Player News - Nationals

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Nationals GM Mike Rizzo told Fantasy Sports Radio on Monday that Shawn Kelley, Blake Treinen, and Koda Glover are competing to be the team's closer.

Rizzo also said that he's had no recent trade talks for relief help, so the job will probably go to one of these three. Kelley figures to be the front-runner here in February after registering a strong 2.64 ERA, 0.897 WHIP, and 80/11 K/BB ratio in 58 innings last season for Washington. It's a story we'll be tracking all spring.
Feb 20 - 10:22 AM

Jayson Werth told reporters on Sunday that he and the Nationals have yet to discuss a contract extension to keep the outfielder in Washington beyond the 2017 season.

Werth acknowledged that while the two sides hadn't talked yet, "there's always a possibility" that something could get worked out. He's entering the final season of a seven-year, $126 million contract signed in 2011. Werth believes he has plenty left in the tank and has no plans to retire after the upcoming season.
Feb 19 - 10:06 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker indicated Friday that he will bat Trea Turner leadoff and possibly hit Jayson Werth second.

The assumption has been that Adam Eaton would either bat leadoff or second for the Nats, but it sounds like he might hit in the lower half of the order. Baker's reasoning is that he doesn't want to bat three lefties in a row if Eaton hits second and is followed by Daniel Murphy and Bryce Harper. That's fine, but he could easily solve that with Eaton at leadoff and Turner in the two-hole. Hopefully Baker will come to his senses by Opening Day, but we can't count on it. It's something to track this spring, as it could greatly affect Eaton's potential runs output.
Feb 17 - 1:52 PM

Stephen Strasburg threw freely off a mound on Thursday in Nationals camp.

Strasburg delivered all of his pitches during a bullpen session that lasted around 10 minutes. He plans to throw his slider/cutter less frequently in 2017 in order to relieve some stress on his troublesome right elbow. The right-hander remains a high-risk, high-reward fantasy starter leading into 2017. All of the early signs are good.
Feb 16 - 12:55 PM

Max Scherzer (finger) played catch Thursday but would not commit to being ready for Opening Day.

Scherzer dealt with a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger down the stretch last season and is still experiencing some symptoms. It's a concern, but not really a huge one yet. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner is expected to throw his first bullpen session of Nats camp within the next few days.
Feb 16 - 12:46 PM

Max Scherzer is expected to begin throwing bullpen sessions in a matter of days.

Scherzer officially pulled out of the Winter Baseball Classic back in January when he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger, but it's not something that should affect his readiness for the 2017 major league season. Scherzer won the National League Cy Young Award in 2016 with a 2.96 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 284/56 K/BB ratio in 228 1/3 innings.
Feb 16 - 11:04 AM

Nationals signed 1B Adam Lind to a one-year, $1.5 million contract with a $5 million mutual option for 2018.

While the veteran first baseman posted a relatively uninspiring .239/.286/.431 triple-slash over 401 at-bats with the Mariners last season, he also walloped 20 home runs. He has managed at least that many dingers in six of the last eight seasons. With the Nationals he could see split work in a platoon with the right-handed hitting Ryan Zimmerman. All in all, this is a fine under-the-radar February signing.
Feb 15 - 8:21 PM

Tim Collins (elbow) hopes to be ready for a minor league rehab assignment by June.

Collins missed the entire 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last spring. He signed a minor league deal with the Nationals over the winter and hopes to be ready to pitch in the majors by around midseason.
Feb 15 - 11:38 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms that the Nationals have signed free agent Adam Lind to a one-year contract with a club option for 2018.

Lind struggled to the tune of a .239 batting average and .286 on-base percentage over 126 games with the Mariners in 2016, but he's reached 20-plus home runs in six of the last eight seasons and has always mashed right-handed pitching. He should fit nicely into a kind of platoon at first base with injury-prone right-handed-batter Ryan Zimmerman. Lind his typically performed well as a pinch-hitter too. It's a nice late-offseason addition for Washington.
Feb 13 - 2:15 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN reports that Adam Lind is close to signing with the Nationals.

Lind can spell oft-injured first baseman Ryan Zimmerman against some right-handed pitchers and operate as a strong left-handed bat off the bench for Washington. It's a good fit. No word yet on the financial terms, but this figures to be a one-year major league deal with a relatively low base salary. Lind, 34, slashed .239/.286/.431 with 20 home runs and 58 RBI in 126 games last season with Seattle.
Feb 13 - 1:27 PM

Nationals signed OF Joey Butler to a minor league contract.

Butler spent all of 2016 at Triple-A in the Indians organization, hitting just .240/.318/.344 with eight homers. Slated to turn 31 next month, Butler is merely a depth guy.
Feb 10 - 5:36 PM

Nationals acquired LHP Enny Romero from the Rays for RHP Jeffrey Rosa.

The minor trade clears a spot on Tampa Bay's roster for first baseman Logan Morrison, who was officially re-signed to a one-year, $2.5 million free agent contract on Tuesday. Romero posted a rough 5.91 ERA in 45 2/3 innings last season out of the Rays' bullpen, but he throws hard and could have some upside left at age 26 if he can rein in his control issues.
Feb 7 - 5:45 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have traded left-hander Enny Romero to the Nationals for a low-level starting pitching prospect.

Romero was out of minor league options and in danger of being designated for assignment by Tampa Bay this spring after registering a disappointing 5.91 ERA over 45 2/3 innings last season. The 26-year-old southpaw will now compete for a spot in the Washington bullpen. He has a big arm, averaging 96 mph with his fastball in 2016, but control has always been an issue.
Feb 7 - 5:11 PM

Nationals signed RHP Jeremy Guthrie to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 37-year-old hurler spent the entire 2016 season in the minor leagues where he registered a 7.17 ERA and 1.77 WHIP across 86 2/3 innings between Triple-A El Paso (Padres) and Triple-A New Orleans (Marlins). He's nothing more than a depth signing for the Nats at this stage of his career.
Feb 3 - 4:46 PM

Nationals signed RHP Matt Albers to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Albers ultimately had to settle for a minor league deal after struggling with a 6.31 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 51 1/3 innings in 2016. The 34-year-old became a free agent back in November after the White Sox understandably declined their $3 million club option on him for 2017. He'll try to win a bullpen spot with Washington in the spring.
Jan 31 - 2:34 PM


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