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Behind The Numbers Of Max Scherzer’s Mutually Beneficial Contract

In the days since the moment the world learned that Max Scherzer would sign with the Washington Nationals, quite a bit of information has come out about the record-breaking pact. Most notably, we found out that the total dollar value of Scherzer’s seven-year contract will be $210 million, paid out evenly over 14 years. At first glance, this might cause Nats fans some anxiety. Putting...
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Eury Perez Claimed By Atlanta Braves

Former Washington Nationals minor leaguer Eury Perez has been claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves. Perez, who had been in Washington’s minor league system since the age of 17 was claimed from the Nats by the New York Yankees in late September last year, only to be designated for assignment this week after the club signed shortstop Stephen Drew.   With great speed and an...
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The Case For Keeping Zimmermann and Fister

Following the Nationals’ 7-year, $210 million agreement with free agent starter Max Scherzer, questions arise as to what the team will do with its otherworldly pitching depth. With all five starters—Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Gio Gonzalez, and Tanner Roark—returning from last year’s National League East Championship squad, the addition of the 2013...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats Talk On The Go: Episode 89

With the Max Scherzer signing and the Yunel Escobar trade, the Nats are finally active in the offseason, so we decided it was just about time to do some chatting. Join us live at 7:30 pm EST.
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB to host 2018 All-Star Game at Nats Park?

Buried in the exciting Max Scherzer/ Washington Nationals news today was a note in Thomas Boswell’s column indicating that the Nats have been informed that they will hold host to the 2018 All-Star Game. If true, that’s certainly an exciting development. Nats Park has quickly become a showcase venue in the region for major events,and it will be great to display it on the national...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Interesting Tidbits About The Max Scherzer Deal

The Nats have signed 2013 American League Cy Young Winner Max Scherzer. You probably know that. But did you know: – Mike Rizzo originally drafted Scherzer in 2006 with the 11th overall pick for the Arizona Diamondbacks? This is hardly the first “Rizzo” guy the Nats’ GM has brought in over the past several years. Interesting, however, that he was willing to give long-term...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Nats Have Signed Max Scherzer, Now What?

Welcome to Washington, Max. The Washington Post confirmed last night that the Nationals have in fact secured a seven-year contract with free-agent ace Max Scherzer, a bold move for Nats GM Mike Rizzo to bolster a starting rotation that was already the best in baseball. While terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, industry sources are saying the value will be upward of $160...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats Sign Scherzer To Build Rotation of Doom

Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister, Max Scherzer. That’s what the Washington Nationals rotation will look like on Opening Day 2015 if reports by Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman are true.   Early word I am hearing is #Nationals plan is to keep Zimmermann, have super rotation and go for it in 2015 — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) January 19, 2015   Not...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

A New Face For The Nats Blog

Erin, Joe, and myself are excited to bring you a brand new version of The Nats Blog. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes this winter to build, tweak, and simplify our site in a way that we think will be really enjoyable for you guys. The new platform will also allow us to have more publishing flexibility, so while we plan to continue to provide you with great content, we...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Acquire Yunel Escobar for Tyler Clippard

General Manager Mike Rizzo filled the Washington Nationals’ second base hole Wednesday night, as he sent reliever Tyler Clippard to the Oakland Athletics for shortstop Yunel Escobar. Though he is now 32, Escobar has built a strong resume at short. In eight seasons with the Braves, Blue Jays, and Rays, he has slashed .276/.347/.381, good for a 101 wRC+. While he has never hit for...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Brief Thoughts on Danny Espinosa as Nats Second Baseman

This afternoon, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Ben Zobrist will be headed to the Oakland Athletics. That further increases the chances that Danny Espinosa will be the Washington Nationals starting second baseman on April 6 at Nats Park. There are a number of Nats fans that are less than thrilled about the idea of the strikeout-prone Espinosa getting a...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Federal Reserve: MiLB Coaching Announcement Features Rick Ankiel

Yesterday, the Washington Nationals announced their minor league coaching staffs for the 2015 season. The lack of turnover on the major league coaching staff prevented any minor league managers or coaches from joining Washington, thus there were few changes to the Nationals’ MiLB staff. Given the success of the farm system last season, both in terms of on-field records and, more...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Federal Reserve: Top Prospects 1-5

This post concludes the Federal Reserve’s top 10 prospects list. For prospects 10-6, see part one, featuring reports on Brian Goodwin, Joe Ross, Jakson Reetz, and more of the best players in the Nationals’ farm system. Below you will find details on the top five. 5. RHP Erick Fedde DOB: 2/25/93             B-T: R-R Acquired: First round, 2014   2015 Team: Gulf...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Federal Reserve: Top Prospects 6-10

With a new year upon us, the Federal Reserve lists the top 10 prospects in the Washington Nationals’ farm system. Before delving into the list, there are a few things to note. Along with stats, I heavily considered personal observations and those of trusted sources. Estimated times of arrival (ETA) reflects the player’s projected debut in the majors. Some are admittedly conservative...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

TNB’s 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

In the spirit of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcing its class of 2015 tomorrow, the writers at The Nats Blog have drafted their own ballots of the 10 eligible candidates they believe are worthy of induction this year. Below are each writer’s choices, listed in alphabetical order for ease of comparison. Read on for explanations on some of their choices. Joe Andrew Erin Craig...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats Talk On The Go: Episode 88 (with Nationals 101)

Frank of Nationals 101 (Nats101.com and @Nationals101) does the hosting while I did the talking on our long-planned offseason podcast. We start with the the Nats disppointing playoff run, move to the relatively quiet offseason, and discuss the finer points of Christmas trees while we are at it. Zimmerman at first, Desmond contract, a bold prediction by Joe for 2B this year, and much...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

You’re Up, Erin Flynn

We have exiting news. While Joe Drugan will be stepping down as the day-to-day Managing Editor of The Nats Blog, we’re so excited to announce that the very talented Erin Flynn will now be taking over day-to-day operations of the site! This was an obvious choice for us. Erin is such a talented writer, and has been serving as one of our lead reporters over the past two years. When...
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Thank You, Joe Drugan

As some of you may know, I founded The Nats Blog back in college as a way to keep up with my hometown team while at school in Ohio. It was a great learning experience for me, and ultimately served as a pathway to me getting a job working in sports and technology. But there came a time when I realized that despite my love for engaging with fans through the blog on a daily basis, my...
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals Trade Ross Detwiler To Rangers

In an offseason filled with rumors of earth-shaking deals, the Washington Nationals’ first was only a mild tremor: The team sent miscast lefty Ross Detwiler to the Texas Rangers in exchange for 2B/SS Chris Bostick and RHP Abel De Los Santos. Detwiler’s time in Washington was fraught with frustration. Picked sixth overall in 2007, he never lived up to his draft status. He struggled...
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December 12, 2014  |  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...
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December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Federal Reserve: Renda selected for Fall Stars Game roster

The Arizona Fall League (AFL) announced its roster for the East and West divisions for the annual Fall Stars Game, with second baseman Tony Renda selected as the lone Nationals farmhand. On the surface Renda, one of seven Nationals’ prospects playing for the Mesa Solar Sox, is an odd selection because of his sluggish numbers. Entering Monday afternoon’s game, he was batting ...
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October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Federal Reserve: Regular Season Send Off

After this post, the Federal Reserve will cease weekly updates until pitchers and catchers report in February. To this point, every nuance of the Washington Nationals farm system has been recapped in some form, most notably our Minor League All-Star Team and the Players of the Year. For those who follow the minors, now is the time of the year to scrutinize Arizona Fall League performances...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Elimination Games Are Brutal, Let’s Watch Another Tomorrow

Emotions during an elimination playoff game are decidedly different than any other game. Nerves are running high, and any time that someone isn’t able to come up with a key hit, it feels like the end of the world. That seems especially true when the team you’re pulling for has scored only three runs in their first 27 innings of baseball, including in one game that went 18 preposterous...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Federal Reserve: Hitter and Pitcher of the Year

Throughout the year, the Federal Reserve handed out monthly award winners to highlight some of the best performances in the minors this year. Now, the time has come to handout the final prizes of the season, the Hitter and Pitcher of the Year Awards. The races in both fields were competitive. In the end, however, two already lauded prospects took the awards, with the hitter tearing...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Stop Vilifying Fans For Leaving Saturday’s Game Early

Yesterday, I decided to take a day off from baseball writing. I didn’t want to write when the emotion from Saturday night’s (into Sunday morning’s) record-setting game was still raw. The frustration from the Game Two loss has not totally subsided, but there is one particularly frustrating narrative that has been blasted across local and national media: how outrageous it...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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