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Hard-hitting Zimmerman must elevate ball to succeed

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 02:53:28 EDT

Ryan Zimmerman hit the ball as hard as just about anyone in 2016, but he also found extremely little production. It's a combination that doesn't really make sense alongside one another, and the answer is simple: He's got to start hitting the ball in the air.



Closer, bench decisions imminent for Nats

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:16:00 EDT

The Nationals boast a strong team that is likely to defend its National League East title, but with less than a month to go before Spring Training, they are interested in making more moves.



Baseball world mourns Ventura, Marte

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 13:25:06 EDT

The baseball world mourned the unexpected deaths of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and third baseman Andy Marte on Sunday. Ventura, 25, died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. Marte, 33, also died in a separate car crash Sunday in the Dominican Republic.



Around the Horn: Nats have stud at 2B in Murph

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:17:15 EDT

This is the third installment of a multipart Around the Horn series taking a position-by-position look at the projected starters and backups heading into the season, with the latest examining the Nats' second baseman, Daniel Murphy.



Here's what it looks like when you learn you're headed to the Hall of Fame

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:36:24 EDT

Watch Class of '17 learn they're headed to the HOF



Hot Stove Tracker: Free agents and trades

Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:57:19 EDT

Stay on top of all the offseason moves with the MLB.com Hot Stove Tracker, which updates with the latest free-agent signings and trades.



'Rock' inspired by Morgan to choose baseball over football

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:42:46 EDT

During his teenage years, National Baseball Hall of Famer Tim Raines wanted to be an NFL star, but it was Joe Morgan's greatness at second base that convinced him to become an infielder. The same Joe Morgan, who won two National League Most Valuable Player Awards, helped the Reds win two World Series titles and is now enshrined in Cooperstown.



Raines, Pudge bound for Cooperstown

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:44:52 EDT

Ivan Rodriguez, who played in Washington from 2010-11, will become the first player who played for the Nationals to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Tim Raines, who played for the Expos, is also headed to Cooperstown.



Nationals' Top 30 Prospects list

Sun, 1 Jan 2017 12:14:21 EDT

Who 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.



Raines' delay: Better wait than never

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:25:01 EDT

The story of Tim Raines getting elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame is the story of why the Baseball Hall of Fame is so wonderful. Yes, of course, the Baseball Hall celebrates the obvious legends. But then there's a second category of Hall of Famer, players whose greatness was perhaps overlooked.



On final attempt, Raines gains entry to Hall

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:04:20 EDT

The wait is finally over for Tim Raines, and it was worth it. On the ballot for the 10th and final time, Raines, one of the best leadoff hitters in history, was voted into the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Wednesday. Raines was named on 86 percent of ballots.



Raines writes open letter after Hall induction

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:34:26 EDT

Raines writes open letter after Hall induction



Inbox: Are Nats willing to spend more?

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:41:37 EDT

Pitchers 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.



Harper hopes Wieters, Holland join him in D.C.

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:50:09 EDT

Harper hopes Wieters, Holland join him in D.C.



Around the Horn: Zim to hold down first base

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:04:09 EDT

Before 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.



Nats settle with Harper, all other arb-eligibles

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:17:45 EDT

The Nationals avoided any arbitration hearings this offseason after agreeing to terms with all four of their arbitration-eligible players on Friday.



Nats sign veteran lefty Cotts to Minors deal

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:59:04 EDT

The 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.



Robles named to Pipeline's All-Defense Team

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:27:15 EDT

These 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.



Inbox: How will Nationals fill closer role?

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:29:28 EDT

After 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.



Roark to pitch for Team USA in WBC 2017

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:35:07 EDT

Nationals 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.



Nats retain Minors staffs, adjust strength coaches

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:45:16 EDT

Valuing 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.



Nats should gamble on Holland as closer

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:00:51 EDT

The 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.



Finger injury to sideline Scherzer for WBC '17

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:41:55 EDT

Though 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.



Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:27:47 EDT

Despite 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.



Around the Horn: Norris to lead Nats behind plate

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 12:28:49 EDT

With 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.



Just you weight: Bryce Harper lifts 505 lbs!

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 17:20:25 EDT

Just you weight: Bryce Harper lifts 505 lbs!



Roark not taking anything for granted in '17

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 15:46:20 EDT

Tanner 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.



Nats add Watson to pro scouting department

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 14:36:58 EDT

The 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.



Inbox: Will Nats and A's swing another deal?

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:53:35 EDT

The 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.



Finding a closer, filling bench on Nats' to-do list

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 16:30:00 EDT

With 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.



With reinforcements, title remains Nats' goal

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 15:23:28 EDT

With 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.



Source: Murphy, Goldy to play for US in Classic

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:36:53 EDT

The 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.



After season of highs, Nats' NLDS loss stung

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 14:08:41 EDT

Evaluating 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.



Most amazing National League games of 2016

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 01:50:58 EDT

At 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.



Zim out to prove he has hits left in tank

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:01:41 EDT

Ryan 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.