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  1. Kerry Wood shows us his best Carlos Marmol

    Apr 5, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

    Kerry Wood

    Entering a 1-0 game with one on and two outs in the eighth, Kerry Wood walked three straight batters to tie up Thursday’s matinee between the Cubs and Nationals. It wasn’t a case of Wood completely losing the strike zone, but he did keep just missing after getting to two strikes on both Adam LaRoche…

  2. Jayson Werth: 2011 will be “like a fart in the wind”

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:36 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    And they say poetry is dead. Here’s Jayson Werth on putting his awful 2011 behind him: “I feel confident about this season and this team and where I’m at and what I’ve done. Last year is just one year. I got six more years on this contract, and I plan on playing after this contract.…

  3. Nats, Braves are interested in Marlon Byrd

    Mar 27, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    Byrd_Marlon

    Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Nationals and Braves have expressed interest in acquiring Marlon Byrd from the Cubs. Makes sense on one level: each team could use an outfielder. The Nationals have been searching for a centerfielder forever, and Byrd could handle that probably as well as Jayson Werth could. The…

  4. Springtime Storylines: Are the Nationals ready to contend?

    Mar 22, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Davey Johnson, Stephen Strasburg

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: the upstart Washington Nationals. The Big Question: Are the Nationals ready to contend? After three straight last-place finishes, the Nationals…

  5. Bryce Harper says he’s ‘probably not’ going to make the Nationals

    Mar 13, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    But he added, “It’s all good, though.” Bruce Harper is expected back in Washington’s lineup on Wednesday after missing six days with a calf injury, but he thinks it’s already too late for him to win a spot on the Opening Day roster. “Probably not,” he answered when asked if he thinks he still has…

  6. Bryce Harper out at least three days with calf injury

    Mar 9, 2012, 6:24 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper‘s bid to make the Nationals at the tender age of 19 could be derailed by a calf injury that will sideline him for “at least three days,” manager Davey Johnson said Friday. Harper woke up with tightness in his left calf Thursday and was scratched from the day’s lineup. He missed a second…

  7. Dan Duquette might butt heads with Peter Angelos on trades

    Mar 6, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

    Dan Duquette

    A lot of MLB teams are nervous about trading with teams within their division, but perhaps no club has been quite so paranoid as the Orioles under owner Peter Angelos. The last significant deal they made with an AL East team was in 2006, when they traded reliever Chris Britton to the Yankees for Jaret…

  8. Jayson Werth, back spasms, and the life of a beat reporter

    Feb 29, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    press hat

    Sure, writing about baseball for a living is great, but for a beat reporter having to ask players for updates on their injuries every day isn’t quite as fun, especially when they react like Jayson Werth did this morning: Asked Jayson Werth how his back felt. “I don’t care,” he said. Then he walked away.…

  9. The Nationals are interested in Diamondbacks’ outfielder Gerardo Parra

    Feb 25, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Gerardo Parra Getty

    The Nationals don’t appear content going into the season with Rick Ankiel, Roger Bernadina or Jayson Werth as the starting center fielder. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals have expressed interest in Diamondbacks’ outfielder Gerardo Parra. Nationals’ general manager Mike Rizzo signed Parra to his first professional contract when he was Arizona’s director…

  10. Running down the rosters: Washington Nationals

    Feb 23, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    Michael Morse, Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman

    The Nationals may have disappointed some by failing to make a big run at the top three free agents, but a vastly improved rotation could make them surprise contenders in the NL East. Rotation Gio Gonzalez – L Edwin Jackson – R Jordan Zimmermann – R John Lannan – L Stephen Strasburg – R Bullpen…

  11. Davey Johnson thinks the Nationals have more potential than the mid-80s Mets

    Feb 21, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Davey Johnson is no Sparky Anderson when it comes to hyperbole. Whereas Anderson would always talk up some young kid as the next Tony Perez and think that everything that ever happened was the most wonderful thing ever, Johnson tends to tell it like it is. Which is why what he told CSNWashington.com’s Mark Zuckerman…

  12. Mike Cameron announces retirement

    Feb 19, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT

    mike cameron ap

    Mike Cameron signed a minor league contract with the Nationals in mid-December. But he won’t ever take the field wearing the curly W. According to the Nationals’ official Twitter account, Cameron informed the team on Sunday morning that he is officially retiring from baseball. The 39-year-old outfielder was a .249/.338/.444 career hitter over parts of…

  13. Of course the Nationals media relations guy is going to work for Scott Boras

    Feb 7, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Boras thinking

    The Nationals already employ multiple Scott Boras clients: Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Edwin Jackson, Jayson Werth and several others.  It’s about time that Boras returned the favor.  From Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post: Last week, Nationals media relations manager Bill Gluvna resigned in order to take a job working for Boras Corporation., where he’ll…

  14. Why not have Stephen Strasburg debut on June 1?

    Feb 2, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Strasburg throws a pitch against the Florida Marlins during the first inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Washington

    The idea already made plenty of sense. Now it seems like the obvious choice with Edwin Jackson getting inserted into Washington’s rotation. Adding Jackson to a rotation that already included Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann and John Lannan gives the Nationals seven viable starters, with Chien-Ming Wang and Ross Detwiler currently in reserve (Tom Gorzelanny could…

  15. MLB’s worst position situations: 2012 edition

    Feb 2, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Jason Bourgeois, Jordan Schafer, Brian Bogusevic

    After declaring the Houston Astros in position of the game’s worst rotation earlier today, I thought it’d be fun to look at the rest of the worst. So here are MLB’s most gruesome position situations heading into the 2012 season: Catcher: Dodgers – A.J. Ellis, Matt Treanor, Tim Federowicz The Dodgers let the slugging-heavy Rod Barajas…

  16. Nationals and Michael Morse agree to two-year contract

    Jan 20, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Michael Morse

    6:00 p.m. EST update: According to the Associated Press, Morse will earn about $10.5 million over the next two seasons. 5:20 p.m EST update: According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, it’s a two-year deal for Morse, so it merely takes him to free agency. /// The terms aren’t in yet, but the Nationals avoided arbitration with…

  17. Ryan Zimmerman and Nationals still talking contract extension

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    zimmerman bats

    Throughout last season there were various reports about Ryan Zimmerman and the Nationals having contract extension discussions and Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the two sides are still talking about a long-term deal. Zimmerman has two years and $26 million remaining on his current five-year, $45 million contract, so there’s no huge rush for…

  18. Scott Boras met with the Nationals owners last night

    Jan 12, 2012, 8:21 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Nationals owners Ted and Mark Lerner met with Prince Fielder‘s agent, the one and only Scott Boras, last night at the owners meetings. Kilgore’s sources don’t know the details of the conversation, but my guess is that they weren’t reminiscing about how swell the Jayson Werth contract has…

  19. Nationals “have emerged as the favorite” for Prince Fielder

    Jan 2, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Washington may not have been Prince Fielder‘s first choice, but Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Nationals “have emerged as the favorite” to sign the free agent first baseman. Last month general manager Mike Rizzo downplayed Washington’s interest in Fielder, saying that Adam LaRoche was the team’s starting first baseman, but…

  20. Updating the Prince Fielder market: Cubs, Nats, Jays

    Jan 1, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

    fielder getty big

    Newsday‘s Ken Davidoff has some fresh insight on the eerily silent Prince Fielder sweepstakes. Fielder “wanted the Cubs” because he has superb career numbers at Wrigley Field, and the two Chicago airports provide easy access (i.e. direct flights) to his Florida home. But, as we’ve addressed already on this blog, the Northsiders are in full rebuilding…

  21. Prince Fielder was in the Baltimore-Washington area, but not to meet with the Orioles…

    Dec 31, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    fielder getty brewers

    You know how Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo keeps trying to downplay his team’s interest in Prince Fielder? How he keeps saying Adam LaRoche is going to be the team’s first baseman next season? Yeah, this story isn’t going to help his cause. As you may have heard, Fielder and his agent Scott Boras went…

  22. Nationals likely to start Jayson Werth in center field

    Dec 29, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Washington has been searching for a long-term answer in center field since the middle of last season, but after once again coming up empty in their attempts to trade for a veteran general manager Mike Rizzo indicated that he’ll put the search on hold until next offseason. Rizzo noted during an interview with MLB Network…

  23. One year later: Re-examining last winter’s biggest contracts

    Dec 8, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

    crawford-and-epstein

    While everyone debates the wisdom of giving $254 million to Albert Pujols or $106 million to Jose Reyes or $77.5 million to C.J. Wilson, it seems like a good time to look back at the biggest contracts signed last offseason: Carl Crawford: $142 million for seven years Jayson Werth: $126 million for seven years Cliff…

  24. Rays, Nationals have been talking about B.J. Upton

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    We heard Monday that the Rays would need to be overwhelmed in order to move B.J. Upton, but according to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, they have had some recent conversations with the Nationals about their center fielder. Washington has long been a suitor for Upton as it seeks to fill a big hole in center…

  25. Greetings from the 2011 Winter Meetings

    Dec 5, 2011, 8:31 AM EDT

    Winter Meetings Dallas

    If it’s 7:30 AM and the only people awake are you and Ned Yost — having a cup coffee and looking deep in thought about 20 feet from me — it must be the Winter Meetings. I’m in Dallas this week, reporting, more or less, live, more or less, from the 2011 Winter Meetings.  Things…

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