Category Archives: RIZZO

2011 Draft Preview: Who Are the Nats Options at No. 6?

For the first time in three years, the Washington Nationals do not have the No. 1 overall pick in MLB’s Amateur Draft.  That’s a good thing, because unlike in 2009 and 2010, there’s not one clear-cut consensus No. 1 talent.  Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper were household names much before the draft even took place, and their selections were only clouded by how much money the Nationals were Continue reading

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It’s Not How, It’s How Many

GM Mike Rizzo gave an interview to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that was published yesterday, and the gist of the piece was that Rizzo was happy with how his Washington Nationals were playing except hitting with runners in scoring position.  In fact, he said exactly that:  "We’re playing terrific baseball except for the fact that we’re struggling with runners in scoring position.”Rizzo echoed the Continue reading

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Rizzo Defends Remade Bench Against Early Criticism

My story today on MASNSports.com follows up on the quotes from Mike Rizzo Monday night, when he went on 106.7 The Fan and answered questions about the Washington Nationals roster construction this season, specifically about the bench players he acquired.
Rick Ankiel, Jerry Hairston, Laynce Nix, Matt Stairs and Alex Cora are all veterans that Rizzo said, "know their roles and have exceed at the Continue reading

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This Is Mike Rizzo’s Team Now; Nats Make Cuts as Opening Day Approaches

The Washington Nationals today made a series of moves to trim the roster in preparation for coming north for Opening Day.
The Nats optioned Roger Bernadina, Collin Balester and Ross Detwiler to Triple-A Syracuse and re-assigned Brian Bixler to minor league camp.
In addition, they placed reliever Henry Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list and starter Chien-Ming Wang and reliever Elvin Ramirez on Continue reading

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Morgan Trade Leaves More Questions Than Answers

(C.Nichols/Nats News Network)
Well, Mike Rizzo was right about one aspect of it when he said, "It was Ankiel winning the job, not Nyjer losing the job.”
Because on Dec. 21 — the day the Washington Nationals signed Rick Ankiel – he "won" the job and it was the last day Nyjer Morgan was in their plans, in my humble opinion.
Morgan’s comments to the media earlier last week about his impending Continue reading

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Center Field Battle of Attrition Down to Two?

According to a tweet from Bill Ladson of MLB.com, the center field battle has lost a competitor, as he reports that the job has come down to the incumbent, Nyjer Morgan, and off-season free agent acquisition Rick Ankiel.
Either Roger Bernadina is slated to be the fourth outfielder, or he will find his way to Triple-A Syracuse, a victim of the fact he has an option remaining.
Morgan, 30, and Continue reading

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Nationals Trade Maxwell to Yankees for Minor League Reliever

The Washington Nationals traded OF Justin Maxwell, who was designated for assignment late last week, to the New York Yankees in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Adam Olbrychowski, according to multiple sources.
Olbrychowski, a 24-year old converted starter, has three total appearances in Double-A over the last two seasons, facing a grand total of 23 batters. In four minor league seasons, Continue reading

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Maxwell DFA’d — and Guess the Nationals’ Outfielder!

Now that we’ve all dug out of this weeks’ snowstorm and steel ourselves for next week’s apocalyptic storm, let’s take a look at yesterday’s big news, the DFA of OF Justin Maxwell to make room for Todd Coffey on the 40-man roster.
Maxwell, 27, is a toolsy outfielder: tall and lean, strong and fast.  He plays very good defense in centerfield, and has solid power — when he makes contact.  That’s Continue reading

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Who’s on First (or in Left Field)? A Very Early Look at Nats 2011 Roster

The Washington Nationals were busy this off-season, collecting and discarding real-life players like a 12-year old collects baseball cards (If 12-year olds still collected baseball cards).
With pitchers and catchers reporting date only a few weeks off, let’s take a look at how the lineup shapes up at this point.  Granted, GM Mike Rizzo might not be done tinkering with his roster, but we’re far Continue reading

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Evaluating the Gorzelanny Trade

Yesterday, the Washington Nationals traded three minor league players to the Chicago Cubs for Tom Gorzelanny, a 28-year old left-handed pitcher.  For the last two seasons, Gorzelanny has been shuttled between the starting rotation and the bullpen by the Cubs.  The pitching-starved Pittsburgh Pirates, where he was a former second round draft pick and had his best season in 2007 going 14-10 with a Continue reading

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