On Gallo's signing, Pineda's DFA and the new jerseys

Joey Gallo

A smorgasbord of Nationals thoughts on this Monday morning as Detroit Lions fans around the world cope with coming oh-so-close to their first Super Bowl appearance and the rest of us cope with another Chiefs-49ers matchup …

* The Joey Gallo signing became official over the weekend after the 30-year-old slugger passed his physical. Gallo is now a member of the Nats, having agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal that also includes a mutual option for 2025.

Before anyone gets too worked up over that last nugget: Mutual options almost never get picked up. If the player has a good season, he’ll want to decline it and see if he can get a better deal as a free agent. If the player struggles, the team will decline it because it won’t want to overpay him for a second season.

So for all practical purposes, this is a one-year contract for Gallo, who will be motivated to put up big numbers and try to parlay that into a better deal next winter, whether from the Nationals or someone else.

The odds of Gallo fitting into the Nats’ 2025 plans probably aren’t great. If things go as they’re supposed to go, the outfield will be filled with James Wood and Dylan Crews joining Lane Thomas. (And even if some part of that preferred plan doesn’t come to fruition, there’s still Robert Hassell III, Daylen Lile, Jacob Young, Stone Garrett and others who could ascend to an available starting role.)

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Nats' new uniforms include first pullover and updated road grays

Nats Pullover on Player

For the Nationals’ on-field look, it’s a “new year, new me” in 2024.

On Friday, the Nats unveiled new changes to their uniform collection for the upcoming season with the start of spring training just weeks away, including the team’s first pullover jersey and an updated design to their road grays.

The Nationals’ 2024 uniform collection is composed of five jerseys, which now includes a pullover. The white top has navy blue sleeves and features the vintage Capitol W logo on the left chest. Making its first jersey appearance, the Vintage Capitol W debuted on spring training caps in 2019 and has been featured on regular season hats since 2020. The pullover also includes the first V-neck buttonless design with red, white and navy blue trim. Players' names and numbers on the back are red and outlined in navy blue.

A brand-new arm patch displays an interlocking “DC” inside the District of Columbia silhouette, marking the return of the interlocking “DC” logo that the team used from its inaugural season in 2005 until 2011. The Nats then began to universally use the curly W logo.

You can view the breakdown of the new pullover jersey here.

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