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Werth To Serve Five Days For Reckless Driving

Jan 29, 2015 4:50 PM

Jayson Werth has pleaded guilty to reckless driving and has been sentenced to five days in jail for driving 105 mph on the Capital Beltway.

Werth was convicted last month in Fairfax County and sentenced to 10 days in jail, but he appealed his conviction to Circuit Court.

Associated Press

Tags: Washington Nationals, Legal

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Nationals Reportedly Add Casey Janssen

Jan 28, 2015 5:48 PM

Casey Janssen has signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Washington Nationals, according to reports.

The deal reportedly includes a mutual option for 2016.

Janssen, 33, has spent his entire eight-year career with the Toronto Blue Jays.


Tags: Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Scherzer Will Make $35M Per Year Over Final Three Seasons

Jan 23, 2015 8:35 AM

Max Scherzer will be paid $35 million per year in each of the final three seasons of his contract with the Washington Nationals.

The $35 million will be deferred without interest, according to a source.

The contract calls for Scherzer's salary to be $10 million in 2015 and $15 million in each of the next three seasons. It then jumps to $35 million a year in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Scherzer's $50 million signing bonus will be spread out over the life of the contract.

Sources have previously indicated that the $105 million in deferred money will be paid out through 2028.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Yankees Were Never In On Scherzer

Jan 20, 2015 3:47 PM

The New York Yankees never bid on Max Scherzer, who is finalizing his seven-year, $210 million deal with the Washington Nationals.

The Yankees already own a projected Opening Day payroll that is inching toward $210 million.

"The chances of us bringing in a guy for six [years] and $25 million or over, in my opinion, is virtually none," president Randy Levine said on Dec. 18. "At the end of the day, you have to be realistic in any organization."

Bryan Hoch/MLB

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

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Could Nationals Trade Strasburg?

Jan 20, 2015 7:44 AM

The Washington Nationals made headlines when they agreed to terms on a seven-year deal with Max Scherzer on Sunday night.

According to a USA Today report, Strasburg is "very much available and both sides believe it is time to move on."

However, a source told Bill Ladson of MLB.com that the chances the Nationals would trade Strasburg are "remote."

Strasburg, 26, is under team control through the 2016 season.

John Perrotto/USA Today

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Nationals, Max Scherzer Agree To Seven-Year Deal

Jan 19, 2015 1:11 AM

Max Scherzer has agreed to a seven-year contract with the Washington Nationals, according to reports.

Scherzer, 30, has career 91-50 record with a 3.58 ERA in seven seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Detroit Tigers. 

The right-hander turned down an offer from Detroit last March that would have paid him $144 million from 2015-20.


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

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Source: Max Scherzer Nearing Agreement

Jan 18, 2015 7:38 PM

Free-agent pitcher Max Scherzer is nearing agreement on a multiyear deal with an unidentified club, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com Sunday.

The source said Scherzer is still in active discussions with two teams and is "getting close'' to an agreement. Multiple media outlets reported Scherzer is discussing seven-year contracts and said the Nationals are one of the two finalists to sign him.





Tags: Washington Nationals, Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Strasburg, Nationals Reach $7.4M Deal

Jan 16, 2015 3:41 PM

The Washington Nationals and Stephen Strasburg have agreed to a one-year, $7.4 million deal, avoiding arbitration.

Strasburg went 14-11 with a 3.14 ERA last year. His 242 strikeouts tied for the National League lead. He made $4.1 million.

Washington also agreed to one-year deals with Doug Fister and Drew Storen on Friday.

Associated Press

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

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Nationals Open To Trading Ian Desmond

Jan 16, 2015 8:17 AM

Ian Desmond will be the starting shortstop for the Washington Nationals in 2015, if the team doesn't trade him.

"Our approach with Ian Desmond has not changed one bit since the end of last season," general manager Mike Rizzo said.

"Ian Desmond is our shortstop. He is the leader of our team. He is one of the best shortstops in all of baseball, and he is going to be the shortstop of the Washington Nationals. With that said, if a deal comes up that we can't refuse, we will always look to improve ourselves for 2015 and beyond. But it's hard to replace one of the best shortstops in all of baseball. The deal would have to be pretty elaborate not to have Ian Desmond on this team."

The Nationals acquired Yunel Escobar from the Oakland Athletics this week, but the plan appears to be to play him at second base.

Desmond is a free agent after this year. The Nationals reportedly offered Desmond a seven-year, $107 million contract last offseason, but Desmond settled for a two-year, $17.5 million deal before the 2014 season.

Bill Ladson/MLB

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Nationals, A's Agree To Clippard, Escobar Trade

Jan 14, 2015 8:32 PM

The Washington Nationals have agreed to send Tyler Clippard to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Yunel Escobar.

Oakland just acquired Escobar this past weekend, along with Ben Zobrist, from the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Nationals will reportedly play Escobar, who is predominately a shortstop, at second base.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Desmond, Nationals Haven't Had 'Significant' Extension Talks
Mike Rizzo reportedly met with Ian Desmond's agent at the Winter Meetings, but a source says no true talks were held at the time.

Bill Ladson/MLB

Nationals To Sign Carp To Minor League Deal
The deal includes an invitation to Spring Training and will pay Mike Carp $1 million if he makes the Major League roster.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Werth To Have Shoulder Surgery, Should Be Ready For Opener
The Nationals haven't made an official announcement, but Werth is expected to be ready by the start of the regular season in April.

Associated Press

Nationals Hire Ankiel As Minor League Mentor
The Nationals have hired Rick Ankiel as "life skills coordinator" to mentor players in the Minor Leagues.

Associated Press

Doug Fister Gives Out Free Starbucks
On Wednesday, Doug Fister tweeted out a scanable barcode good at any Starbucks for a free beverage, but asked that folks limit themselves to just one purchase.


Nationals Add Uggla On Minors Deal
The agreement includes an includes an invitation to Spring Training.


Following Souza Trade, Nationals Will Count On Taylor
The Nationals traded Steven Souza to the Rays earlier this month, making Michael A. Taylor a very important part of the organization.

Chelsea James/Washington Post

Health Bell Agrees To Minors Deal With Nationals
Health Bell has agreed to a Minor League contract with the Nationals, according to a piece written by the reliever himself for The Players' Tribune.

The Players' Tribune

Padres, Rays, Nationals Agree To Trade Centered Around Myers
A three-team deal has been agreed upon that will send Wil Myers to the Padres.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Harper, Nationals Agreed To Two-Year Deal
Reports indicate that Bryce Harper will earn $2.5 million in 2015 and $5 million in 2016.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

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

Adam Kilgore/Washington Post

Bryce Harper Skips Fan Festival
The MLB Player's Association has filed a grievance on Bryce Harper's behalf.


Nationals, Mariners Still Discussing Ian Desmond
Seattle is balking at including top young arms Taijuan Walker and James Paxton in a deal.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Mariners Hesitant To Go Five Years For Melky Cabrera
The Mariners are looking for offense and Melky Cabrera is believed by many to be the best remaining free-agent outfielder.

Bob Dutton/News Tribune

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

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Nats Aim To SIgn Zimmerman Long Term
Jordan Zimmerman has 45 wins and a 2.96 ERA over the last three seasons with the Nationals.


Sources: Nationals, Harper Headed Towards Grievance Hearing
Bryce Harper is under Washington's control for four more seasons.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Detwiler's Camp Suggests Nationals Trade Him
Ross Detwiler competed for a spot in the starting rotation last spring, was moved to the bullpen and then left off the club's postseason roster.

James Wagner/Washington Post

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.


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