Nationals Rumors & News

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    #Nats have signed OF Tony Gwynn Jr. to a minor-league deal with invitation to big-league camp.

  • Harper says he has to 'step up' for Nationals "Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper wants to improve his numbers from last year. He made it clear Sunday that he wants to stay injury-free and he would like to get better at the plate. Although he missed 62 games because of a thumb injury, Harper put up respectable numbers, hitting .273 with 13..." March 02

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    #Nats have signed LHP Rich Hill to a minor league deal with invitation to big league camp.

  • Yunel meets Nats brass, sheds misgivings and approves of 2B move "New Nationals second baseman Yunel Escobar met on reporting day Wednesday with manager Matt Williams and general manager Mike Rizzo, and Escobar, after initially having strong misgivings about his move from shortstop, now is all aboard with the plan to make him a second baseman, and even seems..." February 25

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    On need for Harper to carry more load, Williams: "It's safe to say he'll most likely hit somewhere in the middle of our lineup."

  • Davis has first bullpen session since Tommy John surgery "Nationals right-hander Erik Davis missed the 2014 season because of Tommy John surgery. Like teammates Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann, who had the same procedure, Davis worked hard to get back on the mound and it paid off Tuesday. Davis, 28, had a bullpen session and threw 25 pitches..." February 24

  • Zimmerman healthy, at peace with move to first base

    Nats Insider "Ryan Zimmerman’s body is healthy, that is, as healthy as 30-year-old with 1,198 big-league games of wear and tear can be. Just as significant, Zimmerman’s mind is at ease as he begins his 10th spring training with the Nationals, his first as anything other than a third baseman. “All good things..." February 24

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    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    Source: FA RHP Daniel Stange recently had labrum surgery and will resume throwing in four months if all goes to plan.

  • Bryce Harper says he’s reporting to spring training as light as he’s been since college

    Washington Post "Bryce Harper made an appearance at Space Coast Stadium on Monday after a weekend of business and pleasure in Florida. On Saturday, Harper was at Archbishop McCarthy High in Southwest Ranches, shooting a commercial for Gatorade’s “Sweat with the Best” contest. The under-the-cap promotion, which..." February 23

  • Denard Span on sports hernia surgery recovery, his goals and walk year

    Washington Post "Denard Span reported to Nationals spring training on Sunday morning, the second of the team’s everyday position players to arrive. (Wilson Ramos reported on Thursday with pitchers and catchers.) Span drove across the state from his native Tampa, ready to begin his third season with the..." February 22

  • 9d
    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    News to me: Nats outfield prospect Brian Goodwin had shoulder surgery on non-throwing shoulder this offseason. Will be monitored in camp.

  • 10d
    William Ladson @washingnats

    Ian Desmond's camp and the #Nats haven’t talked at all this offseason about a contract extension, according to a baseball source.#MLB

  • 10d
    William Ladson @washingnats

    The #Nationals announced they have picked up Matt Williams' option for 2016. #Nats #MLB

  • 10d
    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    If Roark ends up in bullpen, Williams says he doesn't have to be long man. Likes how his stuff "plays up" in short, late appearances.

  • McLouth’s shoulder nearly 100 percent healthy again

    Nats Insider "Though his surgically repaired shoulder isn’t quite 100 percent yet, Nate McLouth firmly believes it will get there in the next few weeks once he ramps up his daily baseball regimen at spring training. “The thing I still have to work up to is the endurance, the volume,” he said. “I’ve been..." February 21

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Zimmermann says he's willing to listen if #Nats want to talk this spring but won't during season: "I think everything's on hold right now."

  • Washington Nationals’ Jayson Werth on jail time: ‘It’s not a destination you would choose’

    Washington Post "On the night of Jan. 30, two guards escorted Jayson Werth into the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. He changed out of his black sweatshirt and dark sunglasses into an olive-green jumpsuit, more comfortable than he expected. Werth shuffled into a guard’s office, a guard who happened to be a..." February 20

  • Tigers' Verlander not upset with Scherzer for leaving

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Tigers pitchers and catchers report to spring training today. And for the first time in five years, right-hander Max Scherzer is not one of them. Scherzer instead will report with the Washington Nationals on the eastern side of Florida, after signing a seven-year, $210-million contract..." February 19

  • Sportsbook loves Nats' odds for best record, World Series

    CSN Washington "Sportsbooks are starting to release their futures odds for the 2015 MLB season and once again the Nationals are being predicted to do big things. Bovada, for one, has them with not only the highest over/under for win total this season, they have them winning it all. Here is what Bovada has for..." February 18

  • MLB execs vote Nationals’ Max Scherzer the worst free agent signing in ESPN poll

    Washington Post "If “Most Creative Contract” was a category in ESPN senior writer Jayson Stark’s annual poll of baseball executives about teams’ offseason moves, Max Scherzer and the Nationals probably would’ve won that, too. As it is, Scherzer and his seven-year, $210 million deal – structured to take..." February 18

  • Nationals top projected win totals "The Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers have the highest projected season win totals, and the Philadelphia Phillies have the lowest, according to numbers posted Friday at the Atlantis sports book in Reno, Nevada. The Nationals, who are 5-1 favorites to win the World Series at the..." February 15

  • Athletics and Tyler Clippard avoid arbitration

    Athletics Nation "The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard on a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration, the team announced in a tweet. The deal is for $8,300,000, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Clippard had submitted for $8,850,000 and the team had offered $7,775,000." February 12

  • 20d
    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Jerry Blevins won his arbitration hearing against the Nats. He had asked for $2.4M and Nats had offered $2.2M.

  • Nationals’ Jayson Werth completes five-day jail sentence

    Washington Times "Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth has completed a five-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor reckless driving charge late last month. He was released from Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on Sunday. Werth began serving his sentence Jan. 30, one day after signing a..." February 10

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    There is anger among the teams that Major League Baseball permitted Max Scherzer's deal to have such a high percentage of deferred money.

  • The Top 10 MLB Lineups For 2015

    Sports On Earth "When we evaluate lineups in Major League Baseball in 2015, we're grading on a curve. Last year, the Angels led the Majors in runs scored -- with just 773. That was the lowest total for a runs leader in a full season since 1992. And to put that in added perspective, in 2009, just five seasons..." February 09

  • Rizzo: Espinosa's on the right side in 2015

    Masn "While addressing Nationals season ticket holders at a Hot Stove event on Saturday, general manager Mike Rizzo made some news by saying that Danny Espinosa would only hit from the right side in 2015. The discussion for Espinosa to give up switch-hitting, and focus completely on batting right-handed..." February 08

  • Max Scherzer explains why he took the Nationals’ money and ran "At some point two years ago, Max Scherzer said, he and fellow Tigers starter Rick Porcello looked at each other and saw this time coming, when Detroit's rotation would have to be broken up. "We sat on the bench and we saw this coming really two years ago," Scherzer told Matt Shepard on WDFN..." February 07

  • Did Jayson Werth sign autograph for fellow inmate while doing time?

    Sportress of Blogitude "Jayson Werth ran afoul of the boys in blue when he was caught going 105 mph in a 55-mph zone in July. The Washington Nationals outfielder pleaded guilty to a reckless driving charge last week and was ordered to serve five days in jail, which apparently is a common punishment for such a..." February 04

  • 29d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Janssen passed physical with #Nationals; deal now official. Includes $500K in performance bonuses that previously were unreported.

  • 33d
    justin jouvenal @jjouvenal

    BREAKING: Nats' Jayson Werth to serve 5 days in jail after pleading guilty to recklessly driving Porsche on 495.

  • Report: Nationals sign P Janssen to one-year, $5 million contract "The Washington Nationals have signed relief pitcher Casey Janssen to a one-year, $5 million contract, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The deal includes a mutual option for the 2016 season with a buyout. The 33-year-old has spent his entire eight-year career with the Toronto Blue..." January 28

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    Matt Eddy @MattEddyBA

    #Giants LF/1B John Bowker, #Nationals 1B Kila Ka’aihue back in U.S. after playing in NPB. Minor League Transactions

  • Thanks to deferred payments, Max Scherzer will get $80,000 per day for the next 14 years

    Hardball Talk "Max Scherzer‘s seven-year, $210 million contract with the Nationals includes a huge amount of deferred money, making the present-day value of the deal significantly less than $210 million. But don’t worry: He’s still getting paid a ton of money over the life of the contract, which is spread..." January 22

  • Max Scherzer says winning, not cash, landed him in D.C.

    Detroit News "The guy who did almost nothing but win in Detroit said he went to Washington because he wanted to win. OK, then. Max Scherzer slipped on his new No. 31 Nationals jersey during an introductory press conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday afternoon, officially putting an end to his..." January 22

  • Agent Scott Boras: ‘Stephen Strasburg wants to play here’

    Washington Times "After Max Scherzer’s introductory press conference Wednesday, agent Scott Boras strongly denied a report that another one of his clients, Stephen Strasburg, would be open to leaving Washington. The report, posted on Twitter by freelance reporter John Perrotto on Monday, claimed that Strasburg..." January 21

  • After Scherzer Said No in March, Ilitch, Tigers Disengaged

    Fox Sports "A postscript on Max Scherzer's seven-year, $210 million contract with the Washington Nationals: Throughout the offseason, many baseball observers expected Scherzer to return to the Detroit Tigers because of owner Mike Ilitch's history of signing Scott Boras clients -- particularly late in the..." January 20

  • Report: Nationals open to trading Stephen Strasburg

    Hardball Talk "They may keep Jordan Zimmermann, but USA TODAY’s John Perrotto reports that the Nationals are open to trading Stephen Strasburg, saying he is “very much available”. He adds that both sides believe it is time to move on. Strasburg, 26, avoided arbitration in his second year of eligibility last..." January 20

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Source: #BlueJays and #Nats have been in contact with representatives for free agent reliever Burke Badenhop.

  • Brewers GM Doug Melvin doesn’t expect to pursue James Shields

    Hardball Talk "When news surfaced that Yovani Gallardo was being traded to the Rangers, many speculated that this move would set the stage for the Brewers to make a run at free agent right-hander James Shields. However, it sounds like they have other plans. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee..." January 20

  • Report: Nationals likely to host the 2018 All-Star Game

    Hardball Talk "Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post hears from “people with reason to know” that the Nationals almost certainly will host the 2018 All-Star Game, and the organization has already been notified." January 19

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: Scherzer deal with #Nationals is seven years, $210M with half deferred. He will receive $15M per year for 14 years.

  • Nationals complete deal with free agent pitcher Max Scherzer

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals radically altered the baseball landscape Sunday night, ending a winter of relative inactivity by agreeing to a seven-year contract with free agent pitcher Max Scherzer, according to a person with direct knowledge of the talks. Though terms of the deal weren’t..." January 19

  • Should the Yankees target Nationals starters with Max Scherzer now in Washington?

    Pinstripe Alley "If the Nats decided to unload a starter like Jordan Zimmermann or Stephen Strasburg, the Yankees should at least inquire about a trade. At the strike of midnight last night, the Washington Nationals shook the baseball world by locking up former Tigers ace Max Scherzer, the best starter on the..." January 19

  • 44d
    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    #Nats have been talking with "multiple" teams on Jordan Zimmermann trade possibilities over past few weeks, sources say.

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    At least one team that inquired on #Nationals’ Desmond this week was told he will not be traded. However, rival execs say that…

  • 43d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Rizzo said recently that he would consider a deal for Desmond “that we can’t refuse,” but added it would have to be “pretty elaborate.”

  • 43d
    William Ladson @washingnats

    The #Nats signed 1B Kila Ka'aihue to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training. #Nationals #MLB

  • 44d
    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    Sources: Increasing sense throughout league that Max Scherzer will end up with #Nationals. Unclear if deal is close.

  • 44d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    At least one team that inquired on #Nationals’ Desmond this week was told he will not be traded. However, rival execs say that…