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The Washington Nationals have signed Xavier Nady to a minor league deal, Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports. Nady will report directly to minor league camp.
Bill Ladson of MLB.com notes that the deal does not include any out dates and Nady will start the season at Triple-A.
Last season, Nady battled the injury bug appearing in only 82 games for Arizona. In those games, he posted a .248 avg, .287 OBP and .359 SLG while hitting just 4 home runs and collecting 35 RBIs.
He also made a base salary of $1.75mm with incentives for being on the active roster for so many days, though he only reached the first bonus (60 days).
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Bryce Harper optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.
He's just not ready yet. See you soon (June?) in Washington, kid.
"He knows how much I love his talent. He is a special player. He needs to go down there and do the same thing he is doing. He doesn't need to change anything for me. He just needs to go play." (Davey Johnson, via Nationals.com, 3/18/2012)
Like several other teams around MLB today, Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals are sporting ugly green hats for St. Patrick's Day -- photo above via @NationalsPR.
And just in case there was any doubt about what day it is, the Nats chanted "Green beer!" prior to the game (via @DanKolko):
The #Nats are wearing green hats today and broke their post-stretch...
The Washington Nationals have decided to demote future phenom Bryce Harper to their Triple A affiliate in Syracuse so that he can work on his defensive game in center field. Harper, who is still just 19-years-old, will begin the 2012 MLB season in the minor leagues, but is expected to get the call up at some point after honing his skills in the outfield.
Harper was a...
GOODYEAR, Ariz. Kirk Gibson cautions not to read too much into spring training lineups and positioning, as he knows from personal experience. One spring, Detroit manager Sparky Anderson played Gibson exclusively in center field. On opening day, Gibson was in right.
So while shortstop Willie Bloomquist led off and left fielder Jason Kubel hit fourth in the Diamondbacks' 8-7...
The Washington Nationals sent prized prospect Bryce Harper to Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday.
Harper, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft, was demoted following Sunday's game in which he went 1-for-5 with four strikeouts.
The 19-year-old Harper, who was a catcher in high school, is expected to see the bulk of his playing time in center field at Syracuse.
Harper batted .318 with...
The Washington Nationals aren’t taking any chances this spring and have shut down outfielder Michael Morse and first baseman Adam LaRoche for at least a week.Morse has been battling a strained right lat muscle while LaRoche is nursing a left ankle sprain. Morse underwent an MRI this week but no damage was revealed. He is still in a considerable amount of pain and could miss Opening...
Last season, the Nationals stuck to a strict plan with Jordan Zimmermann’s workload. This season, the team has another workload to manage with intense scrutiny in the person of Stephen Strasburg. While the Nats have hinted at to how they will proceed with him — they don’t want to jerk him around, they will likely keep him to the same 160-inning cap as Zimmermann last year —...
10) Just because he might be the best player in their everyday lineup doesn't make him old enough to buy beer9) Team can't keep the fan base down with him out there on Opening Day8) If you start his "clock" too soon, he becomes a Yankee before the full extent of his powers are shown7) Have hate in their heart for fantasy baseball reachers who just have to have the...
(Eds: Updates throughout. With AP Photos.) By ROB MAADDI AP Sports Writer Gio Gonzalez heard the rumors that the Philadelphia Phillies were interested before the Washington Nationals traded for him.
He's just fine with that.
''I'm happy here,'' Gonzalez said after a spring outing against the New York Yankees.
These aren't the same old Nationals...
Last week, we asked when we should start worrying about Michael Morse. On Sunday, MLB.com's Bill Ladson reported that Morse won't play in a Major League exhibition game for at least a week. Oh, sure, he can swing it in the minors. But will he be allowed to throw a baseball? And, why can't he throw a baseball?
Just so we're all on the same page: we're still...
The Arizona Diamondbacks boast one of the best farm systems in baseball, so there are definitely more than 20 prospects in their ranks worth watching. Here is information on some of their prospects - predominately ones who have not yet eclipsed A-ball - whom you may not know now, but who could play key roles at the major league level nonetheless.
Jason Kubel homered twice, tripled and drove in three run Saturday as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat a Texas Rangers' split squad 8-6.
Kubel had a solo drive in the fourth off Scott Feldman that hit a promotional tent far behind the right-field fence, then hit a two-run drive in the fifth against Koji Uehara.
Diamondbacks starter Joe Saunders, who lasted only 10 pitches in his...