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Remember Ryan Perry? He’s back.

  Do you remember Ryan Perry? He was supposed to be the closer of the future, the guy who would take over after Todd Jones retired. He was supposed to be the next flame throwing closer who would dominate the ninth inning for a decade. Instead he turned out to be nothing of the sort and was dealt away in 2012. Perry was the Tigers first round pick back in 2008, but never lived up...
Via The Majors Detroit
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Washington Nationals

Despite not making the playoffs in 2013, the Nationals were heavily favored in 2014. Sure enough, they coasted through the NL East, withstanding an early challenge from the Braves, and finished with the best record in the NL. Then, the Giants eliminated them from the NLDS in four games. Once again this winter, Washington was declared the winner of the offseason, and are heavily...
Via The Outside Corner
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #31: Max Scherzer | SP | WAS

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! I didn’t think we’d ever see Max Scherzer develop into the $200MM pitcher he is today, and neither did the “experts” as Baseball America ranked him 66th before the 2008 season while Baseball Prospectus had him 90th. But here we are. Scherzer’s become one of the most reliable pitchers in baseball...
Via Baseball Professor
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

NL East Top 10 Prospects 2015

The calendar has flipped and spring training has arrived once again, meaning it is time for the baseball world to go crazy over prospect rankings for the forthcoming season. Based primarily on stats and potential, below is our list of the NL East’s top 10 prospects for 2015. 1. Lucas Giolito RHP – Nationals: Giolito is not just the top prospect in the NL East, he may be just...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #34: Bryce Harper | OF | WAS

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! The fantasy community has had it with the Bryce Harper hype year-in and year-out. Since teasing owners with a 4.4 WAR rookie season he has yet to duplicate or surpass it. Harper routinely has been drafted highly and almost always gets hurt. Last year was no exception, but I’m here to tell you to draft...
Via Baseball Professor
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals' Werth still rehabbing from shoulder surgery

VIERA, Fla. (AP) The Washington Nationals' Jayson Werth is back on the field, just not 100 percent yet. Werth participated in outfield drills Thursday during the Nationals' first full-squad workout Thursday. But the left fielder was generally limited as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. Still, the fact Werth was with his teammates instead of hanging out with the trainers...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nationals' 2B Danny Espinosa Sports Awesome Fu Manchu at Spring Training

Great facial hair in Major League Baseball is to be expected. All players reported to spring training over the last week, and one player’s...
Via Athlon Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dan Uggla Hot Tubbing With the Wife in Florida

Potential Nationals second baseman Dan Uggla hasn’t been productive since 2012, but don’t feel too bad for the guy. He’s raked in $62 million-plus in his career, has massive biceps,  and has his wife, Janette, to come home to. However, he still might have a little gas left in the tank. According to the Boston Globe, Uggla played through an undetected concussion, which might...
Via Busted Coverage
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper's reaction to Nats signing Max Scherzer: "Where's my ring?" (Video)

We might only be a few days into Spring Training, but the Bryce Harper Quote Machine is in mid-season form. Harper met with the media in Viera today, and restated his promise to bring a World Series title to Washington D.C. But his reaction to the Max Scherzer signing in the offseason was so Bryce Harper (CSN Washington Video above): "To be able to have a guy like Scherzer...
Via Nationals Enquirer
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Nats have NL East Champions banners hanging off the foul poles at Space Coast Stadium again

Good morning from #Nats camp! #SpringTraining pic.twitter.com/PTvgz4kza7 — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) February 24, 2015 In case you've forgotten, the Washington Nationals would like to remind you that they won the NL East in 2014. And so, just like the Spring of 2013, the Nats have their "NL East Champions" banners hanging off the foul poles again at Space Coast...
Via Nationals Enquirer
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Prospect Profile: Lucas Giolito

The Washington Nationals enter this year’s spring training with hands-down the best starting rotation in the majors with Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Gio Gonzalez, and the blockbuster pick up of the off-season Max Scherzer. As if that was not enough, Tanner Roark has no place to go but the bullpen despite posting a 2.85 ERA and 1.09 WHIP over 198 innings...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman making transition to 1st base

VIERA, Fla. (AP) The way Ryan Zimmerman sees it, change is not something to get all worked up about. After being the Washington Nationals opening day third baseman for the past nine seasons, the 30-year-old is making the transition to first base this spring. ''All good things come to an end,'' Zimmerman said Tuesday. ''Not too many people get to play as long as I have, and be as...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Just look at Anthony Rendon's hair

Eyes on it. #TonyTwoBags #Nats pic.twitter.com/MSVh3nmm4T — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) February 24, 2015 Forget Danny Espinosa's Fu Manchu; get a load of Anthony Rendon's big hair. Some serious moss coming out of #TonyTwoBags' cap this spring. @Taylor_Michael3 no longer rocking the flat top.
Via Nationals Enquirer
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals’ Ian Desmond Says He Will ‘Enjoy’ The Ride in Contract Year

View image | gettyimages.com It is no secret the 2015 season may be Ian Desmond‘s last with the Washington Nationals. After talks on a contract extension have stalled and rumors surfaced about Desmond being traded ahead of spring training, the realism of Desmond not being in Washington beyond this year has set in for the team, fans, and player. “I’m gonna enjoy this ride...
Via KCM Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Signs Track at Daytona 500

Signing the track at Daytona 500 today..Very cool opportunity! #Nascar A photo posted by Bryce Harper (@bharper3407) on Feb 22, 2015 at 5:37pm PST Just days before he is expected to report to spring training, Nationals slugger Bryce Harper spent the day at the Daytona 500. Harper was there on the behalf of Gatorade. He enjoyed the festivities with his father. In the process...
Via KCM Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats pickup 2016 option on Manager Matt Williams

The Washington Nationals have picked up the 2016 option on the contract of Nats’ manager Matt Williams.  The option means that the Nats plan to have the National League Manager of the Year as the skipper for at least the next two seasons. Williams won the coveted Manager of the Year award in his rookie season with the Nats’ in 2014.  In his first season, Williams led the Nationals...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Exercise 2016 Option on Manager Matt Williams

View image | gettyimages.com The Washington Nationals announced Saturday the team had exercised the 2016 option for manager Matt Williams. After guiding the Nationals to a 96-66 record and their second National League East division title in three years, extending Williams became a no-brainer. The Nationals recorded the best record in the NL, during Williams’ rookie season as...
Via KCM Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Jayson Werth not a big fan of serving time in jail, vows to put it behind him

Jayson Werth has completed his five-day jail sentence as punishment for a reckless driving charge stemming from the Washington Nationals outfielder driving 105 mph on the Capital Beltway last July. Werth originally was sentenced to 10 days in jail but appealed that ruling and later entered a guilty plea and ordered to serve only five...Read More The post Jayson Werth not a big fan...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Danny Espinosa’s fu manchu is terrifying

Players are reporting to Spring Training all across Florida and Arizona, and Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa arrived with some extra facial hair. Danny Espinosa was one of the first position players in camp. His Fu Manchu has also reported. And it is glorious. pic.twitter.com/8K9EwJDQd6 — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) February 19, 2015 GOOD GOOGLY MOOGLY...
Via The Outside Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Spring Training Preview: Bullpen

What does the Nationals bullpen look like this year? Many point blame at the Washington relievers for post season losses to St. Louis and San Francisco in the 2012 and 2014 post season. Fair or not, questions remain. Spring Training is upon us. The Indians are the first full squad to report, Cleveland arriving on Sunday. The Twins are the final squad, required to show a week from...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals ask court to modify injunction in MASN dispute

The legal sparring between the Washington Nationals and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network continued last week, with the Nationals asking the presiding judge in the case to modify the preliminary injunction issued last August. As background, the dispute centers on an arbitration decision issued in 2014 by MLB’s Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee (RSDC), which determined that MASN […]
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

How The 2015 Washington Nationals Came To Be

With spring training upon us, I thought I would take stock of the club’s roster and how they got here. Take a look below at the Washington Nationals starters and how they ended up  with the organization: C Wilson Ramos - Traded for former closer Matt Capps1B Ryan Zimmerman - No. 4 pick in the 2005 First Year Player Draft2B  Yunel Escobar - Traded for set-up man Tyler ClippardSS...
Via The Nats Blog
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper looks bulked up, dragging 550 pounds around will do that (vid)

Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper looks like he’s putting on a healthy amount of muscle during the offseason. The fact that a component of his presumably grueling workouts includes dragging over 550 pounds across a gym floor probably has something to do with his increasingly more muscular physique. Harper writes on Instagram that there’s “nothing...Read More The post...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Did Werth sign autograph for inmate while in jail?

Jayson Werth ran afoul of the boys in blue when he was caught going 105 mph in a 55-mph zone in July. The Washington Nationals outfielder pleaded guilty to a reckless driving charge last week and was ordered to serve five days in jail, which apparently is a common punishment for such a crime. Werth...Read More The post Did Jayson Werth sign autograph for fellow inmate while doing...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nationals open to trading Stephen Strasburg

The Washington Nationals reportedly signed one ace pitcher, but they could be looking to deal another. The Nationals reportedly signed Max Scherzer to an enormous deal, and many thought the free-agent right-hander would be the perfect addition to an already-stacked rotation. However, the Nationals might be looking to move right-hander Stephen Strasburg, according to a report. USA...
Via NESN.com
January 19, 2015  |  Discuss
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