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NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Which Nats Starter Is The Best: Stephen Strasburg

On Monday, Will made a compelling argument that Max Scherzer is the best Washington Nationals starting pitcher. After signing a $210 million contract this offseason following several stellar seasons as one of baseball’s best pitchers, this is a pretty solid argument to make. However, I’d like to take a look at comparing all their numbers while all five guys were active Major...
Via The Nats Blog
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Who are the Nats’ “7th Inning Guys” ?

While a lot of attention this offseason has been paid to the Nats solidifying their middle infield and the acquisition of Max Scherzer, very little has focused on an area of the roster that struggled in the 2014 playoffs and has seen a good amount departed talent this winter, the bullpen. This winter the Nats have said goodbye to: Rafael Soriano – 64 G, 3.19 ERA, 32 Saves Ryan...
Via The Nats Blog
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Minor league players signed by the Nationals

Evan Meek The Washington Nationals have been busy the past few weeks tying up the loose ends with the Max Scherzer deal. Before this deal happened though, the Nationals were making quieter moves, drafting players to minor league contracts. These players have to potential to be the future of the organization and should not be overlooked even with the Scherzer deal. Here are a few...
Via isportsweb.com
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Max Scherzer Signs with Washington

Apparently, when I poke fun at baseball teams, they almost immediately go against the grain, but that isn’t the whole story today. The baseball family lost a wonderful person this weekend, little trades and signings continue to happen or be in the works, and Mad Max finally signed ... for a lot of money. Farewell, Mr. Cub Ernie Banks, who spent the entirety of his 19-year...
Via The Sports Post
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals player profile: Ian Desmond

Ian Desmond With all the talk of the Washington Nationals picking up Max Scherzer, we can’t forget about the other Nationals’ players who are essential to a 2015 postseason appearance. Ian Desmond in particular has been a crucial factor to the National’s past winning seasons. The shortstop has been with Washington since his debut in 2009 and has been a vital contributor to...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Justifying the Max Scherzer Contract

Major League Baseball’s most active offseason in recent memory is finally winding down. Righty ace pitcher Max Scherzer, the winter’s highest-profile free agent, came off the market late Sunday night when he agreed to a uniquely structured 7-year deal, $210 million deal with the Washington Nationals. By adding Scherzer to a pitching staff that was […] The post Justifying the...
Via Outside Analysis
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Behind The Numbers Of Max Scherzer’s Mutually Beneficial Contract

In the days since the moment the world learned that Max Scherzer would sign with the Washington Nationals, quite a bit of information has come out about the record-breaking pact. Most notably, we found out that the total dollar value of Scherzer’s seven-year contract will be $210 million, paid out evenly over 14 years. At first glance, this might cause Nats fans some anxiety. Putting...
Via The Nats Blog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper dropped by ‘Modern Family’ set, took photos with show’s stars (pics)

It’s unknown at this exactly why, but Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper on Wednesday dropped by the set of the multiple-Emmy Award-winning series, “Modern Family.” Harper’s presence on the set was first tipped off by Julie Bowen, who plays Claire Dunphy on the ABC hit comedy, who tweeted a photo of herself and fellow cast...Read More The post Bryce Harper dropped...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

FanGraphs: Betts For Strasburg Sensible Trade

Strasburg (L), Betts (R)Dave Cameron of the authoritative FanGraphs.com website makes an interesting case for a Mookie Betts for Stephen Strasburg trade. In fact, he argues that the deal would be a "win-win" for both the Red Sox and the Nationals. Why? First, Cameron uses a complex analysis of WAR projections for Betts and his likely replacements on the 2015 roster. He concludes...
Via FenwayNation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats GM Willing To Trade Jordan Zimmermann

According to FOXSports.com's Jon Morosi, Nationals GM Mike Rizzo is willing to trade starter Jordan Zimmermann (and Ian Desmond as well, for that matter) assuming it makes "baseball sense". Clearly, that means getting back talented, cheaper players in return—something the Red Sox are willing and able to do for Rizzo. Earlier reports have a bevy of young Boston prospects going to...
Via FenwayNation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals player profile: Max Scherzer

Max Scherzer With the news of Max Scherzer officially signing with Washington, it is clear the Washington Nationals are serious about making a name for themselves in October. Scherzer is coming into arguably one of the best pitching staffs in the majors and will fit right in. The current pitching staff, including Jordan Zimmermann and Steven Strasburg, had a combined ERA of 3.03...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer: ‘I want to win and that’s why I’m here’

Your browser does not support iframes. The Washington Nationals introduced Max Scherzer, who agreed on a seven-year, $210 million deal Monday, on Wednesday at Nationals Park. “I think this team is capable of winning and winning a lot,” Scherzer said. “When you look at near term and long term, this is an organization you want to be a part of. … I want to win and that’s...
Via Sports-Glory
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Zimmermann Is Top Choice As Sox Trade Target

Jordan Zimmermann has emerged as the clear choice of our readers as the preferred trade target among Nationals starters. As the chart shows, fully 55% now choose Zimmermann, followed by 34% who pick Stephen Strasburg and just 7% who select Doug Fister. Five percent said they don't prefer any of the three Nationals starters.
Via FenwayNation
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals to host 2018 All Star Game

The Washington Nationals have been told by Major League Baseball that they will host the 2018 All Star Game, according to a report in the Washington Post. The announcement is expected before MLB Commissioner Bud Selig retires at the end of January 2015. Washington has hosted the All Star game four times, most recently in 1969 at RFK Stadium. The Montreal Expos hosted the game in...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Enormous Trade Value of Stephen Strasburg

It’s no secret the Nationals have been having a lot of conversations behind the scenes. For much of the offseason, there’ve been rumors the team was open to moving guys like Ian Desmond and Jordan Zimmermann. As hard as it was before to see the Nationals deliberately making themselves worse in the short-term to get […]
Via Fangraphs
7 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
8 days ago  |  Discuss

We have finally gone through the wormhole into the next universe: Baseball's glamour team is the Washington Nationals

Washington... Last in war, last in peace,And first in the NL East!It will be fun this year, watching the ups and downs of America's team, the Nationals - aka the "Beltway Bombers," who play in "The House That Bush Built." The story lines are spectacular: The wunderkind, Bryce Harper... the once-a-generation arm, Stephen Strasburg... Zimmermann and Zimmerman, Jordan and Ryan... the...

Nationals Build Potential Super-Team, Add Max Scherzer

Here’s maybe the simplest way to put this: a season ago, by his peripherals, Tanner Roark was about a three-win pitcher. By his actual runs allowed, he was about a five-win pitcher. He actually finished with a higher RA9-WAR than Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister and a lot of other guys too. At present, the […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Low-Down On Ian Desmond

Ian Desmond is probably available for the right package, but the Mets won’t be signing him. If the Nationals were willing to discount him given he is a one year rental there might be a possibility, however, they’re not, in fact they appear more likely to stick with him through 2015 rather than offer him at a discount. They will at the very least recoup a first round compensatory...
Via Mets Merized Online
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Top-Five Nationals Prospects by Projected WAR

Earlier today, Kiley McDaniel published his consummately researched and demonstrably authoritative prospect list for the Washington Nationals. What follows is a different exercise than that, one much smaller in scope and designed to identify not Washington’s top overall prospects but rather the rookie-eligible players in the Nationals system who are most ready to produce wins […]
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Randy Johnson used great alias while staying in Cooperstown

When celebrities travel, they often use aliases when they’re staying at hotels. New Baseball Hall of Famer Randy Johnson is no exception to the rule, though a 6’10, mulleted man would stand out a bit in rural Cooperstown, New York. However, Johnson still did use an alias while staying in Cooperstown, and his alias was an appropriate one – Eddie Plank. My last day being...
Via The Outside Corner
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Randy Johnson's photography company has great logo

Randy Johnson — along with Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio — was elected into baseball’s Hall of Fame on Tuesday. And deservedly so. The lanky lefty, all elbows and angles and awkwardness and fastballs of ferocity — and oh, that epic mullet — was a dominant force on the mound, registering 4,875 strikeouts...Read More The post Logo for Randy Johnson’s photography...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Doug Fister bought Starbucks for his Twitter followers

Washington Nationals pitcher did something pretty cool this Christmas – he bought Starbucks for everyone on Twitter. Merry Christmas Eve! Have a Starbucks on us! Have the barista scan the pic below. Don't be a grinch, please use for 1 pic.twitter.com/Npzh6QiyRa — Doug Fister (@dougfister58) December 24, 2014   There was no word about how much money was on the giftcard...
Via Awful Announcing
December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals GM disappointed Bryce Harper missed NatsFest

Bryce Harper was one of a few Washington Nationals who did not attend the team’s annual “NatsFest” gathering for season ticket holders Saturday, and that was a disappointment for the team. Harper is in a salary dispute with the club and has a grievance hearing scheduled for Tuesday. The team believes he did not appear...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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