CSS Button No Image Css3Menu.com

Baseball Prospectus home
  
  
Click here to log in Click here for forgotten password Click here to subscribe

Articles Tagged Washington Nationals 

Search BP Articles

All Blogs (including podcasts)

Active Columns

Authors

Article Types

Archives

08-12

comment icon

9

Banjo Hitter: Winter of Their Discontent
by
Aaron Gleeman

08-01

comment icon

0

Transaction Analysis: Nats Pay for the Pitcher, Not the Velo
by
Bryan Grosnick, Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen

07-29

comment icon

1

Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Lucas Giolito
by
Doug Thorburn

07-22

comment icon

0

What You Need to Know: Ambition Can Lead Only To Failure
by
Nicolas Stellini

07-18

comment icon

0

What You Need to Know: All He Does Is Win, Win, Win
by
Ashley Varela

07-16

comment icon

0

Raising Aces: Passing of the Cy
by
Doug Thorburn

07-08

comment icon

2

What You Need to Know: Into the Wild
by
Nicolas Stellini

07-08

comment icon

0

Pebble Hunting: Kershaw vs. Harper: The Mistakes
by
Sam Miller

06-14

comment icon

0

What You Need to Know: Near-Max Effort
by
Daniel Rathman

06-06

comment icon

4

The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, June 6
by
Matt Sussman

06-06

comment icon

3

Transaction Analysis: Escape From L.A.
by
Bryan Grosnick and Brendan Gawlowski

05-30

comment icon

5

Prospectus Feature: The Under-the-Radar Team Adjustments
by
Rob Mains

05-23

comment icon

2

BP Unfiltered: Art Discovered, Lost, Found
by
Rob Mains

05-18

comment icon

2

What You Need to Know: We Can Beat Rizzo, For Just One Day
by
Emma Baccellieri

05-14

comment icon

1

Raising Aces: Why Max Scherzer?
by
Doug Thorburn

05-12

comment icon

6

What You Need to Know: Max Scherzer Is Our Greatest Active Historic-Start Pitcher
by
Demetrius Bell

05-10

comment icon

5

Transaction Analysis: The Tip of the Strasburg
by
Bryan Grosnick

05-10

comment icon

13

Fifth Column: On A Rule Limiting Intentional Walks
by
Michael Baumann

05-09

comment icon

6

What You Need to Know: The One With All the Home Runs
by
Ashley Varela

05-04

comment icon

0

What You Need to Know: Not Tonight, Sweet Papelbon, Not Tonight
by
Nicolas Stellini

04-27

comment icon

5

Life at the Margins: In Dusty They Trusty
by
Rian Watt

04-26

comment icon

0

Raising Aces: Pre-Surgery Strasburg Is Finally Back
by
Doug Thorburn

04-22

comment icon

0

Prospectus Feature: Your Fun, My Fun, Our Fun
by
Trevor Strunk

04-20

comment icon

6

What You Need to Know: Early-Season Perfections Fall Apart
by
Emma Baccellieri

04-18

comment icon

3

What You Need to Know: Psst: Jake Arrieta Has A 0.91 ERA Over His Past 169 Innings
by
Ashley Varela

04-12

comment icon

7

Pebble Hunting: How You Tried To Beat PECOTA
by
Sam Miller

03-30

comment icon

2

Transaction Analysis: Deep Cuts For The SuperFans
by
Bryan Grosnick

03-21

comment icon

2

Life at the Margins: Greatness, Nearby
by
Rian Watt

03-21

comment icon

1

Rumor Roundup: Someday Yet He'll Begin His Life Again
by
Ashley Varela

03-18

comment icon

4

Fifth Column: Davey Lopes, But His Players Run Like Crazy
by
Michael Baumann

03-17

comment icon

5

Winter Is Leaving
by
Brendan Gawlowski

03-02

comment icon

1

Rumor Roundup: Arroyo's Hopes Alive, If Nats Can't Find A Better Man
by
Daniel Rathman

02-24

comment icon

1

Rumor Roundup: The Sultriest Fifth-Starter Showdown?
by
Daniel Rathman

02-18

comment icon

1

Rubbing Mud: Between Now and the Free Agent Superclass
by
Matthew Trueblood

02-02

comment icon

9

Prospectus Feature: The Legal Dispute That's Costing the Nats Millions Won't End
by
Samuel Mann

01-11

comment icon

8

Transaction Analysis: Jays, Storen Each Get Relief
by
Bryan Grosnick and J.P. Breen

12-29

comment icon

2

Best of BP 2015: Post-Moneyball's Clubability
by
Meg Rowley

12-09

comment icon

11

Players Prefer Presentation: Uh-Oh: On Dusty Baker
by
Meg Rowley

12-08

comment icon

6

Baseball Therapy: Fiddlesticks, Yeah!
by
Russell A. Carleton

12-07

comment icon

2

Rubbing Mud: Opposite Ways on the B-W Parkway
by
Matthew Trueblood

11-05

comment icon

6

Transaction Analysis: Dusty Baker and the Return of Experience
by
Matthew Trueblood

11-04

comment icon

40

Players Prefer Presentation: Post-Moneyball's Clubability
by
Meg Rowley

05-22

comment icon

9

Rubbing Mud: The Quarter-Season Odds Report
by
Matthew Trueblood

05-21

comment icon

14

Release Points: How Bryce Harper Beat The Book On Bryce Harper
by
Dan Rozenson

05-21

comment icon

1

Pitching Backward: How Offense is Created
by
Jeff Long

05-20

comment icon

3

The Call-Up: Wilmer Difo
by
CJ Wittmann and Bret Sayre

05-20

comment icon

7

What You Need to Know: As Predicted!
by
Daniel Rathman

05-13

comment icon

1

What You Need to Know: Hello Noah
by
Chris Mosch

05-11

comment icon

7

What You Need to Know: Bryce Harder!
by
Ian Frazer

05-08

comment icon

1

Rubbing Mud: The War On Strasmas
by
Matthew Trueblood

<< Previous Tag Entries Next Tag Entries >>

Jake Arrieta turns out another showstopper, the Braves and Twins finally beat their bad karma, and Felix Hernandez keeps company with Randy Johnson.

The Weekend Takeaway
Most baseball fans can probably remember the last time their team’s ace had a bad day on the mound. For Giants fans, it could be the day when Madison Bumgarner served up three home runs to the Dodgers, all while receiving zero runs of support in return. For Diamondbacks fans, perhaps it was the time Zack Greinke scattered seven earned runs over four innings in his 2016 season debut. For Cubs fans, however, pinpointing the exact date that Jake Arrieta failed to execute a pristine performance is a bit trickier.


Read the full article...

The players we were collectively most confident about.

Everything is gone. Just gone. There were no survivors. Here. There. Nobody knew who started it.

Read the full article...

A roundup of last-spring roster shuffling, starring all your favorites: Nate Freiman, Dan Straily, Erik Kratz, and more!

Acquired 1B-R Nate Freiman from the Braves for 1B/OF-R Tyler Moore [3/29]

Read the full article...

The instant classics of the 2010s.

We are now on the eve of the seventh baseball season of this, the second decade of baseball’s third century. If baseball were a trashy fantasy novel, this would be the year in which the miller’s/weaver’s/craftsman’s son, after seven years of blissful ignorance about his true identity as the Emperor of the Dwarves/King of the Mystic Realm/Grand Poobah of the Pyrenees, would be awoken to his fateful quest by some wizened old man hobbling up the hill to his house.

Read the full article...

Bronson Arroyo's comeback is sidelined by another injury, Andrew McCutchen gets a new spot in the lineup, and a rumor that the Rangers might dispel some rumors.

Bronson Arroyo sustains torn rotator cuff, but probably won’t retire because of it
First, it was shoulder soreness. Then, a career-ending torn labrum. Then, a significant tear in the rotator cuff. Then, bursa sac inflammation. Then, partial tears and inflammation of the rotator cuff. Just exactly what is going on with Bronson Arroyo’s shoulder—and his career?


Read the full article...

Does Davey Lopes bring a magic stopwatch with him to Washington?

The game’s great pitching coaches are, by now, famous names. Not every team has one, but there are at least half a dozen men who—it is said—can turn a dead-armed 29-year-old into an elite closer or mid-rotation starter with the snap of a finger.

Less so on the offensive end of the game, with one exception: Davey Lopes. After a 16-year major-league career, various coaching stints and a run as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, Lopes captured the national baseball imagination as the first base coach of the Philadelphia Phillies, directing the most efficient basestealing team ever.

Read the full article...

March 17, 2016 6:00 am

Winter Is Leaving

5

Brendan Gawlowski

No, really: The Nationals can't afford to waste this.

Few big-league teams were as putrid as the Washington Nationals in 2008 and 2009. The Nats lost a combined a 205 games, christening a new stadium and the rebirth of baseball in Washington with consecutive last place finishes. Odalis Perez drew an opening day start. Anderson Hernandez was allowed to bat 350 times. The club had to hire a Special Assistant of Player Concerns just to keep their right fielder out of jail. Bleak times.

Read the full article...

Unfortunately, his pitches are given to fly.

With Ian Desmond officially off the board, the offseason rumor mill is on its last legs. The spring training position battle and intriguing-opt-out time of year is only just beginning. Here are two situations in that vein that could be worth monitoring in the coming weeks…

Pending Nats fifth-starter competition, Bronson Arroyo could be a late-March rotation option
There were plenty of teams in greater need of rotation depth than the Nationals when Bronson Arroyo was deciding where to sign in late January. A host of those clubs phoned to express interest in the veteran righty, who’s now a year-and-a-half removed from the Tommy John surgery that made his old contract with the Diamondbacks a sunk cost. In the end, Arroyo chose comfort over depth-chart security, preferring the familiarity of working with manager Dusty Baker over a greater chance of locking up a rotation job—albeit with an opt-out to let him pursue the latter elsewhere.


Read the full article...

Michael Taylor could be the league's most important fourth outfielder, while Robbie Ray ain't guaranteed nothin' yet.

Nationals will spread the wealth when it comes to outfield playing time
When Denard Span left in free agency, the Nationals appeared poised to install the homegrown Michael Taylor as their new primary center fielder, stomaching a boatload of strikeouts to enjoy his excellent defense and electric power/speed profile. Then, in early January, general manager Mike Rizzo acquired Ben Revere from the Blue Jays, bumping Taylor back into the fourth-outfielder role he served in last year.


Read the full article...

How PECOTA sees the historical free agency class of 2018-2019 changing.

A little over two months ago, with the current Hot Stove still more or less at its hottest, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports cast his eyes beyond it, three years into the future. What has been dubbed the SuperClass of 2018 caught Passan’s attention, and clearly, that of several team executives across the league. The resulting article named no fewer than 40 players of note who could reach free agency 32 months from now, and Passan posited that it could be a seismic event for baseball, from a competitive perspective, a financial perspective, a labor perspective, and a global-interest perspective.

As far as that goes, Passan is right. The sheer star power of a class headed by Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Clayton Kershaw, Andrew McCutchen, Jason Heyward, Jose Fernandez, and Matt Harvey could outshine all previous free-agent classes, even the bountiful one that is just winding down. Passan talked about the likelihood that the prospective class could affect teams’ strategies over all of the winters between now and then, including this one, and about how it might change the priorities we see each side pursue in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement later this year. He’s (mostly, anyway) right about that, too.

Read the full article...

The fight over the Nationals' TV broadcast rights has moved from arbitration to the courts, for now. It won't end soon.

The Washington Nationals had a turbulent 2015: vastly underperforming expectations by missing the playoffs, enduring clubhouse strife, firing their manager, losing several key contributors to free agency, and getting spurned by high-profile free agents. But the Nationals suffered another important defeat this offseason, one that might have a more lasting impact.

As you may know, the Nationals and Baltimore Orioles have been engaged in a long-standing dispute over television rights fees through Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), the exclusive local broadcast network of both teams. The Orioles own a 90 percent interest in MASN, whose broadcast rights were conferred as part of the relocation of the Montreal Expos to Washington. The agreement set the value of the Nationals’ television rights for 2006-2011 and provided that the Orioles, Nationals and MASN must negotiate in good faith to determine the amount of the Nationals’ rights fee after the 2011 season for the next five seasons. Not surprisingly, in 2012 the parties could not reach an agreement and the dispute went to arbitration in front of MLB’s three-member Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee (RSDC).

Though the hearing took place in April 2012, the RSDC Panel did not render a decision until June 30, 2014, in an apparent attempt to encourage the parties to settle. In the interim the Nationals were forced to play multiple seasons while receiving local television revenue well below fair market value as determined by the panel (not to mention the value the Nationals might receive on the open market with its own network). When the RSDC Panel finally disclosed its award, it set the rights fee for the 2012 season at approximately $53 million with built-in annual increases, a figure in between the parties’ submissions.

The Orioles, unsatisfied with the result of the arbitration, filed a lawsuit in New York state court requesting the court stay enforcement of the arbitration and overturn the panel’s decision. After initially granting the stay of enforcement, a New York state court vacated the arbitration on November 4, 2015, finding that the arbitration was not sufficiently neutral. Specifically, the court determined that the Nationals’ retention of the Proskauer Rose law firm as counsel constituted “evident partiality” because the firm had often served as counsel to MLB and several franchises. In fact, Proskauer acted as counsel in other matters for the Pirates, Rays and Mets, whose owners made up the three members of the RSDC Panel. But as is generally the case in hotly contested legal disputes, this decision is far from the end of the matter.

There are a number of interesting aspects of this decision, the first being that the court was willing to vacate the arbitration. A federal or state court overturning an arbitration award is quite rare (some studies peg the rate at which arbitrations are upheld at around 90 percent). The Supreme Court has consistently demonstrated a strong preference for arbitration, so much so that generally arbitrations can only be nullified by the courts for fraud or severe structural and procedural unfairness. A decision that is “wrong” or “incorrect” is almost always upheld in court provided that the process was fair.

But the court made a series of other findings likely to be relevant in further proceedings: 1) that there was no fraud or conspiracy by MLB in favor of the Nationals, 2) that the RSDC applied a reasonable methodology that was sufficiently supported in determining the size of the award, 3) that there was no misconduct by MLB in providing support to the arbitration, including the involvement of now Commissioner Rob Manfred; and 4) that a $25 million loan from MLB to the Nationals to advance the difference in televisions rights fees did not defeat the panel’s impartiality.

Read the full article...

This is a BP Premium article. To read it, sign up for Premium today!

January 11, 2016 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Jays, Storen Each Get Relief

8

Bryan Grosnick and J.P. Breen

Ben Revere is reunited with Jon Papelbon in Washington; Drew Storen bids good riddance.



The rest of this article is restricted to Baseball Prospectus Subscribers.

Not a subscriber?

Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or use the buttons to the right to subscribe and get access to the best baseball content on the web.


Cancel anytime.


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Already a subscriber? Click here and use the blue login bar to log in.

<< Previous Tag Entries Next Tag Entries >>