Fansided "The Oakland Athletics selected outfielder Corey Brown 59th overall in the first round of the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft. Several years after being drafted by the Athletics, he was traded to the Washington Nationals in 2010 along with Henry Rodriguez for Josh Willingham. During his time in the..." December 19
Foxsports.com "Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy joined "The Buzz" podcast Wednesday and said there's a chance that MLB pitchers could have the option of wearing special protective headgear as early as the 2014 season. He said the headgear would look like a hat but would be able to protect a..." December 19
Looks like Rakuten is not giving up on Tanaka. Hochi says they are going to offer him an $8m salary. http://t.co/PJRk1Cqa0U
Forbes.com "It was a very good year for Major League Baseball; as in historic. According to a source speaking on condition of anonymity, for 2013 MLB gross revenues will exceed $8 billion for the first time, ever. While exact figures were not revealed, baseball will end 2013 with revenues between $8-$8.5..." December 17
CBSSports.com "With Monday's official announcement that Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have agreed to a new posting system, the focus now shifts completely to whether or not phenom Masahiro Tanaka will be posted. We know his team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, want to keep him, though..." December 17
SB Nation "Major League Baseball announced a new system that will change the way Japanese baseball players join the league. The new agreement will bring drastic change to the previous posting system. Before, NPB teams would post players who wanted to make the move to MLB. MLB teams would then place blind..." December 17
Florida Times Union "Former baseball star and Jacksonville native Ryan Freel was suffering from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he committed suicide last year, his family announced Sunday at a mass remembering the Englewood graduate. The report from the Boston University..." December 16
SI.com "The Hot Stove quickly cooled from a scalding first week of December to a lukewarm second week, despite the occurrence of the annual winter meetings. In fact, in the age of modern telecommunication, offseason activity may even slow down with everyone under the same roof. "Everybody just holds their..." December 13
Hardball Talk "Joe Torre and Sandy Alderson just announced that the MLB Rules Committee has voted to outlaw collisions at home plate. The decision is now subject to approval by the players. If the players do not approve the rule change it will not go into effect in 2014, but MLB would be able to unilaterally..." December 11
Hardball Talk "At a time when concussions have become the most significant injury on the minds of athletes, coaches, teams and — increasingly — the legal system, baseball will move today to consider abolishing home plate collisions. As Derrick Goold reported this morning, this past weekend, team trainers and..." December 11
Nats Insider "After a strong bounce-back season in Baltimore, Nate McLouth figured to sign with a club this winter that would offer him the chance to win an everyday job. The Nationals, of course, had no such opportunity with Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and Denard Span all entrenched in the outfield. But they..." December 10
CBSSports.com "The Eric Chavez market is heating up, with at least seven teams in on the free-agent third baseman at the moment. The Rangers, Rays, Pirates, Braves, Diamondbacks, Nationals and Yankees all have checked in with interest, though the Yankees' signing of Kelly Johnson might diminish the chances of..." December 10
Agreement in place between NPB-MLB on new posting system. Last hurdle is MLB exec council must approve, which is expected this week
MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals are shopping Danny Espinosa in trade talks, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter). Passan adds that if the Nats are unable to find a deal they like for Espinosa, the infielder could fill the utility role vacated by Steve Lombardozzi. After a couple solid seasons..." December 10
MLB.com "Former managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a unanimous vote of the Expansion Era committee. La Russa, Torre and Cox rank third, fourth and fifth in managerial victories in Major League history, each winning more than 2,000..." December 09
Cubs looking at reliever trade market. Eyeing Nats' Storen, Clippard among others.
MLB.com "The Nationals' top priority during the Winter Meetings is to improve their bullpen from the left side. They continue to have interest in several lefties -- Oliver Perez, J.P. Howell, Boone Logan and Scott Downs, according to a baseball source. All four lefties were successful in getting lefty..." December 09
Sources: #Nationals agree with free-agent OF Nate McLouth on two-year contract, pending physical.
MLB.com "The Nationals are in need of left-handed relievers, and MLB.com has learned that the team has expressed interest in Scott Downs, who played for the Expos from 2000-04. A baseball source said the Nats have inquired about Downs at least twice. It's not known what kind of contract Downs is..." December 05
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04
#Nats announce they've signed Ross Ohlendorf to a 1-year contract. So they've tendered all 8 of their arbitration-eligible players.
Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers have traded right-hander Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals for three players. The Tigers obtained infielder/outfielder Steve Lombardozzi, relief pitcher Ian Krol and minor-league pitcher Robbie Ray in return for Fister. Lombardozzi is a second baseman/left fielder..." December 03
MLB.com "The free-agent pool got a boost on Monday, with former closers John Axford and Andrew Bailey among the biggest names cut loose ahead of the 11:59 p.m. ET non-tender deadline. Teams had until that time to offer -- or tender -- contracts to arbitration-eligible players. A non-tendered player..." December 03
CBSSports.com "A few weeks ago, talks between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball about a new posting system hit a snag. MLB reportedly grew impatient and felt NPB's officials were dragging their feet seeking approval and finalizing the agreement. As a result, MLB amended their..." December 02
NBC Washington "The Washington Nationals want to put a roof over Nationals Park, and they want D.C. taxpayers to pick up the tab. Multiple sources told News4 that executives with the team approached several District officials, including Mayor Vincent Gray’s office, to propose the addition to the..." November 27
Deadspin.com "Recently, as you may recall, we announced our plan to subvert the annual elections for baseball's Hall of Fame by buying votes from voters. Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of..." November 27
MLB.com "The induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., next July 28 could have a real Atlanta Braves flavor to it. Former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, each a 300-game winner, head a ballot stacked with superstar newcomers that will be studied by..." November 26
Athletics get Fernando Abad for A ball OF John Wooten
Sources: Haren to #Dodgers, one year, $10M plus 2015 option that vests at 180 innings. Pending physical.
#Nationals release Cuban RHP Yunesky Maya, whom they signed to 4-year, $6 million deal in August 2010 after he defected.
SB Nation "Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says the the team would like to sign both starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann and shortstop Ian Desmond to long-term deals and has had discussions with both. "We certainly have an interest in getting it done, but I don't know if we'll get it done..." November 23
Washington Post "The Nationals’ search for another starter is multi-faceted, and the plans could even stretch across multiple offseasons. As the Nationals sort through plans to add a starter behind Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez, options abound. We don’t know exactly what direction they’re..." November 22
Chris Young gets a $1.5 million base if he makes the Nats and can earn nearly $6 million with incentives. Can opt out at the end of spring.
@dodgers have been in contact with Dan Haren's agent. Hard to tell if the fit is right but there's some interest on both sides
MLB.com "Once upon a time, pitchers would undergo elbow surgery and teams would hold their breath and hope that once-promising arms would eventually bounce back. Today, that sounds like a fable, a tale our elders tell about how rough life was "back in the day." Now, it seems that the rule is that..." November 19
Foxsports.com "All of the new money in baseball will not simply be redirected to free agents. The Nationals are a classic example of a team that needs to take care of its own — specifically, right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and shortstop Ian Desmond. Both players are candidates for contract extensions this..." November 18
MLB.com "There's an old joke that says all you need to have a long career in baseball is to pitch with your left hand and have a pulse. It's a big-league exaggeration, of course, but the best lefties in the business are right on the pulse of what makes playoff contenders successful. During this..." November 18
Washington Post "As the Washington Nationals seek to augment a roster core they believe is built for long-term success, an unusual and previously unreported aspect of outfielder Bryce Harper’s contract remains unresolved. Harper, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2010 draft, reached an oral agreement on his..." November 16
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball officials impeded a Florida Department of Health investigation of Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch by purchasing clinic documents they likely knew had been stolen and had been warned not to obtain, sources close to the investigation told "Outside the Lines." The Department of..." November 15
Washington Post "Add another name to the list of left-handed relievers the Nationals are targeting. The Nationals, according a person familiar with the situation, have significant interest in Mariners free agent Oliver Perez, a 32-year-old whose resurrection as a reliever started when he pitched for Class AA..." November 15
Washington Post "Stephen Strasburg pitched with discomfort in his forearm, the result of small bone chips in his right elbow, for a “good amount” of the 2013 season, his agent Scott Boras said yesterday at the GM Meetings. Strasburg underwent surgery Oct. 25 to describe what the Nationals described as “loose..." November 14
Free agent Chris Young is on the #redsox list of fallback CF options if they don't re-sign Jacoby Ellsbury.
Washington Post "Throughout the season, Danny Espinosa’s continued struggles at the plate begged for an explanation. Why was he slumping again? What happened to his reworked swing from spring training? How much was his fractured wrist from April affecting him? Was it actually the torn rotator cuff in his left..." November 14
Reports: Japanese players' union approves new posting system. Players could be posted as early as Nov. 20.