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  • Bryce Harper reaches 100 RBI for the first time in his career

    Hardball Talk "For the first time in his seven-year career, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has reached triple digits in RBI. The 25-year-old lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to plate Adam Eaton in the bottom of the fourth inning of Monday night’s game against the Marlins,..." September 24

  • Harper's potential last year with Nationals ends without playoff appearance

    The Score "Bryce Harper's potential final season with the Washington Nationals didn't go as planned. Washington was eliminated from postseason contention after the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-4 walk-off win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. The Nationals entered 2018 as..." September 23

  • This could be Bryce Harper's last homestand with the Nationals; here's what he had to say about it

    CBS Sports "Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is going to be a free agent this coming offseason. Thanks to his youth relative to almost any other free agent (he turns 26 in October) and MVP upside, he's going to perhaps ink the largest contract in MLB history. As for that idle..." September 20

  • Cubs are odds-on favorite to sign Harper in offseason

    The Score "Bryce Harper is set to hit the free-agent market when the season concludes and the odds-on favorite to land the six-time All-Star resides in Chicago. Bovada released its odds for the likeliest landing spots for Harper on Wednesday and the Chicago Cubs (+150) appeared on top. They were..." September 19

  • Nationals, Fresno Grizzlies Announce Triple-A Affiliate Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals announced Tuesday that they’ve reached an agreement with the Fresno Grizzlies to serve as their new Triple-A affiliate. The newly agreed upon player development contract (PDC) is a two-year arrangement. The Nats reportedly had interest in partnering with the..." September 18

  • Michael A. Taylor’s opportunities have all but disappeared since Victor Robles arrived

    Washington Post "Victor Robles started in center field for the Washington Nationals on Monday night at Marlins Park, getting a rare chance against a righty and giving Adam Eaton back-to-back days off. Nights like this, or days like Sunday, when the Nationals faced a left-handed starter, used to be the..." September 18

  • Dave Martinez seems secure to return as Nationals manager. At least for now.

    Washington Post "A year after the Washington Nationals parted ways with Dusty Baker following two 95-win seasons and two five-game losses in the National League Division Series, the same Nationals roster fell out of playoff contention, undertook a once-unthinkable player sell-off and is now fighting..." September 17

  • Jeremy Hellickson exits game with wrist injury

    Hardball Talk "Nationals starter Jeremy Hellickson was pulled from Saturday’s game against the Braves after sustaining an apparent wrist injury. He came up to bat in the top of the fourth inning and took a swing against the Braves’ Julio Teheran when he suddenly clenched his right wrist and walked..." September 15

  • Juan Soto becomes youngest player in MLB history to steal three bases in a game

    Sportsnaut "In a week full of record-setting moments, Washington Nationals 19-year-old outfielder Juan Soto became part of MLB history again on Saturday. He entered the game with just two stolen bases, but Soto went to work on the basepaths against the Atlanta Braves. The 19-year-old stole three..." September 15

  • Nats' Martinez wants MLB to 'take a look' at ump incident with Harper

    The Score "Tensions threatened to reach a fever pitch between Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and home plate umpire Laz Diaz during Friday night's game in Atlanta. It started when Harper took issue with Diaz's strike zone during an at-bat in the fifth inning. It continued..." September 15

  • Ryan Zimmerman wants to play three to four more seasons in Washington

    Yardbarker "Ryan Zimmerman feels he has “two, three, four years left” in his career and he wants to spend them with the Nationals, the veteran first baseman tells’s Bill Ladson as part of a lengthy Q&A piece, admitting that “It would be really weird to play..." September 15

  • Juan Soto hits 20th HR to move into third place on teenage HR list

    Sportsnaut "Juan Soto wasn’t even called up to the majors until late May. Since he burst onto the scene with a mammoth home run the first time he registered a hit, this young man has done nothing but continue to wow. On Friday night against the Atlanta Braves, he hit his 20th home run of..." September 15

  • MLB Must End Teams Purposely Keeping Out Baseball's Biggest Phenoms

    Bleacher Report "One of Major League Baseball's latest controversies calls to mind a bit from the 2009 Star Trek, in which Dr. McCoy offers words of wisdom to Mr. Spock. "You know, back home we have a saying: 'If you're gonna ride in the Kentucky Derby, you don't leave your..." September 14

  • Report: Some executives believe Phillies can sign Manny Machado, Bryce Harper

    Sportsnaut "Manny Machado and Bryce Harper are this winter’s two biggest free agent names. At least some executives think the pair might end up as teammates with the Philadelphia Phillies. “OF THE MORE THAN 10 EXECUTIVES CONTACTED THIS WEEK, THOUGH THE QUESTION WAS ABOUT WHO’D..." September 14

  • Nationals to auction off an exec's World Series ring to help pay for assistant GM's leukemia treatment

    CBS Sports "Earlier this summer, Washington Nationals assistant general manager Doug Harris revealed he was battling leukemia for a second time. Harris's wife Lisa has since created a GoFundMe page in an attempt to raise the $400,000 necessary to pay for his treatment. The GoFundMe window has..." September 13

  • Red Sox, Nationals the only two teams to pay luxury tax this year

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press is reporting that the Boston Red Sox and the Washington Nationals will be the only teams to pay the luxury tax this offseason. For the first time since the advent of the luxury tax in 2003, the New York Yankees will not be paying the tax. Baseball teams pay a..." September 13

  • Nationals Activate Jeremy Hellickson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals announced today that they have activated righty Jeremy Hellicksonfrom the disabled list. He had been sidelined since suffering a wrist sprain during his last outing on August 15th. It’s too late now for Hellickson to help the Nats crawl back into contention...." September 12

  • Juan Soto passes Ken Griffey Jr. on all-time teenage HR list

    Sportsnaut "Washington Nationals phenom Juan Soto hit a home run on Tuesday. In doing so, he continued the season-long trend of passing Hall of Fame players. With Tuesday’s homer, Soto now has 17 home runs as a teenager. That passed Ken Griffey Jr. on that list. We’re less..." September 12

  • Starter Erick Fedde appears to be putting it together for the Nationals

    Washington Post "Erick Fedde was not pleased when he saw Manager Dave Martinez emerge from the Washington Nationals‘ dugout and start toward the mound. And why would he be? Fedde is a budding major league starting pitcher, a noted competitor, conditioned to focus all his..." September 12

  • Another Scherzian start reminds us why Max Scherzer is the favorite in the Cy Young

    NBC Sports Washington "Entering Saturday’s start over Chicago, Max Scherzer was looking for his first win in four starts.  Not what is forecasted from a pitcher looking to win his third straight Cy Young. Two no-decisions and a loss against Philadelphia had the Nationals' ace reeling, along..." September 10

  • Batting average -- and perhaps price tag -- on the rise for Harper

    Washington Times "Bryce Harper was hitting .214 in mid-July when his retired former teammate Kevin Frandsen went on 106.7 The Fan and proclaimed the Nationals slugger would have a big second half. Frandsen, who has done work with Phillies radio, was proven correct. After..." September 10

  • MLB, MLBPA announce Japan All-Star Series participants

    Hardball Talk "For over 100 years, off and on — more off than on, actually — major leaguers have traveled to Japan for all-star barnstorming series of one form or another. The tradition will continue this November and this morning MLB and the MLBPA announced many of the participants in the series,..." September 10

  • Cubs 'baffled' by game postponement, leading to doubleheader versus Nationals

    CBS Sports "The Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals are scheduled to play two on Saturday, provided the D.C. weather permits. The Cubs, however, aren't too happy about the situation. As it turns out, Chicago's players would have preferred to wait out the rain on Friday, but were..." September 08

  • After two months on the shelf, Sean Doolittle is finally active again

    Washington Post "If there is any consolation for Sean Doolittle, for whom a seemingly innocuous foot pain turned into an agonizing two-month disabled list stint, it is that no one christened the Nationals Park bullpen cart in his absence. Barring a surprise hailing from some eager visitor, Doolittle will..." September 07

  • Jayson Werth to be inducted into the Nationals’ Ring of Honor

    Hardball Talk "Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reports that the Washington Nationals are going to place retired outfielder Jayson Werth in their Ring of Honor. As Fisher notes, Werth’s resume for high honors in a Nationals uniform is . . . a tad thin. He had two pretty darn good seasons..." September 06

  • Despite sell-off, Nationals will not get under the competitive balance tax threshold

    Washington Post "As the Washington Nationals sold off veteran piece after veteran piece in a few waves of unofficial surrender, they did not do so in a way that clarified their grander plan. They traded one veteran reliever at the non-waiver trade deadline, two veteran position players in mid-August..." September 06

  • Mike Rizzo on Dave Martinez returning to Nationals in 2019: ‘I haven’t considered any other scenario’

    Washington Post "Mike Rizzo knew the question was coming. The Nationals public relations staff knew it was coming. In their business, you prepare for questions like these, the sensitive ones with complicated answers. Will Dave Martinez be the Nationals’ manager in 2019? “I..." September 05

  • Victor Robles, Juan Soto are finally together in the major leagues

    Washington Post "The temptation is to look at Juan Soto and Victor Robles standing at adjacent lockers, joking and smiling, and see jersey sales and hashtags, division titles and all-star appearances. To dream of the next generation of this franchise that will not only prop open this..." September 05

  • First-round pick Seth Romero undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Washington Post "By all accounts, from people inside the organization and out, Nationals embattled first-round pick Seth Romero had cleaned up his act. After being sent home from spring training for repeated curfew violations, and being reinstated only after he completed a checklist agreed upon with general..." September 05

  • Nationals To Select Kyle McGowin

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals will select the contract of right-hander Kyle McGowin, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports on Twitter. He’s expected to land on the MLB roster tomorrow. McGowin, 26, came over in the late-2016 swap that sent Danny Espinosa to the Angels. Things..." September 04

  • Nationals Outright Tommy Milone, Promote Victor Robles, Activate Joe Ross

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals announced today that they have outrighted lefty Tommy Milone after activating him from the 10-day disabled list. That move opened a roster spot for the team’s promotion of righty Kyle McGowin, as had been expected. In addition to McGowin, the Nats will..." September 04

  • Max in rare class with 5th straight 250-K year "Max Scherzer's combination of dominance and durability has him in a class with one of the greatest pitchers ever to take the mound. With his strikeout of Matt Carpenter to begin Monday's contest vs. the Cardinals at Nationals Park, Scherzer joins Hall of Famer Randy Johnson as..." September 03

  • Nationals plan to bring Robles back to bigs "Outfielder Victor Robles is nearing a return to the big leagues. The Nationals are expected to recall Robles, their No. 1 prospect (and No. 5 in baseball) per MLB Pipeline, as soon as Tuesday, manager Dave Martinez said prior to Monday's series opener vs. the..." September 03

  • 10 MLB managers who may not return for 2019

    Larry Brown Sports "As the playoff race heads to the final stretdch, teams on the other end of things are facing other concerns. A number of managers must be feeling their seats getting warmer, be it because their contracts are coming to an end with no guarantee of renewal or because their struggling teams have..." September 03

  • Gio Gonzalez Reportedly Traded from Nationals to Brewers

    Bleacher Report "The Washington Nationals reportedly agreed to trade starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez to the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. " August 31

  • Dodgers acquire veteran reliever Ryan Madson

    Los Angeles Times "On the final day of the waiver-wire trade deadline, the Dodgers acquired veteran reliever Ryan Madson from Washington in a last-minute effort to bolster their bullpen. Madson, a 38-year-old right-handed pitcher, had a 5.28 earned-run average for the Nationals in 2018. Madson spent..." August 31

  • Backlash rightfully growing over service time manipulation by MLB teams

    CBS Sports "The subject of service time manipulation is one we've been talking about for years. The biggest case in recent memory was Kris Bryant with the Cubs in 2015. Remember? Bryant was sent to Triple-A Iowa to start the 2015 season, despite all the evidence in the..." August 30

  • Dodgers claim Nationals' Madson off revocable waivers

    The Score "The Washington Nationals have been busy of late, and they might not be done making deals just yet. Nationals reliever Ryan Madson has been claimed off revocable waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers, reports's Ken Gurnick. The two teams have 48 hours to work out a..." August 29

  • Small steps for Stephen Strasburg in second outing off DL

    Washington Times "Stephen Strasburg is a man of few words, making sure his evaluations after each of his starts is succinct and on point. So just three words was good news to the ears of manager Dave Martinez, who loves turning up the volume to music in his office after wins on the..." August 28

  • Nationals' Gio Gonzalez reportedly drawing trade interest from multiple teams, could be dealt before deadline

    CBS Sports "Nationals left-handed starter Gio Gonzalez has drawn interest from multiple teams in recent days, Jon Morosi of reports. Gonzalez is set to be a free agent after this season, and he cleared trade waivers and is now eligible to be dealt to any Major League..." August 28

  • Nationals Place Ryan Madson On Revocable Trade Waivers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals placed veteran reliever Ryan Madson on revocable trade waivers yesterday, per Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post (via Twitter). He’ll be on the wire until tomorrow. It’s true, of course, that almost all major league players are run through..." August 28

  • After long winter, slow starts, MLB's frozen-out free agents still mad: 'It was ridiculous'

    USA Today "Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn are well-paid Major League Baseball players, a group that prides itself on accountability and generally loathes excuse-making. Yet the two right-handed starting pitchers also are unwilling members of a fraternity formed last winter, when baseball’s free..." August 28

  • After surveying fans, Nationals stick with same start times for 2019

    Washington Post "When the Washington Nationals released their 2019 regular season schedule last Wednesday, the start time for every home game was listed as TBD. On Monday, the team shared a video promoting next year’s schedule that includes first pitch times for all but one home game, and there..." August 28

  • Kelvin Herrera likely done for season with foot injury

    Larry Brown Sports "The Washington Nationals made a major move earlier this season to acquire reliever Kelvin Herrera, but his year appears to be over and the move hasn’t paid dividends. The Nationals placed Herrera on the disabled list Monday with a torn Lisfranc ligament in his left foot that he..." August 27

  • It’s time to re-sign Bryce Harper right now. The Nationals shouldn’t wait any longer.

    Washington Post "For two years now, I have consciously and intentionally kicked the Washington Nationals’ buzziest and most significant can down the road. The seasons were too important. The teams had too much potential. Why leap ahead to the questions about Bryce Harper’s future when Bryce..." August 27

  • MLB power shift has managers' salaries in free fall

    USA Today "Joe Maddon helped lead the Chicago Cubs to the Holy Grail of sports, with a consistent level of success they haven’t seen in a century, but there are whispers his job could be in jeopardy if they don’t play deep into October.  Houston..." August 27

  • Kelvin Herrera carted off field due to apparent leg injury

    Hardball Talk "Nationals reliever Kelvin Herrera had to be carted off the field in the ninth inning of Sunday’s 15-0 win over the Mets. Herrera started the ninth, getting Jay Bruce to fly out before giving up a single to Austin Jackson, bringing up José Bautista. Bautista..." August 27

  • Bryce Harper suggested as a good fit for Giants

    San Francisco Chronicle "A lot of talk was expected this winter on whether the Giants should go after Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper in free agency. The Giants' August exit from the postseason races has accelerated the conversation. Here is a two-word case for the Giants pursuing Harper, and what..." August 26

  • Nationals Pulled Mark Reynolds Off Revocable Waivers Following Claim By Braves

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals placed first baseman Mark Reynolds on revocable trade waivers earlier this week but pulled him back after he was claimed by the Braves, reports Jon Heyman of Fancred (via Twitter). That Reynolds has already been pulled off waivers makes him unlikely to change hands at..." August 23

  • Gio Gonzalez, Matt Wieters, Ryan Zimmerman Clear Revocable Waivers

    MLB Trade Rumors "A trio of Nationals players have cleared revocable trade waivers and are now eligible to be traded to any club, according to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post (Twitter link). Left-hander Gio Gonzalez, catcher Matt Wieters and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman all went..." August 23