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NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Will Manfred Look At Expansion When He Takes Over As Commish?

The time has come. Rob Manfred is finally taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. The Bud Selig era that began in 1992 is coming to an end. So what is one of Manfred’s priorities now that he is the king of the palace? You would have to think that expansion is one idea he might be willing consider and Montreal fans will be looking closely at what he might do in that...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper dropped by ‘Modern Family’ set, took photos with show’s stars (pics)

It’s unknown at this exactly why, but Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper on Wednesday dropped by the set of the multiple-Emmy Award-winning series, “Modern Family.” Harper’s presence on the set was first tipped off by Julie Bowen, who plays Claire Dunphy on the ABC hit comedy, who tweeted a photo of herself and fellow cast...Read More The post Bryce Harper dropped...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
2 days ago  |  Discuss

FanGraphs: Betts For Strasburg Sensible Trade

Strasburg (L), Betts (R)Dave Cameron of the authoritative FanGraphs.com website makes an interesting case for a Mookie Betts for Stephen Strasburg trade. In fact, he argues that the deal would be a "win-win" for both the Red Sox and the Nationals. Why? First, Cameron uses a complex analysis of WAR projections for Betts and his likely replacements on the 2015 roster. He concludes...
Via FenwayNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats GM Willing To Trade Jordan Zimmermann

According to FOXSports.com's Jon Morosi, Nationals GM Mike Rizzo is willing to trade starter Jordan Zimmermann (and Ian Desmond as well, for that matter) assuming it makes "baseball sense". Clearly, that means getting back talented, cheaper players in return—something the Red Sox are willing and able to do for Rizzo. Earlier reports have a bevy of young Boston prospects going to...
Via FenwayNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals player profile: Max Scherzer

Max Scherzer With the news of Max Scherzer officially signing with Washington, it is clear the Washington Nationals are serious about making a name for themselves in October. Scherzer is coming into arguably one of the best pitching staffs in the majors and will fit right in. The current pitching staff, including Jordan Zimmermann and Steven Strasburg, had a combined ERA of 3.03...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Crashed the Set of ‘Modern Family’

  If you’re a fan of an NL East team that isn’t the Washington Nationals but enjoy the show “Modern Family,” this might not be the post for you. Newly single slugger Bryce Harper (we think?) enjoyed what time off he has left before spring training by visiting the set of the hit ABC show. While there he probably came across some PA’s who gladly took him behind the scenes...
Via Busted Coverage
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer: ‘I want to win and that’s why I’m here’

Your browser does not support iframes. The Washington Nationals introduced Max Scherzer, who agreed on a seven-year, $210 million deal Monday, on Wednesday at Nationals Park. “I think this team is capable of winning and winning a lot,” Scherzer said. “When you look at near term and long term, this is an organization you want to be a part of. … I want to win and that’s...
Via Sports-Glory
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Case For Keeping Zimmermann and Fister

Following the Nationals’ 7-year, $210 million agreement with free agent starter Max Scherzer, questions arise as to what the team will do with its otherworldly pitching depth. With all five starters—Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Gio Gonzalez, and Tanner Roark—returning from last year’s National League East Championship squad, the addition of the 2013...
Via The Nats Blog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Zimmermann Is Top Choice As Sox Trade Target

Jordan Zimmermann has emerged as the clear choice of our readers as the preferred trade target among Nationals starters. As the chart shows, fully 55% now choose Zimmermann, followed by 34% who pick Stephen Strasburg and just 7% who select Doug Fister. Five percent said they don't prefer any of the three Nationals starters.
Via FenwayNation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Prepared To Make Move For Jordan Zimmermann

According to multiple major league sources, the Boston Red Sox are prepared to make a move to trade for Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. The Nationals have been talking to many teams for weeks about a possible trade for the 28-year-old impending free agent. Zimmermann is considered as one of the best right-handed starters in all of baseball. Arguably the best...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals to host 2018 All Star Game

The Washington Nationals have been told by Major League Baseball that they will host the 2018 All Star Game, according to a report in the Washington Post. The announcement is expected before MLB Commissioner Bud Selig retires at the end of January 2015. Washington has hosted the All Star game four times, most recently in 1969 at RFK Stadium. The Montreal Expos hosted the game in...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Enormous Trade Value of Stephen Strasburg

It’s no secret the Nationals have been having a lot of conversations behind the scenes. For much of the offseason, there’ve been rumors the team was open to moving guys like Ian Desmond and Jordan Zimmermann. As hard as it was before to see the Nationals deliberately making themselves worse in the short-term to get […]
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

No Need For The Washington Nationals To Trade Strasburg or Zimmermann

The Washington Nationals shored up the best starting rotation in baseball with their surprise signing of prized free agent, Max Scherzer. Well, that is, the best rotation on paper. Last year, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series with a one-man rotation named Madison Bumgarner. This is far from ideal, and even the Giants will admit that their plan wasn’t for Bumgarner...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

After signing Max Scherzer, what’s next for the Nationals?

The Washington Nationals may already have had the best team going into the 2015 season. The team has an unobstructed path to the postseason, and it’s even better now after signing Max Scherzer to a seven-year, $210 million contract. Many observers, including myself, have picked the Nats to win the World Series over the past two seasons. This year, we may finally get it right...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nationals open to trading Stephen Strasburg

The Washington Nationals reportedly signed one ace pitcher, but they could be looking to deal another. The Nationals reportedly signed Max Scherzer to an enormous deal, and many thought the free-agent right-hander would be the perfect addition to an already-stacked rotation. However, the Nationals might be looking to move right-hander Stephen Strasburg, according to a report. USA...
Via NESN.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Max Scherzer signs seven-year deal with Nationals

The Washington Nationals have pulled off the most shocking move of baseball’s offseason – they’ve signed the top free agent on the market, Max Scherzer, to a seven-year contract. While the terms of the deal are currently unknown, Scherzer will reportedly be making more than $180 million over the seven years. Former teammate Justin Verlander got $180 million over seven years...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

We have finally gone through the wormhole into the next universe: Baseball's glamour team is the Washington Nationals

Washington... Last in war, last in peace,And first in the NL East!It will be fun this year, watching the ups and downs of America's team, the Nationals - aka the "Beltway Bombers," who play in "The House That Bush Built." The story lines are spectacular: The wunderkind, Bryce Harper... the once-a-generation arm, Stephen Strasburg... Zimmermann and Zimmerman, Jordan and Ryan... the...

Nationals Build Potential Super-Team, Add Max Scherzer

Here’s maybe the simplest way to put this: a season ago, by his peripherals, Tanner Roark was about a three-win pitcher. By his actual runs allowed, he was about a five-win pitcher. He actually finished with a higher RA9-WAR than Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister and a lot of other guys too. At present, the […]
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nats nearing seven-year deal with Max Scherzer

How’s this for an unexpected landing spot for Max Scherzer: the Washington Nationals? According to several media reports that began to trickle out on Sunday, Scherzer and the Nationals have mutual interest in one another, and the two parties are getting close on a seven-year contract. In fact, according to the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore, the contract is “very close”...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Injury updates and what it means for 2015

Ryan Zimmerman During the 2014 season we saw a few of the big players for the Washington Nationals sit out due to injuries. Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth are the main concerns for the Nationals, who would take a big hit if any of these players are not 100 percent for the start of the 2015 season. Ryan Zimmerman was the main concern last year, with his hamstring injury...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Low-Down On Ian Desmond

Ian Desmond is probably available for the right package, but the Mets won’t be signing him. If the Nationals were willing to discount him given he is a one year rental there might be a possibility, however, they’re not, in fact they appear more likely to stick with him through 2015 rather than offer him at a discount. They will at the very least recoup a first round compensatory...
Via Mets Merized Online
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Top-Five Nationals Prospects by Projected WAR

Earlier today, Kiley McDaniel published his consummately researched and demonstrably authoritative prospect list for the Washington Nationals. What follows is a different exercise than that, one much smaller in scope and designed to identify not Washington’s top overall prospects but rather the rookie-eligible players in the Nationals system who are most ready to produce wins […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Why the Nationals are on track to win another division title.

Stephen Strasburg The Washington Nationals have made it clear the past few seasons that being at the top of the NL East is where they belong. When the Nationals came to Washington in 2005, they were looked down on as the underdogs in the majors. After a few disappointing seasons, it seems as though the Nationals finally have something good going for them, winning their division...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Randy Johnson's photography company has great logo

Randy Johnson — along with Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio — was elected into baseball’s Hall of Fame on Tuesday. And deservedly so. The lanky lefty, all elbows and angles and awkwardness and fastballs of ferocity — and oh, that epic mullet — was a dominant force on the mound, registering 4,875 strikeouts...Read More The post Logo for Randy Johnson’s photography...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Doug Fister bought Starbucks for his Twitter followers

Washington Nationals pitcher did something pretty cool this Christmas – he bought Starbucks for everyone on Twitter. Merry Christmas Eve! Have a Starbucks on us! Have the barista scan the pic below. Don't be a grinch, please use for 1 pic.twitter.com/Npzh6QiyRa — Doug Fister (@dougfister58) December 24, 2014   There was no word about how much money was on the giftcard...
Via Awful Announcing
28 days ago  |  Discuss
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