Washington Nationals Newsbeat
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The Washington Nationals were told last month by the Federal Aviation Administration to stop using a small, four-rotor drone to take publicity photos at the team’s spring training facility without the agency’s permission.
“No, we didn’t get it cleared, but we don’t get our pop flies cleared either and those go higher than this thing did,’’ a team official told The Associated Press. The drone flights ceased the next day.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Well that’s a relief. Here I was thinking that Dombrowski had just been on a bender the entire offseason:
Because it helps explain a trade by the Tigers that left many of us baffled—right-hander Doug Fister to the Nationals for a modest pitching prospect, left-hander Robbie Ray, and two complementary parts, left-handed reliever Ian Krol and utility man Steve Lombardozzi.
My initial reaction—and the initial reaction of many in the industry—was that Tigers general manager David Dombrowski did not get enough. But Dombrowski, one of the game’s sharpest and most thorough GMs, had his reasons for making the deal—reasons he explained to me Thursday, knowing full well that this trade, like all trades, may or may not work out.
The criticism of Dombrowski was rooted in the success of Fister, who ranks ninth among starting pitchers in Wins Above Replacement the past three seasons, according to Fangraphs.com. Righty James Shields, who ranks two places below Fister, brought back two top-100 prospects, outfielder Wil Myers and right-hander Jake Odorizzi, the previous year.
Yet, as Dombrowski pointed out, that kind of return simply was not available this offseason. [...]
“You can see that young pitching right now is very difficult to acquire,” Dombrowski said. “We had a list of about 15 pitchers that we would consider in various deals. He was one of the 15. The other 14 people said no. And (the Nationals) said no at first.”
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo confirmed Dombrowski’s account, saying, “Robbie Ray is a guy we were reluctant to move at the beginning. It’s why the trade took 2-1/2 weeks to consummate.”
Monday, January 13, 2014
The Nationals reached an agreement with starter Stephen Strasburg on a contract to avoid an arbitration hearing, a procedural move that, due to the timing, suggests a harmonious relationship between the Nationals and their 25-year-old ace.
Strasburg will earn $3.975 million on his one-year deal, plus a possible $125,000 performance bonuses, which means he could top out at $4.1 million, according to a person familiar with the situation.
He made $3.9 million last season, his final annual salary dictated by the contract he signed in 2009 after the Nationals chose him with the first overall pick.
Many arbitration cases linger deep into the winter; last year Jordan Zimmermann did not agree to a contract until after the start of spring training. Strasburg and the Nats found common ground days after the team began preparing negotiations with their arbitration-eligible players.
Didn’t see this mentioned yet on here. Seems everybody has been too enamored with A-Rod, Hall of Fame ballot selling and dead ex-child molesters. I’m interested in reading your analysis.
Posted: January 13, 2014 at 09:01 PM | 0 comment(s)
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Corey Brown was designated for assignment by the Nationals last week and today they traded the 27-year-old outfielder to the A’s for cash considerations.
Saturday, November 02, 2013
Matt LeCroy, the Senators’ manager in 2012 and ‘13, was named bullpen coach for the Washington Nationals Friday under new Nats manager Matt Williams.
LeCroy said he was both excited and surprised when he found out about his new position. He said he didn’t know Williams very well except for as opponents in the big leagues.
LeCroy added that he thoroughly enjoyed his two years in Harrisburg, a journey that began in spring 2012 with the birth of his twins back home in South Carolina and culminated with the Senators’ first trip to the championship series since 2002 this past September.
“The people, the fans, the front office, the media, everybody made it fun,” LeCroy said. “It was very professional, and with the talent there, I loved it. I enjoyed every bit of it. Going to the championship and seeing how excited everybody got, it was a good time in my career.”
Friday, October 25, 2013
The Nationals plan to hire Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams to become the fifth manager in the team’s brief history, according to a person familiar with the situation. The expected move was first reported by Fox Sports. The Nationals have not confirmed Williams’s planned hiring, as MLB prohibits teams from making major announcements during the World Series.
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