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Ben and Sam discuss the three-way trade between the Mariners, A's, and Nationals and talk about whether Seattle was too fixated on adding power this offseason.



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January 17, 2013 5:00 am

Skewed Left: Washington's Winning Way with Trades

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Zachary Levine

Scouting, drafting, developing and signing have all helped the Nationals get good, but they wouldn't be where they are without a series of smart trades.

Draft well, scout well internationally, develop players well, and when the time is absolutely right, go all in for that big free agent—the last piece of your World Series champions. Or at least the last piece of the best team in baseball that will still have to win three near-coin-flip series to lift the hardware.

You watch teams like the Astros trying to emulate this plan to get to the top, and meanwhile, you observe the Nationals following through on it with the addition of Rafael Soriano to an already loaded bullpen. It’s a move of luxury, not necessity, the final component of what is arguably baseball’s best team.

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It took two months, but Adam LaRoche eventually accepted the Nationals' offer to return for two more years.



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Ben and Sam discuss sabermetric managerial favorite Davey Johnson's impact on the Nationals, whether certain managers can make their players play better, and what the ideal relationship between a GM and manager might be.

Ben and Sam discuss sabermetric managerial favorite Davey Johnson's impact on the Nationals, whether certain managers can make their players play better, and what the ideal relationship between a GM and manager might be.

Episode 31: "Davey Johnson, How Much Managers Matter, and the Ideal GM-Manager Relationship"

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May 10, 2012 3:00 am

On the Beat: Harping on Harper

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John Perrotto

Though Bryce Harper's reputation leaves many questioning his maturity, his Nationals teammates have embraced him.

When Bryce Harper stepped into the batter's box for his first major-league plate appearance April 28 at Dodger Stadium, the usually laid-back LA crowed booed the Nationals rookie outfielder lustily.

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April 12, 2012 11:15 am

Inside The Park: The Origins of an Innings Limit

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Bradford Doolittle

Is the Nationals' great right-handed hope Stephen Strasburg really limited to 160 innings this season? To find out, BP goes straight to the source.

It’s Opening Day at the Friendly Confines, and another six-month party is on in Wrigleyville. Bill Murray is on hand to throw out the first pitch, but he's an improv guy, so he instead lights out around the bases and slides theatrically into home plate while flipping the ball to Kerry Wood. Beer, brats, and celebrities hamming it up—another Cubs season is here.

One guy is all business. Washington wunderkind Stephen Strasburg is getting ready for his first season opener at the big-league level. It’s been a long time coming. If you want to see a concrete sign that the Nationals have turned the corner as a franchise, there it is toeing the rubber on the mound at Wrigley Field, six-foot-four, a right arm like Zeus, only with a wider repertoire and better command.

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The numbers and scouting reports are broken out in reaction to a tweet.

Buster Olney tweeted this nugget over the weekend:

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The Mariners go fishing for Carp and San Diego summons Anthony Rizzo, plus musings on whom Petco helps most and what it means for the Padres.

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August 23, 2009 10:43 am

On the Beat: Weekend Wrapup

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John Perrotto

The Angels keep on rolling, the Nationals make their call on who's in charge, and the Rays go black to lighten the mood.

Their top three starting pitchers have spent time on the Disabled List. Their primary set-up reliever is out for the season after their record-setting closer left as a free agent in the winter. Their hard-hitting designated hitter has been plagued by injuries all season, and their center fielder missed more than a month; these injuries befell a lineup that lost its power-hitting first baseman to free agency in the offseason.

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March 15, 2009 12:00 pm

On the Beat: Weekend Roundup

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John Perrotto

Coverage of the Twins, the Nationals, the Angels, and the World Baseball Classic, plus news and notes from around the major leagues.

In many ways the Twins had an outstanding 2008, but ultimately they walked away frustrated, having tied with the White Sox for the American League Central title after 162 games, only to lose 1-0 in a one-game playoff at US Cellular Field in Chicago. "I thought about that game every day all winter," said Twins outfielder Denard Span. "To be that close and come up short really hurt. You think about all the little things that happened over the course of the season, and wonder if one of those things went our way, if we would have been going to the playoffs."

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(Ed. note: Chris is on vacation this week. TA will resume, with a twice-a-week schedule, on April 11.)

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Optioned OF/C Todd Greene to Edmonton; purchased the contract of UT Tim Unroe from Edmonton; transferred RHP Jason Dickson from the 15- to the 60-day DL. [7/6]

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