Nationals Rumors & News

  • Anthony Rendon is open to an extension with the Nationals

    Hardball Talk "Third baseman Anthony Rendon is reportedly open to a contract extension with the Nationals, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post said Sunday. Rendon told reporters that he didn’t know if agent Scott Boras would discuss an extension with the club, contrary to previous reports confirming the two had..." December 17

  • Nats' Strasburg to rethink All-Star appearances due to injury concerns

    Masn "Stephen Strasburg quieted his critics last season, his seven shutout innings in the Nationals’ Game 4 of the National League Division Series victory capping a workmanlike season that saw the right-hander take the ball from opening day until final outing, the dominant start-to-finish season that..." December 17

  • Scherzer's goal: 'Get better every single year' "Max Scherzer just won his third Cy Young Award last month -- and his second in the National League with the Nats -- so what has his offseason been like? "Changing diapers. Wiping butts," Scherzer said with a laugh. He became a first-time father late last month when his wife, Erica, gave birth..." December 16

  • Nationals’ Daniel Murphy isn’t talking timetables for return from knee surgery

    Washington Post "Daniel Murphy prefers standing up when facing the media, but on Saturday afternoon, after handing his crutches off to a Washington Nationals employee, he took a seat to take questions about his left knee and his status for the 2018 season. Eight weeks after undergoing microfracture and..." December 16

  • Nationals are dark horse to land top free agent J.D. Martinez

    Sportsnaut "The top free agent of this year’s class — J.D. Martinez — remains unsigned. And a new report says that Martinez could end up with the Washington Nationals. Martinez has mostly been linked to teams like the San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, and Arizona Diamondbacks. Given that they were a..." December 15

  • Nationals Expect Harper To Test Open Market

    MLB Trade Rumors "USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweets that the Nationals say the conversations about Harper were casual, and they fully expect Harper to test free agency next winter. The Nats still hope to re-sign Harper, he adds, but they seemingly don’t expect to be able to do so without him first exploring the..." December 15

  • Report: Nationals sign reliever Brandon Kintzler to a two-year deal

    Hardball Talk "Both a Kinsler and a Kintzler made headlines at the Winter Meetings. After the Angels acquired second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals have inked reliever Brandon Kintzler to a two-year contract, pending a physical. Bob Nightengale of..." December 14

  • Bryce Harper Contract Extension Discussed by Scott Boras, Nationals Owners

    Bleacher Report "Scott Boras—the agent for Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper—said Wednesday he met with Nats ownership in November to discuss a potential contract extension for Harper, according to's Jamal Collier. Harper is set to become a free agent during the 2018-19 offseason. The..." December 13

  • Nationals showing interest in Jake Arrieta

    Fanrag Sports "The Washington Nationals have expressed interest in free agent right-hander Jake Arrieta, a source tells FanRag Sports. The buzz comes after learning that another club in the NL East, the Philadelphia Phillies, have also shown interest in the 31-year-old. It would certainly be a stroke of good..." December 12

  • Dave Martinez sees room for improvement on Nationals roster

    Sporting News "Among all the rumors and deals circulating throughout this year's MLB winter meetings, the Nationals have remained a mystery. Injuries are never a sole excuse for a team that failed to reach its expectations, but the Nationals legitimately lost a lot of firepower during the season, leading to..." December 11

  • Harper’s agent has good news for Yanks fans

    New York Post "Scott Boras refuses to rule out the Yankees as a future destination of Bryce Harper. Or, at least, the super-agent is appealing to Hal Steinbrenner’s finer tastes. With the Yankees’ acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton spurring widespread speculation the Yankees appear far less likely of an..." December 10

  • Nationals sign David Goforth to minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "The Nationals have signed free agent reliever David Goforth to a minor league deal, the team confirmed Saturday. The deal includes an invite to spring training. Goforth, 29, completed his third campaign with the Brewers in 2017. The right-hander lasted just four days in the majors, tossing one..." December 10

  • Rizzo: Nats have great shot to re-sign Harper "Bryce Harper's potential free agency after next season has been one of baseball's most speculated and anticipated topics for the past few years. It is so rare that someone with the talent level and list of accomplishments such as Harper -- a five-time All-Star, National League Rookie of the Year..." November 30

  • Top offseason trade candidates not named Giancarlo Stanton

    CBS Sports "Barring any surprises -- I think we'd all welcome some surprise hot stove activity -- the two biggest stories of the 2017-18 MLB offseason will be the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes and the Giancarlo Stanton trade market. Ohtani is expected to be posted in the coming days and the 21-day negotiating..." November 28

  • Nationals plan on top prospect Victor Robles starting 2018 in Class AAA

    Washington Post "One of the questions surrounding the Nationals this offseason is what they have planned for Victor Robles, their 20-year-old top prospect, in 2018. The center fielder was the youngest player to appear in a major league game last season, but wasn’t overwhelmed in his limited action. He was..." November 27

  • Mets reportedly considering Adam Lind after GM Sandy Alderson says Dominic Smith would have to win first base job

    New York Daily News "Mets infield prospect Dominic Smith didn’t get a ringing endorsement from Sandy Alderson at the recently concluded Major League Baseball general manager meetings in Orlando, when Alderson said the 22-year-old Compton, Calif. product struggled with weight issues and “didn’t win” the first base job..." November 27

  • Jayson Werth not expected to return to Nationals in 2018

    Washington Post "Shortly after the Nationals were eliminated in the National League Division Series for the fourth time in six years, a stunned Jayson Werth, knowing he had probably just played his last game in a Nationals uniform, proclaimed he was proud to call himself a National. That was over five weeks..." November 26

  • Shohei Ohtani studies Bryce Harper video to improve his hitting

    Larry Brown Sports "The potential arrival of Japanese star Shohei Ohtani to Major League Baseball has lots of people excited to see what he can bring up close — but Ohtani himself wants to learn from some of the leading MLB stars himself. The 23-year-old two-way star said he admires the likes of countrymen Yu..." November 24

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015 "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • Jayson Werth not expected to return to Nationals in 2018

    Washington Post "Shortly after the Nationals were eliminated in the National League Division Series for the fourth time in six years, a stunned Jayson Werth, knowing he had probably just played his last game in a Nationals uniform, proclaimed he was proud to call himself a National. That was over five weeks..." November 21

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo won’t campaign for a contract extension

    Washington Post "Bryce Harper’s contract with the Washington Nationals expires after the 2018 season. So does Daniel Murphy’s. So does Gio Gonzalez’s. The list of Nationals staples who soon will be free to sign elsewhere is long, varied and potentially franchise-altering. But the soon-to-be free agent with the..." November 21

  • Why Bryce Harper would be a bargain at $500 million

    NBC Washington "$500 million. That number is so hard to wrap your brain around, but it's a number a lot of professional baseball players may soon start seeing on their contracts. One player who could be the first to see that amount within the next year is Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper. Harper will..." November 20

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Was Jayson Werth's contract with the Nationals in 2011 really that bad?

    CBS Sports "A favorite exercise among baseball fans and media is complaining about -- or even merely just pointing out -- high salaries. Specifically, high salaries on players who aren't elite-tier players. "Worst contract" lists are popular. I'm not quite sure why, nor am I looking for a sociological..." November 19

  • Scott Boras says he and Nationals have not discussed an extension for Bryce Harper

    Washington Post "Sports agent Scott Boras addressed reporters as the general managers’ meetings wound down Wednesday afternoon, commanding the media masses into a massive scrum around him, then navigating questions for 45 minutes or so, in keeping with meetings tradition. Questions fly in from all around, about..." November 16

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • Nationals starting to weigh Bryce Harper mega-deal

    New York Post "Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said there is a strong likelihood that at some point before the season he will sit down with Bryce Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, to discuss whether there are avenues open to do a long-term contract before the lefty slugger reaches free agency after the 2018..." November 15

  • The Nationals have an outfield logjam, which could grease the wheels for trades

    Washington Post "On Monday afternoon, standing on a patch of grass under some palm trees among a throng of loitering reporters and baseball decision-makers, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo insisted his roster doesn’t need more than some tweaking this offseason. His goal every winter is to build a team he..." November 14

  • Why the Washington Nationals should target Jake Arrieta in free agency

    iSportsweb "The Washington Nationals are a team that is ready to win now. With that being said, they seem to have trouble advancing past the National League Division Series each and every year. It is not a good look for the club, as they are mounting pressure on themselves and the city of Washington, D.C. to..." November 12

  • Millions in unpaid bills face contractors at Astros/Nationals ballpark

    Palm Beach Post "When the Houston Astros clinched their first baseball championship on Nov. 1, it was supposed to be a source of pride for the roster of local companies that helped build The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the team’s $152 million spring training complex that opened in February. Instead, it was..." November 10

  • Nationals hire Chip Hale as bench coach

    Fanrag Sports "The Washington Nationals have hired Chip Hale as their new bench coach, sources confirm to FanRag Sports. Hale joins the coaching staff of new manager Dave Martinez, who is coming over after having served as the bench coach of the Chicago Cubs, replacing Dusty Baker as the man in charge in..." November 09

  • Nationals hire Derek Lilliquist as their pitching coach

    Hardball Talk "Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that the Washington Nationals have hired Derek Lilliquist as their new pitching coach. Lilliquist was let go by the Cardinals after the 2017 regular season. He was replaced by Mike Maddux, who moved to St Louis. He replaces Mike Maddux, who was just..." November 09

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • Who might the Nationals target in free agency?

    Washington Post "Free agency officially began at 5 p.m. Eastern Monday afternoon. The market is open. The free-for-all can commence. The offseason can proceed, full speed ahead. In recent offseasons, the Nationals have emerged as reliable contenders for big name free agents, regardless of their perceived..." November 07

  • Matt Wieters exercises his $10.5 million player option

    Hardball Talk "’s Mark Feinsand reports that Matt Wieters intends to exercise his $10.5 million option for 2018. An easy decision for Wieters, as he’s coming off a terrible 2017 at the plate and would not get anything approaching $10.5 million on the open market. Weiters was one of the worst-hitting..." November 03

  • Nationals Hire Kevin Long As Hitting Coach

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have hired Kevin Long to become the team’s hitting coach, as Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post first reported on Twitter. He had most recently functioned in the same capacity for the division-rival Mets (and the Yankees before that). Long was a candidate for the Nats’ and Mets’..." November 02

  • Adam Lind the latest addition to list of Nationals’ free agents

    Washington Post "As is the case after the end of every World Series, Major League Baseball released a list of players who officially became free agents Thursday. There were 149 of them as of midday. The Nationals had 11, most of any team. By late afternoon, that number had grown to 12. The team announced that..." November 02

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Nationals To Hire Dave Martinez As Manager

    Fanrag Sports "Davey Martinez is the Washington Nationals choice to be their next manager, sources tell FanRag Sports. Martinez will be announced as Washington’s new manager after the World Series. It is believed the announcement is only being delayed out of deference to the Series, and MLB’s wish that teams..." October 29

  • Nationals to hire Dave Martinez as new manager, according to cryptic Wade Boggs tweet

    Sporting News "Have the Nationals already hired Dave Martinez as their new manager? Fox reporter Ken Rosenthal reported Friday the Cubs' bench coach was the front-runner for the position, but an unusual source said Friday afternoon it's already a done deal. Wade Boggs, a friend and former teammate of Martinez..." October 28

  • Girardi 'not likely' to take over as Nationals manager

    ESPN "For the Washington Nationals, Joe Girardi makes lots of sense. The problem is he also makes lots of cents. Over the past four years, Girardi earned 1.6 billion cents as manager of the New York Yankees. That works out to 400 million cents per year or, as it’s more commonly known in salary..." October 27

  • Nationals interview John Farrell to be manager

    WEEI Boston "According to multiple reports, John Farrell is interviewing for another managerial opening. As was first surfaced by The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, Farrell met with the Nationals Friday about the job vacated by Dusty Baker, who was fired by Washington after a 97-win season. Farrell recently..." October 27

  • Joe Girardi represents Nationals' chance to step up

    Sporting News "The Nationals' decision to part ways with Dusty Baker last week after back-to-back NL East titles made sense only with a viable follow-up plan in place. None was evident at the time, but the Yankees offered up the best possible alternative Thursday in cutting Joe Girardi loose. So just how..." October 26

  • Report: Nationals players upset over Dusty Baker’s firing

    Sportsnaut "Longtime MLB manager Dusty Baker is widely respected around the baseball world. He’s also seen as a players’ manager. So it should not come as too much of a surprise that multiple members of the Washington Nationals were reportedly upset after the team fired him earlier this month. “Nats..." October 26

  • Cub bench coach Dave Martinez front-runner for Nationals managing job?

    Chicago Sun-Times "Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez was asked by the Washington Nationals to interview for their managerial vacancy – a job Martinez came close to landing after the 2015 season until ownership required previous big-league managing experience. The Nats, who were eliminated by the Cubs in a dramatic..." October 23

  • Nats Reportedly Hope To Speak With Alex Cora

    CBS Boston "Alex Cora as the next Red Sox manager seemed like a sure thing in recent days. But one other team is hoping to change that. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported on Saturday that when the American League Championship Series ends on Saturday night, the Washington Nationals plan to ask..." October 21