With Souza gone, is Taylor next man up? (plus minor league signing)

This week's trade that sent outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to the Rays as part of a three-team deal creates a possible vacancy on the Nationals bench. If Souza was to have competed for a backup role as the fifth outfielder, part-time first baseman and pinch-hitter in spring training, as manager Matt Williams said at NatsFest, which player benefits most from his departure? For at least ... read more

Looking back on the Gio Gonzalez trade

There's a tendency for fans to judge every trade made on its face value in the moments immediately after the deal is consummated and announced. This can be tricky, since raw emotion, rather than careful consideration, takes over. It's often better - and more useful - to judge a trade in three ways: immediate impact, short-term results and long-term gains or losses. Yes, it's natural ... read more

Rizzo on the trade for Ross and the player to be named

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo just finished a conference call with the local media to make official what we've known for the past couple of days: The Nationals have dealt outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and minor league left-hander Travis Ott to the Padres for right-handed pitching prospect Joe Ross and a player to be named. Souza and Ott are then going from the Padres to ... read more

What happens with Trea Turner? (deal is done)

Most of baseball thinks Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo made another lopsided deal Wednesday, when he agreed to send outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to the Rays, Washington's contribution to a three-team, 11-player blockbuster that shipped 2013 American League Rookie of the Year Wil Meyers from Tampa Bay to the Padres. While I'm happy to recap the swap, you might want to go grab a snack ... read more

By one metric, Ramos and Lobaton a formidable tandem behind the plate

Not so long ago, general managers putting together their rosters didn't fret much over catchers. You had your starter, who hopefully could hit a little and was at least passable defensively. And you had a backup, whose skill set was the opposite of your starter. If the starting backstop was a good defender, you looked for a backup with a decent bat; if your starting ... read more

Report: Souza dealt to Tampa Bay in three-team trade

That memory of Steven Souza Jr.'s diving catch in left-center to seal Jordan Zimmermann's no-hitter on the last day of the regular season may have to last you a while. It appears Souza is on his way out of D.C. in a mutliple-player, three-team trade that also involves the Padres and Rays. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com is reporting that a framework is in place that ... read more Continue reading ....

Williams on his first year at the helm, what's ahead for 2015

Since he was named Nationals manager on Oct. 31, 2013, the recently completed Winter Meetings marked a milestone in Matt Williams' tenure at the helm: He's been through a full annual cycle of life as a major league skipper. It's not as easy as writing down names on a lineup card every day during the season or fulfilling the role of engaging tour guide, as ... read more

More on Zimmerman's transition to first (pitchers, catchers report Feb. 19)

Quantifying Adam LaRoche's importance to the Nationals over his four-year stint isn't difficult. Yes, there was the left-handed bat in the middle of the lineup that supplied necessary power. But LaRoche's prowess with the leather was something that came up over and over again at NatsFest as his now ex-teammates lamented his departure as a free agent. LaRoche was the kind of steady but stellar ... read more