Dusty Discusses Game Plan For Strasburg, Turner

WASHINGTON — If the Washington Nationals are to be successful in 2017, it is certain that they will need more of Stephen Strasburg and Trea Turner than they got in 2016. Strasburg was off to a historically fast start, not logging a loss until June 4 and the odds on favorite to win the Cy Young Award at the All-Star break. But his season would take a dramatic turn for the worse...
1 hour ago

Lucas Giolito Says Goodbye to the Nationals

Nationals top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito probably didn’t wake up Wednesday morning expecting to be traded, but such is the life a Major Leaguer. The Nationals traded their 22-year-old right-handed starter of the future, along with two other fellow prospects, 22-year-old right-hander Reynaldo Lopez and 21-year-old righty Dane Dunning, to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for...
2 hours ago

Maybe Adam Eaton Should Stay in Right Field

So the Nationals now have Adam Eaton. Adam Eaton is really good! Last year, after moving to right field, Adam Eaton put up a +6 WAR season, thanks to his defensive ratings going through the roof. Washington, though, has some guy named Bryce Harper in right field, so Eaton is going back to center field, where he played up until last year. That will allow Trea Turner to move back to...
Via Fangraphs
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The Nationals mortgaged their future and didn't even fill their biggest offseason need

Did the Nationals just do that?Did they just trade away the No. 3 prospect in baseball, the No. 38 prospect in baseball, and their first-round selection from the last draft?They did.And in return for that massive package of prospects, the team picked up …Adam Eaton.Make no mistake, Eaton is one of baseball’s most underrated players — he hit .290/.362/.422 over the last three...
Via FOX Sports
2 hours ago

Mike Rizzo Discusses Nationals’ Acquisition Of Adam Eaton

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo addressed his club’s acquisition of Adam Eaton from the White Sox, which cost a trio of quality pitching prospects. Eaton, who just turned 28, is controllable for five years at the reasonable rate of $38.4MM (the last two seasons via option). Here are a few highlights from the press conference: Rizzo emphasized the importance of the flexibility that Eaton...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
2 hours ago

Adam Eaton Is the Nationals’ Newest Star Player

You might remember that, last year, the Nationals didn’t get who they wanted. They made a strong run at Yoenis Cespedes, but they obviously didn’t win. They made runs at Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist, too, but they didn’t win there, either. They ultimately wound up with Daniel Murphy, and Murphy worked out fantastic. The season worked out fantastic. The Nationals pulled off...
Via Fangraphs
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Nationals get CF Eaton from White Sox for 3 young pitchers

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) The Washington Nationals acquired center fielder Adam Eaton from the Chicago White Sox for three young pitchers, including top prospect Lucas Giolito and hard-throwing Reynaldo Lopez, who made the team's postseason roster in 2016. The trade was made Wednesday, the last full day of the winter meetings outside the nation's capital, and comes after Washington failed...
Via Associated Press
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Nationals acquire center fielder Adam Eaton

The Washington Nationals, whose hard line on prospects kept them from acquiring all-stars like Andrew McCutchen and Chris Sale this winter, traded their top two pitching prospects and 2015 first-round pick to the White Sox for low-cost center fielder Adam Eaton Wednesday afternoon. Lucas Giolito, who rated as the top right-handed pitching prospect in baseball […]
Via Nationals Journal
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Nationals, Rays have reportedly discussed Alex Colome trade

Still very much in need of a closer, the Washington Nationals may be turning their attention towards the trade market in an effort to land one. According to a report by Jon Morosi of FOX Sports on Wednesday, the Nationals have discussed a trade for righty reliever Alex Colome with the Tampa Bay Rays. #Rays, #Nationals have discussed closer Alex Colome in trade talks, sources...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Dusty Baker: ‘In my mind, I’m better than most guys 20 years younger than me’

While it ended with a disappointing loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Division Series, Dusty Baker’s first season back in baseball after a two-year hiatus was mostly successful. The Nationals won more games during the regular season than every team except the Texas Rangers and World Series champion Chicago Cubs […]
Via DC Sports Blog
7 hours ago

Washington Nationals Rumors: Nats’ closer search, GM Mike Rizzo on high-end relievers

Where do the Washington Nationals turn after missing out on a few of their top targets at the Winter Meetings?NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. - The Washington Nationals made an attempt to sign closer Mark Melancon as the 2016 Winter Meetings at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center got underway on Monday, only watch the reliever sign a 4-year/$62M deal with the San Francisco Giants.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
8 hours ago

Washington Nationals Rumors: Why Nats’ Trea Turner is untouchable in trade talks

Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has no interest in trading Trea Turner. He talked about the 23-year-old infielder/outfielders value to the organization. NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. - While a number of Washington Nationals prospects have been discussed in trade chatter during this weeks Winter Meetings at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center, including Lucas Giolito, Victor Robles...
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
12 hours ago

Wilson Ramos signs with Rays, concluding his Nationals tenure

Wilson Ramos’s tenure with the Nationals officially ended Tuesday night when the catcher agreed to a two-year contract with the Rays pending a physical, according to a person familiar with the situation. The deal carries $12.5 million guaranteed and can climb to $18.25 million with incentives. The breakup with Washington became inevitable last Friday once […]
Via Nationals Journal
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Derek Norris Returns to DC

Time is a flat circle, so it’s only fitting that Derek Norris is returning to DC. After the Nationals shipped him to Oakland as part of the deal that brought Gio Gonzalez to DC, Norris has been dealt back to the team that originally drafted him. In a deal announced Friday, the Nationals found a potential Wilson Ramos replacement in the former Padre Norris in exchange for Single...
Via The Nats Blog
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Would a Harper Trade Make Sense?

Bryce Harper is set to be a free agent after the 2018 season, and will most likely test the market. If the Nationals don't think they'll be able to sign him to a massive deal, shouldn't they see what they could get in a trade involving? It's not unthinkable.
Via Sports On Earth
22 hours ago

A look at the Washington Nationals’ payroll

As the Nationals explore options, big and small, at baseball’s winter meetings, the team’s payroll ceiling remains unclear to those outside its 11th-floor suite at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. Major League Baseball’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates a $195 luxury tax threshold for 2017. That grants the Nationals ample room without worrying […]
Via Nationals Journal
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Report: Harper seeking $400 million, likely to leave Nationals

Washington Nationals fans should probably enjoy Bryce Harper while they can. The star outfielder, who is due to become a free agent after the 2018 season, is reportedly seeking at least a 10-year deal in excess of $400 million for his next contract, a Nationals executive told Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The Nationals, put off by those parameters, have resigned themselves to the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Melancon signs $62 million deal with Giants

The first of the big closers is off the free agent market, and he’s getting a whole lot of money. Mark Melancon and the San Francisco Giants are reportedly in agreement on a four-year deal that will shatter Jonathan Papelbon’s record $50 million closer deal. Sources: The Giants and Mark Melancon have agreed to a deal, pending a physical; Melancon is going through his physical...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Nationals don't tender contract to OF Ben Revere

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals did not tender a contract to outfielder Ben Revere before Friday's deadline, making him a free agent. The Nationals announced Friday that Revere was their only arbitration-eligible player who wasn't offered a contract. Shortstop Danny Espinosa, outfielder Bryce Harper, third baseman Anthony Rendon and right-handed pitcher Tanner Roark were...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals, C Jose Lobaton avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

WASHINGTON (AP) Catcher Jose Lobaton and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a one-year contract for 2017, avoiding arbitration. The Nationals announced the agreement on Twitter on Thursday. Lobaton hit .232 in 99 at-bats during the regular season as a backup to Wilson Ramos. But Ramos was injured in September, allowing Lobaton to get a chance at a more prominent role in...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Christmas wish list for the Washington Nationals

The holiday season is officially here, which means kids around the globe are fine-tuning their Christmas lists. Nationals fans are no different, so let’s run through what we would like to see in 2017 and beyond. 1. Stephen Strasburg’s elbow holds up for a full season.The Nationals invested in him long-term, and he was dominant last year. But he is he also yet to crack 25 starts...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

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