Ryan Zimmerman hit the ball as hard as just about anyone in 2016, but he also found extremely little production. It's a combination that doesn't really make sense alongside one another, and the answer is simple: He's got to start hitting the ball in the air.
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The Nationals boast a strong team that is likely to defend its National League East title, but with less than a month to go before Spring Training, they are interested in making more moves.
The baseball world mourned the unexpected deaths of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and third baseman Andy Marte on Sunday. Ventura, 25, died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. Marte, 33, also died in a separate car crash Sunday in the Dominican Republic.
This is the third installment of a multipart Around the Horn series taking a position-by-position look at the projected starters and backups heading into the season, with the latest examining the Nats' second baseman, Daniel Murphy.
Watch Class of '17 learn they're headed to the HOF
Stay on top of all the offseason moves with the MLB.com Hot Stove Tracker, which updates with the latest free-agent signings and trades.
During his teenage years, National Baseball Hall of Famer Tim Raines wanted to be an NFL star, but it was Joe Morgan's greatness at second base that convinced him to become an infielder. The same Joe Morgan, who won two National League Most Valuable Player Awards, helped the Reds win two World Series titles and is now enshrined in Cooperstown.
Ivan Rodriguez, who played in Washington from 2010-11, will become the first player who played for the Nationals to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Tim Raines, who played for the Expos, is also headed to Cooperstown.
Who do the Nationals have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Washington's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
The story of Tim Raines getting elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame is the story of why the Baseball Hall of Fame is so wonderful. Yes, of course, the Baseball Hall celebrates the obvious legends. But then there's a second category of Hall of Famer, players whose greatness was perhaps overlooked.
The wait is finally over for Tim Raines, and it was worth it. On the ballot for the 10th and final time, Raines, one of the best leadoff hitters in history, was voted into the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Wednesday. Raines was named on 86 percent of ballots.
Raines writes open letter after Hall induction
Pitchers and catchers report to Nationals' Spring Training four weeks from Tuesday, and while Washington still has a few items left on its to-do list, it did cross a big one off last week by settling with its four arbitration-eligible players to avoid a hearing for the second consecutive season. It gives the Nationals some clarity on their Opening Day payroll, and this week's Inbox begins with a look at where that payroll stands.
Harper hopes Wieters, Holland join him in D.C.
Before it ever really had the chance to become a topic of discussion, the Nationals were sure to announce that Ryan Zimmerman was going to be their starting first baseman.
The Nationals avoided any arbitration hearings this offseason after agreeing to terms with all four of their arbitration-eligible players on Friday.
The Nationals signed veteran left-hander Neal Cotts to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, the team announced Friday morning.
These days, there may be more value placed on defense and certainly more time spent on evaluating and quantifying it than ever before. When MLBPipeline.com surveyed front-officials as to which prospects stood out most for their glovework, there was no shortage of candidates for out 2017 All-Defense Team.
After a quick start to the Nationals' offseason, during which they have seemingly been involved in each rumor and connected to every player on the market, things have gone quiet. While Washington has made some improvements, the standout item on its to-do list at the start of the offseason -- finding a closer -- still hasn't been crossed off.
Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark has committed to play for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, according to MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi.
Valuing stability throughout the organization, especially as their top prospects rise through the system, the Nationals retained their Minor League managers and their entire coaching staffs for the 2017 season.
The Nationals are still in the hunt for a closer with the start of a new calendar year. They missed out on top free-agent options like Mark Melancon and Kenley Jansen, but they have remained persistent in their search for a relief ace.
Though he was scheduled and excited to participate, Max Scherzer will sit out this year's World Baseball Classic due to a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger, the Nationals announced Monday.
Despite the frigid temperatures throughout many big league cities, Major League Baseball's announcement Tuesday of the first workout dates of Spring Training should be enough to warm the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.
With the start of Spring Training just a few weeks away, anticipation is building for the 2017 season. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to West Palm Beach, Fla., by Feb.14, and it's time to break down the Nationals' roster.
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Tanner Roark proved in 2016 that he can be a dominant starting pitcher. He had carried that burden on his shoulder entering Spring Training last year, wanting to show everyone that he should never have been booted from the rotation.
The Nationals have hired De Jon Watson, the D-backs' former senior vice president of baseball operations, to their pro scouting department as a special assistant to general manager Mike Rizzo.
The Nationals have announced their Spring Training reporting dates, with pitchers and catchers due in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Feb. 14 and position players to follow Feb. 17. So as the countdown begins, the Nats have a few items on their to-do list before they pack up for Florida. This week's Inbox takes a look at another potential closing option, bench possibilities, questions about starting pitching health and depth ... and Mike Trout.
With nearly six weeks until they report to their new Spring Training facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., the Nats should continue to be one of the more active teams in baseball. Here are a few things they need to accomplish before they head off to Florida.
With a few bounce-back seasons and some good health, the Nationals could find themselves in position to come away with the ultimate goal of a championship. On the other hand, they have made a notable addition in the outfield and still have some question marks in the bullpen going into next season.
The United States added two more All-Stars to what is turning into a powerful national team roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy and D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt have committed to play for Team USA in the Classic, set for March 2017, sources tell MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi.
Evaluating the Nationals' 2016 season is a difficult task. There were so many positives to take away from the year, even though it ultimately ended before they would have liked and left a bitter taste in their mouths.
At the end of an amazing October, one team was standing: the Chicago Cubs, who broke a 108-year championship drought and won the World Series for the National League. But 14 other NL teams played all season and had their own pinnacle moments. In consultation with each club's beat reporter, here is the game of the year for each club in the NL in 2016.
Ryan Zimmerman was once the undisputed face of the franchise, the very first pick after the Nationals relocated to D.C. who endured the 100-loss seasons and heartache before enjoying the team's success during the past five seasons. Zimmerman was as frustrated as anyone with his own production from last season, but he is intent on proving he still has something left in the tank.