Rizzo on shortstop: "We love competition"

This is the last day of the last month without baseball for a long time. Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 18 and then it's on. Barring injury, the Nationals appear set at every position around the diamond. But what about shortstop? With Ian Desmond - though still unsigned - departing in free agency, Danny Espinosa is expected to get his first full-time shot at ... read more

Of all the misses this winter, which player would have helped the most?

From a perception standpoint, it hasn't been a most favorable winter for the Nationals. A dugout brawl between eventual National League MVP Bryce Harper and hothead Jonathan Papelbon in the final days of the season set the stage for piling on. But general manager Mike Rizzo strapped up and went for it, attempting to make a statement that the Nationals were still the big, bad ... read more

Joe Ross looking to build on impressive rookie year

During his introductory press conference earlier this month, the new Nationals infielder Daniel Murphy revealed that he pays close attention to the First-Year Player Draft. Murphy, a seven-year veteran, was asked which of his new, younger Nationals teammates stick out most from recent drafts. He chose Joe Ross, a pitcher he recalled from their encounters last season. "Ross was the easy one to remember because ... read more

Doug Fister signs one-year deal with Astros (with spring uniform photos)

Free agent right-hander Doug Fister has signed a one-year, $7 million deal with the Astros after pitching the last two seasons for the Nationals. Washington acquired Fister from the Tigers in December 2013 in exchange for infielder Steve Lombardozzi, left-hander Ian Krol and minor league lefty Robbie Ray. Fister became arguably the Nationals' most effective starter in 2014, going 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA and ... read more

Max Scherzer aiming to carry no-hit success into 2016

Just over a year ago, Max Scherzer arrived in the nation's capital with a ton of fanfare and a monumental contract. The former American League Cy Young Award winner then backed it up, becoming just the sixth pitcher to throw two no-hitters in a season. If not for a bizarre blip in Scherzer's season during August, the dominant right-hander might have found himself with a ... read more

Nationals sign veteran starter Bronson Arroyo to minor league deal

The Nationals added some competition to the mix for their starting rotation when pitchers and catchers report next month by signing Bronson Arroyo to a minor league deal with an invite to major league spring training. Arroyo, who turns 39 on Feb. 24, hasn't pitched professionally since undergoing Tommy John surgery while with the Diamondbacks in July 2014. During his rehab, the veteran right-hander was ... read more

Nationals reportedly interested in veteran starter Bronson Arroyo

Even with the departures of right-handers Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister through free agency, the Nationals haven't been aggressively pursuing starting pitchers this offseason. "I like the rotation as it is," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said earlier this month. "We have a very talented, quality starting rotation." Rizzo reportedly flirted with righty Mike Leake and left-hander Scott Kazmir before the free agents signed with ... read more

You can't always get what you want

Whether it was a surprise or not, the Nationals chased free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes last week before the slugger opted to return to the Mets. The part that was hard to swallow for most Nats fans was why Cespedes chose a three-year deal with New York instead of the five-year offer on the table in Washington. Even more difficult was that the scenario seems ... read more