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Will Rendon Have a Sophomore Slump?

Before he will even start his second full MLB season, Anthony Rendon has already usurped former Gold Glove winner and Face of the Franchise Ryan Zimmerman as starting third baseman, led the National League’s best team in WAR, and finished top 5 in MVP voting. He’s done this all while playing half of those games at a brand new position. The only question that seems to remain for...
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February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

How The 2015 Washington Nationals Came To Be

With spring training upon us, I thought I would take stock of the club’s roster and how they got here. Take a look below at the Washington Nationals starters and how they ended up  with the organization: C Wilson Ramos - Traded for former closer Matt Capps1B Ryan Zimmerman - No. 4 pick in the 2005 First Year Player Draft2B  Yunel Escobar - Traded for set-up man Tyler ClippardSS...
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February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Florida Governor Endorses Nats, Astros Proposal

Though far from official, the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros’ proposed Spring Training complex in Palm Beach County received a major endorsement on Wednesday. In a letter on his website, Governor Rick Scott announced that he was pleased with the project’s terms and was happy to reach an agreement to keep the two teams in Florida. More from Scott’s statement: “Florida...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Plans Move Forward For Shared Nats, Astros Spring Training Facility

Last week two major steps were taken to push the Washington Nationals’ and the Houston Astros’ proposed $135 million Spring Training complex in West Palm Beach toward becoming a reality. The first was the approval of a land swap between West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County that allows the county to take control of the 160-acre property slated for the facility. Within a matter...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals 2015 Spring Training Broadcast Schedule (TV and Radio)

The Washington Nationals have released their 2015 Spring Training TV and Radio schedule, and it pretty closely mirrors what we saw in 2014. There will be seven games televised on MASN, one more than last year, with 10 games picked up by Charlie and Dave on the radio. Some of these broadcasts will overlap. This list does not include games that are available from the opposing team’s...
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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Nats Talk On The Go: Episode 90

We will be debating which writer from last week’s series made the best argument for the Washington Nationals’ best starting pitcher. We’ll also chat about various other Nats news and baseball signings. We’ll be live around 7:30 PM EST!
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February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Which Nats Starter Is The Best: Doug Fister

This post is the final installment of a series we’ve been running here on The Nats Blog, debating which of the club’s stellar five (Sorry Roark) starting pitchers is actually the best. On Monday I made an argument that Max Scherzer was the team’s top hurler, only to be countered by Joe who on Tuesday claimed Stephen Strasburg was the best. Andrew made his arguments for Jordan...
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January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Which Nats Starter Is The Best?: Gio Gonzalez

On Monday, Will made the case for Max Scherzer as the Nationals’ best starter, followed by Joe’s argument for Stephen Strasburg on Tuesday and Andrew’s claim for Jordan Zimmermann on Wednesday. Now comes the moment readers of The Nats Blog have anxiously anticipated: the minor league guy is making a case for Gio Gonzalez. Logically, Gonzalez is not better than Scherzer, Strasburg...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Nationals Sign Former Blue Jays Closer Casey Janssen

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Nats have come to terms on a one-year,  $5 million deal with former Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen. Source: #Nationals sign free-agent reliever Casey Janssen, one year with mutual option, $5M guaranteed including option buyout. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 28, 2015 At the age of 32, Janssen saw his production decrease...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Which Nats Starter Is The Best: Jordan Zimmermann

This post is the third installment in a series where The Nats Blog’s staffers will each stump for one arm from the Nats’ loaded rotation as the best of the bunch. Will made the case for Max Scherzer Monday, and Joe argued for Stephen Strasburg on Tuesday. I hold my colleagues in the highest esteem, but I’m afraid they’re wrong here. Scherzer and Strasburg may be the bigger...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Which Nats Starter Is The Best: Stephen Strasburg

On Monday, Will made a compelling argument that Max Scherzer is the best Washington Nationals starting pitcher. After signing a $210 million contract this offseason following several stellar seasons as one of baseball’s best pitchers, this is a pretty solid argument to make. However, I’d like to take a look at comparing all their numbers while all five guys were active Major...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Who are the Nats’ “7th Inning Guys” ?

While a lot of attention this offseason has been paid to the Nats solidifying their middle infield and the acquisition of Max Scherzer, very little has focused on an area of the roster that struggled in the 2014 playoffs and has seen a good amount departed talent this winter, the bullpen. This winter the Nats have said goodbye to: Rafael Soriano – 64 G, 3.19 ERA, 32 Saves Ryan...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Which Nats Starter Is The Best: Max Schezer

Over the next five days here on The Nats Blog, you will see one post arguing which of the Nats starters is in fact the best on the team. One post for each of the club’s five rotation hurlers (Sorry Roark).   What’s amazing is that there are very few teams that could even have an argument like this, and most that can are more similar to the 2008 Washington Nationals, where any...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

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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January 24, 2015  |  Discuss

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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January 24, 2015  |  Discuss

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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January 21, 2015  |  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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January 19, 2015  |  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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January 19, 2015  |  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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January 19, 2015  |  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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January 19, 2015  |  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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January 19, 2015  |  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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January 17, 2015  |  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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January 15, 2015  |  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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January 10, 2015  |  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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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss
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