Player News - Nationals

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Nationals acquired OF Adam Eaton from the White Sox for RHP Lucas Giolito, RHP Reynaldo Lopez, and RHP Dane Dunning.

Washington was determined to make a splash at this week's Winter Meetings, and this is a big one. Eaton was a 6.0 fWAR player for the White Sox in 2016, slashing .284/.362/.428 with 14 home runs and 14 stolen bases in 157 games while playing strong defense in right field. He won't rate as well in center with the Nationals, but it's a tremendous addition to the lineup and the 28-year-old is on a very team-friendly contract that can potentially run through 2021. That's why it took three of the best young starting pitching prospects in the game to acquire him.
Dec 7 - 6:06 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the White Sox have agreed to a trade that will send Adam Eaton to the Nationals for Lucas Giolito.

The New York Post's Joel Sherman is reporting that in addition to Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez will also be heading over to the White Sox. 2016 first-round pick Dane Dunning is in the package too. With the Nationals, Eaton will more than likely patrol center field, allowing the team to move stud youngster Trea Turner to shortstop. Eaton is a terrific table-setter for that Washington lineup and he's on a very team-friendly contract that runs through 2021, but this is another massive haul of young talent for Chicago.
Dec 7 - 5:06 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the White Sox are "close" to a deal that would send Adam Eaton to the Nationals.

Rosenthal further relays that Victor Robles is not part of the deal as it is currently coming together. The Nationals have also reportedly been linked to outfielders Andrew McCutchen, Lorenzo Cain and Charlie Blackmon. Eaton cracked 14 homers, drove in 59 runs and stole 14 bases in 619 at-bats last season while working to a .284/.362/.428 triple-slash.
Dec 7 - 4:46 PM

MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports that the White Sox are working on a deal that would send Adam Eaton to the Nationals.

The White Sox are in full sell mode right now after their trade of Chris Sale to the Red Sox. As for their potential trade partner here, the Nationals have reportedly been in on Andrew McCutchen but appear to be broadening their outfield targets. Eaton hit .284/.362/.428 with 14 homers, 59 RBI and 14 steals over 619 at-bats in 2016.
Dec 7 - 4:31 PM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that Danny Espinosa will play for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

Whether Espinosa is actually with the Nationals come the spring is another question entirely. Rizzo floated in early November that the 29-year-old shortstop is a potential trade candidate. While there hasn't been a ton of smoke on the actual trading front as of yet, a move here remains possible. In 516 at-bats last season, Espinosa hit just .209/.306/.378. He did clock a career-best 24 homers in that space, so it wasn't all awful.
Dec 7 - 4:24 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Nationals are considering White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton.

After missing out on Chris Sale, the Nationals have pivoted back to landing a center fielder. And their search is stretching beyond Andrew McCutchen. It only makes sense that Eaton's name would come up, as the White Sox probably already know who they'd like from the Nationals' system. Other trade candidates include Lorenzo Cain with the Royals and possibly Charlie Blackmon with the Rockies.
Dec 7 - 2:04 PM

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals "are one of several teams that are believed to have approached" the White Sox about center fielder Adam Eaton.

The Cardinals are looking for help in their outfield and have emphasized upgrading their seeped and athleticism this winter, so Dexter Fowler is at the top of their wish list among free agents and they have checked in on Ian Desmond, but they are also eyeing the trade market. In addition to a possible pursuit of Eaton, Goold hears that the Cardinals have talked to the Royals about Lorenzo Cain and that the Rockies are willing to trade Charlie Blackmon for a "high return." The Cardinals have talked with the Rockies in the past about Blackmon, so it's possible they revisit those talks now. Eaton is signed through 2021 on a team-friendly deal, so the White Sox don't have to move him, but he would be another significant chip to get their rebuild effort moving along.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post confirms the Rays have signed free agent catcher Wilson Ramos to a two-year contract.

It's worth $12.5 million guaranteed and incentives could push the total to $18.25 million, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale. Ramos was probably looking at a five- or six-year deal in free agency before he suffered ACL and meniscus tears in his right knee on September 26 at Nationals Park. He'll be in rehab mode when the 2017 season begins and will then try to rebuild his value in Tampa Bay over the next year-and-a-half. Ramos figures to split time between catcher and DH with the Rays. He is an excellent hitter when healthy.
Dec 6 - 8:48 PM

Wilson Ramos has a two-year offer from the Rays and "could be close to a decision," per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Ramos' representatives were scheduled to meet with Rays executives on Tuesday night at the Winter Meetings. Maybe that already happened. The 29-year-old catcher is coming off surgery for ACL and meniscus tears in his right knee and won't be ready for the beginning of the 2017 season, but he's a legitimate masher when healthy. This could set up as a nice buy-low for cost-conscious Tampa Bay.
Dec 6 - 8:39 PM

According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, the Rays plan to speak with Wilson Ramos' representatives Tuesday night at the Winter Meetings.

"There's legit interest there," adds Castillo. Ramos suffered ACL and meniscus tears in his right knee on September 26 and his rehab is expected to stretch into the early part of the 2017 season, but the 29-year-old catcher still reportedly wants a four- or five-year deal in free agency. He did produce an impressive .307/.354/.496 batting line with 22 home runs and 80 RBI over 131 games this year with Washington before the major knee injury.
Dec 6 - 8:09 PM

Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Nationals are telling teams they would make Gio Gonzalez available if they trade for Chris Sale.

It makes sense, as the Nationals could simply use Joe Ross as their fifth starter. Gonzalez had his $12 million option for 2017 picked up after putting up a shaky 4.57 ERA over 177 2/3 innings this past season, but the Nationals probably won't have much of an issue moving him with such a weak free agent market for starting pitchers.
Dec 6 - 12:42 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals and Angels are among the teams looking at free agent infielder Stephen Drew.

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reported last week that the Angels have had preliminary talks with Drew. The Nationals remain interested in bringing him back, but he could have a more prominent role with the Angels. Drew turns 34 years old next March and batted .266 with eight homers and an .864 OPS over 165 plate appearances this past season.
Dec 6 - 8:44 AM

Super agent Scott Boras told Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports that he's had "no discussions with the Nationals" regarding a Bryce Harper extension.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale heard from a source Monday that Harper has asked for a contract that "will exceed 10 years in length and likely pay him in excess of $400 million" and that the Nationals are prepared to let him walk after the 2018 season, but it's hard to say where all this comes from and how much is true. And it's not all that ridiculous of an ask if Harper plays to his potential leading into free agency two winters from now. It's way too early in the process for this kind of drama, but you can expect much more of it in the coming months/years.
Dec 5 - 3:33 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Nationals are "balking at Bryce Harper’s demands in early talks about a long-term contract extension" and are prepared to let him walk after 2018.

Nightengale's source claims Harper has asked for a record deal that "will exceed 10 years in length and likely pay him in excess of $400 million." That might seem crazy, but if Harper reaches his full potential leading into free agency he is probably going to find that kind of length and money somewhere. The 24-year-old outfielder hit .243/.373/.441 with 24 homers and 21 stolen bases this past season for Washington. He won National League MVP honors in 2015 with a .330/.460/.649 slash line, 42 home runs, and 99 RBI -- at age 22.
Source: USA Today
Dec 5 - 2:57 PM

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post hears that Trea Turner is "all but untouchable."

There has been serious talk of the Nationals pursuing trades for Chris Sale and Andrew McCutchen, but it doesn't sound like Washington is going to be willing to part with Turner under any circumstance. Turner, 23, posted a ridiculous .342/.370/.567 batting line with 13 home runs and 33 stolen bases in 73 games this past season for the Nats. He's going to be a very popular guy in fantasy drafts next spring.
Dec 5 - 8:40 AM


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