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Jordan Zimmermann and Ian Desmond made Nationals history this winter

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Jordan Zimmermann and Ian Desmond made history this offseason, simply by being the first homegrown Nationals to reach free agency with Washington. (Although Desmond, drafted in 2004 by Montreal,...
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Longtime Nationals minor leaguer Josh Johnson gave up playing for chance to manage

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Josh Johnson toiled, if anyone ever did, on nine different teams in eight minor league baseball seasons. Johnson was a career minor leaguer who played nine seasons before even reaching Class AAA....
  • 1 day 19 hr ago

Craig Stammen signs a minor league deal with the Indians

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Another former National has found a home elsewhere. Craig Stammen, who had been with the Nationals organization since 2005, has inked a minor league deal with a big league spring training invite...
  • 2 days ago

Astros, Nationals spring training facility being built ‘in record time’

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — This time next year, the Nationals and Astros will head elsewhere, not to Viera or Kissimmee, but to West Palm Beach and the new joint facility currently known as the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches....
  • 5 days ago
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With grueling schedule looming, Nationals will need all the depth they can get

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — By at least one measure, the Nationals face the most challenging schedule in the team’s history: six three-city road trips, the most grueling of baseball tests. The Nationals have never...
  • 6 days ago
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On rotational depth and where to find it

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Jordan Zimmermann is a Detroit Tiger now, and Doug Fister is a Houston Astro. That leaves Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Tanner Roark and Joe Ross as the 2016 Nationals rotation,...
  • 7 days ago
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Lucas Giolito and Trea Turner continue to top prospect charts

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — When major league spring training officially opens a few weeks from now, two of the top 15 prospects in baseball (or top 13, or top 11, depending on your source) will lace up their cleats at Space...
  • 8 days ago
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How might the Nationals’ renovated bullpen compare to last year’s version?

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Sometime around 4 p.m. on the afternoon of April 7, eight men will amble out to right field Nationals Park, march through the door in the fence in the corner, and find seats on a bench in the...
  • 9 days ago
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Jonathan Papelbon’s biggest issue this season may be sitting in the stands

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — As the Nationals prepare for spring training, one player faces a unique challenge, albeit one he brought upon himself. Jonathan Papelbon missed the final seven games of last season while serving...
  • 12 days ago
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Doug Fister agrees to one-year deal with Astros

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Another former National who was all but certain to depart has done so, as starter Doug Fister agreed to a one-year deal with the Astros Thursday. Fister got a one-year deal that will pay him a...
  • 13 days ago
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With Yoenis Cespedes in New York, are the Nationals underdogs in the National League East?

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — The scales that measure relative power sway often and freely, subject to nudges and great pushes alike. The scales of National League East power tipped toward Washington for much of last season,...
  • 13 days ago
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Ian Desmond is still unsigned? Don’t expect the Nationals to pursue

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — The days to spring training are dwindling and many good players are still available, including, and perhaps surprisingly, Ian Desmond. At the start of the winter, he was the best free agent...
  • 14 days ago
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Nationals agree to minor league deal with right-hander Bronson Arroyo

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — The Washington Nationals tossed a proven veteran into consideration for a spot in their starting rotation Tuesday night by agreeing to a minor league deal with 38-year-old right-hander Bronson...
  • 15 days ago
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Ed Cohen says Nationals’ pursuit of free agents affected by MASN

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — The dispute over the Nationals’ television rights fees drags on, three years and counting. Six-hundred and eighty-four documents have been entered into the court record since the dispute...
  • 15 days ago
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Bryce Harper gives heartfelt NL MVP acceptance speech

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — NEW YORK — Until it was his turn to speak, Bryce Harper was nervous. Sitting on the dais throughout the ceremony, he occasionally bit his fingernail or fiddled with his phone, on which he...
  • 18 days ago
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What should be expected of the Nationals’ rotation in 2016?

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — One year ago Thursday, Nationals President of Baseball Operations Mike Rizzo helped Max Scherzer put on a Nationals jersey for the first time. Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez,...
  • 20 days ago
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Could Yoenis Cespedes end up in DC?

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — The baseball world learned around this time last year never to sleep on Mike Rizzo and the Washington Nationals. They had all five starters returning from the best statistical rotation in...
  • 21 days ago
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On the Nationals payroll, $30 million smaller than it was at season’s end

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — The fifth-largest payroll in baseball at the end of the 2015 season belonged to the Washington Nationals, who did not make the playoffs despite making the largest investment in player salaries in...
  • 22 days ago
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Nationals avoid arbitration with Anthony Rendon

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — The deadline for teams and their arbitration-eligible players to exchange salary figures is Friday at 1 p.m. Just before noon, the team announced it had agreed to terms with Anthony Rendon,...
  • 26 days ago
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Dusty Baker on additions of Daniel Murphy, Ben Revere

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — About a month ago at the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Dusty Baker was asked what areas of the Nationals roster he thought could be improved. “You’re always in need of left-handed...
  • 27 days ago
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