Player News - Nationals

Date: Team: Pos:

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Ian Desmond "appears less of a target" for the White Sox than adding an outfielder.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale also previously reported that the White Sox' supposed interest in Desmond was overblown. Rosenthal notes that the club likes Tyler Saladino at shortstop and believes top prospect Tim Anderson could be ready to take over at the position before the end of 2016. Desmond has been linked to both the White Sox and Rays recently, but neither destination looks terribly likely at the moment. The shortstop has gained little traction in the free agent market this winter.
Feb 12 - 4:13 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirms the White Sox are one of the teams considering free agent shortstop Ian Desmond.

It's not the first time we've heard the White Sox linked to Desmond. The Rays are also in the running, though so far both teams have been hesitant to give up a draft pick. Desmond is coming off a tough season with Washington. He led the National League in errors and finished second in the NL with 187 strikeouts. He may have to settle for a one-year deal and test the market again next winter.
Feb 11 - 3:28 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick writes that free agent shortstop Ian Desmond is a "long shot" for the Rays.

There's been some chatter about the Rays being interested in Desmond, as he could be a bargain at this point of the winter, but the club doesn't want to give up a draft pick in order to sign him. There's always the chance that they could change their mind, but the 30-year-old appears likely to end up elsewhere. Many have pegged the White Sox as a logical fit for Desmond, but they are also reluctant to give up a pick.
Feb 9 - 11:38 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears that Matt Thornton is receiving interest from six teams.

The southpaw has gained little traction this winter despite posting a 2.18 ERA and holding left-handed batters to a .198/.205/.279 batting line last season. Thornton's age (39) and strikeout rate (5.0 K/9 in 2015) must be working against him, and Cafardo notes that the veteran reliever "probably won’t get a major league deal." The Braves, Pirates and Twins have been connected to Thornton at various points this offseason.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 7 - 10:23 AM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Bryce Harper's "future marriage" with the Yankees is considered "inevitable by most in the sport."

We've been hearing "Harper to New York" speculation for years and it probably isn't going away any time soon. The Yankees were noticeably absent from this year's free agent proceedings and have a ton of money coming off the books with Carlos Beltran, Aroldis Chapman, Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira all hitting free agency in the next two years. Letting those players go would pave the way for New York to make a serious run at Harper. If he continues to progress, Harper could be in line for a $400 million deal when his contract expires after 2018.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Feb 6 - 5:35 PM

Free agent reliever Matt Thornton said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Wednesday that he's "waiting for a team to show serious interest."

Thornton believes that he has proved himself and has considered walking away from the game if he doesn't get a guaranteed major league deal. The 39-year-old posted a 2.18 ERA and 23/11 K/BB ratio over 41 1/3 innings with the Nationals last season and held left-handed batters to a .198/.205/.279 batting line.
Feb 3 - 11:19 AM

Nationals signed INF Brendan Ryan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Ryan, who turns 35 in March, was limited to 47 games with the Yankees in 2015 due to injury and batted just .229/.275/.333 over 103 plate appearances. The skilled defender will try to win a utility infielder job in the spring.
Feb 2 - 1:56 PM

Nationals signed RHP Bronson Arroyo to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

MLB.com's Mark Sheldon says Arroyo will make $2 million if he cracks the Opening Day roster and can earn a total of $8 million if he makes 32 starts. Assuming they don't plan to shift Tanner Roark back to the bullpen, Washington's rotation appears to be full. However, Arroyo might be best off knocking the rust off in the minors or in long relief for a bit, anyway, after missing all of 2015 following Tommy John surgery. The soon-to-be 39-year-old held a 3.79 ERA over 32 starts for the Reds in 2013 in his last full season.
Jan 26 - 10:16 PM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Rays have interest in Ian Desmond.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times first raised the possibility earlier this month of the Rays perhaps having interest in Desmond on a one-year contract. Cotillo hears that the Rays parting with draft pick in order to sign the shortstop would be considered a "huge obstacle" in getting a deal done. He adds that a match between the two sides is "unlikely" at this time. Desmond has failed to generate much interest this winter, so a one-year "pillow" contract might wind up being his best play.
Jan 26 - 9:03 PM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo hears that Bronson Arroyo is expected to make a decision on which team to sign with this week.

Arroyo has previously been connected to the Reds, Nationals and Marlins, and Cotillo says the Pirates and Padres are also interested in the veteran right-hander. The Nats are known to have extended a minor league contract offer, but with Arroyo hearing from that many clubs, perhaps he'll be able to squeeze a guaranteed, incentive-laden deal out of someone. The 38-year-old right-hander missed the entire 2015 season following Tommy John surgery.
Jan 25 - 9:27 PM

Nationals signed LHP Darin Gorski to a minor league contract.

Gorski had a rough 5.52 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, and 108/69 K/BB ratio in 137 innings last season with the Triple-A affiliate of the Mets. The 28-year-old southpaw will likely be a non-factor in the Nationals organization.
Jan 25 - 10:02 AM

According to Peter Gammons of MLB.com, the Marlins are a third team with interest in Bronson Arroyo.

The other two teams are the Nationals and the Reds. Arroyo has begun putting on private throwing sessions as he tries to prove his health following last year's Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. The 38-year-old right-hander should be able to land a one-year, incentives-driven contract for the 2016 season. He was one of the most durable starting pitchers in baseball from 2004-2013.
Jan 25 - 8:43 AM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Nationals have interest in free agent right-hander Bronson Arroyo.

Arroyo previously pitched for new Nationals manager Dusty Baker while the two were in Cincinnati, and those were some of the best years of the right-hander's major league career. The Reds have also expressed interest in a reunion with the 38-year-old hurler and he even held a private throwing session for the club in Cincinnati on Friday. Arroyo missed the entire 2015 season following Tommy John surgery.
Jan 24 - 9:14 PM

Robert Murray of BaseballEssential.com reports that Bronson Arroyo had a throwing session for the Reds in Cincinnati on Friday.

Mark Sheldon of MLB.com first reported earlier this month that the Reds had some interest in bringing Arroyo back. Murray says no deal is close between the two sides, but the interest seems mutual. Arroyo, who will turn 39 next month, missed all of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery and will surely have to settle for a non-guaranteed contract.
Jan 24 - 8:20 AM

Nationals signed RHP Boone Whiting to a minor league contract.

The 26-year-old hurler had a rough season in 2015, compiling a 6.44 ERA, 1.94 WHIP and 59/61 K/BB ratio across 95 innings at Triple-A between the Cardinals and Rockies. He adds organizational depth for the Nats.
Jan 23 - 9:12 AM


Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Video Center

  •  
    Norris on QB Carson Wentz

    Norris on QB Carson Wentz
  •  
    Norris on KSU G Cody Whitehair

    Norris on KSU G Cody Whitehair
  •  
    QB Targets: Wild Card Round

    QB Targets: Wild Card Round
  •  
    DPS: Generational Shift at QB

    DPS: Generational Shift at QB
  •  
    RB Targets: Divisional Round

    RB Targets: Divisional Round
  •  
    WR Targets: Divisional Round

    WR Targets: Divisional Round
  •  
    QB Targets: Divisional Round

    QB Targets: Divisional Round
  •  
    TE Targets: Divisional Round

    TE Targets: Divisional Round