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Nationals Watch Archive: November 2011


  • Nationals among "several" teams interested in OF Laynce Nix

    Outfielder Laynce Nix is drawing interest from a number of teams and the former National could make a decision as early as next week's winter meetings, a source said. The Nationals are among "several teams" who are interested in Nix's services and Nix's representation has had ongoing discussions with Nationals GM Mike Rizzo, talking as recently as this past weekend. Published November 30 2011

  • Nationals notes on Cespedes and Espinosa

    The Winter Meetings are officially less than five days away but the hot stove speculation and rumor mill is already clicking it's way into high gear. As the Nationals remain focused on their top two offseason targets -- a starting pitcher and a center fielder -- Nationals general manager has now made two in-person visits to a top target in each category. Published November 30 2011

  • Chris Marrero's torn hamstring and how it affects the Nationals' bench

    Included in an update yesterday about the Nationals players who were participating in the Caribbean Winter Leagues, were first baseman Chris Marrero's numbers: .288 average, .387 on-base percentage, .327 slugging percentage. He wasn't blowing the top off the Dominican Winter League but he was putting together a nice season. He hadn't, however, played in a game since Nov. 15. That could have been for a number of reasons -- especially since a lot of U.S. players take some time off to go home for holidays. Turns out it was due to a torn hamstring, an injury suffered two weeks ago while playing for the Tigres de Licey, and underwent surgery in Washington recently, as a report from MLB.com late Monday night stated and was confirmed this morning. Published November 29 2011

  • Post-holiday notes on Buehrle, Oswalt, Flores, Ramos and minor league signings

    A few Nationals notes as the baseball world shakes off its turkey coma and prepares to descend on Dallas for next week's annual Winter Meetings... Published November 28 2011

  • Michael Morse finishes 19th in NL MVP voting as Ryan Braun takes top prize

    Nationals slugger Michael Morse finished 19th in the National League MVP voting as Milwaukee's Ryan Braun took home the top honor. Published November 22 2011

  • Quick hits from baseball's new CBA

    Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Union reached a monumental step today when they announced a new collective bargaining agreement. It meant that there would be five more years of labor peace in Major League Baseball and that, when the new CBA expires in Dec. 2016, baseball will have been through 21 years of labor peace. Published November 22 2011

  • Nationals meeting with LHP Mark Buehrle at his home today

    The Nationals have zeroed in on free agent Mark Buehrle and are visiting with the left-hander today at his home in St. Louis. A source confirmed the Washington Post report that the meeting was indeed happening and a group led by Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was sitting down with Buehrle and his agent, Jeff Berry. Published November 21 2011

  • Nationals add Norris, Moore, Solano, Perez and Kimball to 40-man roster

    The Nationals protected four of their top minor leaguers from the Rule 5 draft Friday afternoon when they added catcher Derek Norris, first baseman Tyler Moore, catcher Jhonatan Solano and outfielder Eury Perez to the team's 40-man roster. They also added Cole Kimball back to the 40-man, after re-claiming him from the Toronto Blue Jays (who'd claimed him Wednesday). Published November 18 2011

  • Nationals re-claim Cole Kimball off waivers from Toronto Blue Jays

    According to a major league source, the Washington Nationals have re-claimed injured right-hander Cole Kimball from the Toronto Blue Jays. Kimball, who underwent season-ending rotator cuff surgery in July, was claimed by the Blue Jays earlier this week. Published November 18 2011

  • Photos: Wilson Ramos and Mike Rizzo

    Courtesy of Washington Times photographer Rod Lamkey, here are a few photos from Ramos' meeting with the media and interaction with his teammates. Published November 18 2011

  • Photos: Wilson Ramos and Steve Lombardozzi

    Courtesy of Washington Times photographer Rod Lamkey, here are a few photos from Ramos' meeting with the media and interaction with his teammates. Published November 18 2011

  • Photos: Wilson Ramos and Ryan Zimmerman

    Courtesy of Washington Times photographer Rod Lamkey, here are a few photos from Ramos' meeting with the media and interaction with his teammates. Published November 18 2011

  • Photos: Wilson Ramos greets Steve Lombardozzi and Ryan Zimmerman

    Courtesy of Washington Times photographer Rod Lamkey, here are a few photos from Ramos' meeting with the media and interaction with his teammates. Published November 18 2011

  • Photos: Wilson Ramos returns to Washington in "terrific" shape

    Courtesy of Washington Times photographer Rod Lamkey, here are a few photos from Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos' meeting with the media and interaction with his teammates. Published November 18 2011

  • Ramos: "I just want to say thanks to the fans... see you in Spring Training."

    Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos just met the media for a few minutes with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo looking strong, tanned and relaxed. Wearing a blue button up shirt and jeans, he offered his profound thanks to the fans for their prayers and support. Published November 18 2011

  • Wilson Ramos back in D.C., will be examined by Nationals team doctors

    Less than a full week after Wilson Ramos was rescued from kidnappers who'd held him captive for more than 48 hours in Venezuela, he'll be back in Washington, D.C. Friday to see the Nationals team doctors for an examination and to meet the media briefly. Published November 18 2011

  • Nationals name Randy Knorr as Davey Johnson's bench coach

    The Nationals finalized their coaching staff for the 2012 season Thursday evening when they promoted Triple-A manager Randy Knorr to the major league coaching staff as the bench coach for manager Davey Johnson. Published November 17 2011

  • Breaking down one writer's ballot for the NL Cy Young

    Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw went home with his first Cy Young award Thursday, a well-deserved honor for the 23-year-old who helped a mediocre Dodgers team win 21 games this season and led the league in almost every category. Published November 17 2011

  • A few thoughts on baseball's re-alignment and the implementation of two wild cards

    Thursday was a pretty historic day for Major League Baseball when Commissioner Bud Selig announced that the sale of the Houston Astros to Jim Crane was complete -- along with the team's move to the American League West for 2013 and the implementation of a second wild card team, along with a one-game playoff, possibly as soon as the 2012 season. Published November 17 2011

  • Nationals' injured RHP Cole Kimball claimed off waivers by Blue Jays, OF Corey Brown outrighted to Triple-A

    The Nationals cleared two more spots on their 40-man roster Wednesday afternoon when right-hander Cole Kimball was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays and outfielder Corey Brown was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse. Published November 16 2011