Nationals Rumors & News

  • Nationals showing interest in Phillies' Neshek

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have shown interest in Phillies righty Pat Neshek, reports FOX’s Ken Rosenthal (Twitter link). Other clubs are interested in the veteran setup man as well, he notes, which comes as little surprise given Neshek’s affordable salary and strong work thus far in 2017. Indeed, the..." June 23

  • Nationals have nice long list of possible closers

    Fanrag Sports "The Washington Nationals will, as everyone knows, seek a big-time closer, with ex-Nat Mark Melancon, Tony Watson, Kelvin Herrera and of course David Robertson among those on their list, according to sources. They tried to keep Melancon over the winter, but he hasn’t had a great start with the..." June 22

  • Bryce Harper dominating All-Star voting with over 2.8 million votes

    Sportsnaut "Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper is the most popular guy playing in MLB according to All-Star ballots. Leading all vote-getters, Harper has amassed over 2.8 million votes. This vastly exceeds the tallies of his closest peers, per MLB.com. “…NL leaders include: second..." June 19

  • Max Scherzer matched a franchise strikeout record on Friday

    Hardball Talk "During Friday’s 7-2 win over the Mets, Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer became the second starter in franchise history to string five consecutive starts together with 10+ strikeouts each. It’s a feat we’ve already seen the Red Sox’ Chris Sale replicate earlier this season, going eight consecutive..." June 17

  • Nationals sign Edwin Jackson to minor league deal

    Washington Post "Always in search of starting pitching depth, the Nationals have signed veteran Edwin Jackson to a minor league deal, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Jackson will report to Class AAA Syracuse Friday. It is the 33-year-old Jackson’s second stint with the Nationals..." June 16

  • Nationals believe Dodgers will try to sign Bryce Harper

    Larry Brown Sports "Bryce Harper is widely expected to sign a record-breaking contract if and when he becomes a free agent in the winter of 2019, and one team with pockets deep enough to add him will be the Los Angeles Dodgers. But are they a legitimate suitor for the star outfielder? Jon Heyman of FanRag..." June 16

  • Nationals select Dusty Baker’s son in 27th round of MLB Draft

    Sportsnaut "In 2002, Darren Baker was three years old and involved in one of the most bizarre moments in World. On Thursday, the Washington Nationals took Baker — the son of manager Dusty Baker — in the MLB Draft. Baker gained notoriety during Game 5 of the 2002 World Series. Serving as a bat boy for the..." June 15

  • Nationals Sign Alejandro De Aza

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have signed veteran outfielder Alejandro De Aza to a minor-league deal, as Triple-A Syracuse radio man Kevin Brown first tweeted. He has joined the organization’s top affiliated. De Aza, 33, spent the spring with the Athletics. But he opted out of the deal late in camp when it..." June 14

  • Baseball is experiencing a home run spike because the balls are juiced

    Hardball Talk "The home run rate in Major League Baseball spiked dramatically in the second half of the 2015 season and has remained on an upward trajectory every since. As a result, we are on pace to shatter the all-time single season home run record in 2017 by over 300 homers. Many people have asked why the..." June 14

  • An umpire cursed out Daniel Murphy when he asked him to move out of the way

    CBS Sports "Tuesday night, the Nationals finally handed their bullpen a lead too big to blow (WAS 10, ATL 5). The last few days have not gone well for Washington's relief crew. Manager Dusty Baker is openly pining for bullpen help. That wasn't the only talking point during Tuesday's game, however, as..." June 14

  • Dusty Baker after Nationals’ latest blown save: ‘We need some help big time’

    Fox Sports "Another night, another bullpen implosion for the Nationals. And even manager Dusty Baker has seen enough. Washington led Atlanta, 9-6, after four innings on Monday but the relief corps allowed five earned runs – two in the eighth inning, three in the ninth – as the Nationals lost for the fourth..." June 13

  • Rangers' Bibens-Dirkx credits wife's pep talk for win over Scherzer

    Sports Day "Austin Bibens-Dirkx, ABD for short, found out Saturday afternoon that he would make his second major league start Sunday. Then his wife, Leah, informed him he'd be pitching against Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer. The conversation went like this: "Oh, I have to face Max Scherzer,"..." June 12

  • Nationals’ Adam Eaton says he’s ‘ahead of schedule’ rehabbing knee

    Washington Post "Adam Eaton used crutches to wander into the Washington Nationals‘ clubhouse on Sunday afternoon, though he said he didn’t know why he was using them, since he didn’t really need them. He made his way to the back of the clubhouse, to the cubbies in the middle where players can find their..." June 12

  • Nationals ace Max Scherzer reaches 2,000 career strikeouts

    Sporting News "Fresh off winning his second Cy Young last season, Nationals ace Max Scherzer reached an impressive milestone Sunday against the Rangers. In striking out Nomar Mazara to begin the fourth inning, Scherzer recorded the 2,000th punchout of his illustrious career. He tied Nolan Ryan for the..." June 11

  • Koda Glover blew a save after not telling the Nationals he hurt his back in the shower

    Washington Post "Ryan Zimmerman and Koda Glover were both experiencing back discomfort at Nationals Park Saturday. Zimmerman told his bosses, who decided to proceed cautiously and kept him out of the Nationals’ 6-3 loss to the Rangers. His replacement, Adam Lind, hit a two-run home run, and while Zimmerman might..." June 11

  • Nationals GM won't allow Baker's contract to become 'an issue'

    Washington Post "Nationals Manager Dusty Baker’s contract expires at the end of the year, and he doesn’t want to go anywhere. He would like an extension beyond this season — with a raise — and he bluntly told The Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes of his wishes in a story published Thursday. Over the last 24 hours,..." June 10

  • Mike Rizzo to Orioles on rainout gripes: ‘Quit whining’

    Washington Post "The Orioles and Nationals don’t play again this season, and while the schedule forever will show that Baltimore won the two games at Camden Yards and Washington took the two games at Nationals Park – a clean split – there is a tiny little backdrop that’s worth boxing up and unpacking when they..." June 10

  • Lame Duck manager? Dusty Baker still looking for contract extension from Nationals

    Washington Post "Dusty Baker wants to manage the Washington Nationals next season. He wants to win his 2,000th game as a manager and finally add a World Series title to a résumé that probably would earn him serious Hall of Fame consideration if he does. “Why not? This is what I came here for,” said Baker, 67...." June 09

  • Stephen Strasburg ties Kerry Wood for most Ks through 1000 innings

    Fanrag Sports "What appeared to be a normal, inning-ending groundout on Wednesday during the Nationals-Dodgers game meant a little more for starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg. He worked through his 1,000th inning by getting Cody Bellinger to ground out in the bottom of the second, and Strasburg’s 1,166 career..." June 08

  • MLB rumors: Anonymous GM would give Bryce Harper 15-year, $600M deal

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Bryce Harper sweepstakes won't begin in earnest until the 2018 season comes to an end. With over a full year until that day arrives, speculation on Harper's eventual date with the open market has reached a fever pitch. From Vegas oddsmakers installing the Yankees and Phillies as..." June 07

  • Joe Maddon’s shifts are causing fantasy baseball controversy

    New York Post "Winning a fantasy baseball championship requires a tremendous amount of work. In addition to the countless hours you spend scouting players and doing research for your draft, the in-season management it takes to keep your roster competitive requires your constant attention. You are required to..." June 07

  • Peter Gammons Walks Back His Bryce Harper-Cubs Comments and Admits He'll Probably Go to Yankees

    12 Up "​Bryce Harper-to-the-Cubs is so yesterday. ​ ​Just ask insider Peter Gammons, who is already walking back the comments he made on a Chicago-based radio station, during which he hinted that Harper would "prefer" to play for the North Siders. Apparently, they were misconstrued from the..." June 06

  • Report: Nationals keeping close eye on Kelvin Herrera

    Larry Brown Sports "After Jonathan Papelbon in 2015 and Mark Melancon in 2016, the Nationals may be continuing their streak of trading for a closer midseason. Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports on Tuesday that the Nationals are “keeping a close eye” on Kansas City Royals reliever Kelvin..." June 06

  • Bryce Harper to Earn More Than $400 Million in Free Agency According to AL GM

    Bleacher Report "When Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper hits free agency following the 2018 season, at least one American League general manager expects him to sign a contract in excess of $400 million. "He is going to get paid," that unnamed general manager told Eddie Matz of ESPN.com. "Like, paid..." June 06

  • Ryan Raburn makes Nationals debut after hectic travel for the versatile veteran

    Washington Post "The Syracuse Chiefs bused to Pawtucket, R.I., on Sunday afternoon, and 36-year-old Ryan Raburn was with them. When he arrived, word came that the Nationals needed him in the big leagues. Jayson Werth’s foot would likely require a disabled list stint. So Raburn hopped in a cab headed for Logan..." June 06

  • Nationals To Place Jayson Werth On DL, Select Ryan Raburn

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals will send left fielder Jayson Werth to the disabled list, reports Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post (on Twitter). Fellow outfielder Ryan Raburn will take Werth’s place, Janes suggests, though adding him would put the Nationals over the 40-man limit. Werth fouled a ball off his..." June 05

  • Refreshed Bryce Harper returns to Nationals

    MLB.com "Bryce Harper spent the past few days at his home in Las Vegas, trying to relax and enjoy time with his family. It felt odd, he said, to be at home around the end of May and he was certainly glad to be back to cooler weather after temperatures climbed over 100 degrees Saturday in Las Vegas. And..." June 04

  • Report: Bryce Harper wants to play for Cubs

    Larry Brown Sports "Bryce Harper is still a year and a half away from free agency, but that isn’t going to stop the rumors from starting already. The latest, courtesy of Peter Gammons, is that Harper has his eyes on the Chicago Cubs. Gammons told 670 The Score’s Mully and Hanley that Harper liked the Cubs, but..." June 03

  • Game-worn apparel from Hunter Strickland-Bryce Harper brawl up for auction

    Sportsnaut "It’s not rare for MLB to put game used apparel up for auction. But some items from the Memorial Day game between the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants are are up for sale that are sure to grab some attention. The hat that Hunter Strickland wore during the fight, as well as his..." June 03

  • That time Willie Mays asked Max Scherzer to get him a hot dog

    Washington Post "Max Scherzer does not say much on days he starts, eschewing silly conversation in favor of a massive roast beef sandwich and extensive preparation. But prior to Wednesday’s game, as Scherzer stomped through the clubhouse on his way to some part of his pregame ritual, his manager stopped him..." June 02

  • Joe Nathan released again by Nats

    ESPN "The Washington Nationals released Joe Nathan from his minor league contract Wednesday, perhaps bringing a close to the six-time All-Star reliever's career. Nathan, 42, requested to be released when he wasn't recalled to the majors before Thursday. The Nationals released Nathan after spring..." June 02

  • Bryce Harper Suspension for Giants Brawl Reduced to 3 Games

    Bleacher Report "Upon appeal, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper's suspension for his role in a brawl with San Francisco Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland was reduced to three games Wednesday. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported the decision. Harper was initially..." May 31

  • MLB hands down suspensions for Nationals-Giants brawl

    ESPN "Star Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has been suspended four games and San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland six for their involvement in Monday's brawl. Both are appealing. MLB handed down the suspension Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the benches-clearing..." May 30

  • Bryce Harper, Hunter Strickland, Buster Posey: Chapter 2 should be the end

    USA Today "You know it’s coming. There will definitely be retaliation taken Tuesday night by the Washington Nationals when they play the San Francisco Giants. You want to take down one of ours, we’re going to take down one of yours. It may sound like vigilante justice, but it happens to be the code..." May 30

  • Scott Boras: Bryce Harper deserves lesser penalty from Nationals-Giants brawl

    Fox Sports "As the Giants and Nationals await the discipline for Monday’s brawl, agent Scott Boras contends that his client, Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper, deserves a lesser penalty than some other players receive when they charge the mound. Boras told FOX Sports on Tuesday that because there had..." May 30

  • Why Madison Bumgarner didn't go on the field during the Harper-Strickland brawl

    CBS Sports "Monday afternoon an otherwise forgettable game between the Nationals and Giants (WAS 3, SF 0) turned unforgettable when Bryce Harper charged the mound. Hunter Strickland drilled him with a fastball in apparent retaliation for a pair of home runs during the 2014 NLDS, and Harper went after..." May 30

  • Giants' Posey stayed out of brawl because it was 'a little dangerous'

    Total Pro Sports "During every brawl in MLB history since the beginning time – When a batter charges the mound, the catcher is right there in pursuit to try and protect his pitcher. Buster Posey was having none of it. When Bryce Harper charged the mound after Hunter Strickland hit him with a fastball, benches..." May 30

  • Bryce Harper throws punches, helmet in epic brawl

    New York Post "Bryce Harper’s matchup with Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland turned into a boxing match Monday after Strickland drilled the fiery slugger. An enraged Harper charged the mound, fired his helmet and traded punches to the head with San Francisco reliever after getting hit by a fastball, setting..." May 30

  • Millennial Bryce Harper Says No To Participation Trophies

    The Big Lead "In the common telling of How Millennials Got to Be So Awful (by Some Baby Boomer), one of the major culprits is said to be the “participation trophies” that were handed out to all kids born between 1980 and 2000, depriving us of the hard lessons of life that can be learned through sports, and..." May 27

  • Nationals Acquire Ryan Raburn From White Sox

    Hardball Talk "The Washington Nationals have acquired outfielder Ryan Raburn from the Chicago White Sox. Raburn had been playing at Triple-A Charlotte. He’ll be assigned to Triple-A Syracuse in the Nats organization. The Nationals will send cash or a player to be named later to the White Sox to complete the..." May 27

  • Nationals acquire outfielder Ryan Raburn as possible bench depth

    Washington Post "In the wake of Chris Heisey’s significant biceps injury, the Washington Nationals added more potential bench help Friday when they acquired outfielder Ryan Raburn from the White Sox organization in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations, according to a person familiar..." May 26

  • Koda Glover officially named Nats' closer by skipper Dusty Baker

    ESPN "The unsettled closer situation has been one of the few question marks for the Washington Nationals, who are threatening to run away from the rest of the NL East with a 28-17 record. On Wednesday, however, Dusty Baker indicated he had found the pitcher for the job, naming Koda Glover his closer..." May 25

  • Ten MLB players not living up to the hype

    Yardbarker "Entering every season, many MLB players are hyped for various reasons. Some are youngsters finally coming up to the show. Others are stars coming off of an injury or a career year. Plenty of MLB players entered 2017 with loads of hype, and more than a few are not living up to it. So, who are..." May 25

  • 10 best young players in baseball

    Larry Brown Sports "The 2017 MLB regular season is nearly two months old and perhaps more than anything else, it’s clear the new crop of talent is among the best we’ve seen in years, if not decades. Young stars line rosters, rookies are the center of attention, and that has created a universal excitement around the..." May 24

  • Phillies could make play for Harper

    Fanrag Sports "The prevailing thought is that if Bryce Harper leaves the Washington Nationals as a free agent following next season, he likely will wind up landing with the New York Yankees. Though the right fielder grew up in Las Vegas, he was a Yankees fan. The Yankees also figure to have enough money..." May 24

  • Nationals recall Joe Ross for Tuesday start against Mariners

    Fanrag Sports "The Washington Nationals have officially recalled right-handed starting pitcher Joe Ross from Triple-A Syracuse, the club announced on Tuesday afternoon. In what has become a corresponding roster move, the Nationals have elected to option outfielder Brian Goodwin down to the same affiliate. As..." May 23

  • Here's the David Robertson trade the Nats, White Sox were reportedly close to making

    CBS Sports "The Washington Nationals need bullpen help. You know it, we know it , they know it, everyone knows it. What everyone didn't know is how close the Nationals came to acquiring Chicago White Sox closer David Robertson prior to spring training -- and what they were willing to give up in order to..." May 22

  • Nationals GM Mike Rizzo promises to fix leaky bullpen

    Sporting News "The Nationals' 3-2 sweep-averting win Sunday in Atlanta was closed out on a four-out save by rookie Koda Glover, but it still shined a light on the NL East leaders' weakest link: that bullpen. Dusty Baker let Stephen Strasburg throw 118 pitches, the second time in four stats he's thrown so..." May 22

  • Exec says Bryce Harper’s free agent deal might approach $500 million, but he’s probably worth even more

    Fanrag Sports "One rival GM pegged Bryce Harper’s value on a long-term deal at “closer to $500 million than $400 million,” a seemingly stark admission for a management person, even if it isn’t a Nationals person. That executive, claiming Harper is “twice the player that Giancarlo Stanton is,” suggested $400..." May 19

  • Nationals, Red Sox sent scouts to monitor White Sox players

    CBS Chicago "A month-and-a-half and eight starts into a season in which White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana has a 4.38 ERA, his trade value remains high. On Sunday, Quintana fired six scoreless innings before he fell prey to a three-run homer by Hunter Renfroe in the seventh inning. His White Sox would..." May 19