Washington Nationals Wiretap

Desmond 'Doesn't Know What To Do' About Errors

Apr 15, 2015 8:46 PM

Ian Desmond, who has made six errors in nine games, is at a complete loss for his struggles in the field.

He cost the Washington Nationals three unearned runs in an 8-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox with an error on Tuesday night.

"It sucks," Desmond told reporters after Tuesday's game. "I don't know what to do. I'm doing everything I can. Sitting here answering questions after every game is brutal. But, I mean, what am I gonna do?"

All of Desmond's six errors -- which is more than 18 major league teams have at this point -- have come in losses, and five of them have led to 10 unearned runs.

"Do I worry about it? Of course," Desmond said before Tuesday's contest. "Do I want to get out of it? Of course. I don't ever want it to be part of my game. Every day, I come to the field thinking, 'This is gonna be the day where it goes away.' I do everything I can on the field to get rid of it mentally and physically."

Associated Press

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

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Red Sox, Nationals Discussed Jordan Zimmermann

Apr 14, 2015 6:05 PM

Jordan Zimmermann, who will be a free agent this coming winter, will be on the mound for the Washington Nationals against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday evening.

Zimmermann is reportedly unwilling to discuss an extension with the Nationals.

Mike Rizzo admitted on Monday that he had many discussions with Ben Cherington this past offseason and while "sometimes it looks like a reasonable matchup on paper, it just doesn't work out."

Washington received good offers for the right-hander, but none good enough for Rizzo to pull the trigger. The Nationals had interest in some of Boston's position players.

"I don't think we laughed away any of them," Rizzo said. "We took them all serious. We were fortunate to be in a position where we didn't have to move the player and if we would've got the right deal we would've. The right deal is in the eye of the beholder and we felt like we needed to get legitimate value for who Zimmermann was, and not the fact that he has one year left of control.

"But there were no foolish trade discussions or anything like that. Our feel was, it had to fit what we were trying to do. Boston’s feel was, it had to fit what they were trying to do, and sometimes they match up and sometimes they don't."

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

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

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Zimmerman: Nationals Built For Long-Term Success

Apr 10, 2015 10:56 AM

The Washington Nationals could lose Ian Desmond, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Denard Span to free agency after this season, but Ryan Zimmerman believes the club will have long-term success.

Zimmerman points out that Washington has a good farm system with players ready to contribute in the Major Leagues soon if needed.

"I know a lot of the guys in here know there is a good chance that everyone is not going to be back," Zimmerman said. "If it was up to us, obviously, we want everyone to come back, but that's not how the business works.

"I think [the front office] has a done a really good job of drafting and getting guys up to take [their] place. I think whether it's all of them, none of them or some of them, I think we are going to be good for a long time no matter what."

Bill Ladson/MLB

Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Harvey Stellar In Return, Draws Praise From Harper

Apr 10, 2015 10:47 AM

Matt Harvey took the mound for the New York Mets on Thursday for the first time since Aug. 24, 2013, his final start before undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Harvey tossed six shutout innings against the rival Washington Nationals, allowing four hits and striking out nine. Bryce Harper struck out three times against the right-hander.

"He is always good. Taking a year off, it's just a setback that he had. Fortunately, he is going to come back and do what he does," Harper said. "We saw it in Spring Training. He did very well in Spring Training. He came back today. He did what he had to do. He shut us down.

"He is tough out there. I said it a million times. He is going to win a Cy Young [Award] one day. Everybody knows that. It's one of the toughest at-bats I've ever had. He is very tough out there. He is a very good pitcher."

Bill Ladson/MLB

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots

Apr 8, 2015 4:53 PM

Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the first overall pick, will have more than $8.6 million to spend on all selections.

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Record 115 Players Begin Season On DL

Apr 6, 2015 4:33 PM

A record 115 Major League players are starting the season on the disabled list.

The total broke the previous Opening Day mark of 110 in 2008. The commissioner's office has records dating to 1995, when 46 players started the year on the DL.

The Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers started with eight players each on the DL. The Minnesota Twins were the only team with none.

Associated Press

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Nationals Open Season With Six On DL

Apr 6, 2015 7:39 AM

The Washington Nationals have placed six players on the disabled list to begin the season.

Jayson Werth, Anthony Rendon, Denard Span, Nate McLouth, Casey Janssen and Erik Davis are all sidelined.

All of the moves have been made retroactive to March 27.

Associated Press

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Nationals To Host 2018 All-Star Game

Apr 5, 2015 5:31 PM

New commissioner Rob Manfred intends to announce Monday that Washington's Nationals Park will host the 2018 All-Star Game, a person familiar with MLB's plans told The Associated Press.

The person spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the site of the game ahead of the official announcement.

Washington would be the fourth consecutive NL team to host the All-Star Game, following the Reds this year, the Padres in 2016 and the Marlins in 2017.

ESPN.com

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Rendon Will Begin Season On Disabled List

Apr 2, 2015 8:07 AM

Anthony Rendon will begin the season on the disabled list due to his ailing left knee.

Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams said Wednesday that a third doctor's opinion on Rendon's knee confirmed the sprain.

Rendon was hurt making a diving stop in a game against Atlanta on March 9.

Washington has used Danny Espinosa and Ian Stewart at third since Rendon's injury.

ESPN

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Rendon Seeks Third Opinion On Knee

Mar 31, 2015 4:39 PM

Anthony Rendon was scheduled to meet with Dr. Steven Singleton in Vail, Colorado, for a third opinion on his injured left knee.

Dr. James Andrews on Monday confirmed the Washington Nationals' initial diagnosis of a sprained medial collateral ligament.

"We're just trying to make sure we cover all bases and everybody gets a chance to take a look at it and develop a course of action from today on," Matt Williams said.

Rendon was hurt making a diving stop in a game against Atlanta on March 9.

ESPN

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Red Sox Get Sandy Leon From Nationals
The Red Sox are in need of a catcher. They placed Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list on Monday with a right elbow sprain.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Mets Acquire Jerry Blevins, Alex Torres
The Mets have addressed pitching needs on Monday, acquiring Jerry Blevins from the Nationals and Alex Torres from the Padres.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Strasburg To Face Harvey In Early Season Showdown
Nationals manager Matt Williams announced on Saturday that Stephen Strasburg will start the third game of the season.

ESPN.com

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Rendon's Availability For Opener In Doubt
Anthony Rendon's availability for Washington's opener is in doubt after a second MRI on his injured left knee failed to reveal progress as expected.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Nationals Release Heath Bell
The Nationals have released Heath Bell, who they signed to a Minor League contract in December.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Scherzer To Start Opener For Nationals
Washington will open the season on April 6 against the Mets.

Associated Press

Strasburg Tweaks Ankle, To Miss Next Spring Start
Stephen Strasburg injured his left ankle during conditioning drills on Friday.

ESPN.com

Span Has Core Surgery, Out At Least 4-6 Weeks
Denard Span had surgery Monday to repair a right core muscle injury and will miss the start of the season for the Nationals.

Associated Press

A-Rod Gets Spring Start At Third Base
A-Rod served as a DH in his first two spring training games.

ESPN.com

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

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Harper Has To 'Step Up' For Nationals
Bryce Harper wants to improve his numbers from last season, adding that he has to "step up" for the Nationals.

Bill Ladson/MLB

Scherzer Reportedly Adding Cutter
Max 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.

Andrew Simon/MLB

Harper 'Excited' To Bring World Series To D.C.
Bryce Harper looks at the roster of the Nationals on paper and foresees a World Series championship.

ESPN

Desmond Won't Be Distracted By Pending Free Agency
The Nationals and Ian Desmond's representatives aren't believed to have had any significant talks on a new deal.

Bill Ladson/MLB

Nationals Exercise 2016 Option On Matt Williams
Matt Williams guided the Nationals to the NL East title and a league-best 96 victories last season.

ESPN.com

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

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Nationals, Dodgers Top Sports Book Win Totals
The Nationals are 5-1 favorites to win the World Series at the Atlantis in Reno, Nevada.

ESPN.com

Astros, Nationals Keeping Spring Training Homes In Florida
Rick Scott said in a statement ithat the two major league clubs "have chosen to stay in Florida for the next 30 years."

Associated Press

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

Associated Press