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For Matt Capps, being fat works

Capps participated in a great phone interview with Chico Harlan from the Nationals Journal. One of the most interesting parts of the interview was when Chico and Matt discussed Capps playing weight: “Q: I read that last year you reported to spring training about 15 pounds lighter than in 2008, and you were thinking that […]

Riggleman talks with Baseball Prospectus

Baseball Prospectus sat down with Nationals manager Jim Riggleman as a post holiday treat, and lucky for us (well you, I have a subscription), it’s all free content. Riggleman spoke on a few topics, including his baseball philosophies. It seems like BP cautiously gives him the thumbs up. Here are a few excerpts: BP: How […]

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According to Yahoo! Sports, Willie Harris is our starting centerfielder

According to the depth chart on Yahoo! Sports, Willie Harris is supposed to be our starting center fielder where Nyjer Morgan is slated to be the back up left fielder. I think they’re a little confused. Splitting time between playing centerfield in Washington, and both left and centerfield in Pittsburgh, Morgan was the second most […]

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Media Legend George Michael Passes at 70

During my first week of college freshman year at Ohio Wesleyan I sat in the common room of my suite with my three roommates. One of my roommates, Mark, from Ohio, was flipping through the channels late one night until Colin, from Massachusetts, stopped him. “Wait, go back,” Colin said. “There, it’s The Sports Machine.” […]

Buster Olney Report: Nats closing in on a one year deal with Capps

ESPN’S Buster Olney reported tonight that the Nationals are closing in on a one year deal with closer Matt Capps. However, Capps’ agent denied that an agreement has been reached. “We’re still going over the offers and talking. It won’t be until later tonight. We have not made a decision.” Capps, 26, is coming off […]

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News from Nats Town: Everyday Eddie is in, Hudson and Smoltz coming?

Today was a busy day for Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo, as well as Nationals MLB.com beat writer Bill Ladson’s twitter account. Only several hours after introducing starting pitcher Jason Marquis as a new member of our rotation, Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi reported that the Nationals were close to a one-year deal with long […]

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Nationals to sign Guardado?

John Paul Morosi reported tonight that according to league sources, the Nationals are very close to signing a one-year deal with the former close. Guardado made 48 appearances with the Rangers last year, posting a 4.46 ERA. Guardado is 39 years old.

News from Nats Town: Thoughts on Marquis Signing

Washington Nationals Headed to Playoffs in 2010, The Hardball Times “Having a mentor to work with the young pitchers can be valuable, and Marquis is young enough himself to do just that while furthering his career. This signing brings to note a common refrain repeated yearly: why spend the money on Marquis if they’re going […]

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Statistical Analysis of the Marquis Signing: Ground Balls + Bad Defense?

The Nationals announced today that they will sign 31-year-old right-handed-pitcher Jason Marquis to a two-year, $15 million dollar deal. The signing fills one of the needs General Manager Mike Rizzo established at the beginning of the off-season; to acquire a top of the rotation starter. Marquis earned $9.875 million last season at the back end […]

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MASN Reports: Nationals to Sign RHP Jason Marquis

UPDATE 3:50: MASN’S Byron Kerr spoke with Nationals Pitcher Jason Bergmann,  who said: “I am excited that we are able to add a starting pitcher of his caliber. It is a good day for our team and our fan base. It shows the league that the Nats are serious about getting better and contending. Marquis […]

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National Winter Meetings Review – American League

Each year GM’s from across the league come together and meet in one place and talk hardcore baseball, these are the Winter Meetings. It’s the Black Friday of baseballs shopping season, and the springboard that leads into MLB’s Hot Stove offseason. The meetings wrapped up last week and to review the action The Nats Blog […]

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Report: Former National Nick Johnson Signed By Yankees

According to the New York Daily News, the World Champion New York Yankees have signed former Washington Nationals first baseman, Nick Johnson, to a one-year $5.5 million contract: “The Yankees finalized a one-year deal, $5.5 million deal with first baseman/DH Nick Johnson Friday, effectively ending Johnny Damon’s tenure in pinstripes. The deal will not be officially […]

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Bill James, CHONE, and ZiPS projections for Capps, Marquis, and more

With the Nationals in the thick of the free-agency signing period, Washington finds themselves in a familiar place of sorting out the weeds. The Nationals, a club that lost 100 games for the second straight season, are attempting to attract players who other teams may deem too unpredictable, or too much of a risk. These […]

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