Washington Nationals Wiretap

Padres, Rays, Nationals Agree To Trade Centered Around Myers

Dec 17, 2014 8:34 PM

The San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays and Washington Nationals are agreed to the framework of a trade that will send Wil Myers to the Padres.

The deal is pending physicals.

San Diego is also expected to receive pitchers Gerardo Reyes and Jose Castillo from Tampa Bay and Major League catcher Ryan Hanigan.

Tampa Bay is rumored to get Steven Souza, Rene Rivera, Burch Smith, Jake Bauers and Travis Ott.

Washington will get Trea Turner and Joe Ross.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Tags: San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Harper, Nationals Agreed To Two-Year Deal

Dec 15, 2014 10:56 AM

The Washington Nationals avoided a grievance hearing with Bryce Harper by agreeing to a two-year, $7.5 million deal.

Reports indicate that Harper will earn $2.5 million in 2015 and $5 million in 2016.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Harper, Nationals Avoid Grievance Hearing

Dec 15, 2014 8:30 AM

The Washington Nationals have avoided a grievance hearing with Bryce Harper over the outfielder's salary for next season.

The two sides reached a settlement on Sunday night, according to a source.

Harper and the Nationals had been at odds over how his salary would be determined because of a rare dispute over the contract he signed as a first-round draft pick in 2010. Without a settlement, a contentious hearing would have been held on Tuesday.

Scott Boras believed Harper had the right to opt out of his prescribed 2015 salary ($1.5 million) and into baseball's arbitration system.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports was the first to report that the two sides agreed to two-year deal that avoided the grievance.

Adam Kilgore/Washington Post

Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Bryce Harper Skips Fan Festival

Dec 13, 2014 9:56 PM

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said that club was "disappointed" that outfielder Bryce Harper did not show up Saturday at the NatsFest fan festival.

In a statement emailed by one of his agent's employees, Harper said: "I have attended NatsFest each year and always enjoy my experience with the fans, but was unable to attend this year's event due to matters out of my control. I look forward to next year's NatsFest."

The MLBPA has filed a grievance on Harper's behalf over whether he should be able to void the 2015 terms in the final season of a $9.9M, five-year contract he signed when drafted. 

ESPN.com

Tags: Washington Nationals, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Nationals, Mariners Still Discussing Ian Desmond

Dec 11, 2014 6:17 PM

The Seattle Mariners and Washington Nationals are still "working" on a possible trade involving Ian Desmond.

Seattle is balking at including top young arms Taijuan Walker and James Paxton in a deal.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Tags: Washington Nationals, Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Mariners Hesitant To Go Five Years For Melky Cabrera

Dec 11, 2014 6:15 PM

The Seattle Mariners are looking for offense and Melky Cabrera is believed by many to be the best remaining free-agent outfielder.

Cabrera, 30, is seeking a five-year deal in the range of $60 million, while Seattle isn't currently willing to go beyond three seasons.

Bob Dutton/News Tribune

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Rangers To Acquire Detwiler From Nationals

Dec 11, 2014 6:10 PM

The Washington Nationals will trade Ross Detwiler to the Texas Rangers in exchange for right-hander Abel De Los Santos and infielder Chris Bostick.

Detwiler had a disappointing 2014 season and his camp suggested to Washington that a trade be completed.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Nats Aim To SIgn Zimmerman Long Term

Dec 8, 2014 1:17 AM

A baseball source said there is nothing imminent as far as the Nationals trying to trade any of their players who are eligible for free agency after the 2015 season, a group which includes right-hander Jordan Zimmerman and shortstop Ian Desmond. 

In fact, the same source said that the Nationals are still trying to sign Zimmermann long term. One could argue that Zimmermann is the ace of the pitching staff. In the last three years, he has posted 45 wins, a 2.96 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.

MLB.com

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Sources: Nationals, Harper Headed Towards Grievance Hearing

Dec 2, 2014 7:56 AM

Unless they settle a dispute that dates back to Aug. 16, 2010 when Bryce Harper signed his original draft contract, the Washington Nationals and Harper will battle in a grievance hearing in December, according to sources.

The issue is whether Harper is allowed to opt out of his deal and enter baseball's arbitration system, enabling him to start negotiating higher salaries.

Harper is under Washington's control for four more seasons.

The 22-year-old is entering the final year of his original five-year, $9.9 million major-league contract. His salary will be $1 million, and he stands to earn an additional $500,000 in roster bonuses.

As a "Super Two" arbitration player — Harper has built enough service time to qualify for an extra year under the process — he would stand to earn considerably more.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Detwiler's Camp Suggests Nationals Trade Him

Nov 28, 2014 8:22 AM

Ross Detwiler is disappointed with the way the season unfolded with the Washington Nationals.

He competed for a spot in the starting rotation last spring, was moved to the bullpen and then left off the club's postseason roster.

"I was extremely disappointed," Detwiler said of missing the chance to pitch in the playoffs. "I know it was a team full of lefties and I thought matchup-wise we would have gone with three lefties if we were trying to match up. I guess they had a different plan. Maybe someone had a better history than me and it came down to two people. I don’t know. I know down the stretch I hadn’t really thrown much in the last two weeks of the season. The last time I remember being in a close game was the day after we clinched [the division]. It was really tough to sit on the sideline and knowing I didn’t have a chance to get out there and watch us lose in the first round again. It was tougher to do that and knowing I couldn’t do anything to help."

According to a person familiar with the situation, Detwiler's camp has suggested to the Nationals that they try to trade him if possible.

James Wagner/Washington Post

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Sources: White Sox, LaRoche Agree To Two-Year Deal
Adam LaRoche has agreed to a two-year, $25M deal with the White Sox, sources confirmed to ESPN on Friday.

ESPN.com

Trade Rumors May Indicate Nationals Are Looking At Scherzer
The Nationals are reportedly willing to listen to trade offers for Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister.

Chris Cotillo/MLB Daily Dish

Nationals, Zimmermann Haven't Held New Talks On Extension
The two sides discussed a long-term extension in the past, but haven't sat down to talk about one since last offseason.

James Wagner/Washington Post

Zimmermann Gives Souza Best Buy Gift Card For No-Hitter-Saving Catch
Jordan Zimmermann threw a no-hitter on the final day of the regular season with some help from teammate Steven Souza.

Craig Calcaterra/Hardball Talk

Marlins Showing Strong Interest In LaRoche
Miami is looking to add a power bat to the middle of their order alongside Giancarlo Stanton.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Nationals Avoid Arbitration With Frandsen
The Nationals have agreed to a one-year, $1 million deal with Kevin Frandsen that includes $300,000 in incentives, according to a source.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Rizzo: Nationals Have Payroll Flexibility
Last season's Opening Day payroll apparently isn't the ceiling for the club as they prepare for the 2015 campaign.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Nationals Won't Be Trading Zimmermann To Cubs
The Cubs are likely to address their pitching need by either signing a top free agent arm or trading one of their infield prospects for a controllable younger arm.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Cubs, Nationals Reportedly Discussing Jordan Zimmermann
The right-hander can become a free agent after the 2015 season.

Bill Ladson/MLB

Alfonso Soriano Is Retiring From Baseball
Alfonso Soriano, 38, ends his career 50th in baseball history with 412 home runs.

ESPN.com

Major Individual Award Finalists Announced
The BWAA has revealed the top three finalists for the American League and National League for Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player.

MLB

Nationals Keep Span; Decline Options On LaRoche, Soriano
Adam LaRoche's deal included a $15 million mutual optional for next season, but Washington instead chose to pay him a $2 million buyout.

Associated Press

Palm Beach County Approves $108M Funding For Astros-Nationals Complex
There remains no site for the two-team spring training complex.

James Wagner/Washington Post

Giants Beat Nats, Advance To NLCS
The Giants beat the Nationals 3-2 on Tuesday night, scoring on a walk, a groundout, and a wild pitch.

ESPN.com

Fister Has Fourth-Lowest Postseason ERA
Doug Fister pitched seven shutout innings on Monday as the Nationals fought off elimination against the Giants.

Associated Press

Nats' Williams Defends Use Of Closer
Matt Williams has thought long and hard about removing Jordan Zimmerman on Saturday.

ESPN.com

Army Vet Throws First Pitch At Giants-Nats Game
Army vet Brian Keaton lobs baseball at NLDS Game 2.

ESPN.com

Giants Win On Brandon Belt's HR
The Giants beat the Nationals 2-1 in 18-innings Saturday night to take a 2-0 lead in the NLDS.

ESPN.com

Strasburg Will Start Game 1 For Nationals
In 18 starts at Nationals Park this season, Stephen Strasburg went 9-3 with a 2.56 ERA.

Associated Press

Bumgarner Pitches Giants To NL Wild-Card Victory
The Giants will now face the Nationals in the best-of-five NLDS beginning Friday.

ESPN.com