Nationals Rumors & News

  • Scott Boras says he and Nationals have not discussed an extension for Bryce Harper

    Washington Post "Sports agent Scott Boras addressed reporters as the general managers’ meetings wound down Wednesday afternoon, commanding the media masses into a massive scrum around him, then navigating questions for 45 minutes or so, in keeping with meetings tradition. Questions fly in from all around, about..." November 16

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • Nationals starting to weigh Bryce Harper mega-deal

    New York Post "Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said there is a strong likelihood that at some point before the season he will sit down with Bryce Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, to discuss whether there are avenues open to do a long-term contract before the lefty slugger reaches free agency after the 2018..." November 15

  • The Nationals have an outfield logjam, which could grease the wheels for trades

    Washington Post "On Monday afternoon, standing on a patch of grass under some palm trees among a throng of loitering reporters and baseball decision-makers, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo insisted his roster doesn’t need more than some tweaking this offseason. His goal every winter is to build a team he..." November 14

  • Why the Washington Nationals should target Jake Arrieta in free agency

    iSportsweb "The Washington Nationals are a team that is ready to win now. With that being said, they seem to have trouble advancing past the National League Division Series each and every year. It is not a good look for the club, as they are mounting pressure on themselves and the city of Washington, D.C. to..." November 12

  • Millions in unpaid bills face contractors at Astros/Nationals ballpark

    Palm Beach Post "When the Houston Astros clinched their first baseball championship on Nov. 1, it was supposed to be a source of pride for the roster of local companies that helped build The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the team’s $152 million spring training complex that opened in February. Instead, it was..." November 10

  • Nationals hire Chip Hale as bench coach

    Fanrag Sports "The Washington Nationals have hired Chip Hale as their new bench coach, sources confirm to FanRag Sports. Hale joins the coaching staff of new manager Dave Martinez, who is coming over after having served as the bench coach of the Chicago Cubs, replacing Dusty Baker as the man in charge in..." November 09

  • Nationals hire Derek Lilliquist as their pitching coach

    Hardball Talk "Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that the Washington Nationals have hired Derek Lilliquist as their new pitching coach. Lilliquist was let go by the Cardinals after the 2017 regular season. He was replaced by Mike Maddux, who moved to St Louis. He replaces Mike Maddux, who was just..." November 09

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • Who might the Nationals target in free agency?

    Washington Post "Free agency officially began at 5 p.m. Eastern Monday afternoon. The market is open. The free-for-all can commence. The offseason can proceed, full speed ahead. In recent offseasons, the Nationals have emerged as reliable contenders for big name free agents, regardless of their perceived..." November 07

  • Matt Wieters exercises his $10.5 million player option

    Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that Matt Wieters intends to exercise his $10.5 million option for 2018. An easy decision for Wieters, as he’s coming off a terrible 2017 at the plate and would not get anything approaching $10.5 million on the open market. Weiters was one of the worst-hitting..." November 03

  • Nationals Hire Kevin Long As Hitting Coach

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have hired Kevin Long to become the team’s hitting coach, as Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post first reported on Twitter. He had most recently functioned in the same capacity for the division-rival Mets (and the Yankees before that). Long was a candidate for the Nats’ and Mets’..." November 02

  • Adam Lind the latest addition to list of Nationals’ free agents

    Washington Post "As is the case after the end of every World Series, Major League Baseball released a list of players who officially became free agents Thursday. There were 149 of them as of midday. The Nationals had 11, most of any team. By late afternoon, that number had grown to 12. The team announced that..." November 02

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Nationals To Hire Dave Martinez As Manager

    Fanrag Sports "Davey Martinez is the Washington Nationals choice to be their next manager, sources tell FanRag Sports. Martinez will be announced as Washington’s new manager after the World Series. It is believed the announcement is only being delayed out of deference to the Series, and MLB’s wish that teams..." October 29

  • Nationals to hire Dave Martinez as new manager, according to cryptic Wade Boggs tweet

    Sporting News "Have the Nationals already hired Dave Martinez as their new manager? Fox reporter Ken Rosenthal reported Friday the Cubs' bench coach was the front-runner for the position, but an unusual source said Friday afternoon it's already a done deal. Wade Boggs, a friend and former teammate of Martinez..." October 28

  • Girardi 'not likely' to take over as Nationals manager

    ESPN "For the Washington Nationals, Joe Girardi makes lots of sense. The problem is he also makes lots of cents. Over the past four years, Girardi earned 1.6 billion cents as manager of the New York Yankees. That works out to 400 million cents per year or, as it’s more commonly known in salary..." October 27

  • Nationals interview John Farrell to be manager

    WEEI Boston "According to multiple reports, John Farrell is interviewing for another managerial opening. As was first surfaced by The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, Farrell met with the Nationals Friday about the job vacated by Dusty Baker, who was fired by Washington after a 97-win season. Farrell recently..." October 27

  • Joe Girardi represents Nationals' chance to step up

    Sporting News "The Nationals' decision to part ways with Dusty Baker last week after back-to-back NL East titles made sense only with a viable follow-up plan in place. None was evident at the time, but the Yankees offered up the best possible alternative Thursday in cutting Joe Girardi loose. So just how..." October 26

  • Report: Nationals players upset over Dusty Baker’s firing

    Sportsnaut "Longtime MLB manager Dusty Baker is widely respected around the baseball world. He’s also seen as a players’ manager. So it should not come as too much of a surprise that multiple members of the Washington Nationals were reportedly upset after the team fired him earlier this month. “Nats..." October 26

  • Cub bench coach Dave Martinez front-runner for Nationals managing job?

    Chicago Sun-Times "Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez was asked by the Washington Nationals to interview for their managerial vacancy – a job Martinez came close to landing after the 2015 season until ownership required previous big-league managing experience. The Nats, who were eliminated by the Cubs in a dramatic..." October 23

  • Nats Reportedly Hope To Speak With Alex Cora

    CBS Boston "Alex Cora as the next Red Sox manager seemed like a sure thing in recent days. But one other team is hoping to change that. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported on Saturday that when the American League Championship Series ends on Saturday night, the Washington Nationals plan to ask..." October 21

  • Baker wants another crack with Nats

    Fanrag Sports "Dusty Baker looked so sad and spent after the Nationals’ heartbreaking elimination, some wondered whether he wanted to keep doing this. But word is, he’d love “another crack” with this Nats team and is just awaiting final word from the team. “It’s up to (the Nats),” one person familiar with the..." October 20

  • Daniel Murphy undergoes successful knee surgery

    Fanrag Sports "The Washington Nationals have formally announced — per Jamal Collier of MLB.com — that second baseman Daniel Murphy underwent successful surgery to repair some damage to the articular cartilage in his right knee. Murphy rang in his third All-Star honor this season, finishing the regular season..." October 20

  • Dusty Baker calls Nationals dismissal ‘hard to understand’

    USA Today "Dusty Baker will not return to manage the Washington Nationals in 2018, the club announced Friday in a startling move for a club that won 97 games and consecutive division championships. Baker spent two seasons as Washington's manager and won back-to-back NL East titles, but the Nationals were..." October 20

  • Dusty Baker Will Not Return As Nationals’ Manager In 2018

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals announced on Friday that Dusty Baker will not return as the team’s manager for the 2018 season. Baker’s contract only ran through the 2017 season, but the two sides had reportedly been discussing the possibility of a reunion prior to today’s announcement. The Nats offered the..." October 20

  • Bryce Harper is a year from free agency. So what's he really worth?

    Chicago Tribune "Every baseball season brings new data, and revisions to reputations. But this year has been especially revealing about Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, two of the game's most scrutinized players. Strasburg is rocketing up the game's "respectrum," while Harper, one year from free agency, now..." October 20

  • How Can The Nationals Improve Behind The Plate?

    MLB Trade Rumors "Nationals catchers Matt Wieters and Jose Lobaton combined for some highly visible lapses in the team’s cringe-inducing Game 5 NLDS loss. That helped to illuminate a problem that was largely masked as the team coasted to the NL East title after addressing the easier-to-spot problem of late-inning..." October 19

  • Bryce Harper Hints He's Headed to Yankees With Sly Twitter Like

    12 Up "​Oh boy. Here we go. Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals just had their season end at the hands of the Chicago Cubs, and even though the wounds are still fresh, it's time for the rumor mill to begin wondering where Harper is going to land when his contract expires after the 2018..." October 17

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Nationals enter a pivotal offseason, perhaps their last with superstar Bryce Harper

    CBS Sports "One of these years, the Washington Nationals are going to win a postseason series. Alas, 2017 will not be that year -- not after the Nationals were officially eliminated with their loss to the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of the National League Division Series. The problem with the Nationals is that..." October 13

  • Baker’s future up in air after another Nationals flameout

    New York Post "And once again, the Nationals head into their offseason without a victorious postseason series. “Got to take that next step and do the best we can,” Bryce Harper after striking out as the final out of a 9-8 loss to the Cubs in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday night. “Come back in spring training..." October 13

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • GM Mike Rizzo says Nationals are built for long haul

    Fanrag Sports "The Washington Nationals have once again made a first-round exit in the postseason. The National League East’s top club couldn’t get past the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs in a decisive NLDS Game 5 at home on Thursday evening despite winning just one day prior at Wrigley Field to..." October 13

  • Nationals' Gonzalez to start NLDS finale vs. Cubs

    Sporting News "Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez will start Game 5 of the NL Division Series against the Cubs on Thursday, the Nats announced. He'll meet Chicago's Kyle Hendricks in the deciding game of the series, set for 8 p.m. ET (TBS) at Nationals Park. Gonzalez lasted five innings in his Game 2 start..." October 12

  • Dusty pulls a fast one and Nats likely will start Strasburg

    Chicago Sun-Times "Joe Maddon is sticking to his original plan. After Game 4 of the NLDS between the Cubs and Nationals at Wrigley Field was postponed one day due to rain, the Cubs released their lineup Wednesday morning which is identical to the batting order they released Tuesday. Javy Baez returned to the..." October 11

  • Report: Stephen Strasburg 'Declines' Game 4 Start Due to Illness

    SI "With his team down 2-1 to the Cubs in the National League Division Series, Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg declined the opportunity to start Game 4 because of an illness, reports USA Today's Bob Nightengale. Tanner Roark was scheduled to start against in Game 4 on Tuesday, but the game was..." October 11

  • NLDS Game 4 between Cubs, Nationals delayed due to weather

    Chicago Tribune "The start of Tuesday's Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Cubs and Nationals at Wrigley Field will be delayed. Officials from Major League Baseball, the Cubs and Nationals will reconvene at 4:30 p.m. with the threat of rain looming. President Theo Epstein, general..." October 10

  • Cubs-Nationals Game 4 postponed until Wednesday

    USA Today "Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field was postponed by rain, and will be played at 4:08 ET on Wednesday, Major League Baseball announced. The decision will have significant ramifications regarding the Nationals' chances..." October 10

  • Max Scherzer hamstring injury thrusts Nationals staff inexperience into spotlight

    CBS Sports "Let's talk hypothetical match-ups. In a pivotal Game 3 in a 1-1 series, Nationals ace Max Scherzer will be facing off against Jose Quintana, looking to get the Nationals an all-important swing-game win in Chicago. Scherzer wasn't able to start Games 1 or 2, presumably due to a hamstring injury..." October 09

  • Nationals tab Roark for Game 4 of NLDS

    Washington Post "Tanner Roark will start Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Cubs, though almost everyone knew that by the time Nationals Manager Dusty Baker finally said it Sunday afternoon. Roark was really the only option for Tuesday’s game. The Nationals could have brought back Stephen..." October 09

  • Max Scherzer expects to throw 100 pitches in NLDS Game 3 start

    Hardball Talk "Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that Nationals starter Max Scherzer expects to throw 100 pitches in his start against the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLDS. Janes adds that Scherzer also plans to be available out of the bullpen in the event there is a Game 5. Scherzer has been dealing..." October 09

  • Bryce Harper: 'Built for that moment,' he delivers the home run of a lifetime

    USA Today "The quartet sat there, afraid to move in the Washington Nationals' clubhouse, while the father sat in the stands Saturday night at Nationals Park, his heart pounding against his chest. Ron Harper has seen his son in these moments through his entire life, whether he was 10 years old playing in a..." October 08

  • Dusty Baker doesn’t know how long Max Scherzer can last in NLDS Game 3

    Hardball Talk "Max Scherzer is still slated to take the bump for the Nationals on Monday, but club manager Dusty Baker doesn’t know how long he can last. That could be an issue for the team, who dropped a 3-0 NLDS opener to the Cubs on Friday and, if they can’t even the series on Saturday, would be looking to..." October 07

  • Nats assistant hitting coach suspended, faces lawsuit for revenge porn

    USA Today "The Washington Nationals announced that assistant hitting coach Jacque Jones was suspended pending a legal matter minutes before Friday's Game 1 of the NLDS - a game they would lose 3-0 to the Chicago Cubs. The team said Jones' suspension with pay was due to a pending legal matter that the club..." October 07

  • Nationals announce NLDS starters behind Stephen Strasburg

    Fanrag Sports "Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker announced on Friday that left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez will get the nod for Game 2 of the NLDS against the Chicago Cubs while right-hander Max Scherzer will toe the rubber for Game 3. FanRag Sports own Jon Heyman reported earlier in the week that..." October 06

  • Max Scherzer to start Game 3 of NLDS

    Hardball Talk "The Nationals have finally determined when they will use ace Max Scherzer in the NLDS against the Cubs: Game 3, MASN’s Mark Zuckerman reports. Scherzer has been dealing with a right hamstring injury suffered during his last start of the season. He was expected to throw a bullpen session on..." October 05