Nov 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2016: 29 How acquired: 16th round pick, 2008 draft MLB service time: 3 years, 18 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $518,200 Contract status: Arbitration eligible, free agent in 2019 2015 stats: 97 G, 200 PA, 14 R, 38 H, 12 2B, 0 3B, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 11 BB, 45 SO, .203 AVG, .250 OBP,…
Nov 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2016: 28 How acquired: Traded from Mets for LHP Jerry Blevins, March 2015 MLB service time: 1 year, 33 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $512,972 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2018, free agent in 2021 2015 stats: 55 G, 110 PA, 12 R, 25 H, 6 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 0…
Nov 13, 2015, 5:29 PM EDT
Jordan Zimmermann and Ian Desmond, as expected, have declined the qualifying offers extended to them by the Nationals last week, leaving both players full-fledged free agents and ensuring Washington will receive two compensatory draft picks if and when they sign elsewhere this winter. Zimmermann and Desmond never figured to accept the qualifying offer — a…
Nov 13, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals’ No. 1 roster priority this winter is crystal clear: Improve a bullpen that was the club’s biggest weakness this season. That, of course, is easier said than done. How exactly does general manager Mike Rizzo go about fixing this problem? Are there in-house options? Who from the current relief corps should stay and…
Nov 12, 2015, 6:11 PM EDT
Bryce Harper added to his growing collection of hardware Thursday night, winning the first Silver Slugger Award of his career as one of the three best offensive outfielders in the National League. Harper was selected along with fellow outfielders Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates and Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies in a vote of NL…
Nov 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
There may be no more complex question facing the Nationals this winter than this: What do they do with Jonathan Papelbon? Mike Rizzo acquired the veteran closer at the trade deadline not only because the general manager thought he could help his team down the stretch but because he was signed for another season. The…
Nov 11, 2015, 7:56 PM EDT
Stephen Strasburg is doing well after having a non-cancerous growth surgically removed from his back in October, according to his agent Scott Boras. Boras, who was speaking to reporters Wednesday at the GM Meetings in Florida, said that the growth caused discomfort while Strasburg pitched. Scott Boras said Stephen Strasburg had a non-cancerous growth surgically…
Nov 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
They’ve hired a new manager, begun putting together a new coaching staff and made decisions regarding several new free agents. So now the Nationals, like all MLB clubs, are transitioning into full-blown Hot Stove League mode, the focus now on 2016 roster alterations. Some clubs will undergo massive roster renovations. Others will make only a…
Nov 10, 2015, 7:33 PM EDT
Bryce Harper, to the surprise of nobody, is one of three finalists for NL MVP honors. The Nationals’ young star will have to wait another nine days to find out if he won the award, and if so, by how much margin. Harper, and teammate Wilson Ramos, did find out Tuesday evening they will not…
Nov 10, 2015, 5:06 PM EDT
Five weeks after he was fired by the Nationals, Matt Williams is returning to a big-league dugout, and returning to a familiar and comfortable locale. Williams has accepted an offer to serve as the Diamondbacks’ third base coach, according to Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, returning to the same position he held before coming to Washington…
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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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