After disappointing year, Voth right back where he started

Our offseason player review series continues today with Austin Voth, who struggled mightily during his first extended opportunity in the Nationals rotation. PLAYER REVIEW: AUSTIN VOTH Age on opening day 2021: 28 How acquired: Fifth-round pick, 2013 draft MLB service time: 1 year, 127 days 2020 salary: $568,900 (prorated $210,704) Contract status: Under team control, could be arbitration-eligible in 2022, free agent in 2026 2020 ... read more

Was this the end of the line for Sánchez in D.C.?

Our offseason player review series continues today with Aníbal Sánchez, who labored through a difficult season on the mound. PLAYER REVIEW: ANÍBAL SÁNCHEZ Age on opening day 2021: 37 How acquired: Signed as free agent, December 2018 MLB service time: 14 years, 83 days 2020 salary: $9,555,556 (prorated $3,148,149) Contract status: Club holds $12 million option or $2 million buyout for 2021 2020 stats: 4-5, ... read more

Nats need Corbin to bounce back and help lead rotation

Our offseason player review series continues today with Patrick Corbin, who like much of the Nationals rotation didn’t live up to his typical standards this season. PLAYER REVIEW: PATRICK CORBIN Age on opening day 2021: 31 How acquired: Signed as free agent, December 2018 MLB service time: 8 years, 105 days 2020 salary: $19 million (prorated $7,453,703) Contract status: Signed for $24 million in 2021, ... read more

Guerra, Freeman clear waivers, become free agents

Two more members of the Nationals’ 2020 bullpen are now free agents after right-hander Javy Guerra and lefty Sam Freeman cleared outright waivers, the club announced today. Guerra and Freeman, who both ended the season on the injured list, are the latest Nats players to formally come off the 40-man roster, which now stands at 36. Right-handers Aaron Barrett, Paolo Espino and Austen Williams, plus ... read more

Can Scherzer regain elite form in final year of contract?

Our offseason player review series continues today with Max Scherzer, who wasn’t his elite self but still managed to be effective. PLAYER REVIEW: MAX SCHERZER Age on opening day 2021: 36 How acquired: Signed as free agent, January 2015 MLB service time: 12 years, 79 days 2020 salary: $35 million (deferred), $15 million signing bonus Contract status: Signed for $35 million in 2021 (deferred), $15 ... read more

Thames’ poor year again leaves Nats with first base questions

Our offseason player review series continues today with Eric Thames, who was among the most disappointing players on the roster this season. PLAYER REVIEW: ERIC THAMES Age on opening day 2021: 34 How acquired: Signed as free agent, January 2020 MLB service time: 5 years, 63 days 2020 salary: $3 million (prorated $1,111,111) Contract status: Has $4 million mutual option (or $1 million buyout) for ... read more

Source: Hale, Long won’t return to fast-changing coaching staff

The Nationals’ first offseason task appears to be a significant makeover of manager Davey Martinez’s coaching staff. One week after cutting ties with pitching coach Paul Menhart, the club has now also informed third base coach Chip Hale and hitting coach Kevin Long they will not be returning in 2021, a source familiar with the decisions confirmed. There could be more moves coming, as well. ... read more

Nats need a healthy and productive Castro next year

Our offseason player review series continues today with Starlin Castro, who was brought in last winter to help fortify the Nationals lineup, but played in only 16 games before suffering a season-ending injury. PLAYER REVIEW: STARLIN CASTRO Age on opening day 2021: 31 How acquired: Signed as free agent, January 2020 MLB service time: 10 years, 150 days 2020 salary: $5 million (prorated $1,851,852) Contract ... read more