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Lester comes to D.C. with one goal in mind: “I want to win”

He’s won three championships for two iconic franchises, started Game 1 of the World Series, appeared in Game 7 of the Fall Classic and pitched in a bunch of postseason clinchers. He beat cancer. He’s made nearly $200 million in career earnings. He’ll never have to buy anyone another drink in Boston or Chicago (though he actually did buy a whole lot of people drinks ... read more

On Hand’s velocity, Lester’s physical and Realmuto’s signing

Some assorted news and notes for you on this Wednesday morning ... * Much has been made of Brad Hand’s diminished fastball velocity last season, and it has been presented as perhaps cause for concern as the left-hander joins the back end of the Nationals bullpen. But is this anything to actually worry about? First, let’s look at the numbers. Hand’s four-seam fastball averaged 92.7 ... read more

My 2021 Hall of Fame ballot

There’s no greater privilege in this business than serving as a Hall of Fame voter. And there’s no greater feeling than seeing one of baseball’s greatest get the news of his election, knowing you played a small role in making it happen. So it’s always disappointing to put the time and effort into voting in a given year and then find out nobody was elected. ... read more

Newly signed Hand comfortable with any late-inning role

Though he was the consensus best reliever available on the free agent market this winter, Brad Hand spent 2 1/2 months waiting to learn where he would pitch in 2021. Chalk it up to this most unusual offseason across baseball, and it’s understandable, though no less nerve-wracking for the players involved. Early in the process, though, Hand knew the Nationals were among the teams interested ... read more

Will any new Hall of Famers be elected tonight?

Hall of Fame election day should be an enjoyable event. We should spend our time celebrating the careers of the greatest players baseball has to offer and engaging in spirited but friendly debates about those players who didn’t get enough votes to make it to Cooperstown. Unfortunately, this probably isn’t going to be one of those election days. For a number of reasons, this could ... read more

With four late-inning arms, Nats have plenty of relief options

A few national baseball writers referred to Brad Hand as the Nationals’ “new closer” upon reporting his contract agreement Sunday night. Don’t be so sure about that. Though Hand certainly is going to end up closing some games for the Nats this season, that’s not technically the role the club has in mind for him. It’s safe to say Davey Martinez will use Hand whenever ... read more

Nationals bolster bullpen with top available lefty Hand

The Nationals have known all winter they needed an experienced left-hander for their bullpen, someone who could be counted upon to get big outs late in games. They’re going to wind up getting the best one available. The Nats are in agreement with veteran reliever Brad Hand on a one-year deal worth $10.5 million, pending a physical, a source familiar with the signing confirmed. Once ... read more

Bell-Zimmerman combo at first base could work nicely for Nats

What kind of production can the Nationals expect from their first basemen in 2021? Would they be satisfied with 30 homers, 99 RBIs, a .305 batting average, .390 on-base percentage and .997 OPS? Because that’s what you get when you combine Josh Bell’s 2019 numbers against right-handers and Ryan Zimmerman’s 2019 numbers against left-handers. Yep, if Bell took all the at-bats against righties and Zimmerman ... read more