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Nationals pitcher Rich Hill will compete for bullpen spot
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Nationals pitcher Rich Hill is expected to compete for a bullpen spot with the team during spring training after being signed to a minor-league contract Friday.

"Veteran, been there, got big league experience," Williams said. "We'll get him in camp, get a good look at him, and let him compete."

Hill posted a 1.69 ERA in 14 appearances with the Yankees in 2014.

"He's ready to go compete," Williams said. "He's here to vie for a spot."

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Nationals' Matt Skole: 'I'm eating healthy and working hard'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Nationals first baseman Matt Skole missed most of 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and struggled at the plate in 2014 but showed up to camp in better shape and will look to rebound in 2015, MLB.com reports.

"This offseason, I had a little more time to work on my body," Skole said. "I really got after it in the weight room. I ate right. I ate healthy. I think that was probably the biggest difference for me. I'm about the same weight as I was. I just leaned out a little bit. I'm eating healthy and working hard."

Skole worked with hitting coordinator Troy Gingrich for a month after the season and learned to keep his hands up in order to hit the ball consistently after having his hands too low during his down 2014 season.

"After taking a year off, it was more difficult than I thought it would be," the left-handed-swinging Skole said. "But coming back, I turned some corners, made some strides as far as getting to know myself as a player and know the things I need to fix. I think everything I did last year was a stepping stone for this year."

Skole hit .241/.352/.399 with 14 home runs and 68 RBI in 461 at-bats with Double-A Harrisburg last season.

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Stephen Strasburg wants to stay with Nationals
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

Though Stephen Strasburg's agent Scott Boras denied a report that he wanted to be traded in January, the right-handed pitcher said himself that he wants to remain with the Nationals and has no issues with the organization. 

"I haven't said anything like that," Strasburg said in an interview with MLB.com. "I don't feel like that. You have to accept it because that's how the system works. It's like they pick up on any little thing and they twist it. Some people want to turn it to see how many clicks they can get on the webpage."

Strasburg is set to be the ace of a deep rotation that looks to be on of the best in baseball this coming season. With the Nationals winning their second divisional title in the past three seasons, Strasburg said he's happy with the organization. 

"It's the team that drafted me. I love the players here, I love D.C. Winning cures everything, that's for sure," Strasburg said. "I'm excited to be part of the resurgence so far. It's great to see the type of players we bring in here every year. The expectations keep going up and up. Hopefully, we can do big things this year."

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Nationals sign pitcher Rich Hill to minor-league deal
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

The Nationals signed pitcher Rich Hill to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, the team announced Friday night

Hill spent time with the Angels and Yankees in 2014 and posted a 3.38 ERA in 16 appearances. 

His career ERA is 4.72 over 10 years, which includes additional stops with the Cubs, Orioles, Red Sox and Indians. 

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Nationals 1B/OF Tyler Moore determined to make roster
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Nationals first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore is out of minor-league options, so if he doesn't make the major-league roster this spring, then he will be subjected to waivers.

"I kind of want to keep my head down and just focus on what we need to do here as a team," Moore said, per MLB.com. "Everybody has one goal. ... This team is so close-knit. I want to enjoy my teammates. Whatever happens, I want to enjoy those guys and give it my all."

Moore, although, is confident given the chance to play regularly, he could produce at the major-league level.

"I would do pretty well," Moore said. "It's about getting an opportunity. I don't know specific numbers. I just feel that maybe that day is coming. We'll see what happens. I just have to keep my head down and keep working."

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGDenard Span , CF.302
HRAdam LaRoche , 1B26
RBIAdam LaRoche , 1B92
OBPJayson Werth , RF.394
SLGAnthony Rendon , 3B.473
RAnthony Rendon , 3B111
SBDenard Span , CF31
WDoug Fister , SP16
ERADoug Fister , SP2.41
WHIPJordan Zimmermann , SP1.07
KStephen Strasburg , SP242
SVRafael Soriano , RP32
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