Insights from Doolittle and Menhart at Nats Winterfest

Here are some great insights from the Nats Winterfest last week at Nationals Park. Closer Sean Doolittle shared about his time starting out in pro baseball when he arrived as a hitter. After suffering through several injuries, it was suggested to Doolittle that he switch from position player to pitcher. He then slowly made the transformation and got himself to the big leagues. “I definitely ... read more

Hudson motivated to recreate 2019 run in return to Nats

The Nationals officially announced the re-signing of reliever Daniel Hudson this morning. The pitcher that recorded the final three outs in Game 7 of the 2019 World Series to send the Nats to their first title comes back to D.C. on a two-year contract worth a reported $11 million. Hudson was a major part of literally saving the Nats’ regular season and then decisively ending ... read more

FredNats on schedule for new stadium opening April 23

A top official for the Fredericksburg Nationals said the construction of the team’s new home is on schedule, and that he is confident the venue will be ready for the 2020 season. The parent Nationals’ high Single-A affiliate - formerly the Potomac Nationals or P-Nats - is moving to Fredericksburg, Va., from its previous home in Woodbridge, Va. The club began playing in Woodbridge in ... read more

Freeman’s consistency and versatility keys to his success

Infielder/outfielder Cole Freeman has put together two of the most consistent seasons in his first two campaigns in the Nationals organization. Along the way, Freeman has proven his ability to excel as the level of competition intensified. In his first season out of LSU in 2018, Freeman played in 122 games with low Single-A Hagerstown, slashing .266/.354/.371 with 32 doubles, three triples, three homers, 26 ... read more

With 10 years of major league experience, Castro sees value in being a mentor

New Nationals second baseman Starlin Castro met with the media via conference call Tuesday, and the veteran said he had realized how good the Nats were going to be while playing 19 games against them last season. With his season over in Miami, Castro then was able to become a fan of the team as the Nats battled the Astros for the world title. “I ... read more

Report: Cabrera returning to Nats, adding to infield depth

General manager Mike Rizzo is moving quickly to shore up the Nationals infield as the team prepares to defend its championship in 2020. Veteran Starlin Castro came to terms with the Nats on Friday, and Rizzo has now returned an important mid-season addition from last year to his potential roster for the upcoming campaign, agreeing to a deal with Asdrúbal Cabrera, according to reports posted ... read more

Free agent choices for lefty bat at first base

Here is a look at some of the left-handed hitting first base possibilities for the Nationals on the free agent market, besides the potential of bringing back Matt Adams. Eric Thames, 33, can play first base and the outfield, and slashed .247/.346/.505 in 2019 with 25 homers and 61 RBIs for the Brewers. Mitch Moreland, 34, plays first base and right field, most recently with ... read more

On Soto as possible MVP, the shuffle and a long-term deal

After an amazing breakout campaign in front of a national audience all the way to the 2019 World Series title, Nationals left fielder Juan Soto is primed to have another big season. He is going to walk a lot. He’s going to hit a lot. And a lot of those hits will be homers. Could he be in the running for MVP in the National ... read more