Washington Nationals Wiretap

Rendon Seeks Third Opinion On Knee

Mar 31, 2015 4:39 PM

Anthony Rendon was scheduled to meet with Dr. Steven Singleton in Vail, Colorado, for a third opinion on his injured left knee.

Dr. James Andrews on Monday confirmed the Washington Nationals' initial diagnosis of a sprained medial collateral ligament.

"We're just trying to make sure we cover all bases and everybody gets a chance to take a look at it and develop a course of action from today on," Matt Williams said.

Rendon was hurt making a diving stop in a game against Atlanta on March 9.


Tags: Washington Nationals, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Red Sox Get Sandy Leon From Nationals

Mar 30, 2015 5:04 PM

The Boston Red Sox have acquired Sandy Leon from the Washington Nationals.

The Red Sox are in need of a catcher. They placed Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list on Monday with a right elbow sprain.

Leon was acquired for cash considerations.

The 26-year-old is out of options, and the Nationals didn't believe he would clear waivers, making him expendable.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Mets Acquire Jerry Blevins, Alex Torres

Mar 30, 2015 4:57 PM

The New York Mets have addressed pitching needs on Monday, acquiring Jerry Blevins from the Washington Nationals and Alex Torres from the San Diego Padres.

The Mets will send Matt den Dekker will head to Washington, while Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named will head to San Diego.

Blevins, 31, went 2-3 with a 4.87 ERA in 64 relief appearances for the Nationals last season.

Torres, 27, went 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA in 70 relief appearances last season.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

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Strasburg To Face Harvey In Early Season Showdown

Mar 29, 2015 12:44 AM

Stephen Strasburg will start for the Nationals in the third game of the season on April 9 in a likely showdown with Mets pitching ace Matt Harvery, according to an ESPN.com report.


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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

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Rendon's Availability For Opener In Doubt

Mar 25, 2015 4:13 PM

Anthony Rendon's availability for the Washington Nationals' season opener is in doubt after a second MRI on his injured left knee failed to reveal progress as expected.

"Opening Day is in jeopardy at this point, because he simply hasn't had the baseball activity to get ready," Matt Williams said. "Does that mean he's not ready for Opening Day, but ready four days later? Potentially. We just don't know at this point.

"It's a tricky injury, because the MRI shows no structural damage, per se. But it's something you use every day. It's on the right track. It's just a question of when he can get through the soreness and get back to [playing]."

A sprained MCL in his left knee has limited Rendon, 24, to three games and nine at-bats in the Grapefruit League this spring. He hasn't appeared in a game since March 9 because of the injury.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

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Nationals Release Heath Bell

Mar 24, 2015 8:25 AM

The Washington Nationals have released Heath Bell, who they signed to a Minor League contract in December.

He struck out six batters and walked five while allowing five runs, four earned, in 5 1/3 innings this spring.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Scherzer To Start Opener For Nationals

Mar 23, 2015 4:45 PM

The Washington Nationals have announced that Max Scherzer will start for the club on Opening Day.

Washington will open the season on April 6 against the New York Mets.

"It's going to be real exciting," Scherzer said. "It's a great honor to be able to start Opening Day, especially for this club and especially on this staff. But at the end of the day, it's just Game 1. There are bigger and better things I want to check off."

Scherzer will be making his first Opening Day start after signing a seven-year, $210 million deal. Stephen Strasburg had pitched the last three for the Nationals.

Associated Press

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Strasburg Tweaks Ankle, To Miss Next Spring Start

Mar 21, 2015 5:52 PM

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg will miss Sunday's scheduled spring training start after injuring his left ankle during conditioning work Friday.

"He twisted his ankle a little bit, so we're going to have to see how he goes in the next couple of days and push him (back)," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "He's a little sore, so we don't want to have any issues with him not feeling 100 percent."


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Span Has Core Surgery, Out At Least 4-6 Weeks

Mar 9, 2015 3:27 PM

Denard Span had surgery Monday to repair a right core muscle injury and will miss the start of the season for the Washington Nationals.

Matt Williams said the projected time for Span's return is uncertain and added "you're looking at four-to-six weeks before he can start doing baseball activity again."

Span had surgery to repair a sports hernia injury in December and reported discomfort at the start of spring training.

"He thought it would work itself out," Williams said. "Once he ramped it up in the first game and tested it coming out of the box, he felt it a lot more so we decided to get it looked at. Ultimately, with all the results, had to get it fixed, make sure he's good to go."

Associated Press

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A-Rod Gets Spring Start At Third Base
A-Rod served as a DH in his first two spring training games.


Nationals Sign Tony Gwynn Jr.
The Washington Nationals have signed Tony Gwynn Jr. to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Harper Has To 'Step Up' For Nationals
Bryce Harper wants to improve his numbers from last season, adding that he has to "step up" for the Nationals.

Bill Ladson/MLB

Scherzer Reportedly Adding Cutter
Max Scherzer already throws a four-seam fastball, a changeup, a slider and a curveball, which he implemented before winning the American League Cy Young in 2013.

Andrew Simon/MLB

Harper 'Excited' To Bring World Series To D.C.
Bryce Harper looks at the roster of the Nationals on paper and foresees a World Series championship.


Desmond Won't Be Distracted By Pending Free Agency
The Nationals and Ian Desmond's representatives aren't believed to have had any significant talks on a new deal.

Bill Ladson/MLB

Nationals Exercise 2016 Option On Matt Williams
Matt Williams guided the Nationals to the NL East title and a league-best 96 victories last season.


Red Sox Discussed Scherzer With Boras
After speaking with Scott Boras, it became clear that the right-hander's price would be too high for the Red Sox.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Nationals, Dodgers Top Sports Book Win Totals
The Nationals are 5-1 favorites to win the World Series at the Atlantis in Reno, Nevada.


Astros, Nationals Keeping Spring Training Homes In Florida
Rick Scott said in a statement ithat the two major league clubs "have chosen to stay in Florida for the next 30 years."

Associated Press

Blevins Beats Nationals In Arbitration
Jerry Blevins has defeated the Nationals in salary arbitration and will earn $2.4 million this year instead of the team's proposed $2.2 million.

Associated Press

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Janssen Finalizes Deal With Nationals
The Nationals have finalized a one-year deal with Casey Janssen that includes a mutual option for 2016.


Werth To Serve Five Days For Reckless Driving
Jayson Werth has pleaded guilty to reckless driving and has been sentenced to five days in jail for driving 105 mph on the Capital Beltway.

Associated Press

Nationals Reportedly Add Casey Janssen
Casey Janssen has signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Nationals, according to reports.


Scherzer Will Make $35M Per Year Over Final Three Seasons
Max Scherzer will be paid $35 million per year in each of the final three seasons of his contract with the Nationals, according to sources.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Yankees Were Never In On Scherzer
Max Scherzer is finalizing his seven-year, $210 million deal with the Nationals.

Bryan Hoch/MLB

Could Nationals Trade Strasburg?
The Nationals made headlines when they agreed to terms on a seven-year deal with Max Scherzer on Sunday night, giving them the flexibility to deal a starter.

John Perrotto/USA Today

Nationals, Max Scherzer Agree To Seven-Year Deal
Max Scherzer is 91-50 in seven seasons with the Diamondbacks and Tigers.


Source: Max Scherzer Nearing Agreement
It is being reported that Max Scherzer is nearing agreement on a seven-year deal with an unidentified club.