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Nationals pick up Denard Span’s 2015 option, decline options for Adam LaRoche, Rafael Soriano

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — On the first day of the offseason, the Nationals exercised Denard Span’s $9 million team option for the 2015 season, according to a person familiar with the situation, a no-brainer move that...
  • 16 hr 53 min ago

Welcome to the offseason

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — As Pablo Sandoval settled under Salvador Perez’s pop-up for the final out of Game 7, the Giants’ third World Series title in five years marked the end of the 2014 season. Pitchers and...
  • 20 hr 22 min ago

Nationals Q&A: We’ve got answers

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — You all asked a ton of questions and we’ve tackled some of them below. Thanks for those who asked thoughtful (and fun) questions. DopplerPat: What was the Nats’ final record against...
  • 2 days ago

Tony Renda picked for Arizona Fall League all-star game

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Nationals infield prospect Tony Renda was picked to play in the Arizona Fall League all-star game, the lone Washington prospect/minor leaguer selected for the game. Renda, who along with the other...
  • 3 days ago

Nationals expand analytics department with promotions and additions

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — As the hot-stove season approaches, the Nationals bulked up their analytics department Friday afternoon, promoting three members of the staff and adding two analysts to the front office, General...
  • 6 days ago
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Bryan Minniti, former Nationals assistant GM, hired by Diamondbacks

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Bryan Minniti, a well-respected former Nationals assistant general manager, was hired to fill the same job title with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team announced on Thursday evening. Minniti left...
  • 7 days ago
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Nationals to hold NatsFest on Dec. 13

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — The Nationals announced that their annual NatsFest will be held on Dec. 13, earlier than last year, and the event will return to Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The event will run between...
  • 7 days ago
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Denard Span, Adam LaRoche named NL Gold Glove Award finalists

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Center fielder Denard Span and first baseman Adam LaRoche, both mainstays of the Nationals’ defense, were named NL Gold Glove finalists for their respective positions. Span was named a...
  • 7 days ago
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Nationals Q&A: Got a question?

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — It’s been a while since our last question-and-answer so we felt it was time to bring it back. The World Series is still going on and it has been only two-plus weeks since the end of the...
  • 7 days ago
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Giants scout Steve Balboni saw Nationals as ‘best team in baseball’

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — For the final two weeks of September, Steve Balboni watched the Nationals more closely than any evaluator in baseball. The Giants assigned Balboni, the former Royals slugger who is now one of...
  • 8 days ago
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Former National Josh Willingham relishes World Series appearance

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — Josh Willingham knows the end of his major league baseball career may be near, 11 years filled with knee injuries, back pain and so, so many losses. Willingham, a large man from Alabama with a...
  • 9 days ago
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Palm Beach County approves funding for Nationals-Astros spring training complex but without a site

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — After years of searching for a spring training alternative to Viera, the Nationals took their most promising step yet in securing a partnership with a municipality in Florida. Palm Beach County...
  • 9 days ago
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Matt Williams named NL Manager of the Year by Sporting News

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — In his first season at the helm of a major league team, Matt Williams was named National League Manager of the Year by Sporting News on Tuesday for guiding the Nationals to a 96-win season and a...
  • 9 days ago
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MLB, Nationals ask court to uphold panel’s TV rights ruling in MASN dispute

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — In their ongoing legal dispute, Major League Baseball and the Nationals have asked a New York Supreme Court to uphold an MLB panel’s ruling that awarded the Nationals higher rights fees. MLB...
  • 9 days ago
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Nationals positional review, Part 5: Catchers

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Each day this week, and carrying into next week, we’ll be taking stock of every Nationals positional group. In Part 5 of 5 today, we’ll analyze the catchers. Part 1: Starting rotation // Part...
  • 9 days ago
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Nationals positional review, Part 4: Outfield

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Each day this week, and carrying into next week, we’ll be taking stock of every Nationals positional group. In Part 4 of 5 today, we’ll analyze the outfield. Part 1: Starting rotation // Part...
  • 10 days ago
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Nationals positional review, Part 3: Infield

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — Each day this week, and carrying into next week, we’ll be taking stock of every Nationals positional group. In Part 3 of 5 today, we’ll analyze the infielder. // Part 1: Starting rotation // Part...
  • 13 days ago
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Nationals could add Bob Miller to front office

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — In the wake of losing top front office lieutenant Bryan Minniti, the Nationals are in talks to add former Cincinnati Reds executive Bob Miller, according to multiple people familiar with the...
  • 13 days ago
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Nationals positional review, part 2: Bullpen

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Each day this week, and carrying into next week, we’ll be taking stock of every Nationals positional group. In Part 2 of 5 today, we’ll analyze the bullpen. We’ve already looked at the...
  • 14 days ago
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Could Bryan Minniti join the Dodgers?

The Washington Post (Adam Kilgore) — Former Nationals assistant general manager Bryan Minniti, the high-ranking executive who last Friday informed friends he was leaving Washington, has yet to land another position. Rumblings have...
  • 14 days ago
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