Nationals Rumors & News

  • Suddenly frugal Yankees playing long game with eye on Bryce Harper

    Yahoo! Sports "Here is the list of major league free agents signed this offseason by the New York Yankees: This is not a terribly overwhelming list. It is very pale. On the bright side, it has cost the Yankees exactly $0. No other team in Major League Baseball this offseason has spent the winter not even..." February 05

  • If the Nationals can't afford free agents today, they're in trouble tomorrow

    MLB Daily Dish "The Washington Nationals were one of the most disappointing teams in baseball in 2015. They looked like a juggernaut before the season even started, and Bryce Harper became something like a god, but were slammed by injuries, forced to rush prospects to the majors, and finished with just 83 wins..." February 04

  • Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

    ESPN "The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts. Here's a look at the players who are closest to some historic achievements. Though Ichiro isn't the hitter he once was, he..." February 04

  • Big spenders: MLB teams exceed $4.5 billion in FA signings

    The Score "Major-league clubs spent over $4.5 billion on free agents during a record-setting winter that saw both David Price and Zack Greinke receive history-making contracts. While the usually deep-pocketed Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers were among the big spenders, the Chicago Cubs, Arizona..." February 04

  • Ranking the 30 best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball for 2016

    CBS Sports "We've made our way through the position player and DH rankings (previous rankings: C | 1B | 2B |SS | 3B | LF | CF | RF | DH), and now it's time to give the starting pitchers their due. As was the case with previous rankings, let's keep these things in mind: 1. We are ranking the players..." February 03

  • Matt Thornton is “waiting for a team to show interest” despite 2.18 ERA last season

    Hardball Talk "Veteran left-hander Matt Thornton was pretty effective for the Nationals last season, throwing 41 innings with a 2.18 ERA, but between his being 39 years old and this offseason’s free agent market overflowing with quality relievers he’s yet to find work. Thornton told Jim Duquette of MLB..." February 03

  • Ex-Yankee Brendan Ryan signs with Washington Nationals

    Newark Star-Ledger "Former Yankees backup infielder Brendan Ryan has signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals, the team announced Tuesday. Ryan, 33, was a member of the Yankees for three seasons ('13-'15) before being shipped to the Chicago Cubs in early December as part of the Starlin Castro-Adam..." February 02

  • Groundhog Deals: Do-overs shadow GMs

    MLB.com "The film "Groundhog Day" is not just a comedy classic, but its premise -- which involves Bill Murray's character living the same day over and over -- has also become a cultural metaphor. So beyond just the thought of a rodent sticking its head out of the ground to provide a long-term weather..." February 02

  • MLB owners take a look at issues involved with tanking

    ESPN "The question of whether some teams are intentionally building bad rosters in order to improve their standing in subsequent drafts -- tanking, to borrow the parlance of the NBA -- was raised at the most recent Major League Baseball owners meetings, according to sources. The January discussion in..." February 02

  • Nats among teams on Lucroy's no-trade list

    The Score "The Washington Nationals are having so much trouble recruiting players this offseason, that even the ones they aren't aggressively pursuing are turning them down. Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, whose name has been the subject of persistent trade rumors this winter, has reportedly..." February 02

  • Baseball execs can't lose sight of the human element in making decisions

    Fox Sports "I need to get out more. Baseball executives need to get out more, too. On Friday night, I was in Toronto for "Pitch Talks," a speaker series about baseball, serving on a panel with Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Rogers SportsNet. Midway through the session, a fan asked a seemingly..." February 01

  • Nats believe Harper-Papelbon feud no longer an issue

    The Score "The last time Washington Nationals teammates Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper shared the dugout, they were involved in a heated exchange that resulted in the closer choking the reigning National League MVP. Fast forward four months and other Washington players don't believe any animosity has..." January 30

  • MLB salaries will near record $4 billion

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball teams have guaranteed nearly $2.5 billion to free agents this offseason, shattering the previous record by more than half a billion dollars and continuing the distribution of record revenues that could soon approach $10 billion annually industry-wide. An analysis of..." January 29

  • Astros sign Fister to 1-year deal

    The Score "The Houston Astros finally landed their highly coveted middle-of-the-rotation arm after agreeing to a one-year deal with right-hander Doug Fister on Thursday. Fister had been said to be contemplating offers from a number of teams and was seeking a two-year deal worth close to $22 million." January 28

  • The qualifying offer is screwing up free agency again

    SB Nation "It's Jan. 28, but thanks to the qualifying offer, there are still free agents available who could help a team. And not like, help off the bench, or fill out the back-end of a rotation: there are legitimate starting players who could not only fill a hole but also produce at above-average levels..." January 28

  • Bronson Arroyo signs deal with Nationals, will attend spring camp

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals announced that they have signed Bronson Arroyo to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. Yesterday, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reported that the veteran right-hander had received a minor league contract offer from the Nats but was drawing interest..." January 27

  • MLB asks USADA to assist in Al Jazeera PED investigation

    SB Nation "The Al Jazeera PED documentary story has taken yet another turn, as Major League Baseball has enlisted the assistance of the US Anti-Doping Agency in its investigation of the documentary's claims. MLB hopes to find out if players Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman received banned drugs, as was..." January 27

  • MLB cranks up pace-of-game restrictions for Year 2

    New York Post "Major League Baseball officials and their union counterparts are closing in on agreements for further initiatives to improve the pace of the game, concerning both pitchers and managers, The Post has learned. The sides have been discussing two items in particular to try to make another dent in..." January 27

  • Nationals owner says TV rights dispute is hurting team’s ability to compete

    Washington Post "One of the Washington Nationals’ principal owners said the team’s protracted dispute with the Baltimore Orioles over television rights fees has “significantly” impaired its operations and ability to invest in efforts to improve the ballclub. The remarks by Ed Cohen, in a sworn affidavit filed..." January 27

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    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    Source: Rays do have interest in Ian Desmond, but parting with draft pick considered "huge obstacle" in getting deal done.

  • All 30 MLB teams' starting rotations, ranked

    USA Today "What follows here will probably prove very, very wrong in spots. Starting pitching, by nature, is a fickle thing: Sometimes great pitchers get hurt or suddenly prove ineffective, sometimes guys emerge as aces seemingly overnight. And there’s enough parity in Major League Baseball in 2016 that it’s..." January 26

  • Braves, Nationals, Padres Expected To Exceed 2016-17 International Pools

    Baseball America "Last June, I explained why certain teams would be wise to blow out their international bonus pools in 2016. There are 10 teams already on the sideline already for 2016—including typical big international players such as the Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs and Red Sox—unable to sign any pool-eligible..." January 26

  • MLB plans to play first regular-season games in London in 2017

    The Comeback "Major League Baseball is looking to expand its horizons, particularly overseas. Commissioner Rob Manfred told The Associated Press that the league is hoping to play it’s first regular-season games in London in 2017. The move would be congruent with other international moves by the league, such..." January 26

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says likely no DH in NL for “foreseeable future”

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak created quite a bit of a chatter last weekend when he said that there has been “more momentum” in discussions with other general managers and owners for the designated hitter to come to the National League. That “momentum” might have been overstated. In..." January 26

  • Q&A: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

    Yahoo! Sports "Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Rob Manfred taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. In a Q&A over the weekend with Yahoo Sports, Manfred reflected on the big issues of his first year (Pete Rose and recapturing the youth market), looked at the game’s future (expansion,..." January 25

  • MLB open to expansion, relocation possibilities, Manfred says

    Sporting News "Baseball fans in cities without a major league franchise might still get a team to call their own — just not anytime soon. Commissioner Rob Manfred touched on possible expansion and relocation as part of a wide-ranging Q&A with Yahoo Sports and sounded as if he's keeping an open mind on both..." January 25

  • Nationals, Reds Interested In Bronson Arroyo

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals and Reds are interested in veteran starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. We heard rumors earlier today that Arroyo had recently visited Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park. As Rosenthal reminds us (via Twitter), Arroyo bounced around three teams last..." January 25

  • Bryce Harper gives emotional acceptance speech for MVP award

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Bryce Harper accepted his 2015 NL MVP award at a ceremony in New York City on Saturday night and got emotional as he thanked his parents. MLB.com has part of his speech online. Here are some highlights from what he said: "I want to thank my pops. First, he sacrificed everything to help me..." January 25

  • Yoenis Cespedes agrees to three-year deal with Mets

    SI "Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has agreed to terms with the New York Mets on a deal for three years with a one-year opt-out clause, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports estimates the deal is in the $75 million range and includes a no-trade clause. If Cespedes opts..." January 23

  • Cespedes torn between Nats' offer, desire to stay with Mets

    Fox Sports "Late Thursday afternoon, the Nationals’ signing of free-agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes seemed likely, if not inevitable. The Nats had made Cespedes a five-year offer for an unspecified amount, according to major-league sources. The Mets were unwilling to go beyond three years, sources..." January 22

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #MLB trading deadline has been moved to Aug. 1 instead of July 31, since July 31 is a Sunday

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    Hearing nats are pressing to get cespedes deal done. Belief is they're willing to go to about 100M/5 yrs, maybe a bit more.

  • The Definitive Case for Universal DH

    Sports On Earth "Arguments for and against the designated hitter in Major League Baseball are as old as the position itself. And by now, those arguments are well established and, frankly, very, very tired. We know one side likes added offense, the other added strategy. We know one side is tired of watching..." January 21

  • Sources: After missing out on Upton, Nationals pursuing Yoenis Cespedes

    Fox Sports "Almost a year ago to the day, the Nationals stunned the baseball world and signed free-agent right-hander Max Scherzer to a seven-year, $210 free-agent contract. Could the signing of free-agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes be the next bombshell out of Washington D.C.? The exact market for..." January 21

  • MLB agrees to offer single-team streaming to settle class-action suit

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball on Tuesday reached a deal with fans to settle an antitrust class action lawsuit over how out-of-market game broadcasts are sold, law360.com reported, adding that the side settled only moments before the trial was due to start in Manhattan. Under the agreement, MLB will..." January 20

  • Will Tanner Roark's return to the Washington Nationals' rotation go better than move to pen?

    Federal Baseball "Coming off a 3.1 fWAR campaign in 2014 in which he went (15-10) with a 2.85 ERA, a 3.47 FIP, 39 walks (1.77 BB/9), 138 Ks (6.25 K/9) and a .236/.281/.351 line against in 31 starts and 198 ⅔ innings pitched, Tanner Roark was moved into a bullpen role when Max Scherzer signed his 7-year/$210M deal..." January 19

  • Will changes to 2B slide rule come at upcoming owners meetings?

    Fox Sports "As Major League Baseball owners prepare to meet Wednesday and Thursday in Coral Gables, Florida, consensus with the players’ union remains elusive on slides at second base. MLB officials raised the possibility of a rule change in the aftermath of Ruben Tejada’s broken leg suffered in the..." January 19

  • Free Agent Doug Fister Interested In Two-Year Deal

    Baseball Essential "Mid-tier free agent starter Doug Fister and his representatives are seeking a two-year deal in the $22 million range according to a report by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. The fact that Fister hasn’t signed a contract yet is quite surprising when you consider the fact that Scott Kazmir has already..." January 16

  • Nationals Avoid Arbitration With Ben Revere

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have struck a one-year deal with just-acquired outfielder Ben Revere for $6.25MM, Jon Heyman tweets. Revere had been projected by MLBTR to earn a $6.7MM salary next year. Revere, a former Super Two, earns just over a $2MM raise above his earnings last year. " January 15

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Free agent Doug Fister's reps are seeking a 2-year deal in $22M range, says MLB source. Potential bounce-back candidate.

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Anthony Rendon agrees to $2.8M deal to avoid arbitration with #Nationals.

  • Nationals avoid arbitration with Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon

    Washington Post "The deadline for teams and their arbitration-eligible players to exchange salary figures is Friday at 1 p.m. Just before noon, the team announced it had agreed to terms with Anthony Rendon, thereby avoiding arbitration, and knocking another player off their relatively short list of eligible..." January 15

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    w/ starting pitching field narrowed, teams seen as most likely spots for ian kennedy include royals, nats, astros & rockies

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    Ben Nicholson-Smith @bnicholsonsmith

    Per source, Wilson Ramos will earn $5.35 million in 2016 #Nationals

  • 156 Players File For Salary Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that 156 players have filed for salary arbitration. Players and teams will formally exchange arbitration figures on Friday, and in the five to six weeks that follow, dozens of agreements will be reached. Players and teams that are..." January 13

  • Bryce Harper adds another big company to endorsements list

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Bryce Harper has added another big-time company to his list of endorsements. The 2015 NL MVP is now a brand ambassador for New Era, which makes the official on-field hats for Major League Baseball. Harper has signed a deal with an option to run through 2018. “We felt that Bryce was a..." January 13

  • MLB teams must hire full-time Spanish translators for 2016

    ESPN "All 30 Major League Baseball clubs have received a joint directive requiring them to hire full-time Spanish translators for the 2016 season in conjunction with a new program negotiated between the commissioner's office and the players' union, multiple baseball officials told ESPN on..." January 13

  • MLB's top bullpens: Dominant trio puts Yankees on top

    ESPN "The Kansas City Royals are the champions of baseball and a barometer of change in the sport. For decades, the conventional wisdom in baseball has been that you must have very good starting pitching to achieve success through the regular season and in the postseason, and with a handful of..." January 12

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    Phil Rogers @philgrogers

    #Cubs had been exploring Drew Storen with #Nationals but didn't have LH-hitting CF to offer. I'd bet Chris Coghlan was in those talks.

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    Todd Dybas @Todd_Dybas

    Rizzo brings up Shawn Kelley when asked about how he sees the setup role. Also mentions Gott, Rivero and Treinen.