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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Washington Nationals top prospect Victor Robles, Juan Soto look to rule in Washington | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Victor Robles, GCL Nationals (five games), Hagerstown (64 games), Potomac (41 games): The Nationals’ new top prospect showed off his many talents in his first full season. Robles was a South Atlantic League midseason All-Star after hitting .305 in 64 games with the Suns. MLB.com’s No. 10 overall prospect was promoted to the Carolina League on June 27 and finished the year hitting .280/.376/.423 with 75 runs scored and 37 stolen bases.

“Victor amazes us with the tools he has,” Scialabba said. “He flashes five tools on any given day, and all of them have a chance to be average or above. He’s an exciting young man with a passion for the game and a high energy level that makes those around him better. He wants to be the best in all facets, and he’s already a very confident hitter with quick, strong hands and above-average bat speed. We expect him to tap into his power once he fully matures and hit consistently with authority. He’s just a dynamic athlete and everything you want from a player.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2016 at 05:51 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, prospects, victor robles

Sunday, December 11, 2016


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Danny Espinosa traded to Angels

Busy day for Espinosa. He was a no-show at the team’s annual Winterfest event, angered by the Adam Eaton acquisition. Then the Nationals announced that they had non-tendered Ben Revere but offered contracts to other players including Danny Espinosa and Tanner Roark. Then they announced they had traded Espinosa for Angels prospects Austin Adams and Kyle McGowin.

Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 10, 2016 at 10:35 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, nationals

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Why the Adam Eaton trade wasn’t a panic move for the Washington Nationals - The Washington Post

Barry Svrluga defends Mike Rizzo.

The Nationals clearly lost faith in Giolito.

So what became clear to nearly everyone at the winter meetings was that the Nationals were going to move Giolito. His value, of course, would have been higher six months ago. But then, his performance hadn’t fallen off by that point. We’ll watch what he becomes in Chicago. But the Nationals aren’t particularly concerned that he’ll be an ace. The bigger problem would have been holding onto him, seeing his performance suffer further, and watching his trade value fully dissolve.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 12:41 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: adam eaton, lucas giolito, nationals, trade, white sox

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Nationals acquire outfielder Adam Eaton | MLB.com

I like Adam Eaton. He’s a good player. Either he’s better than what I think or Giolito isn’t as good as his ranking suggests. It’s probably the latter.

The Nationals acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from the White Sox on Wednesday for three pitching prospects.

Washington sent three right-handers to the White Sox: Lucas Giolito, their No. 1 prospect, Reynaldo Lopez (No. 3) and Dane Dunning (No. 6). Giolito is MLB Pipeline’s No. 3 overall prospect; Lopez is No. 38.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 06:04 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: adam eaton, nationals, reynaldo lopez, white sox

$400 million isn’t a ridiculous number for Harper. | Sports on Earth

He was worth $7.7 million per Win over Replacement **in the free agent market**. Teams don’t want to pay at that rate if they can avoid it. Smart teams usually only pay a small portion of their payroll at this rate. So, to say a player is “worth” whatever crazy price players are getting in the free agent market only really makes sense for teams with no alternative and very large revenue streams.

Last year, after Bryce Harper’s MVP season, FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine, knowing that Harper was only a few years away from free agency, tried to figure out just how much he was worth to the Nationals in 2015. Using the rough Fangraphs figure of $7.7 million per Win Over Replacement—which was the estimated market value at the time, and around where it would be now, though as always it’s complicated—Paine argued that Harper, who had just put together a 9.7 WAR season, one of the 100 best seasons of all-time (at the age of 23!), was worth $75.4 million. Just in the 2015 season. Paine concluded that, because of the escalating baseball salaries and MLB’s salary structure system artificially pushing down the pay of players under team control, Harper, who made only $2.5 million in 2015, had earned the Nationals $72.9 million in free production, the highest single-season total in baseball history. (The next three highest totals were all Mike Trout, in 2012, 2013 and 2015.)

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 02:23 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

The Nationals’ ultra-quiet offseason is far from over | FOX Sports

“There is nothing so disastrous as a rational investment policy in an irrational world.” ~ John Maynard Keynes

Then again, as Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told reporters Tuesday, “If you’re always rational about every free agent, you will finish third on every free agent.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 12:32 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Monday, December 05, 2016

Nationals Taken Aback by Bryce Harper Contract Demands

I can’t imagine that Bryce is a great singer so it’s no surprise that they balked at this record deal.

Harper, according to the executive, is asking for a record deal that will exceed 10 years in length, and likely pay him in excess of $400 million.

Agent Scott Boras says the only active negotiations of late have involved a one-year deal in 2017. Harper, who made $5 million last season, is eligible for salary arbitration, and Boras seemed mystified by the Nationals’ stance.

Bote Man Posted: December 05, 2016 at 03:59 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, contracts, nationals

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Heyman: Giants, Nationals At Forefront For Melancon

Relievers are getting paid this winter.

Sources indicate to FanRag Sports that the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals are currently at the forefront in terms of suitors for Melancon, and he is expected to sign a deal that will break the current reliever record held by Jonathan Papelbon, who signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies in November, 2011 (though that record will surely be broken by Chapman and Jansen later this winter).

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 07:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, mark melancon, nationals

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Column: Nationals Must Go For It All To Win With Harper

I’m not sure I’d describe the market for relievers as “saturated”.

Mark Melancon impressed in his time with the Nationals. Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman are two of baseball’s best late-inning relievers. Wade Davis, David Robertson and A.J Ramos can be had in trades. If they’re dead-set against spending big on a short reliever, they can give Treinen a chance and see if he develops while signing insurance policies like Fernando Rodney, Koji Uehara, Joe Smith or Brad Ziegler.

The saturated market gives the Nationals options to get someone established at a relatively reasonable price. This is a non-priority priority in that they have to deal with it, but there’s no rush to do so.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2016 at 08:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Friday, December 02, 2016

Nationals Acquire Derek Norris

The Nationals have dealt for catcher Derek Norris from the Padres, per a club announcement. Righty Pedro Avila will head to San Diego in return.

It’s a homecoming of sorts for Norris, who was once a well-regarded prospect in the D.C. system before being shipped to Oakland in the deal that landed Gio Gonzalez. Now, he joins righty A.J. Cole in finding his way back to the Nationals organization via trade.

Norris never suited up at the major league level with the Nationals, but he’ll surely do so in 2017.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2016 at 05:15 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: derek norris, nationals, padres

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Nationals poised to blow up baseball’s hot stove | New York Post

I guess they are waiting to move after the lockout.

Meanwhile, most big-market teams are moving slowly for two main reasons: 1) They want to see the rules in a new collective bargaining agreement, particularly when it comes to luxury-tax thresholds and penalties; 2) Many see a free-agent market saturated with bats and wonder whether patience will allow them to get a relative bargain later in the offseason with hitters who could not find a home at their expected prices.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Notes: The Nationals are in the mix for Chris Sale | FOX Sports

Imagine a rotation that included Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg ... and Chris Sale.

The Nationals can.

Add the Nats to the list of teams pursuing Sale, a list that likely includes the majority of teams in baseball.

Major-league sources confirmed the Nationals’ interest in Sale on Tuesday. The likelihood of a deal with the White Sox, however, is unknown.

The Nats’ edge is that they have A) a farm system that can satisfy the White Sox and B) a general manager, Mike Rizzo, who relishes making bold moves.


Friday, October 14, 2016

Dodgers’ Game 5 win is a magical scene right out of 1988 - LA Times

Memorable ending to a great game. Congrats to Dodgers fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, dusty baker, kenley jansen, nationals

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Dodgers vs. Nationals Preview | 10/13/16

FS1 tonight. It felt weird not to have a game to watch last night. I’ll have to used to it soon.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2016 at 06:20 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nationals, playoffs

#NatsRide Helps Fans Help Themselves After DC, Metro Snub Them

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was asked whether she had a plan to get Nationals fans home from Thursday’s Game 5, which will likely end after Metro closes.

“Nats fans are amazingly persistent and creative, and we know that they’re going to plan ahead,” Bowser said.

Yes. Yes, they are. And they have. Before Bowser’s unhelpful response to an important question, Nationals fans were making and sharing alternative transportation plans using the hashtag #NatsRide on Twitter.

And as most Nats fans don’t want to die a fiery death on a Metro train, they win two ways by sharing rides to the park!

Bote Man Posted: October 13, 2016 at 01:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, playoffs, politics

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

WTOP: Train waits for no fan: Metro won’t extend service for Nats game

Metro is beyond awful. No wonder thousands of commuters would rather get stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic above ground than deal with the bullshit on the rails.

As part of the 24-hour track-work program that began this spring, Metro no longer extends its hours for games, concerts or special events, and Metro says the Nats’ game Thursday is no exception.

Game 5 of the National League Division Series starts at 8:08 p.m., and Metro closes at midnight, making it likely that fans will need to figure out other ways home.

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld told WTOP on Wednesday that he wasn’t going to budge. “We’ve impacted hundreds of thousands of people,” he said. “We’ve let them know the parameters we’re working under, and I think we ought to stick to that.”

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: October 12, 2016 at 10:05 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nationals, nats, nlds

Nationals Max Scherzer to start Game 5 of NLDS | MLB.com

MLB does not want fans to get caught up in all the playoff series. If they did, they wouldn’t schedule the games at overlapping times, with late starts, and on difficult, or impossible, to find networks.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2016 at 01:52 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nationals

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Dodgers defeat Nationals, force NLDS Game 5 | MLB.com

Chase Utley saved the Dodgers’ season on Tuesday, his tiebreaking RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning sending Los Angeles to a 6-5 win over the Nationals. The National League Division Series heads back to Washington for a decisive Game 5 on Thursday (5 or 8 p.m. ET/2 or 5 p.m. PT on FS1).

The winning rally started when Andrew Toles was hit on the foot by a Blake Treinen slider. Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier, who spent most of the season healing from a broken leg, singled. Utley bounced a single sharply into right field to score Toles with Ethier taking third.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 10:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nationals, playoffs

Clayton Kershaw will start for the Dodgers in Game 4 against the Nationals - LA Times

ICYMI, Kershaw on short rest for the Dodgers today.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 02:21 PM | 196 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, nationals, playoffs

Nationals beat Dodgers, take 2-1 lead in NLDS | MLB.com

The Nationals are one victory from advancing to the National League Championship Series after pulling away from the Dodgers on Monday, 8-3. Anthony Rendon blasted a two-run homer and former Dodger Jayson Werth crushed a solo shot in a win that gave Washington a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five NL Division Series.

It’s the first time the Nats have led a postseason series since winning the opening game of the 2012 NLDS, and they did so by scoring eight runs, the most in a postseason game in club history.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nationals, playoffs

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Could Dodgers’ depth strategy turn off the veterans it needs to succeed? - LA Times

Somehow the Dodgers will make due without the Chris Heisey’s of the baseball world.

Heisey batted a career-low .182 last season. He said the frequent shuttle between Los Angeles and Oklahoma City “absolutely” affected his performance.

“It messes with your head a little when you’re up and down like that,” said Heisey, who hit .216 this season. “I understood. They explained to me early on it was probably going to be like that, the way their roster shaped up. There just wasn’t a spot for me.

“I think this year has been a lot better in that regard — being comfortable, being with the same guys all year, competing at the highest level and not having to go back and forth and say goodbye to my family so many different times. That was one of the harder parts. Where are they going to be? Are they going to go home? Are they going to stay in Oklahoma City while I go to Los Angeles? That added stress.

“They’re doing it within the rules,” he added. “It just so happens that players have to deal with it. They’re just manipulating the roster like they’re allowed to.

“On the personal side, they may not realize the toll it may take on a player’s confidence when he’s going up and down, taken off the roster, put back on the roster, in my case released and signed back. It was a crazy year. I made some good friends there, so it wasn’t all bad. But it was tough.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Saturday, October 08, 2016


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Nationals’ Wilson Ramos injures right knee | MLB.com

This greatly hurts the Nationals and Wilson Ramos. The injury puts a big off-season payday in jeopardy.

With the Nationals already nursing Bryce Harper (thumb), Daniel Murphy (buttocks) and Stephen Strasburg (forearm) back to full strength as the postseason draws closer, they will have to be prepared to play without catcher Wilson Ramos for the remainder of the season, including the postseason, with a torn ACL in his right knee.

Manager Dusty Baker told reporters of the diagnosis, which followed an MRI taken on Tuesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2016 at 03:53 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, wilson ramos

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bryce Harper told the Nationals he is not hurt, and they seem to believe him - The Washington Post

“Bryce said it didn’t come from him. Nobody really knows where it comes from because it’s not on the injury report,” Baker said. “The trainer said no.”

According to multiple people familiar with the situation, Rizzo commandeered Baker’s office for an informal deposition after the report came out Tuesday. He brought in Harper and trainer Paul Lessard, hoping to learn whether there was some issue Harper had not told them about. If not, they hoped to identify the source of the information.

Rizzo asked Harper if the reports were true, and Harper said they were not, according to a person familiar with the situation,who also said Lessard told Rizzo and Baker he had treated no shoulder issue since the stiff neck cost Harper five games in August. All of that reinforces, with more detail, what Baker and Rizzo told reporters Tuesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2016 at 11:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

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