October 1, 2020

Washington Redskins announce roster moves

The Washington Redskins announced via press release on Monday several roster moves.

The team signed unrestricted free agent lineman Kory Lichtensteiger, restricted free agents LB Rob Jackson, TE Logan Paulson, LS Nick Sundberg and Darrel Young, veteran free agent T Tony Pashos, tendered NT Chris Baker and terminated the contract of CB DeAngelo Hall.

From the press release:

Lichtensteiger, 27, started all 16 regular season games and one postseason game for Washington in 2012, just one season removed from a season-ending ACL injury suffered in Week 6 of the 2011 season. His play earned him the team’s Ed Block Courage Award, given annually to a player who displays extraordinary courage in the face of adversity. He was part of a unit that helped the Redskins to 2,709 rushing yards in 2012, setting a team record and giving Washington its first league rushing title since 1933. Lichtensteiger (6-2, 284) entered the NFL as a fourth round pick (108th overall) of the Denver Broncos in the 2008 NFL Draft before joining the Redskins as a free agent prior to the 2010 season. He has appeared in 53 career games with 35 starts, including 37 games played and 35 starts with Washington.

Jackson, 27, started 14 regular season games and one postseason contest for the Redskins in 2012 and set career highs in sacks (4.5), interceptions (four) and interceptions returned for touchdowns (one). His four interceptions were tied for second-most on the team and helped the Redskins’ linebackers to 10 interceptions on the season, the most by a linebacker corps in team history. Originally selected by the Redskins in the seventh round (242nd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft, Jackson (6-4, 266) has appeared in 42 career games, all with Washington.

Paulsen, 26, set career highs in receptions (25) and receiving yards (308) in 2012. He appeared in all 16 of the team’s regular season games with 10 starts and also started the team’s postseason game against Seattle, catching a four-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. Paulsen (6-5, 261) has appeared in 43 career games with 16 starts, all with Washington, since entering the NFL as a college free agent with the Redskins prior to the 2010 season.

Sundberg, 25, snapped in eight regular season games and one postseason game for the Redskins in 2012. Sundberg’s play became national news after Week 1, in which he continued to snap in Washington’s 40-32 win at New Orleans despite suffering a broken left arm. Washington finished the year 8-0 in regular season games in which Sundberg played. Sundberg (6-0, 251) has appeared in 40 games with Washington since joining the team prior to the 2010 season.

Young, 25, was a vital piece of Washington’s offensive attack that became the first in NFL history to register 3,400 passing yards and 2,700 rushing yards in a season in 2012. He played in 16 games with eight starts in 2012, rushing 14 times for 60 yards and catching eight passes for 109 yards and two receiving touchdowns. He helped block for running back Alfred Morris’ team-record 1,613 rushing yards and Robert Griffin III’s 815 rushing yards, the most by a rookie quarterback in league history. Young (5-11, 251) originally entered the NFL as a college free agent linebacker with Washington prior to the 2009 season. He has appeared in 45 career games with 16 starts, all with Washington.

Pashos (PAH-shos) was originally drafted out of Illinois by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round (173rd overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 92 career games with 70 starts. From 2003-06, he played in 38 games with 23 starts at right tackle for Baltimore. In 2006, he helped Baltimore allow 17 sacks, second-fewest in the NFL.

Pashos signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars on March 2, 2007. He started 15 games at right tackle in 2007, helping Jacksonville rank first in the AFC in rushing (2,391 yards). In 2008, he did not miss an offensive snap for Jacksonville, starting all 16 games and two postseason contests.

Pashos was released by Jacksonville on Sept. 6, 2009, before signing with the San Francisco 49ers a day later. In 2009, with San Francisco, Pashos appeared in five games before being placed on the Reserve/Injured list on Oct. 26. On March 7, 2010, he signed with the Cleveland Browns as an unrestricted free agent, appearing in 18 games with 15 starts at right tackle for Cleveland during the 2010-11 seasons.

Pashos, 32, played collegiately at Illinois where he started in 47 games at right tackle and was named first-team All-Big Ten twice.

Pashos was born on Aug. 3, 1980, in Palos Heights, Ill. He attended Lockport (Ill.) H.S. and was a second-team all-state selection by the Chicago Tribune.

Baker, 25, played in 14 regular seasons games plus one postseason game with Washington in 2012. Coaches credited him with 26 tackles (14 solo), four quarterback pressures and one pass defensed. Baker (6-2, 333) joined the Redskins as a free agent during the 2011 season after entering the NFL as a college free agent in 2009.

Hall, 29, played five seasons (2008-12) with the Redskins, appearing in 68 regular season games with 63 starts and registered 19 interceptions. He started all 16 regular season games in 2012, finishing with 115 tackles (89 solo), including six for loss, 16 passes defensed, four interceptions, one fumble recovery and one sack.

Washington Nationals sign pitcher Jeremy Accardo, catcher Chris Snyder to minor league deals

The Washington Nationals announced via Twitter they signed veteran right-handed relief pitcher Jeremy Accardo and veteran catcher Chris Snyder to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training.

Accardo, 31, played for Oakland and Cleveland last season. In 27 appearances he posted a 4.82 ERA and 1.554 WHIP in 27 appearances. He is an eight year MLB veteran with a career 10-20 record (all in relief) with a 4.30 ERA and 1.402 WHIP. In his best season in 2007, he saved 30 games for the Toronto Blue Jays with a 2.14 ERA. He suffered an injury in 2008 and was never the same pitcher.

Snyder will be 32 opening day. A nine-year veteran, last year he played in 76 games with the Houston Astros. He hit .176/.295/.308 with seven homers and 24 RBIs. He is a career .225/.329/.385 hitter with 77 homers and 297 RBIs and is considered a decent backstop with a good throwing arm. Snyder has put together four double-digit home run seasons, including 2008 when he hit a career-high 16.

According to reports, Snyder has an “out” clause that would require the Nats to allow him to become a free agent should he not make the roster.

Both players are short-term insurance for the Nats Major League roster. Accardo seems to have a tough battle to take a spot in an already deep bullpen, but Snyder could see significant playing time in the spring as the Nats will ease Wilson Ramos back in to playing shape after missing much of last season rehabbing from knee surgery. Snyder gives the Nats a veteran option at catcher should Ramos not be ready to break camp, though the team at this point expects Ramos to be healthy and ready for opening day.

Washington Nationals reportedly sign reliever Rafael Soriano

ALL-STAR CLOSER RECEIVES TWO-YEAR DEAL WORTH $28 WITH VESTING OPTION IN ’15

According to multiple reports, and first reported by Yahoo! Sports, the Washington Nationals signed right-handed All-Star reliever Rafael Soriano to a two-year, $28 million deal with a vesting option for 2015. The option will vest should Soriano finish 120 games across the term of the contract and would be worth an additional $14 million.

The deal makes Soriano the highest paid reliever in baseball.

The Nationals will have to surrender their first round pick (No. 29 overall) and the slot money assigned to it in compensation for signing Soriano.

Soriano, 33, was with the New York Yankees last season, going 2-1 with 42 saves in 46 chances. He compiled a 2.26 ERA and 1.167 WHIP in 67 2/3 innings with a 7.3 H/9, 9.2 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9. He was an All-Star in 2010 with Tampa Bay when he led the American League with 45 saves and miniscule 1.73 ERA.

According to this article in The Washington Post citing an unnamed source, owner Ted Lerner was “heavily involved” in bringing Soriano to the Nats.

Soriano brings even more depth to an already stacked Nats bullpen. With the money invested — and his vesting option triggered on closing games — Soriano figures to gain most of the save opportunities. But the Nats now have three right-handed relievers that have saved a total of 123 games the past two seasons, with Soriano joining 2011 All-Star Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen.

Immediately upon hearing news of the signing, folks on social media were already speculating which “closer” the Nats were going to trade. But unlike the Michael Morse situation, I don’t see where the Nats “have to” make a deal to open space up for Soriano.

Clippard has been overworked the last two seasons and is due for a salary increase through arbitration this off-season and should command a hefty jump after closing last season and putting up big save numbers, so if the Nats felt like they needed to move someone, Clippard could be that candidate. But his changeup is equally impressive against right- and left-handed batters, so he also could become that de facto missing lefty in the late pen for manager Davey Johnson.

Plenty are suggesting that Drew Storen will be the odd man out and sent packing, but I don’t see that either. It’s true that he faltered in the epic Game Five meltdown against the Cardinals, but Storen possesses filthy stuff when worked regularly and will be completely healthy and recovered from the elbow surgery that limited him to 37 appearances last season.

I believe this is an “all-in” type of move to protect the Nats against the bullpen tiring out over the course of the season. Most of last year, the Nats pen was dominant, but it collectively struggled late in the season and into the playoffs, culminating in the Game Five loss to the Cardinals. Soriano will effectively push every reliever up an inning, shortening games by essentially sending an All-Star caliber closer out for the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, allowing Davey to pick and choose how he wants to use his other relievers, including lefty Zach Duke and righties Ryan Mattheus and Craig Stammen.

Regardless of how the bullpen shakes out, this moves further cements the Nats as a central figure in the National League and as a big-time player in the free agent market for players they deem to be the right fit.

NATS: Happy Birthday, Adam LaRoche

HAPPY 33rd BIRTHDAY ADAM LAROCHE!

2012 Washington Nationals First Baseman and Gold Glove Winner Adam LaRoche was born on 11/06/1979 in Orange County, California.

David Adam LaRoche is now a free agent, however, it has been reported that the Nationals are continuing to have contract discussions with LaRoche. According to mlb.com, the two parties are not close to a deal. The Nationals made a qualifying offer of $13.3 million to LaRoche on Friday and has until this Friday, November 9 at 5 p.m. ET to accept the offer.

Wishing #25 a happy 33rd birthday.

Adam LaRoche pumps first after watching the winning run score from his walk-off single – Washington Nationals 1924 Throwback Night, 7/05/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Adam LaRoche homers on a fly ball to right field and Ryan Zimmerman scores in the 6th – Chicago Cubs v Washington Nationals, 9/6/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Adam LaRoche doubles on a sharp line drive to right fielder Giancarlo Stanton in the 10th inning – Miami Marlins v. Washington Nationals, 9/7/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Adam LaRoche smiling at fans welcoming him back after missing a few games – Philadelphia Philles v. Washington Nationals, August 1, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Washington Capitals sign free agent winger Wojtek Wolski, career “at a crossroads”

The Washington Capitals announced Wednesday afternoon they signed free agent forward Wojtek Wolski to a one-year contract, reportedly worth $600,000. Wolski, 26, recorded 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 31 games with the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers in 2011-12. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals: Mortgage or jeopardize future for shot at Zack Greinke?

Earlier this week, Jason Reid of the The Washington Post wrote a column advocating the Washington Nationals trading for soon-to-be free agent Zack Greinke, currently pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers. Friday, Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com published an interview with Nats owner Mark Lerner indicating the Nats “could be in the market for a starting pitcher” at the trade deadline since the team plans to shut down Stephen Strasburg when he reaches their internal innings limit in his first full season after returning from Tommy John surgery, just as they did with Jordan Zimmermann last year. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins sign LB Chris Wilson

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Washington Redskins reportedly re-sign London Fletcher; bolster secondary with Williams and Jackson

In the new, modern age of social media, who needs a press release?

London Fletcher, captain of the Washington Redskins defense, announced himself via Twitter Friday afternoon that he did, indeed, re-sign with the team, agreeing to a deal in time to participate in off-season workouts that start Monday at Redskins Park.

Fletcher, from  his verified account, tweeted: “Redskins fans your captain is back! #HTTR # Resign59” [Read more…]

Is Peyton Manning the answer at quarterback for the Washington Redskins?

According to multiple reports (and how could you miss them if you follow the team), the Washington Redskins will make an “aggressive effort” to sign quarterback Peyton Manning now that he and the Indianapolis Colts have formally parted ways.

Is this a good idea? [Read more…]

UPDATED: Nationals sign free agent starter Edwin Jackson to one-year deal

The Washington Nationals today signed right-handed free agent starting pitcher Edwin Jackson to a one-year deal.  Terms were not annouced, but the figure was reported to be around $10 million, according to several reports.

Jackson, 28, will play with his seventh Major League team in his 10th big league season.  For his career, he is 60-60 with a 4.46 ERA, 1.476 WHIP, 3.7 BB/9 and 6.7 K/9.  Last season, split between the Cardinals and White Sox, Jackson went 12-9, 3.79, 1.437, 2.8 and 6.7.  He was an All-Star in 2009 with the Detroit Tigers, going 13-9, 3.62, 1.262, 2.9 and 6.8.

“We saw an opportunity here to acquire a young, hard-throwing, power-pitching, innings-eating type of starting pitcher,” Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo told reporters on a conference call Thursday, “and we thought it was a good value, at a good term and you can never have enough good quality starting pitching.”

Jackson was one of the highest profile free agents left on the market, and Rizzo said the team started discussions with Jackson’s representitive (Scott Boras, of course) about 10 days ago. “When he came to a possible shorter-term deal, a one-year deal, he made it much more palatable for us,” Rizzo explained.  “And when we recognized that on a one-year deal at the term and the value of this pitcher, [the deal] was too good to pass up and we thought it improved our club immensely.”

Jackson has a big fastball, which averaged 94.7 in 2011 (fifth best among qualifiers) according to Fangraphs, but always struggled with his command.  Last season, though, his walk ratio of 7.2 percent of all at-bats was the lowest of his entire career, including his All-Star year.

Rizzo noted that the Nats think they can lower that number even further, noting a mechanical flaw in his delivery from the wind-up that causes his number across the board to weaken.  In his career with the bases empty, Jackson pitches to a .289/.361/.440 split.  When runners are on base, however, he lowers those numbers to .259/.327/.415.

Jackson joins an already deep MLB rotation with the Nationals.  Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann sit atop that rotation obviously, with Chien-Ming Wang, John Lannan (who lost to the Nats in his arbitration hearing and will make $5 million in 2012), and Ross Detwiler all now competing for one spot, unless a trade reduces the competition.

Almost as soon as the Nats released Lannan’s arbitration decision, rumors of the Nats shopping Lannan emerged from credible sources.  It’s not a difficult leap to make.  Lannan, 27, went 10-13 with a 3.70 ERA last season for the Nats, but with a $5 million arbitration award today and one more arbitration year, it seems his spot in the rotation for the last four seasons — along with his salary — needs to be shed to accommodate Jackson.

Lannan could be part of a package to attain that ever-elusive center fielder Rizzo has coveted since he took over as GM of the Nats, but Rizzo didn’t seem in a hurry to move Lannan.  “We’re certainly always open to a deal that makes sense for us, and if it can improve the ballclub,” Rizzo explained.  “We did not acquire Edwin Jackson to trade another starting pitcher. If in Spring Training, or before Spring Training a deal comes up that we can’t pass up that positively impacts our ballclub we’ll definitely be open-minded about it.”

But the Nats’ GM also boasted about the depth on the Major League club of starting pitching.

“We know that we have depth in the rotation,” the general manager said, “We have good, quality, hard-throwing power pitchers that we’re going to go to camp with and if all are healthy and we have an opportunity to make a trade to improve ourselves somewhere else we’ll certainly look into it, but I like the competition aspect of this and there’s going to be a lot of good pitchers out there in Spring Training this year and the best twenty-five guys will go north.”

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