Why it's no surprise that Matt Wieters landed with the Nationals

On Jan. 21, I texted a general manager and asked, “Where is Matt Wieters going?”His reply: “Come on – you know – everybody knows!”The GM, of course, was referring to Team Boras, also known as the Washington Nationals.Virtually everyone in the industry predicted that the Nats would be the landing spot for Wieters, a switch-hitting catcher who was the best remaining free...
Via FOX Sports
2 days ago

Watch Nationals’ catcher Jose Lobaton’s son obliterate a baseball

Hes already got some serious opposite-field power. At this point, Jose Lobaton is well known for his sneaky pop. The Washington Nationals (backup? starting?)
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
11 days ago

Nationals avoid arbitration, come to terms with catcher Jose Lobaton

The Washington Nationals and catcher Jose Lobaton agreed to a one-year deal Thursday, avoiding arbitration hours before Friday’s non-tender deadline. The contract is worth $1.575 million, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. It is the second straight year that the two sides have come to terms on a $187,500 raise before the […]
Via Nationals Journal
December 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Nationals, C Jose Lobaton avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

WASHINGTON (AP) Catcher Jose Lobaton and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a one-year contract for 2017, avoiding arbitration. The Nationals announced the agreement on Twitter on Thursday. Lobaton hit .232 in 99 at-bats during the regular season as a backup to Wilson Ramos. But Ramos was injured in September, allowing Lobaton to get a chance at a more prominent role in...
Via Associated Press
December 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Danny Espinosa gets credit for HBP on a strike

Baseball purists couldn’t help but be angered after seeing Danny Espinosa get credit for a hit by pitch on Monday. The Washington Nationals infielder received his base in the top of the third inning against Kenta Maeda after being hit by a pitch. But replays and a closer look show that the pitch from Maeda was actually a strike, and Espinosa should not have received a base for...
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Wilson Ramos done for year with torn ACL

The Washington Nationals just clinched their third NL East division crown in the last five seasons, but the postseason crusade will have to march forward without the help of their All-Star catcher. According to a report by Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday, Wilson Ramos is out for the year after suffering a torn ACL. Horrible blow to #Nats: All Star catcher Wilson...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Catcher Jose Lobaton gets nod against Braves for first start this season

Players joked with backup catcher Jose Lobaton in the Washington Nationals clubhouse before the game. “Congratulations on the start!” they told him. “Happy Opening Day to me!” Lobaton said. Lobaton is the kind of guy who can joke about these things. He knows his role, and navigates limited playing time as best he can — […]
Via Nationals Journal
April 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Scherzer gave pricey gifts to catchers on no-hitter, one-hitter

By Jason Rowan Max Scherzer has enjoyed a pretty successful season in his first year with the Washington Nationals, a campaign highlighted by incredible back-to-back starts in June that saw the ace pitch a one-hitter and then a no-hitter. Scherzer went out of his way recently to express gratitude to the guys who sat behind the plate and played a significant part in his consecutive...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Bench players with potential for 2015

Kevin Frandsen Since the Washington Nationals haven’t picked up any big names yet during this offseason, it looks as though they will need to rely on their bench somewhat more. There is need for these guys to be able to produce runs when they are called up and could be more productive if given more playing time. Although the Nationals could use some improvement on their bench...
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Jose Lobaton celebrates trade to Washington with two tubs of gelato

Guess this means he's pleased with the trade? And so, on the same day Nats pitchers and catchers reported for Spring Training in Viera, Florida, while the D.C. region got pummeled by a snowstorm, Mike Rizzo pulled off a trade for a backup catcher. The Nationals traded pitching prospect Nate Karns to the Rays for backup catcher Jose Lobaton and prospects Felipe Rivero (LHP) and...
Via Nationals Enquirer
February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

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