Player News - Nationals

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Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that some teams believe that Adam Eaton is available for trade this offseason.

The reason for Eaton's potential availability comes at least in part because Victor Robles is ready to be a starting outfielder. The 29-year-old outfielder is signing through 2020 with a $10.5 million option in 2021, and while he's hit well when healthy, he's battled injury issues the past two years. It wouldn't be a huge upset if the left-handed hitting outfielder was with a different organization by Opening Day 2019.
Oct 11 - 7:44 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins received $1mm in international funds in the trade of Kyle Barraclough to the Nationals.

That brings the Marlins' total to right around $5.5 million dollars. That leaves them a little under a million behind Baltimore's IFA total of $6.7 million, which matters as both teams are pursuing Cuban talents Victor Victor Mesa and his brother Victor Mesa Jr. Don't be surprised if the Marlins and Orioles make a couple more moves as they try to procure their services.
Oct 11 - 6:04 PM

Nationals acquired RHP Kyle Barraclough from the Marlins for international bonus pool money.

The Marlins are loading up their international budget to chase Cuban talent and they've long considered relievers expendable, so Barraclough gets shown the door after a disappointing season in which he struggled in the closer's role and finished with a 4.20 ERA. But while Barraclough's stock is down, it's still disappointing that the Marlins couldn't recoup some talent for him, instead of just the right to hopefully purchase talent. Barraclough has a 3.21 ERA and 279 strikeouts in 219 innings since debuting in 2015. His velocity has declined some and he never has gotten much better at throwing strikes, but he's still a great get for the Nationals at this cost.
Oct 10 - 12:58 PM

Tommy Milone has elected to become a free agent.

Milone posted an 5.81 ERA in four starts and one relief appearance with the Nationals this season and didn't pitch after August 21 due to discomfort in his left shoulder. Assuming he's healthy, he'll end up as organizational depth somewhere.
Oct 8 - 10:58 AM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Sunday that he expects manager Dave Martinez to return next season.

The Nationals were perhaps the most disappointing team in the majors this season, finishing at 82-80 while missing the postseason during Martinez's first year at the helm. However, Rizzo said that "he hasn’t considered any other scenario" than Martinez coming back. In fact, Rizzo said that he would like the entire coaching staff to return, as well. Martinez received a three-year deal with an option when he was hired last November.
Oct 1 - 9:38 AM

Erick Fedde surrendered four earned runs over four innings Sunday in a loss to the Rockies.

Fedde gave up five hits, including a two-run homer to Nolan Arenado in the bottom of the first inning and a two-run homer to Charlie Blackmon in the bottom of the third. The 25-year-old right-hander finishes the 2018 season with a 5.54 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 11 starts covering 50 1/3 innings.
Sep 30 - 6:21 PM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo revealed Sunday that Joaquin Benoit was never healthy enough to pitch this season because of a right shoulder injury.

Benoit landed on the disabled list in March because of what the Nats had called a forearm injury, but it turns out it was his shoulder that was the issue. Rizzo said that the reliever would've had surgery if he was younger, but at 40 it didn't make sense to go that route. It sounds like Benoit's career is probably over.
Sep 30 - 2:16 PM

Ryan Zimmerman (back) remained out of the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

Zimmerman wound up missing the final three games of the season with a back injury. He was limited to just 85 contests this season because of a variety of ailments. Mark Reynolds is again at first base, and the Nats are also giving another start to Victor Robles over Adam Eaton.
Sep 30 - 12:47 PM

Erick Fedde will start for the Nationals in Sunday's regular season finale against the Rockies.

Despite the game still having playoff implications, the Nationals will roll out Fedde instead of Max Scherzer as had been promised. The 25-year-old right-hander owns an underwhelming 5.24 ERA and 1.53 WHIP on the season, and taking on a desperate Rockies' team at Coors Field is not a recipe for success. He should be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Sep 30 - 12:14 AM

Juan Soto homered, doubled and drove in four runs as the Nationals crushed the Rockies 12-2 on Saturday

Soto hasn't been as strong this last month and a half as he was early on in his rookie campaign, but he's done a great job of avoiding any real slumps. He's at .294/.407/.521 with 22 homers and 70 RBI in 411 at-bats, which would be good enough to win Rookie of the Year honors in a lot of seasons.
Sep 30 - 12:13 AM

Nationals' manager Dave Martinez announced after Saturday's game that Max Scherzer will not start against the Rockies on Sunday as had been anticipated.

Scherzer was going to take the hill as long as the game had postseason implications, but Martinez explained that because the Rockies and Dodgers are both already in the postseason, and all that's left to decide is seeding, he'll roll out Erick Fedde instead. It's a devastating blow for fantasy owners who were relying on one final start from the Nationals' ace.
Sep 30 - 12:12 AM

Stephen Strasburg pitched six innings of two-run ball Saturday in a victory over the Rockies.

Strasburg's chances of finishing the season strong and healthy seemed pretty bleak even after he returned from neck and shoulder issues last month, but he allowed three runs or fewer in each of his final seven starts. He went 4-0 during that stretch to end the year 10-7 with a 3.74 ERA.
Sep 30 - 12:09 AM

Trea Turner went 3-for-6 with a homer and three RBI against the Rockies on Saturday.

Turner hasn't taken the step forward offensively some were hoping for this year, but .271/.345/.417 with 19 homers and 73 RBI isn't too bad. And that doesn't count his two strongest fantasy categories; he's swiped 43 bases and scored 103 runs.
Sep 30 - 12:04 AM

Max Scherzer will start for the Nationals in Sunday's regular season finale against the Rockies.

With the Dodgers beating the Giants on Saturday, the Rockies can't clinch the National League West on Saturday regardless if they win or lose. Since Sunday's game will now have playoff implications, the Nats' ace will take the hill.
Sep 29 - 7:44 PM

Joe Ross yielded four runs over five innings in a loss to the Rockies on Friday.

Ross gave up five hits, with three of them landing for homers. Ian Desmond and Chris Iannetta went back-to-back against him in the fifth. After rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, the 25-year-old Ross has posted a 5.06 ERA through three starts this month. He’ll presumably be in the mix for a rotation spot next spring and will be worth monitoring in most fantasy leagues.
Sep 29 - 12:36 AM


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