Nationals Rumors & News

  • Willingham retires after 11 seasons "Josh Willingham is retiring from baseball after an 11-year major league career, the outfielder told on Monday. Willingham, 35, hit .253 with 195 home runs during a career that included stints with the Florida Marlins, Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins and Kansas..." November 24

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The Chicago #WhiteSox just signed 1B Adam LaRoche to a 2 year, $25 million contract.

  • Will Giancarlo Stanton’s historic contract ever impact Bryce Harper?

    Washington Post "Baseball salaries are determined very much like real estate prices, using a thorough perusal of the surrounding properties in the neighborhood – the “comps.” Who else around here has three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths and was built in, say, 1990? Who else, after their first six years in the..." November 20

  • Jordan Zimmermann wants to stay in D.C. but understands his situation

    Washington Post "In a perfect world, Jordan Zimmermann wants to stay in Washington, the only organization he has ever known. But it’s not that simple and the Nationals’ homegrown star understands the position he is in. The Nationals control him for only one more year, the 2015 season, before he is eligible for..." November 20

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    Veteran #Nats pitcher Doug Fister, who like Zimmermann also is eligible for free agency in 1 year, also is available if a deal makes sense

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #Nats are informing teams that ace Jordan Zimmermann is available,but only if they get strong return,emphasizing it is not a salary dump

  • Marlins reportedly make offer to LaRoche "The Marlins may not have to look outside of their own division to find a middle-of-the-order hitter. Miami reportedly has a two-year, $20 million offer on the table to free agent Adam LaRoche, according to the Miami Herald. The 35-year-old first baseman batted .259 with 26 home runs and 92..." November 20

  • White Sox, Padres among teams with interest in free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Jayson Stark reported Tuesday afternoon that the Marlins have shown “aggressive interest” in free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche. Now we can go ahead and add a few more teams to the list. Ken Rosenthal of is hearing from sources that the White Sox and Padres have also..." November 19

  • Nationals close to re-signing Kevin Frandsen

    Washington Post "The Nationals and Kevin Frandsen are close to a deal that would bring the veteran utility man back to Washington, a person familiar with the situation said Thursday afternoon. Frandsen, 32, is eligible for arbitration, and the deadline to tender contracts for arbitration-eligible players is Dec...." November 14

  • Nationals offered Ian Desmond $107 milllion over seven years last offseason

    Washington Post "The Nationals and homegrown, franchise-bedrock shortstop Ian Desmond are expected to resume contract extension talks this winter, one year before Desmond can become a free agent. The sides will reconvene with a nine-figure starting point. The Nationals offered Desmond a contract extension last..." November 13

  • Joe Torre: Skippers no longer can use stall tactics for MLB replays

    New York Post "Rest in peace, Awkward Manager Ambling From The Dugout to the Field So a Team Can Decide Whether To Challenge a Call. You won’t be missed. Phase Two of Major League Baseball’s extended instant-replay rollout hasn’t yet been finalized, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe..." November 13

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    Paul Sullivan @PWSullivan

    Source says Cubs not getting Zimmermann from Nats and haven't exchanged names, as rumored.

  • Sources: Cubs in talks to acquire Nationals’ Jordan Zimmermann

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Cubs aren’t waiting around for Jon Lester to make a splash this winter for frontline starting pitching. Multiple sources said Tuesday the Cubs are in talks with the Washington Nationals to acquire right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, a two-time All-Star who has averaged 200 innings over the past..." November 12

  • Matt Williams named NL's top skipper "Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams is the winner of the National League Manager of the Year Award. The Nationals tallied an NL-best 96 wins and an NL East title in Williams' first season as a manager. He was the only rookie manager up for the award in either league. Williams took..." November 11

  • Livan interested in working for Nationals full-time "Livan Hernandez said recently he would like to become a full-time employee for the Nationals. He is known as an ambassador for the club and was last seen at Nationals Park in July. This past season, he threw batting practice to the team's position players and gave advice to some of the..." November 06

  • MLB Gold Glove awards 2014

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball's Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners for 2014 were announced Tuesday night. Voting was done by MLB managers and coaches before the end of the regular season. Three American League squad was dominated by the Royals and Orioles, who met in the ALCS. Kansas City placed Alex..." November 05

  • Dodgers, Nationals early favorites to win 2015 World Series "The dust has not yet settled following the Giants' Game 7 win over the Royals on Wednesday night, giving San Francisco its third title in the last five years, but the oddsmakers in Las Vegas are already hard at work looking ahead to next season. Courtesy of Bovada, here are the super early..." October 31

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    Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP

    The Nats have exercised Denard Span's $9 million option for 2015, a source said. No surprise after Span's excellent 2014.

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    Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP

    Nats RHP Taylor Jordan had surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow in September. Should be ready by spring training.

  • After leaving Nationals, Bryan Minniti joins Diamondbacks as assistant general manager

    Hardball Talk "After stepping down as assistant general manager of the Nationals earlier this month, Bryan Minniti has accepted the same role with the Diamondbacks. Minniti is the latest addition to Arizona’s new-look regime. Chief baseball officer Tony La Russa hired Dave Stewart as general manager and De..." October 24

  • MLB will try to implement a policy on domestic violence

    Los Angeles Times "On the day after the NHL suspended Kings defenseman Slaya Voynov after his arrest for alleged domestic violence, the incoming commissioner of Major League Baseball said his league hopes to have a policy in place to cover such incidents next year. Rob Manfred, who replaces the retiring Bud Selig..." October 23

  • Adam LaRoche wants to finish his career with the Nationals

    Hardball Talk "Free agent-to-be Adam LaRoche would like to finish his career with the Nationals, as Chase Hughes of Nats Insider details. It isn’t likely to happen, though, as the Nationals are likely to move Ryan Zimmerman to first base on a full-time basis while Anthony Rendon will be a permanent fixture at..." October 19

  • Span hoping Nationals pick up option "Nationals center fielder Denard Span is still waiting for the Nationals to pick up his option for 2015, worth $9 million. He said his agent informed him that the team could wait until after the World Series to pick up the option. "I still haven't heard anything yet. I don't know what's going..." October 19

  • Bryce Harper to marry Kayla Varner in January

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and Ohio State soccer player Kayla Varner are planning two weddings for Jan. 2-3 in southern California. They will be married in a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ceremony on Jan. 2 and follow with a traditional wedding on Jan. 3. Harper,..." October 14

  • Nationals assistant GM announces he is leaving the organization

    Washington Post "Three days after the Nationals’ season ended, assistant general manager Bryan Minniti announced in an e-mail to counterparts and friends that he is leaving the organization after five years. The move is surprising, as the Nationals’ front office wasn’t expected to undergo any changes after an..." October 11

  • Hardy's extension helps Desmond's cause with Nats

    CSN Washington "One of the biggest storylines for the Nationals this winter will surely be the long-term futures of Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Ian Desmond. All three are under contract through 2015, but after that can hit free agency. Desmond, in particular, has had contract talks with the Nationals..." October 11

  • Adam LaRoche accepts that he must step aside to make room for Ryan Zimmerman

    Washington Post "For so many reasons, Adam LaRoche wants to stay. He adores his Washington Nationals teammates. He believes the team that was — in his words — “terrible” when he arrived will win into the foreseeable future. He sees people in Nationals caps around his home in McLean, and when he first came here he..." October 11

  • What these playoffs teach us about baseball’s best bankrolls

    New York Post "We begin with this disclaimer: Millions and millions of kids play baseball and just 750 evolve to be good enough at any one time to play in the majors. Of that 750, perhaps one-tenth, 75, are unique talents. This is why I am a players’ guy. Many try yet few succeed at reaching the highest..." October 09

  • Ryan Zimmerman was ‘hurt enough not to play’ in the NLDS

    Washington Post "In the end, Ryan Zimmerman’s right hamstring and the circumstances of the series never gave him a chance to make a major impact on the NLDS. Zimmerman worked for two months to return on the early side, so he could join the Nationals for the playoffs. His hamstring never reached a point where the..." October 09

  • Bryce Harper reminds baseball he's still fantastic

    SB Nation "Bryce Harper had a rough 2014 in a lot of ways. Before the season even began, he was labeled the most overrated player in the game by other baseball players. He missed some time with injuries and had to go on a rehab assignment in the minors, and had to listen to segments of the media swear on..." October 08

  • Giants finish off Nats, advance to NLCS

    CSN Bay Area "Sometimes you punch and fight your way through to the next round. Sometimes gravity just sucks you there. The Giants needed a clutch performance to keep this NL Division Series from going back to Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and an anything-goes game at Nationals Park. They got a..." October 08

  • Nats keep season alive with huge Game 3 win

    CSN Washington "Inning after inning, they tried in vain to plate a run. Just one lousy run. For 21 torturous innings that stretched from early eveningSaturday on South Capitol Street to late Monday afternoon alongside McCovey Cove, the Nationals simply could not do it. And then, with one ill-advised throw by..." October 06

  • Did Nationals manager Matt Williams ask to be ejected?

    USA Today "The Washington Nationals lost Game 2 of the NLDS in heartbreaking fashion at home Saturday, falling 2-1 in the longest game in MLB postseason history. Nationals manager Matt Williams wasn’t in the dugout to see the finish, though, after being ejected in the bottom of the 10th inning. Home plate..." October 06

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    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Asdrubal Cabrera just got tossed by Vic Carapazza arguing a called third strike. Slammed his bat down.

  • Belt’s blast in 18th puts Giants up in series over Nationals

    San Francisco Chronicle "He could not fathom what was happening when he dropped the bat and watched the ball fly into the second deck in right field. His trot around the bases was like an acid trip. Even an hour later, with his uniform on and the team bus for the airport beckoning, Brandon Belt had no real concept of..." October 05

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    Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP

    Matt Williams says "there's a chance" Ian Desmond could miss a game this series or postseason to be with his pregnant wife, who is due soon.

  • Giants’ familiar formula carries them to Game 1 win over Nationals

    San Francisco Chronicle "The 2010 Giants were the misfits who got a kick out of torturing their fans. The 2012 team was all about comebacks and refusing to die. The 2014 Giants? Their trademark remains to be stamped. One thread weaves throughout the three playoff teams in the Bruce Bochy era, and that is great..." October 04

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    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Rafael Soriano & Jerry Blevins made the NLDS roster. Ross Detwiler did not.

  • Hudson on Nats-Giants: ‘What do you have between your legs?’

    Washington Post "The building of narratives for the Nationals-Giants National League Division Series can officially begin, and the juxtaposition between the recent playoff success for each team is an easy place to start. The Giants have won two of the last four World Series, a grizzled bunch that has survived..." October 03

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    Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP

    Nats will open Strasburg, Zimmermann, Fister, as expected.

  • MLB To Test Pace-Of-Game Initiatives In AFL

    Baseball America "Major League Baseball on Wednesday said it would begin testing some ideas aimed at quickening the pace of game at the Arizona Fall League. AFL games begin Oct. 7 and run through the championship game on Nov. 15. Among the experimental rules are: • Batter’s Box Rule: The batter shall keep..." October 01

  • How the 2014 Nationals differ from the 2012 Nationals

    CSN Washington "When the Nationals prepared to face the Cardinals in the 2012 NLDS, they tried to downplay the significance of their lack of October experience vs. their highly decorated counterparts from St. Louis. By the time that series ended in heartbreaking fashion, more than a few players acknowledged what..." October 01

  • Craigslister Offers a Pair of Nationals Club Playoff Tickets for a Threesome

    The Big Lead "In a Craigslist ad that’s removal is a matter of when and not if, a DC bro has offered his Diamond Club tickets for sexual favors. Or, in a much more likely scenario, a prankster put this ad up and bided his time before it made the blog rounds, and now his evil plot has come true and he can..." October 01

  • Righty Tanner Roark waiting to hear on role for NLDS "Nationals manager Matt Williams has not announced his rotation during the National League Division Series, which starts Friday at Nationals Park. It will be interesting to see what role Tanner Roark will play in the postseason. All indications have him coming out of the bullpen -- at least for the..." September 30

  • Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann no-hits Marlins "Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann pitched a no-hitter against the Marlins on Sunday (WAS 1, MIA 0). It was the first no-hitter in Washington Nationals history and fifth in Nationals/Expos franchise history. Zimmermann's was also the fifth no-hitter of 2014. On the day, Zimmermann struck..." September 29

  • Nats 5, Marlins 1

    CSN Washington "The truck keeps rolling along, no matter what's at stake right now. The Nationals could've taken Saturday off but instead went out and put forth another impressive effort to beat the Marlins and improve to 32-13 down the stretch, with one game to go on the regular-season slate. It certainly..." September 28

  • Marlins ride late-arriving offense to doubleheader split over Nationals

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Marlins totaled more than two games worth of hits Friday. That wasn't altogether unexpected, considering they played the Nationals twice. The peculiar part was the distribution. After Doug Fister tossed a three-hit shutout in the matinee, the Marlins exploded for a season-high 22 under the..." September 27

  • Nats lock up home-field advantage through NLCS with win over Marlins

    CSN Washington "For the second time in three years, no team in the National League will finish with a better record than the Nationals. Thanks to Doug Fister’s 4-0 shutout victory over the Marlins in the first half of Friday’s day-night doubleheader, the Nationals locked up home-field advantage through the..." September 27

  • Mets have another losing season after splitting doubleheader against Nationals

    New York Daily News "On the televisions in the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Park Thursday afternoon, Washington manager Matt Williams was talking about lining his team’s rotation up for the playoffs while the Mets sat quietly eating between games of a doubleheader and talking about their own future: 2015. As the..." September 26

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    106.7 The Fan @1067thefandc

    JUST IN: Tonight's #Nats - #Mets game will be made up tomrorow (Thursday) as part of a split doubleheader at 1:05 p.m. (via @Nationals)