Nationals Rumors & News

  • The Nats are sniffing around for relief pitching help

    Hardball Talk "The Nationals began the year with Blake Treinen as their closer. That didn’t last long, and now Koda Glover seems to be Dusty Baker’s man in the ninth inning. He earned a save for the second consecutive game yesterday. Glover has been pretty darn good in the early going, posting a 2.35 ERA and..." April 24

  • Daniel Murphy ‘wants to beat Mets’ brains in’: Nationals ace

    New York Post "Daniel Murphy insisted what mattered is his ulcerating success has come against a divisional opponent. The fact that opponent happened to be the Mets, well, that didn’t matter as much. His manager Dusty Baker disagreed. “It definitely matters. Guys say it doesn’t matter, but it matters. It..." April 24

  • Turner's walk scores Harper as Nationals edge Mets in 11

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The New York Mets pulled out all the stops -- starting position players promoted Friday from Triple-A and employing starting pitchers as pinch-hitters and pinch-runners -- to try and win Friday night. None of it was enough, because the Washington Nationals have Bryce Harper...." April 22

  • Gonzalez tames Mets, Nationals win 6th in row

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez is not running out of ways to torment the New York Mets at Citi Field. But he might be running low on tongue-in-cheek answers to dodge questions about his dominance in the Big Apple. Gonzalez continued his mastery of the Mets at Citi..." April 22

  • Nationals defeat Braves to earn three-game sweep

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Not even facing R.A. Dickey's dancing knuckleball could disrupt the grooved swing of Washington's Ryan Zimmerman as the Nationals completed a three-game series sweep of the Atlanta Braves. Zimmerman, who had hit a grand slam the night before, connected for a two-run homer off..." April 21

  • Nationals activate shortstop Trea Turner from disabled list

    ESPN "Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner has been activated from the disabled list after missing 10 games with a hamstring injury. Manager Dusty Baker told reporters that Turner will not be in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the New York Mets, but added that the speedy shortstop..." April 21

  • Seven most impressive young cornerstone players in MLB today

    Sportsnaut "The future of baseball is already in front of us. This isn’t in reference to a timeline. The players who represent the future of Major League Baseball are playing in front of us as you read this article. Some are nearing free agency, while others were so special their organizations paid top..." April 21

  • Harper's slam, homer power Nationals past Braves

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Washington slugger Bryce Harper owns Atlanta pitcher Julio Teheran and the same could be said about the Nationals against the Braves. Harper smashed a grand slam in the second inning after a solo homer in the first off Teheran and finished 4-for-4 with an intentional walk as the..." April 20

  • Major League Baseball in Las Vegas? Commissioner says it's an option

    Chicago Tribune "Major League Baseball would be open to having a team in Las Vegas, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday. With two existing franchises — the Oakland A’s and the Tampa Bay Rays — struggling to secure financing for new stadiums, the option of relocating a team to Las Vegas is very much on the..." April 20

  • Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover to split closer role for Nationals

    Fanrag Sports "Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover will share closer duties for the Washington Nationals, skipper Dusty Baker announced on Wednesday. Kelley, 32, is the veteran of the tandem. He entered Wednesday with a 2-0 record, though that casts a dark shadow on how shaky he’s been to start the season. Through 7..." April 20

  • Scherzer, Nats hand Braves first loss at new stadium

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- With Max Scherzer's pitch count already over 100, Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker was prepared to remove his right-hander from the Tuesday game after six innings. Scherzer had other ideas. "Max wanted to go out in the seventh," Baker said. "He knows we've been..." April 19

  • Philly Radio Station Asks If Bryce Harper Would Help The Phillies

    Deadspin "Bryce Harper hit a pair of home runs yesterday, the second a walk-off shot lifting the Nationals to a 6-4 win over the Phillies. Harper has hit 18 of his 125 career homers against the Phillies—more than he’s hit against any team other than the Marlins. This season, the 2015 NL MVP is hitting..." April 19

  • CB Bucknor shows how bad an umpire he is with calls in Nationals-Braves game

    Sporting News "Rotten umpiring is often excused by people who say, "Well, at least he was bad for both sides." Well, no, that just means the ump was bad. And to hear both sides tell it, CB Bucknor was rotten Tuesday night. Bucknor had the plate for the Nationals-Braves game in Atlanta. Let's just say his..." April 19

  • Umpires may begin using microphones to explain replay decisions to the crowd

    CBS Sports "Instant replay decision explanations may soon be coming to a ballpark near you. According to the Associated Press, MLB and the umpires will soon begin discussing a plan that will allow crew chiefs to use a microphone to explain replay decisions to the crowd. The NFL and NHL currently have..." April 18

  • Harper's blast lifts Nationals over Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The clutch bat of Bryce Harper helped overcame a multitude of mistakes by his teammates Sunday afternoon. Left fielder Jayson Werth made an error that led to a run in the eighth, catcher Matt Wieters dropped a throw that led to a run in the ninth and the Washington Nationals..." April 16

  • Phillies beat Nationals on Hernandez homer

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For at least one day, the Philadelphia Phillies had a lockdown bullpen. But for another day the bullpen was questionable for the Nationals. Cesar Hernandez hit a two-run home run off reliever Joe Blanton in the eighth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the..." April 15

  • Nationals outlast Phillies in 10

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The first two weeks of the season have been shaky for the Washington Nationals' bullpen, which had the best ERA in the National League in 2016. But veteran reliever Shawn Kelley thinks his group may have turned the corner Friday. The bullpen worked three scoreless innings as..." April 14

  • Leake, Piscotty power Cardinals past Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Mike Leake had not won a game in Washington since his rookie year in 2010, when his manager with the Cincinnati Reds was Dusty Baker. Baker was in the opposing dugout Wednesday afternoon as Leake spun a gem, outpitching Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer to beat the Washington..." April 12

  • Stephen Drew placed on 10-day DL

    Washington Times "The Washington Nationals placed infielder Stephen Drew on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday and called up Grant Green. Drew strained his right hamstring when sprinting up the first base line on Tuesday. He was removed from the game and replaced by Anthony Rendon. Rendon, who is hitting a mere..." April 12

  • MLB revenue crosses $9 billion, average team’s value up 19%

    The Comeback "It’s never been better to be an owner of a Major League Baseball team. According to the annual valuation rankings from Forbes, the average value of an MLB franchise jumped 19% in the past year thanks to local TV deals, rising profits and MLB’s expanded focus on branching out with new..." April 12

  • Drew, Harper, Eaton lead Nationals' rout of Cardinals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Nationals manager Dusty Baker, about four hours before the first pitch, had an easy answer for his much-maligned bullpen. "Score more runs," said Baker, addressing the media at Nationals Park. Baker was more than satisfied as his team cranked out 19 hits to crush the St...." April 11

  • Harper, Murphy power Nationals past Cardinals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Manager Dusty Baker toyed with the Washington Nationals' batting lineup in the first eight games of the season, partly because of injuries and also to see who fits in the best spots. However, the veteran skipper has no plans to mess with his third and fourth hitters -- lefty..." April 11

  • The World Baseball Classic Injury Effect

    The Ringer "This year’s World Baseball Classic was a massive spectator success. For the first time in the tournament’s short history, which has spanned four events over 11 years, the games were streamed on MLB.TV, which made them more accessible. In another, on-field first, the United States went all the way,..." April 11

  • Nationals shortstop Trea Turner to DL with hamstring injury

    ESPN "Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday with a hamstring strain. The DL stint is retroactive to Sunday. Turner, 23, was removed from Washington's game Saturday in the first inning with hamstring tightness. He finished runner-up for..." April 10

  • Phillies set team record with 12-run first in 17-3 win

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- By the time Philadelphia catcher Cameron Rupp swung and missed at Enny Romero's 2-2 pitch for the final out of the first inning, 53 minutes had gone by since Phillies starter Aaron Nola delivered the game's first pitch. One inning down and the game was basically over...." April 09

  • Worse than giving up 12 runs in an inning? Nationals' Trea Turner exits with injury

    CBS Sports "The Washington Nationals allowed 12 runs in the bottom of the first Saturday , and it may not have been the worst thing to happen to them in the inning. In the top of the first, star shortstop Trea Turner pulled up lame while rounding third base. He was removed from the game immediately. Here’s..." April 09

  • Nationals Designate Jeremy Guthrie For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals announced that right-hander Jeremy Guthrie has been designated for assignment, and in a corresponding move, righty Matt Albers’ contract has been selected from Triple-A to fill the spot on the 25-man roster. Guthrie signed a minor league deal with the Nats in February and got an..." April 09

  • Hernandez rescues Phillies with walk-off vs. Nats

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Chasing their first home series win over division-rival Washington in nearly two years, the Philadelphia Phillies were just one out away from making it happen before the Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman made the 35,000-plus fans at Citizens Bank Park wait just a little longer...." April 09

  • ‘Me, Gary Sanchez and Bryce Harper’: Machado spells out Yankees’ dream

    New York Post "Manny Machado lives in the moment. There is no other way to survive and flourish in Major League Baseball. But after the 2018 season, the best third baseman in the AL will be a free agent, and he has heard the chatter coming from New York. He will be 26 years old with seven years of major..." April 08

  • Scherzer, Nationals stave off Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Either Washington Nationals starter Max Scherzer wasn't bothered by the weather, or he just flat-out didn't care. Despite temperatures in the 40s and a stiff wind forcing many inside Citizens Bank Park to wear the knit hats the Philadelphia Phillies gave to fans, Scherzer..." April 07

  • Starter Money is the pitching stat all baseball bettors should know "2016 was a pretty good year, all things considered, for Jake Arrieta. He got a healthy salary raise, was his team’s Opening Day starter, he earned an All-Star appearance and finished the year with a 18-8 win-loss record and a 3.21 earned run average. He became a World Series winner and helped..." April 07

  • Marlins' Bour beats Nats with 10th-inning double

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Miami Marlins were a strike away from being swept in a three-game series to start the season in Washington. Throw in a pair of rain delays and a looming road trip to New York, and the first week of the year was looking grim. But the Marlins got two-out RBI hits in the..." April 06

  • Roark settles in as Nationals defeat Marlins

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- This has been an uneven spring for Tanner Roark, the right-handed starter for the Washington Nationals. He pitched for the U.S. team in the World Baseball Classic, but that messed up his regularly spring training preparation. Roark also had to adjust to new catcher Matt..." April 05

  • Nationals Re-Sign Aaron Barrett To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have re-signed right-hander Aaron Barrett, tweets Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post. The team’s official transactions page, unsurprisingly, specifies that Barrett’s contract is of the minor league variety. He’s represented by Excel Sports. The 29-year-old Barrett was once a..." April 04

  • Lind's pinch-hit homer lifts Nationals past Marlins

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Miami Marlins began this season without any left-handers in the bullpen for manager Don Mattingly. "We are just not set up like that," Mattingly sighed late Monday afternoon. That void hurt the Marlins on Opening Day, as lefty swinger Adam Lind hit a pinch-hit, two-run..." April 03

  • After much speculation, the Nationals' Opening Day closer is ... Blake Treinen

    USA Today "After a winter of speculation, Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker made the announcement Thursday that Blake Treinen will be the team's closer. Treinen made 73 appearances in 2016, posting a 2.28 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 67 innings for the Nationals. Washington began last season with..." March 30

  • Nationals Release Vance Worley

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have announced the release of veteran righty Vance Worley. With several other pitchers re-assigned to minor-league camp, fellow righty Jeremy Guthrie is left as the only non-roster hurler in MLB camp, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post notes (Twitter links). Clearly, Worley..." March 29

  • Donald Trump may throw out the first pitch at the Nationals opener

    Hardball Talk "It’s just gossip now, but Politico is hearing that Donald Trump is in talks to throw out the first pitch at Nationals Park on Opening Day. The Nats are not commenting. Neither are the Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League, who no doubt feel slighted given that the president effectively..." March 28

  • Nationals Place Clint Robinson On Outright Waivers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have placed first baseman Clint Robinson on outright waivers, Mark Zuckerman of reports on Twitter. That opens a 40-man spot and also seemingly resolves the competition between Robinson and recent signee Adam Lind, who’ll presumably back up Ryan Zimmerman at first..." March 28

  • Who is the Nationals’ most important player in 2017?

    Fanrag Sports "The Nationals won 95 games and a division title last year in a season when Bryce Harper hit .243 with an OPS+ of 116, lower than Danny Valencia and Jonathan Villar. The 2015 MVP wasn’t useless in 2016, hitting 24 home runs, drawing 108 walks, and stealing 21 bases, but Harper was not the reason..." March 28

  • Why MLB will likely not join the NHL and NFL and move a team to Las Vegas

    CBS Sports "On Monday afternoon, National Football League owners approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. The move is at least two years away, possibly three, but it has been agreed to. Owners voted 31-1 in favor of the move . Whenever the Raiders do move, they will become the second..." March 27

  • Rob Manfred Wants MLB to 'Own the Next Generation' of Sports Fans

    Bleacher Report "Long before the first batter stepped into the box at the start of his tenure as the 10th commissioner in baseball history, Rob Manfred threw out his own first pitch: Chief among his priorities would be to captivate the next generation of sports fans in a way that he was captivated when his parents..." March 27

  • Nationals Release Joe Nathan, Matt Albers

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran closer Joe Nathan has been told he will not make the Nationals and has opted out of his minor-league deal with the team, according to tweets from various reporters, including Jamal Collier of and Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post. The Nationals have announced that they’ve..." March 27

  • Stephen Strasburg named Nationals' Opening Day starter for 4th time "Stephen Strasburg will start Opening Day for the Nationals, manager Dusty Baker announced Sunday. Washington opens its season at 1:05 p.m. ET on April 3 against the Marlins at Nationals Park. This marks the fourth career Opening Day assignment for the 28-year-old Strasburg. He previously..." March 26

  • Nationals Ace Max Scherzer will not be team's opening day starter

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that Max Scherzer is not on track to be the team's opening day starter, and will most likely open the season as the third pitcher in the rotation. Scherzer has been the team's starter on opening day for the past two seasons, but a stress fracture in the..." March 23

  • David DeJesus retires

    Hardball Talk "Outfielder David DeJesus announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Twitter Wednesday afternoon. He’ll be joining CSN Chicago for Cubs coverage. DeJesus, 37, spent 13 seasons in the big leagues from 2003-15 with the Royals, Athletics, Cubs, Nationals, Rays, and Angels. He hit a..." March 23

  • Max Scherzer says finger is healed, no longer an issue

    Sportsnaut "The Washington Nationals and their fans can rest easy. Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer — who was dealing with a knuckle injury — threw in Grapefruit League action on Wednesday, and had no negative effects. Scherzer went 4.2 innings, surrendered five hits, walked one, allowed two..." March 22

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • 5 MLB teams that can dethrone the Cubs as World Series champions

    Yardbarker "It’s easy to see why the Chicago Cubs would be favored to win the World Series for a second consecutive season. They have a great lineup, a strong pitching staff, and depth almost everywhere. However, the safer bet would be to take the field over the Cubs in 2017. That, however, doesn’t do much to..." March 21

  • Bryce Harper vs. Manny Machado: Who would you rather have?

    ESPN "Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will play in different cities over the next 20 months, for different teams, manning different positions in different leagues. But all the while, they will be competing against each other directly, just as if they were faced off in a one-on-one pickup game for..." March 19