Wondering about Rizzo’s next moves at Winter Meetings

LAS VEGAS - Now that he’s made the big splashes, let’s see if Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo can excel at the small moves that pay sizable dividends. The whirlwind of activity that preceded the Nats’ arrival at the Winter Meetings at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino filled most of the team’s glaring weaknesses. Signing Kurt Suzuki as a free agent and trading for ... read more

The Harper-Vegas Winter Meetings are here, but who’s bidding?

LAS VEGAS - It’s been circled on the calendar for years, this perfect confluence of baseball’s signature offseason event, Bryce Harper’s first foray into free agency and everything coming together on the Las Vegas Strip, just down the street from Harper’s home. And after all that anticipation and speculation, it’s finally time for this long-awaited spectacle to get underway. The Winter Meetings officially open for ... read more

Nats head to Vegas having already filled most roster holes

They’ve already signed the frontline starter they’ve coveted for a long time. They’ve upgraded the catching position with not one but two veteran additions. They’ve added two experienced late-inning relievers. And they’ve done all this before departing for the Winter Meetings. Which begs the question: Do the Nationals even need to go to Las Vegas this week? “You know I love the Winter Meetings,” general ... read more

Lerner suggests Harper unlikely to re-sign with Nationals

The odds of Bryce Harper re-signing with the Nationals once he became a free agent always felt long, not with some of baseball’s most iconic and cash-infused franchises certain to be involved in a bidding war for a 26-year-old seeking the biggest contract in American sports history. But it wasn’t until today that a prominent member of the Nationals front office explicitly put into words ... read more

Corbin and Nationals hoping for happy marriage

Patrick Corbin could have waited until the Winter Meetings. He could have waited out the market like most free agents do, made prospective teams come to him to make their case for his services and then finally make his selection in January. Such is the luxury afforded the top free agent pitcher of the offseason, but Corbin didn’t feel the need to do any of ... read more

Press conference today at Nationals Park

It’s been a while since the Nationals held an offseason press conference on South Capitol Street. The last one came more than a year ago, when Davey Martinez was introduced as the club’s seventh manager in 14 seasons. None of last year’s player acquisitions warranted a full-scale press conference at the ballpark. So today represents a significant moment for the Nats, who have announced a ... read more

Harper decision will have domino effect on rest of outfield

There are any number of significant factors the Nationals have to consider in deciding how much they’re willing to offer Bryce Harper to stay in D.C. long term. These are huge questions that impact the franchise both on and off the field for years. There’s a seemingly smaller question, though, that should not be forgotten: What would re-signing Harper do to the rest of the ... read more

Answering the questions raised by the Corbin signing

The Nationals’ signing of Patrick Corbin to a six-year, $140 million deal came in fast and furious Tuesday afternoon, the kind of head-spinning transaction that was felt across baseball. It also produced no shortage of follow-up questions. Now that we’ve had some time to digest the news, let’s see if we can come up with some answers to those questions ... Did the Nationals really ... read more