 last season, when he went 10-8 with a 3.40 ERA in 33 appearances, including 27 starts, for the NL East champion Nationals.
Washington also avoided salary arbitration with right-handed reliever Craig Stammen by agreeing to a two...
So MLB.com's Bill Ladson checked in with Davey Johnson on the Rafael Soriano signing, which went down while Davey was on vacation in Africa. Sounds like Davey was as surprised by the move as everyone else, and despite Mike Rizzo essentially proclaiming Soriano as the Nats closer, Davey told Ladson he'd make the call on who closes:
"Things work out. I know Clip wanted...
In his first full season back (meaning no innings limits) back from injury, Jordan Zimmermann was impressive. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010 and made his return in 2011. He was on a strict innings limit similar to that of Stephen Strasburg's last season. In 2012, he was allowed to just pitch and he did well.
Because Zimmermann did so well, he may be looking...
At 32 years old, Dan Haren is in decline. Thirty-two isn’t very old in today’s game, what with recent advancements in strength, conditioning, and nutrition, but no amount of (legal) supplements and training is going to make a player immune to the effects of wear and tear. And boy, has Haren been worn down.
From 2005-2011, Haren made 237 starts, more than any player in the game...
Throughout the offseason, The Nats Blog will look back at every player’s 2012 season to summarize and analyze his performance, and we’ll look ahead to his possible role in 2013. We’ll go from #1 Steve Lombardozzi all the way to #63 Henry Rodriguez until Spring Training. Enjoy.
People expected big things in 2012 from Jordan Zimmermann after a successful, albeit abbreviated...
The Washington Nationals have avoided salary arbitration with two pitchers. Reliever Drew Storen signed a $2.5 million deal yesterday to avoid arbitration. Storen shared closing duties last season with arbitration eligible Tyler Clippard, after returning from elbow surgery.
Storen will not be handling the closer role for the Nats in 2013. A few days ago, the Nats inked...
The Washington Nationals pitching rotation includes names such as Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, and Dan Haren. So who are we going to talk about today? Survey says: Ross Detwiler!The post Under the Greydar: Ross Detwiler appeared first on Fantasy Baseball Blog at Razzball.com.
Eight members of the Washington Nationals have been named to rosters for the World Baseball Classic. Only two players, Danny Espinosa (Mexico) and Roger Bernadina (Netherlands) are on the Nats 40-man roster.
Other Washington players invited:
Matthew Torra- Italy
James Van Ostrand- Canada
Robbie Cordemans- Netherlands
Spencer Kiebroom- Netherlands
Gio Gonzalez took a big step forward statistically last season, and his breakout was backed up by mechanical improvements.