Washington Nationals Wiretap

Nationals Have Asked Blue Jays About Jose Bautista

Jul 28, 2016 8:15 AM

The Washington Nationals have called the Toronto Blue Jays to ask about the availability of Jose Bautista, reports Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post.

Bautista will be a free agent this winter and has more than 10 years of Major League service time, including more than five straight with the Blue Jays, which gives him the ability to veto any trade.

He returned to the Blue Jays on Monday after missing more than a month with a turf toe injury.

Barry Svrluga/Washington Post

Tags: Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays, Trade Rumor

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Nationals Were In Mix To Acquire Aroldis Chapman

Jul 27, 2016 6:58 AM

The Washington Nationals were in the mix to acquire Aroldis Chapman right up until the New York Yankees completed a deal with the Chicago Cubs.

Mike Rizzo is still hunting for bullpen help ahead of Monday's non-waiver trade deadline.

Andrew Miller, Wade Davis and David Robertson are all on Washington's radar.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Trade Rumor

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Reports: Yankees Appear Close To Trading Aroldis Chapman

Jul 24, 2016 6:44 PM

The New York Yankees have told teams they are close to making a trade that would ship out closer Aroldis Chapman, according to multiple reports.

The Yankees, meanwhile, are planning to retain left-handed reliever Andrew Miller, according to reports.

Reports indicate that the Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians are among the teams interested in acquiring Chapman.


Tags: Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Six Teams Showing Interest In Trading For Jay Bruce

Jul 22, 2016 7:48 AM

The Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers have all shown interest in trading for Jay Bruce, according to a report.

"We assume Bruce will be traded," a Cincinnati Reds person said.

Bruce, 29, is hitting .263/.314/.530 this season and will be a free agent after the 2017 season.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals, San Francisco Giants, Trade Rumor

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Dodgers Hand Stephen Strasburg First Loss Of Season

Jul 22, 2016 7:36 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Washington Nationals 6-3 on Thursday, handing Stephen Strasburg his first loss of the season.

Justin Turner homered twice and drove in five runs.

Strasburg dropped to 13-1 on the season. It was Strasburg's first loss since Sept. 9, 2015.

"The guys had a great game plan," Dave Roberts said. "I thought that they stressed Stras early, and we hit a couple balls out of the ballpark."

Strasburg allowed a season-high six earned runs on seven hits but also struck out 10 and allowed just one base runner in his final three innings.

Associated Press

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals, Stats

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Nationals Promote Reynaldo Lopez To Face Dodgers

Jul 19, 2016 4:28 PM

The Washington Nationals have promoted pitcher Reynaldo Lopez to make his Major League debut Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Lopez, 22, is the fifth-ranked prospect in the Nationals organization and 92nd-ranked in baseball. He had a 3.27 ERA in four starts for Syracuse after striking out 100 batters in 14 starts for Double-A Harrisburg.

Associated Press

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Five Teams Send Scouts To Watch Matt Moore

Jul 18, 2016 8:34 AM

Several scouts were on hand to watch Matt Moore pitch against the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend.

Moore pitched 7 1/3 innings in a pitching battle against Chris Tillman.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals all had scouts on hand to watch the left-hander.

Moore, 27, has a 4.33 ERA, 4.60 FIP and 98 strikeouts in 116.1 innings pitched this season.

Roger Mooney/Tampa Times

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals, Trade Rumor

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Stephen Strasburg Improves To 13-0 With Win Over Pirates

Jul 16, 2016 12:39 AM

Stephen Strasburg allowed one run and three hits with six strikeouts in eight masterful innings as the Nationals beat the Pirates 5-1 on Friday night.

Strasburg (13-0) has won 16 consecutive decisions dating to September, a franchise record for starting pitchers.



Tags: Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Mike Rizzo Doesn't Believe Nationals Have 'Any Immediate Needs'

Jul 11, 2016 2:52 PM

Mike Rizzo doesn't believe the Washington Nationals have any serious needs as the trade deadline approaches.

"We don't have any immediate needs," the general manager said.

"I think the bench is solid. I can't see what upgrade we would get on the bench that’s on the market. It's balanced, it's productive, they're great guys, and they're versatile defensively. They're good, veteran players. All of them have been everyday players in the big leagues in the not-so-distant past," Rizzo added. "So it's a good bench."

The Nationals have a six-game lead over the New Yorks Mets and Miami Marlins in the NL East.

Chelsea James/Washington Post

Tags: Washington Nationals, Trade Rumor

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A's Ryan Madson Drawing Trade Interest

Jul 11, 2016 12:44 AM

With right-hander Ryan Dull in the midst of a breakout season, the A's could be more inclined to listen to trade offers for other relievers prior to the August 1 trade deadline, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Teams were already showing interest in Sean Doolittle, but that was before he hit the DL with a shoulder strain. Clubs are now looking at fellow late-game option Ryan Madson, reports Slusser, who lists the Blue Jays, Nationals and Cubs as teams on the hunt for relief help. There are no indications, however, that the A’s are looking to deal anyone from their bullpen, per Slusser.

Madson joined the A’s on a three-year, $22M deal last December and has converted 17 of 22 save opportunities in his first 37 1/3 innings in Oakland. 

San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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GM Mike Rizzo Calls Umpire Confrontation ' Unfortuate'
Nats GM Mike Rizzo was frustrated with the inconsistency and ambiguity of the rules.


Stephen Strasburg Improves To 12-0 With Win Over Mets
Stephen Strasburg threw seven innings of two-hit ball to help the Nationals beat the Mets 3-1 on Friday night.


Mets Lose Cespedes, Syndergaard To Injuries
Yoenis Cespedes has an stained right quadriceps and Noah Syndergaard is suffering from arm fatigue.


Nationals GM Rizzo, Umpire Joyce Have Postgame Exchange
Nats GM Mike Rizzo and umpire Jim Joyce got into a heated shouting match in the hallway after Thursday night's game.


Nationals Activate Jonathan Papelbon
The Nationals have sent outfielder Michael Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse.


Baker Talks To Harper About Failing To Hustle On Long Hit
One of Bryce Harper's two singles on Friday night should have been least a double.


Nationals Playing Trea Turner In Center Field In Minors
The Nationals are trying to figure out how to get Trea Turner back to the Major Leagues as soon as possible and have played him in center field at Triple-A Syracuse.

Alex Putterman/MLB

Lucas Giolito To Start For Nationals On Tuesday
Lucas Giolito will make his Major League debut with the Nationals on Tuesday against the Mets.

Cash Kruth/MLB

Stephen Strasburg Will Miss Another Start
Stephen Strasburg will not make his scheduled start Sunday after an upper-back injury, which caused him to miss his last start, flared up.


Stephen Strasburg To Return Sunday After Skipped Start
Stephen Strasburg will return to start Sunday against the Brewers after skipping his last scheduled appearance with an upper back strain.

Associated Press

Nationals Don't Believe Stephen Strasburg's Back Injury Is Serious
Stephen Strasburg was scratched from Monday night's start against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, but the Nationals don't believe his upper-back strain is serious.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Nationals Agree To Terms Carter Kieboom
Washington took high school shortstop Carter Kieboom 28th overall with a compensation pick.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Stephen Strasburg Improves To 10-0
The Nationals beat the Phillies by the score of 9-6 on Friday night.


Phillies Take Mickey Moniak; MLB Draft Round 1 Results
The Phillies used the first overall pick on California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak.

RealGM Staff Report

Nationals Expected To Call Up Trea Turner
The Nationals will promote Trea Turner on Friday to replace Ryan Zimmerman, who will be placed on the paternity list, according to two sources.

Bill Ladson/MLB

Bryce Harper Ends Slump With First Home Run In Two Weeks
Bryce Harper hit a solo shot of Mike Leake had an exit velocity of 112.8 mph and traveled an estimated 437 feet.

Eddie Matz/ESPN

Bryce Harper Given 'Mental Day Off'
Bryce Harper appeared as a pinch hitter for the Nationals on Wednesday afternoon after not starting against the Mets.


Jayson Werth Agreed To Amend Contract This Past Offseason
Jayson Werth was owed a crippling $21 million per season over the next two years before he agreed to amend his contract with the Nationals this past winter.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Opt Outs Vital To Stephen Strasburg's Extension With Nationals
Stephen Strasburg agreed to a seven-year, $175 million contract extension with the Nationals earlier this month, forgoing free agency this coming winter.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Yoenis Cespedes Insists He Wasn't Close To Signing With Nationals
Yoenis Cespedes says he wasn't close to accepting a reported five-year contract offer from the Nationals this past offseason.

Adam Rubin/ESPN