Found November 29, 2012 on
The Nats Blog:
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 with about two posts per week until Spring Training. Enjoy.
Chad Tracy was picked up before the 2012 season began as a role player and bench guy. He quickly became the leader of that group, who called themselves "The Goon Squad." Without guys like Tracy, the Nationals wouldn't have finished with the best record in baseball last season.
Tracy ended up posting a respectable .269/.343/.441 slash line for an impressive .784 OPS in just 105 plate appearances. He became the catalyst for a number of big hits and late inning rallies that allowed the Nationals to earn the best record in baseball.
He doesn't provide a lot as far as defense goes traditionally, but in the few instances when he spelled Ryan Zimmerman and A...
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Is Denard Span the missing piece that the Washington Nationals feel they need to get over the top? With BJ Upton landing in Atlanta, the Nats finally got the man they’ve been chasing for a few years in Span.
Washington blew away the competition during the 2012 regular season before falling victim to some standard St. Louis Cardinal October magic.
It’s actually hard to imagine...
Welp, Gio Gonzalez is about to get a lot more popular. That is, of course, if this is really him.Friday, the Washington Nationals pitcher went Canseco on his close to 57,000 Twitter followers and tweeted his phone number.Twice. Be prepared for the inevitable "I was hacked" or the tweets to be removed from Gonzalez's timeline.
On Tuesday, Nationals beat writer William Ladson, tweeted that he expects the Nats to non-tender lefthanded starting pitcher John Lannan on Friday. Ladson also added that he believed Lannan would be a solid fit for the Mets.
I took a quick glance at Lannan’s career numbers and the first thing that came to mind was, “I’ve seen these numbers before”. I was looking at a lefthanded...
When the Washington National placed Stephen Strasburg on an innings limit prior to the 2012 MLB season, not too many people paid that close attention to what effect the decision could have toward the end of the season. After all, the Nationals had never made the playoffs, so although they made a few nice offseason moves, few expected them to compete in the stacked National League...
After years of trying to get Denard Span off the Twins, the Nationals have finally got their man. My first thoughts:
Span give the Nats a legitimate leadoff hitter and lets them put Jayson Werth lower in the lineup.
He finally gives them a real centerfielder. This will allow them to move Bryce Harper to left where he belongs producing an outfield of Harper-Span-Werth that rivals...
The Red Sox and Twins may have some new neighbors in Fort Myers.
According to the Washington Post, the Nationals are interested in leaving their spring training home in Viera, Fla. to move into the City of Palms Park –– the Red Sox’ old spring training facility.
But Lee County officials are mired in a financial bind, having committed $80 million to fund the Red Sox’ new facility...