NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Nationals Acquire Elite Reliever for Relative Bargain

The Washington Nationals started with their sights on Aroldis Chapman. They’d deemed their bullpen to be in need of an upgrade, and Chapman was the most obvious candidate. Obviously, that didn’t happen. And not only did it not happen, but the return for Chapman was so high that clubs still interested in Andrew Miller could be seen as effectively priced out. From Washington, the...
Via Fangraphs
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

After recent struggles, Nationals address bullpen in big way

The Washington Nationals have addressed one of their biggest problems, improving on the back-end of their bullpen. Washington has acquired closer Mark Melancon from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for two pitchers, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports: Melancon is 1-1 this season with a 1.51 ERA over 45 appearances. He entered Saturday with […] The post After recent struggles...
Via Today's Knuckleball
4 hours ago

Nationals make astute move in acquiring Melancon

It became very clear that the Washington Nationals were going to get a reliever from somewhere prior to Monday’s MLB trade deadline, and they made one of the better moves they could have in acquiring Mark Melancon from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports confirmed Saturday that the Nationals were getting Melancon for left-handed reliever Felipe Rivero...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Trea Turner Not Nationals’ Only Young Speedster

WASHINGTON — Trea Turner’s speed is quickly becoming the stuff of legend, but he’s not the only Nationals prospect with electrifying speed. Take Rafael Bautista, for example. Currently dwelling in AA Harrisburg, Bautista, 23, is rated the Nationals’ 20th-best prospect by MLB.com. He leads the Eastern League with a whopping 42 stolen bases, seven more than any other player...
Via CBS DC
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Papelbon Jelly of Shawn Kelley

Shawn Kelley notched his second save in as many days Friday night, recording the final out, allowing just one hit for his sixth save of the season. Is your fantasy team in dire need of saves? Are you tired of owning the entire Braves bullpen? Well, it seems your prayers may have been answered. Manager Dusty Baker has yet to commit to Kelley, but Baker usually doesn't commit to anything...
Via Razzball
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Zimmerman Turns 1st Triple Play in Nats History

WASHINGTON — Well, that’s one you don’t see every day. With the bases loaded and nobody out in the eighth inning for the San Francisco Giants on Friday night, and the Nationals clinging to a precarious 4-1 lead, Sammy Solis took the mound. He became the third pitcher to enter the game for Washington in the inning after starter Max Scherzer riffed through seven innings, allowing...
Via CBS DC
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Can the Nationals Beat Good Teams?

I came prepared. I was prepared to hear Twitter and the blog brigade blasting out 140-character epitaphs on how the Washington Nationals cannot win against good teams and are especially bad against good pitching. Typical Washington sports team that can only win when it doesn’t matter. But when the competition gets fierce they fold like a cheap tent. And don’t even get me started...
Via The Nats Blog
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ben Revere back in the Nationals’ starting lineup

SAN FRANCISCO – Nationals Manager Dusty Baker insisted that when he elected to start Trea Turner over Ben Revere for his team’s 4-2 win over the Giants Thursday, the decision was based on matchups and the situation was fluid. Twenty-four hours later, he proved his point, putting Revere back in center field and in the […]
Via Nationals Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nats place C Jose Lobaton on disabled list, call up Severino

The Nationals will be without Jose Lobaton for at least a few days, as they placed the backup catcher on the disabled list Friday retroactive
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
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Patrick Reddington: Exploring Nats' in-house bullpen options - Nationals Buzz

When the Nationals missed out on Aroldis Chapman this week, manager Dusty Baker told reporters that he was disappointed that he wouldn't be reunited with the hard-throwing lefty who debuted in the majors with the Reds while Baker was their manager. "Disappointing," Baker said. "Would've liked to have him." While ... Read More
Via MASN
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Might Have the Nats’ Answer at Closer: Himself

WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper may have the answer to the Nationals’ most pressing question as the trade deadline looms. With Jonathan Papelbon earning his third blown save of the season (in 22 opportunities) in heartbreaking fashion Tuesday, Washington may be in the market for a new closer. Papelbon’s Struggles Put Pressure on Nats Before Deadline As it turns out, Harper recently...
Via CBS DC
2 days ago  |  Discuss

What exactly do the Nationals have in Blake Treinen?

After seeing him for parts of three big league seasons now, the Washington Nationals know what they have in Blake Treinen. They have a young, fresh reliever with one game-changing pitch — the high-90s sinker he used to get the double play that ended Wednesday afternoon’s win over the Indians. “He can throw that groundball, that’s […]
Via Nationals Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Strasburg's and Solis' pitch selection demonstrate their dominance in win - Byron Kerr

Right-hander Stephen Strasburg mixed his pitches to perfection in the Nationals' 4-1 win over the Indians to split their two-game set at Progressive Field on Wednesday afternoon. Strasburg struck out seven over seven innings, allowing no runs on three hits with just two walks. As we noted on MASN's "Nats ... Read More
Via MASN
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nats have inquired about Jose Bautista

Do the Washington Nationals need even more star power? Ah heck, why not? According to a report by Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post on Wednesday, the Nationals have inquired about Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista. Ok, this one is crazy and seems unlikely, but: person with knowledge says Nats have inquired about Toronto OF Jose Bautista. He is 10-5. — Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Baker considering removing Papelbon from closer role?

Jonathan Papelbon may not be long for the Washington Nationals closer role. After Papelbon blew a save on Tuesday night against Cleveland, Nationals manager Dusty Baker seemed to call into question whether Papelbon was the solution in the role. “It’s too soon after,” Baker said of Papelbon’s role after the game, according to Mark Zuckerman of MASN. “I mean, that’s his...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals place infielder Stephen Drew on DL with dizziness

CLEVELAND (AP) Washington Nationals infielder Stephen Drew has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with dizziness. Drew has played just once in the past week, delivering a walk-off triple to give Washington a win over San Diego on Saturday. Manager Dusty Baker said the 33-year-old Drew has been experiencing vertigo-like symptoms and the team is sending him back to Washington...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Trea Turner will play center again Wednesday

CLEVELAND — Lost in the ninth inning trouble Tuesday was the fact that the Nationals lineup scored six runs and pushed an all-star caliber starter from the game after four innings. That lineup featured Trea Turner leading off and playing center, and Bryce Harper batting second. So will Wednesday’s. That group, with Ben Revere in […]
Via Nationals Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals reinstate Ryan Zimmerman from disabled list

CLEVELAND (AP) The Washington Nationals have reinstated first baseman Ryan Zimmerman from the disabled list after he missed 13 games because of a strained left rib cage. Zimmerman recently completed a rehab assignment at Single-A Potomac, where he batted .417 (5 for 12) with a homer and five RBIs. Zimmerman was batting only .221 with 12 homers and 38 RBIs for Washington when he...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Murphy and Ramos continue to be Nats' most consistent hitters - Byron Kerr

The two most consistent hitters for the Nationals this season continue to be Daniel Murphy and Wilson Ramos. They are the top two hitters in the National League in batting average. They also combined for six hits in Sunday's 10-6 loss to the Padres. Before the San Diego comeback in ... Read More
Via MASN
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals trade rumors: Do they need a closer?

As the August 1st MLB trade deadline approaches, the main question that persists around the Washington Nationals is whether or not the team will make a trade for a closer. Washington currently sits atop the NL East with a four and a half game lead over the Miami Marlins. At 57-39, Washington possesses one of the best records in the league and is positioned as a serious championship...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Manfred suggests limiting pitching changes

From the moment he took over as the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred has spoken publicly about many possible changes Bud Selig never mentioned. They possible changes started with limiting or preventing defensive shifts and have now gravitated towards limiting pitching changes. That’s right, Manfred suggested today the league is looking into possibly limiting...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers’ Joc Pederson suffers from serious case of bed head (pic)

With a getaway day game scheduled for Thursday against the host Washington Nationals at 12:05 local time, the Los Angeles Dodgers were forced into a quick turnaround after playing a night game Wednesday, with players having to show up at the ballpark pretty early. Perhaps too early for some of them. Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson is a young pup at the spry age of 24. And...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper quotes Domingo Ayala to riff on mammoth homer (pic)

Even Bryce Harper was left utterly impressed with the vulgar display of power he demonstrated with a majestic mammoth home run that reached the third deck of Nationals Park during Wednesday’s 8-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. So much so, in fact, that he riffed on a quote from social media star, YouTube sensation and baseball quasi-folk hero Domingo Ayala to properly address...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
9 days ago  |  Discuss

DPD: Urías Takes the Mound Against Strasburg

It’s a very short Thursday slate, but fireworks await us with a fantastic duel right out of the chute. We also have an ace in isolation as well. Check ’em out! Julio Urías (LAD) versus Stephen Strasburg (WAS) 12:00 p.m. ET It’s a really lean day pitching-wise as there’s only nine games going and not a ton of intriguing options, but right out of the gate you get a couple...
Via The Sports Post
9 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Bryce Harper smashes video game homer to third deck

Bryce Harper continues to defy gravity, physics and baseball logic during the 2016 season and on Wednesday things were turned up a notch — or should I say three decks. That’s because Harper knocked his 20th home run of the season all the way up to the third deck of right field in Nationals Park. What you know about that third deck? .@Bharper3407 will tell you ALL about it...
Via The Comeback
10 days ago  |  Discuss
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