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Nationals Spring Training FAQs, important dates

@zachsilver
February 12, 2020

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Can you smell it? That’s Spring Training in the air. Pitchers and catchers reported on Wednesday. Here’s some more important dates as the Nationals prepare to defend their World Series title.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Can you smell it? That’s Spring Training in the air. Pitchers and catchers reported on Wednesday. Here’s some more important dates as the Nationals prepare to defend their World Series title.

First pitchers and catchers workout
Thursday

Full squad report date
Monday

First full-squad workout
Tuesday

New faces to know
• Right-hander Will Harris (signed to three-year deal)
• First baseman Eric Thames (signed to one-year deal with mutual option for 2021)
• Second baseman Starlin Castro (signed to two-year deal)
• Right-hander Kyle Finnegan
• Right-hander Ryne Harper (acquired via trade from Twins)

Other signings
• Right-hander Stephen Strasburg (re-signed to seven-year deal)
• Infielder Howie Kendrick (re-signed to one-year deal)
• Infielder Asdrúbal Cabrera (re-signed to one-year deal)
• Right-hander Daniel Hudson (re-signed to two-year deal)
• First baseman Ryan Zimmerman (re-signed to one-year deal)
• Left-hander Sean Doolittle (conditional option exercised)
• Outfielder Adam Eaton (club option exercised)

Top prospects to know
• Infielder Carter Kieboom (No. 21 on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list)
• Catcher Tres Barrera (club’s No. 17 prospect in 2019)
• Outfielder Nick Banks (club’s No. 24 prospect)

Where is the facility?
The Nationals and Astros share the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches: 5444 Haverhill Rd., West Palm Beach, Fla., 33407

Can fans attend workouts?
TBA

First game
Saturday, Feb. 22, vs. the Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, 6:05 p.m. ET

First TV game
MASN will broadcast six of the Nationals’ exhibition games, beginning with the opener against the Astros on Feb. 22. A total of 11 games are scheduled to be broadcasted on radio, either on WJFK 1580 AM or 106.7 The Fan.

One other notable game
Thursday, March 12, vs. the Yankees at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, 1:05 p.m. ET

Last game in Florida
Sunday, March 22, against the Cardinals at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, 1:05 p.m. ET

Any additional exhibitions before the regular season?
The club will have a “Homecoming Game” in D.C. on March 24, two days before Opening Day in New York, which will showcase the organization’s top prospects and Major League team. That game will also be broadcast on MASN and radio.

Opening Day
Thursday, March 26, vs. the Mets at Citi Field, 1:10 p.m. ET

Zachary Silver is a reporter/editor for MLB.com based in Baltimore/Washington. Follow him on Twitter @zachsilver.