Nationals Rumors & News

  • Max Scherzer still can’t throw fastballs

    Hardball Talk "The Nationals will be many people’s favorites in the NL East this season. Not everything is looking great, however. For example, their ace — defending NL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer — can’t even throw fastballs right now. The reason: the stress fracture he suffered last August is still causing..." February 24

  • Nationals trying to trade Derek Norris

    Number Fire "Washington Nationals catcher Derek Norris will likely be traded after the club signed free agent catcher Matt Wieters, manager Dusty Baker said on Tuesday. What It Means: Norris was acquired in a trade with the San Diego Padres at the beginning of December, but the Nationals apparently didn't..." February 24

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • Nationals Nearing Deal With Matt Wieters

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals are nearing a deal with free-agent backstop Matt Wieters, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter)." February 21

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Scherzer frustrated injured finger hasn't healed yet

    Masn "Until Max Scherzer can throw pain-free, he won’t be throwing off a mound. The Nationals right-hander is slowly progressing in his recovery from a hairline facture of the knuckle on the ring finger of his throwing hand. So far in camp, he’s been limited to long tossing on flat ground and..." February 21

  • Matt Wieters, Nationals agree to 2-year deal

    ESPN "The Washington Nationals have reached agreement with former Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters on a two-year, $21 million deal, a source confirmed to ESPN's Jim Bowden on Tuesday. The deal is for $10 million in 2017 and $11 million for 2018, for which Wieters can opt out, a source confirmed..." February 21

  • Jayson Werth says his Nats’ career is ‘pinned to this season’ — his seventh, and perhaps last

    Washington Post "Clouds and humidity hovered harmlessly over the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Sunday morning as fans braved newly forged sidewalks to see the Washington Nationals hold their first full squad workout of the 2017 season. A few hours before activity began, the oldest player on the Nationals’..." February 20

  • Bryce Harper Knows ‘Exactly’ Why he Struggled Last Year

    CBS Washington "Bryce Harper’s 2016 season has been the subject of a great deal of scrutiny, and there is substantial reason to believe he was playing through injury throughout. With the Nationals reporting for Spring Training this week, the media finally got its first chance to talk to the star right fielder..." February 18

  • Max Scherzer's knuckle issue causes concern his season debut could be delayed

    Washington Post "The knuckle at the base of Max Scherzer’s right ring finger became the most analyzed joint in the Washington Nationals‘ clubhouse on Thursday, knocking Stephen Strasburg’s right elbow out of its familiar spotlight, and delivering an unexpected blow to the early-season stability of the Nationals’..." February 17

  • Blue Jays agree to deal with right-hander Mat Latos

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to sign right-hander Mat Latos, industry sources told Sportsnet. While terms of the agreement are not yet known, it’s expected that Latos will end up on a contract worth approximately $1.5 million if he’s at the MLB level. The 29-year-old, a veteran of 194 MLB..." February 16

  • Nationals unlikely to go beyond 1-year deal for Wieters

    Larry Brown Sports "The Washington Nationals are still interested in free agent catcher Matt Wieters, but only on a short-term deal. According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Nationals do maintain an interest in Wieters, who remains unsigned even as pitchers and catchers report to spring training. However, Washington..." February 15

  • Melancon credits 'stubborn' Russell Martin for his success

    USA Today "Mark Melancon was coming off his worst season ever, a 6.20-ERA monstrosity with the Boston Red Sox in 2012 that included a demotion to the minors, when he joined forces on the Pittsburgh Pirates with catcher Russell Martin. Their connection would change his career. A life-long reliever,..." February 15

  • Nationals agree to 1-year deal with Adam Lind

    MLB Trade Rumors "FOX’s Ken Rosenthal tweets that Lind has agreed to a one-year deal with a club option for the 2018 season. Bench depth has looked to be a glaring weakness for the Nationals as Spring Training approaches (as recently chronicled by Fangraphs’ Dave Cameron), but Lind would add an option to..." February 13

  • White Sox, Nationals Were Close To David Robertson Trade, Now In “Stalemate”

    MLB Trade Rumors "The White Sox and Nationals seemed to be closing in on a trade that would’ve sent David Robertson to Washington last week, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale and Jose L. Ortiz report. According to a Nats official, however, “the two sides have hit a stalemate and no trade is imminent.” The Sox, for..." February 13

  • Storen believes Papelbon would beat Harper in a 'legit fight'

    Washington Post "During a 30-minute conversation as a guest on the latest episode of Thom Loverro’s “Cigars and Curveballs” podcast, former Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa reminisced about his seven seasons in Washington and looked ahead to his fresh start in Anaheim. Espinosa, who was traded to the Angels in..." February 11

  • Scott Boras reveals that Bryce Harper played through 'an issue' last season

    CBS Washington "Bryce Harper’s agent says the Nationals right fielder “had an issue that he played through” in 2016. Scott Boras made the remarks on SiriusXM’s “MLB Network Radio. Though the satellite radio station neither offered the agent’s direct quotes, nor did it make the audio available for..." February 10

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

    MLB.com "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • Nationals acquire Enny Romero from the Rays

    Hardball Talk "Update (5:36 PM EST): That minor leaguer is pitcher Jeffrey Rosa, per MASN’s Mark Zuckerberg. Rosa, 21, pitched 40 1/3 innings across 11 starts for the Nationals’ rookie league team last season. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Nationals acquired pitcher Enny Romero from the..." February 07

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • White Sox and Nationals discussing a possible David Robertson trade

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports the Nationals are talking to the White Sox about closer David Robertson. Man, it’s as if they have no faith in Joe Nathan. And as if they’ve lost Jonathan Papelbon‘s phone number. Sad. Seriously, though, the Nats could use a closer having watched Mark Melancon leave via..." February 06

  • Washington Nationals’ lack of offseason moves is head-scratching

    Fox Sports "Owners maintain the right to spend or not spend, make arbitrary decisions on personnel — essentially, do whatever the heck they want. Owners also maintain the right to decline comment to reporters who seek explanation for their strategies, leaving fans to wonder what the heck is going..." February 06

  • Tim Tebow turns to Daniel Murphy as a baseball mentor

    USA Today "Getting ready for his first professional spring training experience, Tim Tebow has turned to a former New York Met for guidance. Current Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy spent seven years in New York and Tebow says the two are “next-door neighbors” in Jacksonville. “It’s not..." February 05

  • Tim Tebow turns to Daniel Murphy as a baseball mentor

    USA Today "Getting ready for his first professional spring training experience, Tim Tebow has turned to a former New York Met for guidance. Current Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy spent seven years in New York and Tebow says the two are “next-door neighbors” in Jacksonville. “It’s not..." February 04

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Nationals agree to deals with Nathan, Albers

    Masn "The Nationals, in their ongoing search for a new closer, have signed the man who ranks eighth all-time with 377 saves. Whether Joe Nathan, at 42, still has enough left in his twice-reconstructed elbow to save another major league game remains to be seen, but the club is willing to take a low-risk..." January 31

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Nationals agree with right-hander Vance Worley on a minor league contract

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals have signed Vance Worley to a minor league contract with a spring training invite, the club announced Saturday evening. The contract includes a $1 million base salary if he makes the major league roster, with up to $1.65 million in possible incentives, according to a..." January 29

  • The Nationals still don't have a closer, but there are plenty of ways to find one

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, the Rockies scooped up the best remaining free-agent reliever when they agreed to a one-year contract with former All-Star closer Greg Holland. Holland hasn't pitched since September 2015 due to Tommy John surgery. Among the other clubs connected to Holland were the..." January 28

  • Nationals To Re-Sign Stephen Drew

    MLB Trade Rumors "Drew will be guaranteed $3.5MM and can add to that with up to $1.2MM in incentives, per Jon Heyman of Fan Rag. The Nationals have struck a deal to bring back free-agent infielder Stephen Drew, according to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post. " January 26

  • FDR won’t be joining the Nationals’ horde of Racing Presidents in 2017

    Washington Post "A mascot of President Franklin D. Roosevelt — in a wheelchair or otherwise — won’t be joining Racing Presidents George, Tom, Abe, Teddy and Bill at Nationals Park this season. “While we engaged in extensive efforts to have FDR as a visiting Racing President for the 2017 season, in light of..." January 26

  • Man shot in face outside Nationals Park

    Larry Brown Sports "Police are investigating a shooting that took place outside of Nationals Park in Washington D.C. on Tuesday. According to WUSA 9, police received multiple calls about a shooting. When they arrived they found a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was said to be conscious..." January 24

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • Should the Nationals sign Matt Wieters?

    Washington Post "Matt Wieters’s name has hovered over the Nationals’ offseason from start to finish, buzzing like a fly they never seem to swat away for good. The Nationals have always been “interested” in Wieters, in the way any team that just lost an all-star catcher would be “interested” in a four-time..." January 21

  • Bryce Harper lobbies for Matt Wieters and Greg Holland

    Hardball Talk "Nothing is happening as the baseball world waits four more hours for the Hall of Fame announcement. Question: why do it at 6pm? For MLB Network ratings? Let’s be real, there are “Golden Girls” reruns on third-tier basic cable that are gonna draw a bigger audience. Why not announce it now so people..." January 18

  • Yankees' Brian Cashman on 'big-game hunting' for Bryce Harper, Manny Machado in 2018

    Newark Star-Ledger "A lot of hard-core Yankees fans already can't until the 2018 offseason. They know the big names who can become free agents that year, and they've heard rumors that Yankees are freeing up money now to make a big run then for Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado. And so, GM Brian Cashman was put..." January 18

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • Harper avoids arbitration with $13.625M deal

    ESPN "The Washington Nationals and star outfielder Bryce Harper agreed to a one-year deal for $13,625,000 on Friday, a source told ESPN's Buster Olney. Harper will again avoid arbitration. He did so before the 2014 season by signing a two-year deal that paid him $5 million this past season. In..." January 13

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Tanner Roark to pitch for Team USA

    Rotoworld "Tanner Roark has committed to pitch for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, reports Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Roark was invited prior to the finger injury to his teammate Max Scherzer. The 30-year-old thrived in his return to Washington's rotation in 2016 by posting a 2.83 ERA and..." January 11