Washington Nationals

Stadium: Nationals Park | Manager: Matt Williams
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Report: Nationals sign pitcher Casey Janssen to one-year contract
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

The Nationals agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract with pitcher Casey Janssen on Wednesday, sources told FOXSports.com.

The deal also includes a mutual option for the 2016 season and a buyout. In 2014, Janssen made 50 relief appearances and produced a 3.94 ERA.

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Nationals sign Derrick Robinson to minor-league deal
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

The Nationals have signed outfielder Derrick Robinson to a minor-league contract, the team announced Friday. 

Robinson played in 102 games for the Reds in 2013, hitting .255 with seven doubles and three triples for the club. He was unable to play in 2014 after injuring his left shoulder, which required surgery.

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Nationals' Werth (shoulder): My goal is to be ready by opening day
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on the AC joint in his right shoulder Jan. 9, said he still has some normal residual discomfort from the operation but feels better, per The Washington Post.

While Werth is expected to undergo 2-3 months of rehab, which puts his status for opening day in jeopardy, he remains hopeful of a quick recovery because his operation was minimally-invasive and with no complications.

“I don’t want to do anything to jeopardize the rest of my career but also want to get on the field an play,” he said. “It’s a balance. … As soon as I’m ready, I’ll be back. … My goal is opening day. If I can’t make opening day in D.C., then I want to make opening day in Boston. I’m going to try to be back as soon as I can without doing something stupid.”

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Nationals sign pitcher Evan Meek to minor-league deal
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Nationals have signed pitcher Evan Meek to a minor-league deal, according to MLB.com.

The 31-year-old Meek spent last season moving between the majors and the minors with the Orioles. He posted a 5.79 ERA over 23 1/3 innings in the majors. Meek was outrighted to Triple-A in October, but decided to reject the move, becoming a free-agent. The deal includes an invite to spring training. 

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Boras: Tigers 'were always in conversation' for Max Scherzer
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowksi said Monday agent Scott Boras did reach out to him a few times this offseason about starting pitcher Max Scherzer, but no negotiations took place before Scherzer agreed to a seven-year, $210 million contract with the Nationals.

On Wednesday, Boras stayed away from any details regarding negotiations with the Tigers and was very complimentary of the Detroit organization, per MLB.com. Scherzer turned down a six-year, $144 million contract extension from the Tigers last spring.

“First of all, (owner) Mike Ilitch is much like the Lerner family: They’re owners that run their own shop. They do their own thing their own way,” Boras told MLB Network Radio. “I don’t think anyone should question anything about what the Tiger organization wants to do other than win.

"To suggest that, when a general manager makes a bright move and makes an offer for a player, I just don’t see the negative of it. And I don’t think that Mike Ilitch sees the negative of it either. And as you move forward and you continue to communicate, the Tigers and us were always in conversation, and the reason we were is that it was a place that Max Scherzer won 70 percent of his games there. He was a very important part to them potentiating them achieving Mike Ilitch’s goals in winning.

“When you have a wedding, you don’t really talk about who you dated, and I kind of leave it at that. Certainly there’s nothing that the Tigers don’t do. They cross every bridge and they’re very conscientious about how they pursue players. They had great value for Max and it was a great relationship. Obviously this fit for Max was something that was, in his mind, something better for him.”

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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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