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  • Mookie Betts keeping close tabs on Bryce Harper's free agency

    WEEI Boston "Mookie Betts still has another couple of rounds of arbitration before hitting the free agent market. But that doesn't mean he is downplaying the importance of what will unfold this coming offseason. The Red Sox outfielder admitted during the media session at the All-Star..." July 18

  • Report: Giants 'going all in' on Bryce Harper

    Sportsnaut "As Bryce Harper and his Washington Nationals host the 2018 All-Star game, the star outfielder is preparing for what will be the most lucrative free agency in professional sports history. Unlikely to sign an extension with Washington prior to the start of free agency this winter, the..." July 18

  • Dave Martinez addresses Bryce Harper's impending free agency

    The Sports Daily "Bryce Harper just recently won the 2018 Home Run Derby, and did so in epic fashion, catching fire late in the final round to surpass Kyle Schwarber. Not only that, he did so at the friendly confines of Nationals Park, in front of many fans that cheer for him on a routine..." July 17

  • Stephen Strasburg to return Friday for Nationals' second-half opener

    ESPN "The Washington Nationals will get a key piece back coming out of the All-Star break. Right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who's been on the disabled list since June 10 with right shoulder inflammation, will be activated Friday ahead of a start that night against the Atlanta Braves in..." July 17

  • There are Home Run Derby truthers accusing Bryce Harper's dad of cheating

    CBS Sports "Nationals superstar Bryce Harper on Monday night won the 2018 Home Run Derby in his home ballpark and in front of tens of thousands of adoring Nats fans. Making it all the more dramatic is that Harper prevailed over Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber in a hotly contested final round. And that's..." July 17

  • Bryce Harper’s HR Derby win yields $1 tickets for Nationals fans

    Sportress of Blogitude "Bryce Harper put on quite a show for the home fans in D.C. by winning the Home Run Derby on Monday night at Nationals Park in thrilling fashion. Ahead of Harper’s power display, the Nationals announced a promotion where select tickets potentially would see significant discounts..." July 17

  • Bryce Harper may have saved his free agency with brilliant night

    New York Post "Did Bryce Harper just wipe out three months of disappointment with one night of show-stopping elation? How could any ownership watch what transpired here at Nationals Park on Monday night and not want some of that for its franchise? Harper didn’t just win the Home Run..." July 17

  • Bryce Harper wins Home Run Derby "Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper has won the Home Run Derby at Nats Park Monday night. Harper defeated Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber 19-18 in the finals. Harper gave an uppercut fist pump after matching Kyle Schwarber’s 18 homers in the championship round..." July 16

  • Harper acknowledges he might not be with Nats much longer

    Yardbarker "Bryce Harper warned reporters prior to the season that he is not going to answer any questions about his contract situation or impending free agency, but he made a very brief exception in advance of the Home Run Derby on Monday. When asked if he believes there is a possibility he..." July 16

  • This will be Bryce Harper's last Home Run Derby

    USA Today "Take a good last look at Nationals All-Star Bryce Harper in the Home Run Derby Monday night because he plans to join Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton as a mere spectator in the future events. “This will probably be the last time I do it,’’ Harper..." July 16

  • Mookie will closely monitor Harper's free agency

    WEEI Boston "Mookie Betts still has another couple of rounds of arbitration before hitting the free agent market. But that doesn't mean he is downplaying the importance of what will unfold this coming offseason. The Red Sox outfielder admitted during the media session at the All-Star..." July 16

  • Alex Rodriguez: Bryce Harper ‘pissing off’ a lot of people over hustle

    Larry Brown Sports "Alex Rodriguez says that Bryce Harper is “pissing off” a lot of people over his lack of hustle. A-Rod joined “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on Monday and talked about Harper, who is in the spotlight this week because his Washington Nationals are hosting the..." July 16

  • Chris Sale, Max Scherzer Named AL, NL Starting Pitchers for MLB All-Star Game

    Bleacher Report "The starting pitchers for the 2018 All-Star Game were announced Monday and the battle should have fans salivating.  For the second straight year, Boston Red Sox star Chris Sale will represent the American League while Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals takes the ball for..." July 16

  • Sizing up the sluggers and betting odds for the 2018 MLB Home Run Derby "Major League Baseball's annual slugfest goes Monday night at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. If you're one of those people that simply can't take a night off from betting sports - and the WNBA doesn't appeal to you (wait...there are no WNBA games Monday either?!?! Jeez.) -..." July 15

  • Heyman: Nationals could "revisit" Realmuto, include a top prospect

    Fancred Sports "The Nationals, long interested in Marlins All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto, could “revisit” that pursuit, league sources said. The development comes a week after the Nats appeared to shift their focus on shoring up the catcher position to former National turned Rays All-Star..." July 15

  • Report: Phillies could try to sign both Bryce Harper, Manny Machado

    Larry Brown Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies are among the teams that are trying to trade for Manny Machado as the July 31 deadline nears, and they will likely try to sign the star shortstop this winter even if they can’t acquire him sooner. Believe it or not, signing Machado to a long-term deal may not..." July 15

  • Nats manager will speak with Bryce Harper about lack of hustle

    Larry Brown Sports "New manager, same old problem for Bryce Harper. Harper did not run out a ground ball he hit in the fifth inning of the Washington Nationals’ 4-2 loss to the New York Mets on Friday. The Mets had an easy double play as a result. There were runners on first and second..." July 14

  • Slumping Bryce Harper still the favorite to win 2018 Home Run Derby

    NBC Sports Washington "It's clear that in a season filled with struggles and a career-worst .213 batting average, there's one area Bryce Harper has still managed to perform in: home runs.  And when the 2018 Home Run Derby comes to Nationals Park on July 16, it's no surprise that Las Vegas..." July 13

  • MLB, KBO Reportedly Agree To New Posting System

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the Korea Baseball Organization have agreed to a revised version of the posting system that allows players who are not yet free-agent eligible to move from the KBO to MLB, according to a report from South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. The new agreement runs..." July 13

  • Since 2006, no team leading in this stat has made the playoffs. Oh hey, look! Right now it’s the Nats.

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals finally got a solid pitching performance from Gio Gonzalez Wednesday but couldn’t provide enough run support for the win. The left-hander, winless in his last seven starts with a 7.18 ERA in 31.1 innings pitched, gave up just two earned runs in six..." July 12

  • Ryan Zimmerman was hurt during spring training after all

    Hardball Talk "Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman had a weird spring training. He played in exactly one Grapefruit league game, and that was on March 2, not long after games got underway. For the rest of his time in Florida he was totally absent from the Nats’ big league spring games,..." July 12

  • This was supposed to be Bryce Harper's All-Star Game

    ESPN "The seating chart said it all. It was the Sunday before the Sunday before the All-Star Game, and the Washington Nationals were holding a news conference. On a podium deep within the bowels of Nationals Park, the three players who were voted into the Midsummer Classic sat behind a long..." July 12

  • Mike Rizzo speaking with fellow general managers about starting pitchers

    NBC Sports Washington "The 2018 MLB All-Star game is approaching and with that means so is the trade deadline. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has stated that the team is always in the business of buying and selling and this season they're interested in a starting..." July 12

  • Home Run Derby field: Bryce Harper headlines slugging showcase

    USA Today "Washington Nationals outfielder and All-Star Game ambassador Bryce Harper will headline this year's Home Run Derby at Nationals Park in Washington. Joining him for Monday's showcase is a group of sluggers who have hit 150 home runs. Seven of the eight..." July 12

  • Stephen Strasburg to make one more rehab start before returning for Nationals

    Washington Post "Stephen Strasburg emerged from his rehab start for Class A Potomac Tuesday night unscathed and is scheduled to join the Washington Nationals Thursday in New York before making another rehab start Sunday. He will presumably then return to the Nationals’ rotation after the all-star..." July 11

  • Nats closer Sean Doolittle placed on the disabled list

    Hardball Talk "Sunday was a good day for Nationals closer Sean Doolittle. He not only got selected for the All-Star team but he got the band Smash Mouth to give him a shoutout. Hey now, that’s pretty cool! Yesterday was not so good, though: Doolittle was placed on the 10-day disabled..." July 11

  • Nats send All-Star closer Doolittle to DL with toe inflammation

    The Score "The Washington Nationals have placed closer Sean Doolittle on the 10-day disabled list with left toe inflammation, retroactive to July 7, according to MASN's Mark Zuckerman. Doolittle was named to his second All-Star Game on Sunday after being mostly dominant throughout the first..." July 10

  • Should the Nationals actually consider trading Bryce Harper?

    NBC Sports Washington "Ryan Wormeli: Hello Cam! It's been a few weeks, and that means it's time for another debate. This is one that's been had in our newsroom before, and a few other national publications have started asking similar questions. Should the Nationals consider trading Bryce Harper? You..." July 10

  • Nationals Activate Matt Wieters

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals announced Monday that they’ve activated Matt Wieters from the disabled list and optioned fellow catcher Pedro Severino to Triple-A Syracuse in order to open a spot on the active roster. Wieters has been out since mid-May following a hamstring injury that ultimately required..." July 09

  • Nats may be eyeing reunion with All-Star Ramos "Two years after the Nationals allowed Wilson Ramos to leave via free agency and replaced him with Matt Wieters, Ramos will return to Washington as the American League's All-Star starter at catcher in the middle of a resurgent season for the Rays. But by the time the July 31..." July 09

  • Nationals manager unhappy with his own player’s bat flipping

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s not particularly uncommon for opposing players to be rubbed the wrong way when someone hits a home run against them and flips the bat after doing so. It’s a bit less common to see someone’s own team call them out for the behavior. Washington Nationals backup..." July 08

  • Nats' Reynolds is 15th player with 10 RBI game

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week it appeared the 2018 season was in danger of getting away from the Washington Nationals. They'd dropped 10 of 12 games and were a game under .500 at 42-43 on July 5. It wasn't crazy to wonder if they'd sell at the trade deadline. Since then though, the..." July 08

  • Nationals had to bleach clubhouse due to norovirus concerns

    Larry Brown Sports "In a season where they are struggling to stay above .500, the Washington Nationals are now having to deal with a potential biohazard as well. Addressing the media on Friday, Nationals manager Dave Martinez revealed that the team had their clubhouse bleached because of a possible..." July 07

  • Nationals' Bryce Harper focused on Yankees when asking for reps at 1st base?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Earlier this week, the Washington Post reported that Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper asked to take some reps at first base. On the surface, it seems like an odd request for the 2015 National League MVP, who's hitting a career-worst .213 this season for an..." July 06

  • Stephen Strasburg expected to return shortly after All-Star break

    The Score "As the Washington Nationals continue to slide down the standings, manager Dave Martinez had some good news to announce Thursday prior to his club taking on the Miami Marlins. Right-hander Stephen Strasburg is close to returning to action and is expected to..." July 06

  • Nationals veterans call players-only meeting after fifth straight loss: ‘It’s do or die now’

    Washington Post "Not a single player hovered at a locker. Not a single cough echoed from the showers. When reporters entered the Washington Nationals’ clubhouse Wednesday after a 3-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox — their fifth straight defeat, the seventh time they have been shut out in their past 22..." July 05

  • This stat shows how much Bryce Harper is struggling this season

    Sportsnaut "Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper will likely start for the National League in the 2018 MLB All Star Game, but thus far it has been a season he’d love to forget about. While Harper’s 21 home runs will help put him in the Home Run Derby, the 25-year-old has..." July 05

  • Should the freefalling Nationals look to trade Bryce Harper?

    USA Today "In short: Probably not. In long: The Nationals are struggling. A prohibitive favorite to win the National League East entering the season, the Washington club lost its fourth straight game Tuesday night to fall to an even .500 on the season. After losing 17 of their last 23 games, the..." July 05

  • As MLB trade deadline approaches, gaining healthy starters seen as an acquisition for Rizzo

    NBC Sports Washington "The month of June did not treat the Nationals well, and three games into the month of July, things aren't looking up. The team is 42-43, were 9-25 in the month of June,  are seven games back in the NL East, sit below .500 and have lost their last five of..." July 05

  • Nationals Designate Tim Collins

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have designated lefty Tim Collins for assignment, per a club announcement. His roster spot was needed for the activation of Matt Adams from the 10-day DL. With the Nats stuck in a brutal run of poor results, they’ll sacrifice some bullpen depth..." July 04

  • Bryce Harper thinks adversity is ‘exciting’ for Nationals

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, dropping the NL East favorites a game below .500 and a full 7.5 games behind the division-leading Atlanta Braves. None of this is good news for a Nationals team that has lost five in a row and..." July 04

  • No movement in Orioles-Nationals dispute over TV rights

    MLB Trade Rumors "While the ongoing television rights dispute between the Orioles and Nationals has been out of the news for some time, that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been any action behind the scenes. Jeff Barker of the Baltimore Sun recently provided a notable update on the..." July 04

  • Bryce Harper could solve Yankees’ problem at first base

    Newsday "Thanks to the inexplicable disappointment that is Greg Bird, the Yankees really have only one position on the field where they’re piecing it together on a nightly basis. For Tuesday’s game, it was Brandon Drury’s turn at first base against Braves lefthander Sean Newcomb, even..." July 04

  • Nationals activate Matt Adams from disabled list

    Washington Post "The Nationals activated Matt Adams, the power-hitting first baseman with 13 home runs this season, from the disabled list on Wednesday. The move will bolster the offense against right-handed pitchers. It also came at a steep price. To make room on the roster, the Nationals decided to..." July 04

  • Boras: Bryce Harper's struggles not linked to contract year

    The Score "Bryce Harper is struggling. If you ask his agent, Scott Boras, the slugger's low batting average (.218) has nothing to do with his impending free agency at season's end, according to ESPN's Eddie Matz. In fact, Boras suggests it's not an appropriate measure..." July 04

  • Could slump lead to Harper trade?

    CBS Sports "On Monday night, the Washington Nationals lost for the 16th time in their last 22 games (BOS 4, WAS 3), dropping them to 42-41 on the season. They were done in by Rick Porcello's bases-clearing double against Max Scherzer, of all things. Aside from a grand slam, I'd say..." July 03

  • Nationals sign first-rounder Mason Denaburg

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals announced Tuesday that they’ve signed top their pick from the 2018 draft, high school right-hander Mason Denaburg. Fancred’s Jon Heyman first tweeted that the two sides were nearing a deal, while Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post added that the two sides had..." July 03

  • Nationals Reportedly Interested In Matt Harvey, Raisel Iglesias

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have been in touch with the Reds recently and are eyeing right-handers Matt Harvey and Raisel Iglesias, in particular, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred (Twitter link). Perhaps most interestingly, Heyman notes that several clubs are intrigued by the idea of using..." July 03

  • Nationals phenom Juan Soto is a teenager with a veteran's command of the strike zone

    CBS Sports "There's no doubt that the Nationals, coming off a 97-win season in 2017, have been a disappointment this season. Yes, the SportsLine Projection Model still narrowly favors them over the Braves in the NL East, but the Nats right now are playing at a meager-by-their-standards 85-win..." June 30

  • Report: MLB working on relaxing shoe restrictions

    Larry Brown Sports "MLB is working on a more relaxed shoe policy after encountering criticism the past few years. Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that MLB and the MLBPA are working on changing the league’s footwear policy to allow players the ability to wear cleats with more..." June 28