Washington Nationals Wiretap

Nats Send Three Pitching Prospects To White Sox For Adam Eaton

Dec 8, 2016 2:44 AM

The Washington Nationals acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for three pitchers Wednesday.

In return for Eaton, the Nationals sent right-handed pitchers Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning to Chicago.

ESPN.com

Tags: Washington Nationals, Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Nationals Aren't Looking For Starter After Missing Out On Chris Sale

Dec 7, 2016 9:15 AM

Chris Sale was the only starting pitcher the Washington Nationals were interested in and they won't pursue any other rotation options, according to a report.

It was reported on Tuesday that Washington may now target Jose Quintana of the Chicago White Sox.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Washington Nationals, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Nationals Now Targeting Jose Quintana From White Sox

Dec 6, 2016 8:49 PM

After missing out on Chris Sale, the Washington Nationals are now interested in acquiring Jose Quintana from the Chicago White Sox.

The White Sox have shown some reluctance to deal Quintana in the past. He's under team control through 2020.

However, they are expected to sell more aggressively now that they've moved Sale.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tags: Washington Nationals, Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Nationals, White Sox Deep In Talks On Chris Sale Trade

Dec 6, 2016 8:18 AM

The Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals have advanced deep in trade discussions involving Chris Sale, according to a source.

Negotiations currently have the Nationals sending Lucas Giolito, Victor Robles and a low-level minor leaguer to the White Sox for Sale.

Sale will make $12 million in 2017 and his contract carries club options of $12.5 million for 2018 and $13.5 million for 2019.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Tags: Washington Nationals, Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Nationals Preparing To Lose Bryce Harper After 2018

Dec 5, 2016 8:28 PM

The Washington Nationals are preparing themselves for the departure of Bryce Harper after the 2018 season.

Harper and the Nationals have been far apart on extension talks as he's seeking a 10-year deal worth more than $400 million.

Scott Boras says the only active negotiations of late have involved a one-year deal in 2017.

"I have had no long-term discussions with the Nationals on Bryce," Boras said in a text message to USA TODAY Sports. "No terms, no offers discussed. Only arbitration-year discussions."

The largest contract in baseball belongs to Giancarlo Stanton, who signed a record 13-year, $325 million contract extension in 2014 that’s heavily backloaded.

Harper will be 26 when he hits the market.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Nationals, White Sox Meeting To Discuss Chris Sale

Dec 5, 2016 5:13 PM

The Washington Nationals have increased their efforts to acquire Chris Sale and were scheduled to meet with the Chicago White Sox to discuss the ace on Monday, according to a report.

The Boston Red Sox and others remain in the mix for Sale.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Pirates Seek Giolito, Robles From Nationals In Andrew McCutchen Deal

Dec 5, 2016 5:05 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have asked the Washington Nationals for both Lucas Giolito and Victor Robles in a trade for Andrew McCutchen.

The Nationals declined the offer.

The Texas Rangers have also found Pittsburgh's asking price high and Jon Heyman has reported that a "mystery" team has discussed a deal with the Pirates as well.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Giants, Mark Melancon Agree To Four-Year, $62M Deal

Dec 5, 2016 2:21 PM

The Giants have agreed to a four-year, $62 million contract with free-agent closer Mark Melancon, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney.

The agreement is pending a physical, which the right-hander is currently going through for the Giants, the sources said.

ESPN.com

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Nationals Seeking Trades For Both Andrew McCutchen, Chris Sale

Dec 5, 2016 9:08 AM

The Washington Nationals are trying to acquire both Andrew McCutchen and Chris Sale via trade, according to a report.

The Nationals believe they have the prospects to make both deals happen.

The Atlanta Braves are believed to be Washington's main competition for Sale.

Trea Turner is off limits, but the Nationals could still include Lucas Giolito, Victor Robles, Reynaldo Lopez and Erick Fredde in deals.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Washington Nationals, Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Mark Melancon Has Multiple Long-Term Offers

Dec 4, 2016 8:13 PM

Free-agent closer Mark Melancon has multiple offers of four years and $60-plus million on the table, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. The Giants, Nationals and possibly one other team have reportedly made those offers to the right-hander, who turns 32 in March.

San Francisco is thought to be the front-runner for Melancon, who is one of three elite closers on the market along with Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman.

MLB.com

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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M's, Marc Rzepczynski Agree To Two-Year, $11M Deal
Lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski posted a 2.64 ERA in 47 2/3 innings last year with the A's and Nationals.

ESPN.com

Nationals, Pirates Have 'Ramped Up' Andrew McCutchen Talks
There have been indications that the Nationals would like to conclude talks as soon as Thursday.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Pirates 'Almost Certain' To Trade Andrew McCutchen
Andrew McCutchen is signed for $14 million in 2017 with a $14.5 million club option for 2018.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello Earn Cy Young Honors
Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello were named the Cy Young winners of the National and American League, respectively, on Wednesday night.

RealGM Staff Report

Nationals Inquire With White Sox About Chris Sale
Chris Sale has three years and $37.5 million remaining on his contract.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Nationals Have No Plans To Trade Gio Gonzalez
Gio Gonzalez will earn $12 million in 2017 and has a vesting option at the same price for 2018 if he logs 180 innings next season.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Nationals, Chris Helsey Agree To One-Year, $1.4M Deal
Chris Helsey hit nine home runs last season for the Nationals.

ESPN.com

Pirates, Nationals Discussed Andrew McCutchen Trade In July
The Pirates and Nationals discussed at length a trade that would have involved Andrew McCutchen in July, according to Ken Rosenthal.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Nationals Expected To Pick Up Gio Gonzalez's Option
Gio Gonzalez's contract includes a team option at $12 million for the 2017 season.

Chelsea James/Washington Post

Bryce Harper Unlikely To Play In World Baseball Classic
Bryce Harper will likely decline the opportunity to play for Team USA at the World Baseball Classic, according to sources.

Chelsea James/Washington Post

Wilson Ramos Has Surgery On Right Knee
Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos had surgery on his right knee on Friday and his rehab is expected to take 6-8 months.

ESPN.com

Scott Boras: Bryce Harper Has Played With 'Limitations' This Season
Bryce Harper has not spoken about his reported shoulder injury during the postseason, but Scott Boras hinted that there is something bothering the Nationals outfielder.

Chelsea James/Washington Post

Postseason Home Runs Coming At Record Clip
After we saw a jump in home runs during the regular season, the spike has carried over into the playoffs.

Jeff Sullivan/ESPN

Max Scherzer Embracing 'Biggest Start Of Career'
Max Scherzer is preparing for what he believes will be the most important start of his Major League career on Thursday night.

Anthony DiComo/MLB

Diamondbacks Expected To Seek Permission To Speak With Mike Rizzo
The Arizona Diamondbacks intend to ask the Washington Nationals for permission to speak with Mike Rizzo about their open front office position, according to a report.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Strasburg Working Towards Return If Nationals Advance
Stephen Strasburg threw his second bullpen session in four days on Monday before the Nationals took a 2-1 lead over the Dodgers in the NLDS.

ESPN

Lobaton, Murphy Lead Nats Past Dodgers To Tie Series
The Nationals beat the Dodgers by the score of 5-2 on Sunday to even the series at 1-all.

ESPN.com

Rainout Complicates Dodgers' Plans For Kershaw
Saturday's rainout of Game 2 complicates the Dodgers' plans of pitching Clayton Kershaw on short rest in a potential Game 4.

MLB.com

Nationals To Go With Tanner Roark In Game 2
Tanner Roark was 16-10 with a 2.83 ERA in an impressive return to starting this season for the Nationals.

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Scherzer: 'I'm Accountable' For Game 1 Loss
Nationals starter Max Scherzer took the blame for "mistakes" that proved costly in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Dodgers.

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