Team News: Washington Nationals

  • Nats GM deflects question about Harper
    Mike Rizzo swatted away a question about where the Nationals stand with Bryce Harper, the 26-year-old star still without a home as camps are underway. "We're going to talk about the players we have on the team," Rizzo said. "We're not going to talk about

  • Bright side: Reasons for optimism for each team
    On this opening week of Spring Training, all 30 Major League teams have one thing in common: optimism. Here's an optimism cheat sheet for each of them.

  • Zimmerman to ramp up spring outings in '19
    Ryan Zimmerman has been receptive to more Grapefruit League action and estimated he needs about 50 at-bats to be ready for the season after taking just two last year. However, there is still a balance that the Nats will attempt to strike between aiming to

  • Nationals hosted a Spring Training cabbage race
    Nationals hosted a Spring Training cabbage race

  • Gomes, Suzuki buying into shared catcher role
    How exactly the Nationals plan to split playing time at catcher between Yan Gomes and Kurt Suzuki will be determined over the course of the season by manager Dave Martinez, but both players have arrived to camp fully buying into the idea of sharing the ro

  • WATCH: Max joins Corbin's 1st bullpen session
    Spring Training is underway. Players around the league are stepping back onto the baseball field as they get ready for the 2019 season. MLB.com's beat reporters have you covered with the action from every team's training camp. Keep track of the latest hig

  • Strasburg enters pivotal season with options
    Comfort was one of the biggest reasons Stephen Strasburg signed a seven-year, $175 million contract extension with the Nationals in May of 2016, opting to remain with the only organization he has ever known rather that test free agency.

  • Barrett's bullpen session another step to D.C.
    It's been more than three seasons since Aaron Barrett stepped on the mound for the Washington Nationals, robbed of so much of a once-promising career by a litany of injuries: Tommy John surgery in September 2015, another surgery later that year to remove

  • Hellickson has 'upper hand' to be 5th starter
    Since the end of last season, Jeremy Hellickson hoped he would have a chance to return to the Nationals. He finally felt comfortable with his teammates, developed a rapport with the coaching and training staff and enjoyed being a part of a team with posts

  • Where did Max rank on Top 100 Right Now?
    The 2019 MLB season feels so close now. Spring Training has begun. Players are taking the field. So it's time to rank the best of the best.

  • Doolittle goes to Taco Bell on Valentine's Day
    Doolittle goes to Taco Bell on Valentine's Day

  • Prospects who should vie for a roster spot
    The 30 prospects below all are getting very long looks this spring with an eye toward breaking camp with the parent club. Even if they start the year in the Minors, they all should get the chance to contribute at some point in the very near future.

  • Corbin settling in, not feeling extra pressure
    Patrick Corbin joins a Nationals team ready to win and a rotation, featuring Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, that figures to be one of the best in baseball.

  • Scherzer preparing to face 'stiffest' NL East
    It is becoming something of an annual spring tradition here in West Palm Beach: The high-intensity first bullpen session of the spring for Max Scherzer.

  • Projected 2019 lineups, rotations for every team
    Spring Training is here, so now is a good time to project what each club's Opening Day lineup and rotation would look like if the season began today.

  • Notes: Strasburg, Eaton, Doolittle
    Stephen Strasburg spent a lot more time in D.C. this winter. It's getting harder to make those cross-country flights back to San Diego with a family and growing children who are getting used to the Washington area, plus he enjoys working year-round with t

  • Roster set or not, Nats ready to push forward
    Pitchers and catchers and even a few early position players filed into the Nationals' clubhouse in West Palm Beach, Fla., throughout Wednesday morning, rain preventing them from doing much more than playing some light catch before the team's first workout

  • Kieboom, Garcia headline Nats' list of NRIs
    The Nationals announced their non-roster invitees to Major League Spring Training on Tuesday, a list of 19 players including some intriguing veterans and headlined by two promising young prospects.

  • Robles among top 20 impact rookies for 2019
    Here are the top players in each league who could get the opportunity to show what they can do at the highest level this year, perhaps even contending for Rookie of the Year honors

  • 30 low-key acquisitions who could pay off big
    Fans and analysts spend the entire offseason speculating where the top free agents could go, but sometimes an under-the-radar pickup can end up making a world of difference. As positional competitions begin to heat up at Spring Training camps this month,

  • Harper unfollows Capitals on social media
    Harper unfollows Capitals on social media

  • Uniform patch to mark 150 years of pro baseball
    All 30 Major League teams will wear special "MLB 150" patches on their uniforms for the entire 2019 season in honor of the 150th anniversary of the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first openly all-salaried professional baseball team.

  • Predicting the Nationals' Opening Day roster
    There is not a lot of wiggle room on the Nationals roster as the team prepares to head to West Palm Beach, Fla., this week for the start of Spring Training, which makes forecasting the 25-man roster an easier task.

  • Doolittle ranked No. 2 RP by MLB Network
    MLB Network's countdown of baseball's best players at each position came to a conclusion with the final installment of the "Top 10 Right Now!" series, featuring the game's top relief pitchers and shortstops.

  • After signing big deal, Corbin gives Nats a Big 3
    It's been a while since the Nationals entered Spring Training with a roster featuring so many new faces. Washington added seven new players this winter, nearly one-third of the roster, as part of an aggressive overhaul to help the club return to the top o

  • Nats are hiring a new bullpen cart driver
    Nats are hiring a new bullpen cart driver

  • Hellickson heads back to Nationals
    The Nationals signed free-agent starter Jeremy Hellickson to a one-year deal on Friday. The move improves Washington's pitching depth less than a week before pitchers and catchers report to West Palm Beach, Fla.

  • Source: Nationals win case vs. Barraclough
    The Nationals won their arbitration hearing against reliever Kyle Barraclough, a source told MLB.com on Friday morning. It was the club's second and final arbitration case.

  • Frank Robinson, legend and pioneer, dies
    Frank Robinson, a trailblazing figure who was Major League Baseball's first African-American manager and one of its greatest players during a career that spanned 21 seasons, died Thursday after a prolonged illness. He was 83.

  • Loss of Robinson reverberates around MLB
    Jon Miller is having trouble believing that baseball legend Frank Robinson is gone. Robinson, 83, passed away Thursday morning.

  • Frank had many layers beneath tough exterior
    MLB.com reporter Bill Ladson recounts his time getting to know Frank Robinson, who died on Thursday after a battle with cancer.

  • Nats' statements on passing of Frank Robinson
    The Washington Nationals released the following statements on the passing of former manager Frank Robinson.

  • Top 10 moments in Frank Robinson's career
    Few figures in baseball history have accomplished as much as Frank Robinson. A feared slugger, a World Series champion, a pioneer for minority managers and an ambassador for the game, Robinson had an impact that can be felt in all corners of the sport.

  • Nats feel competitive entering Spring Training
    General manager Mike Rizzo said at the end of the regular season that he believed 2018 was an anomaly. After winning four National League East titles since '12, the Nats want to get back on top of their division and compete for a World Series once again.

  • Max, Corbin among best starting pitcher duos
    Most Major League teams still use a five-man starting rotation, but it takes a lot more pitchers than that to make it through a 162-game season. It certainly helps to have a potent one-two punch at the top of the rotation.

  • 10 players you forgot played for the Nats
    The Nationals have a relatively brief team history -- 2019 will be the 15th season since the franchise moved to D.C. in '05 -- and it is a marvel how fast the franchise has come along, and how quickly. It was not long ago when the Nats were consistent las

  • Here's your guide to Nationals Spring Training
    Here is some info for fans looking to make the trip to the Nationals' Spring Training complex or just looking for that baseball fix to escape the cold weather.

  • Get ready to watch: MLB.TV available for 2019
    Spring Training is imminent, Opening Day is within sight and the big league season isn't complete for fans without a subscription to MLB.TV. The most comprehensive streaming service in professional sports is now available for the 2019 season.

  • Rendon, Turner among MLB's best player duos
    MLB.com looked at each team's two highest-ranked position players in WAR, according to the Steamer projections. Here are the top 10, but keep in mind that things could change once Manny Machado and Bryce Harper find homes.

  • Nationals' Top 30 Prospects list
    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.

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