Washington Nationals Wiretap

Nationals Nearly Acquired David Robertson Before Season

May 23, 2017 8:42 AM

The Washington Nationals have bullpen issues, but they nearly acquired help before the regular season.

They were close to completing a trade with the Chicago White Sox for David Robertson this spring. According to executives close to the talks, Washington would have sent left-hander Jesus Luzardo and infielder Drew Ward to Chicago for Robertson.

The White Sox would have eaten about half of Robertson's salary, but the deal hit a snag over money.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

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

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Nationals Beginning To Explore Trade Market For Closer

May 19, 2017 7:31 AM

The Washington Nationals have begun making phone calls as they start the search for a new closer.

David Robertson (Chicago White Sox), Kelvin Herrera (Kansas City Royals) and A.J. Ramos (Miami Marlins) are all being mentioned as possibilities.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Bryce Harper Has Now Homered At Every NL Ballpark

May 17, 2017 6:40 AM

Bryce Harper hit a home run to the last row of seats in right field in the top of the ninth at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

The blast means that Harper has now homered at every National League ballpark.

"I don't worry about hitting the ball in the water," Harper said. "[Former manager] Matt [Williams] used to say, 'It's not how far. It's how many.' Just trying to put the ball in play, and sometimes it goes over the fence."

Harper is hitting .388/.503/.767 with 13 home runs in 35 games this season.

Associated Press

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Jose Quintana Remains Popular Target On Trade Market

May 15, 2017 7:30 AM

Jose Quintana has a 4.38 ERA through eight starts, but remains a hot target on the trade market.

The Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals have had some of their top talent evaluators watching Quintana and other White Sox players recently.

The Nationals continue to search for a closer and watched David Robertson pitch twice this past week.

Quintana is under team control for $38 million through 2020.

Bruce Levine/CBS Chicago

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

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Nationals, Bryce Harper Agree To $21.625M Deal For 2018

May 13, 2017 6:54 PM

The Nationals have agreed to terms with star right fielder Bryce Harper on a contract for the 2018 season, the team announced Saturday.

Harper will make $21.625 million next season, as first reported by FanRag Sports and confirmed by ESPN.

The agreement locks up Harper for his final arbitration-eligible year. He can become a free agent after the 2018 season.

ESPN.com

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Nationals Deciding Whether Jacob Turner Will Remain In Bullpen

May 8, 2017 4:52 PM

The Washington Nationals have to decide whether to keep Jacob Turner in the bullpen or plug him into the starting rotation.

There is a slot in the rotation vacated by Joe Ross.

Turner has a starter’s repertoire and limited the Colorado Rockies to three runs over six innings at Coors Field in his only start. Washington's other option for the rotation spot is A.J. Cole.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

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Bryce Harper Exits Game With Strained Groin

May 5, 2017 7:11 AM

Bryce Harper exited Thursday's game after injuring his left groin on a diving catch against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Dusty Baker said Harper was removed for precautionary reasons and is day-to-day.

Harper said he felt the injury after making a headfirst diving catch near the right-field line in the third inning. He left the game after striking out in the sixth.

"Got it a little bit on the fly ball. That dive. I gotta stop diving, trying to catch fly balls too much," Harper said. "Just felt it a little bit. Little tight."

Eddie Matz/ESPN

Tags: Washington Nationals, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Anthony Rendon Has 6 Hits, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs On Sunday

May 1, 2017 12:28 AM

Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon went 6-for-6 with three home runs and 10 RBIs on Sunday against the Mets, becoming just the second player in Major League Baseball history to have a game that included six hits, three home runs and 10 RBIs.

Walker Cooper is the other player. He went 6-for-7 when he had three home runs and 10 RBIs for the Reds against the Cubs on July 6, 1949.

"I may have had three home runs in high school," Rendon said of his historic game, "but never like that with the RBI."

ESPN.com

Tags: Washington Nationals, New York Mets, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Nats Lose Adam Eaton For The Season

Apr 30, 2017 1:27 PM

Nationals center fielder Adam Eaton, who was carried off the field Friday, has a torn left ACL and will not play again this season, general manager Mike Rizzo told reporters Sunday.

Rizzo also revealed that Eaton had suffered a torn meniscus and a high ankle sprain.

No surgery has been scheduled, Rizzo told reporters, adding that he expects Eaton to miss six to nine months.

ESPN.com

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Nationals Place Adam Eaton On DL With Knee Strain

Apr 29, 2017 6:55 PM

Adam Eaton has been placed on the disabled list by the Washington Nationals with a left knee strain.

Eaton suffered the injury in the 9th inning of Friday's loss.

"Nothing yet," Dusty Baker said Saturday. "He had to be driven home after last night so we're waiting from the MRI because it's not that easy. Not that many people working on Saturdays. Hopefully it's not as serious as looked."

ESPN

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Trea Turner Falls Triple Shy Of Second Consecutive Cycle
Trea Turner finished a triple shy of the cycle on Wednesday, a day after he reached the accomplishment for the Nationals.

Associated Press

Nationals To Place Strasburg On Paternity Leave
Stephen Strasburg could start next weekend at home against the Mets.

ESPN.com

Nationals 'Aggressively' Pursued Bullpen Help This Offseason
Washington pursued Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon in free agency and David Robertson via trade "very aggressively," according to one team official.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Nationals To Use Shawn Kelley, Koda Glover In Closer Time Share
The Nationals will no longer use Blake Treinen as their closer, opting for a ninth-inning time share between Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover.

Dan Kolko/MASN

Nationals Considering Change At Closer
The Nationals are considering a change at closer after Dusty Baker removed Blake Treinen in the ninth inning on Tuesday night.

Jamal Collier/MLB

Nationals Re-Sign Joe Nathan To Minor League Deal
Joe Nathan opted out of his previous Minor League deal with the Nationals on March 27, but he was unable to land a Major League deal elsewhere.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Phillies Score Franchise-Record 12 First-Inning Runs
The Phillies defeated the Nationals by the score of 17-3 on Saturday night.

MLB.com

Blake Treinen Named Nationals' Closer
Blake Treinen competed with Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover for the job this spring.

Associated Press

Trump Declines Invite To Throw First Pitch For Nationals
Donald Trump will not throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day for the Nationals because of a scheduling conflict.

ESPN

Nationals Release Joe Nathan, Matt Albers
Joe Nathan had a 3.86 ERA this spring, and has no plans to retire.

ESPN.com

Max Scherzer Likely To Miss Opener With Fractured Finger
Max Scherzer will probably miss the Nationals' season opener against Miami on April 3 because of a stress fracture in his right ring finger.

Associated Press

Rays Have Had Conversations About Adding Derek Norris
The Rays "continue to have conversations" about adding Derek Norris, who was placed on waivers by the Nationals over the weekend.

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Stephen Strasburg Trying To Simplify Windup
Nationals pitching ace Stephen Strasburg may only pitch from the stretch this season.

ESPN.com

Philliles, Nationals, Yankees Early Favorites To Sign Bryce Harper
Bryce Harper is expected to shatter contract records when he signs his next deal and the Phillies, Yankees and Nationals are the early favorites for his services.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Joe Blanton Signs One-Year, $4M Deal With Nationals
Joe Blanton, 36, was a reliever for the Dodgers last season.

ESPN

Max Scherzer Modified Fastball Grip Due To Finger Injury
Max Scherzer won the NL Cy Young award last season despite pitching the second half with a stress fracture in his right ring finger, but that doesn't mean the injury hasn't changed the way he pitche

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Nationals Have Interest In Angel Pagan
The Nationals and interested clubs are hoping to land Angel Pagan on a Minor League deal.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Nationals Trying To Trade Derek Norris
The Nationals are looking to trade Derek Norris, according to other clubs.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

White Sox Want Pedro Severino From Nationals In David Robertson Trade
The White Sox would trade David Robertson to the Nationals and maybe even eat some of his salary if they receive Pedro Severino in return, according to a report.

Phil Rogers/MLB

Matt Wieters Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Nationals
The contract is reportedly worth $21 million.

Eddie Matz/ESPN