Nationals Rumors & News

  • Top MLB free agent reportedly willing to sit out until midseason in order to get fair deal

    CBS Sports "Baseball's offseason has been slow and boring, with many of the top free agents remaining unsigned, just weeks before spring training is set to begin. Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan took a deep dive into what's slowing the market -- including the idea of collusion, as well as Tony Clark and the..." January 17

  • Do the players even care about money anymore?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday I wrote about how the union has come to find itself in the extraordinarily weak position it’s in. The upshot: their leadership and their membership, happily wealthy by virtue of gains realized in the 1970s-1990s, has chosen to focus on small, day-to-day, quality of life issues rather..." January 17

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • Nationals Nearing Agreement With Howie Kendrick

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals are nearing a deal with infielder/outfielder Howie Kendrick, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter). The prospective contract would promise Kendrick $7MM over two years. If the contract is finalized, Kendrick will return to the place that he thrived in a..." January 15

  • Cubs know waiting for Bryce Harper and next winter's insane free-agent class is affecting baseball's offseason

    NBC Sports Chicago "You might have heard that baseball’s offseason has been slow. Dreadfully slow. Drive-you-crazy slow. What’s the deal? Well, one theory is that teams are hesitant to spend too much money this winter because they’re gearing up for next winter, when things will most definitely not be..." January 15

  • Nationals avoid arbitration with Anthony Rendon, Tanner Roark and Michael A. Taylor

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals have three arbitration-eligible players this winter, Anthony Rendon, Tanner Roark and Michael A. Taylor, a smaller class than they’ve had in recent years, but a noteworthy one. Rendon compiled an MVP-caliber season last year. Taylor was a Gold Glove finalist. Roark, who..." January 12

  • Nationals Pitchers, Catchers Report On Valentine’s Day

    CBS Washington "How much do the Nationals love Spring Training? They’re starting it on Valentine’s Day 2018. As per the usual schedule, pitchers and catchers will report first, on February 14. Position players will report five days later on February 19, and the first full-squad workouts will begin on February..." January 11

  • Nationals Re-Sign Edwin Jackson To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals and right-hander Edwin Jackson have agreed to a minor league contract, according to his agents at the ESQ Agency. Jackson’s deal comes with a $1.5MM base salary as well as an additional $1.4MM worth of incentives. The 34-year-old Jackson returned for a second stint with the Nats..." January 11

  • MLB owners seem to want more money in their pockets, not those of players

    Sporting News "Doldrums. A dry spell. A brain-melting and frustrating period of incredible boredom. Whatever words or turn of phrase you use to describe the current state of the baseball offseason, you’re right. We’re in a haze of offseason monotony punctuated only by the occasional reliever deciding to join..." January 11

  • Jayson Werth thinks he has “a few good years left”

    Hardball Talk "Outfielder Jayson Werth is a free agent heading into his age-39 season (he turns 39 in May), but the veteran thinks he still has “a few good years left,” ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. Werth says he’s been training hard this offseason and plans to come into spring training in great shape. He is..." January 08

  • Report: Mets see free agent Howie Kendrick as 'potential fit'

    SNY TV "The Mets believe free agent Howie Kendrick could be a "potential fit" at second base, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post. Kendrick has established a presence in clubhouses, similar to the way Curtis Granderson did with the Mets, and according to Puma, the team appreciates his versatility:..." January 08

  • Nationals eyeing Lance Lynn as they gear up for 2018 run

    CBS Sports "Once again, the Washington Nationals suffered a disappointingly early postseason exit last season, as they were eliminated in the NLDS for the fourth time in the last six years. Three times they were eliminated with a Game 5 loss. Ouch. In an effort to get over the hump in 2018, the Nationals..." January 07

  • Nationals interested in Marlins' Realmuto, Yelich "Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto and outfielder Christian Yelich are no strangers to the division-rival Nationals. So with Miami listening on potential trade offers for both, it's not surprising that Washington would be on the list. According to multiple sources, the Nationals are interested in..." January 04

  • Should Japanese career be a HOF factor?

    CBS Sports "No sooner than five years from now, the great Ichiro Suzuki will be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Ichiro still wants to play but remains unsigned. If he's unable to latch on anywhere, his five-year waiting period before appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot will..." January 02

  • Why the Nationals’ trajectory could pivot in 2018

    Washington Post "Idealistic baseball people associated with reliable winning baseball do not like to discuss the notion of a window. Windows can be flung wide open with good player development. Even as they slide close, they can be propped open with a big trade or acquisition. Sometimes, they can even be kept ajar..." January 02

  • The Nationals could use Bryan Harper to keep Bryce around in 2019

    Masn "The 2018 campaign is obviously a big season for the Nationals, a team built for the postseason, with outstanding starting pitching, timely hitting and stout defense. But 2018 is also the final season Bryce Harper is under contract with the Nats. The club has been working to secure a long-term..." December 31

  • Nationals kicking tires on 2 star free-agent closers

    Fanrag Sports "The Washington Nationals have inquired on both star free-agent closers — Wade Davis and Greg Holland — and are said to like both. There hasn’t been much activity among the top free agents, but things could be looking up for Davis and Holland, who stand apart from the crowd. The Nationals are..." December 29

  • Managers And Top Front Office Executives On Expiring Contracts

    MLB Trade Rumors "There are quite a few notable managers and top front office executives (general managers or heads of baseball operations who have different titles) entering their last guaranteed year under contract in 2018, creating even more pressure than usual to have a good season. Thanks to Cot’s Baseball..." December 27

  • Nationals sign Matt Adams to replace slugging bench piece Adam Lind

    Washington Post "In need of a backup first baseman and some pop off the bench, the Washington Nationals signed Matt Adams to a one-year contract worth $4 million guaranteed Wednesday, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Adams can earn up to another $500,000 in incentives. Adams, 29,..." December 22

  • Nationals In “Serious Discussions” With Matt Adams

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals are in “serious discussions” with first baseman Matt Adams about a dea that would bring him to D.C., according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter).’s Jerry Crasnick had tweeted earlier today that the sides had ongoing interest, as had been reported..." December 20

  • Jessica Mendoza will return to ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in 2018, but other booth positions remain TBD

    Awful Announcing "With Dan Shulman leaving Sunday Night Baseball for the sake of his personal life and Aaron Boone departing to manage the Yankees, ESPN’s flagship baseball program finds itself in flux. But as of Tuesday, we know one thing about Sunday Night Baseball in 2018: Jessica Mendoza will be back. ESPN..." December 20

  • Tommy Milone returning to Nationals

    Masn "A former Nationals pitcher is returning to D.C. The Nats have signed left-hander Tommy Milone to a minor league contract, an industry source has confirmed. He will receive an invitation to major league spring training. Milone, 30, was drafted by the Nats in the 10th round of the 2008..." December 20

  • Could Yankees trade Giancarlo Stanton after 2018 to ink Bryce Harper?

    Bronx Pinstripes "The Yankees’ recent acquisition of behemoth slugger Giancarlo Stanton in a blockbuster trade with the Miami Marlins has already made New York a legitimate World Series contender for the 2018 season. But what if the reigning National League MVP’s tenure in pinstripes lasts just one..." December 19

  • Nationals’ Tanner Roark on not pitching in the playoffs: ‘I wasn’t happy’

    Washington Post "Tanner Roark was in his Chicago hotel room the morning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series, a few hours before the game he was supposed to start with his team’s season on the line, when he heard analysts dissecting his preparedness for such a moment. Many players avoid the talking..." December 18

  • 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 Sports 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