Nationals Watch Archive: November 2012


  • Nationals non-tender John Lannan, Tom Gorzelanny, Jesus Flores

    The Washington Nationals cut ties with one of its longest-tenured members Friday night when they planned not to tender a contract for the 2013 season to left-handed pitcher John Lannan. Catcher Jesus Flores and left-handed reliever Tom Gorzelanny were also expected to be non-tendered, barring an unexpected reversal, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, effectively making all three players free agents. Published November 30 2012

  • Born unexpectedly in D.C., Denard Span makes his way back to the city he never truly got a chance to know

    Long before the Washington Nationals traded for outfielder Denard Span, a piece of his history came from D.C. The Florida native never lived in the district and has spent a fairly short amount of time here during the first 28 years of his life. But he was born in D.C. Published November 29 2012

  • Nationals GM Mike Rizzo talks about the Denard Span trade

    After the Nationals' traded for center fielder Denard Span, opening up a host of options for the remainder of the Nationals' offseason roster shaping, GM Mike Rizzo chatted with reporters on a conference call. Plenty of what Rizzo said can be found in our full story on the Span trade, in exchange for Alex Meyer, but here's some more of what Rizzo had to say. Published November 29 2012

  • Nationals acquire outfielder Denard Span for right-handed prospect Alex Meyer

    The Washington Nationals filled one of their longstanding holes Thursday afternoon when they acquired center fielder Denard Span from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for right-handed pitching prospect Alex Meyer. Published November 29 2012

  • Examining the Nationals' impending non-tender decisions

    Before the Washington Nationals' front office personnel descend on Nashville for next week's winter meetings, they have one more roster deadline to reach: Friday's non-tender deadline. Published November 29 2012

  • Nationals postseason shares announced

    The Washington Nationals' exit in the National League Division Series likely still stings for some, but the players and coaches reaped the monetary benefits of simply making it that far on Monday when their postseason shares were announced. Published November 26 2012

  • Nationals add RHPs Erik Davis and Nathan Karns to 40-man roster

    The Washington Nationals protected just two of a possible 12 Rule 5-eligible players Tuesday night, adding right-handers Erik Davis and Nathan Karns to the team's 40-man roster. The Nationals now have 38 players on their 40-man. Published November 20 2012

  • Washington Nationals' 2013 spring training schedule announced

    The Washington Nationals announced their 32-game 2013 spring training slate Friday afternoon with their first game set for February 23, 2013. Spring training is moved up for all 30 teams this season due to the World Baseball Classic scheduled to happen while camp is going on. Published November 16 2012

  • Steve Lombardozzi collecting donations for Hurricane Sandy relief (UPDATED)

    Washington Nationals infielder Steve Lombardozzi and his father, former major leaguer Steve Lombardozzi Sr., are doing their part to help the relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Lombardozzi, a Columbia, Md., native, and his dad are collecting donations at several locations on Saturday to donate them to relief and recovery programs. Published November 16 2012

  • Buster Posey wins NL MVP award; breaking down one writer's ballot

    San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey won the National League MVP award Thursday evening. As a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America, I had a vote. I voted for Posey. Here's my ballot with a brief explanation at the bottom. Published November 15 2012

  • Nationals sign infielder Will Rhymes to a minor league deal

    The Nationals have signed infielder Will Rhymes to a minor league deal with an invite to major league spring training, according to his agents at the Beverly Hills Sports Council. Published November 14 2012

  • Nationals add Tony Tarasco to Davey Johnson's coaching staff, announce return of rest of coaches

    The Washington Nationals made manager Davey Johnson's coaching staff official on Wednesday, adding former minor league outfielder/baserunning coordinator Tony Tarasco as the first base coach and shifting Trent Jewett across the diamond to fill the role of third base coach vacated when Bo Porter accepted the Astros managerial job. Published November 14 2012

  • Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez finishes third in Cy Young voting

    Gio Gonzalez's first season in Washington was filled with milestones and moments of dominance but in a year with several worthy contenders, the left-hander finished third in the National League Cy Young voting Wednesday night. Mets' knuckleballer R.A. Dickey won the award. Published November 14 2012

  • Bryce Harper reacts to winning the National League Rookie of the Year award

    Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was named the National League Rookie of the Year Monday night, making him not only the youngest position player ever to win the award but also the first member of the Nationals to take home a Baseball Writers Association of America honor since baseball returned to D.C. in 2005. Published November 12 2012

  • Thoughts, observations and leftovers on Adam LaRoche, Sean Burnett, Sammy Solis, Justin Upton and more

    A few notes on Adam LaRoche, Sean Burnett, Justin Upton, Sammy Solis and the World Baseball Classic. Published November 11 2012

  • Nationals announce Davey Johnson's return, 2013 his final season as manager

    The Washington Nationals and Davey Johnson culminated a long negotiating process on Saturday morning when they formally announced the manager’s return to the dugout for the 2013 season. And while both sides had left little doubt about that outcome throughout, their announcement came without ambiguity for the future as well. The 2013 season will be Johnson’s last as the Nationals’ manager and he will shift into a consultant’s role for the remainder of his current contract, which runs through 2014. Published November 10 2012

  • One year after kidnapping, Wilson Ramos in good spirits as rehab on right knee progresses well

    One year after Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped from his home in Venezuela and held for 51 terrifying hours, he is in good spirits and pleased with how his rehab from a torn ACL and meniscus in his right knee is going. Published November 9 2012

  • Adam LaRoche declines Nationals' qualifying offer

    Adam LaRoche formally declined the Washington Nationals' $13.3 million qualifying offer on Friday evening, ensuring that if the first baseman signs elsewhere this offseason the Nationals will receive a compensatory pick in the 2013 draft. Published November 9 2012

  • 2013 likely Davey Johnson's final season as Nationals manager

    The Washington Nationals and Davey Johnson are not yet ready to officially announce the manager's contract for the 2013 season, though the deal is nearly finalized. But when they do, it is expected to be the final season in the dugout for Johnson, who will turn 70 in January. Published November 8 2012

  • Adam LaRoche likely to decline the Nationals' qualifying offer

    First baseman Adam LaRoche has until 5 p.m. Friday afternoon to formally accept or decline the Washington Nationals' $13.3 million one-year qualifying offer but, as he's seeking a multi-year deal, LaRoche is expected to decline it. Published November 8 2012

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