Dec 10, 2015, 11:48 AM EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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…
Dec 8, 2015, 5:23 PM EDT
NASHVILLE — The Nationals have been in discussions with right-hander Shawn Kelley at the Winter Meetings, general manager Mike Rizzo said, but the club has not come to terms with the free-agent reliever yet. “We have not completed a deal with Kelly, no,” Rizzo said during his Tuesday afternoon session with reporters at the Opryland…
Dec 8, 2015, 2:56 PM EDT
NASHVILLE — Dusty Baker wrapped up his Winter Meetings media session a short while ago, easily the most-attended session a Nationals manager has held over the last decade. (The man is quite popular and obviously is still of interest to those in the cities he previously managed and played.) The 66-year-old skipper officially has been…
Dec 8, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
NASHVILLE — The Ben Zobrist Sweepstakes appears to be approaching the finish line at last, with the highly coveted veteran scheduled to meet with Nationals officials today at the Winter Meetings and then make a decision where he’ll sign sometime shortly after that. And as of last night, all indications were that Zobrist’s decision has…
Dec 7, 2015, 7:22 PM EDT
NASHVILLE — The Nationals say they were aware of Jonathan Papelbon’s grievance against the club the day after they suspended him in late September and insist it doesn’t change their plans for the controversial closer. “That’s business. It’s not personal,” general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday at the Winter Meetings, adding: “It was something we’ve…
Dec 7, 2015, 4:19 PM EDT
NASHVILLE — Ben Zobrist, among the most-popular free agents on the market this winter, is likely to make a decision this week, and the Nationals are among the final suitors for the versatile veteran. Zobrist, who lives in Nashville, is scheduled to meet with Nationals officials in town for the Winter Meetings on Tuesday, a…
Dec 7, 2015, 11:13 AM EDT
NASHVILLE — Here’s the biggest dilemma facing the Nationals at the Winter Meetings, which officially began this morning: They desperately need to acquire quality, late-inning relievers while at the same time they desperately need to deal away a couple of quality, late-inning relievers. Does this meet the definition of irony? Mike Rizzo and Co. are…
Dec 6, 2015, 11:31 PM EDT
NASHVILLE — The Nationals’ already unenviable dilemma with Jonathan Papelbon appears to have become even more complicated after a report Sunday night that the controversial closer has filed a grievance against the organization over his unpaid suspension at season’s end. Citing multiple major league sources, Boston radio station website WEEI.com reported the former Red Sox…
Dec 6, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Executives, managers, coaches, scouts, trainers, traveling secretaries, PR reps, agents, equipment reps, broadcasters, writers and pretty much anybody else associated with the sport of baseball all are making their way to Nashville today for this year’s Winter Meetings, which officially commence Monday morning. This is the third time the gargantuan Gaylord Opryland Resort has hosted…
Dec 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals’ annual offseason convention known as ‘NatsFest’ is usually held in late January, right before the team heads to Viera, Fl. to begin spring training and preparing for Opening Day. It is generally a time to recap the winter for each player and a time to meet new additions to the roster. This year,…
Dec 11, 2014, 4:19 PM EDT
Updated at 6:08 p.m. Ross Detwiler, whom the Nationals drafted No. 6 in the country seven years ago but never fully developed into the front-line starting pitcher they hoped, has seen his time with the organization come to an end. Detwiler was traded to the Rangers on Thursday afternoon for a pair of minor leaguers,…
Dec 11, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT
SAN DIEGO — A Winter Meetings that saw the Nationals sign zero free agents and make zero trades concluded Thursday morning with zero players selected and zero players lost in both the major-league and minor-league portions of the annual Rule 5 draft. It’s the first time that has happened in club history, but it’s perhaps…
Dec 11, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT
SAN DIEGO — The Nationals will have a starting second baseman by the time Opening Day rolls around, whether they sign a free agent, pull off a trade or even move Anthony Rendon back to the position (creating a hole at third base in the process). But the market for second basemen thinned some in…
Dec 10, 2014, 10:28 PM EDT
SAN DIEGO — For all the buzz that seems to have descended upon the Winter Meetings this evening, the Nationals have yet to actually complete any transactions since arriving in town Sunday night. So, for those wondering if anything has happened along the lines of this headline-grabbing tweet from a couple hours ago, rest assured…
Dec 10, 2014, 7:48 PM EDT
SAN DIEGO — From the day they signed him to the largest contract in franchise history on the eve of the 2010 Winter Meetings, the Nationals knew the day might come when Jayson Werth would need to move to left field and open up right field for Bryce Harper. “We hope we have that problem…
Dec 10, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT
SAN DIEGO — While most of you probably were tucked away in bed at 1:30 a.m. EST, the lobby here at the Manchester Grand Hyatt was abuzz, the news of Jon Lester’s signing with the Cubs sending everybody at the Winter Meetings into a late-night frenzy. The Lester saga had loomed over these entire meetings,…
Dec 10, 2014, 11:58 AM EDT
Another day passed at the 2014 MLB Winter Meetings without the Nationals making any news. They still have big priorities to take care of, but seem to be taking their time as they work through their to-do list. Mark caught up with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo on Tuesday night to get an update on…
Dec 10, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT
SAN DIEGO — Matt Williams seemed to go out of his way this season to try to take pressure off Bryce Harper and not ask his 21-year-old outfielder to carry a Nationals lineup that featured plenty of other potent and experienced bats. But after seeing Harper finish 2014 strong after an injury-plagued first half, culminating…
Dec 9, 2014, 11:07 PM EDT
SAN DIEGO — Matt Williams addressed a number of topics during his 31-minute Winter Meetings media session late Tuesday afternoon, including some interesting thoughts on the plan for Bryce Harper in 2015. (I’ll have a full post on that subject in the morning.) The recently crowned NL Manager of the Year revisited his first season…
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