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  • The stage is finally set for Nationals’ Victor Robles to start his rise to stardom

    Federal Baseball "Washington Nationals fans have been hearing the name Victor Robles for quite some time now. Signed way back in 2013, he proceeded to have a meteoric rise up prospect lists everywhere. Now, after a couple cups of coffee in two straight Septembers, he finally has a clear..." March 18

  • MLB is working on a system that will allow pitchers and catchers to communicate through watches

    CBS Sports "Sign-stealing is a hot topic in baseball these days after the Astros were caught monitoring and recording activity in the opposing dugout during the postseason last year. Houston was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, though the incident did bring high-tech sign-stealing into..." March 18

  • Nationals star Stephen Strasburg is, in fact, happy to be here

    NBC Sports Washington "A jovial guy looking strikingly like Stephen Strasburg was at Strasburg’s locker Sunday afternoon. Beard a bit long, hair on top a bit shorter. Turns out, it was actually Strasburg, who is including a touch of humor and more frequent smiles in recent post-pitching conversations..." March 18

  • Michael A. Taylor Diagnosed With Sprained Knee, Hip

    MLB Trade Rumors "Nationals outfielder Michael A. Taylor has been diagnosed with a sprained left knee and hip, manager Dave Martinez tells reporters including Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post (Twitter link). Taylor is expected to “miss a significant amount of time,” per..." March 15

  • Injuries have colored Stephen Strasburg’s career — and obscured who he is

    Washington Post "We have spent the better part of a decade watching Stephen Strasburg’s every move — how he shook his arm, where he landed with his foot, whether he wiped sweat from his brow, what velocity he registered on the radar gun. And yet for someone who has been observed so closely over such..." March 15

  • Michael A. Taylor injures left knee; could be big issue for Nationals if serious...

    Masn "Michael A. Taylor was forced to prematurely depart today’s exhibition game in the third inning, shortly after the Nationals center fielder injured his left knee making a diving catch. Taylor’s impressive catch of Byron Buxton’s second-inning drive to..." March 15

  • MLBPA did not support three-batter minimum rule

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to numerous changes that will take effect this season or next, but it sounds like the union was very reluctant on at least one of the new rules. One major change that will be implemented beginning in 2020 is a three-batter..." March 14

  • MLB reportedly will give $1 million to Home Run Derby winner

    ESPN "A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented in 2019 -- while a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 -- as part of a deal Major League Baseball and the MLB Players..." March 14

  • Report: MLB, union agree to end August trades

    The Score "Baseball's trade season is about to get a major facelift. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to eliminate the August waiver trade period in favor of a single non-waiver trade deadline day for all transactions on July 31, sources told Ken..." March 13

  • Nationals sign Tony Sipp

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman reports that the Washington Nationals have signed reliever Tony Sipp. It’s a big league deal that will pay Sipp $1 million in 2019 a $2.5 million mutual option or $250,00 buyout in 2020. For what it’s worth, he’s coming off of a three-year, $18 million contract..." March 13

  • Nationals closer would ‘welcome’ addition of Craig Kimbrel

    Larry Brown Sports "Sean Doolittle would almost certainly lose his job as the closer of the Washington Nationals if the team ends up signing Craig Kimbrel, but the left-hander insists he would be perfectly content if that happened. In fact, he prefers it. Doolittle, who slid into the closer role in..." March 12

  • Max Scherzer named Washington Nationals’ Opening Day starter for 2019

    Federal Baseball "Davey Martinez joked early this Spring that he knew who his Opening Day starter was going to be long before pitchers and catchers even arrived in West Palm Beach, telling reporters if he said anything different he knew he’d have to answer to the Washington Nationals’..." March 12

  • Bryce Harper on why he turned down the Nationals' $300 million contract offer

    NBC Sports Washington "One thing Nationals fans will never get used to is seeing Bryce Harper in a Phillies uniform. It's still red, but it's certainly not Nationals red. The former Nats superstar signed the biggest contract in professional sports history: 13-years, $330 million with the..." March 11

  • Padres, Sammy Solis Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "Left-hander Sammy Solis’ foray into the free-agent market apparently proved to be extraordinarily brief; after being released by the Nationals on Saturday, Solis has agreed to a minor league contract with the Padres, according to Robert Murray and Dennis Lin of The Athletic (Twitter..." March 11

  • Nationals Release Sammy Solis

    MLB Trade Rumors "Per a team release, the Nationals have released LHP Sammy Solis unconditionally. Solis, 30, had spent the entirety of his 9-year professional career with the organization, appearing in 141 games (all in relief) at the MLB level. In 39 1/3 IP last season, where he was deployed mostly..." March 09

  • Nationals, Braves not 'in' on Kimbrel

    The Score "With MLB's traditional Opening Day less than three weeks away, it remains unclear which team will sign free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel. The Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves were reportedly interested in the 30-year-old, but both teams are no longer "in" on him,..." March 09

  • As part of gambling deal, MLB lineups will now go to commissioner’s office before being made public

    Awful Announcing "It’s something of a no-brainer for professional sports leagues to get involved in the burgeoning world of legalized sports gambling. But gambling always comes with strings attached, and sometimes those strings are going to dangle in a way that doesn’t seem quite..." March 07

  • ‘Adapt or die’: MLB staffs have new look as coaches go from lab to dugout

    USA Today "Wes Johnson did not run from the labels. Weirdo. Iconoclast. Voodoo coach. Johnson heard some variation of them all over the past decade, when he first set up shop as the pitching coach of Dallas Baptist University armed with mysterious tracking technology, funny balls and a..." March 07

  • Inside Major League Baseball’s exploitation of minor leaguers

    Hardball Talk "Ted Berg of For the Win has written an excellent story about what it’s like to be a minor league catcher in spring training. About how many of them there are and how much work they do. Of how critically important it is to the big league team and big league players that they are..." March 07

  • ‘It’s like a dance partner’: Trea Turner, Brian Dozier adjust as Nationals’ new double-play combo

    Washington Post "Trea Turner and Brian Dozier are spending a whole lot of time together, and this is only the beginning. It started in mid-February, when each player reported to spring training, when they shook hands in the Washington Nationals’ clubhouse and, with that,..." March 07

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says economic system ‘not broken’

    Boston Herald "Good thing the Internet hasn’t been invented yet because if it had been, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred might have some explaining to do upon returning home to his wife, Colleen, mother to the couple’s four children. The marquee name at the Boston College..." March 07

  • A look into the volatile life of a Nationals middle reliever

    NBC Sports Washington "One line with a big discrepancy last season for Matt Grace: ERA. Year-over-year, Grace dropped from 4.32 to 2.87.  How? Why? The numbers don’t say. Grace didn’t reshuffle his attack, the way new teammate Anibal Sanchez did during a season of reinvention in 2018. Grace..." March 06

  • Report: New MLB gambling partnership has controversial key clause

    Larry Brown Sports "A new provision as part of Major League Baseball’s new gambling partnership has annoyed at least one manager. Last November, MLB made MGM their “official gaming partner” as sports betting becomes increasingly legal and accepted in the United States. Peter Gammons of..." March 06

  • After backpack ban, lockers to be placed outside Nats Park

    Hardball Talk "Back in early February the Washington Nationals announced that, starting this season, fans will no longer be able to bring backpacks into the ballpark. They cited “security” for the ban. As I wrote at the time, there is a lot of reason to be dubious about that claim, but..." March 06

  • Report: MLB planning changes to All-Star selection with 'election day'

    The Score "Major League Baseball plans to introduce an extra step to All-Star selection this season with a new "election day" to determine the starters at each position, sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN. Standard online voting would still take place under the new format. Once..." March 06

  • Report: Active rosters to expand to 26 players in 2020

    Hardball Talk "Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are close to agreeing to expand active rosters to 26 players for the start of the 2020 regular season. This is in exchange for a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after Opening..." March 06

  • Ryan Zimmerman hopes life after baseball includes more baseball

    NBC Sports Washington "Washington Nationals veteran and fan-favorite Ryan Zimmerman is entering his 15th season in Major League Baseball.  Although he's on record for saying he has no plans of hanging up his cleats soon, it does beg the question: will baseball be a part of his post-player..." March 05

  • MLB, MLBPA Nearing Rule Change Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have spent the winter negotiating over rules changes while publicly bickering over the operation of the player market. The sides now appear to be nearing agreement on a package of new rules, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link),..." March 05

  • Charlie Manuel: ‘I told [Harper] I didn’t tell Hamels to hit him’ "Bryce Harper walked out of the Phillies clubhouse Sunday morning -- his red hat backward, his strut cool -- with a bat in his right hand and a glove in his left. This, Harper hoped after spending the last eight years of his life in Washington, was the first day of the rest of his..." March 04

  • MLB rumors: Craig Kimbrel drawing interest from Nationals, Braves as season nears

    NBC Sports Boston "Craig Kimbrel is still unsigned on the MLB's free agent market with spring training well underway for all 30 teams, but there are a few potential landing spots for the 30-year-old relief pitcher ahead of the 2019 season. The former Boston Red Sox closer is drawing interest from..." March 04

  • Bryce Harper mistakenly said he wanted to bring a title to DC in his first Phillies press conference "Up until this offseason, Bryce Harper had spent the entirety of his professional baseball career with the Nationals. He was their first pick in the 2010 Draft and spent seven Major League seasons in Washington, D.C., after his debut in 2012. That's just under nine years of calling the..." March 03

  • Nationals Interested In Craig Kimbrel

    MLB Trade Rumors "Though even the biggest-spending MLB franchises routinely bow out of a tit for tat vis-á-vis high-impact rival moves, it appears the Nationals, who Thursday lost star OF Bryce Harper to the hard-charging Phillies, may be poised to strike the next blow. The team has “maintained..." March 02

  • Harper prioritized setting roots, building a winner over opt-outs

    The Score "One of the more surprising aspects of Bryce Harper's 13-year, $330-million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies was the lack of opt-out clauses. Opt-outs have become commonplace in baseball contracts, with J.D. Martinez and David Price among the more high-profile players to..." March 02

  • Phillies officially sign Bryce Harper, will introduce him Saturday in Clearwater "The Phillies officially signed Bryce Harper on Friday evening after he passed a physical and will introduce him Saturday afternoon at a news conference at Spectrum Field, the team’s spring-training ballpark. Harper will wear No. 3 with the Phillies as the team may retire No. 34..." March 02

  • ‘MLB The Show’ cover showcases Bryce Harper in Phillies uniform "At the beginning of the offseason, it was announced that Bryce Harper would be on the cover of MLB: The Show 19 -- despite it being unclear where the coveted free agent would be playing in 2019. All winter, we wondered what jersey Harper would be wearing come Opening Day. Finally, we..." March 02

  • Harper ditching No. 34, will wear No. 3 with Phillies

    Sports Talk Philly "Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper and his family have arrived in Clearwater, and before he can be introduced on Saturday, he will need a uniform number to coincide with his new red pinstripes attire. Harper, 26, wore No. 34 with the Washington Nationals since his debut in..." March 02

  • Jeremy Hellickson wants the fifth spot in the Washington Nationals’ rotation; wants to go deeper in his starts...

    Federal Baseball "When he signed on for $1.3M and a second season in Washington, D.C. in the week before Nationals’ pitchers and catchers reported to West Palm Beach, FL for the start of Spring Training, Jeremy Hellickson immediately became the frontrunner for the fifth spot in the..." March 01

  • Assessing the Nationals’ outfield without Bryce Harper. For real this time.

    Washington Post "We can now really, honestly, finally talk about what the Washington Nationals’ outfield will look like without Bryce Harper. We could before. And we did. But each breakdown carried the caveat that things — the outfield, the Nationals’ lineup, everything —..." March 01

  • $890M of Machado, Harper, Arenado Megadeals Huge Win for Players' War vs. Owners

    Bleacher Report "As it turns out, owners haven't slammed shut all of the financial spigots that run to the players. It just depends on which players. Bryce Harper, 26, set a record Thursday for the largest contract ever awarded to a free agent in professional sports, landing with the Philadelphia..." March 01

  • How Scott Boras got Bryce Harper that $330 million deal

    Hardball Talk "We all know the details of it now: the Philadelphia Phillies signed Bryce Harper to a 13-year, $330 million deal. It’s the biggest contract in terms of total value in U.S. sports history. It’ll be mentioned in the lede paragraph of, like, 95% of stories about Bryce Harper..." March 01

  • Five most interesting details about Bryce Harper’s contract with Phillies

    Larry Brown Sports "Bryce Harper’s free agency has finally ended with the former NL MVP signing a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. The contract is a record-setter — the $330 million is the most guaranteed money ever for an MLB player. There has been a mixed reaction to the..." March 01

  • Report: Harper turned down 12-year, $310M offer from Giants

    The Score "The San Francisco Giants were unable to land Bryce Harper, but it wasn't for a lack of trying. Harper turned down a 12-year, $310-million offer from the Giants, according to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area. The agreement would have carried a..." March 01

  • Why Giants fans should be thankful Bryce Harper signed with the Phillies

    San Jose Mercury News "In addition to being the most marketable star in baseball, Bryce Harper is also an excellent player, too. Twenty six years old and having recently posted one of the greatest offensive seasons in the history of the sport, there’s no doubt Harper would have helped the Giants win..." February 28

  • Boras, Harper fielded record offers of $45M AAV: 'We had a full buffet'

    The Score "Bryce Harper reportedly landed a record-breaking $330-million, 13-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, ending a months-long negotiation during which he fielded some intriguing offers. "We had average values of $45 million offered on shorter-term deals,"..." February 28

  • Sources: Phillies finalizing deal with Harper

    ESPN "The Philadelphia Phillies appear to have won the Bryce Harper sweepstakes, finalizing a deal with the free-agent outfielder, league sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Thursday. Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, was one of the top prizes in this year's..." February 28

  • Scherzer says Harper's deal with Phillies is 'good for the game'

    Masn "Bryce Harper finally has selected his new home. He’s going to Philadelphia. For a really long time. Harper agreed to terms today with the Phillies on a 13-year, $330 million contract, according to a source familiar with the deal. The contract, which is pending a physical,..." February 28

  • Phillies getting great deal on Bryce Harper contract

    Larry Brown Sports "After several months of waiting and many more rumors going back-and-forth, Bryce Harper has finally signed his big free agent deal. The outfielder agreed to a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies that gives him the most guaranteed money in MLB..." February 28