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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:46 EDTToday is the big day. The National Baseball Hall of Fame announces its Class of 2017, selected in a vote last month by the eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:41:37 EDTPitchers and catchers report to Nationals' Spring Training four weeks from Tuesday, and while Washington still has a few items left on its to-do list, it did cross a big one off last week by settling with its four arbitration-eligible players to avoid a hearing for the second consecutive season. It gives the Nationals some clarity on their Opening Day payroll, and this week's Inbox begins with a look at where that payroll stands.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:04:09 EDTBefore it ever really had the chance to become a topic of discussion, the Nationals were sure to announce that Ryan Zimmerman was going to be their starting first baseman.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:17:45 EDTThe Nationals avoided any arbitration hearings this offseason after agreeing to terms with all four of their arbitration-eligible players on Friday.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:59:04 EDTThe Nationals signed veteran left-hander Neal Cotts to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, the team announced Friday morning.
Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:57:19 EDTStay on top of all the offseason moves with the MLB.com Hot Stove Tracker, which updates with the latest free-agent signings and trades.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:27:15 EDTThese days, there may be more value placed on defense and certainly more time spent on evaluating and quantifying it than ever before. When MLBPipeline.com surveyed front-officials as to which prospects stood out most for their glovework, there was no shortage of candidates for out 2017 All-Defense Team.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:29:28 EDTAfter a quick start to the Nationals' offseason, during which they have seemingly been involved in each rumor and connected to every player on the market, things have gone quiet. While Washington has made some improvements, the standout item on its to-do list at the start of the offseason -- finding a closer -- still hasn't been crossed off.
Sun, 1 Jan 2017 12:14:21 EDTWho do the Nationals have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Washington's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:35:07 EDTNationals right-hander Tanner Roark has committed to play for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, according to MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:45:16 EDTValuing stability throughout the organization, especially as their top prospects rise through the system, the Nationals retained their Minor League managers and their entire coaching staffs for the 2017 season.
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:00:51 EDTThe Nationals are still in the hunt for a closer with the start of a new calendar year. They missed out on top free-agent options like Mark Melancon and Kenley Jansen, but they have remained persistent in their search for a relief ace.
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:41:55 EDTThough he was scheduled and excited to participate, Max Scherzer will sit out this year's World Baseball Classic due to a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger, the Nationals announced Monday.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:27:47 EDTDespite the frigid temperatures throughout many big league cities, Major League Baseball's announcement Tuesday of the first workout dates of Spring Training should be enough to warm the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.
Mon, 9 Jan 2017 12:28:49 EDTWith the start of Spring Training just a few weeks away, anticipation is building for the 2017 season. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to West Palm Beach, Fla., by Feb.14, and it's time to break down the Nationals' roster.
Fri, 6 Jan 2017 17:20:25 EDTJust you weight: Bryce Harper lifts 505 lbs!
Thu, 5 Jan 2017 15:46:20 EDTTanner Roark proved in 2016 that he can be a dominant starting pitcher. He had carried that burden on his shoulder entering Spring Training last year, wanting to show everyone that he should never have been booted from the rotation.
Fri, 6 Jan 2017 14:36:58 EDTThe Nationals have hired De Jon Watson, the D-backs' former senior vice president of baseball operations, to their pro scouting department as a special assistant to general manager Mike Rizzo.
Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:53:35 EDTThe Nationals have announced their Spring Training reporting dates, with pitchers and catchers due in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Feb. 14 and position players to follow Feb. 17. So as the countdown begins, the Nats have a few items on their to-do list before they pack up for Florida. This week's Inbox takes a look at another potential closing option, bench possibilities, questions about starting pitching health and depth ... and Mike Trout.
Tue, 3 Jan 2017 16:30:00 EDTWith nearly six weeks until they report to their new Spring Training facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., the Nats should continue to be one of the more active teams in baseball. Here are a few things they need to accomplish before they head off to Florida.
Sat, 31 Dec 2016 15:23:28 EDTWith a few bounce-back seasons and some good health, the Nationals could find themselves in position to come away with the ultimate goal of a championship. On the other hand, they have made a notable addition in the outfield and still have some question marks in the bullpen going into next season.
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:36:53 EDTThe United States added two more All-Stars to what is turning into a powerful national team roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy and D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt have committed to play for Team USA in the Classic, set for March 2017, sources tell MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi.
Wed, 28 Dec 2016 14:08:41 EDTEvaluating the Nationals' 2016 season is a difficult task. There were so many positives to take away from the year, even though it ultimately ended before they would have liked and left a bitter taste in their mouths.
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 01:50:58 EDTAt the end of an amazing October, one team was standing: the Chicago Cubs, who broke a 108-year championship drought and won the World Series for the National League. But 14 other NL teams played all season and had their own pinnacle moments. In consultation with each club's beat reporter, here is the game of the year for each club in the NL in 2016.
Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:01:41 EDTRyan Zimmerman was once the undisputed face of the franchise, the very first pick after the Nationals relocated to D.C. who endured the 100-loss seasons and heartache before enjoying the team's success during the past five seasons. Zimmerman was as frustrated as anyone with his own production from last season, but he is intent on proving he still has something left in the tank.
Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:45:26 EDTIt was not until after the eighth inning on what would become a history-making Wednesday night at Nationals Park that Max Scherzer glanced at the scoreboard and realized what he was in the midst of. Once he saw his strikeout total, then 18, he began to think about the history in his grasp for the ninth inning.
Thu, 22 Dec 2016 14:25:29 EDTThe proverbial Hot Stove has cooled off a bit lately for the Nationals, who continue to weigh their options on filling out the closer role. The Nats are no strangers to last-minute Christmas shopping, considering reports of last year's deal with Daniel Murphy broke on Christmas Eve. So while nothing appears imminent at the moment, things can change quickly. Still, there's plenty to discuss.
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:49:51 EDTTrea Turner will have some peace of mind this offseason as he prepares to enter the 2017 campaign with a defined role as the shortstop for the Nationals. Helping to continue a tradition that dates to the early days of MLB.com, Turner took a few minutes last week to chat about his offseason and to share some holiday memories.
Wed, 21 Dec 2016 18:03:35 EDTWhen Nationals right-hander Joe Ross initially landed on the disabled list in July, he had no inclination that he would end up missing more than the next two months. And yet the right shoulder inflammation kept him out until late September, enough time to make three starts before his first career playoff start against the Dodgers.
Tue, 20 Dec 2016 20:25:16 EDTSeveral teams have filled a need at closer this offseason, yet the Nationals still find themselves without one. Finding bullpen help was perhaps Washington's top priority entering the offseason, and the club remains almost certain to add to its relief corps before next season begins, even though it has been unsuccessful in its first few attempts.
Mon, 19 Dec 2016 20:56:40 EDTEven after adding Derek Norris in a trade last month, the Nationals remain in the mix for free agent catcher, Matt Wieters.
Mon, 19 Dec 2016 09:47:47 EDTBryce Harper is now officially a married man