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  • Joe Maddon says Cubs are not going to sign Bryce Harper

    Larry Brown Sports "You can count the Chicago Cubs out of the Bryce Harper sweepstakes. Prior to this offseason, there was a lot of talk about the Cubs being contenders to sign Harper. After all, there had been rumors about wanting to play with the franchise. Fast forward to this offseason, and the..." January 16

  • Nats' Dozier says he had longer, more lucrative offers on the table

    Masn "Even on the heels of a subpar 2018 season in which he played through a knee injury and saw his production decrease, Brian Dozier said he had multi-year offers from other clubs this winter. How, then, did it come to be that the veteran second baseman found himself on a conference call..." January 15

  • Phillies reportedly confident they will sign Bryce Harper or Manny Machado

    Larry Brown Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies are looking to spend big this offseason and have been linked to both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, and it sounds like they would be greatly disappointed if they somehow came away with neither free agent slugger. Sources told Matt Gelb of The Athletic that..." January 15

  • Bryce Harper would fit Phillies as well as Manny Machado — and maybe even better

    Philly.com "It was Sept. 12, and the Phillies had just lost to the Washington Nationals, 5-1, in the season finale between the rivals. Gabe Kapler sat behind a desk atop a stage, the setting for his news conference after home games, and answered a question about ace Aaron Nola. “His stuff..." January 15

  • Anthony Rendon seeking an Altuve-like contract from Nationals

    Yardbarker "It’s well known that the Nationals hope to work out a long-term deal with third baseman Anthony Rendon before he reaches free agency next winter, and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic wrote over the weekend (subscription required) that Rendon and agent Scott Boras have been eyeing something..." January 14

  • Twists and turns keep coming in Bryce Harper sweepstakes

    NBC Sports Washington "No better soap opera has graced Major League Baseball than Bryce Harper’s journey into free agency. Each spring training opened with questions about what would happen down the line for Harper, who turned from teenager to drinking age to his mid-20s fielding the same queries about his..." January 14

  • Nationals Designate Matt Reynolds

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have designated infielder Matt Reynolds for assignment, per Dan Kolko of MASNsports.com. His 40-man spot will go to just-signed second baseman Brian Dozier. " January 13

  • Whether or not Harper returns, the Nationals roster is just about complete

    NBC Sports Washington "By the time Mike Rizzo showed up at Nationals Winterfest on Dec. 1, he had signed the top free agent pitcher, acquired two relieversand obtained two catchers. He joked the front office is filled with impatient people. When Rizzo held court in his white-walled Las Vegas..." January 11

  • Nationals, Anthony Rendon settle arbitration at $18.8M

    Sportsnaut "The Washington Nationals struck a deal with one of their best players on Friday, avoiding a potential arbitration hearing with third baseman Anthony Rendon on a one-year deal. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Rendon and the Nationals reached a settlement on a one-year,..." January 11

  • Nationals avoid arbitration with Joe Ross, agree on one-year deal for 2019

    Federal Baseball "While working his way back from Tommy John surgery last summer, Joe Ross earned a total of $567,900, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts. Ross, 25, was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, but Washington’s Nationals and the..." January 11

  • Phillies willing to offer Bryce Harper $350 million?

    Larry Brown Sports "Most Philadelphia Phillies fans would be extremely disappointed if their team did not land one of Bryce Harper or Manny Machado this offseason, and one prominent MLB reporter still believes they are going to sign the former. Bob Nightengale of USA Today has been predicting since early..." January 11

  • Report: Cubs want a shot at Bryce Harper, but ownership 'unlikely' to provide approval

    NBC Sports Chicago "Mid-January is approaching, the Cubs just announced their spring training report date (Feb. 13) and yet Bryce Harper remains without a team for 2019 or beyond. The market for Harper will make your head spin, as any interested teams have public holdups and front office executives..." January 11

  • Inside the wild, wonky world of MLB salary arbitration

    ESPN "With $3 million at stake, the Boston Red Sox wanted to create the most compelling argument possible against Mookie Betts without alienating or insulting him. So last January, as they tried to convince a three-person arbitration panel that Betts deserved the $7.5 million..." January 11

  • Today’s arbitration deadline could mean more than it usually does

    Hardball Talk "There’s an offseason deadline today that, in the past, you may not have thought much about but which, this year, is a bit more important. It’s the deadline by which teams and arbitration-eligible players who were tendered a contract back on November 30 must exchange salary..." January 11

  • Report: Harper seeking record deal north of Stanton's $325M

    The Score "Bryce Harper knows what he wants. The 26-year-old free agent has yet to sign a new contract and appears focused on a potential record-breaking contract. Harper is seeking a contract surpassing the $325-million pact Giancarlo Stanton signed with the Miami..." January 11

  • No Team Should Be Worried About Overpaying Manny Machado or Bryce Harper

    The Ringer "It’s silly that the baseball world even needs this reminder, but here goes: Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are wonderful players, and any fan base should be happy to call either or both of them their own for the next decade. There, that wasn’t so hard! Or at least, it..." January 10

  • Sources: Nationals reach deal with second baseman Brian Dozier

    ESPN "Free-agent second baseman Brian Dozier has reached an agreement with the Washington Nationals on a one-year, $9 million deal, league sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. Dozier was an All-Star in 2015 and won a Gold Glove in 2017, the last of a five-year stretch..." January 10

  • Predicting the Next 10 MLB Superstars to Top $200M Megadeals

    Bleacher Report "With the new year upon us and spring training around the corner, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain on the free-agent market. Both will eventually sign, and the consensus is they will land megadeals in excess of $200 million. According to The Athletic's Jim Bowden,..." January 10

  • Report: Rival Executive Thinks Bryce Harper Will Choose Nationals Despite Phillies Meeting

    12 Up "Bryce Harper's free agency continues to take shape with each passing day, as the 26-year-old superstar explores the market for himself as he decides what his next steps in the league will be.  Harper is set for another meeting with the Phillies this..." January 10

  • Victor Robles is set for the chance he lost last season

    NBC Sports Washington "When Victor Robles comes sprinting in from his center field spot in Rochester’s Frontier Field, home to the Triple-A Red Wings, how much can change? How can a pop-up to center by 31-year-old Nick Buss in the fourth game of a minor league season make a teenager a star and..." January 09

  • MLB Rumors: 'Momentum' Building Toward a Bryce Harper Return to Washington

    SI "The MLB offseason's Hot Stove has completely frozen over the past couple of weeks, but Manny Machado and Bryce Harper continue to stir the pot and the rumor mill will keep churning. Both superstar free agents are expected to command near record salaries. Last month's..." January 09

  • MLB Payroll Spending Declined by $18 Million in 2018; 1st Decrease Since 2010

    Bleacher Report "With close attention being paid to the number of free agents still unsigned, Major League Baseball teams did something last season that hasn't happened since 2010.  Per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com), the $4,227,041,948 combined payroll for all 30 teams in 2018..." January 09

  • Why 2021 is the next big MLB free-agent class

    CBS Sports "If general managers of baseball teams still used paper calendars and magic markers, they would have circled those calendars years ago, drooling with anticipation for this winter. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are multi-tool superstars in their mid-20s, making them the kind..." January 09

  • If the Phillies sign Bryce Harper, what happens to the rest of the outfield?

    Philly.com "Bryce Harper is already plenty familiar with Citizens Bank Park, so it makes sense that the Phillies will visit his hometown Saturday as they play their hand in Las Vegas at the Harper sweepstakes. The Phillies will meet with Harper himself, and they are expected to be the..." January 09

  • Is it Anthony Rendon extension time for the Washington Nationals yet?

    Federal Baseball "Washington’s Nationals and their arbitration-eligible players have until Friday to exchange salary figures for the 2019 campaign. The team and its players can, of course, still work out deals before, or after, those figures are submitted, avoiding arbitration hearings..." January 08

  • Kelvin Herrera, White Sox Reportedly Agree to 2-Year, $18 Million Contract

    Bleacher Report "All-Star closer Kelvin Herrera will pitch with the Chicago White Sox next season after reportedly agreeing to a deal on Monday. Per Jeff Passan of ESPN, the right-hander will sign a two-year deal for $18 million with a vesting third-year..." January 07

  • Why Nationals GM doesn’t worry about phantom ‘mystery team’ contenders in Bryce Harper sweepstakes

    NBC Sports Washington "The caveat is coming this time of year. It enters at the end, after the prime suitors are listed, sprinkled in just in case. It’s the season of the “mystery team”. They are here now, furtive but lurking, in the mix for uber-talents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado,..." January 07

  • How long will Washington Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer be able to keep doing this?

    Federal Baseball "Max Scherzer led all National League pitchers in strikeouts (300), K/9, (12.24), hits allowed per nine innings pitched (6.12), WHIP (0.91), SO/BB (5.88), opponents’ AVG (.188), and wins (tied, 18) in 2018. He also finished ranked second in opponents’ OBP (.247), ranked third in..." January 07

  • What does Juan Soto think of his first season with the Nationals? Well, he was impressed

    NBC Sports Washington "An informational table titled “Prospects Report” hangs at the top of Juan Soto’s Fangraphs page. Two numbers on the far right stand out: The first is “50”, his future value rating, which means he projects as an average major-league player. The second is..." January 05

  • MLB Rumors: '70 Percent Chance' Bryce Harper Heads Back to Nationals

    12 Up "Bryce Harper is the top free agent on the market, and even though we are past the holiday season, it's still unclear which team is the favorite to land him. The Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers have been attached to Harper, but there appears to be..." January 04

  • Report: Other teams speculate Bryce Harper will return to Nationals

    Sportsnaut "As prized free agent outfielder Bryce Harper continues to draw out his free agency, teams across the league are reportedly expecting the star outfielder to return to the Washington Nationals. According to Andy Martino of SportsNet New York, speculation around the industry from..." January 04

  • Nationals reportedly offered Harper much more than $300 million

    Larry Brown Sports "The baseball world is still wondering what team Bryce Harper will sign with, and now information is coming out that seems to be an attempt to inflate the former MVP’s value. Jim Bowden, a former MLB GM turned media personality, reported on Twitter Thursday that the Washington..." January 04

  • Nationals in talks with Dozier

    The Score "The Washington Nationals are reportedly in pursuit of a short-term option at second base and are talking with free agent Brian Dozier, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Earlier in the offseason, the Nationals missed out on Ian Kinsler, as he reportedly rejected their..." January 03

  • Harper reportedly met with Nationals on Xmas Eve

    Washington Post "A hush settled in over the baseball world recently, a polite quiet that allowed everyone a break for the holidays, at least on the outside. But as the calendar turned, the free agent market continued to churn, seemingly held in place by Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, who simply will not make..." January 02

  • Report: Bryce Harper returning to Nationals remains possibility

    The Score "When Bryce Harper's free agency bonanza comes to an end, the superstar outfielder could wind up back in Washington. Harper has met multiple times with representatives of the Washington Nationals, a club source told ESPN's Jeff Passan. Passan adds the..." January 02

  • Or maybe not: New report says White Sox won't go over seven years with Bryce Harper, Manny Machado

    NBC Sports Chicago "Some new info trickled out on the Bryce Harper front Wednesday, with ESPN's Jeff Passan writing that the White Sox are willing to guarantee a 10-year deal to the biggest name on the free-agent market. Or maybe not. Hours later, The Score's Bruce Levine..." January 02

  • Bryce Harper Rumors: Phillies, White Sox Willing to Offer 10-Year Contracts

    Bleacher Report "The Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox are reportedly both willing to offer free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper a 10-year contract. According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, the Phillies and White Sox are the only organizations other than..." January 02

  • Why the baseball world is waiting on Manny and Bryce

    ESPN "In November 2017, when baseball free agency ground to an unexpected halt, teams claimed that there was no nefariousness to the industry's sudden sheepishness in signing players. They were simply waiting for Shohei Ohtani to pick his destination and Giancarlo Stanton to..." January 02

  • Source: Phillies plan to meet with Bryce Harper even as they await Manny Machado's decision

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The New Year has arrived and the Phillies remain one of at least three teams serious about signing free-agent infielder Manny Machado. Machado visited with the White Sox, Yankees and Phillies before Christmas. Those clubs — and any mystery teams — were told to submit..." January 02

  • Joe Ross shouldn’t start the 2019 season in the Washington Nationals’ rotation

    Federal Baseball "The folks in our nation’s capital are all too familiar with shutdowns. No, we’re not talking about the [political content redacted], but rather how the Washington Nationals handle their pitchers after their returns from Tommy John surgery. In August 2009, the..." January 02

  • The Nationals’ 2018 plan had problems in reality

    NBC Sports Washington "Daniel Murphy could be heard well before he arrived at 2017 Nationals Winterfest. The metallic sound from his crutches pinged off the hard convention center floors each time he moved forward. Murphy needed to sitdown for his interview session with reporters, his leg far from healed following..." December 31

  • Stephen Strasburg heading into big 2019 campaign: Will his velocity return? Will he opt out of deal next winter?

    Federal Baseball "Shoulder inflammation and then a nerve issue in his right shoulder kept Stephen Strasburg on the Disabled List (outside of one start) between June 8th and August 22nd last summer, and when he finally returned to the Washington Nationals’ rotation down the stretch he put..." December 31

  • Nationals gambling Anibal Sanchez can extend 2018 success into 2019 and beyond

    NBC Sports Washington "Here’s what we know: Last year was a lightning bolt for newly signed Nationals starter Anibal Sanchez. Not the norm. Three years of mediocre-to-downright-bad pitching preceded a launch into a 143 ERA+ and 2.6 WAR.  A change in how he pitched brought him to those..." December 31

  • Report: Cubs urged Bryce Harper's agent to wait before accepting offer from another team

    NBC Sports Chicago "Cubs fans clamoring for the team to add superstar Bryce Harper in free agency might not have to give up hope just yet. According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs met with Harper's agent Scott Boras during the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. The meeting..." December 24

  • Nationals Have Shown Interest In Brian Dozier, Wade Miley

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have expressed interest in free-agent second baseman Brian Dozier, Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post reports. They’ve also shown recent interest in free-agent left-hander Wade Miley, Dougherty adds, backing up an earlier report from Ken Rosenthal of The..." December 23

  • Nationals sign Aníbal Sánchez to two-year, $19 million contract

    Yahoo! Sports "Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports that the Nationals and pitcher Aníbal Sánchez have agreed to a contract. It’s a two-year, $19 million deal, per MASN’s Mark Zuckerman. Sánchez, 34, breathed new life into his career with a stellar campaign..." December 20

  • Phillies must convince Manny Machado and Bryce Harper that they are about to join a dynasty

    Philly.com "We have arrived at Manny Eve, the day before a superstar free-agent infielder visits Philadelphia and finds out what the Phillies have to offer him this holiday season. We know it will not be an easy sell even though the Phillies are most likely willing to pay in excess of $300 million over 10..." December 19

  • MLB Rumors: These Teams Interested In Both Bryce Harper, Manny Machado

    NESN "Whichever teams sign Manny Machado and Bryce Haper surely will make a big splash in free agency, but it appears there are at least two clubs looking to create a tidal wave. The Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox likely will be hard-pressed to obtain both Machado and Harper,..." December 19

  • Without Tanner Roark, where do the Nationals go from here?

    NBC Sports Washington "Strange thing about the Winter Meetings. They were held in Las Vegas, that vibrant, salacious desert city, and delivered the fervor of a yawn. The Red Sox held a press conference for a pitcher they already signed. The Hall of Fame announcement led to more grumbling than celebration,..." December 18

  • Report: Same team unlikely to land Manny Machado, Bryce Harper

    Larry Brown Sports "There have been rumblings this offseason that an MLB team could decide to make an unprecedented splash in free agency by signing two players to record-setting contracts, but that does not seem all that likely to happen. Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports noted on Tuesday that the..." December 18