Rumors, rumors everywhere - what’s a fan to think?

I’m told that covering baseball’s Winter Meetings - which convene tomorrow in Dallas - is a lot like my maternal grandfather’s time-tested method for telling whether a pot of boiling spaghetti has reached the peak of tenderness - al dente, as the culinary whizzes among us like to say. Pop would literally pluck a few noodles from the rolling boil and throw them against the ... read more

Top free agent starters attractive to Nats, but come with question marks

The Nationals want to bolster the rotation with a veteran starting pitcher, and depending upon whom you choose to believe, general manager Mike Rizzo has been linked to the top three starters on the free agent market: left-handers Mark Buehrle and C.J. Wilson, and right-hander Roy Oswalt. Will Rizzo return from the Winter Meetings in Dallas next week with one of the trio to sit ... read more

Examining the Nationals’ trade chips

It seems like only yesterday we were drawing the curtain on the 2011 season at Nationals Park. Now, we’re a couple of days away from baseball’s power brokers convening in Dallas at the Winter Meetings, where they’ll engage in trade chat, sign free agents and generally talk shop until the wee hours. I’ll be there representing, keeping you up to date on everything the ... read more

Farewell and thanks, NatsTown

As a reporter, I’ve always felt a little odd about the concept of a big, protracted goodbye on a blog - we’re supposed to relay stories about the people we cover to our readers, not be the center of the story ourselves. Then again, I’ve spent the last two years writing under a masthead with a goofy pun on my last name, so here goes: ... read more

Nationals shuffle minor league managers

After promoting Triple-A Syracuse manager Randy Knorr to the major league staff as Davey Johnson’s bench coach for 2012, the Nationals filled his old job the way they’ve been staffing their minor league teams for the last few seasons: moving managers up from within their ranks. They promoted Double-A Harrisburg manager Tony Beasley to Syracuse, also adding hitting coach Troy Gingrich to that staff. Single-A ... read more

What if ... Stephen Strasburg hadn’t gotten hurt?

Welcome to a special Thursday edition of “What If?” Wednesdays, where we look at how things might have worked out differently for the Nationals if some event had worked out differently. And our installment this week, if I do say so myself, was worth waiting for, since it’s probably one you have daydreamed about yourself: What if Stephen Strasburg hadn’t gotten hurt? We all know ... read more

Original Nat Castilla debuts on Hall of Fame ballot

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America has announced the 2012 Hall of Fame ballot, and an original National is among 13 candidates in their first year of eligibility. Vinny Castilla, the third baseman on the club in 2005, makes his first appearance on the ballot, which includes two former American League batting champions, two former league RBI leaders and a former Rookie of the Year. ... read more

Nationals not eligible for first competitive balance lottery

Major League Baseball has released details about its first competitive balance lottery, which will award extra draft picks to small-market teams beginning in 2013. Not surprisingly, the Nationals are not one of the 13 teams that will be eligible for the first lottery. MLB will choose teams for the new lottery based on their market size and revenue, not based on their payroll. It’s not ... read more