Nationals Rumors & News

  • Highlighting the major issues that could hang over the next labor deal

    ESPN "Here's something you can be thankful for as you chomp on your turkey and stuffing: Since the last baseball work stoppage -- and that's now 20 years ago, if you're scoring at home -- the three other major North American sports have had six of them. So how 'bout that. Baseball. The sports world's..." November 26

  • Report: MLB in serious talks about hosting games in London

    The Outside Corner "Major League Baseball could soon vacation to London, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi. Morosi reported Wednesday morning that MLB “is making progress” in discussion with London officials about bringing games to the UK as early as 2017. The talks were first reported last weekend by The..." November 25

  • Nats bring Henley back as third base coach

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The Nationals filled another vacancy on Dusty Baker's coaching staff on Tuesday by bringing back Bobby Henley as their third base coach. Henley's contract was not renewed after Matt Williams was fired as manager in October. He had recently accepted a position as a senior assistant for player..." November 24

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Tom Verducci said on MLB Network this morning that he heard #Nationals and #Mets would be high bidders on Zobrist. Remains to be seen.

  • Look for second-tier pitcher to sign before Price, Greinke

    Fox Sports "Monday, multiple team executives in search of pitching told me they expect at least one second- or third-tier free-agent starter — think Wei-Yin Chen, Yovani Gallardo, Mike Leake or Jeff Samardzija — to sign before David Price or Zack Greinke agree to their market-setting deals. The thinking..." November 23

  • Stephen Strasburg an Option for the Padres?

    Baseball Essential "There are some rumbling coming out of the Nation’s Capital that the Washington Nationals are considering moving Stephen Strasburg this winter. It really comes as no surprise, as the team invested a ton of money into Max Scherzer this past offseason and he is the team’s ace. Strasburg has a golden..." November 23

  • Papelbon, Storen 'likely' to be traded

    The Score "The Washington Nationals' offseason overhaul could reportedly include dismantling their high-profile bullpen. Sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the Nationals are "likely" to move both All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon and right-hander Drew Storen this offseason in an effort to..." November 23

  • Darren O'Day market: Nats, Braves, Dodgers among teams in mix

    CBS Sports "Reliever Darren O'Day, who could be one of the first big free agents to sign, has drawn big interest from the Nationals, Braves and Dodgers, and while other teams are in the mix, this could shape up as a three-team competition featuring interesting connections. O'Day's family lives in the..." November 22

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Chris Heisey has agreed to minor league deal with #Nationals. Back together with Dusty Baker. Will compete for 4th OF spot.

  • Zimmermann among Dodgers' top targets

    The Score "The Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly keen to work out a new deal with Zack Greinke this offseason, but he isn't the only talented right-hander on the open market who's piqued the club's interest. Jordan Zimmermann, a two-time All-Star who finished among the top seven in National League Cy..." November 21

  • Nats add trio of prospects to 40-man roster

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The Nationals selected the contract of three prospects Thursday evening, adding them to the club's 40-man roster and protecting them from being taken away in next month's Rule 5 draft. None of the three players — infielder Chris Bostick, catcher Spencer Kieboom and left-hander Nick Lee — rank..." November 20

  • MLB moving toward a “Chase Utley Rule” for slides into second

    Hardball Talk "Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports from the Owners’ Meetings in Dallas that “momentum continues to build toward” a rule change that he correctly notes will likely be referred to as “The Chase Utley Rule.” Specifically, a change in the rules which would be aimed at eliminating the sorts..." November 20

  • Nationals' Bryce Harper unanimous choice for NL MVP

    USA Today "Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who led the majors in on-base percentage and slugging at age 22, was named Thursday the winner of the National League MVP award unanimously. The vote: Harper received 30 of the 30 first-place votes and totaled 420 points to win handily over Arizona..." November 19

  • Bryce Harper Is Already the Best in the Game, but We've Seen Nothing Yet

    Bleacher Report "That headline sounds absurd, doesn't it? The guy already has three All-Star appearances, two postseason appearances, 97 major league home runs and a DVR full of knock-your-breath-away highlight clips. Seriously, you need more Bryce Harper hype right now probably only slightly more than you need..." November 19

  • Nationals announce overhaul of medical structure, new medical staff

    Washington Post "After a season in which injuries undid a World Series-caliber lineup, the Nationals overhauled their medical staff. The team officially announced the moves Tuesday, presenting the changes as a restructuring of their entire approach to injuries, with emphasis on “a proactive model, with significant..." November 18

  • MLB minimum salary set to remain $507,500 in 2016

    True Blue L.A. "The major league minimum salary will remain at $507,500 in 2016, the same as in 2015, because of the Consumer Price Index released on Tuesday morning. Major League Baseball has not yet made the announcement. Next year is the final year of the collective bargaining agreement, which covers the..." November 18

  • 5 teams that could trade for Aroldis Chapman "If the Reds wanted to add a touch of theatrics to this thing, they'd set up shop in the lobby of the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., next month and ask teams hoping to trade for closer Aroldis Chapman to take a number. The Astros certainly would be there to grab one. The Tigers probably..." November 17

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    #Dodgers, #Nationals and #Dbacks are among the teams interested in #Rays relievers Brad Boxberger/Jake McGee.

  • Nationals Sign Reed Johnson, Sean Burnett To Minors Contracts

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals announced today that they have agreed to terms with veteran outfielder Reed Johnson and veteran lefty Sean Burnett on a pair of minor league contracts, which include invitations to Major League Spring Training. Johnson is represented by the Wasserman Media Group, whereas Burnett is a..." November 16

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: Jacque Jones candidate for #Nationals’ asst hitting coach. Played for Baker with #Cubs. #Padres AAA hitting coach start of ’14.

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    Dennis Lin @dennistlin

    Sources: The Padres have expressed interest in free-agent shortstop Ian Desmond, who declined the QO today.

  • Mike Rizzo on Bryce Harper: ‘Would love for him to be a National for life’

    Washington Post "Bryce Harper’s historic 2015 season, at age 22, has prompted worry by Washington fans. Will he choose to remain a National when he is eligible for free agency after the the 2018 season? Will he be too expensive? Will the team be willing to open the vault to keep their superstar and (presumptive)..." November 14

  • Padres have expressed interest in Ian Desmond

    The Score "The San Diego Padres cleared some room on their payroll Friday by shipping closer Craig Kimbrel to Boston, and general manager A.J. Preller may use that extra financial flexibility to pursue a long-term solution as shortstop. The Padres have reportedly expressed interest in Ian Desmond, the..." November 14

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    William Ladson @washingnats

    Jordan Zimmermann rejected the $15.8 qualifying offer from the #Nationals. Like Ian Desmond, he becomes a free agent. #MLB

  • Korean left fielder Hyun-soo Kim plans on signing with MLB team

    Yahoo! Sports "Hyun-soo Kim, one of the most consistent hitters in Korea for the past decade, plans on signing with a major league team this offseason and continuing the influx of top Korean players into the big leagues, sources told Yahoo Sports. Kim, a 27-year-old left fielder, is an international free..." November 13

  • Top hitters honored with Silver Slugger Awards "The best hitters in the American League and the National League were commemorated for their 2015 campaigns on Thursday, as the Silver Slugger Awards were announced during an hour-long special on MLB Network. The Silver Slugger Awards, presented by Louisville Slugger, are handed out annually to..." November 13

  • Papelbon's issue is with fans, not teammates

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "There may be no more complex question facing the Nationals this winter than this: What do they do with Jonathan Papelbon? Mike Rizzo acquired the veteran closer at the trade deadline not only because the general manager thought he could help his team down the stretch but because he was signed..." November 12

  • MLB assessing legality of daily fantasy sites

    Houston Chronicle "New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s declaration Tuesday that daily fantasy sports constitute illegal gambling in that state is being monitored by Major League Baseball, the league’s top lawyer said Wednesday at the general managers’ meetings. DraftKings and FanDuel — the former is..." November 12

  • Nationals' Stephen Strasburg: Had non-cancerous growth removed

    CBS Sports "Strasburg had a non-cancerous growth surgically removed from his back about one month ago, according to his agent Scott Boras, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports. Recurring upper-back and neck issues hampered Strasburg on and off throughout the season, and it seems the growth may very well have..." November 11

  • Defensive standouts nab Gold Glove Awards "The 18 winners of the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced on Tuesday night, and the Platinum Glove winners for the best overall defensive player in each league will be unveiled on Friday following a fan vote. Only MLB managers and coaches can vote, and they can't vote for their own..." November 11

  • Superstars among finalists for BBWAA honors "Finalists for each of the four Baseball Writers' Association of America awards were unveiled during an hour-long MLB Network special on Tuesday night. Each league's winner of the Most Valuable Player Award, the Cy Young Award, the Rookie of the Year Award and the Manager of the Year Award will..." November 11

  • 2015 BBWAA Awards finalists announced on MLB Network "The Baseball Writers Association of America is revealing the top three finalists for American League and National League Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young, and Most Valuable Player during a one-hour special starting at 6:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network. We’ll post the names here as they..." November 10

  • Bryce Harper on Dusty Baker, coaches: "We finally have an all-star staff"

    Masn "With the Nationals playoff chances hanging by a thread and rumors swirling about Matt Williams' job security in mid-September, Bryce Harper was the lone player offering a vote of confidence for his now former skipper. Harper's award season continued Monday night when his peers recognized the..." November 10

  • Matt Williams returns to his old job as Diamondbacks third base coach

    Hardball Talk "Fired as Nationals manager, Matt Williams has moved quickly to find a new job and it’s a familiar one: Williams is the Diamondbacks’ new third base coach, which is the same job he held–under different management–prior to being hired by the Nationals. Williams was part of then-Diamondbacks..." November 10

  • MLB considering rule change to prevent takeout slides

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering a rule change that would force runners to slide directly into second base, ostensibly eliminating takeout slides. While there are still hurdles, namely union approval, the proposal has apparently been discussed, according to FOX Sports’s Jon Morosi. The..." November 10

  • Donaldson takes top prize from peers at Players Choice Awards

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson continues to collect the accolades coming off the best season of his five-year career. After being named the American League Hank Aaron Award winner last month, Donaldson was named the 2015 Player of the Year at the Players Choice Awards on Monday..." November 10

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    Japanese 3B-2B Nobu Matsuda, 32, has declared for free agency with hopes of MLB deal. Hit 35 HR for softbank.

  • Report: Mutual interest between Cubs and Jordan Zimmermann, Jeff Samardzija

    Baseball Essential "It is no secret that the Chicago Cubs are on the lookout to upgrade their starting rotation and they have already been heavily connected to top free agent starting pitcher David Price (story here) and, as expected, they are showing interest in other free agent pitchers. Patrick Mooney of..." November 09

  • Mike Maddux goes to Nationals, takes high road with Texas Rangers

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "When Mike Maddux was fired in Arlington a little more than a week ago, it took him, oh, about five minutes to land a high-profile pitching coach job. Or maybe it was under three minutes. “Disappointed? Yes. Surprised? Yes. Bruised ego? Yes,” Maddux said Friday, describing his initial reaction..." November 08

  • Denard Span does not get a qualifying offer from the Nationals

    Hardball Talk "’s William Ladson reports that outfielder Denard Span was not among those receiving a $15.8 million qualifying offer from the Nationals on Friday. Starter Doug Fister did not receive one either, while shortstop Ian Desmond and starter Jordan Zimmermann did. Span, 32 in February, played..." November 07

  • Dusty Baker ready to lead Nationals with 'old morals and ideals'

    Sporting News "Dusty Baker, at age 66, looked more like a 6-year-old when he slipped on his new Washington Nationals hat and jersey and struck a few poses Thursday at his introductory news conference. Baker officially becomes the sixth manager in Nationals history, and he brings a lot of experience with him...." November 05

  • Judge sides with Orioles in television-rights dispute with Nationals

    Sporting News "A New York Supreme Court judge has ruled in favor of the Orioles in their ongoing dispute with the Nationals over regional television rights, which could save the O's owner $20 million. In a decision released Wednesday, Justice Lawrence K. Marks tossed out a June 2014 MLB arbitration ruling..." November 05

  • Nationals hire Mike Maddux as pitching coach

    USA Today "The Washington Nationals have hired vaunted pitching coach Mike Maddux, who is expected to be introduced Thursday morning along with new manager Dusty Baker at Nationals Park. Maddux, widely considered one of the game’s finest pitching coaches, was actually hired last week before Baker, and..." November 04

  • Beef squashed? Bryce Harper, Papelbon are reportedly 'fine'

    Washington Post "When Dusty Baker is introduced as the new manager of the Washington Nationals on Thursday, he may have one fewer problem to worry about than most assume. Since the end of the season, Bryce Harper has reached out to Jonathan Papelbon to make sure their relationship as teammates is functional next..." November 04

  • Nationals To Offer Managerial Job To Dusty Baker

    MLB Trade Rumors "Washington “will offer” Baker the job, Jon Heyman of now reports. The organization was “leaning toward” the veteran manager this weekend, says Heyman, who suggests that reports of Black’s impending hiring may have been premature. 9:13pm: The Nationals were reportedly set to name..." November 03

  • Nationals hire Dusty Baker as new manager

    USA Today "The Washington Nationals hired Dusty Baker on Tuesday, ending the club's search after talks with former Padres skipper Bud Black fell through. Baker has a 1,671-1,504 career record in 20 seasons as a manger, having spent time with the Giants (1993-2002), Cubs (2003-2006) and Reds..." November 03

  • Report: Bud Black ‘deeply offended’ by Nationals’ contract offer

    Larry Brown Sports "Bud Black will no longer be the next manager of the Washington Nationals after being insulted by the team’s contract offer, reports say. Black accepted the Nationals’ managerial position last Wednesday and the two sides began exchanging contract figures shortly thereafter, according to CBS..." November 03

  • 2015-16 MLB Offseason: 10 trade and free agent predictions

    CBS Sports "The 2015-16 offseason is officially upon us. The Royals clinched the 2015 World Series title with their win over the Mets Sunday night, and, at 9am ET Monday morning, a total of 139 players became free agents. Here's the list. As always, the 2015-16 offseason promises to be action packed, with..." November 03

  • Count on a busy time for free agents and a whole lot more this offseason

    ESPN "One of the great misnomers in baseball is the offseason -- because there is no such thing. The fall and winter will bring signings and trades and rule changes, with barely a pause for Christmas. The baseball season ended late this year, which means slightly less time to get everything done. But..." November 03

  • Report: Nats having second thoughts on Bud Black, Dusty back in the mix

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Well, this is kind of big. The Nationals were set to hire Bud Black as their manager, but a new report has them with second thoughts and a renewed interest in Dusty Baker. The news comes from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, who cites contract issues as the holdup between the Nats and Black. Here is..." November 02