Mike Rizzo


If it feels like you've been watching the Nationals' worst stretch of baseball in a long time ... well, you're absolutely right.


In first place in the NL East with a two-game lead on the New York Mets, the Nationals are where many predicted they would be at the midway point of the 2015 season.


For baseball fans, there are perhaps no more frustrating days in the calendar year than these, the gap between Tuesday's All-Star Game and Friday's resumption of the regular season.


Had they not been rained out Wednesday night, the Nationals would have fielded a lineup boasting only two projected members of their Opening Day lineup: Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond.


The Nationals have signed Dominican outfielder Juan Soto to a $1.5 million bonus, the organization's first international signing of any significant consequence since the notorious Esmailyn Gonzale