NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Planning a Nats vacation for the summer - Byron Kerr

Planning vacations or weekend getaways to correspond with Nationals road trips are a time-honored summer institution. I caught up with diehard Nats fan at my favorite bagel place this week, and he mentioned his plan to head to the Windy City this summer to see the Nationals face off with ... Read More
Via MASN
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals make a rare trip to Fort Myers

The Nationals‘ bus left Ballpark of the Palm Beaches at 6:45 a.m. on Sunday morning, headed across the state for a rare spring matchup with the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers. Most of the regulars stayed back for light workouts, though veterans Anthony Rendon, Chris Heisey and Stephen Drew all made the trip. Ryan Zimmerman […]
Via Nationals Journal
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Bryce Harper Blasts Home Run in First Spring Swing

 Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper hit a home run so far, so fast in his first Spring Training at-bat that the TV crew for the New York Mets coined a new term: “Crashing” a home run is probably a worthy description for Harper’s assault on the center-middle fastball, which nearly left the fan seating area behind right-centerfield. It’s also not the first time...
Via CBS DC
4 hours ago

Washington Nationals Spring Training 2017: Rumors of Nats’ interest in David Robertson won’t die...

In spite of the Nationals public statements about the next closer coming from within the organization, rumors that a trade will eventually go down persist... Before Washington signed veteran catcher Matt Wieters last week, Nationals GM Mike Rizzo told Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports hosts Craig Mish and Jim Bowden that he liked the depth behind the plate in the organization.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
4 hours ago

Relive "Nationals Classics": Openers and a Strasmas memory - Nationals Buzz

We're only two days away from the inaugural Nationals game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. The Nationals will host the Astros on MASN on Tuesday at 1 p.m., the first look at the new stadium for many in D.C., where springlike temperatures have only heightened the desire to ... Read More
Via MASN
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

What Contract Distraction? Dusty Baker Has ‘Aura’

 Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo let it be known that he will not give updates on negotiations to extend skipper Dusty Baker’s contract beyond 2017. “We’re not going to talk about Dusty Baker’s extension,” he said bluntly. “It’s not going to be a distraction.” That’s a well-intentioned stance, but it doesn’t change the fact that it will be a matter...
Via CBS DC
1 day ago

State of the Washington Nationals: Part IV

In the fourth and final installment of this series examining the 2017 Washington Nationals, the center field position and the team as a whole will be examined. Center Field The controversial Adam Eaton trade, denounced by fans and commentators alike, could actually help bring the team closer to a championship (as I wrote in a previous article). The three prospects traded for Eaton...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth team up for ‘Step Brothers’ photo

The Washington Nationals held picture day on Thursday, and Bryce Harper teamed with Jayson Werth for one heck of a photo.The duo recreated the often-memed photo from the comedy “Step Brothers.” Harper even included a quote from the movie when sharing the picture on Twitter. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the pictures: And this nice Photoshop job by Yahoo Sports on Twitter...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB.com has Nationals' minor league position players ranked No. 16 - Byron Kerr

The Nationals' prospect depth took a little bit of a hit as one could imagine when they sent three of the top pitchers in the system to the White Sox in the trade that netted outfielder Adam Eaton. Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez were always consistently ranked Nos. 1 and ... Read More
Via MASN
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Trea Turner missed part of Nats camp Wedneday for jury duty

Trea Turner has talent most of us can hardly dream of. He’s one of the fastest players in Major League Baseball, he hit .342 with a .937 OPS as a rookie in 2016 and he’s capable of playing shortstop, second base or center field. He finished second in Rookie of the Year voting last year, despite playing only half a season, and he should be an All-Star for years to come.But at...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Happy to have a 'J-O-B,' Lind lands in camp with Nationals

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Even if Adam Lind signed with an annual contender that has a first baseman coming off his worst season and an aging left fielder, he spoke in frank terms while discussing what his contract offer from the Washington Nationals meant. ''It's a J-O-B,'' Lind said. ''I mean, really. Didn't have too much to choose from, so it was nice that (general manager...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer played catch with regular grip, but is not yet pain-free

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Max Scherzer played catch with his normal, two-fingered fastball grip for a little bit on Monday. The knuckle at the base of his right ring finger ached. That he could use that two-fingered grip at all constitutes progress, because Scherzer had not done that yet this spring. That it still […]
Via Nationals Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

For Werth, 'whole thing kind of hangs' on deal's final year

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Bryce Harper had not yet turned 10 when Jayson Werth made his major league debut, batting ninth and getting a pair of hits. A decade and a half later, the 37-year-old Werth and 24-year-old Harper are fellow outfielders and clubhouse neighbors at spring training with the Washington Nationals. On Monday, the duo chatted while stretching, then warmed up...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper uses barbed wire bat as nod to TV show

Bryce Harper had a new weapon with him at spring training on Sunday, and its name is Lucille.Harper was seen at Washington Nationals camp carrying a bat that is wrapped in barbed wire: Those who watch “The Walking Dead” will immediately notice that the bat is the same one used by the villain Negan in the show. Harper received it a few days ago from the show and apparently likes...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals 2B Murphy on Tebow's batting: 'The power is real'

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) No less an authority on hitting than last season's runner-up for NL MVP thinks Tim Tebow has some ability with a bat - he just needs more work. Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy says Friday that he recently spent some time working on batting with Tebow, the Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback who is pursuing a baseball career...
Via Associated Press
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Knuckle injury may force Max Scherzer to miss Opening Day

Spring Training is not off to a good start for the Washington Nationals. A knuckle injury on the right ring finger of ace Max Scherzer may keep him from Opening Day.“The most recent MRI results of Scherzer’s finger showed the stress fracture that developed late last season is, as he put it, ‘essentially healed,’” Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reported. “But the...
Via Sportsnaut
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nationals only interested in one-year deal with Matt Wieters

The Washington Nationals are still interested in free agent catcher Matt Wieters, but only on a short-term deal.According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Nationals do maintain an interest in Wieters, who remains unsigned even as pitchers and catchers report to spring training. However, Washington is unlikely to offer more than a one-year deal. Wieters would help the Nationals, and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper spotted wearing Dallas Cowboys cap

Some Nationals fans who watched WWE’s Monday Night RAW might have woke up on Tuesday morning with a conflicted feeling.Nationals star Bryce Harper was spotted in the crowd with a backwards cap. He briefly turned around and inadvertently revealed a Dallas Cowboys logo.That must have felt like a punch in the gut to Washington D.C. sports fans who root for both the Nationals and...
Via The Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

State of the Washington Nationals 2017: Catcher, first, second base

In this second installment of the State of the Washington Nationals, the positions of catcher, first base, and second base will be examined. Catcher The recently acquired Derek Norris is expected to be the team’s starting catcher. The one-time All-Star (2014) had a tough season offensively in 2016 with an OBP of .255. Norris is a massive setback from Wilson Ramos. Unsurprisingly...
Via isportsweb.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Job Posting: Washington Nationals Research & Development Internship

Position: Washington Nationals Research & Development Internship Location: Washington DCDescription: The Washington Nationals are seeking a motivated intern to join the organization’s Baseball Research and Development team for the upcoming season. The Research & Development internship includes an emphasis on computer programming and data analysis. The intern’s main responsibility...
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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