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Looking at some lesser-known players on the 40-man roster

We’ve mentioned players who were added or subtracted from the Nationals’ 40-man roster on several occasions so far this offseason, but it’s probably worth mentioning everyone who currently resides on that roster, because some names tend to slip through the cracks and don’t garner much attention. The 40-man roster, for those who don’t know, serves multiple purposes. First and foremost, it represents the pool of ... read more

What’s on your Black Friday wish list for the Nats?

It’s Black Friday, and that can only mean one thing: It’s time to start crossing items off your holiday shopping list. Far be it from us to try to tell you what you should be buying your significant other, your child or your other loved ones this year. But around here, we do like to put together wish lists for roster needs. So let’s think ... read more

Finding reasons to be thankful in spite of a difficult season

Are we really going to try to find something to be thankful about the 2021 Nationals? Yes, yes we are. That’s what this day is all about. It may seem like a daunting task, looking for silver linings in a 97-loss season that included injuries, agonizing losses and emotional departures of some beloved players. But if you dig a little deeper, think a little more ... read more

What Franco’s deal with Rays says about Soto and Nats

It’s been a quiet start to the offseason, not only for the Nationals but for the entire sport, which unfortunately appears to be reluctant to sign too many free agents before the collective bargaining agreement expires one week from today, at which point the league may lock out the players. There have been a handful of intriguing signings, though, and there certainly was one Tuesday, ... read more

Hall of Fame ballot loaded with big names and controversy

If you glanced at the 2022 Hall of Fame ballot that was released Monday hoping to find some prominent Nationals representation, you were sorely disappointed. Sure, Jonathan Papelbon made the list, but you probably aren’t going to find too many Nats fans excited to relive those regrettable 12 months in club history. You’ll just have to wait another year, because among the players eligible to ... read more

Can Nats regain their standing among D.C. sports teams?

If you took a stroll around town on Nov. 3, 2019, and asked a random sampling of 100 people on the streets who the most popular professional team in D.C. was at that moment, there’s a good chance more people would’ve said the Nationals than anyone else. The fact they had just held a parade for the World Series champs 24 hours earlier probably would’ve ... read more

AFL season ends for Nats prospects with loss in championship

The Arizona Fall League came to a close Saturday night, with several Nationals prospects in the spotlight for the developmental league’s championship game. The Surprise Saguaros, who had eight Nats on a roster managed by Single-A Fredericksburg’s Mario Lisson, lost the championship to the Mesa Solar Sox, who pitched a combined one-hitter during a 6-0 victory in Scottsdale. Final game results aside, the last month ... read more

Nats’ long run of MVP contenders is nothing to scoff at

This week of announcements of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America annual awards was a disappointing one for the Nationals and their fans. They saw Juan Soto finish runner-up to Bryce Harper for the National League MVP Award, and they saw Max Scherzer finished third behind Corbin Burnes and Zack Wheeler for the NL Cy Young Award. It would’ve been nice had either Soto or ... read more