NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Nationals’ closer search: Blake Treinen to work at back of Nats’ bullpen... somewhere

In our latest video, we look at another candidate for the Nationals closer role. Will sinker-balling right-hander Blake Treinen claim the spot? Washington Nationals Pitching Coach Mike Maddux told reporters this winter that he saw Blake Treinen make the transition from puppy dog to bulldog over the course of their first season together in 2016. He was a beast at the end of the year, Maddux added.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
6 hours ago

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
8 hours ago

Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth recreate poster for “Step Brothers” at photo day

After knowing each other for six years, theyre basically brothers anyways. Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth have both been with the Washington Nationals since 2012, the year widely regarded as the year the Nats made the jump from mediocrity to relevance.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
12 hours ago

A look at the Nationals' early camp roster - Byron Kerr

Here is a rundown of the Nationals' early camp roster, which includes No. 1 prospect Victor Robles, an outfielder, and 34-year-old knuckleballer J.D. Martin. Players on the roster that are participating in the World Baseball Classic are left-hander Robert Orlan and infielder Adrian Sanchez. Right-handers Joan Baez A.J. Bogucki Weston ... Read More
Via MASN
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

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
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Presidents’ Race at Nats Park will be smaller with Taft’s retirement to Florida

And then there were four. Again. Nationals Racing Presidents, that is. A Nationals spokesperson on Friday confirmed a Palm Beach Post report that Racing President William Howard Taft, better known as “Bill,” will be retired permanently to the Nationals’ spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Fla. He is scheduled to arrive at the Ballpark of the Palm […]
Via DC Sports Blog
13 hours ago

Nationals' Dusty Baker thinks Washington teams are positioned to win a championship this year

Nationals manager Dusty Baker is back for a second year and feeling optimistic for his Washington team.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
13 hours ago

Max Scherzer will throw off a mound Saturday

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The bulletin board in the new clubhouse at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is in the back of the room, near the door players use to exit toward the fields. For the first week of spring training, third base coach Bobby Henley posted the workout schedule, which included meeting […]
Via Nationals Journal
23 hours 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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Strasburg throws in intrasquad game, survives

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Stephen Strasburg pitched against Tanner Roark in what was almost certainly one of the more meaningless games of either pitcher’s life Thursday morning. In an intrasquad game meant to provide them and others with meaningful mound work, Strasburg and Roark faced lineups comprised mostly of minor leaguers and nonroster invitees. […]
Via Nationals Journal
1 day 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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Comprehensive Spring Training Broadcast Schedule 2017

This weekend, the Washington Nationals will play their first spring training game, and it will be televised!* (*if you have an MLB.tv subscription) MASN’s paltry spring training TV coverage has been an issue for Nats fans for 13 years now, and this year is no different. Luckily, if you do subscribe to MLB.tv, you can more than double your pleasure and your fun before the season...
Via The Nats Blog
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A brief history of the Nationals and the traditional four-pitch intentional walk

On Wednesday, the Major League Baseball Players Association agreed to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s request to eliminate the four-pitch intentional walk in favor of a manager’s signal from the opposing dugout. Manfred cites the rule as one means of improving baseball’s pace of play, and while Nationals pitcher A.J. Cole is probably cool with the […]
Via DC Sports Blog
2 days ago

Nats' Tanner Roark relishes roles as starting pitcher

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Qfter he took Nationals' job in November 2015, Washington manager Dusty Baker made a call to Tanner Roark and asked the pitcher his preferred role. ''He had won 14 or 15 the first year and was moved to the bullpen,'' Baker recalled. ''He said, `I want to start.'' I told him, `Then you tell the world you want to start.''' Roark was 15-10 with a 2.85...
Via Associated Press
2 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
2 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
3 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
3 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
4 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
5 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
8 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
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Baker able to hit ground running in second season with Nats - Byron Kerr

It is a brand new spring training facility for the Nationals, but the good thing for Dusty Baker is it's not a brand new team and new job for him as the manager. Baker arrived at the new spring facility in West Palm Beach with the knowledge and experience of ... Read More
Via MASN
9 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
10 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
14 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
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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