Nationals Rumors & News

  • Donald Trump may throw out the first pitch at the Nationals opener

    Hardball Talk "It’s just gossip now, but Politico is hearing that Donald Trump is in talks to throw out the first pitch at Nationals Park on Opening Day. The Nats are not commenting. Neither are the Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League, who no doubt feel slighted given that the president effectively..." March 28

  • Why MLB will likely not join the NHL and NFL and move a team to Las Vegas

    CBS Sports "On Monday afternoon, National Football League owners approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. The move is at least two years away, possibly three, but it has been agreed to. Owners voted 31-1 in favor of the move . Whenever the Raiders do move, they will become the second..." March 27

  • Rob Manfred Wants MLB to 'Own the Next Generation' of Sports Fans

    Bleacher Report "Long before the first batter stepped into the box at the start of his tenure as the 10th commissioner in baseball history, Rob Manfred threw out his own first pitch: Chief among his priorities would be to captivate the next generation of sports fans in a way that he was captivated when his parents..." March 27

  • Nationals Release Joe Nathan, Matt Albers

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran closer Joe Nathan has been told he will not make the Nationals and has opted out of his minor-league deal with the team, according to tweets from various reporters, including Jamal Collier of and Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post. The Nationals have announced that they’ve..." March 27

  • Stephen Strasburg named Nationals' Opening Day starter for 4th time "Stephen Strasburg will start Opening Day for the Nationals, manager Dusty Baker announced Sunday. Washington opens its season at 1:05 p.m. ET on April 3 against the Marlins at Nationals Park. This marks the fourth career Opening Day assignment for the 28-year-old Strasburg. He previously..." March 26

  • Nationals Ace Max Scherzer will not be team's opening day starter

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that Max Scherzer is not on track to be the team's opening day starter, and will most likely open the season as the third pitcher in the rotation. Scherzer has been the team's starter on opening day for the past two seasons, but a stress fracture in the..." March 23

  • David DeJesus retires

    Hardball Talk "Outfielder David DeJesus announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Twitter Wednesday afternoon. He’ll be joining CSN Chicago for Cubs coverage. DeJesus, 37, spent 13 seasons in the big leagues from 2003-15 with the Royals, Athletics, Cubs, Nationals, Rays, and Angels. He hit a..." March 23

  • Max Scherzer says finger is healed, no longer an issue

    Sportsnaut "The Washington Nationals and their fans can rest easy. Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer — who was dealing with a knuckle injury — threw in Grapefruit League action on Wednesday, and had no negative effects. Scherzer went 4.2 innings, surrendered five hits, walked one, allowed two..." March 22

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • 5 MLB teams that can dethrone the Cubs as World Series champions

    Yardbarker "It’s easy to see why the Chicago Cubs would be favored to win the World Series for a second consecutive season. They have a great lineup, a strong pitching staff, and depth almost everywhere. However, the safer bet would be to take the field over the Cubs in 2017. That, however, doesn’t do much to..." March 21

  • Bryce Harper vs. Manny Machado: Who would you rather have?

    ESPN "Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will play in different cities over the next 20 months, for different teams, manning different positions in different leagues. But all the while, they will be competing against each other directly, just as if they were faced off in a one-on-one pickup game for..." March 19

  • Derek Norris Drawing Interest From Multiple Clubs

    MLB Trade Rumors "It’s only been a couple of days since Derek Norris cleared release waivers and officially became a free agent, but the veteran backstop has received interest from “about a half-dozen teams,” per Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). Brown doesn’t list specific clubs, though both Marc Topkin of..." March 17

  • MVP, Cy Young odds: Oddsmakers release favorites for 2017 MLB season

    CBS Sports "The 2017 season approacheth! Mostly, that means our attention will be locked on the various playoff races from the very start. However, we’ll also make time to eyeball the individual awards derbies from time to time. So to get us in that mindset, let’s have a look at these preseason MVP and Cy..." March 16

  • Scherzer likely to miss Nationals opener

    TSN "NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer probably will miss the Washington Nationals' opener against Miami on April 3 because of a stress fracture in his right ring finger. The stress fracture caused Scherzer to change the grip on his fastball, placing three fingers on top of the ball instead of..." March 16

  • Nationals release Derek Norris

    Hardball Talk "The Washington Nationals announced that they have released catcher Derek Norris. Norris was placed on waivers over the weekend but Washington was unable to make a trade with anyone. Norris, 28, hit only .186/.255/.328 with 14 home runs and a .528 OPS for the Padres in 2016 and with Matt..." March 15

  • Max Scherzer says he’ll be ready for the start of the season

    Washington Post "When Max Scherzer reported to camp at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches a month ago, he doubted he would be ready for the start of the regular season. And so did the Nationals. They started preparing as though Scherzer would miss some time. But that was before Scherzer began experimenting with a..." March 13

  • Nationals place Derek Norris on waivers

    Fanrag Sports "Derek Norris, who lost his starting catching job with the Washington Nationals due to the late signing of Matt Wieters, has been placed on waivers by Washington. There is no likelihood anyone would claim him and take his $4.2-million salary at this stage, but the Nats are believed only..." March 12

  • MLB commish Rob Manfred admits it's unlikely MLB players will play in Olympics

    CBS Sports "The 2017 World Baseball Classic is underway and we’ve already seen some dramatic games. The tournament continues over the next two weeks and will culminate with the Championship Game on March 22 at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full WBC schedule . In three years, baseball and softball will return..." March 08

  • Top eight most annoying MLB players

    Sportsnaut "Most of the time when it comes to favoring a team, certain MLB players won’t deter you from standing a few extra minutes in line waiting for an autograph. Even if that player’s makeup isn’t exactly warm and uplifting. On the other hand, there are some players that have a tendency (or three) to..." March 08

  • MLB teams focusing on improved rest to help their players perform better

    CBS Sports "Long before Moneyball came along, the game of baseball embraced numbers and statistical analysis. Every single team in baseball has a stats department. The ways and means have certainly changed, but the goal remains the same: use numbers to find a competitive advantage. These days..." March 08

  • MLB approves device to measure biometrics of players

    ESPN "Major League Baseball has approved the use of a continuous biometric monitor that can be worn by players during games. The device, made by a company called WHOOP, is the first of its kind approved by any of the major American sports leagues to be worn during competition. Teams cannot force..." March 06

  • Gio Gonzalez is almost too efficient in his second spring start

    Washington Post "Gio Gonzalez encountered a problem he usually doesn’t face in his start against the Cardinals on Saturday: He was too efficient. Gonzalez needed just 29 pitches to hold the Cardinals scoreless over three innings in his second Grapefruit League outing. The brisk pace forced him to diverge from his..." March 05

  • Nationals agree to $554,900 salary with Trea Turner

    Fanrag Sports "The Washington Nationals and Trea Turner have agreed to a new deal in 2017 set at $554,900, sources say. At the tender age of 23, Turner’s an up-and-coming star that enjoyed a breakout season with the Nats last season. Following an early-season promotion and a call back down shortly after, the..." March 04

  • It’s a stretch: Nats’ Strasburg may ditch windup

    Hardball Talk "Stephen Strasburg may emulate closers and pitch only from the stretch this season. Strasburg avoided a windup for all 23 of his pitches in a 2-1, 10-ininng loss by a Washington split squad to St. Louis on Friday, his first appearance of spring training. “I’m not trying to reinvent myself,..." March 04

  • Bryce Harper Wants to Win a World Series in Washington For Montreal

    USA Today "Bryce Harper might be one of the greatest young talents in baseball, a four-time All-Star outfielder for the Washington Nationals, but he can’t bring himself to watch the games he doesn’t play. He can be defiant, and he oozes with bravado with every step he takes, but he’s as awestruck as a..." March 03

  • Jake Arrieta looking for Max Scherzer type contract

    Larry Brown Sports "Jake Arrieta is reportedly open to signing a contract extension with the Cubs, but it could take one of the larger deals in recent memory to make it happen. Back in January, Arrieta avoided arbitration by agreeing to a contract worth a little over $15 million for the upcoming season, which..." March 03

  • Nationals could release Derek Norris

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that, because the Nationals are unlikely to find a trade partner for catcher Derek Norris, the club is likely to release him. A rival executive said, “Not at $4 million,” referring to the backstop’s salary. The salary is non-guaranteed, so the Nationals can..." March 02

  • MLB and MLBPA announce modifications of some rules for 2017 season "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association jointly announced modifications of some rules effective for the 2017 regular season. As was announced last month, managers will signal to the home plate umpire that he wants to intentionally walk the current..." March 02

  • Nationals' Trea Turner expects to run just as much in 2017

    USA Today "With everyone fully healthy, the Washington Nationals offense could be scary good this season. There’s 2015 NL MVP Bryce Harper, who seems fully healthy now after battling injuries last season. There’s 2016 NL MVP runner up Daniel Murphy, who hit .347 and drove in 104 runs. And then there’s..." February 28

  • Nationals sign Joe Blanton to one-year deal

    Sportsnaut "The Washington Nationals continue to add names to their roster with the newest addition being pitcher Joe Blanton, who was signed to a one-year deal. According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, the 12-year veteran was in Washington Tuesday presumably taking his physical for the team." February 28

  • What if the World Baseball Classic featured a team of Cuban players in MLB?

    CBS Sports "Next week, the 2017 edition of the World Baseball Classic will begin with pool play. The tournament starts March 6 and the championship game will be played March 22, at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full schedule and here are the full rosters . Once upon a time Cuba dominated international..." February 27

  • Nationals Have Interest In Angel Pagan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals are among the teams with interest in free-agent outfielder Angel Pagan, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports in his latest notes column. However, the Nationals and other interested parties are hoping to land Pagan on a minor league pact, Rosenthal notes. That Pagan would..." February 27

  • The unique way Max Scherzer is compensating for his lingering finger injury

    CBS Sports "Last month Team USA staff ace Max Scherzer had to withdraw from the World Baseball Classic due to a lingering finger injury. Scherzer has been dealing with a stress fracture in his right ring finger since last summer, though he pitched through pain well enough in the second half to win the NL Cy..." February 27

  • Scherzer has first 'pen session since injury "Max Scherzer completed his first bullpen session of the spring on Saturday afternoon, the first time he has thrown off the mound since he arrived at camp still feeling the effects of a stress fracture in his right ring finger. The Nationals announced Scherzer used a modified grip to get through..." February 26

  • Max Scherzer still can’t throw fastballs

    Hardball Talk "The Nationals will be many people’s favorites in the NL East this season. Not everything is looking great, however. For example, their ace — defending NL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer — can’t even throw fastballs right now. The reason: the stress fracture he suffered last August is still causing..." February 24

  • Nationals trying to trade Derek Norris

    Number Fire "Washington Nationals catcher Derek Norris will likely be traded after the club signed free agent catcher Matt Wieters, manager Dusty Baker said on Tuesday. What It Means: Norris was acquired in a trade with the San Diego Padres at the beginning of December, but the Nationals apparently didn't..." February 24

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • Nationals Nearing Deal With Matt Wieters

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals are nearing a deal with free-agent backstop Matt Wieters, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter)." February 21

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Scherzer frustrated injured finger hasn't healed yet

    Masn "Until Max Scherzer can throw pain-free, he won’t be throwing off a mound. The Nationals right-hander is slowly progressing in his recovery from a hairline facture of the knuckle on the ring finger of his throwing hand. So far in camp, he’s been limited to long tossing on flat ground and..." February 21

  • Matt Wieters, Nationals agree to 2-year deal

    ESPN "The Washington Nationals have reached agreement with former Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters on a two-year, $21 million deal, a source confirmed to ESPN's Jim Bowden on Tuesday. The deal is for $10 million in 2017 and $11 million for 2018, for which Wieters can opt out, a source confirmed..." February 21

  • Jayson Werth says his Nats’ career is ‘pinned to this season’ — his seventh, and perhaps last

    Washington Post "Clouds and humidity hovered harmlessly over the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Sunday morning as fans braved newly forged sidewalks to see the Washington Nationals hold their first full squad workout of the 2017 season. A few hours before activity began, the oldest player on the Nationals’..." February 20

  • Bryce Harper Knows ‘Exactly’ Why he Struggled Last Year

    CBS Washington "Bryce Harper’s 2016 season has been the subject of a great deal of scrutiny, and there is substantial reason to believe he was playing through injury throughout. With the Nationals reporting for Spring Training this week, the media finally got its first chance to talk to the star right fielder..." February 18

  • Max Scherzer's knuckle issue causes concern his season debut could be delayed

    Washington Post "The knuckle at the base of Max Scherzer’s right ring finger became the most analyzed joint in the Washington Nationals‘ clubhouse on Thursday, knocking Stephen Strasburg’s right elbow out of its familiar spotlight, and delivering an unexpected blow to the early-season stability of the Nationals’..." February 17

  • Blue Jays agree to deal with right-hander Mat Latos

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to sign right-hander Mat Latos, industry sources told Sportsnet. While terms of the agreement are not yet known, it’s expected that Latos will end up on a contract worth approximately $1.5 million if he’s at the MLB level. The 29-year-old, a veteran of 194 MLB..." February 16

  • Nationals unlikely to go beyond 1-year deal for Wieters

    Larry Brown Sports "The Washington Nationals are still interested in free agent catcher Matt Wieters, but only on a short-term deal. According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Nationals do maintain an interest in Wieters, who remains unsigned even as pitchers and catchers report to spring training. However, Washington..." February 15

  • Melancon credits 'stubborn' Russell Martin for his success

    USA Today "Mark Melancon was coming off his worst season ever, a 6.20-ERA monstrosity with the Boston Red Sox in 2012 that included a demotion to the minors, when he joined forces on the Pittsburgh Pirates with catcher Russell Martin. Their connection would change his career. A life-long reliever,..." February 15

  • Nationals agree to 1-year deal with Adam Lind

    MLB Trade Rumors "FOX’s Ken Rosenthal tweets that Lind has agreed to a one-year deal with a club option for the 2018 season. Bench depth has looked to be a glaring weakness for the Nationals as Spring Training approaches (as recently chronicled by Fangraphs’ Dave Cameron), but Lind would add an option to..." February 13