Player News - Nationals

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Nationals and 3B Anthony Rendon avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.8 million contract.

Rendon was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this offseason. He earned a pay increase following a solid season when he batted .270/.348/.450 with 20 home runs and 84 RBI.
Jan 13 - 3:03 PM

Nationals and OF Bryce Harper avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $13.625 million contract.

MLB Trade Rumors projected Harper to make less than $10 million, so it's a salary bump that was even bigger than expected in the outfielder's second year of arbitration eligibility. The former MVP had a relatively disappointing 2016 (.243/.373/.441), although a nagging shoulder injury likely was at least partly to blame.
Jan 13 - 2:25 PM

Nationals and RHP Tanner Roark avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.315 million contract.

It's a huge raise for the righty in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The salary increase is earned after Roark posted a sub-3.00 ERA in two out of his last three campaigns.
Jan 13 - 12:49 PM

Nationals and C Derek Norris avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.2 million contract.

Norris had a disastrous 2016, batting just .186/.255/.328 with 14 homers. The Nats are counting on a bounce-back season in 2017 after they acquired him via trade last month.
Jan 13 - 12:47 PM

Nationals signed LHP Neal Cotts to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The veteran left-hander spent all of last season at the Triple-A level with three different organization, posting a 3.83 ERA and 38/14 K/BB ratio across 44 2/3 innings. Cotts will try to win a spot in the Nats' bullpen.
Jan 13 - 8:28 AM

Tanner Roark has committed to pitch for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, reports Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

Roark was invited prior to the finger injury to his teammate Max Scherzer. The 30-year-old thrived in his return to Washington's rotation in 2016 by posting a 2.83 ERA and 172/73 K/BB ratio over 210 innings.
Jan 11 - 12:24 PM

Max Scherzer has pulled out of the World Baseball Classic after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger.

Scherzer actually pitched with the injury for over a month at the end of last season, but it's not considered to be a big deal and he'll be a full participant in spring training. However, the right-hander has decided that pitching for the United States in the WBC isn't worth the potential added risk. Scherzer is the National League's reigning Cy Young winner.
Jan 9 - 4:41 PM

Nationals signed RHP Stone Speer to a minor league contract.

Speer pitched for Sussex County in the Independent Canadian-American Association in 2016, compiling a 2.00 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 14/8 K/BB ratio over 18 innings. He adds bullpen depth to the lower levels of the minor leagues for the Nats.
Jan 8 - 11:03 AM

Nationals signed LHP Josh Outman to a minor league contract.

He latched on with the New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League last summer after being let go by the Pirates in August. The 32-year-old holds a 4.43 ERA over 161 career major league appearances, though he hasn't pitched in the bigs since 2014.
Jan 7 - 8:17 PM

Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals are willing to talk to Dusty Baker about extending his contract.

As they should be. Baker signed a two-year deal with the Nationals in November of 2015, so he's going into the final year of his contract. His first year in D.C. was a major success, as the Nationals reclaimed the NL East with a 95-67 record. They were again ousted during the NLDS, but it would be a surprise if he entered 2017 with "lame duck" status. The two sides haven't talked yet, but odds are something will get done during spring training. Baker, who turns 68 in June, is the second-oldest manager in the majors behind division rival manager Terry Collins with the Mets.
Jan 3 - 10:30 AM

Pete Kerzel of MASN Sports believes the Nationals will extend Dusty Baker's contract by the time spring training opens in February.

Baker's first year in Washington was a huge success as the Nationals won their division while finishing with the league's second best record at 95-67. He only inked a two-year deal with Washington but the Nats will likely tack on a couple more years after his good showing in 2016. The Nats will be favored to win the NL East again but the Cubs are still the team to beat in the National League.
Source: MASN Sports
Jan 2 - 8:51 AM

Nationals signed RHP Gabriel Arias to a minor league contract.

The 27-year-old sat out the entire 2016 season after registering a 4.48 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 85/37 K/BB ratio in 128 2/3 innings between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno for the Diamondbacks in 2015. He'll add minor league rotation depth for the Nats.
Jan 1 - 9:44 PM

Daniel Murphy and Paul Goldschmidt will play for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

They both committed to the March 9-22 tournament on Thursday. Murphy won the Silver Slugger Award at second base last year after slashing .347/.390/.595 with 25 homers and 104 RBI in 142 games for the Nationals. Goldschmidt stands as one of the most well-rounded first basemen in the sport. Team USA is loaded.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 03:56:00 PM

According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, the Nationals "remain strongly interested in bringing back" free agent right-hander Aaron Barrett.

Barrett elected to become a free agent in October after being outrighted off the Nationals' 40-man roster. He missed the entire 2016 season while recovering from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but the 28-year-old reliever had a 3.47 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 70 innings between 2014-2015.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 07:09:00 PM

In a podcast with Bill Ladson of, free agent Bronson Arroyo said he hopes to continue his career in 2017 but isn't sure if his health will allow him to.

It's been one injury after another for Arroyo. He missed all of 2015 after undergoing Tommy John surgery a season earlier and tore his rotator cuff this year in spring training. While Arroyo isn't ready to call it quits yet, he admitted his arm feels "terrible" some days. Arroyo has been contacted by a handful of teams but won't seriously consider any offers until "around January." The 39-year-old hasn't appeared in a major league game since June of 2014.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 11:03:00 PM

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