NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Nationals’ skipper Dusty Baker on wanting to win 100 last season; Year Two in D.C.

Will Dusty Bakers 2017 Nationals be the first D.C.-based team since 1933 to make it the World Series? Dusty Baker woke up on October 13th and went through his usual morning routine. I got up, said my prayers like I always do. Got a cup of coffee. And then packed for Chicago, Baker said. Washington and Los Angeles played Game 5 of the NLDS that night, but it was the Dodgers, not the...
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
9 hours ago

Metro Plans Shouldn’t Affect Nats by Much

WASHINGTON — All options are on the table for fixing Washington Metro, including a number of proposals to close Metro early to increase time for track maintenance. Currently, Metro rail opens at 5 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, closing at midnight seven days per week. The most likely plan would change the closing time to 11:30 p.m. Monday through Friday,...
Via CBS DC
15 hours ago

Washington Nationals: Price too high for Adam Eaton? Not so fast

Over the past few days there have been a lot of knee jerk reactions regarding the Adam Eaton trade. On Wednesday, the Washington Nationals traded pitching prospects Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Dane Dunning to the Chicago White Sox in return for outfielder Adam Eaton. Most are decrying it as a disaster, seemingly ready to march on the Rizzo estate with pitch forks. Bryce Harper...
Via isportsweb.com
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper sends 'Wow' tweet after Nationals trade for Adam Eaton

Nationals star Bryce Harper has had an eventful week, which included finding out that he might not be the Nationals star much longer. An anonymous club executive
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
18 hours ago

Jim Bowden demolishes Nats trade, calling it worst ever at winter meetings

By this point, you’ve likely read two thoughtful and well-reasoned Washington Post pieces explaining why the Nationals this week traded three top pitching prospects for outfielder Adam Eaton. Thomas Boswell took up the trade from the Eaton side, explaining how he might be worth far more than most fans realize: To like this trade — or even […]
Via DC Sports Blog
19 hours ago

Nationals’ new outfielder Adam Eaton plays at “100 miles an hour with his hair on fire”...

The two GMs who made the Adam Eaton trade and the manager who got a new outfielder discuss this weeks deal.Chicago White Sox GM Rick Hahn made two tough calls this week, to let Chris Sale and Adam Eaton know that they had been traded, in separate deals, to the Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals, respectively. Sale was dealt from the White to the Red Sox in return for a package...
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
21 hours ago

What are the Nationals going to do with Danny Espinosa?

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo met with the media four times during baseball’s winter meetings, which ended Thursday. Three were scheduled daily gatherings, held in a hallway on the 11th floor of the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. The last was a news conference in an expansive ballroom after he had unloaded three top […]
Via Nationals Journal
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Who exactly is Adam Eaton? A closer look at the Nationals’ new outfielder

Adam Eaton has never been the center of baseball attention before, which is sort of the point. He has never been an all-star, never earned a Most Valuable Player or anything like that. When the Nationals traded for him Wednesday, many questioned the price the Nationals paid for such an unheralded player. He is at […]
Via Nationals Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Adam Eaton is perfect consolation prize for Nationals

Embed from Getty Images Adam Eaton is a nice consolation prize for Mike Rizzo and the Washington Nationals. There’s nothing wrong with trading for the 28-year old outfielder. He is two years younger than Andrew McCutchen, who the Nationals initially had their sights set on. Eaton had a much more productive season in than McCutchen last season, hitting .284/.362/.428 with...
Via KCM Sports
1 day ago

Dusty Baker Has Found a Second Home in Washington

 When the Washington Nationals hired Dusty Baker to be their manager on November 3, 2015, it was Baker’s first job back in MLB after two years away from the game. It was also his farthest post from home, 3,000 miles from San Francisco. After one season in the nation’s capital, however, Baker has found a secondary home and feels revigorated about coaching. “I enjoyed my time...
Via CBS DC
1 day ago

Dusty Baker addresses the Nationals’ offseason and his managerial future

Dusty Baker usually has someone help him pack his belongings to go back home to northern California for the winter once the baseball season is over, but this year he packed himself. He wanted to take his time, to reflect on his first year in Washington, his favorite setting as manager outside of San Francisco […]
Via Nationals Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Acquire Adam Eaton

A day after it looked like the Nationals had missed their chance at making a blockbuster trade with the White Sox, the Nationals ended up making a blockbuster trade with the White Sox. Outfielder Adam Eaton, and not pitcher Chris Sale, is now a National while DC waves goodbye to a trio of promising pitching prospects: Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Dane Dunning. In Eaton, the...
Via The Nats Blog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lucas Giolito Says Goodbye to the Nationals

Nationals top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito probably didn’t wake up Wednesday morning expecting to be traded, but such is the life a Major Leaguer. The Nationals traded their 22-year-old right-handed starter of the future, along with two other fellow prospects, 22-year-old right-hander Reynaldo Lopez and 21-year-old righty Dane Dunning, to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for...
Via CBS DC
2 days ago

Maybe Adam Eaton Should Stay in Right Field

So the Nationals now have Adam Eaton. Adam Eaton is really good! Last year, after moving to right field, Adam Eaton put up a +6 WAR season, thanks to his defensive ratings going through the roof. Washington, though, has some guy named Bryce Harper in right field, so Eaton is going back to center field, where he played up until last year. That will allow Trea Turner to move back to...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals, Rays have reportedly discussed Alex Colome trade

Still very much in need of a closer, the Washington Nationals may be turning their attention towards the trade market in an effort to land one. According to a report by Jon Morosi of FOX Sports on Wednesday, the Nationals have discussed a trade for righty reliever Alex Colome with the Tampa Bay Rays. #Rays, #Nationals have discussed closer Alex Colome in trade talks, sources...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Harper seeking $400 million, likely to leave Nationals

Washington Nationals fans should probably enjoy Bryce Harper while they can. The star outfielder, who is due to become a free agent after the 2018 season, is reportedly seeking at least a 10-year deal in excess of $400 million for his next contract, a Nationals executive told Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The Nationals, put off by those parameters, have resigned themselves to the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Melancon signs $62 million deal with Giants

The first of the big closers is off the free agent market, and he’s getting a whole lot of money. Mark Melancon and the San Francisco Giants are reportedly in agreement on a four-year deal that will shatter Jonathan Papelbon’s record $50 million closer deal. Sources: The Giants and Mark Melancon have agreed to a deal, pending a physical; Melancon is going through his physical...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals don't tender contract to OF Ben Revere

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals did not tender a contract to outfielder Ben Revere before Friday's deadline, making him a free agent. The Nationals announced Friday that Revere was their only arbitration-eligible player who wasn't offered a contract. Shortstop Danny Espinosa, outfielder Bryce Harper, third baseman Anthony Rendon and right-handed pitcher Tanner Roark were...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

CareFirst Fan Challenge winner to face off against Scherzer at Nats Winterfest - Nationals Buzz

Back in the dog days of summer, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield asked fans to challenge Nationals ace Max Scherzer to anything! Submissions for #IChallengeMax began pouring in to our Twitter account, ranging from cooking competitions to karaoke. And when it was all said and done, Scherzer selected to battle Nats fan ... Read More
Via MASN
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals, C Jose Lobaton avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

WASHINGTON (AP) Catcher Jose Lobaton and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a one-year contract for 2017, avoiding arbitration. The Nationals announced the agreement on Twitter on Thursday. Lobaton hit .232 in 99 at-bats during the regular season as a backup to Wilson Ramos. But Ramos was injured in September, allowing Lobaton to get a chance at a more prominent role in...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Christmas wish list for the Washington Nationals

The holiday season is officially here, which means kids around the globe are fine-tuning their Christmas lists. Nationals fans are no different, so let’s run through what we would like to see in 2017 and beyond. 1. Stephen Strasburg’s elbow holds up for a full season.The Nationals invested in him long-term, and he was dominant last year. But he is he also yet to crack 25 starts...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Anthony Rendon named NL Comeback Player of the Year - Byron Kerr

Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon was named the National League Comeback Player of the Year today, according to a Major League Baseball announcement. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network. Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello won the American League Comeback Player of the Year honor. The ... Read More
Via MASN
10 days ago  |  Discuss
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