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When the Washington Nationals shut down Stephen Strasburg in September, most of the collective baseball world felt the doom fall over the team. Sure, the team wasn't about to admit it. They were still a damn good team. But they were missing their ace, and they were heading into the playoffs without him. Ultimately, the Nats lost in five games in the Division Series. Washington should have Strasburg back for a full season next year, but they could find themselves with a contigency plan if they don't or if one of their starters goes down to injury; Zack Greinke.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports said the Nationals could unseat the Dodgers as the favorites to land Greinke. And he could be right. Heyman's point is that the Nationals saved millions when they traded for Denard Span instead of pursuing free agent center fielder Michael Bourn. It's a good point, and one that could certainly lead the Nationals down the path of affording Greinke.
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Left-hander Zach Duke has agreed to a one-year contract to stay with the Washington Nationals.
The NL East champions announced the deal with the free agent on Monday.
The 29-year-old Duke joined the Nationals as a minor league free agent in March, spending most of last season at Triple-A Syracuse. He was 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA in 13 2-3 innings over eight appearances as a reliever...
Following their acquisition of center fielder Denard Span
from the Minnesota Twins, the Washington Nationals are “definitely shopping”
first baseman/outfielder Mike Morse, reports Jayson Stark of ESPN.
In the wake of Denard Span deal, #Nationals are "definitely shopping Mike Morse a little bit," says AL exec. Could deal Morse & sign LaRoche
— Jayson Stark...
The hot stove is burning, and winter meetings start this week. There will be endless rumors of who is signing where and what player is available to be moved. One guy that seems to be on the block, according to multiple sources, is Nats second baseman Danny Espinosa. I’m not so sure he should be.
Espinosa certainly comes with his share of problems. Primarily, he led the National...
Left fielder Michael Morse is the Washington Nationals player most likely to be moved, especially if the team re-signs free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Don’t be surprised, though, if second baseman Danny Espinosa also is the subject of trade discussions at the baseball winter meetings, which begin in Nashville on Monday.
Espinosa, 25, is likely to draw interest from teams...
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Free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche, who hit a
career-high 33 homers in 2012 with a strong line of .271/.343/.510/.853
while winning a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award as both the top
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.
If someone told you that a player who committed 57 errors...
The Nationals have reportedly non-tendered pitchers John Lannan, Tom Gorzellany and catcher Jesus Flores. All three players becoming free agents. Had the Nats tendered an offer, the players would have gone through the arbitration process.
Flores was expendable with the addition of catcher Kurt Suzuki and Wilson Ramos' pending return from injury.
Lannan lost his spot...
And so, after an inexplicable 2-year hiatus, the Nationals will be making like a real, live, MLB team and holding a Winter fan fest this year. Good deal. Tickets will be available online starting at 10:00 AM Thursday, December 6, 2012 at nationals.com/natsfest.
A person who knows stuff and is usually right told us the Nationals may or may not be looking to bring back former players...
Via his Twitter account, new Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span has learned quickly. He has learned to fit into Washington, DC quite well. Here is what he had to say.
"I def gotta root for rg3 now." OF Denard Span
Lidge is ready to retire. (MLB)
After several injury-riddled seasons and dealing with the loss of velocity on his fastball, it appears Brad Lidge is hangin’ ‘em up. Jayson Stark of ESPN broke the news via Twitter that Lidge, 35, will retire.
Last season, Lidge was cut by the Nationals after posting an ERA near 10 during his stint there. He was brought in for veteran leadership...
The Tampa Bay Rays are discussing a potential trade with the
Nationals that would send one of the team’s starting pitchers, most likely
James Shields or Jeremy Hellickson, to Washington in exchange for Mike Morse,
Danny Espinosa and possibly more, reports Jim Bowden of ESPN.
James Loney and Rays close to one-year deal....Loney would replace Carlos Pena at 1B...also...
Some may read the headline with the idea that I am happy about getting Alex Meyer for Denard Span. I am not happy whatsoever. I appreciate everything that Span has done for the Twins, but we all knew that this day was coming at some point. I hope for nothing but the best in DC for him and I hope that they resign him to the type of contract that he deserves. And I like the prospects...