Player News - Nationals

Date: Team: Pos:

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms Mark Melancon has received multiple four-year offers for at least $60 million.

Rosenthal said those offers came from the Giants, Nationals and "perhaps one other" club. The Giants' offer is reportedly the strongest. Things seem to be moving quickly on Melancon and it wouldn't be a surprise if he signed during the Winter Meetings, which start tomorrow in Maryland.
Dec 3 - 11:06 PM

Nationals non-tendered OF Ben Revere.

The move was expected, as Revere wasn't worthy of a raise in arbitration following an awful .217/.260/.300 batting line this past season. He hit over .300 in each of the previous three seasons, however, and will turn just 29 next May, so some team will give the speedster a shot.
Dec 2 - 5:35 PM

Nationals acquired C Derek Norris from the Padres in exchange for RHP Pedro Avila.

Norris is a former Nationals prospect who was traded to the A's a few years ago in the Gio Gonzalez deal. He's now back with the organization that drafted him, taking the place of free agent Wilson Ramos. Norris had an awful .186/.255/.328 batting line with 14 homers last season in San Diego, but he's not a bad buy-low candidate in a new environment.
Dec 2 - 5:07 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that talks with Mark Melancon are "moving along."

Crasnick says that the Nationals and Giants are "still in the mix" for the closer. He adds that the Giants could be in better position to make a deal for Melancon work since the Nats are currently focused on a trade for Andrew McCutchen and possibly Chris Sale. Melancon is expected to land a contract in the four-year, $60 million range, according to Crasnick.
Dec 2 - 4:09 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals are expected to non-tender Ben Revere.

MLBTradeRumors.com projected Revere to earn $6.3 million in his final year of arbitration eligibility, which is a salary the Nats evidently aren't comfortable in paying. Revere is coming off a season where he hit an ugly .217/.260/.300, but he's a career .285/.320/.342 batter and could bounce back in a new setting.
Dec 2 - 1:39 PM

Nationals and C Jose Lobaton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.575 million contract.

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reported the contract terms. Lobaton, who was arbitration-eligible for the fourth time as a Super Two player, earned $1.3875 million in 2016 while batting .232/.319/.374 with three home runs and eight RBI over 114 plate appearances. With Wilson Ramos hitting free agency, he could play a significant role in 2017.
Dec 1 - 5:08 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Pirates are targeting Nationals outfield prospect Victor Robles in their trade talks involving Andrew McCutchen.

Pittsburgh "will want more as well" from Washington, adds Rosenthal. Robles, a 19-year-old center fielder out of the Dominican Republic, hit .280/.376/.423 with nine home runs and 37 stolen bases in 110 games this summer between three different levels of the Nationals' minor league system -- topping out at High-A Potomac. He was ranked the No. 33 prospect in the game by Baseball America leading into the 2016 season.
Dec 1 - 11:01 AM

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich confirmed Tuesday that the club has checked in on free agent closer Mark Melancon.

"I won’t say much," said Bridich. "Like we have done with a lot of guys, we have had conversations, and we have checked in on Mark." There's been natural speculation here since Melancon is from Colorado, but contenders like the Giants, Nationals, and Dodgers figure to be in the mix here, so the bidding could get higher than the Rockies' comfort level. As of now, Adam Ottavino projects to be the Rockies' closer in 2017.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 30 - 10:40 AM

According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, the Angels have had preliminary talks with free agent infielder Stephen Drew.

Fletcher notes, however, that Drew is "one of many candidates" the Angels are considering to boost their infield depth. Drew hit well for the Nationals this summer over 165 plate appearances (.864 OPS), but it has been years since he's been a reliable player in an everyday role. Drew will turn 34 years old next March.
Nov 29 - 6:15 PM

Anthony Rendon was announced as the winner of the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award on Tuesday.

The award is officially sanctioned by MLB and was voted on by the 30 club beat reporters from MLB.com. Rendon was limited to just 80 games last season due to injury while batting .264 with five homers and a .707 OPS, but he bounced back in a big way back in 2016 by putting up a .270/.348/.450 batting line with 20 homers and 85 RBI in a career-high 156 games.
Source: MLB.com
Nov 29 - 3:21 PM

Nationals acquired RHP Jimmy Cordero from the Phillies for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Cordero was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week. The 25-year-old struggled through injuries this past season while posting a 5.00 ERA and 19/10 K/BB ratio over 27 innings between four different levels in the minors. The Nationals are willing to take a chance on a bounceback.
Nov 23 - 11:16 AM

Nationals signed RHP Dustin Antolin to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 27-year-old hurler spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Buffalo where he posted a 2.04 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 61/28 K/BB ratio over 52 innings. He'll look to compete for a spot in the Nationals' bullpen.
Nov 21 - 2:27 PM

Nationals signed INF Corban Joseph to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Joseph batted .315/.369/.442 with eight homers between Double- and Triple-A in the Orioles organization in 2016. The 28-year-old is simply a depth addition.
Nov 20 - 10:14 AM

Nationals signed RHP Derek Eitel to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Eitel, who turns 29 on Monday, posted a 3.67 ERA and 71/40 K/BB ratio across 68 2/3 relief frames at Triple-A in the Padres organization this past season. He's never appeared in the majors and is likely to start 2017 back at Triple-A.
Nov 20 - 10:12 AM

Nationals signed LHP Braulio Lara to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lara, who will turn 28 next month, held a 3.90 ERA over 25 relief appearances at Triple-A in the Giants organization in 2016 and also spent some time in Korea. He'll compete for a bullpen job in spring training but is a long shot to crack the Opening Day roster.
Nov 20 - 10:09 AM


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