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Nationals Sign Tony Gwynn Jr.

Mar 3, 2015 8:24 AM

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

Across 1,798 total career plate appearances in the Major Leagues, Gwynn owns a .238/.309/.310 slash with 80 stolen bases.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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Harper Has To 'Step Up' For Nationals

Mar 2, 2015 8:37 AM

Bryce Harper wants to improve his numbers from last season, adding that he has to "step up" for the Washington Nationals.

Harper missed 62 games in 2014 because of a thumb injury.

"I have to see what [pitchers] are going to do to me, see how they approach me, really just working my pitch and not go out of my comfort zone," the 22-year-old said. "If I can do that, stay within myself and have a little bit of fun at the plate, that will go a long way."

With Adam LaRoche gone, Harper is Washington's only power threat from the left side of the plate.

"I'll help out for sure," Harper said. "After losing LaRoche, I have to step up a little bit. I have to do what I need to do. Our pitching is going to take us to the top, hopefully, but we still have to have offense. We have to do the things we need to do. I'm ready to go. I'll be feeling good."

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Scherzer Reportedly Adding Cutter

Feb 27, 2015 10:12 AM

Max Scherzer is adding a cutter to his four-pitch repertoire, according to the New York Times.

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.

The MLB Network crew discussed the decision and found at least one instance of Scherzer throwing what looked like a cutter in 2014.

Hitters managed only a .238/.294/.368 line against the right-hander last season, but they did bat .314/.486/.559 when ahead in the count.

Andrew Simon/MLB

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Harper 'Excited' To Bring World Series To D.C.

Feb 26, 2015 10:20 AM

Bryce Harper looks at the roster of the Washington Nationals on paper and foresees a World Series championship.

Harper said Wednesday he's "excited to get going this year and doing the things that I need to do to bring a title back to D.C. and hoist that trophy over the monuments."

"It's absolutely stupid; we have the best staff in all of baseball," Harper said of the pitching staff. "I don't care what nobody says, and the thing about our guys, they work. It's not like it's just, 'Hey, OK, let's just go out and play.' They work, and they work hard. And to add a guy like [Max] Scherzer who's a bulldog out there, who's unbelievable in the postseason, who shows that fire and that emotion, it's something that I'm going to enjoy watching this year.

"And I think our team in the outfield is going to do a lot of watching, because they're going to be carving it up."

Harper, 22, agreed to a new $7.5 million deal with the Nationals that will keep him in Washington for two more seasons.

"I was able to do the things I wanted to do when I was in high school and college," Harper said of his offseason fitness regimen.

"Switching things up a little bit, more fast-paced workouts. I'm doing 1,000 reps workout in 45 minutes. Just trying to roll through it as quick as I can, doing the things I need to do to get a little leaner and do things like that, but my strength is still there, my power is still there, so I feel very good."

ESPN

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Desmond Won't Be Distracted By Pending Free Agency

Feb 24, 2015 8:29 AM

Ian Desmond will be a free agent next winter, but the Washington Nationals infielder insists that he won't be distracted this season.

"I owe it to everybody here to give my 100 percent concentration and that's what I'm going to do," Desmond said. "All the other stuff is really not going to be talked about. It's time to go."

The Nationals and Desmond's representatives aren't believed to have had any significant talks on a new deal.

It was reported this offseason that Desmond was nearly traded to the New York Mets in a three-team deal.

"You can't really put too much stock into it because I never really heard from Mike [Rizzo]," Desmond said. "I never heard from anybody. The only thing I did heard was [manager] Matt [Williams] calling me and telling me, 'You are not getting traded.'"

Bill Ladson/MLB

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Nationals Exercise 2016 Option On Matt Williams

Feb 22, 2015 2:22 AM

As Nationals pitchers and catchers went through their first official workout of spring training, the team announced Saturday that it had exercised the 2016 option on manager Matt Williams' contract.

"I'm excited to be part of the organization and the fact that it got picked up," Williams said. "I'm honored to have that done. The organization is fantastic. They've supported all of us since the day I arrived here."

ESPN.com

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Red Sox Discussed Scherzer With Boras

Feb 18, 2015 7:55 AM

The Boston Red Sox had interest in Max Scherzer this offseason, even having numerous discusses with agent Scott Boras.

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

Rob Bradford/WEEI

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Nationals, Dodgers Top Sports Book Win Totals

Feb 14, 2015 2:05 AM

The Nationals and the Dodgers have the highest projected season win totals, and the Phillies have the lowest, according to numbers posted Friday at the Atlantis sports book in Reno, Nevada.

The Nationals, who are 5-1 favorites to win the World Series at the Atlantis, top the sports book's season win total list at 93. The Dodgers, at 91, are the only other team projected to win more than 90 games.

ESPN.com

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Astros, Nationals Keeping Spring Training Homes In Florida

Feb 12, 2015 6:22 PM

Gov. Rick Scott says the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros will keep their spring training homes in Florida.

Scott said in a statement ithat the two major league clubs "have chosen to stay in Florida for the next 30 years."

Associated Press

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Blevins Beats Nationals In Arbitration

Feb 11, 2015 5:34 PM

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

Blevins spent his first seven Major League seasons with Oakland and was traded to Washington in December 2013 for minor league outfielder Billy Burns.

Associated Press

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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.

ESPN

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.

ESPN

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.

ESPN.com

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

ESPN.com

Strasburg, Nationals Reach $7.4M Deal
The Nationals have Stephen Strasburg have agreed to a one-year, $7.4 million deal, avoiding arbitration.

Associated Press

Nationals Open To Trading Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond will be the starting shortstop for the Nationals in 2015, if the team doesn't trade him.

Bill Ladson/MLB

Nationals, A's Agree To Clippard, Escobar Trade
Oakland just acquired Yunel Escobar this past weekend from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Desmond, Nationals Haven't Had 'Significant' Extension Talks
Mike Rizzo reportedly met with Ian Desmond's agent at the Winter Meetings, but a source says no true talks were held at the time.

Bill Ladson/MLB

Nationals To Sign Carp To Minor League Deal
The deal includes an invitation to Spring Training and will pay Mike Carp $1 million if he makes the Major League roster.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Werth To Have Shoulder Surgery, Should Be Ready For Opener
The Nationals haven't made an official announcement, but Werth is expected to be ready by the start of the regular season in April.

Associated Press

Nationals Hire Ankiel As Minor League Mentor
The Nationals have hired Rick Ankiel as "life skills coordinator" to mentor players in the Minor Leagues.

Associated Press

Doug Fister Gives Out Free Starbucks
On Wednesday, Doug Fister tweeted out a scanable barcode good at any Starbucks for a free beverage, but asked that folks limit themselves to just one purchase.

ESPN

Nationals Add Uggla On Minors Deal
The agreement includes an includes an invitation to Spring Training.

ESPN

Following Souza Trade, Nationals Will Count On Taylor
The Nationals traded Steven Souza to the Rays earlier this month, making Michael A. Taylor a very important part of the organization.

Chelsea James/Washington Post

Health Bell Agrees To Minors Deal With Nationals
Health Bell has agreed to a Minor League contract with the Nationals, according to a piece written by the reliever himself for The Players' Tribune.

The Players' Tribune