Nationals Rumors & News

  • 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 — 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

  • Strasburg to start Game 1 of NLDS for Nationals vs. Cubs

    USA Today "Stephen Strasburg will start Game 1 of the NL Division Series for the Washington Nationals against the Chicago Cubs on Friday night. Manager Dusty Baker named Strasburg his Game 1 starter before his team's workout Thursday. He says the Nationals haven't decided about Games 2 or 3. Baker says..." October 05

  • Nationals' Scherzer: 'I'm pitching in the NLDS'

    Washington Post "About a half-hour into the Nationals’ otherwise quiet workout Tuesday afternoon, cameras suddenly pivoted toward right field, where Max Scherzer began playing catch on flat ground. Given the uncertain status of his “tweaked” right hamstring, this qualified as a good sign, a noteworthy..." October 03

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • Max Scherzer has ‘minor tweak’ of hamstring, may push back playoff start

    Larry Brown Sports "Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer has confirmed that his hamstring injury isn’t serious, but it may be just enough to push back his playoff start. Scherzer said Sunday that an MRI on his hamstring showed only a “minor tweak,” but it was still no guarantee that he would be ready to pitch..." October 01

  • Scherzer leaves final regular-season game with hamstring cramp

    ESPN "Everything was going well for the Nationals until the top of the fourth inning of Saturday night’s loss to the Pirates, when Washington’s infield saw something wrong with Max Scherzer and gathered around him. Scherzer stopped mid-windup, just after he raised his hands above his head, seemingly..." October 01

  • Sean Doolittle on Bruce Maxwell, respecting veterans and defining patriotism in a polarized America

    ESPN "Long before Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell took a knee in protest during the playing of the national anthem last weekend, Sean Doolittle was giving sincere thought to patriotic displays at baseball games and the surrounding symbolism. Doolittle, who played with Maxwell in Oakland..." September 30

  • Nationals' Bryce Harper (knee) won't play full game before Game 1 of NLDS vs. Cubs

    ESPN "Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper won't play a full game this weekend as he continues to recover from a hyperextended left knee that he sustained Aug. 12. Harper returned to the lineup Tuesday and played two games this week in Philadelphia, not going a full nine innings either time. Washington..." September 30

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Bryce Harper activated from the disabled list

    Hardball Talk "The Nationals have activated Bryce Harper from the disabled list. They were expected to activate Harper yesterday but they didn’t because Harper was suffering from an illness. He’s better today so he should be in the lineup against the Phillies. Harper has been out since August when he..." September 26

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Nationals plan to activate Bryce Harper Monday after missing last 40 games

    Washington Post "Barring a setback, or some other unforeseen change, the Nationals will activate Bryce Harper Monday in Philadelphia, according to people familiar with the situation. Harper has been out since Aug. 13 with a bone bruise in his left knee and a left calf strain, injuries that felt like a decent..." September 24

  • Bryce Harper runs bases ahead of possible return

    Larry Brown Sports "Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper continues to take significant steps toward a return to action. On Friday, Harper was spotted at Citi Field in New York running the bases and shagging fly balls, with an evaluation by the team pending." September 22

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • Bryce Harper injury news: Progress made and reasons for optimism for the Nationals

    CBS Sports "After losing two of three to the Dodgers over the weekend, the Washington Nationals are all but assured of finishing with the second best record in the National League. They're 5 1/2 games behind Los Angeles for the best record and four games up on the Diamondbacks for the second best..." September 19

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • Bryce Harper took batting practice yesterday

    Hardball Talk "Bryce Harper has been on the disabled list since mid-August after he slipped on first base and hyperextended his left knee. At the time the injury looked horrific, with most people watching it assuming he shredded his knee. Thankfully, though it was diagnosed as a “significant bone bruise.” There..." September 18

  • NL MVP: Sorting out the crowded field won't be easy

    Sporting News "If you happen to run into a baseball writer who has a 2017 NL MVP vote, give that person a hug. They’ll need it. Trying to sort out this year’s crowded NL MVP race is a nearly impossible task. As many as six players have had seasons worthy of first-place votes, which means you’re going to see..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Nationals 'optimistic' outfielder Bryce Harper will be available for playoffs

    CBS Sports "Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has been sidelined since Aug. 12 with a bone bruise in his left knee. While there was no structural damage to the knee, it was indeed a scary-looking injury. The club never really laid out a firm timeline for Harper's recovery, but the hope was always that he'd..." September 16