Williams on his first year at the helm, what's ahead for 2015

Since he was named Nationals manager on Oct. 31, 2013, the recently completed Winter Meetings marked a milestone in Matt Williams' tenure at the helm: He's been through a full annual cycle of life as a major league skipper. It's not as easy as writing down names on a lineup card every day during the season or fulfilling the role of engaging tour guide, as ... read more

More on Zimmerman's transition to first (pitchers, catchers report Feb. 19)

Quantifying Adam LaRoche's importance to the Nationals over his four-year stint isn't difficult. Yes, there was the left-handed bat in the middle of the lineup that supplied necessary power. But LaRoche's prowess with the leather was something that came up over and over again at NatsFest as his now ex-teammates lamented his departure as a free agent. LaRoche was the kind of steady but stellar ... read more

Harper and Nats settle, avoid grievance hearing (updated with terms)

The Nationals and outfielder Bryce Harper have reached a settlement on his 2015 salary and avoided a potentially contentious grievance hearing that was scheduled for Tuesday in New York. The two sides appeared headed for the grievance hearing, which Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo likened to an arbitration hearing, where teams take great pains to point out all of a player's shortcomings. But things took ... read more

Though role unclear, Treinen will stretch out as starter in camp

The Nationals rotation is deep enough that left-hander Ross Detwiler, a 10-game winner in 2012 couldn't crack it in spring training and was traded to the Rangers earlier this week after struggling to adapt to a bullpen role. The Nationals are already salivating over the future arrival of stud pitcher Lucas Giolito, a 20-year-old righty who hasn't pitched above low Single-A and is rated baseball's ... read more

Ready to close, Storen grateful for vote of confidence

Though Drew Storen struggled in his two postseasons, there won't be any closer controversy as the Nationals enter spring training. At the Winter Meetings in San Diego, general manager Mike Rizzo said that the right-hander would handle the ninth inning for the Nats in 2015. "Any guy throwing late in games wants to be closer, but think more important to have that vote of confidence ... read more

Closer role an option for Clippard

There was a lot of debate in 2014 about who should assume the closer role for the Nationals. Rafael Soriano was brought in to shut the door in the ninth before 2012, but seven blown saves and myriad other close calls in 2014 left fans with little confidence, and even fewer fingernails, as the final three outs seemed to constantly be a struggle to obtain. ... read more

Source: Blue Jays have not contacted Rizzo about president/CEO job

Nothing like a hot rumor to spice up NatsFest, though this one had nothing to do with a big trade or free agent signing. ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reported Saturday afternoon that the Toronto Blue Jays are interested in Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo, who they'd like to hire as their new president/CEO when Paul Beeston relinquishes those roles after the ... read more

Zimmermann and Fister on their futures in Washington

Jordan Zimmermann knows what it will take to keep him in a Nationals uniform, and he's more than willing to let the process surrounding a long-term contract extension take its course. "If it's fair value, like I've said all along, I'd gladly sign," Zimmermann said. "At the end of the day, it's got to be something that's fair. If it's not, then I'll be moving ... read more