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Brendan Ryan To Sign With Nationals

Feb 2, 2016 3:52 PM

The Washington Nationals have agreed to sign Brendan Ryan to a Minor League pact.

Ryan has also received an invitation to Spring Training.

He exercised a $1 million option with the New York Yankees, but was traded to the Chicago Cubs in the Starlin Castro deal. Chicago released Ryan shortly after.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Lucroy Has Nationals On No-Trade List

Feb 1, 2016 4:57 PM

The Washington Nationals are interested in Jonathan Lucroy, but they are one of the eight teams on the catcher's no-trade list, according to a report.

The clause could be a roadblock, but doesn't mean Washington can't work out a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers for Lucroy.

Lucroy is set to earn just $4 million in 2016 with a $5.25 million option for next season.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Nationals Teammates Don't Anticipate Problems With Papelbon

Feb 1, 2016 8:02 AM

Despite issues towards the end of last season, Jonathan Papelbon's Washington Nationals teammates don't anticipate any problems for the closer in 2016.

Papelbon missed the last seven games of the season serving two suspensions, one for throwing at Manny Machado and the other for fighting Bryce Harper in the dugout during a game.

Washington players and coaches -- speaking on the condition of anonymity -- point out that dust-ups between teammates happen more than the public knows.

"We have arguments and fights and move on," said a Nationals player recently. "I don't think it'll affect the clubhouse. I think, as a clubhouse, it'll be fine. It's water under the bridge. [Harper and Papelbon] don't have to go to dinner or everything but the goal is try and win."

Mike Rizzo has stressed that Harper and Papelbon can co-exist as teammates, even volunteering that Harper extended an olive branch to Papelbon with a phone call this offseason.

James Wagner/Washington Post

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

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Could Nationals Make Bryce Harper First $400M Player?

Jan 27, 2016 4:20 PM

In a column highlighting players that may be in line for a contract extension, Jim Bowden of ESPN projects that Bryce Harper could receive a $400-plus million deal from the Washington Nationals.

Harper isn't eligible for arbitration until 2017 and can't become a free agent until after the 2018 season.

"If the Nationals have any hope of signing Harper long-term and keeping him a National for life, it probably must happen this spring," Bowden writes. "They'd also have to be willing to make him the highest-paid player in baseball history, with the longest term and highest dollar amount we've ever seen; if they're not willing to, they might as well not even call [Scott] Boras."

Bowden projects that Harper could receive a 14-year, $407 million deal.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Washington's $110M Offer To Cespedes Was Spread Out Over 15 Years

Jan 27, 2016 7:32 AM

The reported $110 million offer the Washington Nationals made to Yoenis Cespedes was an unorthodox one, according to a report by Peter Gammons.

Cespedes, who ultimately re-signed with the New York Mets for $75 million over three years, would have received the $110 million from the Nationals over a 15-year period. When taking the deferred money into account, the current value of the offer is believed to be around $77 million.

The offer Cespedes accepted from the Mets also included an opt-out clause after the 2016 season, which could allow him to hit free agency for the second time in as many years.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Washington Nationals, New York Mets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Bronson Arroyo Signs Minors Deal With Nationals

Jan 27, 2016 7:20 AM

The Washington Nationals have signed Bronson Arroyo to a Minor League contract.

He will attend Spring Training with the club.

Arroyo, who turns 39 next month, missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Associated Press

Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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MLB, USADA Team Up To Investigate Al Jazeera Claims

Jan 27, 2016 7:14 AM

Major League Baseball has asked the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to help its investigation into whether several players received banned drugs as reported in an Al Jazeera documentary.

The two groups have shared information before but have never cooperated to such a formal extent.

"We've had discussions with USADA and are hopeful that together we can make progress in this investigation," said Dan Halem, MLB's chief legal officer, who oversees baseball's drug program.

Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman were named in the report.

T.J. Quinn/ESPN

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

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Braves, Nationals, Padres Likely To Exceed International Spending Pool

Jan 26, 2016 4:43 PM

The Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres are all expected to exceed their international spending allocations for the upcoming July 2 period.

Clubs don't yet know exactly how much cash they'll have to spend on the international market.

Ben Badler/Baseball America

Tags: Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Nationals, Reds Interested In Bronson Arroyo

Jan 25, 2016 6:47 AM

Bronson Arroyo is drawing interest from the Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds, according to a report.

It was rumored over the weekend that Arroyo had visited Great American Ball Park recently.

Arroyo bounced around between the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Washington's Offer To Cespedes Is For Five Years

Jan 22, 2016 7:57 AM

The reported offer the Washington Nationals have made to Yoenis Cespedes is for five years.

The value of the contract is believed to be about $100 million.

As things currently stand, the New York Mets aren't willing to go past three years to re-sign the outfielder.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Washington is "pressing" to complete a deal.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Report: Nationals Make Offer To Cespedes
Washington has reportedly offered Yoenis Cespedes a contract worth less than what Justin Upton agreed to with the Tigers -- six years and $132.75 million.

ESPN

Nationals Could Go After Cespedes If Price Drops
The Nationals could become a potential landing spot for Yoenis Cespedes if the outfielder's price drops, according to a report.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Nats, Strasburg Agree To One-Year, $10.4M Deal
The Nationals have avoided arbitration with starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg.

ESPN.com

Nationals GM Expects Keeping Jonathan Papelbon
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo didn't rule out trading reliever Jonathan Papelbon when he spoke to reporters on Saturday.

ESPN.com

Nationals Trade Storen To Jays For Revere
The Nats accommodated Drew Storen's request for a trade, sending him to the Blue Jays for Ben Revere.

ESPN.com

Nationals Hire Dan Jennings
Dan Jennings, who served in the front office and dugout last season, left the Marlins in October.

Bill Ladson/MLB

Giants, Denard Span Agree On Three-Year, $31M Deal
Denard Span gives the Giants the outfielder and leadoff hitter they wanted.

ESPN.com

Nationals Have Explored Trade For Catcher
The club is "involved on a number of fronts."

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Nationals Still Working To Trade Drew Storen
Drew Storen is in his final year of arbitration and MLB Trade Rumors projects him to make $8.8 million in 2016.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Howard, Zimmerman Want Public Retraction From Al Jazeera
The attorneys for Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman have sent letters to Al Jazeera demanding that the news agency publicly retract its report suggesting that the two players have used banned substances,

Barry Svrluga/Washington Post

Stephen Drew, Nationals Agree To $3M Deal
He hit .201/.271/.381 in 131 games with the Yankees in 2015.

ESPN

Al Jazeera Documentary Links Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman To PEDs
Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman and Taylor Teagarden are among the athletes named as having allegedly received banned PEDs in a documentary from Al Jazeera television.

Mark Polishuk/MLB Trade Rumors

Nationals, Daniel Murphy Agree To Three-Year, $37.5M Deal
Daniel Murphy hit .281, with 14 homers, and had 73 RBIs for the Mets last season.

ESPN.com

Nationals Have Spoken To Howie Kendrick, Daniel Murphy
The Nationals are known to be seeking an upgrade at second base.

Bill Ladson/MLB

Market For Scott Kazmir Taking Shape
Scott Kazmir, 31, has trimmed his suitors to the Royals, Athletics, Cardinals, Nationals and Astros.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Source: Brandon Phillips Trade Talks Not Advancing
It appears unlikely that a deal will be made for Brandon Phillips unless the Reds change their demands.

ESPN.com

Nationals Moving Closer To Deal For Brandon Phillips
A trade can't be completed until Brandon Phillips waives his no-trade clause.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Reds, Nationals Agree In Principle To Brandon Phillips Trade
The Reds and Nationals have agreed in principle to a trade centered around Brandon Phillips, according to sources.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Nationals Interested In Daniel Murphy
The Nationals have a potential hole at second base, which makes Daniel Murphy a fit.

Bill Ladson/MLB

Nationals, Reds Discussing Brandon Phillips
Brandon Phillips would have to waive his no-trade clause to make any deal a reality.

William Boor/MLB

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