Found December 03, 2012 on The Nats Blog:
The Washington Nationals offseason has been newsworthy, so it was about time to record another podcast. Joe talks about the Denard Span signing, he evaluates the Adam LaRoche vs. Michael Morse conversation, and he defends Danny Espinosa vigorously. He also talks about pitching, Zack Greinke, Zach Duke, and the non-tenders: John Lannan, Jesus Flores, and Tom Gorzelanny. Finally, there's reason to look up about the team's lineup, even though the offseason isn't anywhere near over.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

LHP Zach Duke agrees to 1-year deal with Nationals

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...

Danny Espinosa Shouldn’t Be On The Trading Block, Unless...

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...

2012 Player-By-Player Wrap Up: Ian Desmond

  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...

On NatsFest

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...

A Tribute To Brad Lidge, The Perfect Closer

The closer is one of the most pressure-packed positions in all of sports. The Mariano Riveras and Trevor Hoffmans of the world are the exception to the rule. They’ve made the closer position look effortless, sustaining excellence for nearly their entire careers. But the life of the mere mortal closers is one of wildly successful [...]The post A Tribute To Brad Lidge, The Perfect...

Brad Lidge Reportedly Retiring

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...

AP source: RHP Haren, Nationals near deal

A person familiar with the talks tells The Associated Press that free agent pitcher Dan Haren and the Washington Nationals are close to completing a one-year deal for $13 million. The person spoke Tuesday at the baseball winter meetings under condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't finalized. The Nationals had the best record in the majors last season. The NL East champions...

Video: Davey Johnson and Mike Rizzo talk about Dan Haren signing

Nationals sign Dan Haren to 1 year, $13 Million deal. Up above, video of Davey Johnson and Mike Rizzo talking about the Dan Haren signing, via CSNWashington.com. Video is here, also. Davey: "I like his stuff. I like his competitiveness....I think he'll be one of the leaders on the staff"Rizzo: "We have a good core of four young starters, and a really...

Nationals Interested in Reinforcing Rotation With Zack Greinke

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....

Fare thee Well, Denard Span

As I'm certain everyone is aware by now the Twins traded Denard Span late last week to the Nationals for minor league pitching prospect Alex Meyer.  At first blush I was down on the trade, having hoped the Twins could turn the talented Span into a MLB ready mid-rotation starter type (like Jeremy Hellickson, for example) but the more I've read about it and spent time thinking...

DMV: Skins ‘Showed Up, Showed Out’ Against ‘Those Mother——-’

We’re not doing Winners & Losers but these should do it. [Bog, Keim, Keim] Snyder on the Giants: “I hate those *************.” [USA TODAY Sports] RGIII: “Fans showed up and showed out. So we returned the favor!” [@rgiii] RGIII’s fumble/option TD to Josh Morgan was a lucky/big play. [The Insider] Alfred Morris is the first 1,000-yard Skins back since Portis. [The Insider...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.