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Date: Team: Pos:

Nationals re-signed RHP Scott McGregor to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

McGregor had an ugly 5.56 ERA over 113 1/3 Triple-A frames last season. He'll just be an extra arm in camp for the Nats.
Dec 26 - 3:31 PM

Nationals re-signed RHP Mitch Lively to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lively held a 4.72 ERA with 116 strikeouts over 127 2/3 frames at the Triple-A level last season. He'll give the Nats some minor league depth.
Dec 26 - 3:28 PM

Nationals signed 1B Clint Robinson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Robinson spent almost all of last season at Triple-A with the Dodgers, batting .312/.401/.534 with 18 homers and 80 RBI. He's merely organizational depth.
Dec 26 - 3:25 PM

Nationals signed 2B Dan Uggla to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

General manager Mike Rizzo has history with Uggla, as he drafted him back in 2001 when he was Director of Scouting for the Diamondbacks. Uggla will turn 35 in March and batted just .149/.229/.213 in 157 plate appearances last season. There's a good possibility he's done, but he did at least land in a good spot, as the Nats have an opening at second base. That said, it's unlikely that they're done shopping for upgrades at the position.
Dec 26 - 11:28 AM

Nationals signed 3B Ian Stewart to a minor league contract.

Stewart was recently with the Angels, but elected to become a free agent in October after the team outrighted him to Triple A. He appeared in 24 games in 2014, hitting just .176/.22/.382 with two homers and seven RBI. While the numbers aren't great, Stewart has the opportunity to compete for a backup role behind starter Anthony Rendon.
Dec 23 - 11:46 AM

Nationals signed RHP Heath Bell to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Bell struggled mightily in 2014, posting a 7.27 ERA in 17 1/3 innings with the Rays and then even worse numbers with the Yankees' Triple-A team. The 37-year-old right-hander seems doubtful to have an impact in Washington.
Dec 22 - 12:07 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Phillies could have interest in free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.

The Phillies have a large vacancy to fill at the shortstop after dealing Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers, and Cabrera is one of the top names available on the free agent market. According to Crasnick though, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. would first have to shed some payroll to create the requisite flexibility to add the veteran infielder.
Dec 20 - 1:03 PM

Nationals signed INF/OF Mark Minicozzi to a minor league contract.

The 31-year-old had a terrific season at Triple-A Fresno in 2014, slashing .298/.400/.470 with 12 homers and 62 RBI in 89 games. He has never made it to the major league level, but could have a chance to latch on in a bench role with the Nationals due to his versatility.
Dec 20 - 12:43 PM

Nationals acquired RHP Joe Ross and a player to be named later, Padres acquired OF Wil Myers, C Ryan Hanigan, LHP Jose Castillo and RHP Gerardo Reyes, Rays acquired OF Steven Souza, C Rene Rivera, RHP Burch Smith, 1B Jake Bauers and LHP Travis Ott in a three-team trade.

The player to be named later will be shortstop prospect Trea Turner. The younger brother of Tyson Ross, Joe is a former first-round pick who has put up a 3.90 ERA and 241/91 K/BB ratio over 299 2/3 minor league innings. The 21-year-old needs more season with just 20 frames above A-ball, but he's a high-upside arm.
Dec 19 - 12:53 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman writes that the Giants, A's, Mets, Cardinals and Twins are among the teams interested in free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.

Cabrera's positional flexibility is attractive to a number of clubs. He's capable of playing second and third base in addition to his natural position at shortstop. Cabrera has experience at short and second, though less at third. Cabrera's numbers weren't spectacular last season, as he hit just .241/.307/.387 between the Indians and Nationals last season.
Dec 17 - 3:15 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Ian Desmond "remains a possibility" for the Mariners.

The Nationals don't seem optimistic about signing Desmond to a long-term extension, so they might decide to get something for him now even though he'd be a big part of a contending team in 2015. The Mariners are reportedly close to trading for a hitter, and it's possible Desmond might be their guy. The shortstop will make $11 million in 2015 before hitting free agency next winter.
Dec 16 - 11:41 PM

Nationals signed OF Bryce Harper to a two-year, $7.5 million contract extension.

The agreement will prevent a grievance hearing (scheduled for Tuesday) that would have determined whether Harper could become eligible for salary arbitration. He is entering the final year of the five-year, $9.9 million contract that he signed with the Nats after being drafted in 2010. But he has enough service time already to qualify as a Super Two player, thus the need for a resolution. Harper will still have two years of arbitration eligibility when this new two-year agreement runs out. He can become a free agent after the 2018 season.
Dec 15 - 8:39 AM

The Nationals and Ian Desmond haven't made any progress on a contract extension, according to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.

In fact, Janes says the two sides haven't talked lately about a possible extension. Desmond is a free agent following the 2015 season and turned down a seven-year, $107 million offer from the club last winter. As a result of the impasse, the Nationals have been in talks with other teams in regards to the 29-year-old shortstop. Desmond will likely play out the season with the Nats, but it seems as though his tenure with the team may not last beyond October at the latest.
Dec 13 - 4:12 PM

Kevin Frandsen admitted Saturday that while he's seen as the utility man, he would like a chance to compete for the team's starting job at second base.

At the moment, Danny Espinosa is penciled in as the Nationals starter at second base, but with the inconsistency he has shown over the years Frandsen could have an opportunity to state his case with a strong showing this spring. The veteran infielder hit .259/.299/.309 over 236 plate appearances with the Nationals in 2014.
Dec 13 - 11:18 AM

Ryan Zimmerman said Saturday that his health is good and that he has been working out for the past couple of weeks.

Zimmerman was sidelined for a large portion of the 2014 season due to a right hamstring injury, and is no longer expected to handle third base defensively. It sounds as though he'll be fully healthy and ready to go for spring training where he'll prepare to become the Nationals everyday first baseman.
Dec 13 - 10:56 AM

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