Category Archives: Front Office

Nationals Come to Terms with Flores, Gonzalez

The Washington Nationals came to terms on contracts with catcher Jesus Flores and infielder Alberto Gonzalez before the midnight deadline to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players.  Terms of those contracts were not released.
The interesting similarity between Flores and Gonzalez is that they are both represented by Scott Boras.
The Nationals also non-tendered catcher Wil Nieves and Continue reading

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Random Thoughts: We’re Still Here! Edition

*  The Washington Nationals hired Bob Schaefer as Special Assistant to the GM today.  Schaefer, 66, is a 30-year MLB veteran.  He joins the Nationals after serving as Joe Torre’s bench coach with the Dodgers the last three seasons (2008-10).
Schaefer has spent much of the last twenty seasons in either a special assistant to the GM role (2006 Braves under John Schuerholz, 1999- Continue reading

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Random Thoughts on Wednesday Afternoon

I wrote yesterday about how the Nats are on the fence with free agent first baseman Adam Dunn and how he can start entertaining offers from any club after midnight Saturday night. 
Let me say this:  I think the Nats have no intention of signing Adam Dunn, unless he fails to garner a four-year offer elsewhere and he lands in their laps much as he did two years ago, hat in Continue reading

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Rizzo Gets Five-Year Extension, Title of V.P. of Baseball Operations

"It’ll be my baby."  Mike Rizzo, named Washington Nationals V.P. of Baseball Operations.

Mike Rizzo during spring training 2010. (C. Nichols/Nats News Network)
The Washington Nationals today announced that Mike Rizzo has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager and signed a new five-year contract. Managing Principal Owner Theodore N. Lerner made the Continue reading

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Kasten Confirms Resignation, Says "This is just about me."

With his college age son sitting beside him on the top ledge of the Washington Nationals dugout, curly W’s adorning the wall, Nats President Stan Kasten confirmed to the media that he would be resigning, effective at the end of this season.
He said at the beginning of his statements that he would talk today about his experiences with the team, and how and why his resignation came about, but Continue reading

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It’s The Lerners’ Team Now.

Sell the StanSpeak translator for scrap; Kasten is headed for the door. Boswell’s oddly well-timed column has some background that will provide copious fodder for the recently diminished ranks of the “Teh Lerners are Cheep!!1!” movement. Chris Needham … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts for Monday Afternoon

The Nationals still haven’t heard the results of Nyjer Morgan’s appeal of two seperate suspensions, depsite the hearing taking place Friday morning.  That means Morgan is once again pencilled into the lineup.  He’s been in the lineup every night since the brawl, 10 straight games — and counting.

Roger Bernadina has been moved up into the 3rd spot in Manager Jim Riggleman’s Continue reading

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Kasten: Harper in DC by 2013

Stan speaks, sans translatorOn Saturday Nationals’ President Stan Kasten spoke to fans (and 20-odd bloggers) before the Nats-Reds game. He covered a range of topics from the Philly Phan Invasion to Strasburg-mania. He also touched briefly on Bryce Harp… Continue reading

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Bryce Harper and the Tao of Rizzo

“Talent without character doesn’t work. Your lack of character will make you stumble somewhere along the line.” – Washington Nationals’ General Manager Mike RizzoNever have I seen a clearer statement of Rizzo’s organizational philosophy. The Rizzo ethi… Continue reading

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