Ross agrees to $1.5 million salary, avoiding arbitration

Joe Ross and the Nationals agreed to terms today on a one-year, $1.5 million contract, avoiding arbitration, a source familiar with the deal confirmed. With one day remaining before clubs are required to tender contracts to all of their arbitration-eligible players, the Nats managed to work out a deal with Ross that establishes his 2021 salary right now, though it was a fairly straightforward process. ... read more

Stats don’t tell story of Nats fans’ adoration for Taylor

The day will come, perhaps in 10 years or 20 years or even more, when someone will mention Michael A. Taylor’s name fondly and someone else will look up the outfielder’s stats during his time with the Nationals and ask an understandable question. Why was this part-time player with the .237 average, .291 on-base percentage and more than 10 times as many strikeouts as home ... read more

Taylor signs with Royals, officially ending 11-year run with Nats

Michael A. Taylor’s 11-year tenure with the Nationals officially ended today when the enigmatic outfielder signed a one-year deal with the Royals, hoping a fresh start with a new organization will reinvigorate his career. Taylor had been on the open market since Oct. 15, after the Nationals attempted to outright him to Triple-A and he declined the assignment and elected free agency. Though the club ... read more

Monday morning Nats Q&A

Hope everyone had a nice, safe Thanksgiving weekend. As you’d expect, there was no significant news about the Nationals, who like most teams have been awfully quiet so far this offseason. Perhaps that begins to change this week, as November turns to December and pressure builds to address the roster. In the meantime, let’s take some time this morning to answer your questions about the ... read more

What item should top Nats’ offseason wish list?

Thanksgiving weekend, of course, marks the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season, though obviously this year is a little bit different from the norm. Black Friday did take place, but it wasn’t nearly the spectacle it usually is, and for good reason. Baseball’s shopping season also is different this year. We’ve already seen how slow the market has been to develop, and it’s probably ... read more

Even in 2020, much to be thankful for today

This traditionally is a day to take a step back and appreciate what we have in our lives, big and small, and give thanks for it. But this year? What are we supposed to be thankful for in November 2020? Actually, there’s a lot. Though this certainly has been among the most trying years any of has ever experienced, there have been some silver linings. ... read more

Nationals’ options for rotation help starting to shrink

This has been, unfortunately as expected, an awfully slow start to free agency across baseball. Teams so far have been reluctant to spend anything resembling significant money, perhaps because they want to wait and see what the 2021 season is going to look like before committing, perhaps because they already intended to make players wait as long as possible in the final year of the ... read more

Do Nats have the elite prospects needed in a big trade?

Mike Rizzo has never been shy about dealing away top prospects in exchange for big-name players who could immediately help his Nationals win. This is the general manager, after all, who dealt away Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo López and Dane Dunning for Adam Eaton prior to the 2017 season and then that summer dealt Jesús Luzardo and others to the Athletics for Sean Doolittle and Ryan ... read more