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NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Nats part ways with LaRoche and Soriano

The Washington Nationals have declined to exercise 2015 contract options on 1B Adam LaRoche and closer Rafael Soriano.  Neither of these moves were considered to be surprising. For LaRoche, the decision was about money and lineup.  With a choice of paying LaRoche the $15 million option or paying $2 million for a buyout the Nats chose the buyout.  There likely was never any serious...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Retain Span, Decline Options on LaRoche/Soriano

Photo Credit: cbssports.com With the MLB season ending Wednesday night in Kansas City. baseball’s attention turns to front office activity. The Nationals announced some moves on Thursday afternoon. James Wagner of the Washington Post reported the Nationals exercised Denard Span’s 2015 contract option, for $9M. Span, who was second on the club with 94 runs scored & third on...
Via DC Sports-Kings
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Rumors: Washington exercises Denard Span's option

After an awesome 2014, the Washington Nationals have picked up the nine million dollar option for outfielder, Denard Span.  #456489894 / gettyimages.comThe Nats have exercised Denard Span's $9 million option for 2015, a source said. No surprise after Span's excellent 2014.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) October 30, 2014Last season, Span became the sparkplug of the Nationals...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nats exercise 2015 option for Denard Span

Center field will be patrolled by a familiar face in 2015 for the Washington Nationals.  According to Washington Post reporter Adam Kilgore, Denard Span will return after the Nationals exercised a 2015 contract option for $9 million. The move is not all that surprising.  Span had a terrific 2014 season batting .302 over 147 games with a solid .355 on base percentage.  At the plate...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Marlins Rumors: Adam LaRoche could possibly go to Miami

Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has become the best hitter in baseball in a lineup that lacks weapons.  That could all change soon, as Miami Herald writer, Barry Jackson is reporting they have interest in signing Adam Laroche this offseason. #457744612 / gettyimages.comAlthough Laroche isn't currently a free agent, the Washington Nationals are not expected to pick up his...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets360 MLB Project: Washington Nationals

When first approached by email for this project, it seemed like an idea that I have dreamed of for years. As a teenager in high school and looking toward my future, my dream to become a General Manager. Unfortunately, for this project I got stuck with a team I despise – the Washington Nationals. However, as I dug into the project I realized my assignment was proving to be quite...
Via Mets360.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Federal Reserve: Renda selected for Fall Stars Game roster

The Arizona Fall League (AFL) announced its roster for the East and West divisions for the annual Fall Stars Game, with second baseman Tony Renda selected as the lone Nationals farmhand. On the surface Renda, one of seven Nationals’ prospects playing for the Mesa Solar Sox, is an odd selection because of his sluggish numbers. Entering Monday afternoon’s game, he was batting ...
Via The Nats Blog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ian Desmond takes a shot at Bryce Harper, Cowboys fan

The Redskins beat the Cowboys 20-17 on Monday Night Football last night. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is apparently a Cowboys fan, which makes sense given that he was born in 1992, when the whole “America’s Team” narrative was getting shoved down the country’s throat. Ian Desmond had some fun with Harper after the loss, pumping up his fellow DC-area team. Hey @Bharper3407...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Injury Update: Taylor Jordan has bone chips removed from elbow

Nationals right-hander Taylor Jordan had surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow in September and should be ready by spring training, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.#488106749 / gettyimages.comJordan, 25, made five starts in April for the Nationals (0-3, 5.63 ERA) and was sent to Triple-A Syracuse when Doug Fister was activated. After only two starts...
Via MLB Injury News
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Four burning questions this offseason

Adam LaRoche The Washington Nationals have had an amazing season despite the disappointing postseason appearance. That being said, the Nationals have left us with a lot of questions that need solving for the 2015 season. Here are four questions the Nationals have left us with. Where will Ryan Zimmerman play? There have been a lot of questions surrounding Ryan Zimmerman after his...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

REPORT: Red Sox May Trade For Bryce Harper

Coming To Fenway?According to a report quoting "major league sources" on BaseballHotCorner.com, the Red Sox will try to acquire Bryce Harper this Winter in a trade with the Washington Nationals. Reportedly, Mookie Betts would be the centerpiece of any package to get the 22-year old Harper, along with one or two of Boston's top pitching prospects, and/or Allen Craig...
Via FenwayNation
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Washington Nationals’ biggest need for 2015, second base

Photo Credit: federalbaseball.com The disappointment of the 2014 season heals, day by day. As general manager Mike Rizzo looks back on the most recent season, in absolute terms he has to feel optimistic. For the most part, the Washington Nationals still have in place a competitive team. For the Nationals’ 2015 season, one key question will be “who plays second base?” Sure,...
Via DC Sports-Kings
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals’ Williams Wins Manager of the Year

Well, the title pretty much tells the tale — Washington Nationals skipper Matt Williams has been named the Sporting News National League Manager of the Year in his first season with the club. Mike Scioscia of the Los Angeles Angels won the award in the American League. It’s a good start to Williams’ managing career, since 2014 was the first season he’s been a skipper in the...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Ranking All 40 of the 2014 Washington Nationals

We were going to do a Winners & Losers-style post for the NL East champs, but I think this is a little more inclusive. There’s not much rhyme or reason to it, other than ranking the players based on who made the most positive impact this year. Enjoy. 40. Taylor Jordan — Was a member of the Opening Day rotation (filling in for Doug Fister), then went 0-3 with a 5.61 ERA in...
Via Mr. Irrelevant
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper and girlfriend getting married in January

Bryce Harper will have a busy and happy offseason with girlfriend Kayla Varner. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the two are getting married in January in Southern California. Harper and Varner will be married Jan. 2 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have a ceremony afterwards. They will have a...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

What was Matt Williams thinking?

As you’ve probably heard by now, Matt Williams had a bad seventh inning last night. Dave Cameron took Williams’ bullpen maneuvers apart nicely in his Just a Bit Outside column at Fox Sports. At the risk of putting words in his mouth, he said that Williams leaving Matt Thornton in the game to face Buster […]
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Highlight: Nationals’ Aaron Barrett airmails pitch on intentional walk

The Washington Nationals just went through a whole range of emotions in a matter of two frames. After a Bryce Harper’s game-tying home run, reliever Aaron Barrett managed to throw the momentum away, literally. With two runners on Barrett walked San Francisco Giants right-fielder Hunter Pence, loading the bases. Then he threw a wild pitch to Pablo Sandoval that allowed Joe Panik...
Via KCM Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Pitchers crucial in October for the Nationals

Stephen Strasburg A chance for playoff redemption has finally come for the Washington Nationals. This is the series they have been waiting for since the heart-breaking end to their postseason in 2012. Although the whole team is under immense pressure, no one feels this more than the Nationals’ pitching roster. All season long the pitching staff has been praised as being one of...
Via isportsweb.com
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild stats from the longest MLB postseason game ever

The San Francisco Giants beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 in 18 innings on Saturday night in what turned out to be the longest postseason game in MLB history. The Nats held a 1-0 lead going into the 9th inning and starter Jordan Zimmerman, making his first start since his no-hitter on Sept. 28, pitched brilliantly....Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals fan tries to guilt Jewish fans into giving up playoff tickets on Craigslist

At least one Washington Nationals fan is willing to great lengths to land a highly coveted ticket to one of the two games scheduled for this weekend in the hometown team’s NLDS showdown with the San Francisco Giants, open to even using a person’s faith to shame them into relinquishing their ticket. A Nationals fan […] The post Nationals fan tries to guilt Jewish fans into...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Fan on Craigslist offers Nats playoff tickets for threesome

If there happen to be a couple of ladies in the D.C. inclined to part with their dignity in exchange for MLB playoff tickets, well, one Craigslist user has an offer for you. An unidentified man has offered up on Craigslist his two tickets in the Diamond Club section of Nationals Park for Friday’s playoffs-opening […] The post Guy offers up Nationals playoff tickets on Craigslist...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Steven Souza saves no-hitter with amazing catch

Jordan Zimmerman owes Steven Souza a drink. Zimmerman, a pitcher for the Washington Nationals, was one out away from his first career no-hitter Sunday when Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich lifted a fly ball to deep left field. The ball looked like it would find the turf, ending Zimmerman’s bid, but Souza sprinted back, laid out and made an incredible catch to end the...
Via NESN.com
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch: Steven Souza Jr. preserves Jordan Zimmermann’s no-hitter with amazing catch

Sunday’s regular season finale at Nationals Park had no postseason implications, as Washington had already locked up home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs. But don’t tell that to Jordan Zimmermann…or left fielder Steven Souza Jr. In his October tune-up, Zimmermann tossed a no-hitter against the Miami Marlins—the first in the team’s 10-year history in the nation’s...
Via The Sports Daily
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Jordan Zimmerman Throws No-Hitter

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmerman, who was already having himself a heck of a season, threw a rare no-hitter against the Miami Marlins on the final day of the MLB regular season. Zimmerman will have a chance to prove his worth in the second season, as the Nationals enter the playoffs with the best record in the National League. But for now, Zimmerman’s accomplishment...
Via Sportsnaut
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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