NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Will Nationals Solidify Expo Roots with Tim Raines?

 Lost in the announcement of Ivan Rodriguez’s entry into the Pro Baseball of Fame was journeyman Tim Raines Sr.’s decision to enter as a member of the now-defunct Montreal Expos. It was the right decision for a player who spent 13 of his 23 seasons in Montreal, including every All-Star campaign, and every season in which he got MVP consideration. It may also be the last Hall...
Via CBS DC
41 minutes ago

Nationals discuss lineup options: Dusty Baker, Mike Rizzo, Derek Norris and more on lineup...

Who leads off? Who hits second? Dusty Baker, Mike Rizzo, Derek Norris and more on the Nationals potential lineup options...New Nationals catcher Derek Norris offered his unsolicited take on how things might line up for Washington this season when he spoke to reporters last month, though he apologized and assured everyone he wasnt trying to do Dusty Bakers job.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
7 hours ago

Trea Turner is ready to take over at short for Nationals

He played center when he came up last summer, but Trea Turner is moving back to shortstop this season and hes excited about the opportunity.Trea Turner played just six games in center before he was called up to the majors last summer to take over in the outfield for the Washington Nationals.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
13 hours ago

Could the Nationals spring training project be affecting their offseason spending?

The Washington Nationals, in combination with the Houston Astros, the state of Florida and Palm Beach County, are funding the construction of a new spring training facility. The project is being rushed so the facility will be ready for this year’s spring training. Endeavors of that sort are, of course, rather costly. No one involved […]
Via Nationals Journal
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ivan Rodriguez First Nationals Player Elected to Hall of Fame

Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, becoming the first former Nationals player to gain his way into Cooperstown. Rodriguez only played his final two Major League seasons for the Nats, though in those critical 2010-11 seasons he helped bring along a young pitching staff which included future franchise cornerstones Stephen Strasburg and...
Via CBS DC
1 day ago

Bryce Harper prods Nationals over offseason activity

The Washington Nationals haven’t gone on their usual offseason spending spree this winter, only acquiring Adam Eaton and Derek Norris via trade while dealing away Danny Espinosa and a bucket-load of prospects. They *did* avoid an ugly arbitration hearing with Bryce Harper, inking him to a one-year, $13.625 million deal to keep him in the fold for his third of four arbitration...
Via The Comeback
1 day ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Nationals’ shortstop Trea Turner hard at work in the gym...

Take a look at Trea Turners workouts as he prepares for the 2017 campaign, when hes expected to play short full time in the majors.Trea Turner told reporters this winter that he was excited about the opportunity to move back to short after playing center in the majors once he came up for good in 2016. Excited to have an opportunity to go back there, Turner said.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
1 day ago

No. 1 Nats prospect: Victor Robles - Byron Kerr

The Nationals' top prospect according to Baseball America was all the talk at last month's Winter Meetings. Several teams inquired about 19-year-old center fielder Victor Robles and for good reason. No. 1: CF Victor Robles Robles played two months for low Single-A Hagerstown before being promoted to high Single-A Potomac ... Read More
Via MASN
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Brian Cashman mum on pursuit of Bryce Harper in 2018

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman wisely sidestepped an inquiry during a fan forum about the impressive free agent class slated to arrive following the 2018 season. A fan at the event held Tuesday night at the Times Square Hard Rock Cafe asked specifically if the Yankees will pursue the likes of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Smiling — and showing awareness of...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Who could emerge in the Nationals bullpen?

Throughout this offseason, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo’s message about his bullpen has been the same: “The bullpen is something we’d like to address,” Rizzo said at the winter meetings. “but we’ve got a lot of good in-house candidates.” Rizzo has stayed true to that story, or various iterations thereof since the Nationals season ended in […]
Via Nationals Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

How Deep Are The Nationals?

January is typically the doldrums of the MLB offseason. Never mind that it is just a few days until the two-year anniversary of the Nationals’ signing of Max Scherzer: At this point in the offseason, most teams have made their moves and are filling their teams out around the edges. The Nationals have surely already made their biggest move in offloading several top prospects for...
Via The Nats Blog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Sammy Solis: International Man of Mystery

The only trip Sammy Solis took during the 2016 season was to the DL, preventing him from contributing on the mound or to Washington’s playoff clinch celebration. The offseason has been much more kind to him in terms of vacation spots. The lefty reliever first traveled across Europe during the early weeks of November, leaving days before the election. Because like Superman and...
Via The Nats Blog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Harper, Nationals avoid arbitration with $13.6M deal for '17

WASHINGTON (AP) Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a $13,625,000 contract for 2017, avoiding arbitration. The sides reached a deal Friday, the day players and teams were to exchange arbitration figures ahead of hearings. Harper made $5 million last season, when he struggled with injuries and took a big step back after becoming the youngest unanimous MVP in...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals announce 2017 minor league coaching staff

Continuity in the minor leagues is one of the more subtle building blocks of the Washington Nationals’ recent run of relevance. Even as tumult consumed one big league coaching staff and outside hiring comprised another, the staples of the Nationals’ minor league operation remained intact — a shuffling of duties not withstanding. In keeping with their […]
Via Nationals Journal
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Scherzer reveals he pitched since August with injured finger

WASHINGTON (AP) NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer revealed Monday that he pitched at the end of last season with an injured finger on his throwing hand and now will skip the World Baseball Classic. The Washington Nationals initially announced Monday on Twitter that their star right-hander has a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger, without offering any details...
Via Associated Press
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Washington Nationals better now than they were at the beginning of the offseason?

As per usual, GM Mike Rizzo and the Washington Nationals have been very active this offseason, kicking the tires on virtually every free agent, and being connected to several teams in trade rumors. Rizzo has made a few of those deals, and come up short on others. So is this team better than they were just three months ago? Centerfield/ShortstopOut: Danny EspinosaIn: Adam Eaton Trea...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Relive "Nationals Classics": Beating up on the Phillies and Marlins - Nationals Buzz

We're inching closer and closer to the arrival of spring training! Can you believe that Nationals pitchers and catchers report to The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in 37 days, with position players arriving just three days later? While you countdown the days to baseball's return, MASN continues along with ... Read More
Via MASN
11 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Bryce Harper deadlifts 505 pounds

We know Nationals slugger Bryce Harper is strong, which is why he gets so much power behind his swing, and can also go opposite field with ease. But you wouldn’t think of him being a guy that can deadlift over 500 pounds, multiple times. We learned that he can, indeed, do that, as a video of him deadlifting 505 pounds has gone viral. Back is rounded a bit, but at #505 I'll take it!
Via The Sports Daily
13 days ago  |  Discuss

No. 4 Nats prospect: Wilmer Difo - Byron Kerr

Shortstop Wilmer Difo was so critical to the Nationals' late season push that he made the postseason roster and had the final at-bat in the National League Division Series. But he is still a young prospect, and is important to the Nats' depth at that infield spot. Baseball America's top ... Read More
Via MASN
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats reportedly willing to talk contract extension with Dusty Baker

The Washington Nationals may be cruising down Baker Street for a bit longer. According to a report by Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post on Tuesday, the Nationals are willing to discuss an extension with manager Dusty Baker, who is entering the final year of his contract in 2017. Baker, 67, led Washington to a 95-67 record and a National League East division title in his first...
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals should resist signing Max Wieters

After missing several free agency opportunities this offseason, the Washington Nationals are said to be considering signing catcher Matt Wieters. Although the longtime Oriole may be an improvement at the catcher position, it is not enough to justify the contract he will want. Last season he earned $15.8 million and is expected to get a contract worth around $13 million/year. Wieters...
Via isportsweb.com
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Exec Reveals What Pro Scouts Look for in Young Baseball Players

The competition among baseball players is fierce. It's no secret that athletes need every edge they can get to make it to the next level. Talk to any scout or anyone else responsible for Major League rosters, however, and you'll learn that it's not just skill development and training that matter. Athletes need to improve their abilities intelligently to become players that scouts...
Via Stack
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Was Ryan Zimmerman Actually Bad?

Going into next season, the Nationals are prepared to start a 32-year-old at first base, a 32-year-old who last season recorded a WAR of literally -1.3. That’s very bad! If Ryan Zimmerman had any dwindling chance of building a Hall-of-Fame career record, he effectively kissed it goodbye. It was an extraordinarily frustrating summer. But is Zimmerman toast now, or what? Spoiler...
Via Fangraphs
December 19, 2016  |  Discuss
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