Could Yunel Escobar be one and done in D.C.?

When the Nationals acquired Yunel Escobar from the A's in January, general manager Mike Rizzo said the veteran infielder's lure was his ability to play strong defense at both second base and shortstop, and promised that playing on natural turf at Nationals Park would be a better fit for the now 33-year-old than the unforgiving artificial surface that had hampered him at Tropicana Field, where ... read more

Breaking the wishbone for the Nationals

Later this afternoon or evening, you might receive the honor of snapping the turkey's wishbone. So instead of wishing for world peace or winning Powerball, why not direct your holiday intentions toward the Nationals, who could use some help this offseason. Here are some ideas for the Nationals' wishes as you square off with your brother or sister in mom's kitchen with wishbone in hand. ... read more

Ryan Zimmerman faces challenge of staying healthy in 2016

On Sept. 3, the Nationals were still in striking distance of the Mets for the division lead and the offense was finally clicking with Ryan Zimmerman in the midst of a red-hot streak. At that point, Zimmerman, who had played 34 fewer games than Bryce Harper, had driven in 71 runs, just eight behind the eventual National League MVP's team-leading 79 RBIs. Four days later, ... read more

Dusty Baker keeps Bob Henley as Nationals' third base coach (with Logan Schafer note)

When Matt Williams was fired as Nationals manager, his entire staff was also informed that their contracts were not being renewed. However, shortly after, general manager Mike Rizzo made it clear that some coaches were welcome back if the new manager wanted their services. This morning, the Nationals announced that Bob Henley will coach third base on Dusty Baker's staff in 2016, assuming the same ... read more

Bryce Harper welcomes high expectations

Hearing the names associated with Bryce Harper's historic National League Most Valuable Player season was like touring through Cooperstown. Only two players 22 or younger had a better OPS than Harper's major league-leading .460 mark - Hall of Famers Ted Williams and Jimmie Foxx. The Nationals slugger became the youngest player in the history of game to smash 42 homers and draw 124 walks. The ... read more

Nationals reportedly looking at Darren O'Day to help bullpen

The Nationals may not have to look far to solve some of their bullpen issues this winter. Darren O'Day is widely considered the best free agent reliever available after making his first All-Star team with the Orioles in 2015. reports the Nats and Dodgers are chasing O'Day harder than any other ballclubs, though the Braves, Tigers and Red Sox are also reportedly in the ... read more

Rizzo searching for depth in the bullpen

Without a doubt, the Nationals bullpen has the most questions on the team's roster this winter. General manager Mike Rizzo's decisions with his core of relievers begins with whether to forge forward or part ways with veteran right-handers Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen after stormy conclusions to both of their seasons. Right-hander Casey Janssen had a nightmare of a year and the Nationals declined his ... read more

Are the Nats chasing another big-name starting pitcher? (minors deal for Heisey)

The Nationals can't swing another blockbuster deal for a top starting pitcher this offseason. Or can they? Coming off 2014, where their rotation led the National League, the Nats showed an ultra-aggressive approach by signing Max Scherzer to record $210 million contract for a right-hander. That move bumped 15-game winner Tanner Roark out of the starting five. But with right-handers Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister ... read more