NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

SI Projects a Monster Season From Trea Turner

Former NC State All-American Shortstop Trea Turner is technically entering his 4th year in the majors. In 2015, Turner was called up at the end of the year for 22 games. In 2016, Turner spent the first two months of the season in the minors before being called up for his official rookie season. Last year he lost two months with a broken wrist. There is no guarantee for a full season...
Via Pack Insider
13 hours ago

Nationals’ Grapefruit League Opener Notes: Nats drop 3-2 decision to Astros...

Dave Martinez made his Grapefruit League debut as a manager, and Victor Robles managed to impress after coming off the bench, but the Astros beat the Nationals, 3-2 in their shared Spring Training home.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
14 hours ago

Nationals Grapefruit League opener vs Astros at 1:00 PM EST today:

Its been a while. But there is baseball today. Grapefruit League action between the Nationals and Astros starts at 1:00 PM and its available on the MLB Network and MLB.tv. If it seems like things have started up quickly, they have. Returning Nationals third base coach Bob Henley talked earlier this winter about the fact that the first official workouts this Spring were only days...
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
19 hours ago

Dan O'Dowd on the one weak spot on the Nationals' roster

MLB Network analyst, Dan O'Dowd sees one red flag for the Nationals heading into the start of the season.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
21 hours ago

Difo provides important insurance with Murphy out - Byron Kerr

Nationals prospects for their early minor league camp arrive Saturday at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. I expect to get that full roster to you as early as next week. One of their former up and coming stars, shortstop Wilmer Difo, now could see a serious look as ... Read More
Via MASN
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Most Likely Landing Spot for Jake Arrieta, According to MLB Insider

MLB Insider Reveals Shocking Likely Landing Spot for Jake Arrieta The post Nationals Most Likely Landing Spot for Jake Arrieta, According to MLB Insider appeared first on KCM Sports.
Via KCM Sports
1 day ago

Ex-MLB pitchers Dan Haren, Jered Weaver hilariously roast themselves

Former MLB pitchers Dan Haren and Jered Weaver had some fun roasting themselves via Twitter on Wednesday.The Athletic reporter Pedro Moura tweeted that Dodgers pitcher plans to pitch out of the stretch this season rather than use a windup when nobody is on base. Naturally, that led to a hilarious joke from Haren. Then Jered Weaver chimed in: When a fan commented that they remembered...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Adam Eaton: Left Field ‘Hardest Position In The Outfield’

With the Jayson Werth era over in Washington, Adam Eaton is poised to take over in left field, the “hardest position in the outfield,” Eaton says. It’s a position at which Eaton’s played only 36 career games. “It’s terrible in left. It really is. It is by far the hardest position in the outfield,” Eaton told 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier. This is of course contrary...
Via CBS DC
2 days ago

Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy still recovering, won't commit to opening day return

The National' second baseman underwent debridement and microfracture surgery on his right knee in mid-October.
Via Sporting News
2 days ago

Mattingly fires back at Harper over Marlins criticism

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly has taken issue with Bryce Harper’s criticism of his team’s offseason moves, telling the Washington Nationals superstar to “take care of your own dugout.”The Marlins, under the leadership of new co-owner and CEO Derek Jeter, essentially orchestrated a complete teardown of the organization, jettisoning star players like Giancarlo Stanton, Christian...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper informs media he will not discuss impending free agency

Bryce Harper made it abundantly clear with his opening remarks at spring training that reporters should not bother asking him about his impending free agency.Instead, the Washington Nationals superstar suggested the media should direct any such inquiries to his agent, Scott Boras. “Just want to let you guys know I will not be discussing anything relative to 2019, at all,” Harper...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper isn't talking about free agency

Don’t talk to Bryce Harper about 2019 free agency. In fact, don’t even think about it. But if you do, just know he’s not going to talk to you.“I will not be discussing anything relative to 2019 at all. I’m focused on this year. I’m focused on winning and playing hard like every single year. So if you guys have any questions after 2018, you can call Scott (Boras), and he can answer...
Via The Sports Post
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper won't answer questions about free agency

Bryce Harper is likely in line for the biggest contract in MLB history if and when he becomes a free agent next season, but he wants reporters to know they are going to be wasting their time if they ask him about it.Harper held his first media session of the year on Monday, and he said any questions about his contract status or impending free agency should be reserved for his agent...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nationals to sign Joaquin Benoit

The Nationals have agreed to a contract with free-agent reliever Joaquin Benoit, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. It’s a one-year, Major League contract worth $1MM for the ACES client, per Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post.Benoit, 40, split the 2017 season between the Phillies and Pirates, delivering solid results in 42 innings with Philadelphia before being torched in 8 1/3 frames...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
4 days ago  |  Discuss

NL East notes: Braves, Nats, Gio, Phillies

The Braves are attempting to add an outfielder, Jon Morosi of MLB.com tweets. With soon-to-be ex-Ray Corey Dickerson now available, Morosi wonders if Atlanta could emerge as a suitor for him. The Braves currently have two entrenched starting outfielders in center fielder Ender Inciarte and right fielder Nick Markakis, and all-world prospect Ronald Acuna is charging toward the majors...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
5 days ago  |  Discuss

GM Mike Rizzo 'confident' he'll reach new deal with Nationals

Nationals President of Baseball Operations and GM Mike Rizzo addressed his contract situation today. As Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports, the veteran executive gave the clearest indication yet that he anticipates remaining in his position beyond the present season.“I’ve had a couple conversations with ownership about my contract,” said Rizzo, who noted that an agreement...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
7 days ago  |  Discuss

O'Dowd bullish on Nats, opportunity to re-sign Harper - Byron Kerr

The Nationals have won the National League East two seasons in a row and are favored to win their third straight division title in 2018. MLB Network analyst Dan O'Dowd, a former major league general manager with the Rockies, feels very good about the Nationals' chances, as long as Max ... Read More
Via MASN
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Is J.T. Realmuto a better fit for Astros or Nationals?

It’s been quite an offseason for the Miami Marlins, don’t you think? As if heading into their first winter with new ownership wasn’t enough, they’ll also be suiting up on Opening Day with the entirety of last year’s talented outfield (among some others) in different uniforms.One of the few guys that’s currently still in Miami — although he’d rather not be — is catcher J.T. Realmuto...
Via The Sports Daily
10 days ago  |  Discuss

What should the Washington Nationals expect from Adam Eaton during 2018?

The Washington Nationals fell short of their goal last season of making their franchise’s first appearance in a World Series, but plenty of good things happened for the Nationals during 2017. They won 97 games during the regular season to win back-to-back National League East Division titles. They figured out their bullpen problem that has plagued this team for years. Max Scherzer...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Help Ben's Chili Bowl half-smoke win online stadium food poll - Nationals Buzz

Pity the poor pre-2008 baseball fans who never had the opportunity to chow down on a Ben's Chili Bowl half-smoke at Nationals Park. Nothing wrong with the old traditional ballpark hot dog, mind you. But there's something magical about the smoky, meaty goodness of a half-smoke during a ballgame on ... Read More
Via MASN
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Tigers P Phil Coke trying to make comeback as knuckleballer

Former MLB pitcher Phil Coke is trying to make a comeback as a knuckleballer, according to a report.SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports that Coke is trying to make a comeback and has impressed some teams with his knuckleball. Coke began his career with the Yankees. The lefty then was moved to Detroit as part of the 3-way Max Scherzer trade. He pitched most of his career innings with...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Jayson Werth was ‘really inspired’ by attending State of the Union

MLB free agent Jayson Werth attended Tuesday’s State of the Union address by President Donald Trump and said afterward he was “really inspired” by the experience. The former Washington Nationals slugger attended the State of the Union as a guest of Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.). Werth’s connection to the congressman is related to his 500-acre organic farm being in Davis’ district. Werth...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Jayson Werth Attends State of the Union

With Spring Training around the corner, most Major Leaguers are getting ready to hit Arizona or Florida to get prepare for the upcoming season. Jayson Werth spent his Tuesday night in the nation’s capitol. Sure, sure, the free agent spent the last seven seasons as a member of the Washington Nationals so being in DC is not that uncommon, but this time…he was there to take in the...
Via The Sports Daily
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Jayson Werth Attends State of the Union

With Spring Training around the corner, most Major Leaguers are getting ready to hit Arizona or Florida to get prepare for the upcoming season. Jayson Werth spent his Tuesday night in the nation’s capitol. Sure, sure, the free agent spent the last seven seasons as a member of the Washington Nationals so being in DC is not that uncommon, but this time…he was there to take in the...
Via Hall of Very Good
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nationals are closing in on J.T. Realmuto

The Miami Marlins probably have one more star left to trade, and it looks like the Washington Nationals want him.This offseason has been nothing but depressing for Marlins fans. So far Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon, Marcell Ozuna and Christian are all gone. At the very least, the Marlins would receive a nice package for Yelich. But there’s not much else to say. The Marlins are tearing...
Via The Sports Post
29 days ago  |  Discuss
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