Nats sign right-hander Bruce Billings to minor league deal

The Nationals have signed right-hander Bruce Billings to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training, the team announced today. Billings, 29, was a 30th-round pick of the Rockies in the 2007 draft. He's appeared in just five big league games in his career, allowing 12 earned runs in 11 innings. He made one appearance for the Yankees in 2014, allowing ... read more

On the 40-man decisions and trade rumors

Pedro Florimon, we hardly knew ye. The utility infielder, who the Nationals claimed off waivers from the Twins in mid-September, is now heading to the Pirates after Pittsburgh claimed him off waivers yesterday. Three organizations in a little over two months. The life of a professional baseball player can be an interesting one. The Nationals set their 40-man roster yesterday, adding A.J. Cole, Brian Goodwin, ... read more

Nationals add four to 40-man roster, release Mattheus; Pirates claim Florimon

The Nationals this afternoon selected the contracts of right-hander A.J. Cole, left-hander Matt Grace, infielder Wilmer Difo and outfielder Brian Goodwin. By adding these prospects to the 40-man roster, the Nationals protect them from the Rule 5 draft, which will be held Dec. 11 in San Diego at the Winter Meetings. To make room for those four players, right-hander Ryan Mattheus was placed on outright ... read more

Time to finalize the 40-man

Over the last week, we've seen the Nationals make a couple of moves that cleared up space on the team's 40-man roster. Left-hander Matt Purke was released, and then subsequently re-signed to a minor league contract. That series of moves opened up a spot on the 40-man. On Tuesday, catcher Jhonatan Solano was also released, leaving the Nats with 38 players on their 40-man roster. ... read more

Beasley back in the bigs, possible landing spot for LaRoche (plus scouting hires)

With the news that the Nationals have released catcher Jhonatan Solano, the best nickname in the organization is now gone. "The Onion" was let go yesterday to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, in order for the Nats to protect qualifying minor leaguers from the Rule 5 draft. I'll miss the various onion jokes that were tossed around when Solano delivered for the Nats ... read more

Nats release Jhonatan Solano

The Nationals have released catcher Jhonatan Solano, according to the team's transactions page, clearing another spot on the team's 40-man roster. Solano appeared in 36 big league games between the 2012 and 2013 seasons, and impressed in his first taste of major league action, hitting .314/.351/.571 in 37 plate appearances in 2012. He hit two homers and drove in six when helping to fill in ... read more

Interesting happenings within the division

There are days during the winter months when nothing really happens in the baseball world. There are, in fact, many such days. Rumors might spread, various free agent names might be kicked around and potential trades might be tossed out there, allowing fans and media members to speculate about what might go down. But often, days at a time go by without any real news ... read more

Some Monday morning notes

For anyone who watched the Redskins game yesterday, I'm sorry. I couldn't bring myself to do it. I flipped the game on for about 45 seconds, watched the Redskins offense turn a first-and-goal into a missed 47-yard field goal and that was about all I needed to see. This was the team's effort coming out of a bye against a previously one-win Buccaneers squad. In ... read more