Nats Get It Done, Ryan Zimmerman Extended Through 2020

With both sides willing to extend talks past an initial Saturday deadline, the Washington Nationals and Ryan Zimmerman agreed to a six-year deal on top of the two-years left he has on his existing contract.  Ryan Zimmerman talked to’s Bill Ladson moments ago.  “It’s a relief,” Zimmerman told’s Bill Ladson. “It’s a lot […]


Could Prince Fielder Be The Next Adam Dunn?

Following the 2008 season Adam Dunn was considered by many to be far-and-away the second best slugger on the free-agent market. Eventual New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira took the crown as the winter’s top jewel, but many viewed Dunn as the type of player worthy of a major $100+ contract. The only problem […]

Detwiler vs. Lannan: Battle for the Rotation

The Washington Nationals are experiencing a problem unique to their team’s history in DC.  They just have more capable pitchers than they have available starting rotation spots. As we see it today, the Nationals have four locks for the starting rotation: Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, and Chien-Ming Wang.  Just yesterday

Why Adam LaRoche Will Be the Nationals First Baseman

After a disappointing 2010 season for the Washington Nationals, general manager Mike Rizzo allowed first baseman Adam Dunn to enter free agency to the dismay of many fans.  With this loss, Washington began their search for another starting first baseman, their fifth in six seasons.  On January 4th, 2011, Peter Gammons of MLB Network was the […]

Nationals Win in Gio Gonzalez Trade

As Ted already covered this morning, the wait to see who the Washington Nationals’ first big signing would be ended on Thursday afternoon, as they acquired LHP Gio Gonzalez from the Oakland Athletics. We’ve already covered the base level stats several times, so we won’t do much but remind you. In the 2010 and 2011 seasons, Gonzalez […]

Did the Nationals Lose Too Much for Gio Gonzalez?

The Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics are finalizing a four for one deal that would send Gio Gonzalez to the Nats in exchange for right-handers Brad Peacock and AJ Cole, lefty Tom Milone and catcher Derek Norris. Having spent his entire four-year career with the A’s, Gonzalez had a breakout season in 2010 and continued […]

Nats Talk On The Go: Episode 4

In this week’s Nats Talk On The Go podcast, The Nats Blog’s Joe Drugan and Capitol Baseball‘s Craig MacHenry talk about the Washington Nationals. The podcast is available on iTunes and available for streaming. Contents Nats Headlines: Gio Gonzalez Roy Oswalt Mike Cameron Minor Leaguers (Carlos Rivero) Question of the Week: Would you rather get Gio Gonzalez in […]


Offseason Read: Barry Bonds’ “Good Eye”

Last week I wrote an article about where the strike zone actually is for pitchers. Based on research by Baseball Prospectus I concluded that the strike zone is determined partially by the rules and partially by the pitcher. I wrote: “Pitchers face something more complicated than a static box determined by the plate and the […]

Have the Nationals missed out on the “next Ichiro?”

As the Washington Nationals continue to search for a long-term solution in center field, the Milwaukee Brewers bid $2.5 million for the rights to negotiate with Norichika Aoki, a center fielder from the Nippon Professional Baseball League who will be 30 for the 2012 MLB season, according to Adam McCalvy of  Aoki in seven […]


“Strike” is Just a Six Letter Word

Pitches can end up one of only six ways: In the zone, swung at and missed In the zone, swung at and hit In the zone, taken for a strike Out of the zone, swung at and missed Out of the zone, swung at and hit Out of the zone, taken for a ball Using […]

Nationals Should Have Interest in Joe Saunders

After a disappointing week of Winter Meetings, the Washington Nationals are still in the market for a veteran starter to eat innings for the team’s young pitching staff.  On Monday night, the Arizona Diamondbacks may have answered their call by


Evaluating Livan Hernandez: Is Tricking The Umpire A Skill?

In 2010, at the age of 35, Livan Hernandez had the third best ERA of his career, good for sixteenth in the NL. He was also the most valuable Nationals pitcher. His success continued in 2011, albeit diminished. His ERA was 4.47. Compared to 2008 and 2009, when his ERA was 6.05 and 5.44 respectively, […]