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.
Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
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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.
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.
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.
The Washington Nationals announced Monday afternoon that they've avoided arbitration with catcher Jesus Flores and agreed to terms on a one-year deal.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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."
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?
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.
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.
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.