Nationals Rumors & News

  • Bryce Harper lobbies for Matt Wieters and Greg Holland

    Hardball Talk "Nothing is happening as the baseball world waits four more hours for the Hall of Fame announcement. Question: why do it at 6pm? For MLB Network ratings? Let’s be real, there are “Golden Girls” reruns on third-tier basic cable that are gonna draw a bigger audience. Why not announce it now so people..." January 18

  • Yankees' Brian Cashman on 'big-game hunting' for Bryce Harper, Manny Machado in 2018

    Newark Star-Ledger "A lot of hard-core Yankees fans already can't until the 2018 offseason. They know the big names who can become free agents that year, and they've heard rumors that Yankees are freeing up money now to make a big run then for Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado. And so, GM Brian Cashman was put..." January 18

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • Harper avoids arbitration with $13.625M deal

    ESPN "The Washington Nationals and star outfielder Bryce Harper agreed to a one-year deal for $13,625,000 on Friday, a source told ESPN's Buster Olney. Harper will again avoid arbitration. He did so before the 2014 season by signing a two-year deal that paid him $5 million this past season. In..." January 13

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Tanner Roark to pitch for Team USA

    Rotoworld "Tanner Roark has committed to pitch for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, reports Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Roark was invited prior to the finger injury to his teammate Max Scherzer. The 30-year-old thrived in his return to Washington's rotation in 2016 by posting a 2.83 ERA and..." January 11

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Max Scherzer Injury: Nationals SP Suffers Stress Fracture in Knuckle

    Bleacher Report "Max Scherzer has been one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball over the last five years, but the Washington Nationals ace is on the mend after suffering a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger, according to Dan Kolko of MASN. He added that Scherzer will not be able to..." January 10

  • Nationals' Joe Ross trying to recruit brother Tyson

    Washington Post "Joe Ross’s topsy-turvy 2016 season concluded with a forgettable outing in Game 4 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium in early October. The Nationals had a 2-1 series lead, putting them one victory from advancing beyond the divisional round for the first time since the team..." January 09

  • Nationals hire special assistant De Jon Watson

    Hardball Talk "The Nationals added De Jon Watson to their pro scouting department on Friday, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. Watson will serve as a special assistant to Washington GM Mike Rizzo. No stranger to the National League, Watson worked as the senior vice president of baseball operations in the..." January 07

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Rangers, Cubs, Nationals Pursuing Tyson Ross

    MLB Trade Rumors "FOX’s Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Nationals, too, covet Ross but are considered a “long shot” to land his services. Joe Ross, Tyson’s younger brother, is currently penciled into the Nationals’ rotation, so there’s some appeal beyond financial incentive for Tyson to ponder a match with the Nats...." January 05

  • Let's read way too much into this Bryce Harper tweet about the Yankees

    CBS Sports "Via Big League Stew, we learn of a series of tweets that involve Bryce Harper and the Yankees and thus amount to Broiling SEO Lava Flow. Are we about to make too much of what follows? You're blasted right we are. First, MLB sent out the following tweet of appreciation regarding Mr. Harper's..." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces?

    MLB.com "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to MLB.com. Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • Manny Machado vs. Bryce Harper: Who Really Deserves MLB's First $400M Deal?

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball already has a $300 million contract. Its first $400 million contract could come soon. Call it a hunch based on where Manny Machado and Bryce Harper are in their careers. The Baltimore Orioles' third baseman and the Washington Nationals' right fielder have much in..." January 04

  • The Nationals are open to extending Dusty Baker’s contract beyond 2017

    Washington Post "It is difficult, if not impossible, to accurately calculate a manager’s effect on a baseball team, but Dusty Baker made a clear positive impact on the Nationals in his first year. The 67-year-old’s affable personality and laid-back demeanor loosened a clubhouse that needed some loosening after the..." January 03

  • Mets' Syndergaard calls out Bryce Harper in Instagram comment

    Yardbarker "Hey Noah Syndergaard, tell us how you really feel about Bryce Harper. Harper posted a video to his Instagram account Saturday showing him and his brother Bryan in Ohio State gear ahead of the Buckeyes’ playoff game against Clemson. Harper used the “Saturdays are for the boys” line in his video,..." January 01

  • Nats, Braves among teams eying Matt Wieters

    Fanrag Sports "The Nationals have joined at least the Braves in what could turn out to be an NL East battle for free agent catcher Matt Wieters, league sources say. Washington is said to be looking into whether Wieters, a career-long Oriole, can fit into their budget. They lost some power with the defection..." December 29

  • In strange market, after Encarnacion, dozen sluggers remain

    Fanrag Sports "If not for the A’s’ surprise late involvement in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, people close to the situation say the Encarnacion derby might well have dragged into January, meaning the best of a bevy of good-to-excellent sluggers would still be on the market as we hit the new year, with..." December 29

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Scherzer aims to improve NL-worst HR mark: 'I've got to find a way'

    Washington Post "One could argue that if player embodies the state of the Washington Nationals these days, it is Max Scherzer. He is unquestionably elite, one of the best pitchers in baseball, and recently decorated as such with his second Cy Young Award. One team in baseball has won more games over the past five..." December 27

  • Arenado, Arrieta among top 15 contract extension candidates for 2017

    CBS Sports "The new year is right around the corner, and once the calendar flips over to 2017, baseball will enter extension season. January is when teams start to get serious about signing their arbitration-eligible players, and, inevitably, several of those players wind up signing long-term..." December 22

  • Bryce Harper got married to his longtime girlfriend over the weekend

    CBS Sports "The time has come to go spelunking through the personal lives of athletes with substantial powers of search engine optimization. Come with us, won't you? As it happens, Nationals outfielder, 2015 NL MVP, and young American thunderclap Bryce Harper over the weekend married longtime girlfriend..." December 19

  • Joe Buck eyeing the end of his baseball broadcasting after Fox commitment expires

    Awful Announcing "Fans who don’t think Joe Buck does a good job calling baseball games on Fox and would prefer to see him replaced might get their wish sooner than they realize. During a long Q&A with 590 The Fan’s Tim McKiernan at The Improv Shop in St. Louis Tuesday night, Buck was asked about remarks he made..." December 17

  • How much is Bryce Harper really worth?

    Fox Sports "Don't sell me short. That's what Bryce Harper told a Washington D.C. sports-talk radio show in February when a host floated the idea that the Nationals' outfielder could be baseball's first $400 million player. The comment, whether it was tongue-and-cheek or not, received backlash — who does..." December 15

  • Angels pitcher Huston Street: Rookie dress-up is a healthy team-building ritual

    New York Daily News "First off it is literally impossible to answer this question without someone getting offended, but I am going to try and take an objective approach. I am not arguing for bullying because that’s not what this is. I’m not arguing for purposely offensive behavior because that’s not even close to..." December 15

  • Only one MLB owner voted against the new CBA

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that the new collective bargaining agreement was officially ratified on Tuesday night, meaning there's no threat of a work stoppage in baseball for the next five years. An interesting tidbit? The owners vote was 29-1. One team was not in favor of the..." December 14

  • The best trade partners for rebuilding White Sox's top players

    CBS Sports "At the Winter Meetings last week, the White Sox finally took the plunge and decided to become sellers. GM Rick Hahn was given the green light to trade veterans for prospects, so he traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in separate deals that landed the ChiSox their Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10 prospects,..." December 14

  • Owners ratify new Collective Bargaining Agreement 29-1

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press is reporting that baseball owners have ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement by a 29-1 vote, conducted over telephone. No official announcement of the vote has been made and no public confirmation of the breakdown of the vote should be expected, but the AP’s..." December 14

  • 2017 Competitive Balance Draft Pick Order

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the order of the competitive balance component of the 2017 draft, per MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo. That establishes a new overall draft order, though remaining outcomes on players who declined qualifying offers will serve to modify the final slate. As Mayo explains,..." December 13

  • Nationals sign former prized prospect Jacob Turner

    Fanrag Sports "Baseball prospects are treated like prized possessions, but not every prospect fulfills his expectations. Pitcher Jacob Turner is one of many examples. The right-hander was once a prized prospect in the Tigers organization, but he has struggled at the major league level. Four teams have given..." December 13

  • MLB's new anti-hazing policy bans dressing players as women

    CBS Sports "An overlooked aspect of the new collective bargaining agreement was the formation of an anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy. For the most part, nobody knew what that policy entailed. Now, thanks to an Associated Press report on Monday night, we have a better idea: The policy, obtained by..." December 13

  • 9 MLB contenders that still have glaring holes on their rosters

    Fox Sports "The Winter Meetings featured a flurry of activity, but the trip to Maryland wasn’t one-stop shopping for every major-league team. Unlike holiday shoppers -- who are down a dozen shopping days until Dec. 25 – MLB teams still have about two months before spring training. Therefore, there is..." December 12

  • The win-now Nationals are hunting for a new closer and Jansen may be the solution

    CBS Sports "The Washington Nationals have had an eventful week. General manager Mike Rizzo traded for Adam Eaton on Wednesday, then traded away Danny Espinosa on Saturday. Now Rizzo is hunting for a new closer. The Nationals have been tied to Chicago White Sox fireman David Robertson and Tampa Bay Rays..." December 12

  • Stephen Strasburg is scaling back his pitching repertoire in 2017

    Hardball Talk "Stephen Strasburg plans to utilize his slider/cutter less in 2017, according to a report by MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The right-hander was sidelined in August and September with a strained flexor mass in his right arm and believes his chronic elbow issues stemmed from an increased usage of the..." December 11

  • Papelbon not looking for new team due to family issue

    Sports Talk Philly "After being released by the Washington Nationals in August, former Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon never signed with another team, despite reported interest from his original team, the Boston Red Sox. It was unclear why Papelbon didn't ultimately choose to latch on with a..." December 11

  • Danny Espinosa gets traded to Angels after skipping Nationals Winterfest

    Washington Post "The Nationals traded frustrated infielder Danny Espinosa to the Angels for two minor-league pitchers Saturday night. The move came after the Nationals acquired outfielder Adam Eaton on Wednesday, a deal that shifted Trea Turner from center field to shortstop and would have relegated Espinosa,..." December 11

  • Angry Danny Espinosa skips Nationals Winterfest after club trades for Adam Eaton

    Washington Post "Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa, unhappy after the team acquired Adam Eaton on Wednesday, decided to skip the club’s annual Winterfest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center this weekend. According to a person familiar with the situation, Espinosa believes the trade for Eaton will likely..." December 11

  • Murphy aims to prevent recurrence of leg problems

    Masn "The slow-to-heal upper left leg injury that limited Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy to three regular season at-bats after Sept. 17 - often referred to as a glute strain and possibly traced to a hamstring problem earlier in the season - may have been more serious than Murphy let..." December 10

  • Giolito thrilled to join prospect-heavy White Sox

    MLB.com "A few moments existed on Monday when Lucas Giolito thought the White Sox stood as his next pitching destination as part of a high-level trade for Chris Sale. Such is the world of social media, especially at the Winter Meetings. Giolito ended up with the White Sox, but as part of a..." December 10

  • Fort Lauderdale native Matt den Dekker signs minor league deal with Marlins

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Matt den Dekker, a Fort Lauderdale native who starred at Westminster Academy and the University of Florida, has joined the Marlins on a minor league deal with an invite to big league camp. “Excited to be back home,” den Dekker said in a text. “I’ll be in spring training competing for a..." December 09

  • Nationals Discuss David Robertson With White Sox

    MLB Trade Rumors "1:24pm: The Nationals tried to expand the Eaton deal to include Robertson, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweets. The White Sox turned them down, however, so the two sides will discuss a Robertson deal as a separate proposition. 11:05am: Here’s the latest on the Nationals’ hunt for a closer, with..." December 08

  • Pirates, Nats Awkwardly Blew McCutchen Trade

    12 Up "This has not been Mike Rizzo's finest offseason. For an extended period, the Nationals were in the news for rumors that they were after star Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen. And it was this close. Lucas Giolito and Dane Dunning were two of the Nationals' top pitching prospects. And..." December 08

  • Nationals making push for Jansen

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rival executives don’t expect the Dodgers to match the Marlins’ offer, per Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times (Twitter link). The Nationals are now “making a push” for Jansen, reports FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal (Twitter links). However, the Nats are “uncomfortable” with the financial..." December 08

  • White Sox deal Adam Eaton to Nats for top prospects

    Chicago Sun-Times "The White Sox were closing in on a trade to send outfielder Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals Wednesday. A source confirmed reports that Eaton, who is under club control for five more years and was the Sox’ most valuable position player in 2016, would go to the Nats in exchange for..." December 08

  • Nationals Not Interested In Starting Pitching

    MLB Trade Rumors "Chris Sale was the only starting pitcher that drew the Nationals’ interest, and after missing out on the southpaw, Washington won’t pursue any other rotation options, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports. That includes Sale’s former teammate Jose Quintana, who was reported yesterday by FanRag..." December 07

  • Nationals Close To Acquiring Adam Eaton

    MLB Trade Rumors "Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that the Nats are close to getting Eaton from the White Sox. Top outfield prospect Victor Robles is not in the deal, he adds. 3:35pm: The White Sox are working on a trade that would send outfielder Adam Eaton to the Nationals, reports MLB.com’s Scott Merkin..." December 07

  • White Sox Talking Jose Quintana Trades With Astros, Nationals, Other Teams

    MLB Trade Rumors "A day after trading Chris Sale to the Red Sox, the White Sox are now “in serious talks” with multiple teams about their other star left-hander Jose Quintana, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports (Twitter link). The Astros and Nationals are two of the clubs involved in discussions. The Astros..." December 07

  • 2016 postseason playoff shares announced

    Hardball Talk "There used to be a time when postseason money was bigger than most players’ actual salaries. Winning a pennant in baseball’s Golden Age was great for its own sake, but if you were one of the guys who hung around with, say, the Yankees for a long time like Frank Crosetti, the money was basically..." December 07