Gio Gonzalez, Nationals Rack up Strikeouts in Win over Mets

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After their pitching staff tallied 18 strikeouts in an Opening Day win over the New York Mets, the Washington Nationals managed 13 strikeouts in a 5-1 victory, shutting out the Mets over the last eight innings. Stephen Strasburg fanned ten Mets in six frames Monday, and the bullpen tallied eight more in an extra-inning win. Starter Gio Gonzalez […]

Nationals Sign Luis Ayala to Minor League Deal

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The Washington Nationals have signed veteran reliever Luis Ayala to a minor league deal, reports Andrew Rickli of SportsReelBoston. The 36 year old Ayala spent most of last season with the Atlanta Braves after being traded from the Baltimore Orioles in the first two weeks of the season. He pitched to a 3.27 ERA in 33 innings, with strikeout and walk rates […]

MLB News: Seven Extension Candidates Before Season Starts

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With Spring Training mercifully around the corner, it’s that time of the year when teams start negotiating contract extensions. Clayton Kershaw started off the extension season with a deal that guarantees him $215 million, and the Atlanta Braves recently agreed on a lucrative deal with first baseman Freddie Freeman that will keep him under team control through […]

Ross Detwiler Agrees With Nationals On a One-year Deal

In a rotation stocked with premiere arms like Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann, 27-year-old Ross Detwiler seems anonymous. Yet he is just a season removed from posting 3.40 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP to accompany a 10-8 record in 27 starts for the Washington Nationals in 2012 when the club reached the playoffs […]

Stephen Strasburg Will Again Lead Loaded Nationals Rotation

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The Washington Nationals had a disappointing 2013 season. After winning a major-league best 98 games in 2012, they missed out on the playoffs. Late season surge notwithstanding, they finished 86-76, ten games back of the Atlanta Braves in the National League East, and four games back of the Cincinnati Reds in the Wild Card hunt. However, it would be hard to […]

Carroll, Nix, Francoeur, Slowey, Minor Moves Roundup

Jamey Carroll, Jayson Nix, Jeff Francoeur and Kevin Slowey recently signed minor league deals. Slowey, a 29 year-old right-hander, signed with the Miami Marlins. He threw 92 innings for the Marlins in 2013, posting an ERA of 4.11 and an FIP of 3.81. For his career, he’s walked only 3.8 percent of hitters while striking out 17.7 percent. With a fastball […]

Washington Nationals Sign Nate McLouth to Two-year Deal

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The Washington Nationals signed veteran outfielder Nate McLouth to a two-year deal worth $10.8 million with a third-year option. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reported the deal. McLouth revitalized his career with the Baltimore Orioles after struggling in 2010 and 2011 with the Atlanta Braves and then being released by the Pittsburgh Pirates after hitting .140 to start the 2012 season. The Orioles picked […]

Washington Nationals Agree to One Year Deal With Ross Ohlendorf

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The Washington Nationals have reached an agreement on a one-year deal with right-hander Ross Ohlendorf , thus avoiding salary arbitration. Ohlendorf will likely be the long man out of the bullpen for the Nats in 2014, but could compete in spring training for the fifth spot in the Nationals rotation with Ross Detwiler. Ohlendorf, 31, will […]

Washington Nationals Swindle Detroit Tigers, Grab Doug Fister

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The Washington Nationals acquired right-handed pitcher Doug Fister from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for infielder Steve Lombardozzi, lefty reliever Ian Krol, and pitching prospect Robbie Ray. The deal was originally reported by Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. This looks like a great deal for the Nationals. The 29 year-old Fister has been one of the best pitchers in baseball over the last […]

Washington Nationals: Tanner Roark Analysis and Projection

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Washington Nationals rookie righthander Tanner Roark has flourished after an August 6 callup. After putting up a 1.19 ERA over 9 games and 22.2 innings in the bullpen, Roark earned his first major league start September 7th. He won that game and his next two starts. All told, the soon-to-be 27 year-old hurler has managed a sparkling […]