Spring Training Preview: Outfielders

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This spring, 63 players — each member of the Nationals’ 40-man roster, plus 23 additional non-roster invitees — will vie for the 25 spots on Dusty Baker’s Opening Day ball club. Over the course of this week, we are introducing these players in their position groups, concluding today with the outfielders.


March 5 – Starting Pitchers

March 6 – Relief Pitchers

March 7 – Catchers

March 8 – Infielders

March 9 – Outfielders


2015 Season Totals: .253/.315/.485, 117 wRC+, 8.2% BB rate, 18.2% K rate, 0.4 fWAR

Acquired late last spring from the New York Mets’ organization, den Dekker split time between Triple-A Syracuse and Washington during the first four months of the 2015 season. The left-handed hitting outfielder turned it on late in the year, slashing .302/.368/.616 in 86 August at-bats for the Chiefs and then exceeded those numbers by hitting .320/.370/.620 in 50 at-bats with the Nationals. The 28-year-old has power and can play all three outfield positions.


2015 Season Totals: N/A

Goodwin, a fleet-footed defender, has the ability to play center field, swipe bases and hit for power from the left side of the plate. He recorded a career-high 46 RBI in 114 games for Double-A Harrisburg after returning from a left shoulder injury that plagued him during the 2014 season. Following the season, he excelled in the Venezuelan Winter League, hitting .316 (42-for-133) with eight doubles, three home runs, 18 RBI, 19 walks, five stolen bases and 21 runs scored in 35 games for Bravos de Margarita.


2015 Season Totals: .330/.460/.649, 197 wRC+, 19.0% BB rate, 20.0% K rate, 9.5 fWAR

Few players in baseball history have matched Harper’s achievements at such a young age. With a dominant display of plate discipline and power in 2015, Harper hit an incredible .330/.460/.649, led the National League in home runs (42), runs scored (118) and OPS (1.109) and also tallied 124 walks. His historic age-22 campaign earned him National League MVP honors, as he garnered all 30 first-place votes to become the youngest player ever to win the award unanimously.


2015 Season Totals: .306/.342/.377, 98 wRC+, 5.0% BB rate, 10.1% K rate, 1.9 fWAR

Revere, acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in January, brings contact and speed to the top of the Nationals’ batting order. The 5-foot-9 left-handed hitter stole 49 bases and tied Denard Span with an NL-leading 184 hits in 2014, and then matched that season’s .306 batting average with another .306 campaign in 2015. Revere is of the game’s toughest men to strike out, fanning in less than 10 percent of his plate appearances with Minnesota, Philadelphia and Toronto.



2015 Season Totals: .229/.282/.358, 69 wRC+, 6.8% BB rate, 30.9% K rate, 1.0 fWAR

Pressed into action in 2015 following offseason surgeries performed on Jayson Werth and Denard Span, Taylor held his own in his first full big league season with the Nationals. The 24-year-old blasted 14 home runs, drove in 63 runs, stole 16 bases and finished ninth among all qualified Major League outfielders with a 12.4 UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating). Despite hitting just .229 on the season, Taylor came up big in the clutch, hitting .317/.397/.500 with runners in scoring position.


2015 Season Totals: .221/.302/.384, 87 wRC+, 10.1% BB rate, 22.2% K rate, -0.3 fWAR

Werth was just beginning to heat up at the plate before a pitch injured his left wrist on May 15, costing him 60 games during the middle of the year. The 36-year-old slugger recovered in time to put together a solid month from August 18–September 18, batting .303/.397/.598 with 10 doubles, eight homers, 20 RBI and 25 runs scored in 30 games over that span. Werth looks to return to his 2013-14 form, when he compiled a 144 OPS+ and registered 9.7 WAR according to FanGraphs.com.



TONY CAMPANA…Speedy lefty owns an 88 percent stolen base success rate in four MLB seasons.

CHRIS HEISEY…Former Reds outfielder is reunited with Nationals Manager Dusty Baker in Viera.

REED JOHNSON…Back in 2016, Johnson played in 17 games for the Nationals a season ago.

LOGAN SCHAFER…Former Milwaukee product played 49 games in center field for the Brewers in 2015.


Spring Training Preview: Infielders

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This spring, 63 players — each member of the Nationals’ 40-man roster, plus 23 additional non-roster invitees — will vie for the 25 spots on Dusty Baker’s Opening Day ball club. Over the course of this week, we are introducing these players in their position groups, continuing today with the infielders.


March 5 – Starting Pitchers

March 6 – Relief Pitchers

March 7 – Catchers

March 8 – Infielders

March 9 – Outfielders


2015 Season Totals: N/A

A speedy, versatile defender, Bostick was added to Washington’s 40-man roster following the 2015 season. After being acquired from the Texas Rangers along with right-handed pitcher Abel de Los Santos on December 11, 2014, Bostick led Nationals Minor Leaguers with a career-high 31 stolen bases while hitting .258 with 22 doubles, eight triples, 12 home runs, 58 RBI, 31 walks and 57 runs scored between High-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg.


2015 Season Totals: .182/.182/.182, -9 wRC+, 0.0% BB rate, 18.2% K rate, -0.1 fWAR

Difo, a switch-hitting middle infielder with speed, enters 2016 rated as the No. 6 prospect in Washington’s system, per Baseball America. He was recalled from Double-A Harrisburg on May 19, making his MLB debut and notching his first MLB hit that night vs. the New York Yankees. Difo hit .286 with 39 extra-base hits, 30 stolen bases and 61 runs scored in 106 games between Single-A Potomac and Harrisburg.


2015 Season Totals: .201/.271/.381, 76 wRC+, 8.6% BB rate, 16.6% K rate, 0.2 fWAR

A veteran left-handed bat with the ability to play shortstop, second base and third base, Drew signed a one-year deal with Washington on January 6, 2016. He clubbed 17 home runs in his first full season with the New York Yankees in 2015, tied for third among MLB second basemen. It was his largest power output since 2008, when he hit 21 home runs with Arizona. Drew appeared in 123 games (94 starts) at second base, 15 games (10 starts) at shortstop and four games (one start) at third base.


2015 Season Totals: .240/.311/.409, 94 wRC+, 8.0% BB rate, 25.7% K rate, 2.3 fWAR

One of Major League Baseball’s best and most versatile infielders, Espinosa will likely see an increased role at shortstop in 2016. A season ago, he clubbed 13 home runs, his most since 2012, and slugged .409, his highest figure since 2011. If qualified, he would have ranked first in UZR/150 (18.4) and third in defensive runs saved among MLB second basemen (10). He earned starts at second base (74), third base (9), shortstop (5), first base (5) and left field (2) during the 2015 season.


2015 Season Totals: .203/.250/.364, 61 wRC+, 5.5% BB rate, 22.5% K rate, -0.9 fWAR

A power hitter who adds defensive versatility to Washington’s roster, Moore saw action at first base (39 games/23 starts), left field (20 games/13 starts), and right field (one game) and as a pitcher (one game/0.2 IP). He posted career highs in games played (97), at bats (187) and doubles (12) in 2015 while ranking second on the club with five hits as a pinch hitter. He became the second Nationals position player to pitch in a game, and the first at Nationals Park, August 5 vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks.


2015 Season Totals: .281/.322/.449, 110 wRC+, 5.8% BB rate, 7.1% K rate, 2.5 fWAR

A 2015 postseason hero with the New York Mets, Murphy signed a three-year deal with the Nationals on January 6, 2016. He garnered NLCS MVP honors after clubbing four home runs during New York’s four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs, also becoming the first player in MLB history to hit a home run in six consecutive postseason games. He hit a career-high 14 home runs in 2015, adding 38 doubles and 73 RBI. He proved to be the toughest batter to strike out in MLB, fanning once every 14.2 plate appearances.



2015 Season Totals: .264/.344/.363, 97 wRC+, 10.1% BB rate, 19.7% K rate, 0.9 fWAR

A versatile infielder and one of the top young hitters in Major League Baseball, Rendon looks to bounce back from an injury-plagued 2015 campaign. After suffering a sprained MCL in his left knee in Spring Training, Rendon made his 2015 debut on June 14 before returning to the DL on June 25 with a left quad strain. His best stretch of the season came from August 22–September 17, when he hit .356 (37-for-104) with four doubles, four home runs, 16 runs batted in, 12 walks and 25 runs scored.


2015 Season Totals: .272/.358/.424, 115 wRC+, 10.5% BB rate, 14.8% K rate, 0.4 fWAR

Robinson joined the Nationals on a Minor League deal with an invite to 2015 Spring Training, and would end up making his first Opening Day roster. In his first full MLB season, Robinson ranked among NL rookies in on-base percentage (3rd, .358), walks (3rd, 37) and slugging percentage (10th, .424). Robinson finished strong, hitting .284 with three homers, nine RBI and 10 walks in 27 September games. On May 12 at Arizona (1.0 IP, H, SO), Robinson became the first-ever Nationals position player to pitch in a game.


2015 Season Totals: .225/.295/.325, 72 wRC+, 9.1% BB rate, 27.3% K rate, 0.1 fWAR

The No. 2 prospect in Washington’s system per Baseball America, Turner was acquired from the San Diego Padres on June 14 to complete an offseason trade between the teams. He had his contract selected from Triple-A Syracuse on August 21 and made his Major League debut that night vs. the Milwaukee Brewers, entering the game as a defensive replacement. In 116 Minor League games in 2015, Turner hit .322 with 24 doubles, seven triples, eight homers, 54 RBI, 29 stolen bases and 68 runs scored.


2015 Season Totals: .249/.308/.465, 107 wRC+, 8.5% BB rate, 20.3% K rate, 0.6 fWAR

A former Gold Glove third baseman, Zimmerman made the transition across the diamond to first base in an injury-shortened 2015 campaign. He hit .249 with 25 doubles, 16 home runs, 73 RBI, 33 walks and 43 runs scored in 95 games, including .311/.372/.652 after returning from plantar fasciitis in his left foot on July 28. He clubbed his 200th career home run during an 11-game span from August 23–September 2, in which he collected 23 RBI — the most over 11 games in franchise history (Nationals/Expos).




JASON MARTINSON2010 fifth-round pick enters his first training camp on the Major League side.

BRENDAN RYANDefensive wizard and veteran of nine big league seasons competing for a utility role.

SCOTT SIZEMOREVirginia Beach native and VCU alum got off to a fast start in Grapefruit League play.

MATT SKOLENationals 2012 Minor League Player of the Year hit 20 homers in the Minors in 2015.


Spring Training Preview: Catchers

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This spring, 63 players — each member of the Nationals’ 40-man roster, plus 23 additional non-roster invitees — will vie for the 25 spots on Dusty Baker’s Opening Day ball club. Over the course of this week, we are introducing these players in their position groups, continuing today with catchers.


March 5 – Starting Pitchers

March 6 – Relief Pitchers

March 7 – Catchers

March 8 – Infielders

March 9 – Outfielders


2015 Season Totals: N/A

Kieboom earned a non-roster invite to 2015 Spring Training and was added to Washington’s 40-man roster following the 2016 season. He boasts above-average defensive skills, having thrown out 41 percent (77-of-189) of would-be base stealers during his Minor League career. This past season, Kieboom hit .248 with 16 doubles, two home runs, 26 RBI and 30 runs scored in 71 games for Single-A Potomac en route to being named a Carolina League All-Star.


2015 Season Totals: .199/.279/.294, 57 wRC+, 9.7% BB rate, 25.8% K rate, -0.3 fWAR

Lobaton, acquired along with left-handed reliever Felipe Rivero and Minor League outfielder Drew Vettleson prior to the 2014 season, enters his third year as the Nats’ primary backup catcher. Known for his glovework behind the plate, Lobaton ranked 16th out of 117 catchers in pitch framing according to Matthew Carruth’s StatCorner. The 31-year-old switch-hitter contributed to the Nats’ wildest win of the 2015 season, going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in a 13-12 win over Atlanta on April 28.



2015 Season Totals: .229/.258/.358, 63 wRC+, 4.2% BB rate, 20.0% K rate, 0.4 fWAR

Ramos, a 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award finalist, enters his sixth full season as the Nationals’ primary backstop after playing a career-high 128 games played a season ago. “The Buffalo” also notched career bests in hits (109), runs batted in (68) and sacrifice flies (8), while coming within one of his top individual mark with 15 home runs. Behind the plate, the strong-armed 28-year-old tallied 77 assists and threw out 24-of-54 would-be basestealers, a 44 percent clip — 16 percent above the league average.


2015 Season Totals: .250/.250/.500, 97 wRC+, 0.0% BB rate, 25.0% K rate, 0.0 fWAR

A young, athletic catcher, Severino made his MLB debut in 2015. He was tabbed the “Best Defensive Catcher” in Washington’s system per Baseball America. He opened the season with Double-A Harrisburg and eventually made his MLB debut September 20 vs. Miami after having his contract selected on September 1. Severino hit .246 with 13 doubles, five homers, 34 RBI and 33 runs scored in 91 games with the Senators while being named an Eastern League midseason and postseason All-Star.



BRIAN JEROLOMAN…10-year Minor League veteran spent 2015 in Double-A Harrisburg.

JHONATAN SOLANO…Former Nationals backstop hit .314 for the 2012 NL East Division champs.


Spring Training Preview: Relief Pitchers

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This spring, 63 players — each member of the Nationals’ 40-man roster, plus 23 additional non-roster invitees — will vie for the 25 spots on Dusty Baker’s Opening Day ballclub. Over the course of this week, we are introducing these players in their position groups, continuing today with relief pitchers.

March 5 – Starting Pitchers

March 6 – Relief Pitchers

March 7 – Catchers

March 8 – Infielders

March 9 – Outfielders


2015 Season Totals: 4.60 ERA, 2.21 FIP, 10.74 K/9, 2.15 BB/9, .351 BABIP, 0.9 fWAR

Although Barrett will begin the 2016 season on the disabled list following Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, the 28-year-old has a bright future in the nation’s capital. Barrett has posted remarkable numbers during his first two big league seasons, including a 5-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2015 that led all Nationals relievers. Armed with a hard fastball and wipeout slider, Barrett has a chance to provide the team with a boost either down the stretch in 2016 or by Opening Day, 2017. 


2015 Season Totals: 5.40 ERA, 9.13 FIP, 16.20 K/9, 5.40 BB/9, .333 BABIP, -0.1 fWAR

A live-armed right-hander, de Los Santos has posted 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings and a 3.61 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 144 Minor league games (36 starts) over his professional career. He went 4-4 with a 3.43 ERA in 39 games for Double-A Harrisburg, and was 8-for-11 in save opportunities for the Senators. He struck out 55 batters in 57.2 Minor league innings (8.6 K/9.0 IP). De Los Santos had his contract selected on July 20 and made his MLB debut the next night vs. New York Mets.


2015 Season Totals: 3.02 ERA, 3.74 FIP, 5.10 K/9, 3.02 BB/9, .266 BABIP, 0.1 fWAR

Gott, 23, comes to Washington after being acquired in a December deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The young right-hander, just three years removed from his junior season at the University of Kentucky, profiles as a late-inning reliever with a fastball that averaged more than 96 mph during his rookie season with the Angels a year ago. Prior to reaching the Major Leagues, Gott posted an impressive 2.25 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 28 innings between Double-A and Triple-A ball in 2015. 


2015 Season Totals: 4.24 ERA, 3.08 FIP, 7.41 K/9, 4.24 BB/9, .426 BABIP, 0.3 fWAR

Left-handed and featuring a fastball and slider repertoire that induced groundballs at a rate of 59 percent in his 26 big league games in 2015, Grace would have ranked in the top 15 in baseball in ground ball rate if qualified. He began the season with Triple-A Syracuse before being recalled to the big leagues on April 22 and made his MLB debut that night against the St. Louis Cardinals. On the season, he allowed just one extra base hit in 38 at-bats against left-handed batters, striking out nine and walking just two. 


2015 Season Totals: 2.45 ERA, 2.57 FIP, 11.05 K/9, 2.63 BB/9, .301 BABIP, 1.0 fWAR

Kelley brings a wealth of experience to the revamped Nationals’ bullpen from his seven seasons with the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees and San Diego Padres. The 31-year-old right-hander has developed into a reliable reliever, striking out 246 opposing hitters in 200.2 innings over the past four years and featuring a slider he has thrown more than 50 percent of the time during that span. The Louisville, Ky. native signed a three-year deal with Washington in December.


2015 Season Totals: N/A

Lee was added to Washington’s 40-man roster following the 2015 season. He began his professional career as a starter, but transitioned to the bullpen during the 2014 season. Lee is effective with the strikeout, posting 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings over his five-year professional career. He went 3-1 with 10 saves and a 3.12 ERA in a career-high 40 outings between Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg in 2015, while his 10 saves ranked tied for second among Nationals farmhands.


2015 Season Totals: 5.11 ERA, 4.76 FIP, 18.24 K/9, 3.65 BB/9, .381 BABIP, -0.1 fWAR

An eight-year Minor League veteran, Martin earned an invite to 2015 Spring Training and quickly made his mark in the big leagues, striking out five consecutive Boston Red Sox batters in two scoreless innings in his MLB debut on April 15. Martin utilizes an upper-echelon slider to produce impressive strikeout numbers, helping him lead Washington’s minor league system with 12 saves, going 5-5 with a 3.21 ERA (20 ER/56.0 IP) in 46 games for Triple-A Syracuse.



2015 Season Totals: 2.13 ERA, 3.70 FIP, 7.96 K/9, 1.71 BB/9, .258 BABIP, 0.4 fWAR

One of the game’s most decorated closers, Papelbon has a chance to climb up the all-time saves list in 2016. With 349 in his career, the 35-year-old veteran is just nine behind Troy Percival (10th; 358), 18 behind Jeff Reardon (9th; 367) and 28 behind Joe Nathan (8th; 377). Papelbon successfully closed out 24 games in 2015, posting 17 saves and a 1.59 ERA with the Phillies and seven saves and a 3.04 ERA with the Nationals, after being acquired just prior to the non-waiver trade deadline in late July.


2015 Season Totals: 4.17 ERA, 3.30 FIP, 11.20 K/9, 3.29 BB/9, .321 BABIP, 0.5 fWAR

Perez’s resurgence has been one of baseball’s best stories over the past few years, as the one-time starter has rediscovered his magic as a short-inning reliever. The left-hander’s career took a positive turn under the tutelage of Nationals’ instructors in 2011, and he now joins the organization at the Major League level for the first time. In 232 appearances since 2012, Perez has posted a 3.31 ERA and 225 strikeouts in 182.1 innings, while proving to be one of the game’s toughest draws for left-handed hitters.


2015 Season Totals: 3.67 ERA, 4.09 FIP, 6.99 K/9, 1.78 BB/9, .278 BABIP, -0.1 fWAR

SPRING TRAINING NATIONALSPetit, a versatile swingman with the ability to go multiple innings as a starter or reliever, signed with the Nationals this offseason after four successful campaigns with the San Francisco Giants. He set a Major League record in 2014, retiring 46 consecutive hitters at one point over an eight-game stretch. Fans may also remember his winning performance in Game 2 of the 2014 NLDS at Nationals Park, in which he held the Nats to one hit over six shutout innings from the 12th through the 17th frames.


2015 Season Totals: 2.79 ERA, 2.64 FIP, 8.01 K/9, 2.05 BB/9, .250 BABIP, 0.9 fWAR

A breakout rookie in the Nationals’ 2015 bullpen, Rivero returns with a chance to earn a more prominent role during the 2016 season. The left-hander pitched in relief over a full season for the first time a year ago, and seemed to get stronger as the season wore on. Rivero finished the year with seven consecutive scoreless appearances — holding opponents to just one hit and one walk while striking out seven batters — while earning his first two Major League saves in the process.


2015 Season Totals: 3.38 ERA, 3.46 FIP, 7.17 K/9, 1.69 BB/9, .329 BABIP, 0.1 fWAR

Solis entered 2015 in good health after struggling with injuries his first few years as a professional. He began the season with Double-A Harrisburg before being recalled to the Major Leagues on April 29. Solis made his big league debut the next night, April 30 at the New York Mets. He enjoyed four stints with Washington over the course of the year, going 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA (8 ER/21.1 IP) in 18 games. In 20 games between Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse, Solis went 0-3 with four saves and a 4.39 ERA (13 ER/26.2 IP).


2015 Season Totals: 3.86 ERA, 3.49 FIP, 8.65 K/9, 4.26 BB/9, .328 BABIP, 0.4 fWAR

Treinen made his first Opening Day roster in 2015 and spent the majority of the season in the Nationals’ bullpen, showing electric stuff and a dominant streak against opposing right-handed hitters. Righties hit a paltry .187/.276/.216 against the 6-foot-5 Kansan, striking out in 28.8 percent of all plate appearances. Treinen compiled a nearly flawless month of August, holding opponents scoreless over 11 appearances while allowing just six hits and two walks over 12.1 innings, striking out 12.


BURKE BADENHOP6-foot-5 right-hander is a noted ground ball specialist, with a 54.4 percent career rate.

MATT BELISLEVeteran righty made 34 relief appearances for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2015.

MICHAEL BRADYSecond piece of the deal that brought fellow reliever Trevor Gott to Washington.

SEAN BURNETTFormer Nationals left-hander returns to the organization after three-year absence.

ERIK DAVISStanford product fanned 12 batters and walked just one in 10 appearances in 2013 debut.

NICK MASSETPitched four seasons in Dusty Baker’s bullpen in Cincinnati from 2008-11.

WANDER SUEROSlender Dominican right-hander posted a 2.41 ERA for Single-A Potomac in 2015.

Spring Training Preview: Starting Pitchers

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This spring, 63 players — each member of the Nationals’ 40-man roster, plus 23 additional non-roster invitees — will vie for the 25 spots on Dusty Baker’s Opening Day ball club. Over the next week, we will introduce these players in their position groups, beginning today with starting pitchers.


March 5 – Starting Pitchers

March 6 – Relief Pitchers

March 7 – Catchers

March 8 – Infielders

March 9 – Outfielders


2015 Season Totals: 5.79 ERA, 2.92 FIP, 8.68 K/9, 0.96 BB/9, .394 BABIP, 0.1 fWAR

A highly-regarded right-handed pitching prospect, Cole saw his first Major League action in 2015. He opened the season with Triple-A Syracuse before being recalled to Washington on April 28 to make his MLB debut that night against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Cole later rejoined the Nationals in mid-May and made two relief appearances, converting his first save May 15 at San Diego. The Winter Springs, Fla. native went 5-6 with a 3.15 ERA in 21 games (19 starts) for Syracuse.


2015 Season Totals: 3.79 ERA, 3.05 FIP, 8.66 K/9, 3.54 BB/9, .341 BABIP, 3.7 fWAR

Entering his fifth season in Washington, Gonzalez will look to improve upon his stellar 53-34 record as a member of the Nationals’ organization. The affable southpaw induced a career-high 53.8 percent ground ball rate in 2015, but was also stung by a .341 batting average on balls in play (BABIP). A correction to previous levels could be a key indicator for Gonzalez’s success in 2016, as his previous Nationals high was just .294 prior to last season.


2015 Season Totals: 5.29 ERA, 2.90 FIP, 5.82 K/9, 3.18 BB/9, .333 BABIP, 0.3 fWAR

Jordan, a local product out of Merritt Island High School and Brevard County Community College, enters the 2016 season looking to catch the eye of new manager Dusty Baker and pitching coach Mike Maddux. The 6-foot-5 sinkerball specialist appeared in nine games (six starts) for the Nationals over the past two seasons, after earning nine starts and posting a 3.66 ERA over 51.2 innings in 2013. Jordan put together 19 solid outings at the Triple-A level a season ago, contributing a 2.95 ERA.


2015 Season Totals: 4.38 ERA, 4.70 FIP, 5.68 K/9, 2.11 BB/9, .292 BABIP, -0.2 fWAR

One of the game’s biggest success stories in 2013 and 2014 when he compiled a 22-11 record with a 2.57 ERA, Roark will battle in Spring Training to return to the Nationals’ starting rotation on a full-time basis. The 29-year-old appeared in 40 games in 2015 (12 starts), picking up his first career save with a scoreless ninth inning on May 4 against the Miami Marlins. Roark had his best stretch of the season from July 25 to August 11, holding his opponents scoreless with a .103 batting average over six games.


2015 Season Totals: 3.64 ERA, 3.42 FIP, 8.10 K/9, 2.47 BB/9, .265 BABIP, 1.4 fWAR

Ross burst onto the scene for the Nationals in early June, making the leap from Double-A Harrisburg to the big leagues and holding his own at the highest level. Still just 22 years of age, the big right-hander posted historic numbers in his first seven starts, recording 47 strikeouts against just four walks in 45 innings pitched. Ross finished his rookie campaign with a 5-5 record and a 3.64 ERA over 16 games in Washington (13 starts), plus 2-2 with a 2.81 ERA in Double-A and 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA in Triple-A.


2015 Season Totals: 2.79 ERA, 2.77 FIP, 10.86 K/9, 1.34 BB/9, .268 BABIP, 6.4 fWAR

No hurler had ever authored two no-hit performances as dominant as the pair Scherzer turned in this past season, as the right-hander etched his name in the history books. Between his performances on June 20 against the Pittsburgh Pirates and October 3 against the New York Mets, Scherzer fired 18 no-hit innings, walked no opposing hitters and struck out 27. For the year, the first-year National compiled an 8.12 strikeout-to-walk ratio, the fifth-best mark in MLB history for a pitcher with 200 strikeouts.


2015 Season Totals: 3.46 ERA, 2.81 FIP, 10.96 K/9, 1.84 BB/9, .311 BABIP, 3.4 fWAR

Strasburg recovered from early ankle and back ailments to deliver one of baseball’s best second-half performances, building momentum toward the 2016 campaign. Over his last 13 starts, Strasburg compiled an 8-2 record with a 1.76 ERA, held opponents to a .175 batting average and recorded a 112-to-10 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 82 innings. He enters the season just two strikeouts shy of Jordan Zimmermann’s team record and just 99 punchouts from the 1,000 mark for his career.



BRONSON ARROYO… 39-year-old veteran right-hander has 145 victories and a World Series ring.

PAULO ESPINO… Panamanian righty posted a 3.21 ERA in 117.2 IP for Triple-A Syracuse in 2015.

LUCAS GIOLITO… Nats’ consensus top prospect split time between Single-A and Double-A last season.

TAYLOR HILL… Made 22 starts for Triple-A Syracuse and added six relief appearances in Washington.

AARON LAFFEY… Southpaw has pitched in the Major Leagues for CLE, SEA, NYY, TOR, NYM and COL.

AUSTIN VOTH… 23-year-old righty with a 2.70 career ERA in three Minor League seasons.


Breaking Barriers: Jackie Robinson’s daughter visits the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy

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A black-and-white photo of the legendary Jackie Robinson hangs in the hallway of the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. Every week, hundreds of the Academy’s scholar-athletes walk past this image, which serves as a reminder of the obstacles that the Hall of Famer was able to overcome during his groundbreaking career.

On Thursday, Feb. 11, 70 scholar-athletes at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy had the once-in-a-lifetime chance to make a tangible connection to history when Jackie Robinson’s daughter, Sharon, visited the Academy.

Sharon’s visit was linked to the 20th Anniversary for Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life, an educational program she founded. This initiative is one of the many ways in which Sharon has carried on her father’s legacy – by dedicating her life to teaching children how to overcome obstacles, as her father did while breaking baseball’s color barrier.

The 2016 Breaking Barriers program includes an essay contest that will reward 20 students in grades 4-9 with prizes such as trips to the 2016 MLB All-Star Game and the 2016 World Series. The contest encourages students to share stories describing how they have used Jackie Robinson’s values to handle difficulties in their lives.

A warm and engaging spirit, Sharon’s passion for children was evident in the way she interacted with each of the scholar-athletes during her visit. From high-fives to hugs, the students were thrilled to be in the presence of someone so intimately connected to one of baseball’s most important figures.

“Everything the academy is doing here is so critical for these kids,” Sharon said. “Having a place like this that is beautiful, they have lots of people that support them, and they have people from their own community supporting them, as well as older mentors and teachers. It makes me feel very hopeful. I’m glad the Nationals have made this a part of their commitment to the community.”

Brandon, a fourth-grade scholar-athlete, was particularly excited to meet Sharon. Brandon had just completed a class project for Black History Month, where he wrote about Jackie Robinson’s life and the trials he encountered throughout his career. Brandon received an A+ for his effort, and was given the special opportunity to share the project with Sharon, who certainly knows Jackie Robinson’s story well. Sharon was impressed by Brandon’s work, and even said he found a picture of her father she had never seen before.

Sharon commended the Nationals and the Academy for their dedication to the development of underserved youth in the Washington, D.C. community.

The Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy was grateful for Sharon’s visit and her dedication to youth across the country. Sharon’s afternoon at the Academy gave each of the students a special experience they will never forget.


Nationals announce 2016 non-roster invitees

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By Kyle Brostowitz

The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Bronson Arroyo, left-handed pitcher Sean Burnett, right-handed pitcher Paolo Espino, left-handed pitcher Aaron Laffey, right-handed pitcher Nick Masset, catcher Jhonatan Solano, infielder Brendan Ryan, infielder Scott Sizemore, outfielder Chris Heisey, outfielder Reed Johnson and outfielder Logan Schafer on Minor League contracts with invitations to 2016 Major League Spring Training. In addition, the Nationals extended Spring Training invites to right-handed pitcher Michael Brady, right-handed pitcher Erik Davis, right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito, right-handed pitcher Taylor Hill, right-handed pitcher Wander Suero, right-handed pitcher Austin Voth, infielder Jason Martinson, infielder Matt Skole and outfielder Tony Campana.

Pitchers and catchers are slated to report to the Nationals’ Spring Training facility in Viera, Fla., by Thursday, Feb. 18. Washington’s position players will report by Tuesday, Feb. 23, and the first full-squad workout is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25.

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Arroyo, a veteran of 15 Major League seasons, joins the Nationals after spending the 2015 season recovering from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery, performed in July 2014. The 38-year-old has a 145-131 career record and a 4.19 ERA in 405 games (369 starts) during his Major League career. Arroyo last pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014, going 7-4 with a 4.08 ERA in 14 starts before suffering a torn ulnar collateral ligament in early July. Prior to Arizona, Arroyo spent eight seasons (2006-13) with the Cincinnati Reds, where he ranks among the club’s all-time leaders in strikeouts (8th, 1112), starts (8th, 265), wins (13th, 105) and innings pitched (13th, 1690.1). Prior to his time with the Reds, Arroyo pitched three seasons (2003-05) for the Boston Red Sox, where he was a member of the 2004 World Series Champions, and three seasons (2000-2002) with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Burnett, 33, returns to the Washington Nationals where he spent four seasons (2009-12) and posted a 2.81 ERA in 245 relief appearances. Burnett missed the 2015 season while recovering from June 2014 Tommy John ligament replacement surgery. Following his initial stint with the Nationals, Burnett joined the Los Angeles Angels, where he posted a 1.74 ERA in 16 games while battling injuries.

Espino, 29, enters his third season in Washington’s system. His strong 2015 campaign yielded his first invite to the Nationals’ Major League Spring Training. Espino went 8-9 with a 3.47 ERA in 28 games (26 starts) between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse. His 120 strikeouts ranked third among Nationals farmhands, while his 3.47 ERA ranked seventh. Following the season, Espino went 2-3 with a 4.28 ERA in 10 games (10 starts) for Caribes de Anzoategui of the Venezuelan Winter League. Espino, who joined Washington after seven seasons (2007-13) in the Cleveland Indians organization, has struck out nearly a batter per inning (8.4 SO/9.0) and has posted a 3.46 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his nine-year professional career.

Laffey, 30, returns to the organization after spending the 2015 season with the Colorado Rockies. He enjoyed three MLB stints (1-0, 3.68 ERA, 3 G) with Colorado after signing with the Rockies as a Minor League free agent following the 2014 season. He appeared in 27 games (12 starts) for Triple-A Albuquerque, going 5-4 with a 3.90 ERA. Laffey spent the 2014 season with the Syracuse Chiefs where his 12 wins were third most in the International League and he was named an International League All-Star.

Masset, 33, joins the Nationals after stints with Miami and Atlanta in 2015. Masset began the season with Triple-A New Orleans before having his contract purchased by the Marlins on April 21. He appeared in eight games with the Marlins before he was designated for assignment on May 17, eventually signing with the Atlanta Braves. He appeared in 20 games before being released on July 10. Masset went a combined 2-2 with a 4.68 ERA in 28 MLB games.

Solano, 30, returns to the organization that signed him out of a tryout camp in Venezuela in Sept. 2005. He spent the 2015 season in the Miami Marlins organization, beginning the season with Triple-A New Orleans. He had his contract purchased by Miami on April 24 and enjoyed two stints with the Marlins, appearing in seven games. While with the Marlins, Solano had the opportunity to play on the same team as his brother, Donovan.

on August 8, 2015 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.

Ryan, 33, joins the Nationals after parts of nine Major League seasons with the New York Yankees (2013-15), Seattle (2011-13) and St. Louis (2007-10). A superb defender, Ryan has appeared in MLB games at shortstop (705 games/635 starts), second base (104 games/72 starts), third base (45 games/28 starts), first base (eight games), outfield (five games/three starts) and one game at pitcher. He hit .229, with six doubles, two triples, eight RBI, and 10 runs scored in 47 games with New York in 2015.

Sizemore, 31, returns to the Nationals for his first full season after joining the organization on Aug. 22, 2015. A veteran infielder, Sizemore has played parts of four Major League seasons with Detroit (2010-11), Oakland (2011, 2013) and the New York Yankees (2014) and has experience playing third base (102 games/96 starts), second base (60 games/55 starts) and first base (two games/one start) at the Major League level. He began the 2015 season with Triple-A New Orleans before signing with Washington in late August. Sizemore hit .426 (20-for-47) with two doubles, one triple, one home run, seven RBI, six walks and seven runs scored in 14 games with Triple-A Syracuse.

Heisey, 31, spent the 2015 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto Blue Jays, on the heels of five seasons (2010-14) with the Cincinnati Reds. Since 2010, he leads active MLB pinch-hitters (min. 100 PA) with a .599 slugging percentage and 11 home runs and ranks among active MLB pinch hitters in hits (2nd, 40) and batting average (5th, .282) in 160 career pinch hit appearances. In his only season in Los Angeles’ chain, Heisey enjoyed four MLB stints (33 games) while clubbing 17 home runs in 83 Minor League games. He was released on Aug. 7 and signed with Toronto before being reacquired by the Dodgers on Sept. 1.

Johnson, 39, missed 131 games to injury during the 2015 season. A veteran of 13 Major League seasons, Johnson appeared in 12 of Washington’s 21 games in 2015 before being placed on the disabled list on April 29. He successfully rehabbed and returned to the active roster for the final week of the season and appeared in five of the final seven games of the 2015 season. He initially signed with the Nationals as a non-roster invitee on March 30, 2015.


The Nationals welcome Schafer, 29, who is joining the second professional organization of his career. Schafer spent parts of five Major League seasons (2011-15) with the Milwaukee Brewers. He has appeared in MLB games in center field (97 games), left field (76 games) and right field (33 games). He enjoyed two stints with the Brewers in 2015, including a spot on their Opening Day roster. He appeared in 69 games for Milwaukee, including 25 starts in center field, hitting .221 with six doubles, one triple, one home run, six RBI, 12 walks and 17 runs scored.

Brady, 28, was acquired by Washington with left-hander Trevor Gott from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for Yunel Escobar on Dec. 10, 2015. Brady, who transitioned to a starter in 2015, has posted a 6.08 strikeout-to-walk ratio during his seven-year professional career. He made his first start of the season on May 26 vs. San Antonio and went 7-5 with a 3.95 ERA as a starter while striking out 99 batters against just 10 walks. In seven Minor League seasons, Brady has posted a 3.08 ERA while striking out 9.4 batters per nine innings.

Davis, 29, returns to the Nationals as a non-roster invitee after being designated for assignment on Jan. 6, 2016. He returned to the mound on May 8, 2015 after undergoing Tommy John surgery on April 2, 2014. Davis went 1-2 with three saves and a 3.88 ERA in 37 games while striking out 47 batters in 48.2 innings pitched between Single-A Potomac, Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse.

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Giolito, 21, is tabbed by Baseball America as Washington’s top prospect as well as one of the best prospects in all of Major League Baseball. He will take part in his first Major League Spring Training in 2016 after going 7-7 with a 3.15 ERA in 21 games (19 starts) between Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg. Giolito ranked second among Nationals farmhands in strikeouts (131) and fourth in ERA (3.15) in 2015. He has twice represented Washington in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game (2014 at MIN, 2015 at CIN). A first-round selection (No. 16 overall) in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, Giolito is 19-10 with a 2.63 ERA and has posted 10.0 strikeouts per nine innings over his four-year professional career.


Hill, 26, enjoyed three stints with Washington in 2015, posting a 3.75 ERA in six appearances out of the bullpen. He was recalled for the first time on May 30 when Stephen Strasburg was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He allowed exactly one earned run in five of his six Major League appearances. Hill went 3-10 with a 5.23 ERA in 22 starts for Triple-A Syracuse in 2015 in between his stints with the Nationals.

Suero, 24, will take part in his first Major League Spring Training after advancing through Washington’s system. A non-drafted free agent out of Sabana Larga, Dominican Republic in 2010, the tall right-handed pitcher boasts an electric arm, a strong mound presence and the ability to start or come out of the bullpen. Suero began the 2015 season with Single-A Potomac before being promoted to Double-A Harrisburg. He went 7-4 with two saves and a 3.90 ERA in a career-high 33 games (five starts) between the stops.

Voth, Austin_2015_04_24 - 4097 (Will Bentzel)Voth, 23, enters his first Major League Spring Training after coming off a 2015 season in which he was named Washington’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Voth enters 2016 rated as the No. 9 prospect in Washington’s system according to Baseball America. He led all Nationals farmhands with 148 strikeouts and ranked third in the organization with a 2.92 ERA. His 148 strikeouts ranked second in all of Double-A and were tied for ninth in all of Minor League Baseball. He spent the entire season at Double-A Harrisburg, going 6-7 with a 2.92 ERA in 28 games (27 starts). He led the Eastern League in strikeouts (148), strikeouts per nine innings (8.47) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.70). He also ranked among league leaders in hits per nine innings (2nd, 7.67), WHIP (5th, 1.11), home runs per nine innings (5th, 0.57), ERA (8th, 2.92) and walks per nine innings (9th, 2.29).

Martinson, 27, matched a career-high with 19 home runs in 2015, one behind Matt Skole (20) for the most among Nationals farmhands. Martinson has the ability to play nearly every position on the field, having appeared at shortstop (544 games), third base (88 games), left field (15 games), second base (five games) and right field (three games) during his six-year professional career. Martinson was named an International League mid-season All-Star in 2015 and was cited by Baseball America as having the “Best Infield Arm” in Washington’s system prior to the 2015 season.

Skole, 26, will take part in his fourth Major League Spring Training in 2016. The power-hitting corner infielder led Washington’s Minor League system in 2015 with 20 home runs and ranked second with 82 RBI. Skole played in a career-high 132 games for the second straight season and hit .234 with 23 doubles, one triple, 20 home runs, 82 RBI, 72 walks and 55 runs scored between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse. His 12 home runs and 56 RBI with Harrisburg led the club, despite playing in only 90 games.

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Campana, 29, enters his second season in the Nationals’ organization after signing a two-year Minor League contract, Aug. 10, 2015. He began 2015 with the Chicago White Sox before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in February. He was released and worked out on his own before joining the Nationals’ chain, reporting to the Nationals’ complex in Viera to continue his rehab. In 2014, he appeared in 44 Major League games between Arizona and Los Angeles (AL). Since 2011, his 80.0 stolen base percentage (66-for-75) is tied with Shane Victorino for the best in Major League Baseball.

Nationals acquire OF Ben Revere from Toronto Blue Jays

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by Amanda Comak

The Washington Nationals acquired outfielder Ben Revere and a player to be named from the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday in exchange for right-handed pitcher Drew Storen and cash considerations.

Revere, 27, joins the Nationals on the heels of his third consecutive season posting a .300 batting average or higher. The versatile outfielder hit .306 in 2015 with a .342 on-base percentage, 22 doubles, seven triples, two home runs and 31 stolen bases in 152 games, 96 with the Philadelphia Phillies and the final 56 with the Blue Jays.

The speedy Revere is a career .295 hitter who has averaged nearly 30 stolen bases per season during his six years in the Major Leagues. No stranger to the National League East, Revere hit .303 with 35 doubles, 16 triples, 71 RBI and 95 stolen bases during his two-plus seasons with the Phillies (335 games). In 2014, Revere led the National League in hits with 184.

Acquired from the Phillies at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, Revere hit .319 with a .354 on-base percentage to help the Blue Jays earn the American League East championship, their first division title since 1993. Revere hit .255 in the 2015 postseason, tallying a double, an RBI, two stolen bases and four walks as the Blue Jays defeated the Texas Rangers in the American League Division Series, before falling to the Kansas City Royals in six games in the American League Championship Series.

Revere has spent significant time at all three outfield spots and hit the majority of his career at the top of the order, batting first or second in 506 of his 645 MLB games.

An Atlanta, Ga., native, Revere was a first-round selection (No. 27 overall) of the Minnesota Twins in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. He made his Major League debut on Sept. 7, 2010 and hit .278 in 254 games for the Twins, before he was traded to Philadelphia in Dec. 2012, in exchange for right-handed pitchers Trevor May and Vance Worley.

Storen, 28, spent six seasons as a National, going 21-13 with 95 saves and a 3.02 ERA in 355 games, pitching in nearly every role out of the Nationals’ bullpen. The right-hander leaves Washington ranking second on the club’s all-time (2005-present) saves list, behind Chad Cordero (113). He also ranks second in relief appearances (355) and second among relievers in strikeouts (321).

In 2014, Storen led all qualified National League relievers with a 1.12 ERA, the lowest single-season ERA by a reliever in Nationals history (min. 40 games). From 2014-2015, Storen recorded 40 saves, 25 holds, a 2.26 ERA and 113 strikeouts against 27 walks. The No. 10 overall selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, Storen made his Major League debut less than one year later, May 17, 2010 at St. Louis.

Nationals add Dan Jennings to front office staff

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by Amanda Comak

The Washington Nationals added Dan Jennings to their front office staff on Friday, hiring the former Major League executive and manager as a Special Assistant to President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo.

Jennings, who will focus on all facets of the Nationals’ scouting operations, comes to Washington on the heels of the unique experience of serving the Miami Marlins both in an executive role (most recently as Vice President and General Manager) as well as in an on-field capacity. Jennings took over as the Marlins’ field manager on May 18, 2015, a brand new experience for him after establishing himself as a scout and working in various front office roles.

The Nationals are Jennings’ first new organization since 2002, when he joined Miami as Vice President of Player Personnel and began his ascension through their front office. Jennings also served as the Marlins’ Assistant General Manager & VP of Player Personnel, before his promotion to General Manager on Sept. 29, 2013. In his front office capacities with the Marlins, Jennings focused on roster management, arbitration, payroll, contract research and negotiations, and waiver rule compliance.

Jennings shifted to the dugout, gaining valuable and varied experiences, when the Marlins relieved Mike Redmond of his duties. He led Miami to a 55-69 record, after the Marlins had opened with a 16-22 mark.

Prior to joining the Marlins, Jennings served as the Director of Scouting for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for more than seven seasons, during which time the Rays signed and developed more than 45 Major League players – including Josh Hamilton, Carl Crawford, James Shields and Rocco Baldelli. Jennings began his career as an Associate Scout for the Cincinnati Reds in 1986 and moved to an Area Scout role with the Seattle Mariners in 1988. The Mariners promoted him to Midwest Crosschecker in 1995, before Jennings joined the Rays later that year (August 16).

Jennings, who serves on the Board of Directors for the MLB Scout of the Year program and the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation, was elected into the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame in 2012. That election followed his 2004 appointment to the Southeastern Professional Baseball Hall of Fame.

An undrafted right-handed pitcher who was signed by the New York Yankees out of a 1984 tryout camp, Jennings’ minor league career was brief. He played collegiately for the University of Southern Mississippi, before graduating from William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Miss., in 1984.

Nationals agree to terms with INF Stephen Drew

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By Kyle Brostowitz

DrewWelcomeColorThe Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a one-year contract with infielder Stephen Drew on Wednesday and designated right-handed pitcher Taylor Hill for assignment.

Drew, a veteran of 10 Major League seasons, will join the Nationals on the heels of a 2015 season in which he hit 17 home runs for the New York Yankees. The power output was Drew’s largest since the left-handed-hitter clubbed 21 home runs in 2008 as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. His 17 home runs were tied for third among Major League second basemen in 2015.

The 32-year-old Drew hit .201 with 16 doubles and one triple, tallied 44 RBI and scored 43 runs in 131 games for the Yankees. He appeared in 123 games (94 starts) at second base, 15 games (10 starts) at shortstop and four games (one start) at third base.

No stranger to the postseason, Drew has appeared in 28 playoff games, including starting at shortstop in each of Boston’s 16 postseason games in 2013, helping the Red Sox secure the World Series title. Drew also appeared in the postseason with the Oakland Athletics in 2012 and the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007.

A former first-round pick (No. 15 overall) by the Diamondbacks in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Drew has appeared in 1,152 games in his 10 Major League seasons, hitting .251 with 240 doubles, 62 triples, 114 home runs, 486 RBI, 41 stolen bases and 532 runs scored. He made his Major League debut in 2006, at the age of 23, with the Diamondbacks before stints with Oakland (2012), Boston (2013-14) and New York (2014-15).

A native of Valdosta, Ga., Drew, who attended Florida State University, is the youngest brother of former first-round selections and Major Leaguers, J.D. and Tim Drew.

Hill, 26, appeared in nine Major League games over the past two seasons for the Nationals, going 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA. Hill’s lone big league start came Sept. 26, 2014 vs. Miami. In 111 minor league games (101 starts) spanning five minor league seasons, Hill went 34-35 with a 3.84 ERA. He was a sixth round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Vanderbilt University.

With the addition of Drew, the Nationals currently have 40 players on their 40-man roster.


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