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2014-2015 Nationals Offseason Thread

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  • 2014-2015 Nationals Offseason Thread

    Thought I'd get this thread started if anyone is interested. A couple recent moves have taken place:

    They signed Matt Purke after releasing him just a little while before that.

    The Nationals announced Monday afternoon the signing of recently-released former prospect Matt Purke to a minor league deal. The left-handed starter also received an invitation to big league spring training.

    The Nationals released oft-injured Purke on Friday, freeing up a 40-man roster spot that will be needed later this week ahead of Thursday’s deadline to protect players before the Rule 5 draft. The Nationals have had success rehabbing players returning from Tommy John surgery, such as Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg and Lucas Giolito. Purke underwent the elbow surgery in late May and will continue his existing rehab program.

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    They avoided arbitration with Kevin Frandsen.

    WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Washington Nationals have reportedly reached an extension agreement with utility player Kevin Frandsen, valued at $1 million over one year, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

    Frandsen, 32, played 105 games of fill-in work for the Nationals in 2014, finishing the season with 57 hits, 8 doubles, 1 home run, 17 RBI and 6 bases on balls, with a .259/.299/.309 slash line.

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    The Nationals released C Jhonatan Solano. They signed SS Franklin Sierra.
    Last edited by Cowtipper; 11-22-2014, 01:46 PM.


    • #3
      Nationals name executives

      Named Mike Cubbage and Terry Wetzel special assistants to the president of baseball operations and general manager. Promoted Eddie Longosz to assistant director of scouting operations. Named Brandon Larson, Scott Ramsay, Justin Bloxom, Buddy Hernandez and Steve Leavitt amateur scouts.


      • #4
        Nationals lose Pedro Florimon to waiver claim

        The Pirates have claimed shortstop Pedro Florimon off waivers from the Nationals, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports. Jettisoning Florimon allowed the Nationals some wiggle room to complete their 40-man roster. The Nationals had picked him up off waivers from the Twins back in September.

        They also added Brian Goodwin to the 40-man roster.
        Last edited by Cowtipper; 11-20-2014, 03:45 PM.


        • #5
          The Nationals released Ryan Mattheus and added Brian Goodwin and AJ Cole to the 40-man roster.


          Promoted Aron Weston to pro scout. Granted C Jhonatan Solano his unconditional release. Selected the contract of LHP Matt Grace from Syracuse (IL) and INF Wilmer Difo from Hagerstown (SAL).

          Last edited by Cowtipper; 11-22-2014, 01:45 PM.


          • #6
            Nationals sign P Bruce Billings

            The Nationals have signed right-handed pitcher Bruce Billings to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training. Billings is expected to serve as depth at Class AAA Syracuse.

            Billings, 29 spent most of the season in the New York Yankees’ system, making 15 starts at Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and posting a 5.06 ERA. He also appeared in five games as as reliever for Class AAA Albuquerque, in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ system, and had a 6.75 ERA. Billings tossed four innings in the majors for the Yankees this season, allowing four runs.



            • #7
              Dan Uggla, Heath Bell to Nats:
              The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.


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