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.

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A New Face For The Nats Blog

Erin, Joe, and myself are excited to bring you a brand new version of The Nats Blog.

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes this winter to build, tweak, and simplify our site in a way that we think will be really enjoyable for you guys. The new platform will also allow us to have more publishing flexibility, so while we plan to continue to provide you with great content, we hopefully can experiment with new forms of content as well. Continue reading…

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Nationals Acquire Yunel Escobar for Tyler Clippard

General Manager Mike Rizzo filled the Washington Nationals’ second base hole Wednesday night, as he sent reliever Tyler Clippard to the Oakland Athletics for shortstop Yunel Escobar.

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Brief Thoughts on Danny Espinosa as Nats Second Baseman

This afternoon, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Ben Zobrist will be headed to the Oakland Athletics. That further increases the chances that Danny Espinosa will be the Washington Nationals starting second baseman on April 6 at Nats Park.

There are a number of Nats fans that are less than thrilled about the idea of the strikeout-prone Espinosa getting a majority of the at-bats, and there is some validity to that, but I am confident that he will do the job adequately for a number of reasons. Continue reading…

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Federal Reserve: MiLB Coaching Announcement Features Rick Ankiel

Yesterday, the Washington Nationals announced their minor league coaching staffs for the 2015 season. The lack of turnover on the major league coaching staff prevented any minor league managers or coaches from joining Washington, thus there were few changes to the Nationals’ MiLB staff. Given the success of the farm system last season, both in terms of on-field records and, more importantly, moving prospects up to the majors, the continuity can be see as a good thing. The Nationals achieved a balance in the farm system last year that Continue reading…

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Federal Reserve: Top Prospects 1-5

This post concludes the Federal Reserve’s top 10 prospects list. For prospects 10-6, see part one, featuring reports on Brian Goodwin, Joe Ross, Jakson Reetz, and more of the best players in the Nationals’ farm system. Below you will find details on the top five.

5. RHP Erick Fedde

DOB: 2/25/93             B-T: R-R

Acquired: First round, 2014   2015 Team: Gulf Coast League (GCL)   ETA: 2017 Continue reading…