Category Archives: RIZZO

BREAKING: Nationals Trade for LHP Tom Gorzelanny

According to multiple sources, the Washington Nationals have traded three "mid-level" minor league prospects to the Chicago Cubs for 28 year old left handed pitcher Tom Gorzelanny.
Sources also have said two of the three prospects are OF Michael Burgess and RHP A.J. Morris.
Gorzelanny has pitched for the Pirates and Cubs in his six year Major League career, and has bounced between the rotation Continue reading

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Adam LaRoche Hopes to Bring Consistency and Defense to Nats Park

Today at Nats Park, with snow still covering the field where shadows keep the sun away, the Washington Nationals introduced first baseman Adam LaRoche as the newest member of the team.  LaRoche signed a two-year deal worth $16 million, plus a team option on a third year last week.
The oft-traveled left-handed 31-year old joins his fifth Major League team in his eighth big league season.
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Rizzo Fails Quest to Deliver "Impact" Starter to Nats Rotation for 2011

Nats GM Mike Rizzo hasn’t landed a pitcher this off-season…yet. (C.Nichols/Nats News Network)

Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo stated in the fall his top priority this off-season was to acquire a "top of the rotation" starting pitcher for 2011.  The free agent class was remarkably weak in starting pitching this year, and when rumors started floating that it would take $20 Continue reading

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Nationals Sign First Baseman Adam LaRoche

Multiple sources confirm the Washington Nationals have signed free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche to a two ear deal, reportedly for $16 million total.
LaRoche is a left-handed hitting eight-year veteran who averages .271/.339/.488 with 25 homers and 93 RBIs per 162 games throughout his career.
LaRoche has hit exactly 25 home runs each of the last three seasons, including in 2010 with Arizona.  Continue reading

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Nationals Acquire CF Corey Brown and RP Henry Rodriguez from A’s

Washington Nationals have acquired CF Corey Brown and RP Henry Rodriguez from the Oakland Athletic in exchange for LF Josh Willingham, General manager Mike Rizzo announced via press release moments ago
Overall last season, Brown, 24, hit .283/.370/.466 with 15 homers and 69 RBIs between Double and Triple A.  He stole 22 bases in 24 attempts.  He bats and throws left-handed.

Last season’s Continue reading

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Nationals Trade Willingham to Athletics

(D.Nichols/Nats News Network)

Multiple sources have confirmed the Washington Nationals have traded OF Josh Willingham, due for a big raise in arbitration, to the Oakland Athletics for two players, one reportedly to have Major League experience.
We’re still working on the details of the deal, as the transaction is pending physicals of the players involved.
Willingham will be 32 at the start of Continue reading

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Werth Press Conference Reveals No-Trade Clause

"I’ve been in the post-season a lot the last few years, and that’s what it’s all about.  That’s what you play for."
""You finally get to free agency, you have a chance to do something special for yourself and for your family. There’s a lot of things that go into it."
–Jayson Werth, at his introductory press conference.

(D.Nichols/Nats News Network)
The obligatory handshakes and jersey Continue reading

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Nationals Sign Pinch-Hitter Matt Stairs

Matt Stairs crossing home plate at Nats Park
as a member of the Padres.
(C.Nichols/NatsNewsNetwork)
The Washington Nationals announced this morning they signed 1B/OF/PH Matt Stairs to a non-guaranteed minor league contract, which includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training.
Stairs is an 18-year big league veteran who has competed in four post-seasons and won a World Series Continue reading

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Cubs Do Nats a Favor with Pena; Attention Turns to LaRoche

By all accounts, Carlos Pena is a quality human being and leader of men.  There are several people with the Washington Nationals that would have loved him to be a leader in this organization.  They liked his left-handed power bat and nimbleness around first base.  He would have been a great free agent signing for this team.
Four years ago.
Anybody in baseball could have had Pena for a song after Continue reading

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Nationals Are "All In" with Werth

The last time Jayson Werth was at Nats Park he looked like this. (C.Nichols/Nats News Network)

Mike Rizzo went all-in.
With the announcement of a seven-year, $126 million contact for right fielder Jayson Werth, Mike Rizzo, the Lerner family, and the entire Washington Nationals organization decided to go all-in, foregoing a steady growth pattern and instead choosing to try to buy a pennant. Continue reading

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