Nationals Rumors & News

  • Nationals, Jose Lobaton Avoid Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "4:43pm: Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that Lobaton will earn $1.575MM next season (Twitter link). 4:23pm: The Nationals announced today that they’ve agreed to a one-year deal with catcher Jose Lobaton, thus avoiding arbitration. Terms of the agreement weren’t announced, but MLBTR..." December 01

  • Nats reportedly think Aroldis Chapman is too pricey

    Larry Brown Sports "It looks like we can cross one team off the list of Aroldis Chapman suitors. According to a report by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Thursday, the Washington Nationals think that Chapman is too rich for their taste and will instead aim to re-sign fellow closer Mark Melancon, who impressed on..." December 01

  • Nats, Bucs Accelerating Talks On Andrew McCutchen

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals and Pirates have “ramped up” their negotiations on a possible deal involving star center fielder Andrew McCutchen, Jayson Stark of reports. There are indications that the Nats would like to wrap up an agreement today; it seems the club may well non-tender shortstop Danny..." December 01

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Call it a comeback: Porcello, Rendon honored "Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello and Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon, who each bounced back to lead his team to an East Division championship in 2016, have been named recipients of the American League and National League Comeback Player of the Year Awards, respectively, Major League..." November 29

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • Nationals in position to make splash in winter meetings

    CBS Sports "With the winter meetings a week away, it's time to kindle the hot stove. One team well-positioned to do just that? The Washington Nationals. Fresh off a Divisional Series loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Nationals have every reason to act aggressively this winter, all with an eye on pushing..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Nationals could be interested in Aroldis Chapman

    Hardball Talk "A report from the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo suggests that the Nationals have expressed interest in free agent closer Aroldis Chapman. Chapman profiles as one of the top bullpen arms on the market alongside right-handed closer Kenley Jansen, and his list of known suitors includes the Giants,..." November 27

  • Multiple teams considering Stephen Drew as everyday option

    Washington Post "When Stephen Drew played in his first season as a National, he played with energy. He sped around the bases with sneaky speed. His hands looked quick, his swing looked crisp. He played steady defense wherever he was asked to play it, any step lost to age not hindering him enough to cause concern...." November 27

  • Nationals poised to blow up baseball’s hot stove

    New York Post "The Astros and Braves have been the early aggressors this offseason, and neither is done: Both are now concentrating on the high-end starting pitcher market (think: Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and Chris Archer) while the Astros also battle the Red Sox and Yankees to sign Carlos..." November 23

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • How top closers available Chapman, Jansen, Melancon get their outs

    CBS Sports "Over the weekend, the Cardinals signed left-handed reliever Brett Cecil to a surprising four-year deal worth more than $30 million. That contract inspired curiosity; if a good setup man is receiving so much, then how rich are the elite closers -- Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen, and Mark Melancon..." November 22

  • Bryce Harper’s brother Bryan undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Larry Brown Sports "Bryan Harper, the older brother of Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper, underwent Tommy John surgery this month, according to a report. The Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes shared the information on Twitter Friday about Harper’s surgery. " November 19

  • Should the Nationals spend big to improve their bullpen?

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals do not have a proven closer on their roster. In this era of baseball, a contender without a lockdown closer feels analogous to a pitcher whose arsenal consists only of a high-90s fastball: Things might go just fine for a few innings, but at some point, that pitcher will..." November 19

  • Mike Puma defends voting Daniel Murphy first for MVP

    Larry Brown Sports "The only thing to come between Kris Bryant and a unanimous NL MVP award was Mike Puma. Puma, who writes for the New York Post, voted Daniel Murphy first in NL MVP voting. Murphy was second on 11 ballots and third on 10, just like the Dodgers’ Corey Seager. But Puma, unlike most of his comrades,..." November 18

  • MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes

    Fox Sports "A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you. The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations. Under the current rules,..." November 17

  • Nationals' Max Scherzer named 2016 NL Cy Young winner

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, the Baseball Writers Association of America named Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer the winner of the 2016 National League Cy Young award. Cubs lefty Jon Lester finished second in the voting and Cubs righty Kyle Hendricks was third. This is the second Cy Young for Scherzer, who..." November 16

  • Six All-Star hitters who could get traded this offseason

    Sporting News "The crop of elite free agents was pretty impressive last offseason. David Price and Zack Greinke both signed deals that topped $200 million. Chris Davis, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Johnny Cueto topped $130 million and seven other guys got deals worth at least $70 million. Lots of money..." November 15

  • No need to panic for Mets as chances of Nationals signing Yoenis Cespedes are slim

    New York Daily News "It’s every Mets’ fan’s worst nightmare: Yoenis Cespedes being wooed by the Nationals to team up with Daniel Murphy, who tormented his old team last season, hitting .413 with a ridiculous .776 slugging percentage against them. But is it likely? Well, the Mets should be glad Jayson Werth has..." November 14

  • Nationals GM: We aren't looking to trade Gonzalez

    Washington Post "Two years ago, the Washington Nationals ambled into the offseason woozy from a disappointing National League Division Series loss with a few obvious weaknesses. Starting pitching wasn’t one of them. They had Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Tanner Roark, Doug Fister and Jordan Zimmermann together..." November 14

  • Rockies, Mark Melancon have 'mutual interest' in deal

    ESPN "Could the allure of returning home entice Mark Melancon to sign with the Colorado Rockies? According to John Perrotto of FanRag Sports, the 31-year-old closer and the Rockies are said to have “mutual interest” in a deal. Melancon is a native of nearby Wheat Ridge, Colorado, and was a three-star..." November 12

  • Giants reportedly meeting with Mark Melancon

    Larry Brown Sports "After an epic bullpen implosion doomed them this past postseason, the San Francisco Giants are trying to avoid a repeat performance in 2017. According to a report by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports on Friday, Washington Nationals free agent closer Mark Melancon is in San Francisco for an in-person..." November 12

  • Nationals reportedly re-sign Chris Heisey to 1-year/$1.4M deal

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals signed their first free agent of the 2017 offseason Friday when they agreed to a one-year deal with pinch-hit specialist Chris Heisey, according to people familiar with the situation. The deal is done barring any unexpected issues with Heisey’s physical, and it will pay..." November 12

  • Nats weigh closer options as bullpen landscape shifts

    Washington Post "Mike Rizzo asserts that starting pitching remains baseball’s currency and that prioritizing starting pitching depth to withstand the 162-game regular season slog is paramount. With that philosophy, the Washington Nationals general manager has meticulously procured a surplus of arms since taking..." November 10

  • Pirates discussed huge Andrew McCutchen trade at deadline

    Fox Sports "Closer Mark Melancon was not the only star player the Pirates and Nationals discussed at the non-waiver deadline. The teams also talked about a separate blockbuster involving Pirates center-fielder Andrew McCutchen, according to major-league sources. The Nationals ultimately acquired..." November 10

  • Meet baseball’s next big thing: a ‘Babe Ruth’ pitcher/slugger who may get $300M

    New York Post "Shohei Otani is what this current free-agent market lacks. He is a young, talented starter — already perceived as one of the best pitchers in the world — with the fringe benefit that he actually might be a superb hitter, as well. But Otani is not expected to come to the American majors until..." November 10

  • MLB commissioner talks Trump, pace of play, CBA, international draft and more

    CBS Sports "The GM meetings are ongoing in Arizona, and the first significant hootenanny of the offseason provided MLB commissioner Rob Manfred with the chance to address several issues facing the sport. Here's a sampling of what Manfred had to say on Wednesday regarding those various and sundry matters..." November 09

  • The Nationals are open to trading Danny Espinosa

    Washington Post "If the Washington Nationals’ season began this week, Trea Turner would start in center field and Danny Espinosa would play shortstop, Mike Rizzo said Tuesday. Rizzo wore jeans and was standing in a thoroughly air-conditioned ballroom at the Omni Resort just outside Phoenix at the time, a setting..." November 09

  • Mike Rizzo on the Nationals’ offseason: ‘We don’t have a blank check’

    Washington Post "Mike Rizzo said not to read anything into this, but he and his contingent at the General Managers’ meetings are doing things differently this year. They are scheduling more formal meetings with agents and other teams’ representatives, eschewing informal conversations for more official..." November 09

  • Why is Nationals GM speculating about Yoenis Cespedes fit?

    New York Post "The worst scenario for the Mets beyond losing Yoenis Cespedes would be having him join Daniel Murphy on the Nationals. Washington GM Mike Rizzo would not directly say his club is pursuing Cespedes. But the Nats did last year, and Rizzo offered ways to work a corner bat into their lineup by..." November 09

  • 2016-17 Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB Trade Rumors is proud to present our eleventh annual Top 50 Free Agents list! The entire list of available free agents can be found here, and you can filter by position, signing team, and qualifying offer status with our new and improved, mobile-friendly free agent tracker here. New to..." November 08

  • Scherzer plans to pitch in World Baseball Classic "This year, Max Scherzer became the first pitcher since Sandy Koufax in 1965 to lead the National League in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and WHIP. Monday, Scherzer was named as a finalist for the NL Cy Young Award. If he wins, he'll join Gaylord Perry, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, Roger..." November 08

  • Nationals decide not to extend qualifying offer to all-star catcher Wilson Ramos

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals will not extend the qualifying offer to Wilson Ramos, according to people with knowledge of the situation, making the all-star catcher a free agent. The Nationals had until 5 p.m. Eastern Monday to give him the offer, which is a one-year, $17.2 million contract. Had..." November 07

  • Ken Rosenthal’s Top 10 MLB offseason trade targets

    Fox Sports "The silver lining to the weak free-agent market, at least from a fan’s perspective, is the likelihood that teams will respond by making a large number of trades. What other alternative is there, really? The free-agent market is deep in relievers and right-handed hitters, but that’s about it...." November 07

  • Hot-stove survey: MLB execs answer questions on Sale, Braun and others

    ESPN "Major League Baseball's general managers have wasted little time getting to work since Kris Bryant threw out Michael Martinez for the final out of the World Series. The street sweepers have barely cleaned up from the Chicago Cubs' victory parade, and outfielder Cameron Maybin Starting Monday,..." November 07

  • Nationals pick up option on Gonzalez, decline Petit

    TSN "The Washington Nationals have exercised their $12 million club option for 2017 on left-hander Gio Gonzalez's contract. The team announced the move Thursday via Twitter and also said it would decline its option for reliever Yusmeiro Petit for next season. The 31-year-old Gonzalez was 11-11..." November 03

  • On Gio Gonzalez’s option and the options he gives the Nationals

    Washington Post "Gio Gonzalez‘s contract includes a team option that would pay him $12 million for the 2017 season. If the Nationals pick that option up, and Gonzalez throws 180 innings next year, a vesting option kicks in to pay him $12 million for 2018, too. If the Nationals pick up that 2017 option, then,..." November 02

  • Report: Trout, Harper not on preliminary U.S. WBC roster

    New York Post "A preliminary 50-player list had to be submitted early in October for the United States team for the World Baseball Classic and neither the Angels’ Mike Trout nor the Nationals’ Bryce Harper is included because neither would commit to the process. The United States GM Joe Torre said it is not a..." November 01

  • Will the Nationals give Wilson Ramos the qualifying offer?

    Washington Post "It took until he was 28, with the help of some offseason discipline and eye surgery, but Wilson Ramos couldn’t have picked a better season for the best offensive production of his career than 2016, his final campaign before hitting free agency. The catcher’s all-star production placed him on the..." October 27

  • Unpredictable Pete Rose is the Charles Barkley of Fox Sports

    Sporting News "Fox Sports has found its own Charles Barkley. He's Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, who's found a second act as TV analyst for FS1's "MLB on Fox" pregame/postgame show. Like Barkley, the 75-year old Rose is direct, unpredictable and wildly entertaining as he analyzes the 2016..." October 27

  • Ken Griffey Jr. to be on the cover of MLB The Show 17

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson will be passing the mantle of MLB The Show cover athlete to one of the greatest players of all time. The creators of the video game announced on Twitter Thursday that the Kid, Ken Griffey Jr., will be on the cover for next season’s game. The Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati..." October 27

  • Max Scherzer says wife threw his no-hitter jersey in the trash

    Larry Brown Sports "Max Scherzer has thrown two no-hitters in his career, and the Washington Nationals pitcher saved momentos from both of them. His wife Erica doesn’t seem to have an appreciation for that. On Wednesday, Scherzer tweeted a photo of what he claims was the jersey he wore during his second no-hitter..." October 27