Nov 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2016: 28 How acquired: 9th round pick, 2010 draft MLB service time: 1 year, 144 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $514,200 Contract status: Likely arbitration-eligible (Super-2) in 2017, free agent in 2021 2015 stats: 40 G, 29.1 IP, 28 H, 15 R, 15 ER, 1 HR, 7 BB, 35 K, 1.193 WHIP, 3-3, 4.60…
Nov 21, 2015, 12:48 PM EDT
Updated at 1:35 p.m. The Nationals have signed Chris Heisey and Scott Sizemore to minor-league contracts, offering the veteran outfielder and infielder opportunities to come to big-league camp next spring and compete for a spot on the Opening Day roster. Heisey, who turns 31 next month, spent most of his 6-year career in Cincinnati, where…
Nov 21, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals’ bullpen may have been their biggest weakness in 2015, but it hasn’t always been that way. In 2012, when they led the majors with 98 wins and won the NL East, it was one of their biggest strengths. They had balance, depth and firepower top to bottom in what amounted to one of…
Nov 20, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
The Nationals selected the contract of three prospects Thursday evening, adding them to the club’s 40-man roster and protecting them from being taken away in next month’s Rule 5 draft. None of the three players — infielder Chris Bostick, catcher Spencer Kieboom and left-hander Nick Lee — rank high on the Nationals’ top prospects list,…
Nov 20, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Though Bryce Harper recently turned 23 years old, he is just months away from beginning his fifth season in the major leagues. That may be hard to believe for many of us, as it was not long ago that the now-MVP was taken first overall by the Nationals in the 2010 MLB Draft. Through four years, Harper…
Nov 19, 2015, 10:00 PM EDT
For a player to have a season worthy of an MVP award, many things have to go right, and for Bryce Harper in 2015, just about everything did. He set career-highs in almost every statistical category and led the league in runs, homers, OBP, slugging percentage and OPS. This was all at the age of 22.…
Nov 19, 2015, 9:08 PM EDT
We knew this day was coming for awhile, but that didn’t make Thursday’s announcement of Bryce Harper as the unanimous choice for National League MVP any less significant. This kind of thing doesn’t happen around here every day. (Technically, it hadn’t happened at all since 1925.) Harper was kind enough to take a few minutes…
Nov 19, 2015, 6:20 PM EDT
Bryce Harper’s historic season officially was recognized Thursday evening when the young Nationals star was unanimously selected as Most Valuable Player of the National League, the sport’s highest honor for single-season performance. Harper received first-place votes on all 30 ballots submitted by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, making the dynamic right fielder…
Nov 19, 2015, 2:16 PM EDT
The Nationals’ 2016 spring training schedule has been released with less than three months now until pitchers and catchers report. The Nats will begin their spring schedule on March 2 at Port Charlotte against the Tampa Bay Rays. They will host their first game on March 3 against the defending NL-champion New York Mets. The…
Nov 19, 2015, 11:55 AM EDT
On paper, the Nationals feature one of the most talented rosters in baseball. They can pitch, they can hit, they can defend. When healthy, they have several players who could contend for MVP awards on a yearly basis. They have All-Star potential at most positions. But the potential of their lineup, in particular, has rarely been realized…
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As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2015 schedule (subject to change)...
MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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