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Jayson Werth will begin serving his five-day jail sentence in Fairfax County, Virginia on Friday.

Werth was handed the five-day sentence Thursday in the Fairfax County General Circuit Court after pleading guilty to reckless driving. He got busted back in July for driving his Porsche 105 mph in a 55 mph zone along Interstate 495. The 35-year-old outfielder will be on time for spring training, though January 9 shoulder surgery is going to keep him from activities for the first several weeks of camp. Werth is questionable for Opening Day.
Jan 29 - 1:46 PM

Jayson Werth was sentenced to five days in jail after pleading guilty to reckless driving Thursday in Fairfax County General Circuit Court.

Werth got busted back in July for driving his Porsche 105 mph in a 55 mph zone along a stretch of Interstate 495 in Northern Virginia. He was originally sentenced 10 days in jail, but his successful appeal has cut the punishment in half. The 35-year-old outfielder will presumably try to do the time before spring training, but he may not be allowed to pick the dates.
Jan 29 - 12:11 PM

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports hears the Blue Jays have been in contact with representatives for free agent Rafael Soriano.

Soriano saved 32 games for the Nationals last season but fell apart late and saw his $14 million option for 2015 declined in October. He hasn't generated much interest on the open market, but the Jays, in need of a late-inning option, could prove to be a good match. The 35-year-old's price tag should continue to go down as spring training nears.
Jan 28 - 10:44 PM

Nationals signed OF Derrick Robinson to a minor league contract.

Robinson did not receive an invite to big league camp in spring training. The 27-year-old batted .255/.322/.323 over 102 games in 2013 with the Reds before missing all of last season following shoulder surgery.
Jan 23 - 2:48 PM

Jayson Werth (shoulder) said Wednesday that his goal is to be ready for the start of the 2015 season.

"I don’t want to do anything to jeopardize the rest of my career but also want to get on the field and play," the outfielder told reporters. "It’s a balance. ... As soon as I’m ready, I’ll be back. ... My goal is Opening Day." Werth needed surgery in early January to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder -- a procedure that requires 2-3 months of rehab. It's going to be close.
Jan 22 - 12:49 PM

Nationals signed RHP Evan Meek to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Meek was outrighted off the Orioles' 40-man roster in October and elected to become a free agent. The 31-year-old right-hander had a rough 5.79 ERA in 23 relief appearances last season for Baltimore. He's highly doubtful to make the Nats' Opening Day bullpen.
Jan 21 - 7:36 PM

Nationals signed RHP Max Scherzer to a seven-year, $210 million contract.

The signing was originally reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports on Monday. Half of Scherzer's $210 million is deferred through 2028, making the present-day value of the contract slightly less than the total value. Scherzer is 39-8 with a 3.02 ERA and a 492/119 K/BB ratio over 434 2/3 innings in the last two seasons. Now in the National League, and more specifically the NL East, Scherzer should continue being an extremely valuable fantasy asset in 2015. Meanwhile, the Nationals will arguably have the most fearsome starting rotation in baseball as presently constructed.
Jan 21 - 2:03 PM

According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles have been in contact with free agent Nate Schierholtz.

Baltimore could really use an outfielder and the decent free agent options are falling off the board quickly. Schierholtz batted just .195/.243/.309 in 122 games last season between the Cubs and Nationals, but he was pretty productive for Chicago in 2013. Schierholtz will turn 31 years old in February.
Jan 20 - 5:47 PM

The Nationals have scheduled a press conference Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET for a "major baseball announcement."

It's safe to assume that the Nationals will make the Max Scherzer signing official at that time. The two sides have agreed to a seven-year, $210 million deal. Half of the money is deferred, so the present value of the contract is a bit less than it appears on paper. Either way, both sides got creative to get a deal done and Scherzer should remain a fantasy ace in D.C.
Jan 20 - 12:40 PM

USA Today's John Perrotto said that he's hearing that Stephen Strasburg is "very much available" following the Nationals' reported deal with Max Scherzer.

According to Perrotto's sources, both Strasburg and the Nationals think that it might be "time to move on." While Scherzer's signing probably requires a secondary rotation trade by the Nationals, the idea of them trading away one of the faces of the franchise is surprising to say the least. Strasburg went 14-11 with a 3.14 ERA last season to go with a career-high 242 strikeouts over 215 innings. Jordan Zimmerman seems a more logical trade piece, but it's possible that the Nationals are looking to make a bigger move.
Jan 19 - 12:35 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Nationals and free agent right-hander Max Scherzer have agreed to a seven-year contract.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that the deal will be worth more than $180 million. The contract will run through his age-36 season in 2021. The Nationals' rotation was already plenty scary, but the addition of Scherzer makes Tanner Roark (who had a 2.85 ERA and 15 wins last year) the team's sixth starter. Not bad. Not bad at all. Of course, that might not last long, as the Nationals are now expected to move Jordan Zimmermann or another starting pitcher.
Jan 19 - 12:04 AM

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals are "very close" to a deal with free agent right-hander Max Scherzer.

There have been rumblings throughout the day that the Nationals were making a push to sign Scherzer to a seven-year contract, and it seems that the two sides are getting closer on a deal. If the Nats are able to get him signed, they'll reportedly look to deal Jordan Zimmermann or another starting pitcher.
Jan 18 - 8:08 PM

Nationals signed 1B Kila Ka'aihue to a minor league contract.

The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training. 30-year-old hasn't played in the big leagues since the 2012 season and has spent the past two years in Japan where he slashed .258/.358/.443 with 25 homers and 85 RBI in 154 games for the Hiroshima Carp. He'll compete for a spot on the Nationals bench.
Jan 18 - 7:47 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York post reports that the Yankees are not the mystery team in on Max Scherzer.

Scherzer is reportedly closing in on a seven-year contract, with the Nationals and another team still in play, but that team isn't the Yankees according to Sherman. The Tigers are also reportedly out, leaving it as a true mystery to who could be bidding against the Nationals.
Jan 18 - 6:25 PM

Jon Morosi reports that in the event the Nationals sign Max Scherzer, they are prepared to deal away a starting pitcher, which could be Stephen Strasburg.

The most likely candidate to be dealt in that scenario is Jordan Zimmermann, but in the event that they can't find a suitable deal, Morosi notes that the Nationals would at least listen to offers on Strasburg.
Jan 18 - 6:11 PM


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