Nationals Rumors & News

  • Nationals scouted Cardinals' Pham, Rosenthal

    12 Up "With the days winding down until Major League Baseball's trade deadline, the market is surely heating up. ​We've already seen several high-profile deals in the past few weeks, and the Nationals may be the next squad to make a big-time splash before time runs out. Sources say the Nationals..." July 28

  • Bryce Harper blamed his pregame music following his latest ejection

    CBS Sports "Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper went off on home plate umpire Chris Segal after striking out in the eighth inning of the Nats' win over the Brewers (WAS 8, MIL 5) on Wednesday night. Harper was visibly upset at a called strike on the second pitch of the at-bat, then he lost it,..." July 27

  • Stephen Strasburg expected to make next start for Nats

    Larry Brown Sports "All appears to be good on the Stephen Strasburg injury front, at least for now. The Washington Nationals ace is expected to make his next scheduled start for the team despite leaving his Sunday start with forearm discomfort." July 25

  • Nats, Yanks among those in on Sonny Gray "When Sonny Gray pitches tonight in Toronto -- if he's not traded before then -- the Nationals and Yankees will be paying close attention. Sources say the A's and Nats have remained in contact since finalizing the deal that sent relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to Washington earlier this..." July 25

  • Some GMs like to deal with each other -- and some don't

    ESPN "Every baseball executive understood by mid-June that Washington general manager Mike Rizzo needed bullpen help -- again -- to help plug the gap at closer. But Rizzo’s choices were far less than perfect, certainly less attractive than in 2016 when he talked about deals involving Aroldis Chapman and..." July 25

  • Stephen Strasburg exits start with apparent injury

    Fanrag Sports "No, it’s not a “hug watch,” but Stephen Strasburg did leave the Washington Nationals-Arizona Diamondbacks game on Sunday early with an apparent injury. Washington’s scheduled starter threw two scoreless innings, but not without some scares along the way. He induced a Chris Owings flyout with..." July 23

  • Bryce Harper, wife launch Instagram food account

    Yardbarker "Bryce Harper and wife Kayla are stepping into a new area. Harper’s wife announced in an Instagram story Thursday that the two are launching a food account on the social media service after receiving multiple requests to do so. Their food account is called “HarpEats.” Their first post is sure..." July 21

  • Nationals’ Jayson Werth has a fracture in his foot — and has known for some time

    Washington Post "Something always seemed a little off about Jayson Werth’s injury, a prognosis told differently by the left fielder and his manager and from which he was supposed to be able to return this week — then simply did not. On Tuesday, Werth offered more clarity — if not a total explanation — for why the..." July 19

  • Nationals to designate Jacob Turner for assignment to make room for Edwin Jackson

    Hardball Talk "Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that the Washington Nationals will designate pitcher Jacob Turner for assignment today. They’ll make the move so they can call up Edwin Jackson who will start today against the Angels. Turner has pitched in 18 games, starting two, and has a 5.08 ERA...." July 18

  • Likely destinations for all the top stars on the block

    USA Today "The Cleveland Indians witnessed it first-hand over the weekend, and would love to stuff him in their overhead compartment Wednesday afternoon when they fly home from the Bay Area after a week-long stay. The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers can line up their playoff rotations now, with a..." July 18

  • Nationals Still In Market For Bullpen Upgrades

    MLB Trade Rumors "Even after acquiring Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from the A’s yesterday, the Nationals remain interested in bolstering their bullpen, FanRag’s Jon Heyman tweets. Tigers lefty Justin Wilson is of particular interest to them, per’s Jon Morosi (also via Twitter), and Morosi notes that the..." July 17

  • Ryan Zimmerman becomes the all-time home run leader for the Expos-Nationals franchise

    Hardball Talk "There is some rare Monday afternoon baseball today, with the Reds and Nationals wrapping up their four-game series. The game has practically ended before it really got going, though, with the Nationals jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning. This following three games in which..." July 17

  • Nats reportedly address bullpen by acquiring Madson, Doolittle from A's

    CBS Sports "Saturday night, we brought you the rumor that the Washington Nationals were attempting to fix their bullpen by acquiring relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle from the Oakland Athletics. That no longer appears to be a rumor. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and MLB Network on Sunday,..." July 16

  • Nationals trying to acquire Doolittle, Madson from A's

    Bleacher Report "The Washington Nationals, in an attempt to bolster their bullpen, are reportedly eyeing Oakland A's relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle in deadline deals, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal added it's "unclear" if the Nationals "will require cash in deadline deals and give..." July 16

  • Nationals' Joe Ross will reportedly undergo Tommy John surgery

    Washington Post "Nationals right-hander Joe Ross has a full thickness tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery Wednesday morning, Manager Dusty Baker announced Saturday. The procedure will end the 24-year-old’s season and likely will cost him at least a portion,..." July 16

  • Nationals place Joe Ross on 10-day disabled list with an elbow sprain

    Hardball Talk "What started off as a triceps strain has apparently morphed into something much more serious for Nationals’ right-hander Joe Ross, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Friday with a right elbow sprain. Ross underwent an MRI arthrogram, but the team is still awaiting the full results..." July 15

  • Bryce Harper passes Vladimir Guerrero for rare Expos-Nationals record

    Sportsnet "Despite still sitting a few months shy of his 25th birthday, Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper is already carving out his place in big-league history. Continuing to put up numbers at a feverish pace, Harper moved past Vladimir Guerrero by posting more multi-home run games than any other..." July 15

  • Nationals Release Francisco Rodriguez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have released veteran closer Francisco Rodriguez, reports Jesse Sanchez of (via Twitter). The 35-year-old righty had inked a minor league pact with Washington following his release from the Tigers." July 14

  • Harper can't stay in NYC for more than 3 days: 'it's pretty crazy and hectic'

    USA Today "Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper appeared to pour cold water on the idea of a future with the New York Yankees, saying he’s not a fan of New York City and that his career-path preference would be similar to the likes of Cal Ripken Jr. with the Orioles and Derek Jeter with the..." July 12

  • Bryce Harper bashes Dellin Betances during All-Star Game after working walk

    New York Daily News "Randy Levine now has another reason to try and get Bryce Harper when he becomes a free agent. In the third inning of the All-Star Game, Harper worked a walk against the Yankees’ reliever. While on first base, Harper’ microphone picked up him giving the NL’s first base coach a rather simple..." July 12

  • 2017 World Series Odds for Every MLB Team at the All-Star Break

    Bleacher Report "As MLB takes an All-Star-break breather, a clear crop of World Series contenders has surfaced above a crowd of playoff candidates. Even if the entire American League stays alive well past the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, one distinct favorite hovers a step over three other potent title..." July 12

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred reveals the league may expand to these three cities

    New York Daily News "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is considering making the big leagues even bigger. While taking questions at Monday's FanFest, Manfred discussed the idea of possible expansion in the league's future. He mentioned three cities that could someday find themselves with an MLB..." July 11

  • Bryce Harper insists Yankee rumors are just speculation

    New York Daily News "Until Bryce Harper becomes a free agent and makes a decision about where he’s going to play in 2019 and beyond, the rumors and speculation won’t stop. Harper, of course, has been connected to the Bronx Bombers for a while. “I think that’s just part of people talking and hearing what they want..." July 11

  • Joe Ross leaves Sunday’s game in the fourth inning with ‘triceps tenderness’

    Washington Post "For the second straight afternoon, a Washington Nationals starter did not make it through the fourth inning, in part because of apparent injury. Stephen Strasburg was fine after taking a comebacker to the hip Saturday. Joe Ross, however, might have a lingering issue after leaving Sunday’s game..." July 10

  • Bryce Harper: All-Star captains should draft teams

    Sportsnaut "Now that the MLB All-Star Game is no longer used to determine home field advantage in the World Series, Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper — Mr. Make Baseball Fun Again — has an idea about how to spice things up. Rather than the traditional American League vs. National League format, Harper..." July 10

  • Bryce Harper: Phillies fans not as rude as fans of Mets, Braves

    Hardball Talk "Speaking to the media as All-Star Game festivities were under way in Miami, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper dropped a bombshell. Per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, he said that Phillies fans were not as rude as fans of the Mets and Braves. There are several possible explanations..." July 10

  • MLB All-Star Game: Max Scherzer, Chris Sale named starting pitchers

    USA Today "Chris Sale and Max Scherzer were named starting pitchers for the American and National League All-Star teams on Monday. For Sale, it's his second consecutive start in the Midsummer Classic, but first in a Boston Red Sox uniform. The hard-throwing left-hander started last year as a Chicago White..." July 10

  • When Bryce Harper faces questions about his future, expect a few sharp comebackers

    Washington Post "It is the weekend before baseball’s All-Star Game, and Bryce Harper knows what that means for him. On Monday in Miami, a gaggle of scribes and television reporters will gather around, lobbing questions about his season thus far and — let’s be realistic — about two seasons from now, about where he..." July 09

  • The Dodgers and Nationals are interested in Justin Wilson

    Hardball Talk "With the trade deadline drawing ever nearer, both the Dodgers and Nationals have started to set their sights on potential pitching reinforcements. That includes Tigers’ powerhouse lefty reliever Justin Wilson, though FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal notes that the club may be reluctant to sell at the..." July 09

  • Michael A. Taylor is headed to the 10-day disabled list with oblique strain

    Washington Post "Michael A. Taylor, who started Thursday’s late-night affair in center field, did not come out to play there in the fourth inning. Though he showed no glaring trouble as he ran out a ground ball to first base in the bottom of the third, injury seemed the only likely explanation for his departure...." July 07

  • Nationals' Anthony Rendon may be baseball’s best-kept secret

    Sporting News "Max Scherzer doesn’t understand it. How can a guy so valuable not be an All-Star? “It’s really hard for me to swallow that he’s not up here at the table right now,” the right-handed pitcher said at a recent news conference recognizing his and four of his Washington Nationals teammates’..." July 07

  • Nationals, Braves sit through three-hour rain delay without a drop falling

    CBS Sports "Thursday night, the Braves and Nationals are opening their four-game series at Nationals Park (GameTracker). Atlanta is actually in second place in the NL East. They're 9 1/2 games back of the Nats. Thursday's game was delayed three hours due to inclement weather. The problem? It never actually..." July 07

  • Nationals showing interest in Reds' Iglesias

    Number Fire " The Washington Nationals have shown interest in Cincinnati Reds closer Raisel Iglesias, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi. What It Means: It's well-known that the Nationals are in the market for a late-inning reliever. Their bullpen ranks 28th in the league in FIP to this point. " July 06

  • Dan Shulman leaving ESPN 'Sunday Night Baseball' broadcast, staying at network

    USA Today "Dan Shulman will step away as voice of ESPN’s "Sunday Night Baseball" at season’s end, the network confirmed late Monday night. Shulman, who has served as the play-by-play commentator for ESPN’s weekly featured MLB broadcast since 2011, broke news of his departure to Sports Illustrated in an..." July 04

  • Umpire Angel Hernandez sues MLB over discrimination, treatment by Joe Torre

    ESPN "MLB umpire Angel Hernandez is suing the league and the commissioner's office, alleging that a long-simmering personal vendetta between him and Joe Torre, as well as racial discrimination, has hindered his career advancement. In the suit filed Monday in Ohio, Hernandez claims that Torre, MLB's..." July 04

  • Nationals reliever Shawn Kelley shut down with lingering neck pain

    Washington Post "A few days before the Washington Nationals left for their trip to St. Louis last week, reliever Shawn Kelley was long-tossing, an encouraging sign for a pitcher who had been placed on the disabled list a little more than a week earlier with a right trapezius strain. But during one long toss..." July 04

  • Bryce Harper says he won't participate in Home Run Derby

    ESPN "Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper said during a postgame interview with ESPN that there is "no chance" for him to participate in next week's Home Run Derby. Harper will be in Miami for the All-Star weekend after being named a starting outfielder for the National League. Harper, now a..." July 03

  • Kris Bryant explains Bryce Harper’s Instagram hashtag

    Larry Brown Sports "Kris Bryant thinks you shouldn’t read too much into Bryce Harper’s Instagram. The Chicago Cubs third baseman shrugged off Harper’s “Back2BackOneday” hashtag, attributing it to the Washington Nationals outfielder just having fun. “Not much at all,” Bryant told 670 The Score’s Bernstein and..." July 01

  • Bryce Harper remains in game despite leg issue

    Larry Brown Sports "The Washington Nationals and their fans appear to have dodged a bullet on Friday. Bryce Harper appeared to suffer some sort of leg injury while running out a grounder against the Chicago Cubs. Harper hit into a fielder’s choice in the first inning of Friday’s game and went down after running..." July 01

  • Trea Turner suffers non-displaced fracture in his right wrist

    Washington Post "Trea Turner has a non-displaced fracture in his right wrist and has no timetable for a return. “It sucks. I’m trying to have a good at-bat right there,” Turner said after getting hit by a pitch from Pedro Strop in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday. “You wish it hit you in the back or..." June 30

  • The Nationals sign Kevin Jepsen

    Hardball Talk "Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports the Nationals have agreed to terms with free agent reliever Kevin Jepsen. Think of this as the latest in what will likely be a series of no-risk bullpen additions. The Nats, basically, collecting as many almost free arms they can find in an effort to fix their..." June 29

  • Glover reveals shoulder injury, leaving his return uncertain

    Masn "It doesn’t appear Koda Glover will be pitching for the Nationals anytime soon. And that could dramatically impact the way general manager Mike Rizzo approaches next month’s trade deadline. Glover revealed today he has “severe inflammation of the rotator cuff and two strains” in his right..." June 28

  • Bryce Harper hints he wants to play with Kris Bryant, sign with Cubs?

    Larry Brown Sports "Bryce Harper has heard the rumblings that he wants to sign with the Chicago Cubs when he becomes a free agent following the 2018 season, and he has downplayed them anytime the subject comes up. However, he did nothing to cool the speculation with a social media post on Tuesday. With the Cubs..." June 28

  • Recently released Francisco Rodriguez agrees to deal with Nats

    ESPN "The Washington Nationals have agreed to a minor league contract with right-handed pitcher Francisco Rodriguez, according to ESPN's Buster Olney and multiple reports. Rodriguez was released last week by the Detroit Tigers. He will report to the Nationals' minor league facility in West Palm..." June 27

  • Nats players are fed up with their bullpen issues

    Hardball Talk "Tom Boswell of the Washington Post does frequent Q&As with readers and today he had quite the A to one of their Qs. The question was about the Nats’ bullpen, which is obviously a glaring weakness on an otherwise excellent team. Following a long answer talking about the approach to bullpen..." June 26

  • Nationals In Talks With Francisco Rodriguez

    MLB Trade Rumors "Right-hander Francisco Rodriguez, who was recently released by the Tigers, is being pursued by the Nationals and is likely to end up signing there, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports (via Twitter). The Nationals, of course, have a clear need for bullpen help, and while K-Rod has been torched..." June 26

  • Nationals showing interest in Phillies' Neshek

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have shown interest in Phillies righty Pat Neshek, reports FOX’s Ken Rosenthal (Twitter link). Other clubs are interested in the veteran setup man as well, he notes, which comes as little surprise given Neshek’s affordable salary and strong work thus far in 2017. Indeed, the..." June 23

  • Nationals have nice long list of possible closers

    Fanrag Sports "The Washington Nationals will, as everyone knows, seek a big-time closer, with ex-Nat Mark Melancon, Tony Watson, Kelvin Herrera and of course David Robertson among those on their list, according to sources. They tried to keep Melancon over the winter, but he hasn’t had a great start with the..." June 22

  • Bryce Harper dominating All-Star voting with over 2.8 million votes

    Sportsnaut "Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper is the most popular guy playing in MLB according to All-Star ballots. Leading all vote-getters, Harper has amassed over 2.8 million votes. This vastly exceeds the tallies of his closest peers, per “…NL leaders include: second..." June 19

  • Max Scherzer matched a franchise strikeout record on Friday

    Hardball Talk "During Friday’s 7-2 win over the Mets, Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer became the second starter in franchise history to string five consecutive starts together with 10+ strikeouts each. It’s a feat we’ve already seen the Red Sox’ Chris Sale replicate earlier this season, going eight consecutive..." June 17