Ian Desmond among key Nationals unsigned past 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals starting pitchers Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister aren't paying attention to speculation about whether they'll be traded before next season, the last of their current contracts. Shortstop Ian Desmond also could be bound for free agency a year from now - or sent to another team before that - and acknowledges he's well aware of all the talk about his future...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

POLL Verdict Is In: Improve Red Sox Rotation!

The voice of our readers is pretty clear. As the chart shows, almost three-quarters of those voting (73%) say they are not "OK" with the current composition of the Red Sox rotation. Just 27% are satisfied with the way the starters look at present. Clearly, Ben Cherington needs to make at least one more pitching move—either trading for Cole Hamles, Doug Fister or Jordan Zimmerman...
Via FenwayNation
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Lots Of Yoenis Cespedes For Pitching Talk

The word is that Ben Cherington does not want to part with top prospects and  $20 million (a fifth year option buyout on top of his existing contract) for 31-year old Cole Hamels. His strategy may be to go after two or three other (perhaps less expensive) starters—like Doug Fister/Jordan Zimmerman from the Nationals and/or Johnny Cueto/Matt Latos from the Reds. In most of these...
Via FenwayNation
11 days ago  |  Discuss

One sad trade rumor from MLB

Source: The Rangers have expressed strong interest in the Nats starters. Nats asked for 2B Rougned Odor. Rangers said they won't trade him. — Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) December 9, 2014 Baseball fans deserve better than this. Doug Fister being traded for Rougned Odor is something that shouldn’t be an IRL possibility but it is and […]Continue reading...
Via The Victory Formation
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Transaction Analysis: Replacing a Legend by R.J. Anderson, Craig Goldstein, Mike Gianella, Andrew Koo and Jordan Gorosh

The Yankees get someone to man Derek Jeter`s now-vacated spot, the Tigers move another piece from their Doug Fister return, and new GM Dave Stewart continues to reshape the Diamondbacks.
Via Baseball Prospectus
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Grading the Tigers’ acquisition of Shane Greene

It’s becoming clock work that the Tigers, Yankees and Diamondbacks get together for a three-team trade in the offseason which usually works out very well for Detroit while New York and Arizona enter into a take it or leave it scenario. Last time we saw these teams get together, Tigers fan said goodbye to fan favorite Curtis Granderson who was shipped off to the Yankees but in return...
Via The Majors Detroit
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats tender all 10 arbitration eligible players

As expected, the Washington Nationals have tendered contract to all ten players on their roster who were arbitration eligible.  The only two that had question marks were 2B Danny Espinosa and P Ross Detwiler.  Given the fluid situation at second base right now, Espinosa was considered to be a foregone conclusion.  The big question mark was on Detwiler. Detwiler was Washington...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Trade Jordan Zimmermann: How the Nationals Can Stay Contenders

For a long time now, the 2014-15 offseason has been setting up as a critical one. The Washington Nationals have emerged as a force to be reckoned with over the past three seasons, posting the best record in baseball since Opening Day 2012. But the team must find a way to parlay its short-term success into long-term contention, a process that begins now. Five key contributors will...
Via The Nats Blog
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals not talking contract extension with Doug Fister

getty images Contract talks between the Nationals and starting pitcher Doug Fister have fallen apart. According to James Wagner of the Washington Post there have no talks of an extension for months. This jives what reports that the Nationals were willing to trade Fister and/or Jordan Zimmermann. Both Fister and Zimmermann are free agents at the end of the 2015 season and the Nationals...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Rumors: Could Max Scherzer end up in Washington?

James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals could make a play for Max Scherzer. The Nationals have let it known that they could move pitchers Jordan Zimmerman and Doug Fister, both of whom still have one more year on their contracts. That could then allow the Nationals to make a play at Scherzer, who is a free agent. #457637650 / Scherzer has...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
25 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: November 21, 2014

On Thursday, it was rumored that the Washington Nationals may be shopping Doug Fister and Ryan Zimmermann in addition to the news that Cuban free-agent Yasmany Tomas is apparently expected to attend the winter meetings and the Atlanta Braves being a possible dark horse to land the Cuban slugger. Here is the updated list of MLB rumors for November 21, 2014: Note: This list of rumors...
Via Baseball Essential
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals shopping Fister and Zimmermann, could target Scherzer

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Washington Nationals are informing teams that both starting pitcher’s Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister are “available if the deal makes sense.” It will surley require a strong return to draw both the solid starters away from their home in Washington D.C. The #Nats are informing teams that ace Jordan Zimmermann is available,but...
Via Baseball Essential
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Nats Targeting Scherzer?

How will the Nationals maintain an elite rotation if they trade Doug Fister and/or Jordan Zimmermann as rumors persist? Detroit ace Max Scherzer cold be in Washington’s plans to fill a potential void. That word from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale in what is a very hot stove across Major League Baseball. The Yankees have also been rumored to have interest in the right hander, who...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals Rumors: Doug Fister on the trade block?

The Washington Nationals are possibly in the business of trading. First, they were rumored to be listening to offers on staff ace, Jordan Zimmerman, and now it appears they are open to offers for pitcher, Doug Fister. #457016918 / Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweeted out the following earlier today: Veteran #Nats pitcher Doug Fister, who like Zimmermann also...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals willing to trade Jordan Zimmermann or Doug Fister

If the return is strong, the Nationals will consider moving starting pitchers Jordan Zimmermann or Doug Fister. Fister, 30, will become a free agent at the end of the season after posting a 2.41 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP in 164 innings of work. At 28, Zimmermann is also coming off a strong 2014 season in which he posted a 2.66 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 182/29 K/BB ratio across 199 2/3 innings...
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranking All 40 of the 2014 Washington Nationals

We were going to do a Winners & Losers-style post for the NL East champs, but I think this is a little more inclusive. There’s not much rhyme or reason to it, other than ranking the players based on who made the most positive impact this year. Enjoy. 40. Taylor Jordan — Was a member of the Opening Day rotation (filling in for Doug Fister), then went 0-3 with a 5.61 ERA in...
Via Mr. Irrelevant
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Doug Fister and Bryce Harper did not coordinate their outfits for NLDS Game 3 postgame presser

And so, Doug Fister and Bryce Harper were brilliant and spectacular in no particular order for NLDS Game 3 Monday night in SF. So they get a pass for their clashing fashion statements during their postgame presser. Nats have a pulse. (Screencap via MLBNetwork/TV)
Via Nationals Enquirer
October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Doug Fister’s Mid-Game Adjustment

Three walks don’t seem like a big deal. Even if Doug Fister only gave up three walks once all year, you could look at the box score for Game Three of the National League Division Series and think, sure he had a Fisterian game. Nine ground balls to six fly balls, not many walks, a […]
Via Fangraphs
October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Baumgarner's error keeps Nationals alive in NLDS

SAN FRANCISCO — Doug Fister pitched seven shutout innings, and the Washington Nationals took advantage of Madison Bumgarner’s one off-target throw, staving off elimination in the National League Division Series with a 4-1 win against the San Francisco Giants on Monday. Fister dazzled again in San Francisco, this time in a sensational pitcher’s duel with Bumgarner, until the...
October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals avoid elimination in NLDS with Game 3 win at San Francisco

  Doug Fister pitched seven shutout innings and the Washington Nationals took advantage of Madison Bumgarner's one off-target throw, staving off elimination in the National League Division Series with a 4-1 win against the San Francisco Giants on Monday. Fister dazzled again in San Francisco, this time in a sensational pitcher's duel with Bumgarner until the Nationals finally delivered...
Via AP on Fox
October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals vs. Giants: Live Score, Highlights of Gm 3 of NLDS

The Washington Nationals season is on the line as Doug Fister (16-6, 2.41 ERA) takes the mound against the San Francisco Giants and Madison Bumgarner. A win by the Giants eliminates the top seed in the National League postseason, and ends one of the more remarkable seasons in D.C. baseball history. The post Nationals vs. Giants: Live Score, Highlights of Gm 3 of NLDS appeared...
Via KCM Sports
October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

NLDS Thread: Nationals vs Giants, Dodgers vs Cardinals

Game 3 (Giants Lead 2-0) Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants Monday, Oct. 6, 5:00 PM, MLBN Doug Fister (16-6, 2.41) vs Madison Bumgarner (18-10, 2.98) The Giants ace Madison Bumgarner will make his first start of this years NLDS after an incredible performance in the Wild Card round, looking to close out the series. He will be opposed by Doug Fister making his eighth postseason...
Via Mets Merized Online
October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

NLDS: 2 Games, 2 Picks **2-0 Yesterday**

Playoff Record: 7-7 San Francisco Giants (M. Bumgarner) vs Washington Nationals (D. Fister) Madison Bumgarner takes the mound for the Giants looking to close out Washington. Bumgarner is 1-1 with a 2.42 ERA his last 3 starts. He is 10-3 with a 2.80 ERA in day games. However, Bumgarner has not been as effective in his home ballpark. He is only 7-8 as a home favorite and 7-6 with a...
Via Sports Mockery
October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Belt's HR in the 18th inning puts Giants up 2-0

18 innings. Six hours and 23 minutes. 485 pitches. And yet, this one home run by Brandon Belt in the 18th inning will stand apart, enabling the Giants to beat the Nationals 2-1. Game 3 will be on Monday AT&T Park. Madison Bumgarner goes for the Giants against Doug Fister of the Nationals. The post Brandon Belt’s homer pushes the Giants to Game 2 win appeared first on The Outside Corner.
Via The Outside Corner
October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Our 10 Worst Pitcher Projections of 2014

On Monday we began our look back at our preseason projections, posting our 10 Worst Hitter Projections of 2014, and some of them were pretty ugly. On Tuesday we got to look at things we actually got right with our 10 Best Hitter Projections of 2014 before taking another trip to Oops-ville today when we look at our 10 Worst Pitcher Projections of 2014, and then we’ll wrap things...
Via Baseball Professor
October 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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