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NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Washington Nationals: Bench players with potential for 2015

Kevin Frandsen Since the Washington Nationals haven’t picked up any big names yet during this offseason, it looks as though they will need to rely on their bench somewhat more. There is need for these guys to be able to produce runs when they are called up and could be more productive if given more playing time. Although the Nationals could use some improvement on their bench...
Via isportsweb.com
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 ZiPS Projections – Washington Nationals

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Washington Nationals. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Atlanta / Chicago […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Unpacking The Wil Myers Three-Team Trade

In a three-team trade that ended up bigger and more surprising than nearly anyone expected, the Washington Nationals (up until this point fairly quiet in the postseason) took on the role of broker and reached agreement with the San Diego Padres and Tampa Bay Rays in a complicated, mighty 11-man swap. ESPN’s Keith Law described the Nats’ actions as being like “bandits”...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats Stephen Souza On The Move?

The Nationals are reportedly moving outfielder Stephen Souza in a three team deal involving San Diego and Tampa Bay. Washington receiving shortstop Trea Turner, selected 13th overall in the 2014 draft, along with fellow prospect Joe Ross, a right handed pitcher. It is apparently a done deal, pending physicals. Turner, Joe Ross to #Nationals. Myers, Hanigan, Jose Castillo to #Padres...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Injury Update: Nate McLouth expects to be ready for spring training

The Washington Nationals head into the winter coming off a 96-win season and an advancement to the NLDS. At ninth in runs scored and first in ERA, the Nationals appear to need little this off season to improve the club. On the injury front, outfielder Nate McLouth expects to be ready for spring training after undergoing shoulder surgery in August. View image | gettyimages.com...
Via Sports Injury Alert
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rendering of new Braves stadium shows them losing to Nationals (Photo)

On Monday, some artist renderings were unveiled for the Atlanta Braves' new baseball stadium, SunTrust Park, which is now being built and should be ready for the opening of the 2017 season. Interestingly enough, however, one of the renderings showed the Braves losing to the Washington Nationals. The rendering in question depicts a birds-eye view of SunTrust Park during a Braves...
Via Holdout Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Settles Grievance With Nationals

First, a brief bit of background for those who haven’t kept up with this minor contract dispute. Back when the Nationals were negotiating with Bryce Harper on deadline signing day in 2010, the haggling went down to the last minute before both sides agreed on a five year, $9.9 million dollar Major League contract. While […]
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Reports: Bryce Harper, Nats agree to two-year, $7.5M deal

The Washington Nationals and All-Star outfielder Bryce Harper have agreed to a two-year, $7.5 million deal, avoiding an arbitration hearing, according to multiple reports. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Harper is slated to make $2.5 million in the 2015 season and $5 million in 2016. The two sides have been at odds over his contract this offseason, with a grievance hearing...
Via NESN.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper, Nationals agree on new contract to avoid grievance

            The Washington Nationals and slugger Bryce Harper have agreed to a two-year, $7.5 million contract, avoiding a scheduled grievance hearing this week with the team, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightingale. Bryce Harper receives 2 year, $7.5 million deal, avoiding grievance w #Nats — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December...
Via Sports-Glory
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Top 3 reasons why Kevin Frandsen should be the everyday second baseman.

Kevin Frandsen This offseason has yet to be very productive as far as trades go for the Washington Nationals. Just this past week, Howie Kendrick, who the Nationals had been rumored to be looking at for second base, went to the Los Angles Dodgers. There have been a lot of rumors that have involved Nationals’ trades but there have been no major moves made. This may be a good strategy...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Skips Nationals’ Fan Festival Amid Contract Dispute

WASHINGTON — Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that club was “disappointed” that outfielder Bryce Harper did not show up Saturday at the NatsFest fan festival. In a statement emailed by one of his agent’s employees, Harper said: “I have attended NatsFest each year and always enjoy my experience with the fans, but was unable to attend this...
Via NESN.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals GM disappointed Bryce Harper missed NatsFest

Bryce Harper was one of a few Washington Nationals who did not attend the team’s annual “NatsFest” gathering for season ticket holders Saturday, and that was a disappointment for the team. Harper is in a salary dispute with the club and has a grievance hearing scheduled for Tuesday. The team believes he did not appear...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Ian Desmond among key Nationals unsigned past 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals starting pitchers Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister aren't paying attention to speculation about whether they'll be traded before next season, the last of their current contracts. Shortstop Ian Desmond also could be bound for free agency a year from now - or sent to another team before that - and acknowledges he's well aware of all the talk about his future...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers acquire lefty Detwiler from Nationals

Texas has completed a trade to acquire left-hander Ross Detwiler from the Washington Nationals for two minor leaguers. The Rangers announced Friday that they have sent infielder Chris Bostick and right-hander Abel De Los Santos to Washington in exchange for the former first-round draft pick. While Detwiler spent last season in the bullpen, he is expected to get a chance to earn a...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Trade Ross Detwiler To Rangers

In an offseason filled with rumors of earth-shaking deals, the Washington Nationals’ first was only a mild tremor: The team sent miscast lefty Ross Detwiler to the Texas Rangers in exchange for 2B/SS Chris Bostick and RHP Abel De Los Santos. Detwiler’s time in Washington was fraught with frustration. Picked sixth overall in 2007, he never lived up to his draft status. He struggled...
Via The Nats Blog
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals trade Detwiler for 2 minor leagues

Left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler was the first round pick, sixth overall, in the Major League Baseball draft, selected by the Washington Nationals seven years ago. Now, his time with the team has come to an end. The Nats traded Detwiler to the Texas Rangers for two minor leaguers whose names have not been released, though apparently one is an infielder and the other is a relief...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals trade rumors: Howie Kendrick edition

Howie Kendrick With the Washington Nationals’ trade talks winding down, there is still talk to find the Nationals a second baseman that could potentially share the position with Danny Espinosa. There had been talk of Espinosa taking second for himself, but his batting average has been a concern for the past two seasons. Bringing in a fresh defensive player could give the Nationals...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Souza Wins MLB Play Of The Year!

Inserted into the Nationals’ regular-season finale as a defensive replacement, Steven Souza Jr. saved the day on the game’s last play, sprawling out following a long run to preserve Jordan Zimmermann’s no-hitter. The 13th Annual Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards announced LIVE on Saturday night on the MLB Network. After three weeks of voting, Souza was honored for...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals OF Jayson Werth sentenced to 10 days in jail for reckless driving

When Jayson Werth arrives to Spring Training in February and his teammates ask what he did during the off season, one of his responses will be the story of he winded up in jail for at least five days. According to CSNPhilly.com, the Washington Nationals outfielder will spend time in jail after he was convicted of driving 105 MPH in a 55 MPH zone on Route 193 in Fairfax County the...
Via Baseball Essential
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Jayson Werth sentenced to jail time for excessive speeding

Jayson Werth’s lead foot has earned him a jail sentence. The Washington Nationals outfielder was sentenced to 10 days in jail for after being found guilty of reckless driving. Werth was pulled over in Virginia by police and clocked for going 50 mph over the speed limit. NBC Washington reported Werth also lost his drivers’ license as part of the sentencing. Virginia is notoriously...
Via NESN.com
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Injury Update: Denard Span undergoes surgery for sports hernia

The Washington Nationals head into the winter, the team appears to need very little following a 96-win season. They finished ninth in the Major Leagues in runs scored and first in ERA. One thing that is important is a healthy roster heading into spring training. So the news that center fielder Denard Span had surgery for a sports hernia is good, considering the fact that it shouldn...
Via Sports Injury Alert
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Trade Jordan Zimmermann: How the Nationals Can Stay Contenders

For a long time now, the 2014-15 offseason has been setting up as a critical one. The Washington Nationals have emerged as a force to be reckoned with over the past three seasons, posting the best record in baseball since Opening Day 2012. But the team must find a way to parlay its short-term success into long-term contention, a process that begins now. Five key contributors will...
Via The Nats Blog
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Why would the Nationals want to trade Jordan Zimmermann?

When the reports first surfaced that the Washington Nationals had put Jordan Zimmermann on the trade block, it just didn’t seem to make any sense. Why would the defending NL East champions move their ace just over a month after he completed his best season in the Majors? Well, according to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo, there is talk around the league that the primary motivation...
Via Sportsnaut
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

SEE: Fan creates huge Werth sculpture out of seafood cans

Jayson Werth certainly captures the imagination of Washington Nationals fans, that is without question. Perhaps it has something to do with his rather unique appearance, highlighted by his shaggy beard and long, flowing locks of hair. Perhaps it’s something else. Maybe it has to do not only with his current appearance, but how Werth transformed...Read More The post Nationals fans...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Cubs interested in trading for Jordan Zimmerman

The Chicago Cubs apparently aren’t going to wait around for Jon Lester to make a decision, or for the Phillies to lower their price on Cole Hamels – they’re going in on an elite pitcher right now. The team is reportedly discussing a deal that would result in them acquiring NL All-Star Jordan Zimmermann from the Washington Nationals. Via the Chicago Sun-Times… Multiple...
Via The Outside Corner
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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