The news trickled out earlier this afternoon but now the news hose opened all the way up, blasting reports of Rafael Soriano nearing a two-year deal with the Washington Nationals. A move that is surprising to say the least. If you really think about, the move is actually shocking.
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Posted by Drew Fairservice under Trades And Signings, Washington Nationals on Jan 15, 2013
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Trades And Signings, Washington Nationals on Jan 08, 2013
Source: The Nats have agreed to terms with Adam LaRoche on a two-year deal.
— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) January 8, 2013
Well well. After much dancing and playing hard to get and foreplay and heavy petting and trepidation, it appears the Washington Nationals and Adam LaRoche will indeed go all the way. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports the Nats and LaRoche agree to a two-year deal worth $24 million with a mutual option for 2015 and $2 Mil buyout.
The first baseman comes off a strong season in DC, one in which he hit 33 home runs and posted a .361 wOBA in his age 33 season. It will be interesting to see if what kind of options might attach a third year to this deal. LaRoche and his camp wanted it bad, hard to envision them simply walking away from any type of carrot for an extra guaranteed year.
Posted by Scott Lewis under News And Notes, Washington Nationals on Dec 04, 2012
So much for Dan Haren as cheap low-risk investment. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that the Washington Nationals have a one-year, $13 million deal in place for the right-handed starter, pending a physical.
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Minnesota Twins, Trades And Signings, Washington Nationals on Nov 29, 2012
The #Nationals today acquired OF Denard Span from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league RHP Alex Meyer.
— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) November 29, 2012
Well hey! The Nationals address their hole in centerfield with Denard Span and the Twins get a strong young pitching prospect with legitimate upside in Alex Meyer, who is also enormous.
Not only do the Nats add a solid centerfielder, it also helps them all over the diamond at a reasonable cost. Slotting Span and his very affordable contract (under $11 million for the next two years, plus an option for a third at $9M) allows Washington to move Bryce Harper to left field and Michael Morse to first base, meaning Adam LaRoche is no longer in their plans.
Considering the huge contract B.J. Upton signed yesterday, this looks like a great move for a team looking to take another step closer to the World Series.
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Postseason, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals on Oct 13, 2012
There were a whole pile of words written here before. They explained how well the collective bullpens pitched over five games. They detailed how none of the starters really brought their best stuff in this series but the bullpens picked up the slack. How the offenses worked in fits and starts and the Nats managed to squeak out two surprising one-run victories.
Some of the words were written tentatively about the Nationals ability to overcome a very tough Cardinals team. About how the Nats jumped out to a big lead over the defending World Series champions and, after some bending but not breaking by the bullpen, the Nats moved on to the League Championship Series.
All the those words are gone now. They disappeared into the re-write ether. In their place is bewilderment. Amazement over witnessing something for which there are no words. There is only shock.
Down to their last strike…five times. Fighting back to within a single run then coughing up a seemingly crucial insurance run…only to score four times with two outs in their final at bats.
The St. Louis Cardinals are the defending World Series champions. They lost their best player and their head genius. They are still moving on to the LCS. Unstoppable, it seems. The Giants await the Cardinals, a fate I’m sure the West champs do not relish. When not getting huge home runs from Daniel Descalso or game-winning ribbies from noted sociopath Pete Kozma, the Cardinals turn to (arguably) the greatest post season performer probably ever.
Carlos Beltran is not the story but he cannot NOT be the story. Carlos Beltran came to the plate five times during Game Five of the NLDS. He safely reached base five times. He walked twice and started the final rally with a ringing double in the ninth, his second two-base hit of the night.
The Nationals tend to the broken hearts of their fans and press corps. The time required to process the unlikelihood of winning 98 regular season games then leading 6-0 in an elimination game then scratching across an insurance run then being one appealed check swing away cannot be measured in hours or weeks. The resulting fatalistic streaks are sure to run deep and permit a creeping suspicion of anything that even smells like success for an indeterminate amount of time.
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Postseason, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals on Oct 12, 2012
….and here we go. Another game five – this one between two teams capable of winning a home game and winning this whole damn tournament. Both Game One starters make their returns to the hill, one hoping for a similar outing, while the other hopes for his control doesn’t abandon him once again.
Despite outscoring the Nats 23-9 in the first four games, the Cardinals just one more one-run loss away from ending their season. The 98 win Nationals are one loss from their dream season turning to a nightmare-ish winter of second guessing.
The deciding game goes at 8:30 pm EST at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Wainwright versus Gonzalez. First year manager versus grizzled veteran of 17 Major League seasons, spanning almost 30 years. The most decorated team in the National League history versus a team without a World Series pennant.
Any other narrative stones left unturned? Let’s just start the game.
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Postseason, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals on Oct 11, 2012
At the very least, this was a compelling game. After two straight blowouts, the Nationals used a dominant bullpen to stay alive in the National League Division Series, riding a Jayson Werth walkoff bomb (after about as good an at bat as you could ever hope to see) to send this incredible matchup to a pivotal fifth game.