Nationals Rumors & News

  • Nationals To Select Justin Miller

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals are set to select the contract of veteran right-handed reliever Justin Miller prior to tomorrow’s game against the Marlins, reports Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post. As Janes recently reported, the 30-year-old Miller had a June 15 opt-out provision in his minor league..." May 24

  • Report: Nike Steals 2020 MLB Uniform Contract From Under Armour

    12 Up "The Nike swoosh is coming to Major League Baseball. All it took was another company's financial ruin to get there. ​Back in 2016, Major League Baseball announced that ​Under Armour was going to be the official on-field uniform provider for all 30 teams come the..." May 24

  • MLB Releases Study On Home Run Rate

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has released a scientific study that was designed to examine “possible causes of the surge in home run rate in Major League Baseball in the past several years,” as its abstract puts it. The study itself is available at this link. Per the report,..." May 24

  • Former NY Met Josh Edgin signs minor-league deal with rival Washington Nationals

    North Jersey "Former Mets bullpen fixture Josh Edgin joined the rival Washington Nationals late Wednesday by signing a minor-league deal, according to's transactions page. Edgin, 31, played his whole career with the Mets, totaling a 3.49 ERA in 129 innings from 2012 to..." May 24

  • New front-runners emerging in Harper sweepstakes?

    Sportress of Blogitude "Bryce Harper’s foray into free agency will not come for some time but that has not stopped frantic speculation concerning what comes next in the Washington Nationals superstar slugger’s career. Amid the endless conjecture comes a new theory as to which teams currently are the..." May 22

  • Nationals Place Ryan Madson On 10-Day DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals announced that right-hander Ryan Madson has been placed on the 10-day DL with a pectoral muscle strain.  The placement is retroactive to May 17.  Nats manager Davey Martinez told reporters (including Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post) that Madson was feeling “a..." May 21

  • Nationals Select Contract Of Tim Collins

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals announced on Monday that they’ve selected the contract of left-handed reliever Tim Collins from Triple-A Syracuse. (Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post first reported that Collins was likely to be added following an injury to Ryan Madson.) In order to open a spot on the..." May 21

  • Nationals' Juan Soto becomes youngest MLB player to hit a home run in six years

    CBS Sports "Over the weekend, the Washington Nationals called up top prospect Juan Soto to help their outfield, which has been thinned by injuries. They're currently without Adam Eaton (hip), Brian Goodwin (wrist), and Howie Kendrick (Achilles). And, in his first MLB start Monday night..." May 21

  • Nationals To Promote Juan Soto

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals will promote outfield prospect Juan Soto, Byron Kerr of tweets. Soto will join the Nats on Sunday, Kerr adds. Given that Washington’s 40-man roster is at capacity, it’ll need to make a corresponding move to create a spot for Soto. The..." May 20

  • Wieters could return to lineup in 8 weeks "Matt Wieters had some encouraging news prior to Sunday afternoon's game against the Dodgers. A few days after he underwent surgery to repair his left hamstring, the timetable for his return could end up being much sooner than expected. The surgery was not to repair a complete tear..." May 20

  • Vision-impaired Harper couldn't get his contacts in, singled anyway "The Nationals had not played a full game in nearly a week, but when they returned to the field in Saturday afternoon's 4-1 loss in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Dodgers, Bryce Harper had a new addition to his face. Harper donned a pair of clear frames at the plate..." May 20

  • Scherzer fans 13, fastest ever to 100 K's in a season "Sean Doolittle blamed himself for mixing up the sign on the pitch that ultimately led to the Nationals' 5-4 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday night. He believed he and catcher Spencer Kieboom were on the same page with where they wanted to locate a fastball to Matt Kemp, but as Doolittle..." May 20

  • Nationals' Howie Kendrick out for remainder of season after suffering Achilles' injury

    CBS Sports "The Nationals dropped both ends of their Saturday doubleheader against the Dodgers, and to compound matters they also lost outfielder Howie Kendrick to a ruptured Achilles'. On Saturday night, the team announced that Kendrick's injury would require surgery, which he'll undergo on..." May 20

  • Howie Kendrick injury update: Nationals left fielder leaves game with apparent leg injury

    Sporting News "Dodgers left fielder Howie Kendrick had to be taken from the field on a cart after suffering a leg injury in the eight inning of Saturday's Nationals-Dodgers game. Kendrick suffered the injury just after catching Max Muncy's long sacrifice fly. Kendrick turned to plant..." May 19

  • Nats' Kendrick placed on DL with Achilles injury

    The Score "The Washington Nationals have placed utility man Howie Kendrick on the disabled list after the 34-year-old was carted off the field during the eighth inning of Saturday's first doubleheader game with a right Achilles injury, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. " May 19

  • Nationals face unprecedented layoff after latest rainout

    Larry Brown Sports "Weather has caused numerous problems for Major League Baseball since the start of the season, but no team has more cause to complain than the Washington Nationals do. Washington’s Friday night game against the Los Angeles Dodgers was postponed due to weather, making it the third..." May 18

  • Matt Wieters Undergoes Hamstring Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Nationals catcher Matt Wieters has undergone surgery on his left hamstring, per a team announcement. Wieters had already gone on the DL, so no immediate roster moves will be required. The big question is what kind of rehabilitation timeline will be necessary. Further..." May 17

  • Harper dismisses NY talk: 'I'm a National now' "For as long as Bryce Harper's pending free agency has been discussed, at least since sometime shortly after he won the Most Valuable Player Award in 2015, people have been sizing him up for pinstripes, speculating on the possibility that he would eventually sign with the..." May 16

  • Why Yankees should absolutely still offer Bryce Harper record deal

    Newark Star-Ledger "It's easy to get complacent, Yankees fans. The current team is loaded, ready to win now and set up for a bright future. When Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper hits free agency after the season, the Yankees could choose to ignore..." May 16

  • Adam Eaton Targeting Return In Six Weeks

    MLB Trade Rumors "Though last week’s unexpected ankle surgery for Nationals outfielder Adam Eatoncreated a potential long-term issue for the Nats to navigate, the outfielder explained to reporters today that he believes he can return from the disabled list in six weeks’ time (May 15

  • How are the pitching prospects the Nationals once traded faring?

    Washington Post "The Nationals could have traded Victor Robles or Juan Soto, or both, this offseason to make immediate roster improvements for 2018. It wouldn’t have been difficult. They were the first two players rebuilding teams — the ones most likely to trade productive major leaguers —..." May 14

  • Should Nats fans be worried about their slow start?

    NBC Sports Washington "The best part of being a sports fan is the conversation. Watching games by yourself can be fun, but debating the finer points of each player, team, and game is what brings fans together and creates a sense of team spirit and camaraderie. With that in mind, NBC Sports Washington..." May 14

  • Nationals Select Mark Reynolds, Ryan Zimmerman Likely Headed To DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post tweets that Mark Reynolds has been spotted in the Nationals’ clubhouse, implying that the club has selected his contract and is likely to move Ryan Zimmerman to the disabled list. Indeed, Dan Kolko of MASN tweets that Reynolds is on the lineup card for today’s..." May 12

  • Nationals Place Matt Wieters On DL, Select Contract Of Spencer Kieboom

    MLB Trade Rumors "As expected, the Nationals have placed catcher Matt Wieters on the 10-day DL with a hamstring strain. He’ll be replaced on the active roster by backstop Spencer Kieboom, as the Talk Nats blog first reported on Twitter. While Kieboom was previously on the Nats’ 40-man, he was bumped off the..." May 11

  • Sean Doolittle raves about benefits of using bullpen cart

    Larry Brown Sports "Virtually no relievers have used the newly-available bullpen cart to enter the game, but the practice may well have one high-profile convert after Thursday night. Washington Nationals closer Sean Doolittle became only the second pitcher in baseball to enlist the services of the cart against the..." May 11

  • Report: MLBPA rejected league's proposal to change All-Star Game voting

    The Score "A proposal from Major League Baseball that would have changed the voting process for this year's All-Star Game was rejected by the MLB Players Association last month, sources told Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Currently, fans vote for the starting position players in both the American and..." May 11

  • Nationals promote outfield prospect Juan Soto to Double-A

    Hardball Talk "Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have promoted hot-hitting outfield prospect Juan Soto to Double-A Harrisburg. Soto, 19, got off to a blazing hot start, batting .373/.486/.814 in 74 plate appearances with Single-A Hagerstown and .371/.466/.790 in 73 PA with..." May 10

  • Nationals' Adam Eaton: Undergoes ankle surgery Thursday

    CBS Sports "Eaton underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Thursday, Jack Magruder of The Sports Xchange reports. This is a tough break for Eaton, who has been on the shelf since April 11 with an ankle injury that he suffered during an awkward slide. The 29-year-old underwent the procedure after a..." May 10

  • Adam Eaton travels to Wisconsin to seek second opinion on injured ankle

    Washington Post "Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton traveled Wednesday to Green Bay, Wis., to seek a second opinion on his ailing left ankle from renowned orthopedic surgeon Robert Anderson, according to a person familiar with the situation. Eaton injured the ankle on an awkward slide in mid-April. The pain..." May 10

  • Matt Adams has more home runs in May than 12 MLB teams

    NBC Sports Washington "On Monday evening Matt Adams hit two home runs to help power the Washington Nationals over the San Diego Padres. On those two long balls, he collected 5 RBIs, bringing around the same amount of runs that the Padres did the entire contest. Being better or just as good as another team is not..." May 08

  • Those ‘purist’ arguments against the DH are dead

    New York Post "Jacob deGrom hyper-extended his elbow swinging a bat, but I promise I am not overreacting to the Mets ace landing on the DL to stump for the introduction of the DH to the National League. This is not about a singular event, as troubling as it may be for the Mets. This is about how the game..." May 07

  • Max Scherzer Is A Fire-Breathing Dragon

    Deadspin "The marquee pitching matchup of the day had former Cy Young winners Max Scherzer and Jake Arrieta pitching the rubber match of the Phillies-Nationals series. Arrieta was fine—he allowed a run on two hits and two walks in six innings—but Mad Max was downright historic. According to Baseball..." May 06

  • Nationals Activate Anthony Rendon

    MLB Trade Rumors "After nearly a month on the disabled list, Anthony Rendon has been activated and is hitting second in today’s lineup, the Nationals announced. He’s been out since mid-April after sustaining a hairline fracture in his toe when he fouled a ball into his foot. To make room on the active roster, the..." May 05

  • Nationals give minor leaguers extended look due to injuries, bullpen struggles

    Washington Times "Moises Sierra was in chilly Rochester, New York, about three weeks ago when he was approached by Billy Gardner, Jr., his manager with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs. A veteran outfielder from the Dominican, Sierra was told he was headed to Nationals Park to join the big league team in Washington..." May 04

  • The rise of the C-Flap

    Hardball Talk "One of the most notable things of the 2018 season has been the C-flaps on the batting helmets. Those little extensions from the ear flap that cover a hitter’s jaw. Players have worn them for some time, but it seems like this year ten times more guys have them. It’s getting to the point where I..." May 04

  • Bryce Harper's having one of the unluckiest years of his career so far

    NBC Sports Washington "During the Nationals' 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday night, two of the five hardest hit balls (including the hardest hit ball of the night) belonged to Bryce Harper. The results? A 112 mph single of Robby Ray in the 1st inning and a 108 mph groundout in the 4th. His only other..." May 02

  • Anthony Rendon appears poised for a rehab assignment; Adam Eaton is sporting a walking boot

    Washington Post "Nobody in the Washington Nationals lineup has been affected more by the absence of Adam Eaton, Anthony Rendon, and Daniel Murphy than Bryce Harper. Without the three all-star-caliber bats, the Nationals have had fewer options to protect Harper as their lineups have predominately featured projected..." May 02

  • Harper bumped to leadoff spot for 1st time since 2013 "Bryce Harper will hit leadoff in the second of a four-game set against the Pirates at Nationals Park on Tuesday night. It will be the first time Harper will be in the leadoff spot since Sept. 2, 2013, against the Phillies. He went 1-for-3 with a walk in the Nats' 3-2 loss. In 16 games leading..." May 01

  • Where is Seth Romero, the Nationals’ 2017 first-round pick?

    Washington Post "Nationals’ General Manager Mike Rizzo has a spotless first-round draft record. Nearly every pick the Nationals have made under his watch, which began in 2009, has made the major leagues. The only exceptions are 2016 first pick Carter Kieboom, who is well on his way to the majors, and 2017..." April 30

  • Anthony Rendon unlikely to return until Tuesday at earliest

    Masn "Anthony Rendon wasn’t activated off the disabled list today even though he was eligible, but the Nationals third baseman appears to be close to returning from a bruised left big toe. Rendon hit, ran and took grounders this morning with no issues, manager Davey Martinez said. The Nationals..." April 30

  • Re-examining A's Doolittle-Madson trade with Nationals

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Last July, the A's traded veteran relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to the Nationals. Oakland fans were understandably disappointed to see them go, but the A's received some excellent young talent in return, acquiring RHP Blake Treinen, LHP Jesus Luzardo, and infielder Sheldon..." April 26

  • Why Ryan Zimmerman skipped spring training

    Hardball Talk "All spring training there was at least some mild confusion about Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman. He played in almost no regular big league spring training games, instead, staying on the back fields, playing in simulated and minor league contests. When that usually happens, it’s because a..." April 26

  • Race to be MLB’s first $400 million man is as close as ever

    New York Post "Woven into this season is a competition for next offseason, namely: Who wins the financial game between Bryce Harper and Manny Machado? So far it is close with both sporting eight homers and gaudy on-base numbers through Tuesday. Both will be rewarded financially, short of substantial injury..." April 25

  • Yankees on track to avoid luxury tax; Red Sox, Nationals only teams projected above threshold

    Newsday "The Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals are the only teams on track to pay baseball’s luxury tax this year, according to opening-day payroll totals compiled by Major League Baseball and obtained by The Associated Press. Boston’s payroll at the start of the season for purposes of the tax was..." April 24

  • Nationals trade pitcher A.J. Cole to Yankees for cash considerations

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals announced Monday night that they have traded right-hander A.J. Cole to the New York Yankees for cash considerations, officially ending Cole’s second stint with the organization after he was designated for assignment on Friday. A former premier pitching prospect, the..." April 24

  • MLB Rumors: Dodgers Could Offer Harper a Massive Short-Term Deal

    12 Up "​This would be insane. The Los Angeles Dodgers came within one win of a World Series last year, falling just short to the Houston Astros in Game 7. However, they have all the talent in the world to get back to the top, and ​could add even more in the future. Bryce Harper is getting ready..." April 23

  • Nationals Place Anthony Rendon On 10-Day DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals announced that third baseman Anthony Rendon has been placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a left toe contusion, retroactive to April 19. Righty Austin Adams has been recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move. The DL placement concludes a frustrating week for Rendon, who..." April 22

  • Nationals designate A.J. Cole, select Carlos Torres

    Yardbarker "The Nationals have designated righty A.J. Cole for assignment, per a club announcement. He’ll be replaced on the active roster by veteran reliever Carlos Torres, whose contract was selected. It has long been evident that this was a make-or-break season for Cole, who the organization long felt..." April 21

  • Nationals manager: Robles will not need surgery on injured elbow

    Masn "Nationals manager Davey Martinez had good news on top prospect Victor Robles, who suffered a hyperextended left elbow attempting to make a diving catch in shallow center field in a Triple-A game last Monday in Rochester, N.Y. There had been concern that Robles had broken his elbow or had..." April 17

  • Nationals calling up Jeremy Hellickson to start Monday against Mets

    Washington Post "When the Washington Nationals begin a crucial-for-mid-April three-game series at the New York Mets on Monday, they’ll do so with an unfamiliar face on the mound. Jeremy Hellickson, who signed a minor league deal during spring training, will make the start, Manager Dave Martinez announced..." April 16