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Astros, Nationals spring training facility being built ‘in record time’

This time next year, the Nationals and Astros will head elsewhere, not to Viera or Kissimmee, but to West Palm Beach and the new joint facility currently known as the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. According to Principal Owner Mark D. Lerner, reached by email this week for an update on his team’s new home, […]
Via Nationals Journal
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

MLB Network to air Dusty Baker documentary on Feb. 9 - Nationals Buzz

Since being named as the new manager in early November, Dusty Baker has been busy learning about his new team. While the veteran skipper might prefer to rely on his own eyes at spring training, he met with his new charges during Winterfest weekend and has been having dialogue with ... Read More
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Classic Threads: Washington Nationals

Classic Threads goes to the Nation’s Capital and check out the Washington Nationals Brad Mills / USA TODAY Sports For many of us, seeing the Montreal Expos leave Quebec to become the Washington Nationals was a bittersweet moment. The Expos had bright and vibrant uniforms and styles, they did not deserve this fate. At the same time, how could we have gone so long without a team...
Via Baseball Essential
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

With grueling schedule looming, Nationals will need all the depth they can get

By at least one measure, the Nationals face the most challenging schedule in the team’s history: six three-city road trips, the most grueling of baseball tests. The Nationals have never undertaken more than five in one season. Only two other National League teams, the Diamondbacks and Mets, face so many in 2016. Baseball’s schedule is […]
Via Nationals Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

#TBT: Anthony Rendon charges grounder, makes great play to first - Nationals Buzz

He's got pop in his bat and range while manning the hot corner. Unfortunately, third baseman Anthony Rendon was limited to 80 games last season due to injury. However, some experts are saying that Rendon could become a top infielder in the National League in 2016. Rendon certainly showed off ... Read More
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2016 Prospects: Washington Nationals Top 10 Prospects by Ezra Wise and BP Prospect Staff

Can the farm system provide enough punch to erase a dismal winter in the District?
Via Baseball Prospectus
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nats prospect watch: Jose Marmolejos - Byron Kerr

Almost making it into Baseball America's list of the top Nationals prospects was Jose Marmolejos, who smashed the baseball in 2015. The first baseman slashed .310/.363/.485 in 124 games for the low Single-A Hagerstown Suns. He hit 39 doubles, five triples, 11 homers and 87 RBIs. Marmolejos was so good ... Read More
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Matt Thornton still awaiting team with “serious” interest

Matt Thornton remains a free agent who as he is “waiting for a team to show serious interest.” The 39-year-old left hander appeared on Sirius XM on Wednesday saying he would retire if he does not get a big league deal for the 2016 season. Thornton surely has plenty of teams interested in him but thus far no one has paid up for the reliever who spent last season with the Nationals...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Remaining Free Agents Nats Could Target

WASHINGTON — This MLB offseason has been quite unusual, and the free agent market has only very gradually dried up. Most of the biggest names have chosen their team for 2016, but plenty of serviceable players still dot the free agent landscape. One of the top players remaining is former Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, though his return to Washington is considered highly unlikely...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals sign veteran infielder to minor league deal

Looking for more infield depth as the prepare for 2016 spring training, the Nationals have signed veteran Brendan Ryan to a minor league contract.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Top 20 Prospects

Credit: Over the years, the Washington Nationals organization — and before that, the Montreal Expos — have developed a reputation of having some of the best homegrown talent in the big leagues. Dating back to the days of the Expos, luminary names like Vladimir Guerrero, Jose Vidro, Cliff Floyd, Mark Grudzielanek, Cliff Lee, and Brandon Phillips have all passed through...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

P-Nats’ 2016 bobbleheads celebrate Festivus, facial hair and Bryce Harper

The Potomac Nationals released their 2016 promotional schedule on Friday and it has enough giveaways and theme nights to appeal to everyone, including bobblehead collectors, Seinfeld fans, bobblehead collectors who are also Seinfeld fans and people who don’t have enough half-man, half-something else figurines in their lives. (Does anyone?) “We believe this promo schedule tops anything […]
Via DC Sports Blog
4 days ago  |  Discuss

How might the Nationals’ renovated bullpen compare to last year’s version?

Sometime around 4 p.m. on the afternoon of April 7, eight men will amble out to right field Nationals Park, march through the door in the fence in the corner, and find seats on a bench in the Nationals’ bullpen. More than likely, five of them will be making that walk for the first time. Of the seven relievers who […]
Via Nationals Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Top Nationals Prospects Making Progress

WASHINGTON — The Nationals are in flux right now, but their future looks quite bright. Sure, they have the National League MVP, who only recently turned 23, in Bryce Harper. If they lock him up to a long-term deal, the next decade bodes well. However, Washington has plenty to be excited about beyond Harper, and beyond the current lineup. The two big names in stow are right-handed...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Nats roster outlook: Will Daniel Murphy improve the lineup?

Daniel Murphy is entering his first season with the Nationals after signing a three-year free agent deal this winter.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Things that Must go Right for the Nationals to Make the Playoffs in 2016

Credit: Kevin C. Cox / Gettty Images North America Last winter, it seemed that there was very little reason to actually play out the 2015 season. The Washington Nationals were going to win the World Series. With the supposed best rotation in baseball, it would have been a waste of time for the rest of the league to play 162 games. Obviously that’s not how things turned out. From...
Via Baseball Essential
6 days ago  |  Discuss

How Nationals can flip the script and win NL East in 2016

One year ago, the Washington Nationals were given the most meaningless of honors: preseason champions. The addition of starter Max Scherzer in free agency and the development of Bryce Harper gave many good reason to tout the Nats as World Series favorites. The National League East, it appeared, was a foregone conclusion. But Washington in 2015 is the most recent example of how enormous...
Via The Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros address huge back-end rotation need with Doug Fister signing

Houston Astros starting pitching was a huge plus in 2015. Dallas Keuchel continued to be a revelation, posting his best season to date with a 20-8 record, 1.02 WHIP, and 2.48 ERA, earning his first career Cy Young. Behind him was Collin McHugh, a waiver claim turned perfect number two. The 28-year-old won 19 games, threw over 200 innings, and had a 3.89 ERA. Behind the duo was...
Via The Outside Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Take the Doug Fister Chance

Just gonna go ahead and borrow from a colleague: I wonder what kind of odds you could have gotten on “Doug Fister and Rich Hill will sign almost the same FA contract” 12 months ago. — David Cameron (@DCameronFG) January 28, 2016 Rich Hill signed for a year and a guaranteed $6 million. He’s nearly 36 years old, and he just started all of four games for the Red Sox, and...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals haven’t done much to improve this offseason

The Washington Nationals were set for big changes this offseason. After being pegged to be among the best teams in the league, the Nationals stumbled to an 83-79 record. Their struggles were personified in late-September when Jonathan Papelbon choked out teammate and franchise star Bryce Harper in the dugout, and inept ex-manager Matt Williams not only didn’t immediately punish...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 ZiPS Projections – Washington Nationals

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Washington Nationals. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Risk of Signing Ian Desmond

A year ago today, things were looking pretty good in Ian Desmond‘s world. He was 29 years old and the starting shortstop for the Washington Nationals, heavy favorites to win the National League East. A few months earlier, Desmonds completed his third straight season of at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Defensive metrics indicated he was roughly average to above average...
Via Fangraphs
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper and baseball’s new golden age

In 2015, the prophecy came true. Bryce Harper, the precocious prodigy whom since his mid-teenage years had been heralded as the game’s eventual foremost force of nature, delivered on his substantial promise. He won the National League’s Most Valuable Player in an overwhelming fashion, being one of the sole lights in the foggy waters of a lost Washington Nationals campaign. ...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
December 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Danny Espinosa says shortstop is 'where home is for me'

Danny Espinosa is one determined fellow. And we aren't just talking about the hardihood with which he grew a mustache that could double as a character on "The Muppets."The 28-year-old was drafted by the Washington Nationals as a shortstop but has predominantly played second base in his six years in Washington. Per The Washington Post, Espinosa is looking toward 2016 as his opportunity...
Via Yardbarker
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Wale releases 'MVP' track in tribute to Bryce Harper

In tribute of Bryce Harper’s National League Most Valuable Player season, hip hop artist Wale has released a new track (contains explicit lyrics — listener discretion is advised) in honor the Washington Nationals slugger, fittingly entitled, “MVP (Bryce Harper).” “Got the seats all filled,” raps Wale, as transcribed by D.C. Sports Bog. “I’m the reason y’all here...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

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