NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Nationals Re-acquire Catcher Derek Norris

The Nationals have acquired Derek Norris from the San Diego Padres, returning the catcher back to his original team. The 27-year-old was first acquired by the Nationals as a fourth-round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. Norris was traded to Oakland along with A.J. Cole, Tommy Milone and Brad Peacock in 2011 in a deal which brought starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez to Washington...
Via CBS DC
2 hours ago

Nationals Trade for Last Year’s Worst Hitter*

For two or three days, I’ve been sitting around, waiting for the Nationals to make a big trade. This isn’t the one I was expecting, but, the hell with it, as long as I’m here anyway, the Nationals have picked up Derek Norris from the Padres, at the cost of Pedro Avila. Avila is as 19 as any other 19-year-old, and last year he was fine as a low-level starting pitcher. You know...
Via Fangraphs
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Acquire Derek Norris

Embed from Getty Images The Washington Nationals announced Friday they acquired catcher/first baseman Derek Norris from the San Diego Padres via trade. Norris (27) appeared in 125 games for the Friars last year, hitting 14 home runs and 42 RBI’s. Norris will be under the Nat’s control until 2019 when he exceedes arbitration eligibility. In exchange, Washington is sending...
Via Legends On Deck
3 hours ago

Nationals non-tender Ben Revere, tender Danny Espinosa

The Washington Nationals will not tender outfielder Ben Revere a contract, choosing not to head to arbitration with a player who hit .217 in 2016, but would be awarded more than $6 million in arbitration for the 2017 season. The decision does not preclude Revere, who will become a free agent, from returning to the […]
Via Nationals Journal
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals reacquire catcher Derek Norris from Padres

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals have reacquired catcher Derek Norris from the San Diego Padres for minor league right-hander Pedro Avila. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo announced the trade Friday. Norris, a 2007 first-round pick of the Nationals, hit .186 with 14 home runs and 42 RBIs last season for San Diego. The 27-year-old is a career .233 hitter in five major...
Via Associated Press
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals trade to re-acquire former catcher prospect Derek Norris

Back in December 2011, the Nationals traded catcher prospect Derek Norris to Oakland in the deal that brough Gio Gonzalez to Washington. Almost exactly five
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
4 hours ago

CareFirst Fan Challenge winner to face off against Scherzer at Nats Winterfest - Nationals Buzz

Back in the dog days of summer, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield asked fans to challenge Nationals ace Max Scherzer to anything! Submissions for #IChallengeMax began pouring in to our Twitter account, ranging from cooking competitions to karaoke. And when it was all said and done, Scherzer selected to battle Nats fan ... Read More
Via MASN
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Free Agent Profile: Mark Melancon

After making three All-Star teams in the past four years and posting a sub-2.00 ERA along the way, Mark Melancon is improbably playing third fiddle on the closer market as he hits the free agency for the first time in his career. Despite the competition he faces, he should be in line for a very lucrative contract. Pros/Strengths Melancon doesn’t flash the enormous velocity of fellow...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
7 hours ago

Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in Yankee pinstripes is an ugly sight

Well, this is 1,21 gigawatts of awful. The back page of Friday’s New York Daily News features photoshopped images of Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and Orioles third baseman Manny Machado in Yankee pinstripes, alongside catcher Gary Sanchez, who is coming off an excellent rookie year and is, in fact, on New York’s current roster. “BATS […]
Via DC Sports Blog
8 hours ago

Final Arizona updates on Ward, Stevenson and Abreu - Byron Kerr

Third baseman Drew Ward went from taxi squad player in 2015 to full-time participant in the 2016 Arizona Fall League and impressed. Ward hit .309 with six doubles and had one stolen base, 13 runs scored and eight RBIs in 21 games. He continued where he had left off in ... Read More
Via MASN
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bobblehead epiphany leads to busy home-based business for Nats fan - Nationals Buzz

Brad Wheedleton's epiphany came at Nationals Park on Sept. 27, 2014, when he received the last of the seven Nationals bobblehead giveaways that season, a Tyler Clippard nodder honoring the beloved and bespectacled reliever. "I'd started collecting and I had the whole series," remembers Wheedleton. "I got the last one ... Read More
Via MASN
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals, C Jose Lobaton avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

WASHINGTON (AP) Catcher Jose Lobaton and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a one-year contract for 2017, avoiding arbitration. The Nationals announced the agreement on Twitter on Thursday. Lobaton hit .232 in 99 at-bats during the regular season as a backup to Wilson Ramos. But Ramos was injured in September, allowing Lobaton to get a chance at a more prominent role in...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nats feel Aroldis Chapman is too expensive

It looks like we can cross one team off the list of Aroldis Chapman suitors. According to a report by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Thursday, the Washington Nationals think that Chapman is too rich for their taste and will instead aim to re-sign fellow closer Mark Melancon, who impressed on the mound and in the clubhouse after they acquired him last trade deadline. nats believe...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Mock 2017 Offseason

As a college student home for Thanksgiving break, I have plenty of free time. And when I have plenty of free time in the offseason, I write about roster building. Borrowing an idea from Ryan Sullivan, AKA The Nats GM, I decided to do my own mock offseason, conducting trades and making signings to build a better 2017 Nationals team. The only rule for this exercise will be that I...
Via The Nats Blog
7 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 ZiPS Projections – Washington Nationals

After having typically appeared in the very famous pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past few years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Washington Nationals. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Batters Even without the benefit yet of having acquired...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Puma defends voting Daniel Murphy first for MVP

The only thing to come between Kris Bryant and a unanimous NL MVP award was Mike Puma. Puma, who writes for the New York Post, voted Daniel Murphy first in NL MVP voting. Murphy was second on 11 ballots and third on 10, just like the Dodgers’ Corey Seager. But Puma, unlike most of his comrades, thought Murphy was the most deserving of the MVP award. He did not shy away from his...
Via Larry Brown Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nationals have inquired about Chris Sale

The Washington Nationals are aiming high in their efforts to balance out their righty-heavy starting rotation. According to a report by Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports on Monday, the Nationals are among the latest teams to inquire about Chicago White Sox ace lefty Chris Sale. The Washington #Nats among the latest teams to inquire on #Whitesox ace Chris Sale, but no serious...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss
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