Nationals Rumors & News

  • Brewers send Nationals to seventh straight defeat

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Chris Carter may not be the Milwaukee Brewers' long-term solution at first base, but he's certainly providing exactly what the team hoped for when they signed him as an unheralded free agent last fall. Carter proved his worth again Saturday, belting a three-run home run in the..." June 25

  • Failing when ahead in the count a source of Bryce Harper's struggles

    ESPN "Bryce Harper’s start to the 2016 season had many questioning if he was getting ready to repeat his MVP campaign from a year ago. But those thoughts have long since subsided, as Harper has been held hitless in 25 of his past 52 games and is looking up at the league with a .252 batting average in 71..." June 25

  • Two-run error completes Dodgers' sweep of Nats

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Yasiel Puig was in just his second game back from a hamstring strain on Wednesday, but he decided to test the leg anyway. A wild dive at home plate saved his hamstring and won the game. With the Dodgers trailing 3-2 and a runner on first in the bottom of the ninth, Puig..." June 23

  • Rob Manfred said he “would not disqualify” Las Vegas to one day have a MLB team

    Hardball Talk "The NHL will soon bring an expansion team in Las Vegas, while the NFL and NBA have continued interest in the city. Major League Baseball is no different. Commissioner Rob Manfred said he “would not disqualify” Vegas one day having a major league team. In the past, Major League Baseball has been..." June 23

  • Grandal blast in eighth lifts Dodgers

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Tanner Roark had turned in one of his finest pitching performances of the season, but a single pitch spoiled the entire outing. With two on and none out in the eighth inning, Yasmani Grandal hit a towering three-run homer to help the Dodgers come from behind to defeat the..." June 22

  • Kershaw cruises in Dodgers' 4-1 win

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- The anticipated meeting between the aces of clubs didn't materialize and the Los Angeles Dodgers took advantage of it. Justin Turner and Joc Pederson homered and the Dodgers claimed a 4-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night before 44,712 at Dodger..." June 21

  • Nationals' Stephen Strasburg scratched with upper back strain, expected to make next start

    Federal Baseball "Earlier this month, Stephen Strasburg left a start against the Cincinnati Reds in Great American Ball Park after just 5 ⅓ innings pitched with cramping in his right calf. Other than that, the 27-year-old, 2009 No. 1 overall pick has been healthy since last season, whe he returned from his..." June 21

  • Pieces Yankees should trade to build for Bryce Harper, Machado

    New York Post "The Yankees need a LeBron. That is just a start. To get their LeBron James, they need to get younger and more talented quickly so that when the star-studded free-agent class after the 2018 season is available, they can pounce. Bryce Harper, who is only 23, and Manny Machado, who is 23 as..." June 21

  • Rosales helps Padres salvage split versus Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- The fortunes of baseball are fickle. After winning a second straight game against the San Diego Padres Friday night -- to run their record to 10-2 over 12 games -- the Washington Nationals seemed poised for a four-game sweep of the last-place team in the National League..." June 19

  • Ross leads Nationals over Padres

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- Joe Ross admitted it was a special night. A first-round pick by San Diego in the 2011 draft, the 23-year-old right-hander faced the Padres for the first time Friday night at Petco Park. He was credited with the win as the Washington Nationals rode the bats of Daniel Murphy and..." June 18

  • Shawn Kelley will serve as closer until Jonathan Papelbon returns

    Washington Post "Before Thursday night’s 8-5 win over the Padres, Dusty Baker refused to say whether he had even chosen an interim closer to replace injured Jonathan Papelbon, let alone who it might be. As of the middle of the ninth inning, when the Nationals led by four, it looked as if he would not need to use..." June 17

  • Setting odds for Ryan Braun's possible landing spots

    The Comeback "Two years ago, the idea of the Milwaukee Brewers trading Ryan Braun was ludicrous. Hell, even a year ago, trading Braun seemed like a pipe dream for Milwaukee, even as they started unloading every player with any positive value. That was mainly due to his declining production and unwieldy..." June 16

  • Werth's hit in 12th lifts Nationals over Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Dusty Baker was born June 15, 1949 in Riverside, Calif., and the veteran manager said his teams have not done too well in the past on his birthday. There was no chance for a victory the last two years as Baker was away from the dugout after leaving the Cincinnati Reds following..." June 15

  • Ranking the 30 teams from least likely to most likely to acquire Jose Reyes

    CBS Sports "Earlier on Wednesday, the Rockies officially cut ties with shortstop Jose Reyes by designating him for assignment. The team now has 10 days to trade, release, or waive him. Reyes has finished serving his 51-game suspension under the league's domestic violence policy, but with rookie Trevor..." June 15

  • Are You Ready For Unbearable Trade Rumor Season?

    Deadspin "Listen, can you hear it? A faint whisper grows louder. “The Cubbies could use another bat on the bench.” it says. “Why not trade for Andrew McCutchen?” That’s right, my friends, it is almost Unbearable Trade Rumor season, the time of year when baseball fans, radio callers, and hometown..." June 15

  • Lucas Giolito looking like baseball’s top prospect once again

    Today's Knuckleball "It looked like maybe the bright lights of being the top pitching prospect in baseball may have been too much to handle. Lucas Giolito — arguably the best overall prospect in all of the minor leagues — looked lost at the start of the season, like a pitcher much different than the one that had..." June 15

  • Ranking All 30 MLB Farm Systems, Post 2016 MLB Draft

    Bleacher Report "The 2016 MLB draft is in the books, with 1,216 players selected over the course of the 40-round, three-day event. With no clear-cut No. 1 talent in this year's class, the first round was as unpredictable as any in recent memory and a number of highly regarded prospects wound up slipping below..." June 15

  • Almora's double in ninth lifts Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon joked that Albert Almora Jr. has been in the big leagues about "five minutes." But it took even less time than that for the rookie outfielder to complete his only at-bat of the game Tuesday. Almora had an RBI double with one out in the ninth inning..." June 14

  • Nationals Place Jonathan Papelbon On Disabled List

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have placed right-hander Jonathan Papelbon on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to yesterday, with a strained right intercostal muscle, per a team announcement. Right-hander Matt Belisle has been activated from his rehab assignment to take Papelbon’s spot on the roster...." June 14

  • Scherzer fans 11 as Nats beat Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The game-time temperature was 80 degrees without a hint of the summer-like humidity that is bound to plague the nation's capital. "Perfect pitching conditions," Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer said. On the mound, Scherzer was not quite perfect, but he was..." June 13

  • Werth drives in two in 9th as Nats beat Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- At the time it seemed like a curious move - or non-move - by Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker. With the score tied at 3 in the seventh inning, Baker allowed starting pitcher Joe Ross to bat for himself with two outs and no one on base. "That was an easy decision...." June 12

  • Bryce Harper wants to have fun and get paid

    Sportsnet "hen Bryce Harper launched a scoreboard-shattering home run into the right-field stands during a game at Nationals Park in mid-April, something peculiar happened: Partway through his home-run trot, Harper abruptly stopped and reversed course. “Harper missed first base!” yelled Charlie Slowes, the..." June 12

  • Roark, Nationals shut down Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Clint Robinson, getting a rare start at first base, slapped hands with regular third baseman Anthony Rendon near the pitcher's mound Saturday afternoon after Blake Treinen retired the side in the ninth. Robinson was in the lineup in place of regular first baseman Ryan Zimmerman..." June 11

  • Nationals slug their way past Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Many Nationals fans took to the internet this spring clamoring for shortstop prospect Trea Turner to be called up from Triple-A to start for Washington. That crescendo built up last weekend as Turner went 3-for-3 against the Reds in Cincinnati. But veteran Danny Espinosa,..." June 10

  • Nationals draft SS Carter Kieboom at No. 28, RHP Dane Dunning at No. 29

    Federal Baseball "Washington forfeited the 17th overall pick when they signed Daniel Murphy to a 3-year/$37.5M free agent deal this winter. That signing has worked out well so far, and the Nationals gave it up knowing that they would be receiving compensatory picks for both right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and..." June 10

  • Nationals cruise past Shields, White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer watched from the dugout as his teammates provided heaps of run support with hit after hit Wednesday night. Scherzer felt grateful. He also felt a little restless waiting for his turn to take the mound. "I was out in the tunnel..." June 09

  • White Sox snap five-game slide behind Gonzalez

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez waited almost 11 months between victories. When the Chicago White Sox right-hander finally ended his drought with a 3-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night, he smiled and breathed a sigh of relief. "It's been awhile," Gonzalez said. "It's a..." June 09

  • 2016 MLB Draft: How to watch, stream, and everything else you need to know in one place

    MLB Daily Dish "There is no greater thrill in sports than sitting quietly while a man in a suit slowly reads off a list of names over the course of several days. Fortunately for baseball fans, that time of the year has once again arrived. It will be MLB commissioner Rob Manfred in his second year at the podium..." June 09

  • Rendon, Nationals roll over White Sox

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper never doubted that he and his teammates could erase a three-run deficit Tuesday night. After all, one game earlier, the Nationals rallied back from a five-run deficit thanks to a high-powered lineup and a positive mindset...." June 08

  • Nationals hoping Yanks make Miller and Chapman available at trade deadline

    River Ave Blues "According to Bill Ladson, the Nationals have made bullpen help their “top priority” prior to the trade deadline, and they’re hoping the Yankees make lefties Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman available. I don’t necessarily think that means Washington wants Miller and Chapman. I think they’re just..." June 07

  • Study says pitch clocks in MLB could increase risk of injury to pitchers

    Toronto Star "If Major League Baseball were to introduce a pitch clock to quicken the pace of play and shorten the length of games it would also increase the injury risk to pitchers, a McMaster University study has found. Increasing pace of play is a stated priority for MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, who in..." June 07

  • Nats promote Harper's brother to Triple-A

    The Score "The Harper siblings are one step closer to being big-league teammates. According to the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes, the Washington Nationals have promoted left-handed reliever Bryan Harper to Triple-A Syracuse. Bryan, 26, is the older brother of Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. The..." June 06

  • Dead money: Which players have the worst contracts in baseball?

    SI "Don’t look for Ryan Howard in the Phillies' lineup this weekend; he won’t be there. Instead, he’ll be on the bench, where manager Pete Mackanin has stationed him for what has been reported as “at least the next three games.” This is the closest the Phillies have come yet to acknowledging that..." June 06

  • Strasburg notches 1,000th career strikeout

    The Score "Not even making franchise history could put a smile on Stephen Strasburg's face. Facing opposing pitcher Dan Straily in the fifth inning Saturday, Strasburg fanned the Cincinnati Reds starter to record his 1,000th career punchout. " June 05

  • Stephen Strasburg limps off

    Washington Post "On a sixth-inning pitch to Brandon Phillips, Stephen Strasburg grimaced and reached for his calf. Washington Nationals Manager Dusty Baker, trainer Paul Lessard and pitching coach Mike Maddux jogged out to check on the right-hander, who threw a practice pitch and stayed in the game. Moments..." June 05

  • Turner looks to make most of brief stay in bigs

    MLB.com "Trea Turner sat in the visitors' dugout here at Great American Ball Park for his first stint in the Majors this season, but he was wearing shorts with a Syracuse Chiefs logo on it. He could be forgiven, considering his stay in the big leagues this time around will be brief. The Nationals..." June 04

  • Duvall's blast lifts Reds past Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Adam Duvall had more than an hour to consider the situation -- eighth inning, tie score, two on, two out. Duvall took some swings, but not too many. "I didn't want to try to overthink the at-bat," Duvall said. "I wanted to go up there and react." Duvall's three-run homer..." June 04

  • Five NL teams that will definitely be buyers

    Sporting News "As we mentioned a couple days ago, this year's trade market is going to be a bit strange. The first place to look for potential midseason trade acquisitions is at the list of potential after-the-season free agents. Well, that list is pretty bare. Front offices will have to get..." June 04

  • Ryan Zimmerman likely headed to paternity list. Trea Turner call up coming soon?

    Washington Post "Ryan Zimmerman is likely headed to the paternity list, perhaps as soon as Friday, meaning the Nationals would likely call up shortstop prospect Trea Turner, according to multiple people familiar with the situation. Turner, an everyday player, was not in Class AAA Syracuse’s starting lineup..." June 03

  • Reds top Nats to spoil Baker's return to Cincinnati

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds, coming off a series at Colorado in which they hit 12 home runs, added three more Friday night and spoiled Dusty Baker's return to Great American Ball Park with a 7-2 victory over the National League East-leading Washington Nationals. It was the third..." June 03

  • Harper and Machado long shots to stay?

    Today's Knuckleball "Beltway baseball is thriving, but how long will it last? Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, who rank among the very top players in the game, may well turn out to be too pricey to remain long-term with the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles, respectively. The Nats pulled a major coup in..." June 03

  • Scherzer, Ramos help Nationals sweep Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Wilson Ramos is seeing the ball as well as he ever has, and the Washington Nationals have as a result seen their catcher get off to the best start of his career. Ramos hit an opposite-field three-run homer in support of Max Scherzer's eight-inning effort as the Nationals..." June 01

  • Dusty Baker asks banged-up Bryce Harper if he's 'limpin' or pimpin' '

    Fox Sports "Bryce Harper got a night off Tuesday to rest his sore right knee, which was hit by a pitch in Monday's game. Turns out, the Washington Nationals didn't need him in a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Not surprisingly, however, the reigning NL MVP tried to talk his way into the lineup..." June 01

  • Nationals hit 4 homers in win vs. Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- The Washington Nationals hit four home runs against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night. The Phillies had four hits. That was the stark difference between the teams in the Nationals' 5-1 victory, and the difference between them in the standings. Washington,..." May 31

  • Five MLB trades that make too much sense

    Sportsnaut "While trading is generally common in MLB, logic isn’t always a part of the process. Sometimes trades make very little sense. Other times, trades seem completely logical, but for whatever reason teams just don’t pull the trigger. Today, we focus on some completely logical trades that should be..." May 31

  • Harper sidelined after taking fastball to knee

    The Score "Bryce Harper is out of the Washington Nationals' lineup Tuesday after taking a fastball off his right knee Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Following the game, manager Dusty Baker said his slugger is considered day to day with a right knee contusion." May 31

  • Bryce Harper leaves game against Phillies after pitch hits knee

    Sporting News "Nationals slugger Bryce Harper left Monday night's game against the Phillies after getting hit on the right knee by a pitch from Philadelphia's Jeremy Hellickson and was later diagnosed with a contusion. Harper, the reigning NL MVP, was hit in the top of the seventh inning. Though in pain and..." May 31

  • Murphy leads Nationals past Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Daniel Murphy's hot hitting again lifted the Washington Nationals on Monday night, allowing them to overcome not only an injury to reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper but yet another shaky outing by Jonathan Papelbon against his former team. Murphy, the major leagues..." May 30

  • Nationals put up 10 in win vs. Cardinals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Nationals manager Dusty Baker was concerned. His team had a 3-1 lead, but in the sixth inning Jedd Gyorko got a base hit when his grounder bounced off the third-base bag. In the seventh inning, Matt Holliday reached on an infield single as he beat out a high chopper to..." May 29

  • Piscotty powers Cards over Nats

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Max Scherzer was visibly upset. He was in the middle of his windup in the third inning when Greg Garcia, the Cardinals third baseman, was granted time by home plate umpire Alan Porter with an 0-2 count. Scherzer said a few words to himself, then perhaps lost focus. He..." May 27