Baker glad Nats got Wieters deal done now rather than wait

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Nationals’ signing of Matt Wieters is a done deal, pending the catcher passing a physical, Dusty Baker said this afternoon. Now the veteran manager and his organization have to figure out what to do with their logjam behind the plate. Baker confirmed the deal in his daily press briefing, saying it was important to get Wieters in camp now ... read more

Source: Nationals progressing toward deal with Matt Wieters

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Nationals and Matt Wieters had been linked to each other all winter, seemingly a good match for both the club and the free agent catcher. This morning, the two sides appear finally to have found common ground. Though nothing is done yet, a source familiar with the talks said the Nationals are progressing toward a deal with Wieters, one ... read more

A tour through the Nationals’ new spring training complex

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Before we get started, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the kind words and well wishes over the last week. For those who don’t know, my mother-in-law passed away unexpectedly late last Monday night. I flew back to Washington the next morning and was home all week, helping my wife, our son, my father-in-law and ... read more

Strasburg vs. Harper showdown highlights first live BP session

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - There’s not that much to it, and it hardly is a true representation of the pitcher-batter confrontations that will take place nightly not long from now. But at this early stage of the spring, the sight of live batting practice always perks everybody up. If nothing else, it’s a reminder that the games themselves are fast approaching. The Nationals held ... read more

Scherzer won’t throw off mound until he’s pain-free

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Until Max Scherzer can throw pain-free, he won’t be throwing off a mound. The Nationals right-hander is slowly progressing in his recovery from a hairline facture of the knuckle on the ring finger of his throwing hand. So far in camp, he’s been limited to long tossing on flat ground and participating in pitchers fielding practice to maintain his agility. ... read more

Glover leveraging first big league camp into a learning experience

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Under normal circumstances, a rookie pitcher in his first major league spring training would be a fly on the wall. He’d say little, listen a lot and hope he lasted long enough in camp to glean something from the older veterans with something to offer him. But nothing about Nationals right-hander Koda Glover is ordinary. Not his imposing look on ... read more

Baker’s message before first full-squad workout: “It’s going to be tougher”

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The first full-squad workout of spring training is old hat for Nationals manager Dusty Baker. Baker doesn’t feel it’s necessary to see every player each day. So if he missed Bryce Harper taking batting practice - or the barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat sent to him by the folks at “The Walking Dead” that the slugger toted to the practice field ... read more

Unfinished business motivates Werth in final year of deal

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Last May 11, Jayson Werth was batting .196 and wondering whether his thrice-broken left wrist was ever going to be strong enough to help him power through his swing. Six years into the seven-year, $126 million contract he signed in December 2010, Werth often looked overmatched, and some wondered whether he’d ever be a regular contributor again. “After like the ... read more