Nationals Rumors & News

  • Bryce Harper throws punches, helmet in epic brawl

    New York Post "Bryce Harper’s matchup with Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland turned into a boxing match Monday after Strickland drilled the fiery slugger. An enraged Harper charged the mound, fired his helmet and traded punches to the head with San Francisco reliever after getting hit by a fastball, setting..." May 30

  • Millennial Bryce Harper Says No To Participation Trophies

    The Big Lead "In the common telling of How Millennials Got to Be So Awful (by Some Baby Boomer), one of the major culprits is said to be the “participation trophies” that were handed out to all kids born between 1980 and 2000, depriving us of the hard lessons of life that can be learned through sports, and..." May 27

  • Nationals Acquire Ryan Raburn From White Sox

    Hardball Talk "The Washington Nationals have acquired outfielder Ryan Raburn from the Chicago White Sox. Raburn had been playing at Triple-A Charlotte. He’ll be assigned to Triple-A Syracuse in the Nats organization. The Nationals will send cash or a player to be named later to the White Sox to complete the..." May 27

  • Nationals acquire outfielder Ryan Raburn as possible bench depth

    Washington Post "In the wake of Chris Heisey’s significant biceps injury, the Washington Nationals added more potential bench help Friday when they acquired outfielder Ryan Raburn from the White Sox organization in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations, according to a person familiar..." May 26

  • Koda Glover officially named Nats' closer by skipper Dusty Baker

    ESPN "The unsettled closer situation has been one of the few question marks for the Washington Nationals, who are threatening to run away from the rest of the NL East with a 28-17 record. On Wednesday, however, Dusty Baker indicated he had found the pitcher for the job, naming Koda Glover his closer..." May 25

  • Ten MLB players not living up to the hype

    Yardbarker "Entering every season, many MLB players are hyped for various reasons. Some are youngsters finally coming up to the show. Others are stars coming off of an injury or a career year. Plenty of MLB players entered 2017 with loads of hype, and more than a few are not living up to it. So, who are..." May 25

  • 10 best young players in baseball

    Larry Brown Sports "The 2017 MLB regular season is nearly two months old and perhaps more than anything else, it’s clear the new crop of talent is among the best we’ve seen in years, if not decades. Young stars line rosters, rookies are the center of attention, and that has created a universal excitement around the..." May 24

  • Phillies could make play for Harper

    Fanrag Sports "The prevailing thought is that if Bryce Harper leaves the Washington Nationals as a free agent following next season, he likely will wind up landing with the New York Yankees. Though the right fielder grew up in Las Vegas, he was a Yankees fan. The Yankees also figure to have enough money..." May 24

  • Nationals recall Joe Ross for Tuesday start against Mariners

    Fanrag Sports "The Washington Nationals have officially recalled right-handed starting pitcher Joe Ross from Triple-A Syracuse, the club announced on Tuesday afternoon. In what has become a corresponding roster move, the Nationals have elected to option outfielder Brian Goodwin down to the same affiliate. As..." May 23

  • Here's the David Robertson trade the Nats, White Sox were reportedly close to making

    CBS Sports "The Washington Nationals need bullpen help. You know it, we know it , they know it, everyone knows it. What everyone didn't know is how close the Nationals came to acquiring Chicago White Sox closer David Robertson prior to spring training -- and what they were willing to give up in order to..." May 22

  • Nationals GM Mike Rizzo promises to fix leaky bullpen

    Sporting News "The Nationals' 3-2 sweep-averting win Sunday in Atlanta was closed out on a four-out save by rookie Koda Glover, but it still shined a light on the NL East leaders' weakest link: that bullpen. Dusty Baker let Stephen Strasburg throw 118 pitches, the second time in four stats he's thrown so..." May 22

  • Exec says Bryce Harper’s free agent deal might approach $500 million, but he’s probably worth even more

    Fanrag Sports "One rival GM pegged Bryce Harper’s value on a long-term deal at “closer to $500 million than $400 million,” a seemingly stark admission for a management person, even if it isn’t a Nationals person. That executive, claiming Harper is “twice the player that Giancarlo Stanton is,” suggested $400..." May 19

  • Nationals, Red Sox sent scouts to monitor White Sox players

    CBS Chicago "A month-and-a-half and eight starts into a season in which White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana has a 4.38 ERA, his trade value remains high. On Sunday, Quintana fired six scoreless innings before he fell prey to a three-run homer by Hunter Renfroe in the seventh inning. His White Sox would..." May 19

  • Nationals reportedly shopping for closer: Robertson, Herrera, Colome among options

    Fanrag Sports "The Washington Nationals have begun making calls now for closer, and while they haven’t found anyone who’s immediately available, David Robertson is very likely to become available and perhaps makes the most sense. They have spoken internally about many possibilities, though, including Kansas..." May 19

  • 2017-18 MLB Free Agent Power Rankings

    MLB Trade Rumors "About 24% of the MLB regular season is in the books. The Astros, Yankees, and Nationals currently reign supreme. Familiar names Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Chris Sale top the WAR leaderboards. Though we’re only in mid-May, there’s a subset of players who can’t help but look ahead: those..." May 18

  • Nationals pound Pirates' Kuhl

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Washington Nationals are still figuring things out in the bullpen, but Tuesday night, the offense did more than enough to earn a victory. The Nationals pounded Pittsburgh Pirates starter Chad Kuhl for 10 hits and six runs over four-plus innings on the way to an 8-4..." May 16

  • On a bullpen with no closer, the Nationals gambled and lost

    Washington Post "General Manager Mike Rizzo and his front office have a remarkable overall record. But the Washington Nationals’ offseason neglect, deluding themselves that they already had a closer in house, is an evolving calamity for a team that, if it had added the one player everybody said it needed, would be..." May 16

  • Bryce Harper’s strange signing for 2018 won’t mean much in the long run

    Fox Sports "The oddest of tea leaves fell on Saturday — news that Bryce Harper and the Nationals had agreed upon a $21.625 million contract for 2018, avoiding his final year of arbitration. I cannot recall another deal like this being struck in mid-May, and the curious timing raised the usual questions..." May 15

  • Harper's 2-run shot in ninth lifts Nationals past Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Pete Mackanin laughed just a little bit when asked about the possibility of pitching around Bryce Harper with a runner on first and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the score tied. "I didn't even think of it," said Mackanin, the Philadelphia manager. "I'm not..." May 14

  • Rizzo: Bryce Harper, Nationals 'didn't discuss anything beyond 2018'

    Masn "The Nationals didn’t have to offer Bryce Harper a 2018 contract right now. And Harper didn’t have to accept the Nationals’ 2018 offer right now. So why did the two sides believe now was the time to take care of negotiations that would’ve been taken care of this winter and agree to a $21.625..." May 14

  • Harper after walk-off HR: 'Just trying to be like John Wall' "The walk-off homer is one of the most exciting moments in the game -- as long as you're a fan of the team doing the walking off. Nats star Bryce Harper is one of the most exciting players in the game, more than capable of capitalizing on potential walk-off situations. This scenario played out..." May 14

  • Bryce Harper, Nationals Agree to 1-Year, $21.65 Million Contract

    Bleacher Report "The Washington Nationals and superstar outfielder Bryce Harper reached an agreement Saturday on a one-year deal worth $21.65 million for the 2018 season. Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post first reported the news. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports provided the financial details of the deal, which..." May 13

  • Phillies 3B Franco trying to shake slump

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON - Friday's game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the first-place Washington Nationals was rained out, and that may give Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco a chance to regroup. Franco is hitless in his last 15 at-bats and is 1-for-17 (.059) in his last five games. He is..." May 12

  • Juice the ball. Or don't juice it. Just tell us!

    ESPN "I was at a sabermetric conference in Cambridge last August watching a physics professor, Alan Nathan, give a presentation on the possibility of a juiced ball in major league baseball, when around Slide 16, I found myself in a near-frenzy of intrigue and excitement. Nathan, perhaps the world's..." May 11

  • Trumbo delivers winning hit in 12th as O's top Nats

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- The Washington Nationals walked Chris Davis to bring up another Baltimore Orioles slugger, Mark Trumbo, with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 12th inning. Trumbo delivered a walk-off single on the next pitch as the Orioles rallied for their sixth consecutive..." May 10

  • Werth, Wieters help Nats take walk-off win

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Jayson Werth was under the weather earlier Wednesday and wasn't in the Washington Nationals' original lineup. However, Werth convinced manager Dusty Baker he was good enough to play, so he took his regular spot in left field and second in the batting order. That paid off..." May 10

  • After years of misery, Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman enjoying resurgence

    USA Today "For the better part of a decade, Ryan Zimmerman dutifully accepted the nebulous designation as face of the Washington Nationals, even if his expression often resembled that of a Buckingham Palace guard. Stoic and solid has been Zimmerman’s brand since the Nationals spent their first draft pick..." May 10

  • Orioles brace for Wieters' 'weird' return to Baltimore

    Masn "Just as the Orioles seemed to be regaining a sense of normalcy in their baseball lives, along comes Matt Wieters to create another storyline. And we said it wouldn’t get weird again. This distraction will be greeted more warmly than the others that preceded it. Wieters is making his first..." May 08

  • Orioles get off to quick start in win over Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said it was important that Baltimore put early pressure on Gio Gonzalez before the Washington Nationals starter got into a rhythm. The Orioles were able to set the early tone by keeping the left-hander on his heels. Joey Rickard, Mark Trumbo..." May 08

  • Jeremy Guthrie talks about the start that ended his career

    Masn "One month has passed, one month since that Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park when Jeremy Guthrie turned into the loneliest man in the world, stuck on the mound with no place to hide, the Phillies battering him all over the park, the Nationals watching helplessly as a 38-year-old pitcher’s..." May 08

  • Altherr sparks Phillies' comeback vs. Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron Altherr was on the bench all day Sunday, a chilly and windy day at Citizens Bank Park. Once he entered, he only needed one pitch to give Philadelphia Phillies a jolt. Altherr blasted a pinch-hit, three-run home run to even the score in the bottom of the eighth and the..." May 07

  • Ryan Zimmerman’s season-opening tear continues: “That’s Bonds-like”

    Masn "The comparison, on the surface, is ludicrous. Because one of the players involved did this for entire seasons at a time, while the other has merely done it for five weeks. But the comparison came straight from Dusty Baker’s mouth, and if anyone in the world is qualified to make this statement,..." May 07

  • Zimmerman, Nationals pummel reeling Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Zimmerman was robbed in the first inning. He hit the ball too far and too hard for the Phillies to handle in his next two at-bats. Baseball's hottest hitter, Zimmerman continued his remarkable stretch with the bat and accounted for three RBIs in the Washington..." May 06

  • Nationals Place Shawn Kelley On 10-Day DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have placed righty Shawn Kelley on the 10-day DL with a lower back strain. He’ll be replaced on the active roster by southpaw Matt Grace. While it seems reasonable to hope that Kelley wont be out for too long, as he was seemingly questionable to return as soon as today, the news..." May 05

  • Strasburg's arm, bat leads Nationals past Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Throughout the last few seasons, the Philadelphia Phillies have found it hard enough to beat Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg when he's on his game. Helping himself at the plate only makes the task against Strasburg more difficult. Strasburg tossed 5 2/3..." May 05

  • Scherzer pitches, hits Nationals past Diamondbacks

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Max Scherzer has been dominant in three seasons with the Washington Nationals, winning the National League Cy Young Award last year and throwing two no-hitters in 2015. But his Achilles heel has been the longball, as he gave up a combined 58 homers in his first two seasons in..." May 04

  • Bryce Harper day-to-day with groin injury

    Fanrag Sports "Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper left Thursday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks after injuring his left groin on a giving catch. Afterwards Nationals manager Dusty Baker announced Harper came out of the game for precautionary reasons and is listed at day-to-day. Harper..." May 04

  • Homers, bullpen power D-Backs past Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The four relievers who pitched Tuesday night for the Arizona Diamondbacks had eventful outings. T.J. McFarland got the last out in the fifth after starter Taijuan Walker was one out away from qualifying for the win. J.J. Hoover and Jorge De La Rosa got the last out in the..." May 03

  • Zimmerman's double helps Nats edge D-Backs

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- First baseman Ryan Zimmerman squeezed the ball as Chris Owings grounded out to end the game with the tying run on base in the top of the ninth. A few seconds later, reliever Jacob Turner motioned for the baseball and veteran Zimmerman quickly obliged. Turner earned the..." May 03

  • ‘It don’t shock me’: Dusty Baker on racial abuse directed at Adam Jones at Fenway

    Washington Post "Dusty Baker didn’t hear about the racial abuse Orioles outfielder Adam Jones said he received Monday night at Fenway Park until Tuesday afternoon. The 67-year-old Nationals manager doesn’t watch TV much and didn’t at all Monday when his club was off. When Baker, another of the few prominent..." May 03

  • Nationals' Joe Ross: Optioned to Triple-A

    CBS Sports "Ross was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Monday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. Ross has failed to escape the fifth inning in his last two starts and owns a 7.47 ERA and 1.53 WHIP over 15.2 frames on the season, but it's still somewhat surprising that the Nationals dropped him from the..." May 02

  • Nats wallop Mets 23-5 behind Rendon's 3 HRs, 10 RBIs

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo met the media Sunday morning to talk about the knee injury to Adam Eaton that could sideline the Washington center fielder for the rest of the season. "We think we have the offense to compensate for Adam," Rizzo said. A few hours..." April 30

  • Bryce Harper sets MLB record for runs in April "Bryce Harper's torrid first month of the season has ended in record-breaking fashion. The Nationals' right fielder scored four times in Sunday's 23-5 victory over the Mets, increasing his number of runs scored through in April to 32 and surpassing the Major League record of 29 set by Larry..." April 30

  • Rendon 13th player in MLB history with 10 RBI in single game

    Sportsnaut "Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon entered Sunday’s game against the New York Mets with just five RBI on the season. By the end of the day, he had tripled that total by becoming the 13th man in MLB history with 10-plus RBI in a single game. Aided in part by three home runs, which..." April 30

  • Nationals Interested In Kelvin Herrera

    MLB Trade Rumors "Barring a turnaround over the next couple months, the 7-15 Royals will be prime candidates to sell several veterans prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. One of those players could be closer Kelvin Herrera, who’s already drawing the Nationals’ interest, reports FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal..." April 30

  • Sources: Nationals CF Adam Eaton done for season with torn left ACL

    ESPN "Washington Nationals center fielder Adam Eaton, who was carried off the field Friday, has a torn left ACL and will not play again this season, sources told ESPN, confirming multiple reports. The team announced earlier Saturday that Eaton had been placed on the disabled list with what was..." April 30

  • Nationals Place Adam Eaton On 10-Day DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have announced that they’ve placed Eaton on the DL and promoted Bautista, as anticipated. Eaton’s injury has officially been listed as a left knee strain. 8:21am: The Nats will promote outfielder Rafael Bautista to the big leagues, MASN’s Byron Kerr writes. That news would seem..." April 29

  • Conforto's HRs power Mets past Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Michael Conforto said there was no panic when the New York Mets arrived in the nation's capital with a six-game losing streak late Thursday night. And the outfielder certainly seems relaxed, as he homered twice and drove in three runs as the Mets beat the first-place Washington..." April 29

  • Adam Eaton carried off field with apparent ankle injury

    Sporting News "Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton was carried off the field during Friday's 7-5 loss to the Mets with an apparent ankle injury. Eaton beat out a ball in the ninth inning for an infield single, but he immediately went down in a heap clutching his leg. He was unable to walk off the field under his..." April 29

  • D'Arnaud's two homers help Mets top Nats, end skid

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Travis d'Arnaud gave credit to his approach at the plate to Kevin Long, the hitting coach for the New York Mets. "Keep it simple," said d'Arnaud, the Mets' catcher. That approach worked Friday night as he hit two homers and drove in a career-high five runs and Jacob..." April 28