NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

With arbitration deals settled, where does the Nationals’ payroll stand?

All the Washington Nationals’ arbitration-eligible players settled on 2017 salaries by Friday afternoon, sharpening the team’s payroll picture: The Nationals owe their current roster around $150 million, a few million more than they owed last year’s opening day squad, $12 million less than they did in 2015. Though that roster could — and almost certainly will […]
Via Nationals Journal
28 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Your best Nationals promotional schedule ideas

We asked, you answered.A couple of days ago, we asked you to share your best giveaway ideas for the 2017 promotional schedule... and you had a lot of ideas. Lets take a look at some of the best.This idea that the Nationals would actually be smart to consider:
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
4 hours ago

Sammy Solis: International Man of Mystery

The only trip Sammy Solis took during the 2016 season was to the DL, preventing him from contributing on the mound or to Washington’s playoff clinch celebration. The offseason has been much more kind to him in terms of vacation spots. The lefty reliever first traveled across Europe during the early weeks of November, leaving days before the election. Because like Superman and...
Via The Nats Blog
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Show us your best ideas for the Nationals 2017 promo schedule!

Who should be enshrined in bobblehead form this upcoming season?Its almost that special time of the year again! No, not Valentines Day, the day the Washington Nationals release their promotional schedule for 2017!
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
1 day ago

Nationals’ plans for Stephen Strasburg in 2017: Rizzo, Baker and Maddux on Stras...

Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg, GM Mike Rizzo, manager Dusty Baker and pitching coach Mike Maddux talked keeping Stras healthy in 2017.Stephen Strasburg
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
1 day ago

Satchel Paige Wouldn’t Call Dusty Baker By His Name

What is it with Dusty Baker and names? Everybody got a little kick out of it when the Nationals manager first came to town and took to calling then-reigning MVP Bryce Harper by a slightly different pseudonym: Royce. Baker later explained that his faux pas was due to him not being “good at first names,” due to his time in baseball, where players’ last names are on the jerseys...
Via CBS DC
2 days ago

Harper, Nationals avoid arbitration with $13.6M deal for '17

WASHINGTON (AP) Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a $13,625,000 contract for 2017, avoiding arbitration. The sides reached a deal Friday, the day players and teams were to exchange arbitration figures ahead of hearings. Harper made $5 million last season, when he struggled with injuries and took a big step back after becoming the youngest unanimous MVP in...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Tanner Roark to Pitch in World Baseball Classic

Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark will reportedly step in for injured Max Scherzer in the World Baseball Classic. Scherzer announced Monday he would no longer be participating in the global baseball tournament after suffering a setback with a previously undisclosed injury — a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Roark’s commitment...
Via CBS DC
4 days ago

Nationals announce 2017 minor league coaching staff

Continuity in the minor leagues is one of the more subtle building blocks of the Washington Nationals’ recent run of relevance. Even as tumult consumed one big league coaching staff and outside hiring comprised another, the staples of the Nationals’ minor league operation remained intact — a shuffling of duties not withstanding. In keeping with their […]
Via Nationals Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Scherzer reveals he pitched since August with injured finger

WASHINGTON (AP) NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer revealed Monday that he pitched at the end of last season with an injured finger on his throwing hand and now will skip the World Baseball Classic. The Washington Nationals initially announced Monday on Twitter that their star right-hander has a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger, without offering any details...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Washington Nationals better now than they were at the beginning of the offseason?

As per usual, GM Mike Rizzo and the Washington Nationals have been very active this offseason, kicking the tires on virtually every free agent, and being connected to several teams in trade rumors. Rizzo has made a few of those deals, and come up short on others. So is this team better than they were just three months ago? Centerfield/ShortstopOut: Danny EspinosaIn: Adam Eaton Trea...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Relive "Nationals Classics": Beating up on the Phillies and Marlins - Nationals Buzz

We're inching closer and closer to the arrival of spring training! Can you believe that Nationals pitchers and catchers report to The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in 37 days, with position players arriving just three days later? While you countdown the days to baseball's return, MASN continues along with ... Read More
Via MASN
8 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Bryce Harper deadlifts 505 pounds

We know Nationals slugger Bryce Harper is strong, which is why he gets so much power behind his swing, and can also go opposite field with ease. But you wouldn’t think of him being a guy that can deadlift over 500 pounds, multiple times. We learned that he can, indeed, do that, as a video of him deadlifting 505 pounds has gone viral. Back is rounded a bit, but at #505 I'll take it!
Via The Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Ross is firmly in the Washington Nationals’ plans. Next is staying healthy all season.

Joe Ross’s topsy-turvy 2016 season concluded with a forgettable outing in Game 4 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium in early October. The Nationals had a 2-1 series lead, one victory from advancing beyond the divisional round for the first time since the team moved to Washington. It was the 23-year-old Ross’s first […]
Via Nationals Journal
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Harper, Yankees prospect have great Twitter exchange on hair

When it comes to having great hair, few major leaguers can compare to Bryce Harper. But it appears the time has arrived when a young up-and-comer challenges the Washington Nationals slugger over who has Major League Baseball's best hair. And that cocky young buck is Clint Frazier, the highly touted New York Yankees prospect. Frazier, acquired by the Yankees in the deal that shipped...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Bobblehead featuring MASN's Kolko, Werth among P-Nats' Fans' Choice finalists - Nationals Buzz

The Single-A Potomac Nationals always put out one of the most impressive slates of giveaway items each baseball season, and we've got our eye on a possible 2017 bobblehead with a MASN connection. For a second consecutive season, the P-Nats are planning a bobblehead giveaway based on a fan vote, ... Read More
Via MASN
12 days ago  |  Discuss

No. 4 Nats prospect: Wilmer Difo - Byron Kerr

Shortstop Wilmer Difo was so critical to the Nationals' late season push that he made the postseason roster and had the final at-bat in the National League Division Series. But he is still a young prospect, and is important to the Nats' depth at that infield spot. Baseball America's top ... Read More
Via MASN
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats reportedly willing to talk contract extension with Dusty Baker

The Washington Nationals may be cruising down Baker Street for a bit longer. According to a report by Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post on Tuesday, the Nationals are willing to discuss an extension with manager Dusty Baker, who is entering the final year of his contract in 2017. Baker, 67, led Washington to a 95-67 record and a National League East division title in his first...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals should resist signing Max Wieters

After missing several free agency opportunities this offseason, the Washington Nationals are said to be considering signing catcher Matt Wieters. Although the longtime Oriole may be an improvement at the catcher position, it is not enough to justify the contract he will want. Last season he earned $15.8 million and is expected to get a contract worth around $13 million/year. Wieters...
Via isportsweb.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Exec Reveals What Pro Scouts Look for in Young Baseball Players

The competition among baseball players is fierce. It's no secret that athletes need every edge they can get to make it to the next level. Talk to any scout or anyone else responsible for Major League rosters, however, and you'll learn that it's not just skill development and training that matter. Athletes need to improve their abilities intelligently to become players that scouts...
Via Stack
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Was Ryan Zimmerman Actually Bad?

Going into next season, the Nationals are prepared to start a 32-year-old at first base, a 32-year-old who last season recorded a WAR of literally -1.3. That’s very bad! If Ryan Zimmerman had any dwindling chance of building a Hall-of-Fame career record, he effectively kissed it goodbye. It was an extraordinarily frustrating summer. But is Zimmerman toast now, or what? Spoiler...
Via Fangraphs
27 days ago  |  Discuss
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