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NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Dusty Baker on Nationals: "Why not now, and why not me?"

Speaking of his opportunity with the Nationals as part of an MLB documentary, Dusty Baker explains that both he and the club need a World Series ring. And now is the time.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Longtime Nationals minor leaguer Josh Johnson gave up playing for chance to manage

Josh Johnson toiled, if anyone ever did, on nine different teams in eight minor league baseball seasons. Johnson was a career minor leaguer who played nine seasons before even reaching Class AAA. A few months ago, he decided to retire from the Syracuse Chiefs after 12 seasons in the minors, six in the Nationals organization. […]
Via Nationals Journal
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

2016 Washington Nationals Preview & Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep

The Nats were a huge disappointment in 2015, but Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer were fantasy superstars. Is Harper worthy of the No. 1 overall pick?(Note: When a player's fantasy draft status is mentioned - e.g., "he's an SP4" - the number is based on 12-team mixed leagues. ADP references are from NFBC drafts.)ALSO SEE: TEAM PREVIEWS ARCHIVEKey additions: 2B Daniel Murphy, OF Ben...
Via Fox Sports
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

2016 FANTASY BASEBALL PROSPECT PROFILE: TREA TURNER

It isn’t often that a player regarded as highly as Trea Turner is traded away, but that’s exactly what happened in 2014 when the Nationals, in a three-team trade, acquired Turner from the Padres and only had to give up Steven Souza and Travis Ott to do it. Profile Turner shined at both AA and AAA in 2015 for the Nationals before getting the call up just before roster expansion...
Via The Fantasy Fix
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Craig Stammen signs minor league deal with Cleveland

Tyler Clippard is not the only former Nationals pitcher on the move Monday. Craig Stammen has a new team as well.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Baseball America No. 1 Nats prospect: Lucas Giolito - Byron Kerr

The image of top prospect right-hander Lucas Giolito pitching in a Washington Nationals uniform could become even clearer this summer. Giolito paved the way to that end with a very positive 2015 campaign in which he pitched in 21 games, 19 of them starts, for 117 innings. He fired 131 ... Read More
Via MASN
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Reps DC at SuperBowl

Superstar athletes and celebrities were out in full force for the SuperBowl on Sunday and among those hitting the big game…2015 National League MVP Bryce Harper. But it was what he was wearing that turned heads, not the fact that he made the trip to Levi’s Stadium for the big game. Saturday, the Washington Nationals slugger teased his choice of headgear via Instagram. Travel...
Via Hall of Very Good
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Baseball America Nats No. 2 prospect: Trea Turner - Byron Kerr

Trea Turner, 22, got his first taste of the majors last season with the Nationals. It was a season that saw him play for four different teams after beginning the year as property of the San Diego Padres organization and ending up in a Nationals uniform for 27 games. He ... Read More
Via MASN
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros, Nationals spring training facility being built ‘in record time’

This time next year, the Nationals and Astros will head elsewhere, not to Viera or Kissimmee, but to West Palm Beach and the new joint facility currently known as the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. According to Principal Owner Mark D. Lerner, reached by email this week for an update on his team’s new home, […]
Via Nationals Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

#TBT: Anthony Rendon charges grounder, makes great play to first - Nationals Buzz

He's got pop in his bat and range while manning the hot corner. Unfortunately, third baseman Anthony Rendon was limited to 80 games last season due to injury. However, some experts are saying that Rendon could become a top infielder in the National League in 2016. Rendon certainly showed off ... Read More
Via MASN
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Thornton still awaiting team with “serious” interest

Matt Thornton remains a free agent who as he is “waiting for a team to show serious interest.” The 39-year-old left hander appeared on Sirius XM on Wednesday saying he would retire if he does not get a big league deal for the 2016 season. Thornton surely has plenty of teams interested in him but thus far no one has paid up for the reliever who spent last season with the Nationals...
Via Tireball.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Remaining Free Agents Nats Could Target

WASHINGTON — This MLB offseason has been quite unusual, and the free agent market has only very gradually dried up. Most of the biggest names have chosen their team for 2016, but plenty of serviceable players still dot the free agent landscape. One of the top players remaining is former Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, though his return to Washington is considered highly unlikely...
Via CBS DC
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Top 20 Prospects

Credit: MiLB.com Over the years, the Washington Nationals organization — and before that, the Montreal Expos — have developed a reputation of having some of the best homegrown talent in the big leagues. Dating back to the days of the Expos, luminary names like Vladimir Guerrero, Jose Vidro, Cliff Floyd, Mark Grudzielanek, Cliff Lee, and Brandon Phillips have all passed through...
Via Baseball Essential
7 days ago  |  Discuss

How Nationals can flip the script and win NL East in 2016

One year ago, the Washington Nationals were given the most meaningless of honors: preseason champions. The addition of starter Max Scherzer in free agency and the development of Bryce Harper gave many good reason to tout the Nats as World Series favorites. The National League East, it appeared, was a foregone conclusion. But Washington in 2015 is the most recent example of how enormous...
Via The Sports Daily
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros address huge back-end rotation need with Doug Fister signing

Houston Astros starting pitching was a huge plus in 2015. Dallas Keuchel continued to be a revelation, posting his best season to date with a 20-8 record, 1.02 WHIP, and 2.48 ERA, earning his first career Cy Young. Behind him was Collin McHugh, a waiver claim turned perfect number two. The 28-year-old won 19 games, threw over 200 innings, and had a 3.89 ERA. Behind the duo was...
Via The Outside Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Take the Doug Fister Chance

Just gonna go ahead and borrow from a colleague: I wonder what kind of odds you could have gotten on “Doug Fister and Rich Hill will sign almost the same FA contract” 12 months ago. — David Cameron (@DCameronFG) January 28, 2016 Rich Hill signed for a year and a guaranteed $6 million. He’s nearly 36 years old, and he just started all of four games for the Red Sox, and...
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Desmond unlikely to return to Nationals

Despite missing out on some big name free agents, the Washington Nationals seem content with their infield.According to a report from the Washington Post, a reunion with shortstop Ian Desmond won't be happening:"That ship, however, has sailed. The sides haven’t negotiated since Desmond turned down a five-year, $89.5 million extension before the 2014 season, and there has not...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals haven’t done much to improve this offseason

The Washington Nationals were set for big changes this offseason. After being pegged to be among the best teams in the league, the Nationals stumbled to an 83-79 record. Their struggles were personified in late-September when Jonathan Papelbon choked out teammate and franchise star Bryce Harper in the dugout, and inept ex-manager Matt Williams not only didn’t immediately punish...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 ZiPS Projections – Washington Nationals

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Washington Nationals. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore...
Via Fangraphs
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nationals are after Yoenis Cespedes

Jon Heyman of MLB Network is reporting the Washington Nationals have made a substantial offer to outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, one of the most sought-after free agents of this year. The Nationals have not commented on the report, but Heyman reports the offer is for about $100 million over five years. That would make it less than the $132.75 million over six years that Justin Upton...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
19 days ago  |  Discuss

The Risk of Signing Ian Desmond

A year ago today, things were looking pretty good in Ian Desmond‘s world. He was 29 years old and the starting shortstop for the Washington Nationals, heavy favorites to win the National League East. A few months earlier, Desmonds completed his third straight season of at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Defensive metrics indicated he was roughly average to above average...
Via Fangraphs
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper and baseball’s new golden age

In 2015, the prophecy came true. Bryce Harper, the precocious prodigy whom since his mid-teenage years had been heralded as the game’s eventual foremost force of nature, delivered on his substantial promise. He won the National League’s Most Valuable Player in an overwhelming fashion, being one of the sole lights in the foggy waters of a lost Washington Nationals campaign. ...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
December 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Danny Espinosa says shortstop is 'where home is for me'

Danny Espinosa is one determined fellow. And we aren't just talking about the hardihood with which he grew a mustache that could double as a character on "The Muppets."The 28-year-old was drafted by the Washington Nationals as a shortstop but has predominantly played second base in his six years in Washington. Per The Washington Post, Espinosa is looking toward 2016 as his opportunity...
Via Yardbarker
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Wale releases 'MVP' track in tribute to Bryce Harper

In tribute of Bryce Harper’s National League Most Valuable Player season, hip hop artist Wale has released a new track (contains explicit lyrics — listener discretion is advised) in honor the Washington Nationals slugger, fittingly entitled, “MVP (Bryce Harper).” “Got the seats all filled,” raps Wale, as transcribed by D.C. Sports Bog. “I’m the reason y’all here...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the Nationals will win the NL East in 2016

  The Nationals were supposed to win the World Series this year. They were coming of a 96-win season, were loaded with all-star talent in the middle of the lineup, and had just added Max Scherzer to what had been the best rotation in baseball in 2014. They were an unstoppable juggernaut in the weakest division in baseball. No one was picking against them.   Then 2015 happened...
Via The Sports Quotient
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss
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