Decisiveness, patience equally important in Rizzo’s world

LAS VEGAS - Even before he’d settled into his suite at the Delano Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Nationals general manger Mike Rizzo had swiftly and decisively checked off most of the items on his offseason to-do list. He’d bolstered the back end of his bullpen by trading with the Marlins for Kyle Barraclough and signing free agent Trevor Rosenthal to ... read more

Martinez’s motto for 2019 Nationals: “Just one more”

LAS VEGAS - If Davey Martinez was going to create a motto for the 2019 Nationals, it would be rather simple while also driving home the main point he wants to convey to his players. “Just one more,” the manager said Tuesday during his media session at the Winter Meetings. “One more. One more of everything. One more strikeout. One more stolen base. One more ... read more

Martinez thinks Robles is ready to play every day

LAS VEGAS - When Victor Robles hit .353 over his first seven Grapefruit League games in spring training, Nationals manager Davey Martinez didn’t get carried away with thinking how his top prospect might impact the lineup in 2018. Martinez knows spring training stats can be fool’s gold, and that wunderkind prospects can suddenly look line overmatched roster filler once they’ve faced - and struggled against ... read more

Teams inquiring about Roark, but Rizzo wants more pitching

LAS VEGAS - Though multiple teams have approached the Nationals in recent days about Tanner Roark, general manager Mike Rizzo suggested he isn’t looking to trade the veteran right-hander and would only do so if he had already bolstered his rotation with another significant acquisition. Responding to a report early this morning by Yahoo! Sports that the Nationals “have engaged in multiple discussions to trade” ... read more

What to make of Tanner Roark trade speculation

LAS VEGAS - The Winter Meetings are all about rumors. They dominate the lobby conversation day and night at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort. They fuel all sorts of media speculation. And they’re discussed each day when reporters meet with general managers to get an update on their team’s machinations. This morning brought some chatter n Yahoo! Sports about the Nationals shopping right-hander Tanner ... read more

Could defense up the middle make up for loss of Harper’s power bat?

LAS VEGAS - Anyone who’s spent significant time around Mike Rizzo knows that what the Nationals general manager means isn’t always what he says. There’s a subtle subtext to his responses, which are calculated in such a way as to answer a question without revealing too much. Sometimes it’s casual misdirection; other times, it’s completely intentional. But sometimes, a sound byte from Rizzo gives you ... read more

Do Nats need to restrict Ross and Fedde’s workloads in 2019?

LAS VEGAS - The Nationals got the frontline starter they’ve long coveted last week when they doled out $140 million to sign Patrick Corbin. Might they still be in the market for some back-of-the-rotation help, though? The Nationals, as currently constructed, have four locks to make their opening day rotation (assuming health for all those involved), with Corbin joining ace Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and ... read more

Nats searching for one player to fill holes at first and second base

LAS VEGAS - The Nationals made it a priority each of the last two winters to acquire a left-handed backup first baseman, wanting to make sure they had not only a potent bat off the bench but also a capable slugger who could take over everyday duties if Ryan Zimmerman landed on the disabled list. And each time they struck paydirt, getting major contributions from ... read more