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Nationals Add Bronson Arroyo on Minor League Deal

Late on Tuesday night, the Washington Nationals threw another option into their rotation mix by signing veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo to a minor league deal. From an optimistic viewpoint, the Nationals have landed themselves a potential bounce back candidate, but the actual picture is much murkier.

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Federal Reserve: Nationals Top Prospects 10–6

For the second straight year, The Nats Blog presents its countdown of the Washington Nationals’ Top-10 Prospects.

There are some changes from last year’s list, and Part One is the most reflective of that trend. One player from this list was not ranked last year, while another was only drafted in June. Part Two—which will cover players five through one—is truly the cream of the crop, but this section has its points of interest, yielding the Nationals some potential rotation insurance and a trio of promising position players. Continue reading…

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Cespedes v. Fowler: Which Free Agent Should The Nats Pursue?

For the entire offseason, many Nats fans have been clamoring for a big outfield bat to pair with reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper. With Denard Span gone to San Francisco in free agency, Jayson Werth coming off a miserable, injury-riddled season, and Michael Taylor ranking as baseball’s fifth-worst qualified hitter last season, the desire to strengthen that corps makes sense.

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TNB’s Hall of Fame Ballots

As we did last year, the writers of The Nats Blog assembled Hall of Fame ballots this year. With more commitments, fewer of us could contribute, but Joe Drugan endorses Craig’s ballot, and Will Yoder endorses mine. Without further ado:

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Nationals To Sign Daniel Murphy

The Washington Nationals have reached an agreement with former New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy on a three-year deal, per former Nationals general manager and current ESPN writer Jim Bowden. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports it is a three-year, $37.5 million deal. Murphy declined a qualifying offer from the Mets, which means the Nationals will have to sacrifice the No. 18 pick in the 2016 MLB Draft.

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Nationals Announce 2016 Coaching Staff

The Washington Nationals announced manager Dusty Baker’s coaching staff for the coming 2016 season on Tuesday. Since Baker took over for Matt Williams, the Nationals have made numerous changes, with hitting coach Rick Schu and third base coach Bobby Henley as the only staff members returning from 2015.

In filling out the staff, Baker and the Nationals tabbed both high-profile names and unfamiliar faces to bring a new dynamic to Washington. The full slate is listed below: Continue reading…

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Offseason Preview: The Outfield

A glance at the FanGraphs leaderboards for the 2015 season shows that the Nationals’ outfield was among the best in baseball, ranking seventh by fWAR at 11.3. But 9.5 of those wins can be attributed to Bryce Harper, who had such a superlative season that a rundown of his merits would be more a celebration than an analysis. But cut him down to 2.0 wins, or the mark of an average starter, and the Nats’ outfield slips to 24th, 0.1 ahead of the Phillies. The lesson there is that beyond Harper, the Nationals have a lot of room to improve their outfield corps.

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