Saying goodbye to LaRoche and Soriano (updated with 40-man roster moves)

We've assumed for a while now that Denard Span would be back with the Nationals next season, with his $9 million being a relative bargain after the excellent 2014 campaign put up by the center fielder. It's now official. Span's club option was picked up by the Nats yesterday, ensuring that Span will return for 2015. The club will retain its leadoff hitter and its ... read more

Nats exercise 2015 option on Span, decline options on LaRoche and Soriano

The Nationals have exercised their $9 million club option on center fielder Denard Span for the 2015 season, Span confirmed this afternoon in a text message. "Very excited about returning," Span said. The Nationals also announced that they have declined to exercise the options on first baseman Adam LaRoche and right-hander Rafael Soriano. Both will become free agents. The decision to pick up Span's option ... read more

The offseason begins

There are a few things that I can't believe as of this morning. I can't believe Madison Bumgarner is actually a human being, and not, in fact, a machine. Bumgarner's five-inning save in Game 7 last night left him with a ridiculous 52 2/3 innings of work this postseason, with a 1.03 ERA in that time. His career World Series ERA is now 0.25. How ... read more

Game 7 memories

Tonight, we will get to witness one of my favorite things in all of sports - a Game 7. I love Game 7s regardless of when they occur or what sport they come in. A Game 7 in the NHL playoffs is thrilling to me. A Game 7 in baseball's League Championship Series, with a spot in the Fall Classic awaiting the winner, is pretty ... read more

Ohlendorf elects free agency after being outrighted off 40-man

Veteran right-hander Ross Ohlendorf has elected free agency after being activated off the 60-day disabled list by the Nationals and subsequently outrighted off their 40-man roster. Ohlendorf was a solid contributor to the Nats pitching staff in 2013, going 4-1 with a 3.28 ERA in 16 appearances (seven starts). The club ended up avoiding arbitration with the now 32-year-old by signing him to a one-year, ... read more

A trade that quietly reaped benefits

When assessing the roster moves made by Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo that made a major impact on the Nats' division title, a couple jump out at you. The trade that brought Asdrubal Cabrera over just before the non-waiver trade deadline gave the Nationals an experienced infielder who delivered a number of clutch hits and played a smooth second base. The waiver claim that added ... read more

Some of this, some of that

The baseball world was hit with some awful news yesterday, as Cardinals prospect Oscar Tavares and his girlfriend were killed in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic. Tavares was just 22, and only two weeks ago, he hit a game-tying home run late in Game 2 of the Cardinals' National League Championship Series against the Giants, leading to an eventual St. Louis win. ... read more

Taking a look at the relief options

Yesterday, I discussed the Nationals bullpen, and how they could look to add to that already strong group this offseason, either via free agency or a trade. The Nats have plenty of talented arms in their system, but that's certainly an area where you can never have enough talent. And don't be shocked if the Nats do choose to bolster their relief corps this offseason. ... read more