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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.
The Nats saw a lot from Danny Espinosa in his 2011 rookie season, and it got many excited for what he would produce throughout his career. He showed great defense, hit for power, and was a Rookie of the Year candidate for the first half of the season. He trailed off in the second half in a drastic way, and he didn't seem to totally recover in 2012 either.
While Espinosa increased his batting average by 11 points, his on-base and slugging percentages went down. His home runs went down, too. One thing that didn't struggle, though, was his defense.
Espinosa saw his UZR skyrocket from 1.0 in 2011 to 7.1 in 2012. To put that 2012 number in perspective, the only NL s...
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Can we all just get off of Edwin Jackson’s back already? The free agent pitcher, who most recently worked at the back end of the Washington Nationals’ rotation in 2012 is likely to sign with his 8th different team this offseason since breaking in with the Dodgers back in 2003.
Since when does a guy who can put up 30+ starts (he’s done that each of his past 6 seasons), 180+...
More hardware for the 2012 Nats: Ian Desmond, Adam LaRoche, and Stephen Strasburg won Silver Slugger Awards Thursday night.
And what better way to commemorate the achievement than with a video of a home run hit by each of 'em.
Strasburg's first, complete with sloowwww HR trot (video here):
LaRoche's 33rd, good for his 100th RBI on the season (video here):
And so a trio of Nats were named finalists for three of the Baseball Writers Association of America's big prizes Wednesday night: Bryce Harper up for NL Rookie of the Year; Davey Johnson Manager of the Year; Gio Gonzalez up for Cy Young. Winners will be announced next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, in order.Oh, and despite the "AdaMVP" moniker, Adam LaRoche isn'...
Free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche is garnering enough interest that he's expected to reject the Washington Nationals' $13.3 million qualifying offer by Friday's deadline.
LaRoche, 33, is being pursued by the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers, in addition to the Nationals, major-league sources said Wednesday. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, LaRoche is...
The 8 Washington Nationals prospects continue chugging along in the Arizona Fall League. The Nats players are assigned to the Salt River Rafters. The Rafters are in first place with a 12-10 record. How are the Nats prospects faring?
3B Anthony Rendon: Rendon was the Nationals top pick of the 2011 MLB Draft, the sixth overall draft choice. Rendon was slated to be a...
The Washington Nationals could be close to reaching agreement with manager Davey Johnson on a new contract. General manager Mike Rizzo told The Washington Post at baseball's winter meetings in Indian Wells, Calif., that a deal should be finalized "soon." "I'm thinking any time now," Rizzo said, according to The Post. Johnson was under contract with...
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson agreed to a one-year deal to manage the team in 2013, but it will likely be his last season.
Johnson, who will turn 70 in January, has been a godsend for the Washington franchise since becoming the team's manager last June after Jim Riggleman resigned from the team. In 2012, the Nationals were the surprise of the baseball world,...
The Washington Nationals will bring Davey Johnson back as their manager for the 2013 season, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. The final details haven't yet been released, but it's just a matter of the legal paperwork, according to the report.
The Nats are 138-107 under Johnson in about a season and a half, and he took the franchise to their first division title and their...
The Nationals and Manager Davey Johnson are closing in on a new contract. General Manager Mike Rizzo says the new contract will be finished "soon".Rizzo is in California at MLB's General Manager meetings.The 69 year old Johnson who was under contract as a consultant through 2014, says he will be patient through negotiations. Selected as the National League's Manager...
Strasburg, Desmond and LaRoche all win Silver Sluggers. [Nats Journal]
Davey Johnson won a fishing tournament by catching big fish. [Bog]
Adam Jones ringing the closing bell at the NYSE today. [O's Insider]
Josh Hamilton probably isn’t coming to Baltimore, you guys. [O's Insider]
Sean Taylor’s brother is apparently really good at football. [Hogs Haven]
Forget Nov. 30...
The Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals are
targeting free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX
LaRoche, 33, is being pursued
by the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers, in addition to the Nationals,
major-league sources said Wednesday.
LaRoche received a $13.3 million qualifying offer from the