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Nationals Watch Archive: December 2011


  • Nationals announce one-year deal with Mark DeRosa

    The Washington Nationals announced the signing of utility man Mark DeRosa on Wednesday morning, making official one of their moves to re-stock their bench for 2012. Published December 28 2011

  • Rizzo talks Fielder, LaRoche and first base... again

    Nationals GM Mike Rizzo continues to address the topic of Prince Fielder but continues to be firm. "Those are decisions we make early on in the process and we've more or less decided that Adam is going to be our first baseman." Published December 28 2011

  • The Nationals have the starting pitcher they were searching for - so what happens next?

    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo acknowledged the team is pushing to win and win in the near future -- with a team setup for the long haul. So the question on everyone's minds is obvious: What happens now? Published December 24 2011

  • A few thoughts on Detwiler, Lannan and Wang and how they'll all fit on the Nationals revamped pitching staff

    Last year, the Nationals came to spring training with a competition for their rotation. Jordan Zimmermann was in, as was Livan Hernandez and John Lannan. Jason Marquis, fully healthy, was also a sure thing. And then there was the newly acquired Tom Gorzelanny and homegrown prospect Ross Detwiler competing for that No. 5 spot. And they competed well. Detwiler did nothing to disqualify himself from the conversation but with an option remaining and the possibility for more seasoning at Triple-A available, he found himself as the odd man out. Ten months later, the Nationals are shaping up to have a competition for the starting rotation yet again -- but this one has a very different complexion. The locks now are Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Zimmermann -- a top three that can compete among the game's best -- and that leaves Chien-Ming Wang, Lannan and Detwiler left to duke it out for the final two spots with one ticketed most likely for the Nationals bullpen. Published December 24 2011

  • Nationals GM Rizzo: "(Gonzalez) brings a presence in our rotation."

    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo just wrapped up a conference call with reporters about the now official six-player swap that brought left-handed starter Gio Gonzalez to Washington, along with minor league right-hander Rob Gilliam, in exchange for catcher Derek Norris, right-handers Brad Peacock and A.J. Cole, and left-hander Tommy Milone. Published December 23 2011

  • As the dust settles, projecting the Nationals' 12-man pitching staff on Dec. 23

    Now that the dust has settled and left-hander Gio Gonzalez is expected to take his physical sometime today to finalize the five-player trade that brought him to Washington and shipped four of the Nationals' best prospects to Oakland, let's take a look at where things stand for the Nationals pitching staff. Published December 23 2011

  • A quick primer on the newest National: Gio Gonzalez

    By now you know that the Washington Nationals pulled off a blockbuster trade Thursday afternoon, acquiring left-hander Gio Gonzalez in exchange for four highly-regard prospects. Gonzalez was one of the most sought-after pitchers on the trade market this offseason and the A's made no secret they were trying to move him in return for a slew of prospects in preparation for a projected 2013-2014 return to contention. The price was high, so let's talk a little bit about what the Nationals got in Gonzalez. Published December 22 2011

  • What the Nationals gave up to acquire LHP Gio Gonzalez from the A's

    Let's talk about the impressive haul that the Nationals had to give up in order to bring Gio Gonzalez to Washington -- it required three of their top-ranked prospect and two players expected to compete for rotation or bullpen spots on the major league roster this spring. Published December 22 2011

  • Nationals acquire Gio Gonzalez from A's in exchange for Brad Peacock, Tommy Milone, Derek Norris and A.J. Cole

    The Nationals agreed in principle on a five-player trade with the Oakland Athletics Thursday, acquiring talented lefty Gio Gonzalez but giving up a prospect haul, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations. Right-handed pitchers Brad Peacock and A.J. Cole were both sent to the A's in the deal, along with left-hander Tommy Milone and catcher Derek Norris. Published December 22 2011

  • Nationals closing in on a deal with utility man Mark DeRosa

    The Washington Nationals continued their efforts to re-stock their bench, closing in on a deal with utility man Mark DeRosa late Wednesday night, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations. DeRosa, who has missed much of the previous two seasons with a wrist injury, can play both infield and outfield and will serve as a right-handed bat off the bench. Published December 21 2011

  • Nationals claim infielder Rivero from Phillies

    The Nationals announced Wednesday afternoon that they claimed infielder Carlos Rivero off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies. Published December 21 2011

  • Nationals invite RHP Rafael Martin, C Sandy Leon and OF Corey Brown to major league spring training

    Amidst a flurry of minor league moves Tuesday morning, the Nationals announced they were extending major league spring training invitations to three of their non-40-man players: right-hander Rafael Martin, catcher Sandy Leon and outfielder Corey Brown. Published December 20 2011

  • Nationals make official nine minor league signings with spring training invites

    The Nationals signed Mike Cameron to a minor league contract with a spring training invite Monday afternoon and Tuesday they announced the official signings of nine other minor leaguers with invitations to big league camp. Joining Cameron and the previously reported signing of Brett Carroll at major league camp will be right-handed pitchers Jeff Fulchino and Waldis Joaquin, catcher Carlos Maldonado, infielders Andres Blanco, Jarrett Hoffpauir and Chad Tracey, and outfielders Jason Michaels and Xavier Paul. Published December 20 2011

  • Nationals finalize minor league coaching staffs

    The Nationals announced the rest of their minor league coaching staffs on Monday as well, so here is the full list: Published December 20 2011

  • Nationals sign Mike Cameron to a minor league deal

    The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a minor league deal with free agent outfielder Mike Cameron Monday afternoon adding him to their mix as a fourth outfielder and a right-handed bat off the bench. Cameron will get an invitation to spring training. Published December 19 2011

  • Nationals officially announce Spring Training schedule

    The Nationals officially announced their Grapefruit League schedule this afternoon. Just 67 more days until pitchers and catchers report for the 2012 season. Published December 14 2011

  • Non-tender candidates that may interest the Nationals

    There were several players who hit the free agent market late Monday night after the non-tender deadline that could certainly interest the Nationals, particularly as they look to rebuild their bench. Published December 13 2011

  • Nationals non-tender left-hander Doug Slaten

    Making an expected move official, the Washington Nationals did not tender left-handed reliever Doug Slaten a contract on Monday evening. Slaten was the only one of seven arbitration eligible players Washington did not offer a contract to for the 2012 season. Published December 12 2011

  • Former Nationals Latin American ops director Jose Rijo a fugitive in DR

    German Miranda, the head of the Dominican Justice Ministry's Anti-laundering Unit, announced Monday that former Nationals Latin American director Jose Rijo, the MVP of the 1990 World Series for the Cincinnati Reds, is officially a fugitive. Rijo will be arrested sometime before Dec. 24, Miranda said, on a charge of contempt of court. Rijo has failed to appear twice for questioning in the investigation of his business dealings with another fugitive, Matia Avelino Castro, who is wanted for the murder of a journalist. Published December 12 2011

  • Sizing up the Nationals non-tender decisions as the deadline approaches

    The 2011 offseason will gain another layer tonight when teams decide which of their players they're going to officially tender contracts to for the 2012 season. Published December 12 2011