No more second thoughts for Yunel Escobar

VIERA, Fla. - Yunel Escobar wasn't thrilled when he found out he was headed to the Nationals in a trade last month. That's because Nats general manager Mike Rizzo made the move to acquire Escobar not to play shortstop, but rather second base, a position the 32-year-old hasn't seen action at since his rookie season in 2007. "I had a conversation with him through his ... read more

Even on shelf, Jayson Werth takes part in first full-squad workout

VIERA, Fla. - Jayson Werth was on the field this morning as the Nationals began their first official full-squad workouts in preparation for the 2015 season. He was limited though, not participating in any throwing or hitting drills, while still recovering from right shoulder surgery early last month. Werth continues to focus on opening day as a return date with the initial rehabilitation period being ... read more

Versatile Mike Carp could provide value off the bench

VIERA, Fla. - In January, general manager Mike Rizzo signed Mike Carp to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Carp appeared in 41 games in left field and 29 games at first base for Boston in 2013 and was an important utility option for the Red Sox during their run to a World Series championship. While splitting time mostly between left ... read more

No limits for Anthony Rendon's greatness

VIERA, Fla. - Anthony Rendon does not walk around with a superstar-type aura surrounding him. Yet the 24-year-old infielder appears to be just that. He's entering his third season in the majors, coming off a tremendous sophomore campaign where he hit .287 with 21 home runs, 83 RBIs and a league-leading 111 runs scored. The media-shy Rendon didn't escape the accolades of the Silver Slugger ... read more

More Harper on grievance, Rizzo, Scherzer, rotation and expectations

SARASOTA, Fla. - Some other gems from Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who held his first media session of spring training this afternoon: On any hard feelings from his grievance against the club and his relationship with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo: "Mike's awesome. Truly. If I had a problem, I'd probably tell him straight to his face because that's how he is and that's how ... read more

Harper's not lacking confidence

VIERA, Fla. - If Bryce Harper can back up the words he spoke this afternoon, then notify the park police: There's going to be a parade with red and white floats coming down Constitution Avenue in early November. Oozing with confidence, the 22-year-old Harper sat on the bench in the first base dugout at Space Coast Stadium and delivered his preamble for the 2015 Nationals ... read more

A "lean" Harper is here and Williams is excited (with photos, video)

VIERA, Fla. - Nationals Manager Matt Williams took the field at Space Coast Stadium to throw some batting practice to a handful of his talented hitters. The group included Anthony Rendon, Denard Span, Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper. The 22-year-old Harper made his first appearance of spring training in the clubhouse this morning, showing a trim but bulked-up frame after the four-month offseason. "Reporting today, ... read more

Replacing Clippard isn't easy

When evaluating the Nationals as they prepare to embark on a season with the highest of expectations, it's easy to get caught up in the incredible starting rotation that general manager Mike Rizzo has assembled. Few uncertainties surround this team, but a glaring one is the dilemma of who will step in to replace the departed Tyler Clippard. The reliable right-hander was expected to resume ... read more