Nationals Rumors & News

  • Strasburg, Nationals too strong for Indians

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- Sometimes an ace really needs to be an ace. For the Washington Nationals, Wednesday was one of those times, and Stephen Strasburg responded with a sterling performance. Less than 24 hours after a crushing ninth-inning loss, Strasburg pitched seven scoreless innings on Wednesday..." July 27

  • Report: Nationals have inquired about Bautista

    The Score "The Washington Nationals' primary focus is on the bullpen heading into the non-waiver trade deadline, though general manager Mike Rizzo appears to be eyeing some outfield offense as well. Rizzo has reportedly inquired about Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, sources told Barry Svrluga..." July 27

  • Nationals left to decide what to do with Papelbon now

    Masn "Jonathan Papelbon has blown more than a few saves in his career. Forty-nine of them, to be precise. So when it happens, he refuses to convey any sense of fear. “My confidence in this game has never fluctuated, and it never will,” the 35-year-old closer said tonight. “I think that’s something..." July 27

  • What will the Nationals do after missing out on Aroldis Chapman?

    Fox Sports "So now what for the Nationals? Aroldis Chapman is a Cub. Jonathan Papelbon is unraveling. And the asks for the Yankees’ Andrew Miller and Royals’ Wade Davis rightfully will be higher than the Yankees’ ask was for Chapman — assuming the Yankees are willing to trade Miller at all. The..." July 27

  • Nationals activate Ryan Zimmerman from the disabled list

    Hardball Talk "The Nationals announced on Tuesday that the club activated first baseman Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list. Zimmerman had been out since July 7 with a strained rib cage on the left side. Zimmerman has been inserted in the sixth spot in Tuesday’s lineup against the Indians. The..." July 26

  • Indians come back to beat Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- It was wild. It was crazy. But it was a much-needed win for the Cleveland Indians. "That's not how we drew it up," quipped Indians manager Terry Francona. "So much in that game was peculiar. There were a lot of balls going every which way." Francisco Lindor's RBI single..." July 26

  • Royals wanted Nationals' Giolito for Wade Davis

    The Score "If the Washington Nationals want Wade Davis to join their bullpen, the Kansas City Royals are going to make them pay big. In an internal conversation, the Royals reportedly discussed targeting top prospect Lucas Giolito in exchange for the two-time All-Star closer, sources told Jeff Passan of..." July 25

  • Padres score 4 in 9th, take series vs. Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON - San Diego Padres reliever Ryan Buchter pumped his fist and let out a yell after he struck out Michael A. Taylor to end the bottom of the eighth inning in a tie game Sunday afternoon. Drafted by the Nationals in the 33rd round in 2006, Buchter made it to the low Class-A..." July 24

  • Nationals' Sammy Solis: Will begin rehab Friday

    CBS Sports "Solis (knee) will begin a rehab assignment for High-A Potomac on Friday, Kan Kolko of MASN reports." July 23

  • Drew comes through for Nationals in ninth

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON – It has been a rough few days for Stephen Drew, a reserve infielder for the Washington Nationals. He has had a high fever, lost about seven or eight pounds and had just enough energy to take some indoor batting practice on Friday. "It has been ugly," said Drew, who was..." July 23

  • Nationals want Yankees' Aroldis Chapman, but top prospects untouchable

    Newark Star-Ledger "We've known for some time that the Washington Nationals are hot for Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman. New information, according to Washington Post national baseball writer Barry Svrluga, is that the NL East-leading Nats want to deal for Chapman before the Aug. 1 trade deadline without giving up..." July 23

  • Kemp belts two homers as Padres defeat Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Before the game, San Diego rookie manager Andy Green said his team was on one of the hardest road trips of the year in the majors. That is hard to argue since the Padres just played in St. Louis and have two more games against first-place Washington this weekend before heading..." July 22

  • Dodgers' Turner homers twice to hand Strasburg first loss

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Justin Turner made a concentrated effort late last month to start looking to pull the ball to left field, according to manager Dave Roberts. The results certainly have been sparkling, as the right-handed Turner has six home runs and 16 RBIs in 16 games this month. Turner..." July 21

  • MLB eyes limits on relief pitchers, which doesn't make much sense

    Sporting News "Rob Manfred has been vocal about several changes he's looking to negotiate during his tenure as commissioner of Major League Baseball. Add "relief pitcher restrictions" to that list. On Thursday's episode of ESPN's "Mike and Mike," Manfred said MLB has been "talking a lot internally" about..." July 21

  • Max Scherzer on 13-0 Stephen Strasburg: 'He's laser-focused'

    ESPN "Every time Stephen Strasburg takes the mound, he inches closer toward history. One more win and Strasburg will tie Roger Clemens for the second-longest winning streak by a starting pitcher to begin a season in the divisional era. Strasburg is the first starter to go 13-0 since 2013, and you..." July 21

  • The MLB home run explosion of 2016: Are juiced baseballs to blame?

    ESPN "The day before the All-Star Game, Max Scherzer was in a good mood. He talked about University of Missouri football, how the curveball he developed in 2013 took his game to the next level and the new cutter he's starting to throw. Then he was asked about the home run spike across the..." July 20

  • How every team in the National League looks going into the MLB trade deadline

    CBS Sports "The August 1 non-waiver trade deadline is just two weeks away, meaning the clock is ticking for teams to complete trades that will either help position themselves for a playoff push this year or set themselves up for a brighter future. Last week, we looked at all 15 American League teams,..." July 20

  • Reds Claim Abel De Los Santos

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds have claimed righty Abel De Los Santos off waivers from the Nationals, per an announcement from Washington." July 19

  • Utley, Kazmir stand out in Dodgers' 8-4 win

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Before Tuesday's game, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts reported that star pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who is on the disabled list, had a setback and is not sure when he will pitch again. After the game Roberts was praising another Los Angeles pitcher who doesn't throw as..." July 19

  • Nationals “Showing Interest” In Charlie Blackmon

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals are showing interest in Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon, according to Jon Morosi of MLB.com (via Twitter). While it’s not yet clear whether Colorado will deal the center fielder, we heard recently that the club was open to fielding interest on players such as Blackmon and Carlos..." July 19

  • Rage against the machines: MLB stars don't want to see robot umps

    Sporting News "When you follow a game on Major League Baseball’s website, it’s there. When you watch a local broadcast, there’s a good chance you’ll see it. When you see an ESPN broadcast, it’s part of the live picture. Graphics showing the strike zone, telling viewers immediately whether a pitch is good, are..." July 18

  • Report: Shortened MLB schedule gaining momentum

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball has used a 162-game schedule for more than 50 years. When it comes time to negotiate the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the MLB schedule might be changing. “The idea of returning to a 154-game regular season has gained momentum recently,” per David Lennon of New York..." July 18

  • Pirates win on Marte's home run in 18th inning

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Washington manager Dusty Baker was in the Nationals' dugout in the top of the 18th inning when he looked over and saw Jonathan Niese, a reliever for the Pirates, standings in the on-deck circle with two outs and Starling Marte at the plate. With the game tied at 1-1, Baker..." July 17

  • Bryce Harper: Mood depends on how good hair looks

    Sportsnaut "Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper wants to make baseball fun again, but his willingness to put forth the effort might vary from day to day. Why is this, you ask? Harper — perhaps with tongue in cheek, perhaps not — sent out a message to his Instagram followers that suggests a bad..." July 17

  • Nationals' Daniel Murphy: Dealing with tight hamstring

    CBS Sports "Murphy was held out Friday with hamstring tightness that he first felt after Tuesday's All-Star game, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports." July 16

  • Nats showing interest in Chapman, Miller

    MLB.com "The Nationals are in first place, six games ahead of the Marlins and Mets in the National League East, and they'd like nothing more than to increase that lead after the All-Star break. Before the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Nationals will look to improve their bullpen, and maybe even..." July 15

  • Washington Nationals trade rumors: bullpen edition

    iSportsweb "As we come out of the All-Star break and near the trade deadline, GM’s across the league are taking a careful look at their teams to identify weaknesses, strengths, surpluses and decide whether they are buyers or sellers. Right now Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo is sitting in his office,..." July 14

  • 2016 MLB All-Star Game ratings and viewership are record lows

    Awful Announcing "There was a time when the MLB All-Star Game could boast that it was a mid-summer ratings and viewership draw. But in this day and age of internet, fragmented cable universe and so many other alternatives, the All-Star Game can no longer make that claim. While the American League can feel good..." July 13

  • Rob Manfred: PEDs not behind surge in homers

    Newsday "The day after Giancarlo Stanton’s personal fireworks display lit up Petco Park in the Home Run Derby, commissioner Rob Manfred faced a volley of questions about Major League Baseball’s sudden power surge, and what might be behind it. Stanton is one of the strongest players in the sport, at a..." July 13

  • MLBPA head: Pitchers' Derby will be considered for 2017

    The Score "Those slugging pitchers might get their wish next season. Major League Baseball and the Players' Association are going to discuss incorporating pitchers into the Home Run Derby for as soon as next season, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark told Jayson Stark of ESPN on Monday. The union leader..." July 12

  • Giancarlo Stanton wins MLB Home Run Derby

    USA Today "Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton won the 2016 MLB Home Run Derby on Monday night at Petco Park in San Diego, setting a record with 61 total home runs in a single Derby. Stanton defeated defending champion Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox in the final, hitting 20 homers to Frazier's 13. Of..." July 12

  • The Home Run Derby is Trash

    Complex "There was a time when I used to get psyched for the Home Run Derby. But there was also a time when I used to get psyched for Adam Sandler movies. You get a little older, you revaluate a few things in your life, among them what you waste your time watching. And baseball’s gimmicky exhibition of..." July 11

  • Nationals' Murphy homers, haunts Mets again

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The Washington Nationals exited the final series of the first half with a healthy division lead and a sense things could get even better in the coming weeks. The New York Mets were left to rely on the hope that history will repeat itself. Daniel Murphy remained a thorn in the..." July 10

  • Nationals top Mets; Strasburg goes to 12-0

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- One storyline in a juicy pitching matchup between Washington right-hander Stephen Strasburg and New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard disappeared hours before first pitch Friday night, when the Nationals announced Strasburg would not start or pitch for the National League in next..." July 09

  • Murphy carries Nationals with four RBIs against former team

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- When it comes to trying to put Daniel Murphy's first half of the season into context, even his Washington Nationals teammates are resorting to answering a question with a question. "Oh my gosh, how many superlatives can you say?" Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer said Saturday night..." July 09

  • A Trump presidency raises concerns among Major League Baseball players

    USA Today "As part of its All-Star Week celebration in San Diego, Major League Baseball will dedicate a new sporting complex in neighboring Tijuana on Monday, with Commissioner Rob Manfred in attendance. It’s a continuation of MLB’s efforts to expand its foothold in Mexico, which began with Manfred’s trip to..." July 09

  • Max Scherzer replaces Stephen Strasburg in the All-Star Game

    Hardball Talk "We’re running out of snubs as the result of subs. The latest: Washington Nationals starter Max Scherzer has been added to the NL All-Star roster as a replacement for his teammate, Stephen Strasburg, who will not pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game due to him being scheduled to pitch tonight and thus..." July 09

  • Flores, Mets win HR derby over Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Like a lot of summertime sequels, the July 2016 edition of a New York Mets-Washington Nationals series hosted by the Mets was missing a lot of ingredients from the original. However, with the star still in place, people still exited the theatre -- or, in this case, Citi Field --..." July 08

  • Nationals' Trea Turner: Apparently will be called up Friday

    CBS Sports "Turner will apparently be called up by the Nationals on Friday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Manager Dusty Baker said the Nationals would make a roster move Friday, and Turner is reportedly on his way to New York, so it appears he will be the player getting the call." July 08

  • Nationals place Zimmerman on DL, recall Taylor

    The Score "The Washington Nationals have placed struggling first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list. The club also optioned Lucas Giolito to Triple-A and recalled outfielder Michael Taylor and utility man Trea Turner. This season, Zimmerman is having the worst season of his 12-year career,..." July 08

  • Nats GM Mike Rizzo, umpire share heated postgame exchange

    New York Daily News "Nationals president and GM Mike Rizzo got into a heated shouting match with second base umpire and crew chief Jim Joyce in the hallway between the two clubhouses at Citi Field Thursday night, moments after the Mets won, 9-7. “You blew it,” Rizzo said as he passed Joyce and the rest of the..." July 08

  • Oliver Perez the first relief pitcher in 5 years with 2 hits in a game

    SB Nation "Washington Nationals relief pitcher Oliver Perez on Thursday night singled and doubled against the New York Mets, becoming the first relief pitcher with two hits in a game since 2011. Perez entered in relief of rookie starter Lucas Giolito, making just his second major league start, with two..." July 08

  • Werth sounds off on slide rule after controversial finish

    The Score "Add Jayson Werth to the list of players who are unhappy with baseball's new slide rules. The Washington Nationals outfielder was bitten by the rule Thursday when he was judged to have interfered with New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker on his ninth-inning slide, giving the Mets a double..." July 08

  • Home Run Derby contestants announced

    SB Nation "The 2016 Home Run Derby contestants were announced on Thursday evening, and the eight participants in Monday's power display include the host team's lone All-Star as well as the major league leader in home runs. ESPN will televise the Home Run Derby on Monday beginning at 8 p.m. ET live from..." July 07

  • Dodgers, Nats interested in Jay Bruce?

    ESPN "The Cincinnati Reds are "almost certain" to trade right fielder Jay Bruce as well as a few other players before the Aug. 1 non-waiver deadline, reports Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. Rosenthal lists the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals among the teams interested in Bruce, adding..." July 07

  • 2016 MLB Trade Deadline: The best options at each position who could be traded

    CBS Sports "With the August 1 trade deadline less than four weeks away, this is as good of a time as any to start defining the market. There are numerous ways to do that, but we've settled on an old-timey, pure basebally approach: constructing a team -- or most of one -- using players who seem to have a great..." July 07

  • Harper, hitting cleanup, homers as Nats top Brewers

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Dusty Baker had a hunch, and it paid off Wednesday afternoon. The first-year Washington Nationals manager decided to switch Daniel Murphy and Bryce Harper in the batting order, putting Murphy in the No. 3 hole and moving Harper down to the cleanup spot for the first time this..." July 06

  • Fans trash All-Star jerseys after 1st TV appearance

    The Score "When the jerseys for this year's All-Star weekend were revealed back in April, the initial public reception was quiet. However, after they were worn on television for the first time by players on Tuesday, fans are beginning to speak up on the brown and mustard get-ups, and the feedback hasn't..." July 06

  • Bryce Harper won’t compete in Home Run Derby: ‘I just don’t care for it’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Bryce Harper may have made it his quest to “Make Baseball Fun Again,” but that will have to be accomplished without him competing in the Home Run Derby. The Washington Nationals slugger announced he would not take part in the power-hitting showcase at the upcoming All-Star Game at Petco Park in..." July 06

  • Here are your 2016 All-Stars for the American and National Leagues

    Hardball Talk "The 2016 All-Star Game will be hosted by the Padres at Pecto Park on July 12. Your starters were just announced on a special selection show on ESPN. American League Starters C – Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals 1B – Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals 2B – Jose Altuve, Houston..." July 06