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  • MLB Trade Deadline: MLB Trade Predictions 2 Weeks from the 2019 Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The July 31 MLB trade deadline is creeping up. Over the next two weeks, swaps will be consummated, or they won't. Based on the latest rumors and credible rumblings, plus a dollop of informed speculation, here are nine deal or no deal predictions for some of the top..." July 17

  • Injured Max Scherzer played catch from 90 feet, could start Sunday

    NBC Sports Washington "After being placed on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain, Max Scherzer is supposed to come off of the IL by Saturday in time for the Nationals' third game of their series against the Atlanta Braves. When he will actually pitch, is another..." July 17

  • The Nationals are filling the power void by committee — and it’s working

    Washington Post "In the lead-up to this season — at the winter meetings, during spring training, whenever a new player joined the team — the Washington Nationals were asked how they’d fill the power void created by Bryce Harper’s departure. The Nationals promised to become a..." July 17

  • Mike Rizzo provides an injury update on Max Scherzer

    NBC Sports Washington "After being placed on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain, Max Scherzer is supposed to come off of the IL by Saturday in time for the Nationals' third game of their series against the Atlanta Braves. When he will actually pitch, is another..." July 17

  • Buy, Sell or Stand Pat for Every Team at 2019 MLB Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The time for evaluating is over. With the July 31 trade deadline bearing down, teams across Major League Baseball must decide how they're going to handle it. We can't make this choice for them, but we do have notions as to which clubs should buy, sell or stand pat ahead of the..." July 17

  • 10 MLB teams that need to make a trade deadline move

    Larry Brown Sports "It is a seller’s market in Major League Baseball this July. The bulk of MLB teams can at least claim to be in contention, sitting within five games of either the division or a wild card spot, and that means a lot of teams are going to be competing for limited resources ahead of the July..." July 17

  • Five deals we want to see get done before the MLB trading deadline

    USA Today "As the second half gets underway and with just a few weeks remaining before Major League Baseball's trade deadline, the market's potential buyers and sellers are taking shape. It's an intriguing group of players expected to be dealt this month, ranging from..." July 16

  • Top 20 MLB pitching trade candidates

    The Score "With Major League Baseball's trade deadline approaching, theScore's MLB editors break down the 20 best pitchers who could be moved ahead of July 31. 1. Zack Greinke, SP, Diamondbacks Greinke has settled down after a really rocky start to the campaign and is putting..." July 15

  • Do Umpires Dream of Electronic Strikes?

    Bleacher Report "Like a bang-bang call at first base, there is much jawing and a whole lot of disagreement throughout baseball over an idea threatening to arrive soon at a ballpark near you: the electronic strike zone. Dubbed "robo ump"—affectionately by some, not so much by..." July 15

  • 10 biggest questions for the MLB trade deadline

    USA Today "The days of posturing, pretenses, bluffs, deception and even out-and-out lies are about to end. It’s that time of year where every Major League Baseball club’s front office must call and turn over their cards. In or out? And if you want to win, just..." July 15

  • Report: Asking prices on MLB trade market are ‘enormous’

    Larry Brown Sports "With the MLB trade deadline looming, things are a little bit distorted in the market due to the limited number of teams who are clear sellers. As of Monday morning, 22 of 30 teams are within five games or less of a playoff spot, meaning many teams will be looking to add and few are..." July 15

  • The Most Brutal Blockbuster MLB Trade Deadline Fails Since 2000

    Bleacher Report "There's undeniable risk when it comes to pulling the trigger on a blockbuster deal at the trade deadline. Case in point, even after he helped them win a World Series, fans around the league still question the Chicago Cubs' decision to trade Gleyber Torres for two months of..." July 15

  • Nats considering trying for Royals’ Jake Diekman?

    Federal Baseball "In a video spot recorded for FOX on Saturday afternoon, bow-tied reporter Ken Rosenthal said the Washington Nationals, who could use a bullpen addition or two, reportedly have considered the possibility of trading for Kansas City Royals’ left-hander Jake Diekman. Diekman, a..." July 14

  • Nationals' Max Scherzer Placed on IL After Back Injury Diagnosed as Strain

    Bleacher Report "Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer has landed on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to July 10) with a mid-back strain, according to Byron Kerr of MASN Sports. Scherzer told reporters on July 7 that he started feeling back discomfort after a June 30 outing against the Detroit..." July 13

  • Max Scherzer to miss scheduled start due to back tightness

    Larry Brown Sports "The back tightness that cost Max Scherzer a trip to the All-Star game has crept into the second half of his regular season. Scherzer will not make his scheduled start Sunday due to the back issue, but an MRI came back clean, according to manager Dave Martinez. His next start is yet to..." July 13

  • Washington Nationals place Jonny Venters on 10-Day IL with left shoulder strain; Kyle McGowin back up...

    Federal Baseball "At some point last night Jonny Venters’ name showed up on MLB.com’s Transactions page. The veteran left-hander was listed as going on the 10-Day Injured List (retroactive to July 8th), though there were no details on what led to the move. Venters, 34,..." July 12

  • One thing every MLB team needs to do in the second half

    USA Today "Major League Baseball's first half is now in the rear-view mirror and all 30 teams are turning their attention to the final 11 weeks of the 2019 season. Across both leagues, there's still plenty of ambiguity in the races for the postseason. Four teams are within..." July 12

  • Will Anthony Rendon reach a point with Washington the way Nolan Arenado did with Colorado?

    NBC Sports Washington "Nolan Arenado and Anthony Rendon are forever running parallel. They entered the league together in 2013. They are always synced in discussions about the National League’s best third baseman (along with Kris Bryant). Their contractual situation is even intertwined. Arenado was..." July 12

  • Top MLB Prospects Who Could Be Prizes of 2019 Blockbuster Trades

    Bleacher Report "The 2019 Major League Baseball trade deadline won't be all about brand-name veterans. Some of the league's best prospects might also change hands ahead of July 31. We've pointed to eight specific young talents who are worth keeping an eye on as potential trade chips in..." July 12

  • 5 Players Who Will Bounce Back From Disappointing 1st Halves After the All-Star Break

    12 Up "The MLB All-Star break has come and gone, and plenty of the league's stars just recharged in order to continue their phenomenal seasons. However, there are a few players who were expected to enjoy great success in 2019 who couldn't manifest it in the first half of the year. However, for..." July 11

  • Seven bold predictions for the rest of MLB season

    Yahoo! Sports "Although we are past the midpoint of the 2019 MLB season, there is still plenty of time for the fantasy landscape to undergo dramatic changes. And gamers who get too comfortable with the current hierarchy of assets are going to get burned when some players soar or sink. Although each..." July 11

  • MLB All-Star Game draws record low 6.2 overnight rating

    Awful Announcing "Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game on Fox drew a 6.2 overnight rating, a record low overnight. Last year’s game drew a 6.5 overnight, same as 2017, and the previous record low came in 2016, when the game in San Diego drew a 6.2 overnight. Fox is just happy they won the..." July 11

  • The MLBPA needs to get its story straight

    New York Daily News "Ballplayers have been frozen out by their billionaire bosses for two straight winters in free agency. Are they ready to do anything about it? At the All-Star Game, at least, that depends who you ask. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale painted a flowery picture of proletariat..." July 11

  • 8 MLB teams potentially poised to break out in the second half

    Larry Brown Sports "The All-Star break is a good time to step back and assess where the 30 teams across Major League Baseball stand. Some teams comfortably occupy first place, some are facing a second half of playing out a string of meaningless games, and then there is the group caught in the middle. In..." July 11

  • MLB managers wearing uniforms is the weirdest thing in sports we’ve accepted as normal

    SB Nation "Major League Baseball managers are the only coaches in professional sports who suit up in uniform like players do. This never bothered me until I saw an Instagram of Braves manager Brian Snitker with some of his all-stars. It was this Instagram (second photo) that gave..." July 10

  • Atlantic League to experiment with batters “stealing first base”

    Hardball Talk "People often joke about fast guys who can’t hit by saying “you can’t steal first base.” What Major League Baseball and the Atlantic League’s new rules presuppose is, “what if you can?” As you’re no doubt aware, Major League Baseball and..." July 10

  • MLB players are furious, willing to strike over economic system: 'We're all united'

    USA Today "There are no threats, no allusions of intimidation ... really, not even raised voices. Yet there also is not the slightest tinge of fear. Major League Baseball players representing their brethren at the All-Star Game in Cleveland made it quite clear this week..." July 10

  • 7 Top Prospects Who Could Spur Their Teams Down The Stretch

    MLB Trade Rumors "Every now and again, a young player arrives in the majors relatively late in the season and immediately functions as a key cog for a contender. Think Corey Seager in 2015. It takes a combination of talent, readiness, and opportunity all coming together. We’ll be focused in no..." July 10

  • Nationals Activate, Option Kyle Barraclough

    Masn "The Nationals announced that right-hander Kyle Barraclough has been reinstated from the injured list and optioned to Double-A Harrisburg. Barraclough had been on the injured list with a right radial nerve irritation since June 16. He made three rehab appearances at..." July 10

  • Max Scherzer Delivers Savage Response To Justin Verlander’s Anger Over Juiced Balls

    Total Pro Sports "Home runs are way up in 2019 to the point that they are on pace to shatter the league record for home runs in a season. Observers started noting as early as April that home run rates were up, and it is certainly being noticed by pitchers. MLB’s new homer-happy environment and..." July 09

  • MLB All-Stars Most Likely to Be Traded Pre-2019 Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Some of the players going into the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in one uniform may be wearing a different one come August 1. Specifically, we think there are nine All-Stars who could be moved ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. These are players who are obviously talented..." July 09

  • MLBPA Chief Tony Clark Discusses CBA, Juiced Ball

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark chatted with the media today as part of this week’s All-Star festivities. The Twitter feeds of Alex Speier of the Boston Globe and Eric Fisher of the Sports Business Group feature many of the key comments. Those..." July 09

  • Rob Manfred Says He'll Encourage Owners to Pass 3-Batter Minimum Rule for 2020

    12 Up "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is (eternally) looking to make some drastic changes in the game, and one of the new rules he's looking to implement soon is the three-batter minimum for entering relievers. While he's not officially casting a vote per..." July 09

  • Rob Manfred: MLB didn't alter baseball for more HRs

    ESPN "Commissioner Rob Manfred once again emphatically denied that Major League Baseball has altered baseballs to generate more offense, amid widespread criticism from some of the sport's top pitchers. "Baseball has done nothing, given no direction for an alteration in the..." July 09

  • Five Storylines Entering The MLB All-Star Game

    The Big Lead "MLB All-Star week started with a blast after Monday night’s thrilling Home Run Derby, won by the Mets’ Pete Alonso, but highlighted by the epic home run duel between the Dodgers’ Joc Pederson and Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr, who lit up Progressive Field in Cleveland..." July 09

  • Scott Boras: It's the Nationals' move in Anthony Rendon contract talks

    NBC Sports Washington "Scott Boras made his way into the American League All-Stars’ press conference Monday, wading through a sea of reporters and in between podiums dotted with clients. One of his main ones, and perhaps the biggest in the upcoming offseason, Anthony Rendon, was not with the..." July 09

  • George Springer, Christian Yelich leading off All-Star lineups

    Hardball Talk "We learned earlier this afternoon that Justin Verlander and Hyun-Jin Ryu will start the All-Star Game on the mound. Now we learn that George Springer and Christian Yelichwill lead off. Here are the lineups: AMERICAN LEAGUE 1. George Springer, Astros..." July 08

  • Nationals Nearing Deal With Brad Boxberger

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals are nearing a deal with veteran reliever Brad Boxberger, according to Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post (via Twitter). It’s said to be a minor-league arrangement. Boxberger was released recently by the Royals, who’ll remain obligated for the remainder of..." July 08

  • These players aren’t MLB All-Stars, but their last year of work says otherwise

    SB Nation "A baseball season is more than just a first half, and it would be nice if there was a way to recognize second-half performances in All-Star rosters. For the most part, the All-Star roster construction process is just fine. Fans get to vote for the starting position players, and sure..." July 08

  • Why Max Scherzer Is Being Underpaid in $210 Million Free-Agent Megadeal

    Bleacher Report "Max Scherzer deserves a raise.  It's not often such a thing can be said about a player in Scherzer's position. For one thing, his seven-year, $210 million deal with the Washington Nationals is still one of only 16 $200 million pacts throughout Major..." July 08

  • What went wrong for Bryce Harper, other missing MLB All-Stars from 2018

    ESPN "As you roll into downtown Cleveland, there's a pedestrian overpass across Ontario Street with a huge All-Star banner draped along the length of the bridge to promote the week's festivities. It features the faces of several of baseball's biggest stars. One of those stars..." July 08

  • Nationals’ Expos uniforms are tremendous

    Sportsnaut "The Washington Nationals are celebrating their 50th anniversary as an organization against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. As we previously noted, they are doing so by wearing their old Montreal Expos uniforms. And they are absolutely tremendous. The Nationals played in..." July 07

  • Max Scherzer withdraws from All-Star Game, dealing with back tightness

    Washington Times "Max Scherzer will not pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game as the Nationals ace is dealing with back tightness. Scherzer said he still plans to attend the event, but MLB announced Cincinnati Reds starter Sonny Gray would be his replacement. Scherzer said he first started dealing..." July 07

  • Nationals' Sean Doolittle hopes MLB returns to Montreal full time: 'No halfsies'

    The Score "After getting to wear the baby blue Expos uniform as part of a throwback night for the Washington Nationals, Sean Doolittle wants baseball to return to Montreal, and not in the way it's recently been proposed. "Everyone I've talked to has had nothing but amazing things to..." July 07

  • Source: Boras, Lerner meeting to discuss Anthony Rendon contract

    Masn "It appears the Nationals and Anthony Rendon are attempting to ramp up contract negotiations again as the season’s first half comes to a close. Scott Boras, Rendon’s agent, was at Nationals Park today and was seen coming out of an elevator at the..." July 07

  • Nationals Send Austin Voth To Double-A, Activate Max Scherzer From Paternity List

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals activated Max Scherzer today from the paternity list after his wife gave birth to their second child yesterday. Scherzer is expected to make his last start of the first half today wearing the Expos’ powder blue road jersey against the Royals. Current fifth starter..." July 06

  • MLB Trade Rumors: Nationals GM doesn’t shut the door on potential Max Scherzer trade

    Sportsnaut "The Washington Nationals will have to do some soul searching during the All-Star Break and heading into trade season. At 45-41, Washington remains mired in mediocrity. But it’s just 6.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East and would be a wild card team if..." July 05

  • Fernando Rodney emerges as Nationals’ backup closer. At least for now.

    Washington Post "Sean Doolittle was gassed, clenching his fists and letting loose a scream, then crouching on the mound after striking out Yadiel Rivera to finish off the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night. It was, by any measure, a hectic save for the Washington Nationals’ closer...." July 05

  • Each MLB Team's Nightmare 2019 Trade Deadline Scenario

    Bleacher Report "The July 31 trade deadline is approaching. May every team in Major League Baseball get everything it wants. But what would the opposite of that look like? We've endeavored to answer this question by imagining the nightmare trade deadline scenario for all..." July 05

  • MLB Home Run Derby Bracket Officially Revealed

    12 Up "The MLB Home Run Derby is set to take place on Monday, July 8 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Yet, just days before the event, there was still some drama left to decide. After Javier Baez was forced to pull out of the event due to injury, MLB announced that Joc Pederson of..." July 04