Nationals Rumors & News

  • Drew’s strong second half could entice Nats to try to re-sign him

    Masn "The offseason signing of Drew raised a few eyebrows, because it seemed unclear how much exactly the Nationals needed his services. Drew had been a starter his entire career, and the Nats were committed to Danny Espinosa as their shortstop, with Trea Turner likely to take over at some point. The..." October 23

  • Could free agent Ian Desmond really return to the Nationals?

    Washington Post "Earlier this week, Tom Boswell offered one plan for the Nationals this offseason: Re-sign Ian Desmond, the beloved former shortstop who rebuilt his value in center field with the Rangers this season. The idea is that Desmond could play center field, allowing Trea Turner to move back to..." October 22

  • Boras On Health Of Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper

    MLB Trade Rumors "Righty Stephen Strasburg and outfielder Bryce Harper — arguably the Nationals’ two most important players — are both on track to participate in a full and normal Spring Training in 2017, agent Scott Boras tells Jon Morosi of MLB Network (Twitter links). That appears to be positive news for the..." October 21

  • Bautista, Encarnacion may be done with Blue Jays, here's where they could land

    CBS Sports "Wednesday afternoon at Rogers Centre, the 2016 Blue Jays season came to an unceremonious end with a loss to the Indians in Game 5 of the best-of-seven ALCS (CLE 3, TOR 0). Toronto is the first team to lose the ALCS in back-to-back years since the Mariners in 2000 and 2001. "This group's come a..." October 20

  • Kershaw gets series-clinching save as Dodgers KO Nats

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- - Kenley Jansen knelt in the Los Angeles Dodgers' clubhouse next to a dry erase board that was just outside a room filled with beer-soaked players early Friday morning. Jansen normally starts to get loose in the eighth inning before pitching the ninth. Late Thursday night,..." October 14

  • Ramos’ surgery goes well, expected return is 6-7 months

    Today's Knuckleball "The day after the Washington Nationals were eliminated from the postseason following a 4-3, Game 5 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers, their injured catcher at least received some positive news regarding his torn ACL. Wilson Ramos underwent surgery Saturday and the procedure went as well as he..." October 14

  • Shawn Kelley lost feeling in his fingers, but does not fear long-term issue

    Washington Post "Among the many moments lost in the chaos of the Nationals’ Game 5 loss was the quick and scary exit of right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley, who allowed a triple to Justin Turner then tried to pitch to Adrian Gonzalez before leaving the game with what appeared to be an arm injury. Kelley said..." October 14

  • Dusty Baker says Stephen Strasburg won’t pitch in NLCS if Nationals advance

    Washington Post "Stephen Strasburg has thrown two bullpen sessions in recent days and played light catch in the outfield, but Manager Dusty Baker on Thursday put an end to any hope for the Nationals and their fans that Strasburg might be nearing a return." October 13

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • All eyes on Bryce Harper in Game 5 of NLDS

    ESPN "Remember Bryce Harper? You know, the guy who set the world on fire last year when he became the youngest unanimous MVP in MLB history? A year later, as impossible as it seems, that guy has almost become an afterthought. Even within his own clubhouse, Harper seems to have gotten a little lost in..." October 13

  • Scherzer looks forward to the “biggest start of my life”

    Masn "Max Scherzer didn’t even pause to think about it when asked Tuesday night about the significance of what takes place Thursday night in D.C. “Yep, this is probably the biggest start of my career,” he said. “Biggest start of my life. I’ve said that a handful of times throughout my career. How you..." October 13

  • Dodgers' Rich Hill and Nationals' Max Scherzer to pitch in final game of series

    Los Angeles Times "A look at Game 5 of the National League division series between the Dodgers and Nationals. When: Thursday, 2 p.m. PDT Where: Nationals Park TV: FS1. Radio: 570, 1020, 1540 In-game blog: Dodgers’ Rich Hill (12-5, 2.12 ERA) vs. Nationals’ Max Scherzer (20-7, 2.96..." October 12

  • Wilson Ramos Set For Knee Surgery; Expects Seven Month Rehab

    MLB Trade Rumors "Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, who’s set to hit the open market in a few weeks’ time, will undergo surgery on Friday to repair both the ACL and meniscus in his right knee,’s Bill Ladson tweets. Ramos says that he expects roughly a seven-month rehab timeline. The procedure itself was a..." October 11

  • Dodgers edge Nats, send NLDS to Game 5

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- The strategy was simple, Chase Utley said. Just get a base hit. Utley's RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-5 victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, evening the National League Division Series at two..." October 11

  • Stephen Strasburg experiences discomfort during bullpen session

    Hardball Talk "The Nats have the edge in the NLDS, but if they get past the Dodgers they may have to continue their World Series quest without Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg pitched a bullpen session yesterday but stopped it early after feeling some discomfort" October 11

  • Nats swat Dodgers for 2-1 NLDS lead

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Jayson Werth said he fantasizes about hitting a baseball completely out of Dodger Stadium. Although Werth didn't knock the ball out of the park with a ninth-inning home run, the outfielder and the Nationals put the Los Angeles Dodgers on the ropes in their National League..." October 10

  • Diamondbacks interested in Nats GM Mike Rizzo for front office

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "With his Washington Nationals back in the postseason for the third time in the last five years, Nats general manager Mike Rizzo is drawing interest from his former team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. According to ESPN, the D'Backs plan to ask the Nats permission to interview him this offseason for a..." October 10

  • Lobaton longball helps Nationals even NLDS with Dodgers

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The wind was blowing in at 24 miles-per-hour from left field at the start of Sunday's game, and Washington catcher Jose Lobaton pointed this out to home plate umpire Chris Guccione. "Wow, that wind is really bad for hitters," said Lobaton, a reserve most of the season behind..." October 09

  • TBS to add pitch count to broadcast graphic for rest of postseason

    Today's Knuckleball "TBS broadcasts have frustrated viewers thus far into the 2016 postseason with a score graphic that does not show the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher. The simplified graphic is stripped of extra information beyond score, inning, base-out state and count. According to Richard Deitsch of..." October 09

  • Nationals' Gio Gonzalez turning page on regular season, focused on Dodgers

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Gio Gonzalez says that the regular season is over, and the postseason is something new and different. Gonzalez had his worst season in his fifth with the Nationals, said he wiped out his 2016 regular season memories a week ago when the regular season ended. “This is the playoffs now...." October 09

  • Dodgers, Nats Game 2 postponed to Sunday

    TSN "Inclement weather in Washnington, D.C. has forced Game 2 of the NLDS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Nationals to be postponed to Sunday at 1pm et/10am pt. The Dodgers took Game 1 of the series 4-3 on Friday night in the Captial city. Rich Hill will take to the mound for the Dodgers on..." October 08

  • Dusty Baker on playing struggling shortstop Danny Espinosa: 'Who else do I have?'

    USA Today "As recently as the All-Star Break, Danny Espinosa appeared en route to a breakout season in his first year as the Nats’ full-time shortstop. But the 29-year-old Espinosa regressed in the second half, maintaining a woeful .552 OPS after the All-Star Break and seeing his season hitting line drop to..." October 08

  • Daniel Murphy in Nationals lineup for Game 1; Bryce Harper to hit second

    Washington Post "Daniel Murphy is in the Nationals lineup for Game 1 of the National League Division Series, his first start since Sept. 17 when a strained glute knocked him out of the lineup. He pinch-hit three times in the interval, and will be tasked with finding comfort and rhythm against Dodgers starter..." October 07

  • Dodgers edge Scherzer, Nationals in NLDS opener

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Los Angeles Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager hit a homer in his first at-bat, then watched four relievers run past him on the way to the mound Friday night before a sellout crowd at Nationals Park. "Whatever we have to do to win, right?" Seager said. The Dodgers did..." October 07

  • Nationals' Stephen Strasburg: Throws bullpen for first time since injury

    CBS Sports "Strasburg (elbow) threw a bullpen session Friday for the first time since injuring his elbow, Jamal Collier of reports. This is great news for the Nationals, as the stud pitcher has been sidelined since the beginning of September due to this ailment. " October 07

  • Max Scherzer historically good at missing bats, limiting baserunners

    Sporting News "Pitchers who don’t allow batters to reach base while also striking them out with regularity are going to be successful. Max Scherzer is one of baseball’s finest when it comes to this. Many people in baseball don’t appreciate just how skilled Scherzer is at this, though. Scherzer is one of..." October 07

  • Joe Buck reveals that hair plug addiction nearly cost him his career

    SI "Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck feared for his broadcasting career five years ago when he suffered a paralyzed left vocal chord. The ailment struck him a few weeks before the start of the 2011 baseball season, and it wasn’t until October of that year that he truly felt his voice was back. At the..." October 06

  • Dusty Baker, inventor of the high five, weighs in on perils of dugout handshakes

    CBS Sports "One of Nationals manager Dusty Baker's many claims to fame -- did you know he once shared a joint with Jimi Hendrix? -- is being a co-creator of the high five. Yet Baker, for all his expertise and prestige in the area, doesn't seem fond of the contemporary takes on creative dugout handshakes...." October 06

  • Baseball players are getting fat like us

    USA Today "Americans tuning in to the baseball playoffs might notice an unfortunate trend: Like much of the country, baseball players are increasingly overweight or even obese. Being classified as normal weight is now the exception rather than the rule in the U.S. The collective expansion of our..." October 06

  • Rob Manfred again deflects questions pertaining to paying minor leaguers a livable wage

    Hardball Talk "Though it’s an issue that has been on the back burner for a few months, earlier this year, the topic of minor league salaries was a huge issue. Near the end of June, Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) proposed H.R. 5580, or the “Save America’s Pastime Act,” in..." October 05

  • Max Scherzer reached 20 wins, but his Cy Young case goes beyond that

    Washington Post "When it comes to pitchers’ win-loss record, Max Scherzer subscribes to the new-school way of thinking: He believes wins and losses are faulty measures of a pitcher’s individual performance over the course of a season. Too many variables. Too much happenstance. That stance, however, takes a..." October 03

  • Final 2017 MLB Draft order set: The Twins are on the clock and here's what to know

    CBS Sports "At 59-103, the Minnesota Twins not only had the worst record in baseball in 2016, they also had the worst record since the Washington Senators franchise relocated to Minnesota and became the Twins in 1961. The 1982 team, which went 60-102, previously had the worst record in team history. If..." October 03

  • Scherzer does it all in Nationals' win vs. Marlins

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals spilled onto the field late Sunday afternoon, as the National League East champions celebrated their 95th win of the year, 50th victory at home and 20th triumph of the season for ace right-hander Max Scherzer. Several of the Washington players and..." October 02

  • Marlins escape with victory over Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- - The Miami Marlins have been through a lot this week, with the death of ace pitcher Jose Fernandez in a boat accident Sunday and the emotions of a private memorial service Thursday in Florida. The Marlins left the Sunshine State for the first time since his death when they..." October 01

  • Roark wins No. 16; Nationals edge Marlins 2-1

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- As the game came to end, Trea Turner followed Bryce Harper back to the first-base dugout as the two did high fives with teammates who did not play. Turner is about a week away from the first postseason experience of his major league career, and the speedy product from North..." October 01

  • Max Scherzer lobbies for Metro to make an exception for Nats playoff games

    Washington Post "With the rapidly approaching prospect of Nationals playoff games running past Metro’s closing time, the issue is finally attracting more widespread attention. Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans sounded off about the matter this week, saying at a breakfast that “it’s going to look foolish if 15,000..." October 01

  • D-backs top Gonzalez, Nationals in rain-shortened game

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- It was about 20 minutes before the first pitch on Wednesday as Gio Gonzalez began to warm up on the green grass of right field. Washington's starting pitcher looked to the heavens and then ran some sprints before eventually heading to the bullpen beyond the right field fence at..." September 29

  • Difo's first career homer helps Nationals beat Diamondbacks

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- It has been a rough week for several All-Star players in the nation's capital. On Sunday Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper hurt his thumb in Pittsburgh and has not played since. Catcher Wilson Ramos tore his ACL on Monday and is done for the season, while Washington..." September 29

  • Stephen Strasburg is ‘unlikely’ to pitch in NLDS, Mike Rizzo says

    Washington Post "Stephen Strasburg played catch at 90 feet Tuesday afternoon at Nationals Park. The session constitutes progress in his recovery from a strained flexor mass, but not enough for the Nationals to believe the all-star right-hander will be ready for the start of the playoffs. “I think it would be..." September 28

  • Banged up Nationals blown out by Diamondbacks

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals clinched the National League East title on Saturday night with a win over the Pirates in Pittsburgh. But little has gone well for the Nationals in the 48 hours since then, even with a win on Sunday in Pittsburgh. Jean Segura had three hits,..." September 27

  • Rendon homer lifts Nationals over Diamondbacks

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Dusty Baker is big on numbers and milestones, and he wants to see ace pitcher Max Scherzer try and win 20 games this year. But Baker needed to pinch-hit for Scherzer in the sixth inning Tuesday night with his team trailing 2-0. The Washington manager got the best of both..." September 27

  • Nationals' Cole suspended 5 games for throwing at Pirates' Kang

    CBS Sports "Sunday afternoon, benches cleared in Pittsburgh after Nationals right-hander A.J. Cole threw behind Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang. That was in response to Kang applying a fake tag on Bryce Harper earlier in the game, which forced Harper to slide awkwardly and hurt his thumb. Here's the..." September 27

  • Wilson Ramos out with torn ACL

    Washington Times "Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos will be out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, according to manager Dusty Baker. Ramos exited Monday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning after jumping for a high throw from first baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Ramos landed..." September 27

  • Why some agents have serious concerns about MLB's next CBA

    Fox Sports "Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said last week that he was optimistic a new collective-bargaining agreement could be reached in "relatively short order." While most in the sport would celebrate a resolution prior to the current CBA's Dec. 1 expiration, some player agents fear that the new..." September 27

  • Harper hurt, Werth homers as Nationals outslug Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- It was a wild game, for sure, even though Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker called it "not a very good game." That would have been the full scope of it if not for an injury to star Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper, ill feelings and a benches-clearing incident in the..." September 25

  • Harper leaves game with apparent hand injury

    CBS Sports "Harper left Sunday's gamein the third inning with a hand injury, Dan Kolko of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network reports." September 25

  • Stallings' RBI single in 11th lifts Pirates past Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Even with expanded rosters in September, Pittsburgh third-string catcher Jacob Stallings knew he could get into Friday's game as it stretched into the 11th inning. "I kind of did the math in my head. Bases loaded, two outs was the only way I was going to come up that inning,"..." September 24

  • How Much Has Trea Turner Impacted The Nationals?

    The Sports Quotient "When Trea Turner was called up for good on July 10th, the Nationals already had a 97% chance of winning their division. With players like Daniel Murphy, Wilson Ramos, and a resurgent Anthony Rendon leading the offense, it was not like the team struggled for offensive firepower. However, there were..." September 24

  • Daniel Murphy has strained left buttocks, Stephen Strasburg’s playoff status still uncertain

    Washington Post "Daniel Murphy, whose left leg injury was not responding to treatment, has a mild strain in his left buttocks, Nationals Manager Dusty Baker said Friday. Murphy underwent an MRI, which revealed the strain, an issue that plagues him most when he is running. Baker said the Nationals are going “to..." September 24