The Washington Nationals have officially moved on from the Fresno Grizzlies and took on a new Triple-A affiliate, the Red Wings from Rochester, New York.
Posted: November 20, 2020, 7:50 am
Maybe after a normal season and with some more natural fits with their team on the free agent market, the Nationals would be more willing to raise their payroll again to their pre-2020 level where they were one of the biggest spenders in the league. wasn’t a normal season though. Owners are now looking to slash costs to accommodate for the fact MLB played their 60-game slate behind closed doors and player payroll is understandably the biggest cost of all and easiest place for them to be cheaper.
Posted: November 19, 2020, 2:30 pm
The partnership appears to have been confirmed by the team in a tweet. The Nationals become the fourth major league team the Wings will partner with, as its previous 17-year stint as the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins came to an end earlier this month. The team also previously partnered with the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Baltimore Orioles respectively.
Posted: November 19, 2020, 12:31 pm
Looking for left-handed help in the bullpen, the Washington Nationals have reached agreement with longtime minor leaguer Sam Clay on a one-year contract. The Nationals made the announcement Wednesday. The 27-year-old Clay spent seven seasons in the Minnesota system.
Posted: November 19, 2020, 6:21 am
In a press release announcing that they had signed left-handed reliever Sam Clay to a major league contract, the Washington Nationals noted that the 27-year-old sinker-baller, “… led all of Minor League Baseball in groundball rate (71.3%),” in 2019. I had the third-highest ground ball percentage in all of baseball,” Clay said, “behind [Aaron] Bummer [of the Chicago White Sox; 72.1% GB%] and Zach Britton [for the New York Yankees 77.2% GB%], so it’s something I do very well.
Posted: November 19, 2020, 5:01 am
In a move reminiscent of last winter’s signing of minor league pitcher Kyle Finnegan (which worked out pretty well), the Washington Nationals announced this afternoon that they have signed Sam Clay, a veteran of six seasons in the Minnesota Twins’ system, to a major league deal. Clay, 27, is a 2014 4th Round pick by Minnesota, who pitched at Double-A Pensacola and at Triple-A Rochester in the Twins’ system in 2019 (posting a combined 3.89 ERA, with 28 walks, and 72 Ks in 45 games, one start, and…
Posted: November 18, 2020, 7:04 pm
The Nationals’ Triple-A team has been based in Fresno, Calif. for the last two years. The Washington Nationals began play in 2005 and their Triple-A teams have also called New Orleans, Columbus, and Syracuse home.
Posted: November 18, 2020, 4:34 pm
In an interview with Dan Patrick last month, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred told the host that after all the COVID-related rule changes adopted for the 60-game 2020 MLB season, which included starting with a runner on second in extra innings, the universal DH, and all those seven-inning doubleheaders, things would likely to, “return to the status quo, absent an agreement with the players association,” for the 2021 campaign.
Posted: November 18, 2020, 2:30 pm
The former makes around the major league minimum, while the latter had signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Red Sox. What went on this year that resulted in Corbin’s mediocrity? To start, Corbin experienced issues with velocity — a commonality across Major League Baseball — seeing his fastball velocity fall approximately two miles per hour.
Posted: November 18, 2020, 5:01 am
I’m a huge believer in the changeup,” Washington Nationals’ pitching coach Jim Hickey told reporters after he was hired as part of Davey Martinez’s staff earlier this winter. I don’t force anybody to throw changeups,” Hickey added, “but if I see something — a lot of guys don’t like the changeup because it’s not a sexy pitch — it’s not a huge swing and a miss pitch for a lot of guys, but there’s a lot of outs in there and there’s a lot of efficiency in there and at the end of the year, there’s a …
Posted: November 17, 2020, 2:30 pm