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NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Nationals were not happy Jerry Blevins beat them in arbitration, traded him

The Washington Nationals traded relief pitcher Jerry Blevins to the New York Mets on Monday amid a poor spring training for the southpaw, and a few other interesting factors may have contributed to their decision to deal the player. Blevins allowed nine runs — eight earned — including four home runs in eight innings this...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Nationals reliever Storen out with blister in loss to Cards

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen exited early because of a blister on his right big toe Monday in a 6-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Storen issued a two-out walk to Kolten Wong, then left the mound in the sixth inning. The setback is the second of the spring for the right-handed Storen, who missed time after undergoing surgery to remove part of a bone...
Via AP on Fox
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Drew Storen Exits Nationals’ Game; Injury Not Serious

Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen exited this afternoon’s game against the Cardinals in the middle of the sixth inning. Storen had entered the game to start the inning, and had recorded two outs before motioning to the dugout. After walking Kolten Wong, Storen made the motion and pitching coach Steve McCatty and the team trainer consulted with Storen and ultimately decided...
Via Baseball Essential
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mets Deal Matt den Dekker To Nationals For LHP Jerry Blevins

The team just announced that they have dealt outfielder Matt den Dekker to the Washington Nationals in return for LH reliever Jerry Blevins, Blevins, 31, was 2-3 with a 4.87 ERA (31 earned runs/57.1 innings) and 66 strikeouts in 64 games for the Nationals last year. The 6-6, 185-pounder has appeared in 60 or more games three straight seasons and has reached that plateau in four...
Via Mets Merized Online
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Furniture store to refund purchases if Nationals, Orioles both make World Series

While the odds may seem slim, should the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles square off in the World Series this fall, a D.C. area’s furniture store’s promotion could make some customers very happy. Marlo Furniture, which operates six locations in the Virginia/Maryland/D.C. area, announced its “Marlo’s Grand Slam” promotion, the details of which are as...Read More...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 645: 2015 Season Preview Series: Washington Nationals by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

Ben and Sam preview the Nationals` season with Chris Cwik, and Sahadev talks to Washington Post Nationals beat writer James Wagner (at 26:56).
Via Baseball Prospectus
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Hot Corner Writers Make 2015 MLB Predictions

For this year, instead of asking just a few writers to give me their picks of the standings along with their explanations of those picks, I decided to poll all the writers on Baseball Hot Corner (BHC) and summarize the results. I simply asked each writer to give me their predicted order of finish in each division along with their picks for the wild cards and World Series winner as...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Washington Nationals Slugger Bryce Harper Destroys Pitch for Monster Home Run

There has actually been some talk that Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper is a bust. He may be off to a slow start this spring and he is not lighting it up like he did in the JuCo ranks, but a bust? Why? Because he's not another Mike Trout? Come on folks. The kid is only 22. He has plenty of time to continue his development. Bust? Not even.As proof to his haters he was kind...
Via FatManWriting
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Friendly reminder: Bryce Harper’s power is ridiculous

The Nationals played the Mets today in Port St. Lucie. In the top of the sixth inning, Bryce Harper faced Jacob deGrom and did *this* to a 2-0, 93 mph fastball. Yeah, that dinger cleared the damn roof of the patio way out in right field at Tradition Field. I don’t even want to begin to try estimating how far Harper’s blast went, and all I can really do is set here with my...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals' Strasburg will make first start April 9 vs. Mets

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Stephen Strasburg will start for the Washington Nationals in the third game of the season on April 9 in a likely showdown with New York Mets ace Matt Harvey. Nationals manager Matt Williams made the announcement Saturday. Barring any setbacks from a twisted ankle, Strasburg will face Harvey, who was bypassed as his team's Opening Day starter in favor of Bartolo...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Opening Day Preview

Twitter @DanielLevitt32 2014 was a very successful year for the Washington Nationals, one that saw them record 96 victories, second most in their 10 year history. That was enough for them to win their second NL East title in three years, having done so with 98 victories in 2012. Last season ultimately ended up in failure however, after a heart-breaking loss in the NLDS to the eventual...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Contract extension for Desmond and Zimmermann not likely

After Jordan Zimmermann’s spring training start today, he gave a dismal assessment on the status of contract extension talks. Jordan Zimmermann says “it’s not looking good” to get a contract done before the season. He won’t talk about it after opening day. Zimmermann and the Nationals have been looking at contract extension scenarios, but it does not appear like a deal...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Nats are overrated

As you read the various 2015 season previews you’ll be hard pressed to find any prognosticator who doesn’t pick the Washington Nationals to handily win the National League East. Several are predicting they’ll win the National League Pennant and even the World Series. According to the Sporting News, “a team with hardly any flaws should have an easy path to a third division...
Via Mets360.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The top 100 players in baseball: 25-11

As we work our way down the top 100 baseball players of 2015, we find a group of perennial MVP contenders, as well as a World Series superhero along the way. The post The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2015: #25-11 appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
Via The Sports Fan Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball - Washington Nationals Outfield

Heading into the 2015 MLB season, the Washington Nationals expected to have Denard Span leading off playing center field, Bryce Harper playing right field and Jayson Werth manning left.  Injuries to Span and Werth have left the Nationals looking at an opening day lineup with Tyler Moore in left and Michael Taylor in center.  Span is out until at least May, recovering from...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

How Much Of A Sure Thing Are The Nationals?

Everyone has the Nationals as a lock? GREAT! Hope the Nats are thinking the same thing too! The Nationals made a big off season splash inking Max Scherzer. They signed him for seven years but backloaded the contract so this year it is only $10MM, $15MM for the three years after that, $35MM for the final three years, and $50MM as a signing bonus to be spread out over the seven years...
Via Mets Merized Online
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals' Rendon might miss season opener with sprained knee

JUPITER, Fla. -- Third baseman Anthony Rendon may miss the Washington Nationals' opener against the New York Mets on April 6 because of a sprained left knee. Rendon hasn't played since March 9. When he was scratched from the starting lineup the following day, manager Matt Williams said Rendon just needed a day off. But the problem has lingers, and Rendon underwent a second MRI Tuesday...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals name Max Scherzer opening day starter

Newly-acquired Max Scherzer, whom the Nationals signed to a $210 million contract this offseason, has been named the team’s opening day starter, breaking the streak of Stephen Strasburg, who made the three previous opening day starts. Opening day for the Nats is April 6 in Washington, D.C., where the team will square off against Bartolo Colon and the NY Mets. The #Nats are proud...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats Night On MLB Network

Thursday was the Nationals featured night as the MLB Network previews all 30 teams in 30 days. In case you missed it, DC Pro Sports has your back! Joe Magrane joined MLB Tonight from Nationals camp on Thursday evening to discuss our great pitching rotation, Manager Matt Williams entering his second season as skipper and more…. Your browser does not support iframes. Will Washington...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Harper again named by fellow players as most overrated

For the second straight season, Bryce Harper has been voted as the most overrated player in the major leagues, according to a poll conducted by ESPN The Magazine, according to a report from D.C. Sports Bog. MLB players, 117 in all, were anonymously polled for the magazine’s baseball preview issue on a variety of topics...Read More The post Bryce Harper again rated by fellow players...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals 2015 Preview: 3 Up and 3 Down

The Washington Nationals enter the 2015 season with the best roster in baseball and with big expectations. Indeed, it’s World Series or bust for this crew. The Nationals finished 2014 with the best record in the NL and were then summarily bounced from the playoffs by the San Francisco Giants in the NLDS. Not content with great regular season success, the Nationals beefed up their...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Gio Gonzalez plays 'meow' game in interview

It appears the Washington Nationals pitching staff is having no problem getting along. The Nationals have big goals this season after yet another busy offseason, which they punctuated by signing top free-agent pitcher Max Scherzer to a megadeal. Now the Nats enter the season with arguably the big leagues’ top rotation including Scherzer, Gio Gonzalez, Stephen Strasburg, Doug Fister...
Via NESN.com
19 days ago  |  Discuss
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