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NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Nationals willing to trade Jordan Zimmermann or Doug Fister

If the return is strong, the Nationals will consider moving starting pitchers Jordan Zimmermann or Doug Fister. Fister, 30, will become a free agent at the end of the season after posting a 2.41 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP in 164 innings of work. At 28, Zimmermann is also coming off a strong 2014 season in which he posted a 2.66 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 182/29 K/BB ratio across 199 2/3 innings...
Via Tireball.com
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nats fans build homage to Jayson Werth with $3,800 of canned seafood

A group of Washington Nationals fans spent the weekend building a nine-foot homage to Nationals star Jayson Werth out of $3,800 of canned seafood.  The replica was built at Reagan National Airport as part of Arlington’s annual ‘Canstriction’ event.  The event sees competitors building sculptures out of canned food.  After the competition, the cans are donated to charity...
Via DC Sports-Kings
2 days ago  |  Discuss

SEE: Fan creates huge Werth sculpture out of seafood cans

Jayson Werth certainly captures the imagination of Washington Nationals fans, that is without question. Perhaps it has something to do with his rather unique appearance, highlighted by his shaggy beard and long, flowing locks of hair. Perhaps it’s something else. Maybe it has to do not only with his current appearance, but how Werth transformed...Read More The post Nationals fans...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: offseason pitching debates

Tyler Clippard In the past few seasons, the Washington Nationals have built up a pitching staff and bullpen to be proud of. Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann are just a couple of the pitchers on the Nationals’ staff that contributed to the NL East win and the trip to the post season. Not to say that there weren’t any pitching hiccups in the Nationals’ postseason appearance...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats resign Frandsen, Release Purke

The Washington Nationals did some minor roster reshuffling.  Avoiding arbitration, the Nats resigned utility infielder Kevin Frandsen on a 1 year deal worth $1 million, plus possible incentives.   Frandsen was a valuable part of the Nationals 2014 bench and was a priority for the Nats this offseason.  The flexibility the Nats have with Frandsen is invaluable, ready and able to...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Frandsen agrees to $1 million deal with Nationals

WASHINGTON (AP) Utility player Kevin Frandsen and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration with a deal that raises his base salary by $100,000. The 32-year-old hit .259 with a club-high 11 pinch hits last season, his first in Washington. He made 42 starts and played in 105 games for the NL East champions, appearing in left field...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals closing in on deal with Kevin Frandsen

The Washington Nationals are closing in on a new deal with infielder/outfielder Kevin Frandsen. Frandsenis arbitration-eligible for the first time this year. He had been ticketed to earn $1.2 million in arbitration and currently it is unclear exactly what his new deal will cost the Nationals. #Nationals are closing in on a one-year deal with Kevin Frandsen that would avoid arbitration...
Via Tireball.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Nats should trade Jordan Zimmermann

The Washington Nationals are in an enviable position. The team won 96 games for the second time in three years before bowing out in the division series. They are a talented group, well-built with one of the best rotations in baseball plus a high-octane offense to match. They are certainly a World Series favorite for […]
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals coaching staff returns next season

The Washington Nationals announced that for the first time since the 2008 season, the entire coaching staff will return.  The 2-14 National League Manager of the Year will not break in any new faces on the staff. Pitching coach Steve McCatty is the longest tenured Nats coach.  Next season will be his seventh season with the club.  Bench coach Randy Knorr is the second most tenured...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals coaching staff returns intact after NL East title

  The Nationals are bringing back all seven coaches from National League Manager of the Year Matt Williams' staff. It's the first time since 2007-08 that the Nationals kept their entire coaching staff for consecutive seasons. The club announced Wednesday that bench coach Randy Knorr, pitching coach Steve McCatty, hitting coach Rick Schu, bullpen coach Matt LeCroy, first...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Dissecting the Jordan Zimmermann to the Cubs trade rumors

Late Tuesday night, it appeared that we had our first big trade rumor of the offseason with the Cubs reportedly talking to the Nationals about acquiring pitcher Jordan Zimmermann. According to the Chicago Sun-Times‘ Gordon Wittenmyer, trade negotiations had progressed to the point that other names to include in the deal were being discussed, which seemed to indicate that this was...
Via The Outside Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats bring back all 7 coaches on Williams' staff

WASHINGTON (AP) The Nationals are bringing back all seven coaches from NL Manager of the Year Matt Williams' staff. It's the first time since 2007-08 that the Nationals kept their entire coaching staff for consecutive seasons. The club announced Wednesday that bench coach Randy Knorr, pitching coach Steve McCatty, hitting coach Rick Schu, bullpen coach Matt LeCroy, first...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Cubs interested in trading for Jordan Zimmerman

The Chicago Cubs apparently aren’t going to wait around for Jon Lester to make a decision, or for the Phillies to lower their price on Cole Hamels – they’re going in on an elite pitcher right now. The team is reportedly discussing a deal that would result in them acquiring NL All-Star Jordan Zimmermann from the Washington Nationals. Via the Chicago Sun-Times… Multiple...
Via The Outside Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals’ Matt Williams named NL Manager of the Year

Despite taking over a club that had won 86 games the previous season, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America felt Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams did the best job of any manager in the National League. RETWEET to congratulate Matt Williams on being named BBWAA NL Manager of the Year! #IBackTheNats pic.twitter.com/dIwoR8f9Eh — Nationals on MASN (@masnNationals...
Via KCM Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals rumors: Fielding needs and concerns for the offseason

Ian Desmond The Washington Nationals have a lot to think about during their offseason. Currently there are major needs to resign a few of the key fielders as well as questions for players that are already signed for the upcoming season. Here are some things for the Washington Nationals to think about for 2015. Locking down Ian Desmond Ian Desmond has been a crucial part of the Nationals...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Mad Money, Bad Returns, Sad Outcomes

Adam LaRoche killed a huge Elk this past week for his hunting show Buck Commander. LaRoche (who I’ve never liked much — not sure why) posted a picture of it on Twitter and my first thought was damn that is one big ass elk … Dan Haren had this to say: “Poor elk, just minding his own business eating some leaves and boom, dead. At least you’re having fun.” LaRoche is puzzling...
Via Mets Merized Online
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Dan Haren laments Adam LaRoche bagging giant buck?

  Free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche will be spending a lot of his offseason looking for big bucks  this winter — and not only those with dollar signs. LaRoche tweeted a picture Wednesday of himself and a gigantic, 12-point Rocky Mountain elk he bagged this week in Wyoming. The avid hunter posted the photo on the official Instagram account for Buck Commander...
Via The Other Paper
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Federal Reserve: Renda selected for Fall Stars Game roster

The Arizona Fall League (AFL) announced its roster for the East and West divisions for the annual Fall Stars Game, with second baseman Tony Renda selected as the lone Nationals farmhand. On the surface Renda, one of seven Nationals’ prospects playing for the Mesa Solar Sox, is an odd selection because of his sluggish numbers. Entering Monday afternoon’s game, he was batting ...
Via The Nats Blog
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Four burning questions this offseason

Adam LaRoche The Washington Nationals have had an amazing season despite the disappointing postseason appearance. That being said, the Nationals have left us with a lot of questions that need solving for the 2015 season. Here are four questions the Nationals have left us with. Where will Ryan Zimmerman play? There have been a lot of questions surrounding Ryan Zimmerman after his...
Via isportsweb.com
27 days ago  |  Discuss

REPORT: Red Sox May Trade For Bryce Harper

Coming To Fenway?According to a report quoting "major league sources" on BaseballHotCorner.com, the Red Sox will try to acquire Bryce Harper this Winter in a trade with the Washington Nationals. Reportedly, Mookie Betts would be the centerpiece of any package to get the 22-year old Harper, along with one or two of Boston's top pitching prospects, and/or Allen Craig...
Via FenwayNation
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Rumor: Nationals to decline option on Adam LaRoche

It has been rumored that Washington Nationals will decline the $15 million option on Adam LaRoche’s contract. The Nationals will likely opt to buy out his contract for $2 million. The plan for Washington is to move Ryan Zimmerman over to first base due to the trouble he’s had at third base. Despite the fielding and injury troubles Zimmerman has had, he’s younger, just getting...
Via On-Base Talk
October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranking All 40 of the 2014 Washington Nationals

We were going to do a Winners & Losers-style post for the NL East champs, but I think this is a little more inclusive. There’s not much rhyme or reason to it, other than ranking the players based on who made the most positive impact this year. Enjoy. 40. Taylor Jordan — Was a member of the Opening Day rotation (filling in for Doug Fister), then went 0-3 with a 5.61 ERA in...
Via Mr. Irrelevant
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper and girlfriend getting married in January

Bryce Harper will have a busy and happy offseason with girlfriend Kayla Varner. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the two are getting married in January in Southern California. Harper and Varner will be married Jan. 2 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have a ceremony afterwards. They will have a...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Do Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland have beef?

Bryce Harper on Tuesday took Hunter Strickland deep for another splash hit into McCovey Cove during the NLDS, and the young Nationals outfielder went nuts during his celebration. He also appeared to bark at and stare down the Giants after the homer, indicating there might be something personal going on between him and Strickland. Harper’s...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Fan on Craigslist offers Nats playoff tickets for threesome

If there happen to be a couple of ladies in the D.C. inclined to part with their dignity in exchange for MLB playoff tickets, well, one Craigslist user has an offer for you. An unidentified man has offered up on Craigslist his two tickets in the Diamond Club section of Nationals Park for Friday’s playoffs-opening […] The post Guy offers up Nationals playoff tickets on Craigslist...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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