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Drew Storen Seemingly Unhappy With Papelbon Trade

Jul 29, 2015 6:52 AM

The Washington Nationals acquired Jonathan Papelbon on Tuesday, something that didn't seem to sit well with incumbent closer Drew Storen.

"All I'm going to say is, I'm aware of the move and I've talked to Mike about it. I've talked to my agent about it," Storen said. "We've had some ongoing discussions. Until those have progressed, I'm just going to leave it at that. No comment for now. But as the situation goes, I'll keep you guys posted."

This will mark the third time that Storen has lost his job as closer since 2011.

Storen has a 1.73 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 36.1 innings (29 saves) this season.

Bill Ladson/MLB

Tags: Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

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Nationals Acquire Papelbon From Phillies

Jul 28, 2015 5:57 PM

The Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a trade that will send Jonathan Papelbon to the nation's capital.

Under the terms of the agreement, Papelbon will close for the Nationals and be signed through 2016, according to a source.

It is also being reported that Papelbon will take less money to leave the Phillies and that Washington will send a Double-A pitcher to Philadelphia as part of the deal.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Sources: Nationals Making Progress On Deal For Papelbon

Jul 28, 2015 11:23 AM

The Washington Nationals are making progress on a trade for Jonathan Papelbon, according to sources.

Papelbon, who has been vocal about wanting a trade from the Philadelphia Phillies, has said that he will only approve a trade if he can close for his new team.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Craig Kimbrel Linked To Astros, Blue Jays, Nationals, Yankees

Jul 28, 2015 7:07 AM

The Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals and New York Yankees are among the teams that have shown interest in trading for San Diego Padres closer Craig Kimbrel.

Houston, however, is concerned with the financial commitment that Kimbrel carries. He is owed a total of $24 million over the next two seasons.

The Yankees may have faded from the picture a bit as they remain hesitant to deal any of their top prospects.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Astros, Blue Jays, Nationals Have Interest In Kimbrel

Jul 27, 2015 3:40 PM

The San Diego Padres have gotten calls from the Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals about reliever Craig Kimbrel.

The Astros, however, are concerned with the money Kimbrel is owed going forward.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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A's Expected To Trade Tyler Clippard Soon

Jul 27, 2015 7:09 AM

Tyler Clippard is expected to be the next player traded by the Oakland Athletics.

That deal could take place soon, perhaps as early as Monday.

The Washington Nationals, New York Yankees and New York Mets have all been linked to Clippard.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Washington Nationals, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Gerrit Cole Becomes Majors' First 14-Game Winner

Jul 27, 2015 12:40 AM

Gerrit Cole became the majors' first 14-game winner, leading the Pirates to a 3-1 victory over the Nationals on Sunday, according to an Yahoo.com report.

Cole (14-4) allowed one run and seven hits in 7 2/3 innings while improving to 3-1 with a 2.40 ERA in four July starts. The right-hander struck out eight and walked none.


Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Nationals Release Jose Valverde

Jul 22, 2015 2:43 PM

The Washington Nationals have released Jose Valverde.

Valverde had an opt-out clause in his deal.

The reliever was never promoted to the Major Leagues. Over 26 1/3 innings with Triple-A, Valverde owns a 2.39 ERA with 7.2 K/9 against just 1.0 BB/9.

Mark Zuckerman/CSN Washington

Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Ian Desmond Gets Pep Talk From Cal Ripken Jr.

Jul 21, 2015 6:28 AM

Ian Desmond is hoping to get a boost from a chance meeting with Cal Ripken Jr. amid a disappointing season.

"The other day, I was walking to the park, and Cal Ripken was out there signing autographs in the parking lot," Desmond said. "He kind of grabbed me, and he said, 'Hey, back in '93, through the first 80 games, I was hitting .199.' He said, 'I finished with a pretty good year. You're going to be all right.' And that kind of gave me a little bit of hope. If he did it and grinded through it, I can too."

Desmond is hitting .208 this season after going 2-for-4 against the New York Mets on Monday night.

The Washington Nationals gave Desmond a couple days off the past month as a mental break. The shortstop also made six errors in eight games early in the season.


Tags: Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

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Bryce Harper Says Umpire Favored Zack Greinke

Jul 20, 2015 4:35 PM

Zack Greinke hasn't allowed a run in nearly 44 innings, but Bryce Harper believes his streak has been aided by umpires.

After the Los Angeles Dodgers topped the Washington Nationals 5-0 on Sunday, Harper asserted "when you're getting 6 inches off the plate, it's tough to face him."

"For me, I don't think he was very tough," Harper said, according to The Washington Post. "He's a great pitcher. He does what he does."

Greinke's scoreless innings string is the longest in the Major Leagues since Orel Hershiser set the record of 59 shutout innings in 1988 with the Dodgers.

Harper later amended his comments, calling Greinke "a damn good pitcher."


Tags: Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

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