Embed from Getty Images The Washington Nationals’ offseason has consisted of trading for outfielder Adam Eaton after missing out on potential deals for ace pitcher Chris Sale and former NL MVP Andrew McCutchen. The Nationals struck out on luring closer Kenley Jansen. Since then their offseason has stalled despite the team still needing a reliever, preferably a closer, and...
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6 hours ago
Where will the Washington Nationals find back end of the bullpen help? How about bench depth? Some of the latest chatter below...In a
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10 hours ago
Matt Wieters’s name has hovered over the Nationals offseason from start to finish, buzzing like a fly they never seem to swat away for good. The Nationals have always been “interested” in Wieters, in the way any team that just lost an all-star catcher would be “interested” in a four-time all-star catcher with three 20-home […]
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Catch up on the last few days of Washington Nationals news, all in one place for your convenience...Well, the Hall of Famers have been announced, all the big free agents have been signed, every star on the trading block has been traded... All that's left to do is actually play the game. While we wait for spring training, here are the links from our nation's capitol.
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Lost in the announcement of Ivan Rodriguez’s entry into the Pro Baseball of Fame was journeyman Tim Raines Sr.’s decision to enter as a member of the now-defunct Montreal Expos. It was the right decision for a player who spent 13 of his 23 seasons in Montreal, including every All-Star campaign, and every season in which he got MVP consideration. It may also be the last Hall...
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Who leads off? Who hits second? Dusty Baker, Mike Rizzo, Derek Norris and more on the Nationals potential lineup options...New Nationals catcher Derek Norris offered his unsolicited take on how things might line up for Washington this season when he spoke to reporters last month, though he apologized and assured everyone he wasnt trying to do Dusty Bakers job.
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The Washington Nationals, in combination with the Houston Astros, the state of Florida and Palm Beach County, are funding the construction of a new spring training facility. The project is being rushed so the facility will be ready for this year’s spring training. Endeavors of that sort are, of course, rather costly. No one involved […]
Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, becoming the first former Nationals player to gain his way into Cooperstown. Rodriguez only played his final two Major League seasons for the Nats, though in those critical 2010-11 seasons he helped bring along a young pitching staff which included future franchise cornerstones Stephen Strasburg and...
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2 days ago
The Washington Nationals haven’t gone on their usual offseason spending spree this winter, only acquiring Adam Eaton and Derek Norris via trade while dealing away Danny Espinosa and a bucket-load of prospects. They *did* avoid an ugly arbitration hearing with Bryce Harper, inking him to a one-year, $13.625 million deal to keep him in the fold for his third of four arbitration...
The Nationals' top prospect according to Baseball America was all the talk at last month's Winter Meetings. Several teams inquired about 19-year-old center fielder Victor Robles and for good reason. No. 1: CF Victor Robles Robles played two months for low Single-A Hagerstown before being promoted to high Single-A Potomac ... Read More
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman wisely sidestepped an inquiry during a fan forum about the impressive free agent class slated to arrive following the 2018 season. A fan at the event held Tuesday night at the Times Square Hard Rock Cafe asked specifically if the Yankees will pursue the likes of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Smiling — and showing awareness of...
January is typically the doldrums of the MLB offseason. Never mind that it is just a few days until the two-year anniversary of the Nationals’ signing of Max Scherzer: At this point in the offseason, most teams have made their moves and are filling their teams out around the edges. The Nationals have surely already made their biggest move in offloading several top prospects for...
WASHINGTON (AP) Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a $13,625,000 contract for 2017, avoiding arbitration. The sides reached a deal Friday, the day players and teams were to exchange arbitration figures ahead of hearings. Harper made $5 million last season, when he struggled with injuries and took a big step back after becoming the youngest unanimous MVP in...
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Continuity in the minor leagues is one of the more subtle building blocks of the Washington Nationals’ recent run of relevance. Even as tumult consumed one big league coaching staff and outside hiring comprised another, the staples of the Nationals’ minor league operation remained intact — a shuffling of duties not withstanding. In keeping with their […]
WASHINGTON (AP) NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer revealed Monday that he pitched at the end of last season with an injured finger on his throwing hand and now will skip the World Baseball Classic. The Washington Nationals initially announced Monday on Twitter that their star right-hander has a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger, without offering any details...
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11 days ago | Discuss
As per usual, GM Mike Rizzo and the Washington Nationals have been very active this offseason, kicking the tires on virtually every free agent, and being connected to several teams in trade rumors. Rizzo has made a few of those deals, and come up short on others. So is this team better than they were just three months ago? Centerfield/ShortstopOut: Danny EspinosaIn: Adam Eaton Trea...
We're inching closer and closer to the arrival of spring training! Can you believe that Nationals pitchers and catchers report to The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in 37 days, with position players arriving just three days later? While you countdown the days to baseball's return, MASN continues along with ... Read More
We know Nationals slugger Bryce Harper is strong, which is why he gets so much power behind his swing, and can also go opposite field with ease. But you wouldn’t think of him being a guy that can deadlift over 500 pounds, multiple times. We learned that he can, indeed, do that, as a video of him deadlifting 505 pounds has gone viral. Back is rounded a bit, but at #505 I'll take it!
Shortstop Wilmer Difo was so critical to the Nationals' late season push that he made the postseason roster and had the final at-bat in the National League Division Series. But he is still a young prospect, and is important to the Nats' depth at that infield spot. Baseball America's top ... Read More
The Washington Nationals may be cruising down Baker Street for a bit longer. According to a report by Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post on Tuesday, the Nationals are willing to discuss an extension with manager Dusty Baker, who is entering the final year of his contract in 2017. Baker, 67, led Washington to a 95-67 record and a National League East division title in his first...
After missing several free agency opportunities this offseason, the Washington Nationals are said to be considering signing catcher Matt Wieters. Although the longtime Oriole may be an improvement at the catcher position, it is not enough to justify the contract he will want. Last season he earned $15.8 million and is expected to get a contract worth around $13 million/year. Wieters...
The competition among baseball players is fierce. It's no secret that athletes need every edge they can get to make it to the next level. Talk to any scout or anyone else responsible for Major League rosters, however, and you'll learn that it's not just skill development and training that matter. Athletes need to improve their abilities intelligently to become players that scouts...
Going into next season, the Nationals are prepared to start a 32-year-old at first base, a 32-year-old who last season recorded a WAR of literally -1.3. That’s very bad! If Ryan Zimmerman had any dwindling chance of building a Hall-of-Fame career record, he effectively kissed it goodbye. It was an extraordinarily frustrating summer. But is Zimmerman toast now, or what? Spoiler...
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