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Washington Nationals: Top five prospective minor league pitchers

Lucas Giolito With the 2015 season months away, there is plenty of time for the Washington Nationals to consider their minor league roster when looking for fresh players. The Nationals’ current pitching staff is top notch and any minor league player coming into this major league team has a lot to work towards. Here are the Washington Nationals current minor league standouts for...
Via isportsweb.com
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Why would the Nationals want to trade Jordan Zimmermann?

When the reports first surfaced that the Washington Nationals had put Jordan Zimmermann on the trade block, it just didn’t seem to make any sense. Why would the defending NL East champions move their ace just over a month after he completed his best season in the Majors? Well, according to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo, there is talk around the league that the primary motivation...
Via Sportsnaut
4 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: November 21, 2014

On Thursday, it was rumored that the Washington Nationals may be shopping Doug Fister and Ryan Zimmermann in addition to the news that Cuban free-agent Yasmany Tomas is apparently expected to attend the winter meetings and the Atlanta Braves being a possible dark horse to land the Cuban slugger. Here is the updated list of MLB rumors for November 21, 2014: Note: This list of rumors...
Via On-Base Talk
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals shopping Fister and Zimmermann, could target Scherzer

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Washington Nationals are informing teams that both starting pitcher’s Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister are “available if the deal makes sense.” It will surley require a strong return to draw both the solid starters away from their home in Washington D.C. The #Nats are informing teams that ace Jordan Zimmermann is available,but...
Via On-Base Talk
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Rumors: Doug Fister on the trade block?

The Washington Nationals are possibly in the business of trading. First, they were rumored to be listening to offers on staff ace, Jordan Zimmerman, and now it appears they are open to offers for pitcher, Doug Fister.#457016918 / gettyimages.comBob Nightengale of USA Today tweeted out the following earlier today:Veteran #Nats pitcher Doug Fister, who like Zimmermann also is eligible...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Claim Pedro Florimon From the Nationals

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed infielder Pedro Florimon from the Washington Nationals, per the Nationals ( via MLBTR). Florimon has spent parts of four seasons in the majors, posting a .565 OPS while playing shortstop. He’s got great fielding numbers, with a 3.8 UZR/150 in his career, and a positive trend. Here are his UZR/150 numbers over the last four years. 2011: -49.4...
Via Pirates Prospects
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats fans build homage to Jayson Werth with $3,800 of canned seafood

A group of Washington Nationals fans spent the weekend building a nine-foot homage to Nationals star Jayson Werth out of $3,800 of canned seafood.  The replica was built at Reagan National Airport as part of Arlington’s annual ‘Canstriction’ event.  The event sees competitors building sculptures out of canned food.  After the competition, the cans are donated to charity...
Via DC Sports-Kings
7 days ago  |  Discuss

SEE: Fan creates huge Werth sculpture out of seafood cans

Jayson Werth certainly captures the imagination of Washington Nationals fans, that is without question. Perhaps it has something to do with his rather unique appearance, highlighted by his shaggy beard and long, flowing locks of hair. Perhaps it’s something else. Maybe it has to do not only with his current appearance, but how Werth transformed...Read More The post Nationals fans...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: offseason pitching debates

Tyler Clippard In the past few seasons, the Washington Nationals have built up a pitching staff and bullpen to be proud of. Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann are just a couple of the pitchers on the Nationals’ staff that contributed to the NL East win and the trip to the post season. Not to say that there weren’t any pitching hiccups in the Nationals’ postseason appearance...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats resign Frandsen, Release Purke

The Washington Nationals did some minor roster reshuffling.  Avoiding arbitration, the Nats resigned utility infielder Kevin Frandsen on a 1 year deal worth $1 million, plus possible incentives.   Frandsen was a valuable part of the Nationals 2014 bench and was a priority for the Nats this offseason.  The flexibility the Nats have with Frandsen is invaluable, ready and able to...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Frandsen agrees to $1 million deal with Nationals

WASHINGTON (AP) Utility player Kevin Frandsen and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration with a deal that raises his base salary by $100,000. The 32-year-old hit .259 with a club-high 11 pinch hits last season, his first in Washington. He made 42 starts and played in 105 games for the NL East champions, appearing in left field...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Nats should trade Jordan Zimmermann

The Washington Nationals are in an enviable position. The team won 96 games for the second time in three years before bowing out in the division series. They are a talented group, well-built with one of the best rotations in baseball plus a high-octane offense to match. They are certainly a World Series favorite for […]
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals coaching staff returns next season

The Washington Nationals announced that for the first time since the 2008 season, the entire coaching staff will return.  The 2-14 National League Manager of the Year will not break in any new faces on the staff. Pitching coach Steve McCatty is the longest tenured Nats coach.  Next season will be his seventh season with the club.  Bench coach Randy Knorr is the second most tenured...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals coaching staff returns intact after NL East title

  The Nationals are bringing back all seven coaches from National League Manager of the Year Matt Williams' staff. It's the first time since 2007-08 that the Nationals kept their entire coaching staff for consecutive seasons. The club announced Wednesday that bench coach Randy Knorr, pitching coach Steve McCatty, hitting coach Rick Schu, bullpen coach Matt LeCroy, first...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Cubs interested in trading for Jordan Zimmerman

The Chicago Cubs apparently aren’t going to wait around for Jon Lester to make a decision, or for the Phillies to lower their price on Cole Hamels – they’re going in on an elite pitcher right now. The team is reportedly discussing a deal that would result in them acquiring NL All-Star Jordan Zimmermann from the Washington Nationals. Via the Chicago Sun-Times… Multiple...
Via The Outside Corner
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals’ Matt Williams named NL Manager of the Year

Despite taking over a club that had won 86 games the previous season, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America felt Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams did the best job of any manager in the National League. RETWEET to congratulate Matt Williams on being named BBWAA NL Manager of the Year! #IBackTheNats pic.twitter.com/dIwoR8f9Eh — Nationals on MASN (@masnNationals...
Via KCM Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals rumors: Fielding needs and concerns for the offseason

Ian Desmond The Washington Nationals have a lot to think about during their offseason. Currently there are major needs to resign a few of the key fielders as well as questions for players that are already signed for the upcoming season. Here are some things for the Washington Nationals to think about for 2015. Locking down Ian Desmond Ian Desmond has been a crucial part of the Nationals...
Via isportsweb.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Desmond, Rendon win NL Silver Slugger Awards

Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond and third baseman Anthony Rendon were named recipients of 2014 Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards on Thursday night, the third such honor for Desmond and first for Rendon. This is just the second time in the Nationals’ short history that they’ve had two players honored in the same season with the National League’s top offensive...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Dan Haren laments Adam LaRoche bagging giant buck?

  Free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche will be spending a lot of his offseason looking for big bucks  this winter — and not only those with dollar signs. LaRoche tweeted a picture Wednesday of himself and a gigantic, 12-point Rocky Mountain elk he bagged this week in Wyoming. The avid hunter posted the photo on the official Instagram account for Buck Commander...
Via The Other Paper
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Federal Reserve: Renda selected for Fall Stars Game roster

The Arizona Fall League (AFL) announced its roster for the East and West divisions for the annual Fall Stars Game, with second baseman Tony Renda selected as the lone Nationals farmhand. On the surface Renda, one of seven Nationals’ prospects playing for the Mesa Solar Sox, is an odd selection because of his sluggish numbers. Entering Monday afternoon’s game, he was batting ...
Via The Nats Blog
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Ranking All 40 of the 2014 Washington Nationals

We were going to do a Winners & Losers-style post for the NL East champs, but I think this is a little more inclusive. There’s not much rhyme or reason to it, other than ranking the players based on who made the most positive impact this year. Enjoy. 40. Taylor Jordan — Was a member of the Opening Day rotation (filling in for Doug Fister), then went 0-3 with a 5.61 ERA in...
Via Mr. Irrelevant
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper and girlfriend getting married in January

Bryce Harper will have a busy and happy offseason with girlfriend Kayla Varner. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the two are getting married in January in Southern California. Harper and Varner will be married Jan. 2 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have a ceremony afterwards. They will have a...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

What was Matt Williams thinking?

As you’ve probably heard by now, Matt Williams had a bad seventh inning last night. Dave Cameron took Williams’ bullpen maneuvers apart nicely in his Just a Bit Outside column at Fox Sports. At the risk of putting words in his mouth, he said that Williams leaving Matt Thornton in the game to face Buster […]
Via Fangraphs
October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Do Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland have beef?

Bryce Harper on Tuesday took Hunter Strickland deep for another splash hit into McCovey Cove during the NLDS, and the young Nationals outfielder went nuts during his celebration. He also appeared to bark at and stare down the Giants after the homer, indicating there might be something personal going on between him and Strickland. Harper’s...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Fan on Craigslist offers Nats playoff tickets for threesome

If there happen to be a couple of ladies in the D.C. inclined to part with their dignity in exchange for MLB playoff tickets, well, one Craigslist user has an offer for you. An unidentified man has offered up on Craigslist his two tickets in the Diamond Club section of Nationals Park for Friday’s playoffs-opening […] The post Guy offers up Nationals playoff tickets on Craigslist...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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