Nationals Rumors & News

  • Rays Sign Wilson Ramos

    MLB Trade Rumors "Free agent catcher Wilson Ramos and the Rays have agreed to a two-year deal, Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets. He cautions, however, that the deal is pending a physical, which is no sure thing due to Ramos’ recent knee injuries. Ramos will receive a total of $12.5MM guaranteed, with the..." December 07

  • Nationals Interested In Jose Quintana

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals are interested in White Sox lefty Jose Quintana, FanRag’s Jon Heyman tweets. The Nationals, of course, came up short in their attempt to trade for ChiSox ace Chris Sale, but it appears the two sides might not be done discussing starting pitchers. The White Sox have reportedly..." December 07

  • Nationals have struck out at the Winter Meetings — so far

    Sporting News "The Winter Meetings started with so much promise for Nationals fans. Their team was considered the leading contender to pry prized lefty Chris Sale away from the White Sox in a blockbuster trade. Their team was also considered the favorite to land former MVP Andrew McCutchen in a deal with the..." December 06

  • Report: White Sox, Nats negotiating final pieces of Chris Sale trade

    CBS Sports "It appears one of the best pitchers in baseball may soon join one of the best teams in baseball. The White Sox and Nationals are still working on a Chris Sale trade, and at this point the two sides are only haggling over the final pieces of the deal. It seems this could go down..." December 06

  • Nationals, taken aback by Bryce Harper's contract demands, set to move on after '18

    USA Today "The Washington Nationals, balking at Bryce Harper’s demands in early talks about a long-term contract extension, now are preparing themselves to be without their All-Star outfielder after 2018, a high-ranking Nationals executive told USA TODAY Sports. The executive spoke to USA TODAY Sports on..." December 06

  • Nationals stepping up pursuit of Chris Sale

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s still unclear whether or not White Sox ace Chris Sale will be on the move, but at least one interested team is trying to get something done. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Washington Nationals are intensifying efforts to acquire Sale. Heyman notes that the Nationals may not..." December 05

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Could Nationals Trade For Chris Sale And Andrew McCutchen?

    NESN "The Washington Nationals have a win-now roster and are looking to hit an offseason home run with the MLB Winter Meetings set to begin Monday in Maryland. The Nats have been linked in trade rumors involving Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen and Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • Giants, Nationals make 4-year offers to Melancon

    KNBR "After blowing a league high 30 saves last season, Giants general manager Bobby Evans has made it clear time and again this offseason that finding a closer is priority number one. It would appear Evans finally has his target, with Jon Heyman of MLB Network reporting on Saturday evening that the..." December 04

  • Nationals, Pirates Still Discussing Andrew McCutchen Scenarios

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals and Pirates re continuing to discuss “a lot of different angles” that would result in outfielder Andrew McCutchen landing in D.C., according to ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden (via Twitter). He notes that the information came from a source in the Pittsburgh organization. There had been some..." December 03

  • Mariners, lefty Marc Rzepczynski agree on 2-year deal worth $11M

    ESPN "Free-agent lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski has agreed to a two-year, $11 million deal with the Seattle Mariners, an MLB source told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick on Friday. Rzepczynski, 31, posted a 2.64 ERA in 47⅔ innings last season for the Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals. The Nationals..." December 03

  • REPORT: Nationals to Non-Tender Ben Revere

    12 Up "After a less-than-stellar 2016 campaign in his first season with the Washington Nationals, speedy outfielder Ben Revere is a strong candidate to be non-tendered before the deadline on Friday. Considering the Nationals are openly shopping for outfielders (including Andrew McCutchen), it should..." December 02

  • Nationals Acquire Derek Norris

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have dealt for catcher Derek Norris from the Padres, per a club announcement. Righty Pedro Avila will head to San Diego in return. It’s a homecoming of sorts for Norris, who was once a well-regarded prospect in the D.C. system before being shipped to Oakland in the deal that..." December 02

  • Report: Nats considering Ian Desmond reunion

    Larry Brown Sports "The Washington Nationals may find themselves dipping their toes into familiar territory this offseason. According to a report by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Friday, though the Nationals remain focused on Andrew McCutchen as their top center field target, they’re also considering a number of..." December 02

  • Nationals, Jose Lobaton Avoid Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "4:43pm: Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that Lobaton will earn $1.575MM next season (Twitter link). 4:23pm: The Nationals announced today that they’ve agreed to a one-year deal with catcher Jose Lobaton, thus avoiding arbitration. Terms of the agreement weren’t announced, but MLBTR..." December 01

  • Nats reportedly think Aroldis Chapman is too pricey

    Larry Brown Sports "It looks like we can cross one team off the list of Aroldis Chapman suitors. According to a report by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Thursday, the Washington Nationals think that Chapman is too rich for their taste and will instead aim to re-sign fellow closer Mark Melancon, who impressed on..." December 01

  • Nats, Bucs Accelerating Talks On Andrew McCutchen

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals and Pirates have “ramped up” their negotiations on a possible deal involving star center fielder Andrew McCutchen, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports. There are indications that the Nats would like to wrap up an agreement today; it seems the club may well non-tender shortstop Danny..." December 01

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Call it a comeback: Porcello, Rendon honored

    MLB.com "Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello and Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon, who each bounced back to lead his team to an East Division championship in 2016, have been named recipients of the American League and National League Comeback Player of the Year Awards, respectively, Major League..." November 29

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • Nationals in position to make splash in winter meetings

    CBS Sports "With the winter meetings a week away, it's time to kindle the hot stove. One team well-positioned to do just that? The Washington Nationals. Fresh off a Divisional Series loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Nationals have every reason to act aggressively this winter, all with an eye on pushing..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Nationals could be interested in Aroldis Chapman

    Hardball Talk "A report from the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo suggests that the Nationals have expressed interest in free agent closer Aroldis Chapman. Chapman profiles as one of the top bullpen arms on the market alongside right-handed closer Kenley Jansen, and his list of known suitors includes the Giants,..." November 27

  • Multiple teams considering Stephen Drew as everyday option

    Washington Post "When Stephen Drew played in his first season as a National, he played with energy. He sped around the bases with sneaky speed. His hands looked quick, his swing looked crisp. He played steady defense wherever he was asked to play it, any step lost to age not hindering him enough to cause concern...." November 27

  • Nationals poised to blow up baseball’s hot stove

    New York Post "The Astros and Braves have been the early aggressors this offseason, and neither is done: Both are now concentrating on the high-end starting pitcher market (think: Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and Chris Archer) while the Astros also battle the Red Sox and Yankees to sign Carlos..." November 23

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • How top closers available Chapman, Jansen, Melancon get their outs

    CBS Sports "Over the weekend, the Cardinals signed left-handed reliever Brett Cecil to a surprising four-year deal worth more than $30 million. That contract inspired curiosity; if a good setup man is receiving so much, then how rich are the elite closers -- Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen, and Mark Melancon..." November 22

  • Bryce Harper’s brother Bryan undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Larry Brown Sports "Bryan Harper, the older brother of Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper, underwent Tommy John surgery this month, according to a report. The Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes shared the information on Twitter Friday about Harper’s surgery. " November 19

  • Should the Nationals spend big to improve their bullpen?

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals do not have a proven closer on their roster. In this era of baseball, a contender without a lockdown closer feels analogous to a pitcher whose arsenal consists only of a high-90s fastball: Things might go just fine for a few innings, but at some point, that pitcher will..." November 19

  • Mike Puma defends voting Daniel Murphy first for MVP

    Larry Brown Sports "The only thing to come between Kris Bryant and a unanimous NL MVP award was Mike Puma. Puma, who writes for the New York Post, voted Daniel Murphy first in NL MVP voting. Murphy was second on 11 ballots and third on 10, just like the Dodgers’ Corey Seager. But Puma, unlike most of his comrades,..." November 18

  • MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes

    Fox Sports "A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you. The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations. Under the current rules,..." November 17

  • Nationals' Max Scherzer named 2016 NL Cy Young winner

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, the Baseball Writers Association of America named Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer the winner of the 2016 National League Cy Young award. Cubs lefty Jon Lester finished second in the voting and Cubs righty Kyle Hendricks was third. This is the second Cy Young for Scherzer, who..." November 16

  • Six All-Star hitters who could get traded this offseason

    Sporting News "The crop of elite free agents was pretty impressive last offseason. David Price and Zack Greinke both signed deals that topped $200 million. Chris Davis, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Johnny Cueto topped $130 million and seven other guys got deals worth at least $70 million. Lots of money..." November 15

  • No need to panic for Mets as chances of Nationals signing Yoenis Cespedes are slim

    New York Daily News "It’s every Mets’ fan’s worst nightmare: Yoenis Cespedes being wooed by the Nationals to team up with Daniel Murphy, who tormented his old team last season, hitting .413 with a ridiculous .776 slugging percentage against them. But is it likely? Well, the Mets should be glad Jayson Werth has..." November 14

  • Nationals GM: We aren't looking to trade Gonzalez

    Washington Post "Two years ago, the Washington Nationals ambled into the offseason woozy from a disappointing National League Division Series loss with a few obvious weaknesses. Starting pitching wasn’t one of them. They had Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Tanner Roark, Doug Fister and Jordan Zimmermann together..." November 14

  • Rockies, Mark Melancon have 'mutual interest' in deal

    ESPN "Could the allure of returning home entice Mark Melancon to sign with the Colorado Rockies? According to John Perrotto of FanRag Sports, the 31-year-old closer and the Rockies are said to have “mutual interest” in a deal. Melancon is a native of nearby Wheat Ridge, Colorado, and was a three-star..." November 12

  • Giants reportedly meeting with Mark Melancon

    Larry Brown Sports "After an epic bullpen implosion doomed them this past postseason, the San Francisco Giants are trying to avoid a repeat performance in 2017. According to a report by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports on Friday, Washington Nationals free agent closer Mark Melancon is in San Francisco for an in-person..." November 12

  • Nationals reportedly re-sign Chris Heisey to 1-year/$1.4M deal

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals signed their first free agent of the 2017 offseason Friday when they agreed to a one-year deal with pinch-hit specialist Chris Heisey, according to people familiar with the situation. The deal is done barring any unexpected issues with Heisey’s physical, and it will pay..." November 12

  • Nats weigh closer options as bullpen landscape shifts

    Washington Post "Mike Rizzo asserts that starting pitching remains baseball’s currency and that prioritizing starting pitching depth to withstand the 162-game regular season slog is paramount. With that philosophy, the Washington Nationals general manager has meticulously procured a surplus of arms since taking..." November 10

  • Pirates discussed huge Andrew McCutchen trade at deadline

    Fox Sports "Closer Mark Melancon was not the only star player the Pirates and Nationals discussed at the non-waiver deadline. The teams also talked about a separate blockbuster involving Pirates center-fielder Andrew McCutchen, according to major-league sources. The Nationals ultimately acquired..." November 10