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  • Ryan Zimmerman says he and the Nationals continue to talk

    NBC Sports Washington "Ryan Zimmerman remains unfazed. After trying to stop Alex Ovechkin slap shots Wednesday at Capitals practice as the guest goalie, Zimmerman said he continues to not fret about his future with the Nationals. “We’ve talked,” Zimmerman told reporters..." January 16

  • How an episode of 'Hey Arnold!' is a perfect love letter to baseball and its beauty, power and simplicity

    Sporting News "Nostalgia can be a gift and a curse. Oftentimes, nostalgia operates as nothing more than beer goggles — distorting the view of something from afar while we slam Natty Light after Natty Light. Then, the sensation passes, and we're reminded of our jobs, our stresses,..." January 16

  • Dave Martinez Is Now the Only MLB Manager to Win a World Series with His Current Team

    The Big Lead "Dave Martinez stands alone. With the firings of Alex Cora and A.J. Hinch this week, the Washington Nationals manager has become unique in his sport. He's the only manager in Major League Baseball to have won a World Series for his current franchise. And it just happened in..." January 16

  • Nationals, Mac Williamson Agree To Minor League Deal

    NBC Sports Bay Area "As the Giants move their bullpens to center field, the player most impacted by the previous location is getting a second shot in the big leagues.  Mac Williamson signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals that will pay him $700,000 if he reaches the big leagues,..." January 16

  • Yes, more teams than the Astros and Red Sox stole signs, but that doesn’t excuse them.

    Hardball Talk "There’s an element to all of this Astros and Red Sox news that keeps coming up that I want to dig in to. Indeed, it’s a thing that comes up every single time a team or a player gets in trouble for something. It’s the “hey, they weren’t the only ones doing it! They..." January 15

  • Managers, Top Front Office Execs On Expiring Contracts

    MLB Trade Rumors "Monday was one of the most stunning days baseball has seen in recent memory. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and A.J. Hinch, who oversaw several contending teams in Houston and led the club to a World Series championship, lost their jobs as a result of a sign-stealing scandal. Before..." January 14

  • Trea Turner’s finger back to normal after November surgery

    Masn "He did his best not to make a big deal about it during the season, but Trea Turner wasn’t ever 100 percent healthy after breaking his right index finger in early April. Yes, he returned to the Nationals lineup in late May and played nearly every day the rest..." January 13

  • Nationals Prospect Fausto Segura Killed In Traffic Accident

    Washington Times "Washington Nationals minor-league pitcher Fausto Segura reportedly died in a motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic Sunday night, according to a sports reporter in the country. Héctor Gómez, a journalist in the Dominican Republic with a large..." January 13

  • With 3B market thinning, is Josh Donaldson next?

    MLB.com "The Rangers are in agreement with veteran slugger Todd Frazier on a one-year, $5 million deal with a club option for 2021, pending a physical, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. The 34-year-old could fill a big hole at the hot corner for Texas, which missed out on..." January 13

  • Predicting Landing Spots for Top 10 Remaining MLB Free Agents

    Bleacher Report "Pitchers and catchers report in less than a month. Most of the top free agents have come off the board. Yet multiple impact players remain unsigned, ranging from genuine stars (Josh Donaldson, Marcell Ozuna) to high-upside gambles (Taijuan Walker, Yasiel Puig). As we await..." January 13

  • MLB, Rob Manfred face league-altering test amid probes and rule changes

    Sportsnet "This could be Rob Manfred’s decade. No, check that: it very much needs to be Rob Manfred’s decade. The recent passing of NBA commissioner David Stern gave all of us pause to reflect on the evolution of North American professional sports; to reflect on how the NFL has..." January 13

  • Ryan Zimmerman's Nationals Future Still Undecided After Meeting With GM Mike Rizzo

    12 Up "Following an improbable World Series victory, the Washington Nationals have stayed busy this offseason, adding pitcher Will Harris and second baseman Starlin Castro, among others, while retaining key contributors Howie Kendrick and Daniel Hudson. However, despite all..." January 11

  • Mike Rizzo on 3B for Nats: 'We see it as a strength'

    MLB.com "The Nationals very well may not be out on Josh Donaldson -- “We’re never out on anything, my man,” general manager Mike Rizzo said Saturday at Winterfest -- but the club believes that no matter what the prized free agent chooses, they have more than..." January 11

  • Gerardo Parra gets World Series tattoo

    Larry Brown Sports "It took a bit of time, but Gerardo Parra has followed through and gotten his Baby Shark-inspired World Series tattoo. " January 11

  • Who Will Be the Next MLB Players to Sign $300M Contracts After Gerrit Cole?

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball's $300 million contract club is rapidly expanding. Giancarlo Stanton became the first player to sign a $300 million deal when the Miami Marlins extended him for $325 million over 13 years in 2014. He was all alone until 2019, when Manny Machado,..." January 10

  • Nationals Avoid Arbitration With Michael A. Taylor

    Federal Baseball "Michael A. Taylor put up a .211/.277/.276 line with five doubles, seven walks, and 32 Ks in 43 games (16 starts) and 85 plate appearances between April and June last season, before the 28-year-old outfielder was optioned to Triple-A Fresno. Taylor stayed with the Nationals’ top minor..." January 10

  • Nationals To Sign Tyler Eppler To Minors Contract

    The Union Journal "The Nationals have agreed to a minor league take care of right-hander Tyler Eppler, MLB Commerce Rumors’ Steve Adams stories (Twitter link).  Eppler is returning to North American baseball after pitching for NPB’s Orix Buffaloes final season. " January 10

  • Five Potential Trade Destinations For Rockies All-Star Third Baseman Nolan Arenado

    The Big Lead "Nolan Arenada, the Colorado Rockies' 28-year old All-Star, is probably going to get traded, as reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Arenada signed an eight-year, $260 million contract in 2019, but the third baseman has an opt-out after the 2021 season so the Rockies could lose..." January 09

  • Ranking the Worst Moves of the MLB Offseason

    12 Up "The MLB offseason is the time for prospective contenders to either strike it rich with some big-name free agents like Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon or make some quality under-the-radar moves like the additions of Nomar Mazara and Edwin Encarnacion, just to name a few, in Chicago...." January 09

  • Twins Still Pursuing All-Star Josh Donaldson

    Sportsnaut "While the Atlanta Braves are currently viewed as the favorites to re-sign Josh Donaldson, the Minnesota Twins reportedly remain in pursuit of the All-Star third baseman and still have a chance to sign him. According to KSTP’s Darren Wolfson, Minnesota remains engaged in..." January 07

  • Nationals Sign Carlos Tocci

    The Union Journal "The Nationals have agreed to a minor league pact with outfielder Carlos Tocci, experiences Bob Nightengale of USA At the moment (via Twitter). The fleet-footed 24-year-old will probably be in Main League Spring Coaching as a non-roster invitee. Tocci, as soon as a comparatively..." January 07

  • Nationals Reportedly Keep Offer Open To Josh Donaldson

    MLB Trade Rumors "Even after a run of free agent additions that plug quite a few holes with veteran players, the Nationals do not appear to be shutting the door on top remaining open market star Josh Donaldson — at least, not entirely. The Nats could still make the third baseman fit, but..." January 07

  • Braves Reportedly Remain Favorites for Josh Donaldson

    12 Up "The Atlanta Braves remain in the driver's seat to re-sign slugger Josh Donaldson, especially after their main competition for his services -- the division rival Washington Nationals -- inked Eric Thames on Monday. Donaldson is the largest remaining free agent prize left..." January 06

  • MLB discussing use of technology to prevent sign-stealing

    The Score "Major League Baseball is discussing the idea of using on-field technology to encode communication between pitchers and catchers and help prevent sign-stealing, reports Hannah Keyser of Yahoo Sports. The commissioner's office is developing several prototype devices, sources..." January 06

  • Eric Thames to Nationals on 1-year deal

    MLB.com "First baseman Eric Thames and the Nationals have agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal for 2020, pending a physical, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. Thames will earn $3 million in 2020, and the contract includes a $1 million buyout on a $4 million mutual option for '21. The club..." January 06

  • Nationals re-sign reliever Daniel Hudson to two-year deal

    Sportsnet "Former Blue Jay Daniel Hudson is reportedly finalizing a two-year contract with the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Hudson, 32, was a deadline acquisition by the Nationals, who sent minor league right-hander..." January 06

  • Five MLB teams that could disappoint in 2020

    Sportsnaut "Many MLB teams have been busy this winter, turning over their rosters and making the moves necessary to take significant strides in the 2020 season. While some have stepped up this winter, others have fallen short. Whether due to front offices missing out on top free agents or..." January 06

  • 3 potential trade proposals for Nolan Arenado

    The Score "The likelihood of a Nolan Arenado trade is reportedly down to a coin flip, as the Colorado Rockies are fielding offers for the superstar third baseman and looking for a package that includes a controllable first baseman or center fielder. While 29 teams..." January 06

  • Could the Nats re-sign any more of their remaining free agents?

    Masn "The Nationals had an usually large number of players become free agents off their championship roster: 12 in total, including those who either opted out of the rest of their contracts or had options declined by the club after the season. To their credit, they’ve..." January 05

  • Who's left in the Josh Donaldson race?

    MLB.com "After being limited to just 52 games with the Blue Jays and Indians in an injury plagued 2018, Josh Donaldson signed a one-year, $23 million contract with the Braves and re-established his value ahead of another go at free agency. He is tied to Draft-pick compensation if he signs with..." January 05

  • Talks Between Nats, Cubs On Kris Bryant Have ‘Gone Nowhere’

    Bleacher Nation "While signing Starlin Castro and then Asdrubal Cabrera in quick succession doesn’t necessarily mean the Nationals are definitely out on free agent Josh Donaldson, it certainly does mean they are better covered in the even they don’t land him. In fact, it wouldn’t be..." January 04

  • Nationals To Re-Sign Asdrubal Cabrera

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals are in agreement on a contract with free agent infielder Asdrúbal Cabrera, reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). Robert Murray first reported the sides were nearing a deal (via Twitter). Cabrera will be guaranteed $2.5MM, Heyman adds, with an additional..." January 04

  • Nationals Sign Veteran Reliever David Hernandez

    12 Up "The Washington Nationals didn't make any marquee acquisitions on Friday, but they were still plenty active in free agency. After inking Starlin Castro to man the infield, the team further supplemented its bullpen by signing veteran relief pitcher David..." January 04

  • Max Scherzer has set high free-agent bar for Gerrit Cole

    MLB.com "This offseason, Gerrit Cole signed a nine-year, $324 million contract with the Yankees, the largest by total value for a pitcher and the highest average annual value, too, at $36 million. There was plenty of talk when he was introduced at Yankee Stadium about how many championships..." January 03

  • Nationals sign Starlin Castro

    TSN "A veteran middle infielder is headed to DC. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports that the Washington Nationals have signed Starlin Castro to a two-year deal pending a physical. A four-time All-Star, the 29-year-old Castro spent the past two seasons with the Miami..." January 03

  • Nationals reportedly sign Will Harris to 3-year/$24M deal

    Federal Baseball "According to a report by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal tonight, Washington’s Nationals have signed veteran right-handed reliever Will Harris to a multi-year deal. Yes, it’s that Will Harris, the now-former Houston Astro, who was on the mound in the..." January 03

  • Nationals Reportedly Won't Include Victor Robles in Trade Talks for Nolan Arenado and Kris Bryant

    12 Up "The Nationals are trying hard to fill Anthony Rendon's vaunted roster spot, but...maybe not quite hard enough. As the Josh Donaldson derby reaches its logical conclusion with a four-year deal coming soon, it seems likely he lands in either Atlanta, Minnesota,..." January 02

  • Robinson Chirinos Reportedly Nearing Decision

    The Union Journal "Veteran catcher Robinson Chirinos is “shut to creating a call” on his subsequent group, in keeping with MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). He has drawn vast curiosity thus far of the winter. It’s nonetheless completely unclear the place Chirinos..." January 02

  • Will Harris Weighing Offers

    Yardbarker "Righty Will Harris has drawn somewhat less pressing interest than might have been supposed entering the offseason. But the veteran is mulling offers from multiple teams and could soon sign, per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). Harris is said to have drawn..." January 02

  • Nats willing to go four years for Josh Donaldson?

    MLB.com " The World Series champion Nationals have a big vacancy to fill at third base after Anthony Rendon signed with the Angels earlier this offseason. Donaldson is the only remaining star third baseman on the free-agent market, and a source has confirmed to MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi that..." January 02

  • Marcell Ozuna's market 'gaining some clarity'

    TSN "Marcell Ozuna is one of the premier free agent bats left on the board, but that might not be the case for long. According to The MLB Network's Mark Feinsand, Ozuna's market is "gaining some clarity." He adds the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas..." January 02

  • Taking Stock Of The Center Field Market

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve glanced in at a few areas of the player market to see what’s left after a busy first few months of the offseason. With a New Year’s freeze in effect on the news cycle, let’s do the same for the center field market. The lack of supply sufficient to meet..." January 02

  • Countdown to Spring Training: A 30-team guide

    MLB.com "The arrival of a new calendar year brings increased anticipation for Spring Training, and with camp now about six weeks away for Major League clubs, each has several questions that need to be answered before Opening Day. Here's a look at those questions, as well as a link to other important..." January 01

  • These are the most memorable recent 3-team deals

    MLB.com "When it comes to pulling off a trade, three is sometimes not a crowd, but a necessity. While almost all deals involve two teams working out an exchange, sometimes the addition of a third brings some previously absent element into the mix that allows everyone to get what they want. It..." December 31

  • Top 10 MLB players of 2019

    The Score "While the year concludes with the Washington Nationals as World Series champions, a number of baseball's top talents showcased some of their finest work during a 2019 campaign chock-full of home runs, strikeouts, and general baseball dominance. Let's look back at the 10 best..." December 31

  • Five way-too-early bold predictions for the 2020 MLB season

    Sporting News "Happy (almost) New Year! Of course, for the baseball fans, the new year doesn't actually start until March 26, 2020. As we inch closer to Opening Day, we'll have more certainties and a better idea of what teams and players will be in the new league year. But until..." December 31

  • Taking Stock Of The Starting Pitching Market

    MLB Trade Rumors "Entering the offseason, the market for rotation upgrades was robust — arguably one of the strongest groups of free-agent starters we’d seen. Two bona fide aces — Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg — headlined a group that also featured the NL Cy Young..." December 30

  • Every team's top home run of the decade

    MLB.com "As the 2010s come to a close, it's time to look back at the best home runs of the decade. There were 51,931 homers hit from 2010-19, but there are a choice few that will always stand out as the most memorable, whether they came in the clutch during the postseason, were milestone shots for..." December 30

  • Six Years After JAY-Z's Taunt, Scott Boras Gets the Last Laugh

    Complex "On an album that will largely serve as an afterthought in the catalog of (arguably) the greatest rapper of all time, there was a taunt that caused plenty of sports fans to perk up when they heard it.   In the first verse of the eighth track of his 2013 offering Magna..." December 30

  • Top plays from 2019 MLB season

    The Score "10. Pete Alonso walks off Home Run Derby The New York Mets first baseman was a tour de force during his first campaign in the majors. Before breaking MLB's single-season rookie homer record, Alonso won an epic long-ball derby with three walk-off dingers, including that blast to..." December 30