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Nationals Watch Archive: November 2012


  • Looking to beef up bullpen, Nationals interested in bringing back Sean Burnett and Michael Gonzalez

    The Washington Nationals have been in touch with the agents for left-handed relievers Sean Burnett and Michael Gonzalez and are interested in bringing both pitchers back for the 2013 season as part of beefing up what they feel is already a strong bullpen. Could they be interested in Ryan Madson? Published November 8 2012

  • Adam LaRoche, Ian Desmond and Stephen Strasburg win Silver Slugger awards

    On Thursday night, the Nationals were awarded a major league-high three Silver Slugger awards for the exceptional offensive seasons of shortstop Ian Desmond, first baseman Adam LaRoche and pitcher Stephen Strasburg. For all three players it was their first time earning the honors. Published November 8 2012

  • Odds and ends from the GM Meetings

    A few notes on Davey Johnson, the Nationals' coaching staff, comfort in Jayson Werth as a leadoff man and Bryce Harper in center field, and more odds and ends from the GM Meetings. Published November 8 2012

  • Bryce Harper, Gio Gonzalez, Davey Johnson are finalists for BBWAA awards

    The Washington Nationals could have someone taking home some of baseball's most coveted hardware on three different days next week. Bryce Harper (Rookie of the Year), Gio Gonzalez (Cy Young) and Davey Johnson (Manager of the Year) are all finalists for BBWAA awards, it was announced on Wednesday. Published November 7 2012

  • Nationals, Adam LaRoche are continuing to talk

    The Washington Nationals continue to stay in touch with the representatives for Adam LaRoche. But the free agent first baseman is also already garnering interest from other teams, which could help to give him a better idea of his market and whether his future is in Washington. Published November 7 2012

  • Nationals will be 'open minded' in their search for a starting pitcher this offseason

    The Nationals are looking for a pitcher to give them five starters. That doesn't mean they're looking for a prototypical No. 5 starter and it doesn't mean they're looking for an ace. It means they're looking at everything, and it could get interesting. Published November 7 2012

  • Mike Rizzo 'expects' Davey Johnson to be the Nationals' manager in 2013

    It has seemed like a foregone conclusion since before the Washington Nationals' season ended unceremoniously in the National League Division Series, but as the Nationals press further into the offseason they remain without one end tied. They still do not have a managerial contract ironed out for Davey Johnson. Rizzo said Wednesday that he doesn't anticipate any outcome in which Johnson would be absent from the dugout next season. Published November 7 2012

  • Examining the Nationals' infield situation

    The Washington Nationals have a number of unresolved issues as the offseason begins in earnest this week with the General Managers' meetings in California. Tops on the list, of course, is the fact that they don't currently have a managerial contract for Davey Johnson ironed out for the 2013 season. But what about their infield if they don't re-sign first baseman Adam LaRoche? Maybe it's not as cut-and-dry as it seems -- and maybe there's an interesting possibility that hasn't been talked about much yet. Published November 5 2012

  • Nationals make qualifying offer to Adam LaRoche, not Edwin Jackson

    The Washington Nationals took their first steps toward the 2013 free agent class this afternoon when they extended a qualifying offers of $13.3 million to first baseman Adam LaRoche, according to multiple reports. The Nationals have not formally announced their qualifying offers. Published November 2 2012

  • Adam LaRoche, Sean Burnett decline options, become free agents

    Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche and left-hander Sean Burnett declined their contractual options for 2013 and became free agents this morning a source confirmed. Published November 1 2012