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NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Sorry, Drew

Say hello to Jonathan Papelbon, the new closer of the Washington Nationals. Nats acquire Papelbon for AA-pitcher Nick Pivetta Drew Storen loses his job again. Sorry, Drew: "Really, all I'm gonna say is that obviously I'm aware of the move. I've talked to (Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo) about it. I've talked to my agent. We've had some ongoing discussions. Until...
Via Nationals Enquirer
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Drew Storen not happy about Jonathan Papelbon trade

The Washington Nationals bolstered their bullpen on Tuesday when they acquired closer Jonathan Papelbon from the Philadelphia Phillies. But it could take a while before one of Papelbon’s new teammates offers to buy him dinner. Drew Storen has been closing games for the Nationals all season, and he has been very effective in that role....Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Reward Drew Storen Breakout With Jonathan Papelbon

Among the bright spots for the Nationals this year has been the emergence of Drew Storen. Already an effective reliever, Storen tweaked his breaking ball and became something of a strikeout machine. Instead of sitting down two of every 10 batters, Storen has bumped that up to three out of 10, succeeding as the closer […]
Via Fangraphs
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies agree to send Jonathan Papelbon to Nationals

The Jonathan Papelbon saga is over. The Philadelphia Phillies finally pulled the trigger on trading their closer, agree to deal him within the NL East to the Washington Nationals for AA pitcher Nick Pivetta. Interestingly enough, as part of the agreement, Papelbon will be Washington’s closer in 2015 and his option for 2016 will become guaranteed. Source: the Phillies will...
Via The Outside Corner
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nats Minor League System Stat Leader Update (7/28)

  Here are the current record for the Washington Nationals minor league affiliates. Syracuse Chiefs (AAA) 41-63, 15GB Harrisburg Senators (AA) 50-53, 7 GB Potomac Nationals 15-15, 1 GB (2nd half) Hagerstown Suns (A) 14-17, 7 GB (2nd half) Auburn Doubledays (Low A) 16-19, 7.5 GB GCL Nationals (Rookie) 12-18, 4.5 GB Here are your current statistical leaders within the National minor...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Nationals Hate Joe Ross, and the Top 100 Starting Pitchers, Week 17

It's hard to pick which Ross is hated more: the one in Friends whose character is so annoying David Schwimmer could never get work again, or the dynamite starter for the Nationals, who even after pitching mad impressive through his first few starts, wasn't even the first SP to get the call when Stephen Strasburg went back to the DL yet again.  Why wasn't he the first call?! After...
Via Razzball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals' Werth, Zimmerman nearing return to lineup

The Nationals could be adding reinforcements to their depleted lineup this week - and not via the trade deadline.Outfielders Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman, both on rehab assignments, are poised to come off the disabled list this week, possibly in time for the start of Tuesday's three-game series against the Marlins. “We have an off-day (Monday). So they can get another game...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Photos: Pedro Martinez’s suit wins HOF induction ceremony

      This embed is invalid   " /> Pedro Martinez stole the show before ever saying a word. Martinez, a true rock star, showed up to the 2015 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony Sunday sporting a light blue suit that featured patches honoring his native Dominican Republic. It was far flashier than whatever Craig Biggio, John Smoltz and Randy...
Via NESN.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Randy Johnson changed hotel rooms because of ghost stories

Randy Johnson is one of four players being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, but his week has been slightly more eventful than that of the three others. When Johnson checked into the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown over the weekend, he was informed by one of his children that the room...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon being eyed by the Washington Nationals

Recent reports have stated that the Washington Nationals have expressed interest in Philadelphia Phillies‘ closer Jonathan Papelbon. Papelbon is this year’s most valuable reliever that will likely be traded by the deadline. He has made it known that he is unhappy with his time in Philadelphia and that he is ready to leave, whether it be by trade or if he will have to wait until...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Doug Fister Latest Washington National With Pitching Woes

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Thursday, July 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) In the Nationals’ loss Thursday night to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Doug Fister gave up four runs in five innings to raise his ERA to 4.50, over two runs higher than it was last year...
Via The Sports Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper’s response to die-hard fan inviting him to the prom

This weekend’s series between the Nationals and Pirates is sure to be a heated battle, given how the two NL titans ended their last meeting in Pittsburgh–ahem Scherzer’s no-hitter, anyone? But we have learned that something quite touching came out of them last meeting as well. The Washington Post unearthed the tale of Tessa Sayers, a Pittsburgh-area high schooler and die-hard...
Via Campus Sports Net
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Frustrated Mets fan starts 'Let's Get the Mets a Hitter!' page

The New York Mets (49-47) may be sitting only three games back of the Washington Nationals in the NL East, but the squad could be a lot better off if the team wasn’t batting a league-worst .233. After starting 15-8 in April, the Mets have been a middling bunch at best, and a 2-5 slide...Read More The post Frustrated Mets fan starts ‘Let’s Get the Mets a Hitter!’ GoFundMe...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper gives girl with sign asking him to prom signed ball (pic)

A young Washington Nationals fan attending the team’s game on Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park may have come up short in her bid to convince Bryce Harper to serve as her date to prom, but what she received as compensation more than rewarded her efforts. The young lady, who wasn’t even asking...Read More The post Bryce Harper gives girl who held sign asking...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Bats Come up Clutch Against the New York Mets

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 22: Danny Espinosa #8 of the Washington Nationals hits in the winning run in the eight inning during a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on July 22, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Nationals won 4-3. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) After the New York Mets came up with some clutch hitting in their Tuesday night win over the Nationals...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jayson Werth leaves $100 tip on $180 tab while on assignment

There are few things that fans find more strangely interesting than documentary evidence of when a millionaire professional athlete leaves a huge tip following a meal at a restaurant. Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth recently became the latest to join the pantheon of overly generous-when-giving-a-gratuity greats. Werth, currently on assignment with the Syracuse Chiefs...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats Take Series- Extend Lead To 3 Games

On a beautiful Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park, Washington closed out the three game series with the second place Mets. The 4-3 win extends the Nats lead in the National League East to three full games. Michael Taylor drove in three and scored the eventual game winner on a Danny Espinosa double in a three run eight. Matt Thornton was the beneficiary of the late game heroics...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Yunel Escobar Suffers Apparent Injury Swinging at Pitch, Internet Trolls

View image | gettyimages.com The Washington Nationals disabled list may be expanding after infielder Yunel Escobar left Wednesday’s matinee against the New York Mets during an at-bat in the second inning. Facing Mets’ hurler Noah Syndergaard, Escobar tried to swing at a 96-mph sinker, but halted. Just as Escobar halted his swing he immediately stiffened up, losing grip...
Via KCM Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Werth ‘Really Pleased’ As Rehab Assignment Continues at Triple A

Werth said he was pleased with his rehab assignment so far Monday night. BUFFALO, N.Y. — Jayson Werth said he felt fine playing seven innings for the Syracuse Chiefs on a rehab assignment Monday night. Werth went 1-3 with a single in the first inning as the Chiefs lost at the Buffalo Bisons 7-0. It was Werth’s first game at Triple A as the outfielder recovers from a fractured...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Nationals’ Racing Presidents dressed as Star Wars characters

It was Star Wars Day on Sunday at Nationals Park….and the team’s Racing President dressed as Star Wars characters, because of course they did. Vader, Leia, Boba, Chewie, Darth Maul, and…who in the hell was Calvin Coolidge supposed to be? Anakin? Washington’s mascot, Screech, also got in on the act. .@ScreechTheEagle, I joined today. Hmmm #NatsStarWarsDay #LilScreech pic...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Righty Lucas Giolito Impresses, As Expected

Anyone who follows prospects knows that Washington Nationals pitching prospect Lucas Giolito comes with considerable hype. After being in consideration for the first overall pick in the 2012 draft before succumbing to elbow problems, Giolito has repeatedly shown the sort of form that put him in that conversation (one that, given the performance of Carlos […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals trading for Ben Zorbist?

As the MLB trade deadline nears, the Washington Nationals are poised to make some quick deals to enhance their lineup.  There are many rumors flying around but perhaps the most important one involves a 34-year-old utlity man.  It is odd when the most important trade is for a multi-position player, but sometimes odd is necessary. Bryce Harper Lets take a quick trip back in time...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch out for Washington: the Nationals are getting healthy

The Washington Nationals went into the all-star break leading the National League East despite losing three everyday players and starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg to long-term injuries during the first half of the season.  Imagine what they could do if they were to get everyone healthy again? You may not have to imagine for much longer.  Anthony Rendon, who has played only 18...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer blames Taylor Swift for power outages

The Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers were forced to suspend Friday night’s game, and if you ask Max Scherzer, it’s all Taylor Swift’s fault. Nationals Park experienced three separate power outages to its stadium lights throughout the night, causing two separate delays that totaled more than two hours. After the third delay at the beginning of the sixth inning...
Via NESN.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper skipping HR Derby because of dad's injury

First, it was Giancarlo Stanton. Now, it’s Bryce Harper. The 2015 Home Run Derby will be without another of Major League Baseball’s best home run hitters after Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper said he won’t be participating. The 22-year-old outfielder told reporters Monday he made the decision because his father is recovering from a rotator cuff injury and won’t be...
Via NESN.com
22 days ago  |  Discuss
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