Looking at the past before we look forward

I know there are many of you out there who do not consider the Montreal Expos and the Washington Nationals the same franchise, and that’s fine. However, as the recipient of a franchise we have to remember that in order to have this entity that we love, this team, some city which had fans of […]


NL East Update: Kissing 2010 Good Bye

The New York Mets need some help in their bullpen, but is the price tag on Brian Fuentes too high? Fuentes would be the perfect replacement for Pedro Feliciano. The Mets should pounce on him if and when his price goes down. The Mets bullpen is very thin right now and they’re looking at the […]


With Dunn Gone, Can Lee Fill Void?

The Washington Nationals have a BIG hole to fill in their batting order and at first base, and by big, I mean literally. It’s a hole the size of a 6 foot 6 inch 285-pound lineman first baseman named Adam Dunn. Dunn signed with the Chicago White Sox for four-years and $56 million on December […]


Catching up with the Texas Rangers: Lone Star Ball

This off-season The Nats Blog will be conducting interviews with sites from all thirty teams. One team a week leading up to the start of the 2011 baseball season. This week I spoke with Adam Morris from Lone Star Ball, one of the top Texas Rangers blogs on the net to talk about the surprise […]


Potential Bargain Basement Signings For The Nationals

Sports Illustrated’s John Heyman listed his top 25 best-bargain players left in free agency noting that in the past several years some of the best contracts came from cheap one year deals. While the Nationals have spent a ton of money already this winter, they still have huge holes in their roster they need to […]


NL East Update: The one where Andruw returns?

Center field has Braves fans worried. Could Andruw Jones be the answer? This is an interesting consideration. Jones will only be 34 next season, but he has definitely shown some signs of breaking down the past few years. I still think Jones has the ability to hit for 20 home runs and 60 RBI, but […]


A deeper look into the Nationals comparative WAR spending

Earlier this week we looked at whether the Nationals overspent for their free agents and concluded that they probably didn’t, all things considered. Now we look at whether they overspent relative to other top spenders. As we wrote earlier, so far the top spenders have been the Red Sox ($172 MM), Nationals ($128.5 MM), Phillies […]


Brandon Webb signs with Texas, Nationals still in search of a starter

According to’s Ed Price, Brandon Webb has reportedly agreed in principle to a one-year, $3 million deal with the Texas Rangers, pending a physical. This news is unfortunate for Washington Nationals fans and their front office because the team had been aggressively pursuing Webb. The Nationals failed in an attempt to sign Cliff Lee this […]


A deeper look into the Nationals spending ways with relationship to WAR

As we wrote about last week, the Nationals have been the second biggest spenders this offseason, ahead of everyone except the Red Sox. However, we also noted that it’s been shown that the dollars have not been spent wisely with the Nationals spending the most dollars per last season WAR of any Major League team. Is […]


Things the Nationals should consider about Carl Pavano

The Washington Nationals are reportedly still in the mix to sign free-agent starter Carl Pavano in a last ditch attempt to land a front of the rotation starter this offseason. Bill Ladson reports: “The Nationals remain in the mix to sign right-hander Carl Pavano, according to a baseball source. Pavano will most likely make a […]


My Top Five Baseball Christmas Presents

5. Baseball Cards – Baseball Cards have become a christmas tradition in the Yoder family. Not a year goes by where a stocking doesn’t at least have one pack of baseball cards in it. Some years it would be more extravagant than others. There would be complete box sets, grab bags, sometimes even an autographed […]

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Nationals and Sean Burnett Reach Agreement

Left-handed reliever Sean Burnett has agreed to a two-year, $3.95 million deal to remain with the Washington Nationals. Burnett had a solid 2010 campaign going 1-7 with 3 saves and a 2.14 ERA in 73 appearances. He also walked just 20 batters, which is impressive for a quirky left-handed man out of the bullpen.   […]


Nats have been the second biggest spenders this winter – was it worth it?

According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors, the Washington Nationals spent the second most money this offseason by shelling out $128.5 million in December. The club fell short of the first place Boston Red Sox who spent $172 million: Boston Red Sox – $172MM ($142MM contract for Carl Crawford, $12.5MM option forDavid Ortiz, $12MM contract […]


Is Jordan Zimmermann Jon Lester 2.0?

Below are the first two seasons of a pair of young major league starting pitchers. One is about to enter his third season in the big leagues and the other is coming off of a banner year where he won 19 games, posted a 3.25 ERA, and struck out 225 batters. Player X Season 1: […]