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Nationals Watch Archive: January 2012

  • Livan Hernandez signs minor league deal with Astros

    Livan Hernandez, the durable right-hander who will always have the distinction of throwing the first pitch in Washington Nationals history, agreed to a minor league deal with the Houston Astros on Tuesday, officially ending his second stint with the Nationals. Published January 31 2012

  • Michael Morse's 2012 Topps baseball card features a familiar pose

    With the Nationals' roster needing only "tweaking" before spring training, this post is brought to you via a PR e-mail from Topps touting their 2012 trading cards -- a line with the theme of "Going Golden" where gold cards, rings and coins are possible surprises inside the pack. Published January 30 2012

  • Debating the merits of putting Bryce Harper on the Nationals' opening day roster

    Spring training won't begin for another three weeks or so but that hasn't stopped the questions about this spring's most-anticipated roster debate from already being lobbed: Where will Bryce Harper open the 2012 season? Published January 30 2012

  • Nationals add exhibition game vs. Georgetown University plus spring training broadcast schedule

    The Nationals announced Friday that they'll play Georgetown University's baseball team in an exhibition game on Friday, March 2 at 12 p.m. at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla. In other spring training news, 13 of the Nationals spring training games will be broadcast on television or radio. Published January 27 2012

  • Projecting the Nationals 12-man pitching staff

    One thing we can safely say now that Brad Lidge has joined the Nationals bullpen ranks: It's getting crowded out there. Published January 27 2012

  • Former Nationals catcher Pudge Rodriguez still navigating the waters of free agency

    One of the unintended effects of the Prince Fielder free agency taking as long as it did is that, in a lot of ways, it seems to have held up the free agent market for several players. As of Thursday morning there were still 83 major league free agents left on the market and the list was littered with names of established players. Among those players is veteran catcher Ivan Rodriguez, the former National, who is currently working out in Colombia and planning to return to his home in Florida in the next few days. He's also still looking for a team. Published January 26 2012

  • A few words from Gio Gonzalez...

    Well, the title to this blog might be a bit misleading. After spending some time with the newest National this afternoon one thing is certainly clear: Gonzalez is a talker. He was excited today -- as well he should be -- and that excitement was evident not in just how much he said but what he said. Published January 25 2012

  • A few thoughts on the morning after the Prince Fielder saga ended

    As I wrote Tuesday afternoon when the Detroit Tigers dropped a theoretical bomb on the baseball world with a nine-year, $214 million deal for Prince Fielder: The mystery team pulled off another coup. Published January 25 2012

  • After taking a big hit with the Gio Gonzalez trade, Baseball Prospectus ranks the Nationals farm system

    The Gio Gonzalez trade in late December rid the Washington Nationals of four top prospects: right-handers Brad Peacock and A.J. Cole, left-hander Tommy Milone and catcher Derek Norris. While the trade was a hefty one -- you have to give up something to get something -- it didn't entirely decimate the Nationals farm system but it did throw their hierarchy for a bit of a loop. With that in mind, Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein ranked the Nationals Top 20 prospects heading into the 2012 season. Published January 24 2012

  • The mystery price tag for Prince Fielder

    Just what are the contract demands for Prince Fielder that appear to be so high that 30 major league teams are balking at them? Published January 21 2012

  • Nationals announce contract extension with Michael Morse

    The Washington Nationals announced a multi-year contract extension with slugger Michael Morse Friday afternoon, thereby avoiding salary arbitration and, presumably buying out at least his final year of arbitration -- which would have come next offseason. Published January 20 2012

  • Nationals slated for two ESPN Sunday Night Baseball appearances early in 2012

    The Nationals, who will likely find their name in the "teams to watch" category once the national analysts and pundits begin making their picks, will headline ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball on May 6 at home against the Phillies and again on May 27 in Atlanta against the Braves. Published January 18 2012

  • Lannan, Morse file arbitration numbers to MLB

    The Nationals avoided arbitration with five of their seven eligible players, coming to terms with Jordan Zimmermann on a $2.3 million contract for 2011, with Tom Gorzelanny for $2.7 million, with Jesus Flores for $815,000 and with Tyler Clippard. They also bought out Gio Gonzalez's arbitration years while signing him to a five-year contract extension worth a guaranteed $42 million. The terms of Clippard's contract are not yet known. They did not, however, reach deals with left-handed starter John Lannan and slugger Michael Morse. Both filed arbitration numbers with the league office, along with the numbers filed by the Nationals, and it doesn't appear the sides are far apart with either player. Published January 17 2012

  • Nationals come to terms with Tyler Clippard, avoid arbitration

    The Washington Nationals avoided arbitration and agreed to terms with right-handed All-Star reliever Tyler Clippard on Tuesday on a one-year deal for the 2012 season. Monetary terms were not disclosed by the team. Published January 17 2012

  • Nationals knock off two more arbitration eligibles: agree to terms with Jordan Zimmermann and Tom Gorzelanny

    The Washington Nationals avoided arbitration with right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and left-hander Tom Gorzelanny early Tuesday, agreeing to one-year deals with both. Monetary terms of the deals were not publicly disclosed. Published January 17 2012

  • Nationals avoid arbitration with catcher Jesus Flores

    The Washington Nationals announced Monday afternoon that they've avoided arbitration with catcher Jesus Flores and agreed to terms on a one-year deal. Published January 16 2012

  • Nationals agree to contract extension with Gio Gonzalez through 2016

    The Washington Nationals announced a contract extension with left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez Sunday afternoon that will keep their newest starting pitcher with the team through the 2016 season with options for the 2017 and 2018 campaigns. Published January 15 2012

  • A few Nationals notes on Rick Ankiel, Sammy Solis, the bullpen, Livo and Pudge

    As the baseball world waits with bated breath for Prince Fielder's ultimate landing spot, here are a few other items of note involving the Nationals... Published January 6 2012

  • Nationals minor leaguer Zechry Zinicola hit with 50-game suspension

    Major League Baseball announced Thursday that Nationals minor league right-hander Zechry Zinicola has received a 50-game suspension following a second violation of the Minor League Druf Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse. Published January 5 2012

  • Prince Fielder and the Washington Nationals: fire up the rumor mill

    Each day, it seems, brings another story linking the Nationals to Fielder. Monday morning, that story was from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt, who covered Fielder for the past seven years in Milwaukee. The story, linked in the first line of this entry, sourced an MLB official as saying that word is spreading within the industry that Washington has emerged as the favorite in the Fielder sweepstakes. According to a team source, unless the price for Fielder drops -- specifically in years -- that feeling may be premature. Published January 2 2012