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Nationals ink free agent reliever Casey Janssen

The Washington Nationals have signed free agent reliever Casey Janssen.  The deal is worth $5 million and is a one-year contract.  The deal also includes a mutual option between the club and Janssen. Janssen departs Toronto after spending all eight season of his career with the Blue Jays.  The 33 year-old right-hander has recorded a 29-24 career record with a 3.50 ERA.  Janssen...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Why Tyler Clippard trade could be a huge loss

Tyler Clippard The Washington Nationals have come to be known as a top pitching team in the major leagues and the 2015 season will be no exception. With the recent arrival of pitcher Max Scherzer, the starting rotation of Nationals pitchers is arguably the best in the league. One small concern the Nationals could face is the strength of their bullpen with the recent loss of Tyler...
Via isportsweb.com
21 hours ago  |  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...
Via The Nats Blog
1 day ago  |  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...
Via The Nats Blog
1 day ago  |  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...
Via The Nats Blog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor league players signed by the Nationals

Evan Meek The Washington Nationals have been busy the past few weeks tying up the loose ends with the Max Scherzer deal. Before this deal happened though, the Nationals were making quieter moves, drafting players to minor league contracts. These players have to potential to be the future of the organization and should not be overlooked even with the Scherzer deal. Here are a few...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Max Scherzer Signs with Washington

Apparently, when I poke fun at baseball teams, they almost immediately go against the grain, but that isn’t the whole story today. The baseball family lost a wonderful person this weekend, little trades and signings continue to happen or be in the works, and Mad Max finally signed ... for a lot of money. Farewell, Mr. Cub Ernie Banks, who spent the entirety of his 19-year...
Via The Sports Post
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals player profile: Ian Desmond

Ian Desmond With all the talk of the Washington Nationals picking up Max Scherzer, we can’t forget about the other Nationals’ players who are essential to a 2015 postseason appearance. Ian Desmond in particular has been a crucial factor to the National’s past winning seasons. The shortstop has been with Washington since his debut in 2009 and has been a vital contributor to...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Justifying the Max Scherzer Contract

Major League Baseball’s most active offseason in recent memory is finally winding down. Righty ace pitcher Max Scherzer, the winter’s highest-profile free agent, came off the market late Sunday night when he agreed to a uniquely structured 7-year deal, $210 million deal with the Washington Nationals. By adding Scherzer to a pitching staff that was […] The post Justifying the...
Via Outside Analysis
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper dropped by ‘Modern Family’ set, took photos with show’s stars (pics)

It’s unknown at this exactly why, but Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper on Wednesday dropped by the set of the multiple-Emmy Award-winning series, “Modern Family.” Harper’s presence on the set was first tipped off by Julie Bowen, who plays Claire Dunphy on the ABC hit comedy, who tweeted a photo of herself and fellow cast...Read More The post Bryce Harper dropped...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Zimmermann Is Top Choice As Sox Trade Target

Jordan Zimmermann has emerged as the clear choice of our readers as the preferred trade target among Nationals starters. As the chart shows, fully 55% now choose Zimmermann, followed by 34% who pick Stephen Strasburg and just 7% who select Doug Fister. Five percent said they don't prefer any of the three Nationals starters.
Via FenwayNation
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals to host 2018 All Star Game

The Washington Nationals have been told by Major League Baseball that they will host the 2018 All Star Game, according to a report in the Washington Post. The announcement is expected before MLB Commissioner Bud Selig retires at the end of January 2015. Washington has hosted the All Star game four times, most recently in 1969 at RFK Stadium. The Montreal Expos hosted the game in...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Enormous Trade Value of Stephen Strasburg

It’s no secret the Nationals have been having a lot of conversations behind the scenes. For much of the offseason, there’ve been rumors the team was open to moving guys like Ian Desmond and Jordan Zimmermann. As hard as it was before to see the Nationals deliberately making themselves worse in the short-term to get […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nationals open to trading Stephen Strasburg

The Washington Nationals reportedly signed one ace pitcher, but they could be looking to deal another. The Nationals reportedly signed Max Scherzer to an enormous deal, and many thought the free-agent right-hander would be the perfect addition to an already-stacked rotation. However, the Nationals might be looking to move right-hander Stephen Strasburg, according to a report. USA...
Via NESN.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Max Scherzer signs seven-year deal with Nationals

The Washington Nationals have pulled off the most shocking move of baseball’s offseason – they’ve signed the top free agent on the market, Max Scherzer, to a seven-year contract. While the terms of the deal are currently unknown, Scherzer will reportedly be making more than $180 million over the seven years. Former teammate Justin Verlander got $180 million over seven years...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

We have finally gone through the wormhole into the next universe: Baseball's glamour team is the Washington Nationals

Washington... Last in war, last in peace,And first in the NL East!It will be fun this year, watching the ups and downs of America's team, the Nationals - aka the "Beltway Bombers," who play in "The House That Bush Built." The story lines are spectacular: The wunderkind, Bryce Harper... the once-a-generation arm, Stephen Strasburg... Zimmermann and Zimmerman, Jordan and Ryan... the...

Nationals Build Potential Super-Team, Add Max Scherzer

Here’s maybe the simplest way to put this: a season ago, by his peripherals, Tanner Roark was about a three-win pitcher. By his actual runs allowed, he was about a five-win pitcher. He actually finished with a higher RA9-WAR than Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister and a lot of other guys too. At present, the […]
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nats nearing seven-year deal with Max Scherzer

How’s this for an unexpected landing spot for Max Scherzer: the Washington Nationals? According to several media reports that began to trickle out on Sunday, Scherzer and the Nationals have mutual interest in one another, and the two parties are getting close on a seven-year contract. In fact, according to the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore, the contract is “very close”...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Top-Five Nationals Prospects by Projected WAR

Earlier today, Kiley McDaniel published his consummately researched and demonstrably authoritative prospect list for the Washington Nationals. What follows is a different exercise than that, one much smaller in scope and designed to identify not Washington’s top overall prospects but rather the rookie-eligible players in the Nationals system who are most ready to produce wins […]
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Randy Johnson used great alias while staying in Cooperstown

When celebrities travel, they often use aliases when they’re staying at hotels. New Baseball Hall of Famer Randy Johnson is no exception to the rule, though a 6’10, mulleted man would stand out a bit in rural Cooperstown, New York. However, Johnson still did use an alias while staying in Cooperstown, and his alias was an appropriate one – Eddie Plank. My last day being...
Via The Outside Corner
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Randy Johnson's photography company has great logo

Randy Johnson — along with Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio — was elected into baseball’s Hall of Fame on Tuesday. And deservedly so. The lanky lefty, all elbows and angles and awkwardness and fastballs of ferocity — and oh, that epic mullet — was a dominant force on the mound, registering 4,875 strikeouts...Read More The post Logo for Randy Johnson’s photography...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Doug Fister bought Starbucks for his Twitter followers

Washington Nationals pitcher did something pretty cool this Christmas – he bought Starbucks for everyone on Twitter. Merry Christmas Eve! Have a Starbucks on us! Have the barista scan the pic below. Don't be a grinch, please use for 1 pic.twitter.com/Npzh6QiyRa — Doug Fister (@dougfister58) December 24, 2014   There was no word about how much money was on the giftcard...
Via Awful Announcing
December 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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