Found July 17, 2012 on Fox Sports:
The Nationals do not intend to allow right-hander Stephen Strasburg reach his innings limit without an alternate plan. The team is exploring trades for starting pitchers, including Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster, according to major-league sources. In addition, the Nationals are looking for an everyday catcher, with the Rockies' Ramon Hernandez among their potential targets, sources said. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo remains adamant that the Nationals will shut down Strasburg after he reaches his prescribed limit, believed to be 160 to 165 innings. Strasburg, who underwent Tommy John surgery in September 2010, currently is at 105 innings. At his current pace of fewer than six innings per start, he would make approximately nine or 10 more starts, with his season ending in late August or early September. The addition of a pitcher such as Dempster would give the Nationals a veteran replacement for the pennant race and, if the Nats qualify, the postseason. The team curr...

Ryan Dempster does Fat Bastard and makes Tim Kurkjian giggle

Ryan Dempster's talents extend beyond the the baseball field as he showed host Tim Kurkjian on ESPN's "Baseball Tonight." Dempster— riding an incredible 33-inning consecutive scoreless streak— did a pretty good impression of Fat Bastard from the Austin Powers movies during an interview and the Chicago Cubs starter had Kurkjian giggling like a school girl while...

Dempster open to trade to many teams

Ryan Dempster's first choice is the Los Angeles Dodgers and his second is the Atlanta Braves, according to major-league sources. Whether the veteran right-hander would allow the Cubs to trade him to another team could be determined in the next several days. Dempster, as a player with 10 years of service, the last five with the same team, has the right to veto any deal. The...

Bernadina dives to take away extra bases

Stephen Strasburg earned his tenth win of the season today against the Miami Marlins, fueled by by excellent defense by center fielder Roger Bernadina. Bernadina, starting in center field while Bryce Harper played in right, made an excellent diving stop on a line drive hit off the bat of Marlin catcher John Buck. The play kept a run from scoring from second base and kept the shutout...

Stephen Strasburg Should Fake Injury Now So He Can Pitch in October, John Smoltz Says

While most fans fear that injuries or bad luck could derail their team's seasons, Washington National loyalists are just scared Mike Rizzo will do it. Rizzo, the general manager of the franchise, has been adamant that he will keep star pitcher Stephen Strasburg to an innings limit this year, no matter how much the team needs his arm for a late-season push -- or the playoffs....

Late rally silenced, Marlins shut out by Nats

MIAMI (AP) -- Stephen Strasburg pitched six scoreless innings and drove in a run for the Washington Nationals in a 4-0 win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday. Strasburg (10-4) allowed six hits and struck out seven. Steve Lombardozzi, Michael Morse, and Danny Espinosa also drove in a run for the Nationals. The Marlins were 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position as they were shut...

John Smoltz suggests faking an injury to ensure Stephen Strasburg pitches later in the season

      The good news is the Washington Nationals are 51-35 and hold a three game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. They lead the majors in team ERA (3.14), are fifth in strikeouts (723), and have allowed the fewest hits per nine innings (7.7). Since moving to the nation’s capital [...]

Zack Greinke, Ryan Dempster Are Among Standouts That Could Be Dealt Soon

With the July 31 trade deadline approaching, a handful of players are being dangled as trade bait. Whether it's All-Star caliber players, borderline standouts or role players, there's a bevy of talent available. A player's contract -- and the emergence of farm hands -- usually triggers the process. Before the swapping season begins, took a look at the biggest...

Report: Ryan Dempster Being Aggressively Pursued by Red Sox

A veteran right-handed starter could be heading to Boston before the MLB trade deadline clock strikes zero this year. The Red Sox are "aggressive in the pursuit" of Cubs starter Ryan Dempster, according to Buster Olney. The 35-year-old is 5-3 with a 1.86 ERA in 14 starts this season and has won 53 games between 2008-11 for the Cubs. The Canadian-born righty is 117-119 with...

Generation Next: Top Ten Pitchers 25 and Under

The pundits will tell you that pitching is the most important thing in baseball. It’s hard to disagree when you look at the teams at the top of the standings. The Washington Nationals have the best record in the National League and their rotation is full of great arms. Funny, but they are also the subject of the biggest controversy surrounding young pitchers: how much...

Two Transactions That Never Happened And How They Helped The Nationals

In 2010, Zack Greinke was on the trading block for the Kansas City Royals, the year after he won the American League Cy Young. The Washington Nationals, looking to build their rotation around a recently-injured Stephen Strasburg, went after Greinke. Before the 2012 season, the Nats were looking to do the same thing, build around Strasburg, when they pursued free agent Mark Buehrle...

Trade rumors: Dempster, Mets and Indians

Here's a running list of trade rumors around the Major Leagues: – Right hander Ryan Dempster could be on the move by the end of this week according to Jayson Stark of ESPN. His destination is still unknown, but we've learned that the Dodgers are frontrunners to land him, and according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports, Dempster's first choice would be the Dodgers, and his...
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