Nationals Win In Scherzer’s Debut

On a day when most of their fan base was buried in six to eight inches of snow and huddled beneath blankets, the Washington Nationals went to work against the New York Mets in sunny Florida.

Baseball is back everyone, and with it all the joys and heartbreaks we’ve become so accustomed to. But this is Spring Training baseball, and to me, the unpredictability, experimentation and above all overreaction that comes along with it is almost better than the regular season.

So while you turn the heat up a few more degrees, take some time to digest my thoughts on the first action of the 2015 season. And try not to push the panic button. Continue reading…

Washington Nationals Spring Training

Federal Reserve: Top Five Prospects To Watch

When they take the field this evening, the Washington Nationals will begin Spring Training as a complete team that has very few positions to settle. While that could force some prospects back to the minors, a few of them stand out.

To preview Spring Training, the Federal Reserve presents five prospects to watch. Keep in mind that Spring Training statistics do not have predictive value, but these players should offer plenty of intrigue over the next few weeks. Continue reading…


The PTBNL Problem: Analyzing Trea Turner’s Unusual Circumstances

Few minor league players will play under more bizarre circumstances during the season’s first two and a half months than shortstop prospect Trea Turner. By the middle of June, Turner will be with the Washington Nationals, the team that acquired him to bolster a weak area of its farm system and to potentially become the long-term replacement of Ian Desmond. Though his major league chances ultimately lie in their hands, Turner is required to begin the year with the team that traded him, the San Diego Padres. Continue reading…


Will Rendon Have a Sophomore Slump?

Before he will even start his second full MLB season, Anthony Rendon has already usurped former Gold Glove winner and Face of the Franchise Ryan Zimmerman as starting third baseman, led the National League’s best team in WAR, and finished top 5 in MVP voting. He’s done this all while playing half of those games at a brand new position. The only question that seems to remain for Rendon is whether he will be able to sustain this extraordinary level of success or whether he will fall victim to the dreaded sophomore slump.

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Washington Nationals Introduce Stephen Strasburg

How The 2015 Washington Nationals Came To Be

With spring training upon us, I thought I would take stock of the club’s roster and how they got here. Take a look below at the Washington Nationals starters and how they ended up  with the organization:

C Wilson Ramos - Traded for former closer Matt Capps
1B Ryan Zimmerman - No. 4 pick in the 2005 First Year Player Draft
2B  Yunel Escobar - Traded for set-up man Tyler Clippard
SS Ian Desmond - Drafted in the third round of the 2004 First Year Player Draft
3B Anthony Rendon - No. 6 pick in the 2011 First Year Player Draft
CF Denard Span - Traded for hard throwing pitching prospect Alex Meyer
RF Jayson Werth - Free agent, signed a 7-year, $126 million contract in 2011
LF Bryce Harper - No. 1 pick in the 2010 First Year Player Draft

SP Max Scherzer - Free agent, signed a 7-year, $210 million contract in 2015
SP Stephen Strasburg - No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 First Year Player Draft
SP Jordan Zimmermann - Drafted in the second round of the 2007 First Year Player Draft
SP Doug Fister - Traded for prospects Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Kroll, and Robbie Ray
SP Gio Gonzlez - Traded for prospect A.J. Cole, Tommy Milone, Derek Norris, and Brad Peacock
SP Tanner Roark - Traded for Cristian Guzman


Six trades in which the Nats gave up Cristian Guzman, A.J. Cole (got him back), Tommy Milone, Derek Norris, Brad Peacock, Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol, Robbie Ray, Alex Meyer, Tyler Clippard, and Matt Capps. The Nats are +24 in WAR cumulative in those trades.

Two free-agent acquisitions, totaling $336 million over 14 seasons.

Six draft picks, including two No. 1 overall, four top-10 picks, one second round pick, and one third round pick.



Florida Governor Endorses Nats, Astros Proposal

Though far from official, the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros’ proposed Spring Training complex in Palm Beach County received a major endorsement on Wednesday. In a letter on his website, Governor Rick Scott announced that he was pleased with the project’s terms and was happy to reach an agreement to keep the two teams in Florida. More from Scott’s statement:

“Florida is proud to be the home of fifteen spring training teams, and we are excited to announce that the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros have chosen to stay in Florida for the next 30 years. Spring Training has helped to bring Florida families together, create jobs in our communities, and drive tourists to our state. Florida is undoubtedly the best state for baseball, and we look forward to many more years of Spring Training attracting visitors and creating opportunities for Florida families.”

Now Palm Beach County’s Legislative Delegation must push the project through Florida’s House and Senate. As noted here on Tuesday, environmental concerns surround the project, as the its construction currently violates state law because of its proximity to Damn M, a drinking water supply. Previous reports indicate that it is expected to pass through the legislative process, with Scott’s announcement signaling that it already has his approval. If all of the pieces fall into place, the Astros and the Nationals new facility will open in 2017.


Plans Move Forward For Shared Nats, Astros Spring Training Facility

Last week two major steps were taken to push the Washington Nationals’ and the Houston Astros’ proposed $135 million Spring Training complex in West Palm Beach toward becoming a reality. The first was the approval of a land swap between West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County that allows the county to take control of the 160-acre property slated for the facility. Within a matter of days, the county’s Legislative Delegation agreed to propose a modification to a state law that would loosen restrictions on where development can occur near area water supplies.

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Washington Nationals 2015 Spring Training Broadcast Schedule (TV and Radio)

The Washington Nationals have released their 2015 Spring Training TV and Radio schedule, and it pretty closely mirrors what we saw in 2014. There will be seven games televised on MASN, one more than last year, with 10 games picked up by Charlie and Dave on the radio. Some of these broadcasts will overlap.

This list does not include games that are available from the opposing team’s broadcast affiliates. We will update the list with a new post and all that information when it is available for those that are MLB.tv subscribers who are interested in tuning into those broadcasts.

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Nats Talk On The Go: Episode 90

We rejoiced in the end of football season by digging into the Casey Janssen trade and the Nats bullpen. Then, we fought out who should win The Nats Blog’s writing competition to pick the best starting pitcher, and Craig talks about the exciting state of Nationals’ prospects.



Which Nats Starter Is The Best: Doug Fister

This post is the final installment of a series we’ve been running here on The Nats Blog, debating which of the club’s stellar five (Sorry Roark) starting pitchers is actually the best. On Monday I made an argument that Max Scherzer was the team’s top hurler, only to be countered by Joe who on Tuesday claimed Stephen Strasburg was the best. Andrew made his arguments for Jordan Zimmermann on Wednesday, and Zach made a gallant effort on behalf of Gio Gonzalez yesterday.

Today, however, I will be debating the merits of Doug Fister. Doesn’t this mean that you are arguing against yourself you may be asking? Yes I am, deal with it.  Continue reading…