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Oct 11 2017

He told me he wanted to take the ball. He said, I'll give you everything I've got,' but he doesn't know how much he has.feedback

Oct 08 2017

I think it's probably as big for him as for anybody in the organization. It's important for him; he's done everything but win a world championship as a manager. It's a big goal for him. I think he's a Hall of Fame manager, regardless, and that cements it if he wins a championship.feedback

Oct 06 2017

Early on in his career, we bounced him around from third to second, and that perception maybe kept him under the radar. His personality is such, with some bigger personalities on this team, his hype has been stifled a little bit. I think he likes it that way.feedback

Oct 06 2017

That's the best part of Rendon's game that is really under the radar.feedback

Sep 18 2017

Obviously, the more money we give a player, the higher you take them. The more risk there is.feedback

Sep 18 2017

I've learned to trust the person who sees that player the most, and that's the area scout. That's the most important link in the chain of how these guys are taken. I have all the confidence in the world that Tyler Wilt and Jimmy Gonzales know him very, very well.feedback

Sep 17 2017

I think he's as good as he's ever been. You could make an argument that he's better than he's ever been.feedback

Sep 17 2017

He's got four plus pitches.feedback

Sep 16 2017

I stand by my decision.feedback

Sep 16 2017

You can put his numbers up with the rest of the pitchers in baseball. To me, he's in the team photo of the best starting pitchers. We'll take the criticism as it comes. We have to do what's best for the Washington Nationals.feedback

Sep 16 2017

I look at him today and I see the stuff that he has and other pitchers that were treated differently and what they're going through. Pitching is not easy, especially the way these guys throw today.feedback

Sep 13 2017

Kendrick "strengthens our bench, strengthens our presence specifically against left-handed pitching.feedback

Aug 17 2017

It's been difficult to explain to players, to staff, to everybody. They want to be private about it, and that's their right. But his absence was noticed. Not having him in the draft room; he's always in the draft room. Not having him at the trade deadline, when you're talking to Mr. Lerner and the group 20 times a day. I know they were keeping him abreast, and he had other things on his mind, but I missed him. It was sad. I was bummed out about it.feedback

Aug 13 2017

Although we feel we've dodged a bullet a bit here with any long-term ligament and tendon damage, the bone bruise is something of significance.feedback

Aug 13 2017

We've got some significant WAR on the disabled list right now. We're still playing extremely well.feedback

Aug 13 2017

We have no timeline whatsoever. We'll treat it day-to-day. We'll treat it cautiously. We put ourselves in a position that we can treat it cautiously and we'll continue down that road.feedback

Aug 13 2017

The bases are hard and they're often slippery. We've had people slip when it wasn't raining on those bases. So I think the conditions aided in it, but the bases are hard, slick at times and you got a hustling player just trying to play the game. Harp plays it – as we've said before – 100 miles an hour with his hair on fire. That's the way he's going to play it throughout his career and you can't fault a player for going hard all the time.feedback

Jul 25 2017

He feels good. He's capable of getting back in the rotation on Saturday, so he should be fine.feedback

Jun 25 2017

All three of our guys deserve to make the all-star team.feedback

Jun 13 2017

I've never done anything like that, where a drafted player gets to the big leagues the year you draft him. I don't expect that in this scenario.feedback

Jun 13 2017

He certainly needs to be accountable for his actions. We are going to demand that he conduct himself like all our players do. Be proud of the name on the front of the jersey is something that we harp on here once we sign the player, and we feel that with our development system, he's going to conduct himself as a professional and adhere to the rules and regulations we set forth for all of our minor league players.feedback

Jun 13 2017

We felt comfortable in the fact that we knew his history. Our area scouts are guys who know him. And we expect him to conduct himself with maturity and be professional and be accountable for his actions.feedback

Jun 12 2017

What do I always say, K. K.? Hey, if he's not an 80, why have 80s?feedback

Jun 12 2017

Nothing's 0 to 10 that I've ever dealt with. To me, it's just a scale. You could call it red, white, blue, 20 to 80, it doesn't matter as long as I know what a scout is saying when he says, There's an 80 runner.feedback

Jun 10 2017

It rained all day that day, and the forecast said it would rain until 9:30 or 10. I sat in Buck's office at 6:30, and we talked about it for 20 minutes. He was 100 percent on-board. He didn't say anything about not canceling the game.feedback

Jun 10 2017

Their GM [Dan Duquette] was nowhere to be found for three, four hours. We wanted to play the next day. They refused to play then, so the next [open] day was [Thursday]. They drove 32 miles to get there. We flew 3,000 [expletive] miles, and we beat their [behinds]. So quit your whining. Quit whining.feedback

Jun 10 2017

It's not going be an issue. We're not going to let it be an issue. Dusty's a true professional. He's been through this, the rigors of the regular season, a million times. I've been through it a million times. It's suffice to say there's great communication, great respect between the front office and the manager's office.feedback

Jun 10 2017

The way that we describe is that we do business the way we've done business for a long time, and we've done it very successfully. ... We're not going to allow it be a distraction because we have too many things to accomplish this year, and everyone's on the same page to accomplishing it.feedback

Jun 07 2017

You don't often sign starting pitchers as leaders of the club.feedback

Jun 07 2017

Usually leaders of a club are position players because they play every day, but we knew this guy was a different cat. We called him Mad Max for a reason, because he prepares like nobody else I've ever seen, he works in between starts harder than I've ever seen any other player do it. I think he not only leads by example, but you see him on the mound, he's a fist-pumper, he gets fired up and he likes to strike people out. I thought that that personality would really reverberate throughout the clubhouse and maybe take [Stephen Strasburg] to a different level and those guys.feedback

Jun 07 2017

We were calling him Mad Max in the draft room. He came at you. He looked angry. He looked mad.feedback

May 13 2017

I think most important, there's a comfort level, a comfortable player that doesn't have to worry about discussing a contract next year.feedback

May 13 2017

He's a very unique player that's difficult to come up with, a person that's 24 years old with an MVP on his belt and a bunch of All-Star Games and Silver Sluggers. A lot of hardware at 24 years old, and with the arrow still pointing north.feedback

May 13 2017

Couldn't get a two-year deal done at the time, but both sides always had open-mindedness of trying to put the five-plus arbitration season behind us.feedback

May 13 2017

I think it shows the comfort level Bryce has with the organization and that we have with him. It does a lot of good things for us. It gives us cost-certainty going into the season next year, and next year's payroll.feedback

May 13 2017

We have a great relationship with Harp. We love having him around. He's our own. Drafted, developed, signed, been an MVP for us.feedback

May 01 2017

We're comfortable. I think that we have the offense to compensate for Adam, we think that we have the personnel specifically at that position to compensate for him, it's one of the greatest depth positions that we have in the entire organization, so we feel good about that. We feel that we're still a hell of a team and were going to be tough to reckon with.feedback

May 01 2017

He needs to take his game to a different level, be more consistent in his play. Because he's shown flashes of brilliance. But he needs to sustain that good play and the consistency in his game.feedback

Apr 30 2017

His return to this season is unlikely, but we don't know until the doctors get in there and we'll see what the surgery leads us to believe. We feel we have the personnel specifically at that position to compensate for him. It's one of the greatest depth positions we have in the organization, so we feel good about that.feedback

Apr 19 2017

We're in first place in the division right now, so we're pretty damn good. Let's remember that. Like I said, I like this team, I love the talent level we have on it, the mix of experience and youth. We're as exciting, athletic and fast of a team of any team in the league, and probably in baseball, and we feel good about ourselves. Why wouldn't we?feedback

Apr 19 2017

Treinen certainly has the pedigree for closing out games, he's done it in the past, although not a lot.feedback

Apr 19 2017

Well, it probably means that we're going to reevaluate and see where we're at. We still love the depth we have in the bullpen, we love the personnel in the bullpen. Maybe it's kind of a reshuffling of roles, get some different experiences in there. I'm not sure, we haven't discussed it in depth yet, but we're all in concert that we love the personnel that we have, we love the stuff, we love the depth that we have and we see that it's going to be an asset for us going forward and not a detriment. I see one guy eventually taking over, I certainly do.feedback

Apr 12 2017

Adam was second in all of baseball last year in percentage of times going first-to-third on singles and also second in going first-to-home on doubles.feedback

Apr 07 2017

He wants to get you out, but he wants to strike you out. From pitch one -- good stuff, bad stuff, in between stuff -- he is in full 100 percent attack mode at all times. It doesn't matter if it's 12 degrees or 100 degrees.feedback

Apr 03 2017

The ninth inning is a different animal than the eighth inning. Every pitcher reacts to it in his own way.feedback

Apr 02 2017

We hire people whose strengths complement other people. That goes for everybody. We've hired people to compensate for my weaknesses.feedback

Mar 31 2017

It's a good resource. How do sinker-ballers attack the ninth? As a scout, I'm looking at his stuff, and I'm like, It's really good stuff. Throws strikes. He puts it over the plate. He's got that heavy, heavy sinker. Should be really good. Now, that sinker is sometimes hard to command. … Sometimes, you have to learn how to control the sink, and then learn when to throw a good sinker for a called strike, and when to wipe you out with a sinker when you're ahead in the count.feedback

Mar 31 2017

I said, Do you know how good your stuff is? I told him, These hitters are taking food off your table. You've got to stop that.' That was the biggest thing with him. Ultimately, I don't know if he knew how good he was.feedback

Mar 31 2017

I'm all about players speaking out when they feel like speaking out. They're grown men. You've seen it when people on our roster have said negative things toward me and my decisions. I salute their right to express their opinion.feedback

Mar 28 2017

We've been highly scrutinized on how we do our business, but we do our business pretty well. I've seen 'dysfunction' and stuff like that. We are not dysfunctional. When you have the track record we have, the communication I have with the owners – Ted and I specifically, me and them – I think it works for us.feedback

Mar 28 2017

This is the organization I built from scratch. I feel it's my home. I would feel very comfortable being here long term. But we have a contract. I've never brought it up. If one day they approach me, we'll discuss it, and I'd be happy to stay.feedback

Mar 21 2017

We've got guys who can pitch multiple innings. So yes, I would feel comfortable going into the season without a true long man.feedback

Mar 21 2017

Our goal is to have option-able players.feedback

Mar 19 2017

I just want him healthy. Spring training means nothing. He's right where we want him to be, coming along perfectly. His baseball IQ is off the charts. He's not a speedster trying to play baseball. He's a baseball player that's a 'tooled-up' player too.feedback

Mar 19 2017

I said sure. He was here for a long time and did a lot for the franchise. We figured, why not?feedback

Mar 19 2017

I never had any bad feelings for him. It's a business. You have to do what you have to do.feedback

Mar 02 2017

In our quest to add some veteran relief help, we had touched base with him the whole offseason. And it got to the point where it made a lot of sense for us.feedback

Mar 02 2017

I think he could do that. I know that he's doing that to continue throwing and to keep his shoulder strong, preparing himself to pitch in the regular season. Seeing the ball come out of his hand the way he's throwing it, I think it works well for him to A) keep his shoulder in top form to prepare for the season, and B) if he has to resort to that, he can.feedback

Dec 07 2016

We see the arrow still going up with him.feedback

Dec 07 2016

I think the White Sox did a great job of acquiring good, potential upside players. We got ourselves a good, young skillful player that we can control at below-market values for five seasons. And, again, you got to give to get.feedback

Dec 07 2016

It's never easy to let go of your prospects. You feel like a proud daddy when they get to the big leagues.feedback

Dec 07 2016

We discussed (Eaton) and several other players with the White Sox for quite a while now. It did gain momentum after the Sale deal was done. It actually came together fairly quickly over the last couple of days.feedback

Dec 07 2016

He's a high-energy guy. There's an edge to him.feedback

Dec 07 2016

We traded from a position of depth. We felt we had great depth in our starting pitching.feedback

Dec 06 2016

We put a lot of effort into it and thought we made a good, valiant effort ... and we fell short.feedback

Dec 06 2016

They've got themselves a great citizen and a great pitcher.feedback

Dec 06 2016

We gave him an offer that we felt was market value and what we were comfortable giving him. You're talking about one of the elite closers in the game and a great teammate. Conducted himself perfectly as a Washington National. At the end of the day, the Giants offered him more, and he took the deal. That's what free agency's all about.feedback

Sep 27 2016

I think it would be kind of pushing it. Just the calendar, it's unlikely that he'd contribute in that first series.feedback

Sep 27 2016

It's unfortunate. Wilson's having an All-Star season and really a breakout season for himself. So it's disappointing. I feel bad for him.feedback

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