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MLB executive: Jonathan Papelbon is 'untradeable'

The Washington Nationals might have a hard time finding suitors for closer Jonathan Papelbon. Papelbon has been the subject of trade speculation since about the time he choked Bryce Harper in the Nationals’ dugout toward the end of the regular season, but CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman wrote last week in his “Inside Baseball” column that Washington has a problem if it wants to deal...
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Tigers sign fine Jordan Zimmermann to fine deal

For four consecutive years, the Detroit Tigers sat comfortably atop the throne of the American League Central Division. Last year, they relinquished that reign and did so in dramatic fashion, fielding the franchise’s worst rotation since the 119-loss Tigers of 2003 while plummeting to last place in the division. Clearly, the Tigers were going to add a pitcher or three in the offseason...
Via Fangraphs
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Why the Nationals will win the NL East in 2016

  The Nationals were supposed to win the World Series this year. They were coming of a 96-win season, were loaded with all-star talent in the middle of the lineup, and had just added Max Scherzer to what had been the best rotation in baseball in 2014. They were an unstoppable juggernaut in the weakest division in baseball. No one was picking against them.   Then 2015 happened...
Via The Sports Quotient
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Report: Jordan Zimmerman signs with Tigers

The first big splash of the offseason reportedly comes from the Motor City. The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a contract with free-agent starter Jordan Zimmermann, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal reported late Saturday night that the right-hander was in discussions with the Tigers and that talks had become “serious.” Zimmermann...
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REPORT: Former Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmerman signs with the Tigers

Yeah, that’s the report. Zimmerman was 13-10 with a 3.66 ERA in a career-high 33 starts for the Nationals last season. More on this as it develops. By the way, the Detroit Tigers visit Washington, D.C. to play the Nationals from May 9-11 in 2016. The post REPORT: Former Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmerman signs with the Tigers appeared first on DC Pro Sports Report.
Via DC Pro Sports Report
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Nats Hot Stove Primer

The Washington Nationals have reached a crossroads. This may be their last chance to make a run for the World Series with the current core of players. The Nats will have a different look this season. Familiar and popular players like Ian Desmond, Jordan Zimmermann, Denard Span and Doug Fister are gone, off to greener pastures. Will Washington’s management team make a big splash...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Will Lead Off for the 2016 Nationals?

Center-fielder Denard Span and the Washington Nationals are sure to part ways this offseason; the team didn’t even extend the 32-year-old a qualifying offer. This separation leaves both parties with questions: Span is coming off two major medical procedures, and the World Series-aspiring Nationals have a gaping hole at one of the most important spots in the lineup: leadoff. What does […]
Via Baseball Essential
7 days ago  |  Discuss

SQ Winter Blueprint: Washington Nationals

2015 Summary:The Washington Nationals were the popular pre-season World Series pick, adding top pitcher Max Scherzer to an already impressive starting rotation. Alas, the Nationals sputtered to a very mediocre season in which stars like Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman were seen on the disabled list more than the field.The Nationals failed to make the playoffs in a season in which...
Via The Sports Quotient
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper has no idea how to say ‘meme’

National League MVP Bryce Harper went on SportsCenter on Thursday night to discuss winning the prestigious award with Scott Van Pelt. When asked about whether he’d rather have a season in which he hits less than 10 home runs or be devoid of hair like Van Pelt, Harper was reluctant to answer the question. After some hesitation, he finally weighed in, but said he was a bit reserved...
Via The Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Free Agent Profile: Denard Span, CF

Denard SpanPosition: Center FieldBats: Left — Throws: LeftBorn: February 27th, 1984 (Age 31) Last season was not a good year for Juan Lagares, who underperformed defensively and offensively in 2015. Specifically, his struggles against right-handed pitching lost him his starting job in center field. The offseason plan for the Mets front office is to acquire a player that could...
Via Mets Merized Online
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Rizzo wants Bryce Harper on Nationals for life

Bryce Harper has developed into everything the Washington Nationals could have asked for when they drafted him first overall in 2010, and the team would love to have him on their team as long as he’s playing ball. Though the Nats have not talked about a longterm contract extension for Harper yet, general manager Mike...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper: Nationals ‘finally have an all-star staff’

Bryce Harper is pleased with the changes the Washington Nationals have made to their coaching staff. Harper voiced his enthusiasm for working with new boss Dusty Baker on MLB Network in an interview after accepting the National League Most Outstanding Player Award as part of the Player’s Choice Awards. “I think you see that smile...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Nationals calendar cover features wrong ballpark

When baseball fans buy a team’s official calendar, there are general expectations that they assume will be met regarding their purchase. Like, for example, each month should feature photos of that team’s players, coaches and maybe even fans. Furthermore, you’d expect to see at least one picture of that team’s ballpark. One of Major League Baseball’s licensees apparently...
Via The Sports Daily
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals 2016 calendar mistakenly features Fenway Park

The folks who made the Washington Nationals’ 2016 calendar had a little accident. Listen, it happens to the best of us. So we won’t give anyone too much flak. But does this look like Nationals Park? Nationals 2016 calendar features their home ballpark which looks a lot like Fenway (H/T @edit_susan, @elilanger) — Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles, MASN win judgement against Nationals in latest battle over rights fees

The battle between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals over rights fees for Nationals games on MASN (which the Orioles have a majority stake in) took another step forward this week, but is still nowhere close to being solved. On Wednesday, New York state Supreme Court Justice Lawrence Marks favored MASN and the Orioles in regards to an arbitration ruling in favor...
Via Awful Announcing
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker is not a bad hire

The Nationals were psychologically prepared to replace Matt Williams with Bud Black. But according to reports, they were less financially prepared to do that, so now they’re actually replacing Williams with Dusty Baker. For the organization, it’s something of an embarrassing turn, not because they ended up with Baker, but because they acted too cheaply to get their first choice...
Via Fangraphs
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals to offer managing job to Dusty Baker

In Dusty the Washington Nationals trust. CBS Sports baseball insider Jon Heyman broke the news that the Nats will offer Baker their managerial job, which comes as a stunner after it was widely reported to be a done deal that former Padres manager Bud Black would get the gig. According to Heyman, Black was offered the job, but was massively underwhelmed by Washington’s contract...
Via Rumors and Rants
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nationals to interview Dusty Baker, Ron Gardenhire

The Washington Nationals are one of four teams still looking for a manager, along with the Mariners, Marlins, and Padres. A number of names have been tied to all of the teams, most notably ESPN analyst Alex Cora and Diamondbacks AAA manager Phil Nevin. The Nationals have been tied to both of them, which is only a good thing. Source: Alex Cora will interview for managerial openings...
Via The Outside Corner
October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Ripken expresses interest in Nationals managerial job

Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo recently went on record saying that the team will reportedly look at "a group of people with diverse backgrounds, diverse experiences, and diverse skill sets" when looking for a replacement for recently-fired skipper Matt Williams.The name of one baseball great has already been thrust into that group--and he would take the opportunity to interview...
Via Yardbarker
October 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer throws second no-hitter of the season

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer tossed his second no-hitter of the season on Saturday night against the Mets—a feat that no other MLB pitcher had achieved in a regular season since Nolan Ryan did in 1973. Scherzer struck out 17 batters and did not give up a walk. He was a Yunel Escobar error in the sixth inning away from throwing a perfect game, and he’s the first...
Via The Sports Daily
October 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Nationals manager Matt Williams will be fired

The Matt Williams era will be coming to a closer sooner rather than later according a report from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Heyman is also reporting that Mike Rizzo won’t be fired for his role in constructing this Nationals team that failed to live up to expectations, and that the main reasons for Williams’ firing are the buildup of losses this season and the fact that he...
Via The Outside Corner
October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

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