Nationals Rumors & News

  • Nationals Considering Bryce Harper in the Leadoff Spot

    The Sports Post "Bryce Harper is coming off another monster season for the Washington Nationals. And while it would be normal to see his name second or third in the lineup, manager Dave Martinez has another idea. In fact, there’s a chance Harper bats leadoff this season. “Maybe. We’ll talk about it, play with..." March 23

  • Jayson Werth is still looking for work

    Hardball Talk "Free agent outfielder Jayson Werth is still looking for work, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Werth has been working out and training with the intention of continuing his playing career. Werth, 38, completed his seven-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals when his club was..." March 22

  • Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

    NBC Sports Washington "Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans. Dancing is not. On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor...." March 22

  • Congress' 'Save America's Pastime Act' would allow teams to pay minor-leaguers less than minimum wage

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball might soon score a big win in its ongoing efforts to avoid paying minor-leaguers at a reasonable rate. Later this week, Congress is expected to vote on a new $1.3 trillion spending package to keep the government up and running. Tucked away on page 1,967 of the 2,232-page..." March 22

  • It’s time for MLB service time manipulation to go

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves are sending top prospect Ronald Acuña to Triple-A to start the 2018 baseball season. This is my shocked face. Like so many times in the past, leaving Acuña off the big league roster has less to do with talent or development than money. That needs to change. Acuña was signed..." March 22

  • Nationals' Daniel Murphy expects to miss Opening Day

    ESPN "Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy, who is recovering from microfracture surgery on his right knee, doesn't think he'll be ready for Opening Day. "It's reasonable to expect I won't be in the Opening Day lineup," Murphy said Wednesday. Murphy, whose .322 batting average ranked..." March 21

  • Joaquin Benoit Diagnosed With Forearm Strain

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran Nationals reliever Joaquin Benoit will not be ready for the start of the season owing to a forearm strain, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports (Twitter links). His timeline is not yet known, but he is not throwing for the time being. The Nats had added Benoit on a one-year,..." March 21

  • Top prospect Victor Robles optioned to Class AAA, won’t be on Nationals’ Opening Day roster

    Washington Post "Victor Robles will not be on the Washington Nationals’ Opening Day roster, at least not this season. The organization optioned its top prospect to Class AAA Syracuse on Tuesday, a move that does not constitute a surprise and reinforces the statements made by General Manager Mike Rizzo that Robles..." March 20

  • With one week to go, what’s left for Nats to decide?

    Masn "We are down, if you can believe this, to the final seven days of spring training. Yep, one week from now the Nationals will be home in Washington, getting settled into their digs for the season and preparing to face the Twins in one last exhibition game on South Capitol Street before heading..." March 19

  • Nationals' treasure: Victor Robles is key to the future, with or without Bryce Harper

    USA Today "Back in 2005, Ryan Zimmerman was the first-ever draft pick of the newly minted Washington Nationals, an All-American from neighboring Virginia expected to steer the franchise through the early years after its move from Montreal. While his arrival was highly anticipated, he never engendered the..." March 19

  • Mike Rizzo waits on a contract extension from the Nationals, one he’s easily earned

    Washington Post "At a Wizards game, you may see Mike Rizzo’s bald head as he sits in the crowd of Washington fans. At a Capitals game, if you go for concessions between periods, mushed in with the mob, you may bump into Rizzo. “Great atmosphere!” he’ll say. On Capitol Hill, you may see him walking the four blocks..." March 19

  • Nationals sign Jeremy Hellickson to minors deal

    Hardball Talk "The Nationals inked right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to a minor-league deal on Friday, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. Hellickson will receive a non-roster invite to camp and is expected to compete for a role in the back end of the rotation. The team has not confirmed the..." March 16

  • Phillies among front-runners to sign Bryce Harper

    Sportress of Blogitude "Bryce Harper could very well be the most sought after free agent in Major League Baseball history when he becomes available after the 2018 season. While a bidding war of unprecedented proportions is expected, one MLB insider already believes one dark horse team could very well already be among the..." March 16

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Scott Boras adds fuel to Bryce Harper, Manny Machado Phillies rumors

    Newark Star-Ledger "The never-ending rumors are about to get louder, Phillies fans. With Jake Arrieta on board for the 2018 season, the Phillies have taken their rebuild into overdrive and committed toward chasing a winning season this summer. By next winter, we could be looking at an ascending team with a chance..." March 14

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • Nobody may want an offseason do-over more than Scott Boras

    ESPN "There is no notation on the calendar, no government declaration, but many agents treated Friday as a holiday, a time for celebration. The text messages might as well have contained ascending balloons and exploding fireworks, and the voices on the celebratory phone calls were filled with..." March 13

  • Eaton approaching Spring Training debut "Nationals left fielder Adam Eaton is getting "very close" to playing in Grapefruit League games, manager Dave Martinez said Sunday morning, although he did not want to set a specific date for his debut. Eaton, who is recovering from left ACL surgery, has played in a few Minor League games on..." March 11

  • New Nationals manager has team practicing walk-off celebrations

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is a time to practice fundamentals, and at least according to the Washington Nationals, that includes walk-off celebrations. Nationals manager Dave Martinez had his team working on their celebrations Saturday, with each position player getting a chance to take a celebratory trip..." March 11

  • MLB inks deal to air 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch

    Awful Announcing "On Friday morning, Major League Baseball announced that they would be airing 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch this season. The package of games is made up of mid-week afternoon games, and will be produced by MLB Network. The games will be available to watch through Facebook’s MLB Live..." March 09

  • Scott Boras Reports Progress On Remaining Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Agent Scott Boras, who represents many of the top remaining free agents, suggested to’s Jon Morosi that at least some of his clients could be nearing new contracts. (Twitter link.) Boras represents four still-unsigned players who had spots on MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agent list: Jake..." March 07

  • Union: Baseball players grappling with ‘historically different’ market

    Detroit News "Three weeks from the start of the 2018 big-league season, Tony Clark has a problem. Too many unemployed stars are waiting for phone calls, or for contracts, or for offers that might lead to contracts the players and their agents believe are worthwhile. But it’s not happening. Jake Arrieta...." March 06

  • Report: Nationals send first-round pick Seth Romero home early from spring training

    USA Today "Washington Nationals pitching prospect Seth Romero has been sent home from spring training for violating team policy, according to published reports Monday. Yahoo Sports was the first outlet to report Romero, 21, was told to leave the team’s facility in West Palm Beach, Fla. " March 06

  • Rob Manfred is mad at West Virginia over sports gambling

    Hardball Talk "It’s been a minute since we’ve talked about legalized sports gambling here. We should remedy that, because legalized sports gambling is going to be the next gigantic cash cow for professional sports leagues, Major League Baseball included. First, to get everyone up to speed: Currently,..." March 05

  • Strasburg 'felt really strong' in spring debut "Stephen Strasburg's 2018 Grapefruit League debut was brief but effective on Saturday in the Nationals' 8-1 win against the Astros at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. The 29-year-old right-hander was limited to 29 pitches over two innings. He allowed one run on three hits, registered two..." March 03

  • Yankees sign veteran Adam Lind as first-base insurance for Greg Bird

    New York Daily News "The Yankees are going to take a look at Adam Lind this spring in case the club has a need for him at first base. The Bombers inked the veteran to a minor-league deal on Friday. "Great opportunity, it's the right situation for myself," Lind said. He said he had one other minor-league offer,..." March 02

  • Slow Market Likely Means Record March Spending

    MLB Trade Rumors "In an offseason that’s been unlike any in big league history, it should come as no surprise that the month of March is on track for an unprecedented level of spending. While the remaining free agents at the top of the market almost certainly won’t find contracts matching the expectations they..." March 02

  • De Aza returns to Nationals on minor league deal

    Masn "Alejandro De Aza has returned to the Nationals, though not to the big league roster. The Nats have signed De Aza to a minor league contract, the club announced. The veteran outfielder did not receive an invitation to major league camp, but he will be in uniform and available to play off the..." March 02

  • The cores of the baseballs used since 2015 have changed

    Hardball Talk "Last year two different studies — one by Ben Lindbergh and Mitchel Lichtman for The Ringer, and another by FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur — found evidence that baseballs were altered at some point around the middle of the 2015 season. In 2015, 4,909 home runs were hit across the league. That wasn’t..." March 01

  • Bryce Harper has minor surgery to remove ingrown toenail, should be back by Saturday

    Washington Post "Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper underwent minor surgery Wednesday to remove an ingrown toenail but should return to game action by Saturday, Manager Dave Martinez said. “He wants to play [Friday], but we’ll see,” Martinez said Thursday morning, a couple hours before a Nationals team..." March 01

  • MLB Rumors: Jake Arrieta to Nationals?

    Newark Star-Ledger "There aren't many impact pitchers left on the free agent market. The biggest one still available is former NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta. According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, Arrieta might join the current NL Cy Young Award winner, Max Scherzer, in Washington Arrieta would be..." February 28

  • Max Scherzer doesn’t think he’s reached his peak: ‘I may be better in 2018’

    Washington Post "There will come a time when Max Scherzer will reach his peak, and the inevitable downhill slide that eventually conquers all professional athletes, Hall of Fame-caliber or not, will emerge to sap his powers. He just doesn’t think he is there yet. Not after consecutive Cy Young Awards. Not after..." February 28

  • MLBPA Files Grievance Against Four Teams Over Revenue Sharing Funds

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Player’s Association has initiated a grievance proceeding against the Athletics, Marlins, Pirates, and Rays regarding those teams’ spending of revenue sharing dollars, according to a report from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. This general issue has been..." February 27

  • Brewers, Nationals, Others Still in on FA Pitching

    The Sports Post "Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn are still free agents. But their market is starting to heat up again, according to Jon Morosi. In fact, up to six teams–including the Brewers and Nationals–are monitoring their status. The Nationals are favorites to take the NL East again this season while..." February 25

  • Major League Baseball orders balls stored in climate controlled rooms for some reason

    Hardball Talk "Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reports that Major League Baseball will mandate that teams store baseballs in “an air-conditioned and enclosed room[s]” this season. He adds that the league will install climate sensors in each room to measure temperature and humidity during the 2018 season, with..." February 23

  • Jake Arrieta won’t help the Phillies much, but could boost the Nationals

    Washington Post "Spring training is underway, but there is still one free agent pitcher who could make a difference for the acquiring team: right-handed starter Jake Arrieta. Arrieta, who turns 32 in March, won the 2015 Cy Young Award and trails only two National League pitchers, Clayton Kershaw of the Los..." February 21

  • Report: MLB floating idea of letting trailing team bat anyone they want in 9th inning

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has been searching for ways in recent years to improve pace of play and inject more drama into games, but one idea that an MLB executive floated this week seems downright preposterous. During Tuesday’s edition of “The Rich Eisen Show,” Eisen revealed that he was told by an..." February 21

  • Daniel Murphy trying to get knee 100 percent healthy before return

    ESPN "Daniel Murphy isn't sure whether he'll be ready for Opening Day as he continues to recover from offseason knee surgery. "I'm generally optimistic that when they put me in the lineup, I won't come out," Murphy said on Tuesday when asked about his chances of being ready for the Washington..." February 20

  • Don Mattingly gets testy with Bryce Harper for no good reason

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday Bryce Harper was asked about the Miami Marlins offseason moves. Fair question. The Marlins are division rivals and that club’s tear-down was probably the biggest news inside the division of the offseason. Here’s what Harper said: “I was very shocked that they were going to let go of..." February 20

  • Koda Glover shut down due to shoulder soreness: ‘We’re just going to give it some time’

    Washington Post "Koda Glover’s young major league career has encountered another roadblock. The Nationals right-hander, who missed most of last season with a shoulder injury, reported to spring training last week with shoulder soreness. An MRI exam revealed inflammation and he was shut down. “We’re trying to be..." February 20

  • Bryce Harper says his focus is on 2018

    ESPN "Bryce Harper isn't talking about the future. On Monday afternoon, Harper addressed reporters for the first time this spring training and refused to discuss anything beyond the Washington Nationals' upcoming season. That includes potential free agency. "I will not be discussing anything..." February 19

  • Nationals To Sign Joaquin Benoit

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have agreed to a contract with free-agent reliever Joaquin Benoit, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). It’s a one-year, Major League contract worth $1MM for the ACES client, per Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post (Twitter link)." February 19

  • Nationals GM Mike Rizzo believes he'll receive a contract extension

    Washington Post "On Thursday, Mike Rizzo hopped aboard a 20-minute flight out of West Palm Beach, Fla., to represent the Washington Nationals at the Governor’s Baseball Dinner at Tropicana Field. He is entering his 12th season with the organization, his ninth as general manager, and his fifth full campaign as..." February 16

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • MLB Rumors: Phillies among favorites to land Bryce Harper after 2018 season

    Newark Star-Ledger "If you thought the Bryce Harper-Yankees rumors were over, think again. As the 2018 Yankees embark on a fascinating spring training with new faces (first-year manager Aaron Boone, 2017 NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton) and World Series expectations, there's little talk about the future. In the Bronx,..." February 16

  • Club exec: Front-office staffer was asked to leave workout at free-agent camp

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won't be allowed at the union's free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn't look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either. On Wednesday, a general manager's..." February 14

  • Lawsuit: Baseball Agency Made Under-The-Table Payments To Players, Helped Provide Them PEDs

    Deadspin "ACES Baseball Agency is being sued by a former associate, Juan Carlos Nuñez, who says his former bosses encouraged him to make under-the-table payments to players and their families as well as help clients get steroids for bigger contracts. The lawsuit was filed today in New York State Supreme..." February 13

  • Nationals acquire Matt Reynolds from Mets

    Fanrag Sports "The Washington Nationals have added another infielder to the ranks, as the team has acquired Matt Reynolds from the New York Mets in exchange for cash considerations. The trade comes five days after Reynolds was designated for assignment by the Mets in order to clear a spot on the roster for..." February 12

  • The Montreal Expos Can Fix Baseball’s Free Agency Problem

    Uproxx "The World Series was pretty great for the second year in a row, and we’re in the middle of a dinger golden age. Is baseball great? You bet. But it’s very possible that the sport is also broken on some level. Some of the principals seem to think so, especially when it comes to the economics of the..." February 12

  • Same as it ever was: Few battles loom for Nats "The 2018 Nationals will not look much different than the team that finished the '17 season. After all, when a team wins 97 games and a second straight division championship, there is usually no need for sweeping changes. Washington has kept its roster largely in tact as it lines up for another..." February 09