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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Fangraphs: Nationals Sign Matt Wieters for Some Reason.

all winter, the team didn’t seem to show much interest. At the beginning of December, Washington traded for Derek Norris, who had a terrible 2016 but has plenty of signs pointing to a 2017 bounce-back. With Norris and Jose Lobaton in the fold, they had a perfectly capable pair of receivers, both of whom rated as well above average in Statcorner’s catcher framing metrics. Catching wasn’t the strength of the team, but neither was it some glaring weakness like their bench, and if ownership was going to allow for more spending, there seemed to be plenty of other places for the Nationals to upgrade.

But today, the winter of industry speculation proved prescient, as the Nationals have reportedly signed Wieters, giving him $21 million in guaranteed money over two years along with an opt-out after the first year. The lesson, as always; if you’re not sure where a Scott Boras client is going to sign, Washington is always a safe guess.

Matt Wieters signed a supercontract when he was in the womb.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: February 21, 2017 at 01:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, nationals

5 reasons Matt Wieters would make the Nationals the NL East favorites | FOX Sports

No, no he’s not. Whether he’s even an upgrade to Derek Norris is a very open question.

Matt Wieters is an impact star
Wieters was among the premier free agents on the market and fell into the Nationals’ lap in late February. A switch-hitting catcher with 20-homer power who still in his prime, was an All-Star in 2016, threw out 35 percent of would-be basestealers last season and has two Gold Gloves … wow. It’s a huge upgrade over Derek Norris.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2017 at 12:41 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, nationals

A slimmed-down Chris Heisey finds stability in West Palm Beach - The Washington Post

How about the jeans test?

Dusty Baker jokes about his unorthodox methods for testing his players’ fitness when they arrive for spring training. He shakes their hands and pats them on the stomach, not merely as gestures of welcoming, but as informal assessments of their overall health. Bigger-than-they-used-to-be bellies or smaller-than-they-used-to-be biceps do not go unnoticed at such close range.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2017 at 11:46 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: chris heisey, dusty baker, nationals

Nationals near deal with Matt Wieters | MLB.com

Update:

Wieters may finally have a landing place. What’s the cash?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2017 at 10:42 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, nationals

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Bryce Harper isn’t laughing off Syndergaard’s ‘douche’ rip | New York Post

When asked about Noah Syndergaard’s Instagram comment from New Year’s Eve – Thor dropped the “Douche’’ hammer on Harper — Harper responded with these serious words at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches: “I don’t know, Syndergaard does what he does and the Mets do what they do. So we are going to worry about what we do in our clubhouse and do everything we can do win ballgames and hopefully have a better record than any team in Major League Baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2017 at 02:04 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, mets, nationals, noah syndergaard

Monday, February 13, 2017

Nationals sign first baseman/outfielder Adam Lind

As their pitchers and catchers streamed into West Palm Beach ahead of their official report date Tuesday, the Washington Nationals made a significant addition to their bench by agreeing to terms with power-hitting lefty Adam Lind, according to a person familiar with the situation. The deal, the terms of which were not immediately available, will become official once Lind passes a physical.

If he passes, he will become the fourth outfielder and backup first baseman, likely bumping similar big lefty bat Clint Robinson from the opening day bench. While Robinson provided outfield depth and an everyday-ready backup to Ryan Zimmerman at first base for the past two seasons, he fared far better in 2015 than he did in 2016. Lind, on the other hand, has had six 20-homer seasons — including three of the past four — and hit 20 home runs in 126 games for Seattle last year.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 13, 2017 at 02:46 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: adam lind, nationals

Monday, February 06, 2017

Washington Nationals’ lack of offseason moves is head-scratching | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal takes after the Nationals.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 06, 2017 at 10:45 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Heyman: Nationals re-sign Stephen Drew to one-year deal

A source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports that veteran infielder Stephen Drew has agreed to return to the Washington Nationals for the 2017 season. While agreeing to a one-year deal on Thursday morning, Drew will earn a $3.5 million base salary in addition to another $1.2 million in incentivized bonuses.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 26, 2017 at 11:40 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, stephen drew

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Washington Nationals top prospect Victor Robles, Juan Soto look to rule in Washington | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Victor Robles, GCL Nationals (five games), Hagerstown (64 games), Potomac (41 games): The Nationals’ new top prospect showed off his many talents in his first full season. Robles was a South Atlantic League midseason All-Star after hitting .305 in 64 games with the Suns. MLB.com’s No. 10 overall prospect was promoted to the Carolina League on June 27 and finished the year hitting .280/.376/.423 with 75 runs scored and 37 stolen bases.

“Victor amazes us with the tools he has,” Scialabba said. “He flashes five tools on any given day, and all of them have a chance to be average or above. He’s an exciting young man with a passion for the game and a high energy level that makes those around him better. He wants to be the best in all facets, and he’s already a very confident hitter with quick, strong hands and above-average bat speed. We expect him to tap into his power once he fully matures and hit consistently with authority. He’s just a dynamic athlete and everything you want from a player.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2016 at 05:51 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, prospects, victor robles

Sunday, December 11, 2016


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Danny Espinosa traded to Angels

Busy day for Espinosa. He was a no-show at the team’s annual Winterfest event, angered by the Adam Eaton acquisition. Then the Nationals announced that they had non-tendered Ben Revere but offered contracts to other players including Danny Espinosa and Tanner Roark. Then they announced they had traded Espinosa for Angels prospects Austin Adams and Kyle McGowin.

Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 10, 2016 at 10:35 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, nationals

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Why the Adam Eaton trade wasn’t a panic move for the Washington Nationals - The Washington Post

Barry Svrluga defends Mike Rizzo.

The Nationals clearly lost faith in Giolito.

So what became clear to nearly everyone at the winter meetings was that the Nationals were going to move Giolito. His value, of course, would have been higher six months ago. But then, his performance hadn’t fallen off by that point. We’ll watch what he becomes in Chicago. But the Nationals aren’t particularly concerned that he’ll be an ace. The bigger problem would have been holding onto him, seeing his performance suffer further, and watching his trade value fully dissolve.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 12:41 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: adam eaton, lucas giolito, nationals, trade, white sox

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Nationals acquire outfielder Adam Eaton | MLB.com

I like Adam Eaton. He’s a good player. Either he’s better than what I think or Giolito isn’t as good as his ranking suggests. It’s probably the latter.

The Nationals acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from the White Sox on Wednesday for three pitching prospects.

Washington sent three right-handers to the White Sox: Lucas Giolito, their No. 1 prospect, Reynaldo Lopez (No. 3) and Dane Dunning (No. 6). Giolito is MLB Pipeline’s No. 3 overall prospect; Lopez is No. 38.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 06:04 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: adam eaton, nationals, reynaldo lopez, white sox

$400 million isn’t a ridiculous number for Harper. | Sports on Earth

He was worth $7.7 million per Win over Replacement **in the free agent market**. Teams don’t want to pay at that rate if they can avoid it. Smart teams usually only pay a small portion of their payroll at this rate. So, to say a player is “worth” whatever crazy price players are getting in the free agent market only really makes sense for teams with no alternative and very large revenue streams.

Last year, after Bryce Harper’s MVP season, FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine, knowing that Harper was only a few years away from free agency, tried to figure out just how much he was worth to the Nationals in 2015. Using the rough Fangraphs figure of $7.7 million per Win Over Replacement—which was the estimated market value at the time, and around where it would be now, though as always it’s complicated—Paine argued that Harper, who had just put together a 9.7 WAR season, one of the 100 best seasons of all-time (at the age of 23!), was worth $75.4 million. Just in the 2015 season. Paine concluded that, because of the escalating baseball salaries and MLB’s salary structure system artificially pushing down the pay of players under team control, Harper, who made only $2.5 million in 2015, had earned the Nationals $72.9 million in free production, the highest single-season total in baseball history. (The next three highest totals were all Mike Trout, in 2012, 2013 and 2015.)

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 02:23 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

The Nationals’ ultra-quiet offseason is far from over | FOX Sports

“There is nothing so disastrous as a rational investment policy in an irrational world.” ~ John Maynard Keynes

Then again, as Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told reporters Tuesday, “If you’re always rational about every free agent, you will finish third on every free agent.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 12:32 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Monday, December 05, 2016

Nationals Taken Aback by Bryce Harper Contract Demands

I can’t imagine that Bryce is a great singer so it’s no surprise that they balked at this record deal.

Harper, according to the executive, is asking for a record deal that will exceed 10 years in length, and likely pay him in excess of $400 million.

Agent Scott Boras says the only active negotiations of late have involved a one-year deal in 2017. Harper, who made $5 million last season, is eligible for salary arbitration, and Boras seemed mystified by the Nationals’ stance.

Bote Man Posted: December 05, 2016 at 03:59 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, contracts, nationals

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Heyman: Giants, Nationals At Forefront For Melancon

Relievers are getting paid this winter.

Sources indicate to FanRag Sports that the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals are currently at the forefront in terms of suitors for Melancon, and he is expected to sign a deal that will break the current reliever record held by Jonathan Papelbon, who signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies in November, 2011 (though that record will surely be broken by Chapman and Jansen later this winter).

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 07:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, mark melancon, nationals

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Column: Nationals Must Go For It All To Win With Harper

I’m not sure I’d describe the market for relievers as “saturated”.

Mark Melancon impressed in his time with the Nationals. Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman are two of baseball’s best late-inning relievers. Wade Davis, David Robertson and A.J Ramos can be had in trades. If they’re dead-set against spending big on a short reliever, they can give Treinen a chance and see if he develops while signing insurance policies like Fernando Rodney, Koji Uehara, Joe Smith or Brad Ziegler.

The saturated market gives the Nationals options to get someone established at a relatively reasonable price. This is a non-priority priority in that they have to deal with it, but there’s no rush to do so.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2016 at 08:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Friday, December 02, 2016

Nationals Acquire Derek Norris

The Nationals have dealt for catcher Derek Norris from the Padres, per a club announcement. Righty Pedro Avila will head to San Diego in return.

It’s a homecoming of sorts for Norris, who was once a well-regarded prospect in the D.C. system before being shipped to Oakland in the deal that landed Gio Gonzalez. Now, he joins righty A.J. Cole in finding his way back to the Nationals organization via trade.

Norris never suited up at the major league level with the Nationals, but he’ll surely do so in 2017.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2016 at 05:15 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: derek norris, nationals, padres

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Nationals poised to blow up baseball’s hot stove | New York Post

I guess they are waiting to move after the lockout.

Meanwhile, most big-market teams are moving slowly for two main reasons: 1) They want to see the rules in a new collective bargaining agreement, particularly when it comes to luxury-tax thresholds and penalties; 2) Many see a free-agent market saturated with bats and wonder whether patience will allow them to get a relative bargain later in the offseason with hitters who could not find a home at their expected prices.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Notes: The Nationals are in the mix for Chris Sale | FOX Sports

Imagine a rotation that included Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg ... and Chris Sale.

The Nationals can.

Add the Nats to the list of teams pursuing Sale, a list that likely includes the majority of teams in baseball.

Major-league sources confirmed the Nationals’ interest in Sale on Tuesday. The likelihood of a deal with the White Sox, however, is unknown.

The Nats’ edge is that they have A) a farm system that can satisfy the White Sox and B) a general manager, Mike Rizzo, who relishes making bold moves.


Friday, October 14, 2016

Dodgers’ Game 5 win is a magical scene right out of 1988 - LA Times

Memorable ending to a great game. Congrats to Dodgers fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, dusty baker, kenley jansen, nationals

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Dodgers vs. Nationals Preview | 10/13/16

FS1 tonight. It felt weird not to have a game to watch last night. I’ll have to used to it soon.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2016 at 06:20 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nationals, playoffs

#NatsRide Helps Fans Help Themselves After DC, Metro Snub Them

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was asked whether she had a plan to get Nationals fans home from Thursday’s Game 5, which will likely end after Metro closes.

“Nats fans are amazingly persistent and creative, and we know that they’re going to plan ahead,” Bowser said.

Yes. Yes, they are. And they have. Before Bowser’s unhelpful response to an important question, Nationals fans were making and sharing alternative transportation plans using the hashtag #NatsRide on Twitter.

And as most Nats fans don’t want to die a fiery death on a Metro train, they win two ways by sharing rides to the park!

Bote Man Posted: October 13, 2016 at 01:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, playoffs, politics

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

WTOP: Train waits for no fan: Metro won’t extend service for Nats game

Metro is beyond awful. No wonder thousands of commuters would rather get stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic above ground than deal with the bullshit on the rails.

As part of the 24-hour track-work program that began this spring, Metro no longer extends its hours for games, concerts or special events, and Metro says the Nats’ game Thursday is no exception.

Game 5 of the National League Division Series starts at 8:08 p.m., and Metro closes at midnight, making it likely that fans will need to figure out other ways home.

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld told WTOP on Wednesday that he wasn’t going to budge. “We’ve impacted hundreds of thousands of people,” he said. “We’ve let them know the parameters we’re working under, and I think we ought to stick to that.”

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: October 12, 2016 at 10:05 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nationals, nats, nlds

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