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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Sources: Nationals made Bryce Harper ‘aggressive offer’ last month, did not reach agreement

This sounds like a PR leak.

According to multiple people familiar with the negotiations, the Nationals discussed terms for a new deal with Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, throughout September. Those conversations led to what one person called “an aggressive offer.” That offer included no opt-outs, and was less than the $400 million some have speculated Harper could receive, according to a person with direct knowledge who would not disclose the exact terms.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2018 at 10:15 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Monday, October 22, 2018

Do the Nationals need to go modern and develop a hybrid reliever? - The Washington Post

It’s not new. Teams have used multi-inning relievers in the past. I’m just waiting until they move to four-man rotations with guys throwing 75-85 pitches per start.

But as the Nationals consider potential improvements to their pitching staff next season, might it make sense to try to develop a Josh Hader-esque reliever, the kind that can go multiple shutdown innings in big spots, the kind that mollifies the pain of a short start? Might they have the arms to fill such a role on their roster already?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2018 at 01:49 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Friday, September 21, 2018

Simon - Why Does Bryce Harper Have -25 Defensive Runs Saved?

Sounded some warnings about Bryce Harper’s defense in April. Here’s a revisit as the season nears an end. He’s at -25 Defensive Runs Saved, among the worst totals in MLB this season.


Jordan @metsfansince02
Do you think a move to first base next season is possible? I heard he was taking a lot of grounders there this year.

Mark Simon @MarkASimonSays
I think the money is in the outfield. The move to 1B comes later.

Bote Man Posted: September 21, 2018 at 08:05 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, defensive metrics, nationals

Monday, September 17, 2018

OTP 2018 September 17: How Brett Kavanaugh explains his baseball ticket debt

Kavanaugh described the baseball tickets as part of a group purchase divided amongst friends and avid Washington Nationals fans. Kavanaugh estimated he has attended “a couple hundred games” over the period of 2005 through 2017, when he purchased four season tickets, and also playoff ticket packages for the four years the Nationals reached the National League playoffs.

“I have attended all 11 Nationals home playoff games in their history,” Kavanaugh noted in his answers. “(We are 3-8 in those games.)”
His rationale for the tickets: “I am a huge sports fan.”

Beyond his baseball fandom, Kavanaugh noted in response to questions that has “not had gambling debts or participated in ‘fantasy’ leagues.”

 

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: September 17, 2018 at 09:05 AM | 2479 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, off topic, politics, washington

Friday, September 14, 2018

Red Sox, Nationals only teams on track to pay MLB’s luxury tax

NEW YORK—The Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals are the only teams on track to pay baseball’s luxury tax this year, according to opening-day payroll totals compiled by Major League Baseball and obtained by The Associated Press.

Boston’s payroll at the start of the season for purposes of the tax was $233.9 million, which would cause the Red Sox to pay a $9.4 million tax. Washington’s payroll was $201 million, which would result in a tax of $1.2 million.

San Francisco was just below the $197 million tax threshold at $196.66 million. The Giants were followed by the Chicago Cubs ($183.9 million), Houston Astros ($182.4 million), Los Angeles Dodgers ($181.99 million) and New York Yankees ($178.8 million).

I suspect that some of you will have a lot to say about this, in decidedly dramatic tones…..

QLE Posted: September 14, 2018 at 07:47 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: luxury tax, nationals, red sox

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Paul Sullivan - MLB Needs to Change Cubs-Nats Venue for Thurday’s Game

Switching it to a day game in Chicago, or even in Milwaukee if the Nationals are worried about giving the Cubs home-field advantage, makes much more sense. It’s not unprecedented, and it’s obviously doable.

Clearly, rational minds will arrive at a rapid, amicable solution that will please all involved.

Bote Man Posted: September 11, 2018 at 08:06 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, hurricane, nationals, pennant race, weather

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Contending Dodgers acquire reliever Madson from Nationals

Pity my former PhD program no longer has a softball team- I have a feeling we could have obtained players from the Nationals just by asking for them.

WASHINGTON (AP)—The Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their bullpen on Friday, acquiring right-hander Ryan Madson from the Washington Nationals for a minor league pitcher.

The five-time defending NL West champions have Kenley Jansen as their closer, but he’s been shaky since coming off the disabled list, allowing seven earned runs in four innings over four appearances.

Madson was 5-5 with five saves and a 4.08 ERA in 69 games for Washington. The 38-year-old recently came off the DL after being sidelined by nerve irritation that caused pain in his neck and back.

QLE Posted: September 01, 2018 at 07:49 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nationals, ryan madson, trades, white flag

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Young Nats who might get a closer look the rest of the season - Nationals Pastime

[Victor] Robles, who dazzled last September and even made the postseason roster at 20, missed three months this season after hyperextending his left elbow. Healthy now, he’s hitting .254 with a .365 on-base percentage but only one homer in 38 games for Syracuse.

The Nationals have a decision to make on Robles this winter. If Harper leaves as a free agent, Robles almost certainly becomes the starting center fielder in 2019. If Harper stays, Robles could be extraneous and thus a prime trade chip. The more the club (and other interested clubs) can evaluate him the rest of this season, the better.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2018 at 11:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

The failure of the Bryce Harper Era

So, how much of this explanation as for the Nationals’ problems do we agree with, and what other explanations are that aren’t mentioned in this article?

Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner wrote an open letter to fans Tuesday and, like the Nationals’ season, it didn’t make much sense. In it, Lerner tried to rationalize trading Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubs for a fringe prospect and allowing the St. Louis Cardinals to claim Matt Adams via waivers Tuesday as some sort of an indication that because this incarnation of the Nationals was an unadulterated disappointment, shipping off two free agents-to-be represented a pivot toward the future.

The truth, according to a source familiar with the transactions that will save the Nationals a bit more than $5 million: “It was a money dump. Plain and simple.”

Between talking about how “the actions we are taking now will strengthen the franchise and keep us in the position of being a perennial contender” and shouting out general manager Mike Rizzo while not bothering to mention manager Dave Martinez by name, Lerner saw the abnormality of the Nationals’ 2018 season and happily raised it. Every day, it seems, brings a new twist to a team that entered the season with championship aspirations and finally brandished the white flag Tuesday, with 125 games of sub-.500 baseball under their belts.

 

QLE Posted: August 22, 2018 at 08:01 AM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: dave martinez, mike rizzo, nationals

Nationals throw in the towel, trade Daniel Murphy to Cubs, Matt Adams to Cardinals

Somewhere, Alex Anthopoulos and Matt Klentak are dancing a merry jig…..

With a sub-.500 record and their playoff hopes all but gone, the Washington Nationals have waved the white flag on the 2018 season and have begun tearing down a once-promising roster.

The Nationals on Tuesday traded three-time All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubs for minor-league infield prospect Andruw Monasterio and a player to be named or cash considerations.

“We took a chance at the first trade deadline and held tight with the belief that that was our best way to compete and kept almost our entire roster intact,” general manager Mike Rizzo said.

QLE Posted: August 22, 2018 at 08:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, daniel murphy, matt adams, nationals, white flag

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Bryce Harper, Matt Adams Reportedly Claimed On Revocable Trade Waivers

Nationals sluggers Bryce Harper and Matt Adams were claimed by unidentified organizations on revocable trade waivers, according to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post (Twitter link). They join fellow left-handed hitting Nats veteran Daniel Murphy as pending free agents who were not able to make it through the waiver wire.

It’s hard to see Harper actually leaving, and hard to see Daniel Murphy actually staying.


Sunday, August 19, 2018

WaPo - Washington Nationals Unveil Bullpen Cart

He’s got a ticket to ride, but he don’t care!

Bote Man Posted: August 19, 2018 at 10:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpen carts, nationals

Friday, August 17, 2018

Calcaterra - Dusty Baker Drops Truth Bombs

In which Craig Calcaterra reads The Athletic $ piece by Ken Rosenthal, then writes this piece that you can read for free.

I say that because every time someone gets to Dusty Baker for an interview, he drops some major truth bombs that make you wonder why anyone wouldn’t want him in charge. Sure, like any manager he has his faults and blind spots — more so in his distant past than in his recent past, I should not — but the guy is smart, has more experience than anyone going and is almost universally loved by his players.

Recently he sat down with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic to talk about life, baseball and everything, and once again the truth bombs were dropping.

Bote Man Posted: August 17, 2018 at 01:33 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: dusty baker, manager, nationals

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

FG - Juan Soto Looks Like the Best Teenage Hitter in History

Jeff Sullivan is not even being hyperbolic to get clicks! Really!!

(Please don’t watch him play left field, though. TNX!)

Bote Man Posted: August 07, 2018 at 08:48 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: fangraphs, hitting, juan soto, nationals

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Dave Martinez couldn’t shore up Nats’ clubhouse

The media pressure builds:

These Nationals are fragile, and the man in the lead chair at the moment is made of porcelain.

Walt Davis Posted: August 01, 2018 at 06:22 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: childish behavior, dave martinez, mike rizzo, nationals

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Bryce Harper not being traded by Nationals, says GM Mike Rizzo - The Washington Post

And therein lies another awkward part of all this, that while the Nationals did not want anyone to know they would be listening on Harper, they cannot deny it now. Harper will know they considered offers that would have sent him elsewhere. He is an already talked-about presence in a much talked-about clubhouse with a vastly underachieving team, a combination that could prove volatile. Whatever they do by 4 p.m. Eastern, the Nationals will be 5 1/2 games back in the National League East when they begin play with the New York Mets this evening, a surmountable deficit they could still eclipse. Apparently, they will try to do so with him, and Rizzo will do his best to suggest this team wanted to do it with Harper all along.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2018 at 01:56 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Bryce Harper trade rumors

It’s tough being in the middle.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2018 at 08:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Monday, July 30, 2018

Passan: 10 Degrees on the Underachieving Nationals

#FireDeivi

“The clubhouse is a mess,” said one source, whose account was corroborated by three others who spoke to Yahoo Sports on the condition of anonymity out of fear the organization would punish them for speaking publicly. While the sources pinpointed a number of causes for the internal acrimony, they agreed that it was not purely a function of the Nationals’ underachievement but something that has festered throughout the season.

Some of the blame, they said, falls on first-year manager Dave Martinez, who replaced the popular Dusty Baker when Nationals ownership declined to renew his contract after back-to-back NL East championships. While Martinez has forged good relationships with a number of the Nationals’ stars, including Bryce Harper, a number of players feel marginalized, according to sources.

Bote Man Posted: July 30, 2018 at 01:56 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: clubhouse culture, jeff passan, nationals, trade deadline

Monday, July 16, 2018


Friday, July 06, 2018

Should the Nationals consider trading Harper?

Washington has lost 21 of 31 since May 31, a .323 winning percentage that’s better than only the Mets, Orioles and Royals in that time span. Maybe a question that sounds objectively crazy on its face actually isn’t: Should the Nationals, in the face of a tremendously disappointing season, trade the man who was expected to headline one of the best free-agent classes of all time this offseason?

The answer is clearly, “Not yet, obviously,” and not just because the Nationals certainly aren’t going to do anything this wild before they host the baseball world at the All-Star Game later this month. This is not something that could or should happen soon. But what if that answer changes in the next few weeks? Let’s try to find out what would need to happen for the Nats to completely change the face of the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Bote Man Posted: July 06, 2018 at 03:43 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals, trade deadline, trades

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Nationals Reportedly Interested In Matt Harvey, Raisel Iglesias

Harvey, 29, has undeniably raised his stock since joining the Reds in a trade nearly two months ago in a trade that sent Devin Mesoraco to New York. Through 53 2/3 innings out of the Cincinnati rotation, he’s worked to a 3.86 ERA with 6.7 K/9, 2.0 BB/9, 1.17 HR/9 and a 43 percent ground-ball rate. More encouraging than the bottom-line numbers is the fact that Harvey has steadily improved his velocity over the course of his tenure in Cincinnati; he’s averaged nearly 95 mph on his fastball over his past five starts and is averaging 94.2 mph on his heater as a Red after averaging 92.6 mph as a Met.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Kelvin Herrera Trade Start of Something Big for Nationals

ashington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo’s latest move to improve his team’s bullpen — and, therefore, improve a team that is ailing and sputtering even as it pursues its fifth division title in seven years — might be better than those that preceded it, even though a few of those worked out splendidly.

Kelvin Herrera will help the Nationals. He will lessen the burden on Ryan Madson and eliminate high-leverage situations for Shawn Kelley — maybe even eliminating Kelley altogether. Justin Miller, Tim Collins, Sammy Solis — all the gassed Nats relievers should, as Madson said Monday night, extend “welcoming arms” to the new charge.

This season with the only team he has ever known, the Kansas City Royals, Herrera faced 95 batters — and walked two. Opposing hitters have a .506 on-base-plus-slugging percentage against him; MLB average is .722. He was the right guy at a perfect time — six weeks before the trade deadline, which means six weeks of the season when the rest of the Nationals will have a less stressful workload.


But it says here that the Nats will need more. Not for now, necessarily. But for October. Or maybe, if a few things don’t straighten themselves out in health and performance, to even reach ] October.

Two areas to think about: Catcher and starting pitcher. One way to think, in either case: Large.

Consider the catching situation. Matt Wieters is out till, say, August following surgery on his left hamstring. Pedro Severino and Spencer Kieboom, the two kids the Nationals are employing in Wieters’s stead, are slugging .241 and .222, respectively. Washington’s catchers collectively have a .574 OPS — last in the National League. An upgrade is in order.

Now, you could say that Wieters will provide an upgrade. That’s debatable, of course, given his .632 OPS of a year ago. But even if you believe Wieters’s return will prevent the catcher’s spot in the order from being a black hole, that black hole still exists for another month-and-a-half. An offense that has a sputtering Bryce Harper and a working-himself-into-shape Daniel Murphy and an absent Ryan Zimmerman can’t really afford a spot in the order that produces zippo.

Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: June 19, 2018 at 12:32 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, royals, trades

Monday, June 18, 2018

Juan Soto Makes His Second MLB Debut Tonight

The Nationals and Yankees will share a strange and complicated experience Monday evening when, at 5:05 p.m., they resume the game suspended due to rain with the score tied in the sixth inning on May 15.

But Howie Kendrick, now out for the season with an Achilles’ injury, is due up third that inning. Andrew Stevenson, since optioned to Class AAA Syracuse, is also in the lineup. Adam Eaton and Daniel Murphy, both available now, were not on the active roster that day. Juan Soto had not yet made his major league debut. What are the Nationals to do?

Bote Man Posted: June 18, 2018 at 11:01 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: juan soto, nationals, rules, suspended games

Friday, June 15, 2018

Nationals Transfer Team Control From Ted To Mark Lerner

Ted Lerner got his start delivering newspapers around Griffith Stadium and as owner hoped to see his Washington Nationals win the World’s Series. Now it’s looking like time is running out for him at age 92. Can Bryce Harper Juan Soto save the season??

Bote Man Posted: June 15, 2018 at 05:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, owners, ownership

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Nats ride Soto’s historic 2-HR game to split in NY

NEW YORK—The first game Juan Soto played in this season came at State Mutual Stadium, the home of the Braves’ Class A Rome affiliate, which seats a little more than 5,000 people. Soto offered a glimpse of his enormous potential in that game, when he homered for Hagerstown, but even then it would have been difficult to imagine how different his stage would be just two months later. And how well he would handle it.

On Wednesday night, Soto played for the first time in his career at Yankee Stadium in front of 45,030 fans. And he responded by becoming the fifth-youngest player in Major League history to record a multihomer game, swatting a three-run homer in the fourth that squeaked over the left-field wall and a towering 436-foot solo homer to center field in the seventh to power the Nats to a 5-4 victory.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 14, 2018 at 01:25 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: juan soto, nationals, yankees

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