Alex Gordon told the Kansas City Star that he intends to forgo free agency after next season and pick up his $13.25 million player option for 2016.
That's easy to say now, but we'll see. Gordon will be 32 in 2016, and if he plays next year like he has this one, he could be in line for something like $72 million over four years. Passing that up to earn $13.25 million and going back on the market at age 33 doesn't seem like a very good idea at all. Perhaps, though, he'll be able to agree to a long-term deal with the Royals before then.
Nationals purchased the contract of outfielder Nate Schierholtz from Triple-A Syracuse.
Schierholtz is up after just four Triple-A games in which he went 3-for-19. Starts will be few and far between for him unless someone ahead of him gets hurt, so don't expect him to have any fantasy value.
Nationals optioned outfielder Michael Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse.
Taylor started four games in a row after being called up, but he had made just one start in the last seven days with Jayson Werth healthy enough to play. Overall, he was 3-for-18 with a homer, three walks and eight strikeouts. The Nationals will bring him back in September.
Nationals transferred outfielder Nate McLouth from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.
McLouth is out for the season after surgery this week to repair the labrum in his throwing shoulder.
Sources told the Washington Post's James Wagner that Nate Schierholtz is being called up by the Nationals today.
Schierholtz has played in just four minor league games since signing with the Nationals, going 3-for-19 with a homer. While Wagner doesn't have any info on the corresponding move, one imagines that Michael Taylor will be sent back down to the minors to make room.