Nationals Rumors & News

  • “Mixed reviews” for Tebow’s baseball workout

    Pro Football Talk "The headline at ESPN.com says Tim Tebow “shows off power” at his baseball workout (i.e., one-man fantasy camp). The article paints a more sobering view of his prospects. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com writes that Tebow drew “mixed reviews” at the workout, which scouts from 28 teams attended. He..." August 31

  • Turner, Nationals edge Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Trea Turner isn't just having a rookie's month to remember. He is enjoying one of the best months ever by a Washington Nationals hitter. The 23-year-old shortstop, a July call-up, collected two more hits Tuesday, and helped back a strong outing from starter Max Scherzer in a..." August 30

  • Stephen Strasburg expected to return next week

    Sportsnaut "The Washington Nationals were dealt good news Tuesday. According to pitching coach Mike Maddux, ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg will return to action as soon as he’s eligible. Strasburg was placed on the DL on August 22, his second DL stint of the season. He last pitched on August..." August 30

  • MLB, MLBPA donate $250,000 for Louisiana flood relief

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced this morning that they are contributing $250,000 to assist victims of the devastating floods that recently hit Louisiana. The $250,000 contribution is being divided among three charitable organizations: The..." August 30

  • Jose Altuve and Daniel Murphy could make MVP history for second basemen

    Fox Sports "Not once since the inception of the modern Most Valuable Player award in 1931 has the winner in both leagues been a second baseman. That could change this season if the Nationals' Daniel Murphy wins in the National League and the Astros' Jose Altuve in the American. I wrote Monday why the..." August 30

  • Jonathan Papelbon Reunion With Red Sox Increasingly Unlikely

    WEEI Boston "The Jonathan Papelbon Watch has lingered for most of August, and figures to continue to do so until the end of the month. But with Papelbon still not choosing to sign with a team since his release from the Nationals Aug. 13, time is becoming a major factor when it comes to the idea of the..." August 30

  • Nationals shut down Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark, uncommonly poor in his previous outing, was as good as ever against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night. Roark combined with two relievers on a four-hit shutout as the Nationals blanked the Phillies 4-0. Roark (14-7),..." August 29

  • Nats Add Mat Latos When Rosters Expand on September 1

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "We now know at least one of the players the Nats plan to call up when rosters expand on Sept. 1. That would be veteran right-hander Mat Latos, who will waive an opt-out clause in his contract to remain at Triple-A Syracuse until the 1st, then join the Nationals. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports..." August 29

  • Arenado, Bettis power Rockies past Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Nolan Arenado was a little bummed when he pulled into third base in the top of the fifth inning. His fly ball to right was dropped by Bryce Harper - who lost the ball in the sun - and was originally ruled a three-base error. "It looked like he had some trouble with the..." August 28

  • Gonzalez, Blackmon power Rockies past Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Carlos Gonzalez was 0-for-5 and had left four runners stranded when he came up to the plate in the top of the 11th inning on Saturday. But the veteran first baseman came through with a two-run homer to aid a five-run outburst as the Colorado Rockies beat the Washington..." August 27

  • Struggling Wilson Ramos gets another day off against Rockies

    Washington Post "Wilson Ramos has been a revelation for the Nationals this season. He’s been the top offensive catcher in baseball all this year, which happens to come on the cusp of free agency, and carried the Nationals’ offense alongside Daniel Murphy for months while others, notably Bryce Harper,..." August 26

  • Max Scherzer annoyed by loud visiting Orioles fans at Nationals Park

    Larry Brown Sports "Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer takes his home-field advantage very seriously. Speaking with reporters after blanking Baltimore 4-0 on Thursday night, Scherzer said that he was irritated by loud Oriole fan infiltrators making noise in the eighth inning at Nationals Park. “I..." August 26

  • Nationals' Gonzalez records 100th victory

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- This has been a memorable year on and off the field for Gio Gonzalez, a veteran left-handed pitcher. He became a father for the first time during spring training then began his fifth year in a row as a durable member of the starting rotation for Washington. Despite some..." August 26

  • Scherzer gem helps Nationals finally beat Orioles

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Jonathan Schoop hit a slow one-bouncer back to the mound in the top of the fifth inning and Max Scherzer let his instincts take over. The right-handed starter fielded the ball between his legs with his back to the plate and calmly lobbed the ball to first baseman Ryan Zimmerman..." August 25

  • Is Manny Machado becoming a better investment than Bryce Harper?

    ESPN "With Bryce Harper and Manny Machado scheduled to hit free agency in two years, the 2018 offseason could go down in history as the winter that broke baseball's bank. The question is, which one of them will be the most prized catch? Earlier this season, the answer seemed simple. Coming off his..." August 25

  • Nationals acquire Marc Rzepczynski in trade with Athletics

    Today's Knuckleball "The Washington Nationals have acquired left-handed pitcher Marc Rzepczynski and cash considerations in a trade with the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league infielder Max Schrock, per Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post. Rzepczynski has appeared in 56 games out of the bullpen this..." August 25

  • Tim Tebow has ‘no shot’ of making it in baseball

    Larry Brown Sports "At least 20 MLB teams are expected to take a look at Tim Tebow’s baseball prospects at the former NFL quarterback’s workout next week, but some scouts is confident nothing will come of it. Katie Strang of ESPN.com spoke with three pro baseball scouts on Wednesday, and all three “expressed..." August 25

  • Orioles win sixth straight versus Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The visiting team began the night by scoring four runs in the first inning. The home team ended the evening by scoring five times in the last of the ninth, but the visiting Baltimore Orioles had enough of a cushion to hold on for a 10-8 victory over the Washington Nationals in..." August 24

  • Twenty MLB teams to attend Tim Tebow's workout on Aug. 30

    ESPN "Tim Tebow is scheduled to hold a workout for Major League Baseball teams on Aug. 30 in Los Angeles, a source told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. More than 20 MLB teams are confirmed to attend the workout, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. For almost the past year, Tebow has been training in..." August 24

  • Gausman, Jones lead Orioles past Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE --- The Baltimore Orioles seem to be at their best against the Washington Nationals in the annual "Beltway Series." Kevin Gausman threw six scoreless innings, Adam Jones tied a career high with four hits and the Orioles took both games against the Nationals at Camden Yards with an..." August 23

  • MLB postseason schedule announced

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball announced its 2016 postseason schedule on Tuesday, opening with the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on TBS on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and followed by the National League equivalent on ESPN one night later. The 112th World Series on FOX will begin on Tuesday,..." August 23

  • Tim Tebow to hold workout for MLB teams Aug. 30

    SI "Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow will hold a workout for prospective Major League Baseball teams on Aug. 30 in Los Angeles, reports ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. Tebow, who last played baseball in high school in 2005, announced earlier this month that he was planning on pursuing a professional..." August 23

  • Nationals' Oliver Perez: Dealing with back stiffness

    CBS Sports "Perez has been unavailable recently due to back stiffness, and Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports suggests he could be placed on the disabled list if he is not available Monday." August 22

  • Nationals better hope Stephen Strasburg injury isn't a sign of things to come

    Sporting News "When the Nationals signed pitcher Stephen Strasburg to a contract extension in June, the baseball world raised its collective eyebrows. While Strasburg had flashed signs of dominance throughout his career, the idea that Strasburg not only could shut down the majors, but stay healthy while doing..." August 22

  • Bundy, Orioles hold off Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- Baltimore pitcher Dylan Bundy bounced back from a subpar outing and earned some high praise in the process on Monday night. Bundy pitched six solid innings, Mark Trumbo hit a two-run homer, and the Orioles defeated the Washington Nationals 4-3. Coming off a poor outing in..." August 22

  • Stephen Strasburg goes on 15-day DL with right elbow soreness

    ABC News "The Nationals have placed pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day DL with right elbow soreness. Washington has recalled pitcher A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse. Cole will replace Strasburg as the Nationals' starting pitcher Monday against the Orioles." August 22

  • Zimmerman leads Nationals' hit parade in 11-9 win

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Before Ryan Zimmerman was activated from the disabled list on Saturday, Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker talked to him about forgetting his disappointing season and urged him to hit the reset button. Zimmerman, who entered the game hitting .222, took Baker's message to..." August 21

  • Braves win on Peterson's homer in 10th

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Jace Peterson's first walk-off homer couldn't have come at a better time for the Atlanta Braves. Peterson hit a misplaced 3-2 slider from Shawn Kelley over the right-field fence with two outs in the 10th inning for a 7-6 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday...." August 21

  • Jonathan Papelbon looking unlikely to sign with Red Sox

    Boston Herald "Jonathan Papelbon is probably not going to be walking out of the Red Sox bullpen and onto the Fenway Park mound anytime soon. With each passing day that Papelbon remains a free agent, the Red Sox believe that a reunion in Boston is less and less likely to occur this season. Papelbon made..." August 21

  • Robinson's RBI single in 9th lifts Nationals past Braves

    The Sports Xchange "By Guy Curtright, The Sports Xchange ATLANTA -- The Washington Nationals coughed up a five-run lead, but against the Atlanta Braves it didn't end up mattering. Clint Robinson singled in the tie-breaking run with two outs in the ninth inning and the Nationals won 7-6 Friday night for..." August 20

  • Werth's on-base streak ends at franchise record-tying 46 games

    The Score "The streak has come to an end. Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth saw his on-base streak finish at 46 games on Friday night, tying the longest such streak in franchise history. Werth went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in the Nationals' 7-6 win over the Atlanta Braves." August 20

  • Lopez, Nationals shut down Braves

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Rookie right-hander Reynaldo Lopez is joining right in to help the Washington Nationals continue their domination of the Atlanta Braves. Lopez struck out 11 over seven innings as the Nationals routed the Braves 8-2 on Thursday night, improving to 9-1 against them this season...." August 19

  • Werth ties franchise record with 46-game on-base streak

    The Score "This Washington Nationals outfielder is proving his Werth. Jayson Werth, 37, extended his on-base streak to 46 games Thursday night to tie a franchise record, hitting an RBI double in the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves. Werth needs to reach base one more time to beat the record set..." August 19

  • MLB clears Ryan Zimmerman, Ryan Howard in PED investigation

    Philly.com "The seven-month investigation by Major League Baseball into a report that linked Ryan Howard to performance-enhancing drug use found no violations, officials said Friday. Howard "fully cooperated," MLB officials said, during its "thorough investigation." "I am glad that this part of the..." August 19

  • Nationals To Acquire Sean Burnett From Twins

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have agreed to a deal to acquire left-hander Sean Burnett from the Twins, reports SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (Twitter link). The veteran southpaw had been pitching for the Twins’ Triple-A affiliate prior to the trade. Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post tweets that it’s not clear..." August 19

  • Nationals recall A.J. Cole, option Brian Goodwin to Triple-A

    Federal Baseball "Asked after he was forced to rely on his beleaguered bullpen for a third straight game in the series finale in Denver, Colorado’s Coors Field, if he thought he’d have to add an arm to the mix, Dusty Baker told reporters he’d have to get back to them. “We’ll let you know tomorrow,” Baker..." August 18

  • Rob Manfred wants a pitch clock in MLB in 2017

    The Comeback "In an effort to find ways to speed up the game of baseball, Commissioner Rob Manfred has openly discussed the possibility of adding a pitch clock to Major League Baseball. Manfred is no stranger to discussing innovative ways to improve the game he now sees over. Manfred has brought on the idea..." August 18

  • 3 reasons why Bryce Harper will be MLB's next $300M man

    The Score "Two winters ago, when Giancarlo Stanton sat down and signed the biggest contract in baseball history, there was little doubt the booming Major League Baseball economy would soon produce a deal that rivaled his 13-year, $325-million extension with the Miami Marlins. No such deal is imminent -..." August 18

  • Ortiz: Red Sox would welcome Papelbon with 'open arms'

    ESPN "Take it from none other than David Ortiz: Jonathan Papelbon would fit in just fine with the Boston Red Sox. "I don't know what happened there at the Nationals, but he was a great guy and we would welcome him back with open arms," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes before the Red Sox faced the Baltimore..." August 18

  • LeMahieu streak hits 8-for-8 as Rockies beat Nats

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- DJ LeMahieu continued his offensive surge Tuesday night, Nolan Arenado exacted a small measure of revenge and David Dahl delivered a key pinch hit as the Colorado Rockies beat the Washington Nationals 6-2. LeMahieu tripled and scored the go-ahead run in the fifth against Yusmeiro..." August 17

  • Rockies rock Strasburg, beat Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies pounced on Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg for seven runs in the first inning Wednesday, an uprising that included six hits, four of them doubles. That emphatic early rally paved the way to a 12-10 win over the Nationals in the rubber game of the..." August 17

  • The honeymoon phase is over for the new-school general managers

    MLB Daily Dish "Every year at certain points of the season, Mike Bates runs a GM confidence poll in which fans of every major league team are asked—in very simple terms—how confident they are in their favorite team’s front office. The 2016 midseason results just went up, and finding trends has become the new..." August 17

  • Rob Manfred: Baseball is changing quicker than ever

    ESPN "Baseball is the greatest game in the world. If you need proof, look no further than the fact that baseball, like no other sport, has an amazing capacity to spark genuine and even heated debate. Baseball fans and media like nothing more than to talk about what is good and bad about the game. The..." August 17

  • Bullpen shines in Nats' comeback win over Rockies

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Relying on the bullpen for five innings usually leads to no good, especially at Coors Field. However, the Washington Nationals overcame a poor start by Max Scherzer on Monday night and came back to the beat the Colorado Rockies 5-4. Five Washington relievers followed Scherzer..." August 16

  • Papelbon to Make Decision in Next 24 Hours

    WEEI Boston "According to a source with knowledge of his thinking, former Red Sox reliever Jonathan Papelbon will make a decision on where to play in the next 24 hours and is drawing “strong interest” from across the league, colleague Rob Bradford reports. It should come as no surprise that multiple teams..." August 16

  • Jonathan Papelbon played pro-Donald Trump song in clubhouse

    Larry Brown Sports "We already knew that Jonathan Papelbon was an opinionated and outspoken ballplayer not unlike his former Boston Red Sox teammate Curt Schilling. What we didn’t realize was that his attitude spilled over to sharing his tastes with his teammates and the press. According to a story from The..." August 16

  • Dusty Baker expects Bryce Harper to break out of rut

    Today's Knuckleball "Dusty Baker finds it hard to believe, too. His reigning National League Most Valuable Player checked into Coors Field on Monday night for game No. 117 on the Nats schedule with a .234 batting average. Nobody cares much about BA anymore, you say? OK, here’s a slash line comp entering Monday..." August 16

  • Murphy makes impact in Nationals' 7-6 win

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals used their speed and power to build a big lead against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night. Then they used their arms to preserve it. Daniel Murphy smacked a two-run homer and drove in four runs, rookie Reynaldo Lopez pitched seven innings for..." August 14

  • Roark helps Nationals roll past Braves

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Another strong outing from consistent right-hander Tanner Roark helped the Washington Nationals secure a three-game series victory against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Roark pitched seven strong innings, Anthony Rendon hit a three-run homer and Bryce Harper had an RBI double..." August 14

  • Harper's MRI on ailing neck came back clean

    Washington Post "For the fifth straight game, Bryce Harper is not in the Nationals lineup. It has been a week since the right fielder has played, but the Nationals do not seem to think it will be a week before he can do so again. The team chose not to place him on the disabled list before the game — an indication..." August 14