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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
The Nationals concluded a relatively quiet Winter Meetings by losing a former high draft pick in the Rule 5 draft. Catcher Adrian Nieto was the team’s fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft. After fits and starts to his pro career, Nieto had finally begun to show the promise that made him such a coveted pick. But he still wasn’t ready to be added to the Nats’ 40-man roster.
The Nationals have been quiet during Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings. Their big splash last week was the acquisition of pitcher Doug Fister. But they finally made a move to bolster the bullpen on Wednesday with a trade for 6-foot-6 left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins.
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Three key Nationals players had surgery after the season, but each should be ready for spring training. Stephen Strasburg had bone chips removed from his right elbow, first baseman Adam LaRoche had surgery on his left elbow and outfielder Bryce Harper had a procedure on the bursa sac in his right knee. Nothing has changed in the prognosis for any of the three
There's been lots of chatter over the first two days of Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings that the Nationals are talking to teams about potential deals for relievers Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard. Clippard has often been mentioned in deals over the last 18 months, though nothing's ever appeared imminent. Storen less so, though after a tough 2013 season – following his playoff meltdown against the St. Louis Cardinals the previous fall – some teams may sense a buy-low opportunity.
The Nationals are happy with their catching situation at this point in the offseason. Starter Wilson Ramos is healthy again after a left hamstring injury plagued him throughout the 2013 season. And general manager Mike Rizzo says that Jhonatan Solano and Sandy Leon are fine competing for the backup role. But if Ramos gets hurt again and misses a decent chunk of time? Then it's time to pick up the phone as they did two summers ago when acquiring Kurt Suzuki for the final two months of that season.
After a miserable 2013 season, Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa is looking to rebound next year. But he may have to do so as a utility man. Can he add third base to the list of positions he can play? The Nats believe he can.
Nationals hope the signing of outfielder Nate McLouth will help them weather any injuries to starting outfielders Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper and Denard Span.
The Nationals have signed reserve outfielder Nate McLouth to a two-year, $10.5 million contract, pending a physical, according to multiple media reports. The story was first reported by FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.
The rumors swirled, one high profile teammate was traded and Doug Fister was just waiting for the phone to ring. It is an offseason of change in Detroit, where the Tigers lost manager Jim Leyland to retirement, sent first baseman Prince Fielder to Texas and were intent on trading from their deep starting rotation to fill other holes on the roster and clear space in the budget for other options.
In a lengthy conference call with local media on Tuesday, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo hit on a wide variety of topics. One big issue – who is the second baseman next season?
So with new starter Doug Fister on board, it appears the Nationals' rotation is set for 2014. Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann all have spots locked up. But what about Ross Detwiler, who was limited to 13 starts in 2013 because of a back injury?
The men on the field and the men in the offices were in agreement on new Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister. And when the scouts and statisticians are on the same page it makes life much easier for a general manager.
The Nationals have acquired starting pitcher Doug Fister from the Detroit Tigers in return for second baseman Steve Lombardozzi, relief pitcher Ian Krol and minor-league prospect Robbie Ray.
The open-air ballpark was completed in 2008 at an estimated cost of $700 million. It is owned by the city government, which financed most of the project through repayable bonds, and the Nationals pay annual rent to use it.
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond won his second consecutive Silver Slugger Award on Wednesday as the best hitter at his position in the National League.
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