Dec 11, 2015, 10:00 AM EST
I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: Nats Insider was never intended to be permanent. The purpose of this site when it launched Feb. 1, 2010 was purely selfish. I had been unemployed for a month after the Washington Times eliminated its entire sports department, and figuring it might help my pursuit of another…
Dec 10, 2015, 7:00 PM EST
UPDATED: 7:00 p.m. After just one season in Washington, infielder Yunel Escobar has been traded by the Nationals to the Los Angeles Angels for a pair of right-handed pitchers. The team made the news official on Thursday evening. In return for Escobar, the Nationals get talented young reliever Trevor Gott and 28-year-old minor league starter…
Dec 10, 2015, 12:19 PM EST
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN We are back with another episode of ‘Baseball in the District,’ as the 2015 Winter Meetings are coming to a close. Tim Murray and I broke down what was a busy week for the Nationals and in baseball. We first discussed the controversy started by Dusty Baker and gave our thoughts…
Dec 10, 2015, 11:48 AM EST
NASHVILLE — The Nationals arrived for the Winter Meetings four days ago with plenty of uncertainty surrounding their bullpen, interest in adding a left-handed bat and questions about the potential for them to do something really dramatic. They departed the Winter Meetings on Thursday morning with slightly less uncertainty surrounding their bullpen, the same level…
Dec 9, 2015, 8:37 PM EST
NASHVILLE — Needing an experienced long reliever to take over the role vacated by last week’s parting with Craig Stammen, the Nationals reportedly have come to terms with former Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit on a 1-year contract. The Petit agreement, reported by the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, has not been confirmed by the Nationals…
Dec 9, 2015, 6:59 PM EST
NASHVILLE — If the Nationals harbor any hopes of keeping Bryce Harper in D.C. long-term, the onus will be on them to initiate negotiations, agent Scott Boras said Wednesday. “I think those are club dynamics,” Boras said during his customary gaggle with reporters on the third day of the Winter Meetings. “Whenever any team approaches…
Dec 9, 2015, 3:36 PM EST
Updated at 6:09 p.m. NASHVILLE — Seeking more depth for a rotation that is losing two key stalwarts to free agency this winter, the Nationals made an offer to right-hander Mike Leake this week at the Winter Meetings, general manager Mike Rizzo confirmed Wednesday afternoon. Rizzo didn’t provide specifics of the offer and framed it…
Dec 9, 2015, 9:46 AM EST
NASHVILLE — The Nationals’ pursuit of Ben Zobrist wasn’t lip service. They made a serious run at the veteran free agent, so much so that one source familiar with the process said they actually offered more money than the $56 million he wound up taking from the Cubs last night. That said, the Nationals didn’t…
Dec 8, 2015, 8:18 PM EST
NASHVILLE — The Ben Zobrist Sweepstakes finally resolved itself Tuesday night at the Winter Meetings, and though the Nationals didn’t land the highly coveted free agent, they can at least take solace knowing he’s not headed to their biggest division rival. The Cubs, never considered among the favorites to sign Zobrist, swept in at the…
Dec 8, 2015, 7:14 PM EST
NASHVILLE — Though he acknowledges this is the best roster he’s been handed in four separate stints as a major-league manager, Dusty Baker does see aspects of the Nationals he’d like to improve. Baker rattled off several needs Tuesday afternoon during his media session at the Winter Meetings: Left-handed pitching. Left-handed hitting. And speed, something…
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MON: 12:45 p.m.
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- Philadelphia and DC are both likely to get a dose of Harper - the winter storm - this weekend
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- Twists and turns keep coming in Harper sweepstakes
- Nationals reach expected 1-year deals with Rendon, Turner to avoid arbitration
- Whether or not Harper returns, the Nationals roster is just about complete
- Signing Brian Dozier is good news for the future of Carter Kieboom
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