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Who are the Nats’ “7th Inning Guys” ?

While a lot of attention this offseason has been paid to the Nats solidifying their middle infield and the acquisition of Max Scherzer, very little has focused on an area of the roster that struggled in the 2014 playoffs and has seen a good amount departed talent this winter, the bullpen.

This winter the Nats have said goodbye to:

Rafael Soriano – 64 G, 3.19 ERA, 32 Saves
Ryan “Fireworks” Mattheus – 7 G, 1.04 ERA,
Tyler Clippard -75 G, 2.15 ERA
Ross Detwiler – 47 G, 4.00 ERA, 63 IP Continue reading…

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Which Nats Starter Is The Best: Max Schezer

Over the next five days here on The Nats Blog, you will see one post arguing which of the Nats starters is in fact the best on the team. One post for each of the club’s five rotation hurlers (Sorry Roark).

What’s amazing is that there are very few teams that could even have an argument like this, and most that can are more similar to the 2008 Washington Nationals, where any of the team’s five starters could be considered their best because they are all so miserable. Very few teams in history has had a rotation with the potency of the current Nats, where you can very legitimately have an argument over which of their aces is the best.

Today I will be arguing that the team’s newest addition, Max Scherzer, is the best on the club. Continue reading…

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Behind The Numbers Of Max Scherzer’s Mutually Beneficial Contract

In the days since the moment the world learned that Max Scherzer would sign with the Washington Nationals, quite a bit of information has come out about the record-breaking pact. Most notably, we found out that the total dollar value of Scherzer’s seven-year contract will be $210 million, paid out evenly over 14 years. At first glance, this might cause Nats fans some anxiety. Putting aside how Scherzer will age, which I will address in another post, paying a player a whopping $105 million after his playing contract ends might have visions of Bobby Bonilla dancing in fans’ heads. But take a closer look, and the contract’s structure actually helps the Nationals quite a bit. Continue reading…

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Eury Perez Claimed By Atlanta Braves

Former Washington Nationals minor leaguer Eury Perez has been claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves. Perez, who had been in Washington’s minor league system since the age of 17 was claimed from the Nats by the New York Yankees in late September last year, only to be designated for assignment this week after the club signed shortstop Stephen Drew.

 

With great speed and an ability to hit for average, Perez showed a lot of promise In eight seasons in the Nats’ system. In 700 minor league games he combined to hit .305/.360/.384 with 268 stolen bases. In 193 games at the Triple-A level, he hit .310/.354/.411 with 63 stolen bases. Now at the age of just 24 he will have a chance to compete for an outfield spot for a depleted Atlanta Braves team.

 

While it’s tough to see a talented young player from our system end up in the division, Perez simply became dispensable for Nats with their logjam of outfielders. Going into the end of last season behind Harper, Span, and Werth you had McLouth, Hairston, Michael Taylor, Steven Souza, and Nate Shierholtz. Perez very well may have had the ability to compete for a fourth outfielder spot with the team, but without the ability to get the playing time needed to prove himself, the club just had to move in a different direction.

 

All indications though point to Perez having the ability to be a contributor at the Major League level. He’s clearly mastered Triple-A, and at the age of 24 needs an opportunity to play everyday to prove whether he can stick at the highest level. He may just have that with the Braves.

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The Case For Keeping Zimmermann and Fister

Following the Nationals’ 7-year, $210 million agreement with free agent starter Max Scherzer, questions arise as to what the team will do with its otherworldly pitching depth. With all five starters—Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Gio Gonzalez, and Tanner Roark—returning from last year’s National League East Championship squad, the addition of the 2013 American League Cy Young Award winner provides considerable flexibility. Continue reading…

Nats Talk On The Go: Episode 89

With the Max Scherzer signing and the Yunel Escobar trade, the Nats are finally active in the offseason, so we decided it was just about time to do some chatting.

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Interesting Tidbits About The Max Scherzer Deal

The Nats have signed 2013 American League Cy Young Winner Max Scherzer. You probably know that. But did you know:

 

– Mike Rizzo originally drafted Scherzer in 2006 with the 11th overall pick for the Arizona Diamondbacks? This is hardly the first “Rizzo” guy the Nats’ GM has brought in over the past several years. Interesting, however, that he was willing to give long-term money to Scherzer (one of his guys) apparently over Zimmermann (one of Jim Bowden’s draftees). Continue reading…

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The Nats Have Signed Max Scherzer, Now What?

Welcome to Washington, Max.

The Washington Post confirmed last night that the Nationals have in fact secured a seven-year contract with free-agent ace Max Scherzer, a bold move for Nats GM Mike Rizzo to bolster a starting rotation that was already the best in baseball. While terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, industry sources are saying the value will be upward of $160 million dollars, making it the largest contract in the franchise’s young history.

The move is both surprising and understandable at the same time. The Nats had often been rumored to be Continue reading…

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Nats Sign Scherzer To Build Rotation of Doom

Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister, Max Scherzer. That’s what the Washington Nationals rotation will look like on Opening Day 2015 if reports by Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman are true.

 

 

Not only have the Nats landed the best free agent pitcher on the market and a former Cy Young Award winner, it looks like they’re willing to go all-in on the 2015 season with what will certainly be the best rotation in baseball. The rotation will have four pitchers (Scherzer, Strasburg, Zimmermann, and Fister) who finished in the top 10 in Cy Young voting in 2014. Gio finished third in NL Cy Young voting in 2012.

We’ll certainly have more about this incredible deal in the coming days, but with a seven-year deal rumored to be more than $180 million, the Lerners have decided to spend a whole lot of money to compete for a World Series title.