Giolito & Turner, Nats' farm system ranked highly by Baseball America

The future is bright for the Washington Nationals, whose farm system was ranked fifth by Baseball America this week in their annual list of the best organizations by minor league talent.
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Nationals expected to be aggressive in the international market

The Nationals have been thrifty and efficient in the international market for years, but the 2016-17 international signing period may be a change. The Nationals, according to people familiar with the situation, intend to be aggressive during the signing period that begins July 2. That could mean exceeding their spending allocations, which might be a […]
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The Washington Nationals have five shortstops going to spring training

The Washington Nationals signed Brendan Ryan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Ryan is a very versatile player and has played every position except center field and catcher. He has mostly played shortstop and a little second base. Ryan was signed to a minor league contract because he hasn’t played very many games over the last two seasons. Ryan has...
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$500 Million For Bryce Harper Might Still Be a Bargain

Bryce Harper won’t be a free agent for three more years, but that hasn’t stopped people from writing about his next contract. Over the last few months, David Schoenfeld and Jeff Passan have discussed his eventual price tag recently, and Harper himself vaguely addressed the topic in a radio interview yesterday: Harper was asked during an interview with 106.7 The Fan’s Grant...
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Bryce Harper 'squashed' beef with Jonathan Papelbon

The Washington Nationals season ended with a thud after the presumed World Series contender failed to even reach the postseason. About a week before the merciful end arrived in an extremely disappointing season, one could say the Nationals’ season ended prematurely with a choke, but not the kind of choke one typically associates with a team. Instead, it involved a dugout dustup...
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Out of the Park: MVPs take in the Super Bowl with baseball returning in a week - Nationals Buzz

Do you know how I know it's almost time for baseball? Truck Day. The annual tradition of packing up a 53-foot tractor trailer and shipping it off from Nats Park to Viera, Fla., took place this past Monday. It gets you excited for pitchers and catchers reporting next Thursday, but ... Read More
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Nationals farm system ranked highly by Baseball America

The Nationals’ farm system climbed to a ranking of No. 5 by prospect bible Baseball America, marking a steady improvement with key additions and the continued development of young players. The Nationals were the top farm system in 2012 but dropped to No. 16 in 2013 and No. 21 in 2014. But last year, the Nationals […]
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Could Ian Desmond Somehow End Up Back in Washington?

WASHINGTON — It’s been a humbling offseason for free agent shortstop Ian Desmond. While the 30-year-old former National hopes to still sign a long-term deal, and has gotten bites from several teams, he remains unsigned less than two weeks out from the start of spring training. It’s been several years since Desmond reportedly turned down an extension offer from the Nats which...
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#TBT: Max Scherzer strikes out 16 in dominant performance - Nationals Buzz

When reflecting on Max Scherzer's 2015 season, two no-hitters immediately come to mind, and rightfully so. However, I could argue that a performance that wasn't a no-hitter may have been his best start of the season. This game is a standout, as the Nationals ace made Brewer after Brewer look ... Read More
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An Ode To Clint Robinson

The 2015 Nationals had a 30-year-old rookie on the roster, who ultimately generated 0.4 fWAR. The player, Clint Robinson, is not the type of player who is often written about at length, and there is a reason for this: 0.4 WAR is pretty much the textbook definition of replacement-level. That in turn means they are pretty much, well, non-factors. Here is a player who raked in...
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Watch Daniel Murphy take on Tottenham MF Eric Dier in the Dizzy Bat Challenge

Daniel Murphy’s first two rounds of the MLB Postseason at the plate last year were nothing short of historic. Eric Dier’s Tottenham team has had a historic start to their campaign that currently sees them second in the Premier League behind Leicester. Naturally, it makes sense that when Spurs supporter Murphy traveled to London, he’d partake in a silly challenge at Hotspur...
Via The Comeback
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Longtime Nationals minor leaguer Josh Johnson gave up playing for chance to manage

Josh Johnson toiled, if anyone ever did, on nine different teams in eight minor league baseball seasons. Johnson was a career minor leaguer who played nine seasons before even reaching Class AAA. A few months ago, he decided to retire from the Syracuse Chiefs after 12 seasons in the minors, six in the Nationals organization. […]
Via Nationals Journal
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How Nationals can flip the script and win NL East in 2016

One year ago, the Washington Nationals were given the most meaningless of honors: preseason champions. The addition of starter Max Scherzer in free agency and the development of Bryce Harper gave many good reason to tout the Nats as World Series favorites. The National League East, it appeared, was a foregone conclusion. But Washington in 2015 is the most recent example of how enormous...
Via The Sports Daily
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros address huge back-end rotation need with Doug Fister signing

Houston Astros starting pitching was a huge plus in 2015. Dallas Keuchel continued to be a revelation, posting his best season to date with a 20-8 record, 1.02 WHIP, and 2.48 ERA, earning his first career Cy Young. Behind him was Collin McHugh, a waiver claim turned perfect number two. The 28-year-old won 19 games, threw over 200 innings, and had a 3.89 ERA. Behind the duo was...
Via The Outside Corner
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Astros Take the Doug Fister Chance

Just gonna go ahead and borrow from a colleague: I wonder what kind of odds you could have gotten on “Doug Fister and Rich Hill will sign almost the same FA contract” 12 months ago. — David Cameron (@DCameronFG) January 28, 2016 Rich Hill signed for a year and a guaranteed $6 million. He’s nearly 36 years old, and he just started all of four games for the Red Sox, and...
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Washington Nationals haven’t done much to improve this offseason

The Washington Nationals were set for big changes this offseason. After being pegged to be among the best teams in the league, the Nationals stumbled to an 83-79 record. Their struggles were personified in late-September when Jonathan Papelbon choked out teammate and franchise star Bryce Harper in the dugout, and inept ex-manager Matt Williams not only didn’t immediately punish...
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The Risk of Signing Ian Desmond

A year ago today, things were looking pretty good in Ian Desmond‘s world. He was 29 years old and the starting shortstop for the Washington Nationals, heavy favorites to win the National League East. A few months earlier, Desmonds completed his third straight season of at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Defensive metrics indicated he was roughly average to above average...
Via Fangraphs
January 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Danny Espinosa says shortstop is 'where home is for me'

Danny Espinosa is one determined fellow. And we aren't just talking about the hardihood with which he grew a mustache that could double as a character on "The Muppets."The 28-year-old was drafted by the Washington Nationals as a shortstop but has predominantly played second base in his six years in Washington. Per The Washington Post, Espinosa is looking toward 2016 as his opportunity...
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December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the Nationals will win the NL East in 2016

  The Nationals were supposed to win the World Series this year. They were coming of a 96-win season, were loaded with all-star talent in the middle of the lineup, and had just added Max Scherzer to what had been the best rotation in baseball in 2014. They were an unstoppable juggernaut in the weakest division in baseball. No one was picking against them.   Then 2015 happened...
Via The Sports Quotient
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

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