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Monday, April 24, 2017

Nationals trade rumors: Washington interested in David Robertson, Alex Colome

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Nationals have “touched base” with multiple teams regarding their closers, specifically the White Sox’s David Robertson and Rays’ Alex Colome.

Washington has been searching for ninth-inning help since the end of last season. On top of losing Mark Melancon as a free agent, the Nationals also whiffed on Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen. This isn’t the first time Robertson’s name has come up in connection to the Nationals, either. The White Sox seemingly tried all winter to find a trade partner, but no team was willing to part with the necessary prospects and take on the final two years of Robertson’s deal. He’s making $12 million in 2017 and is due another $13 million in the final year of his contract in 2018.

While the Nationals may be poking around closers, Bowden reports the asking prices on Robertson and Colome remain extremely high.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Jayson Werth speaks out following bizarre ending to Braves-Nationals

Chase d’Arnaud struck out, and the Washington Nationals were ready to celebrate their 3-1 win.

Or so they thought.

Home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor called a foul ball on the Braves catcher’s swings, and the game was extended. The grounds crew was already on the field. It was chaotic.

d’Arnaud swung and missed on the next pitch after the confusion was cleared up and the Nationals won. But Washington outfielder Jayson Werth was displeased with how the whole thing played out.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2017 at 12:14 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: jayson werth, nationals

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Eaton out to prove he’s still an elite center fielder - Nationals Pastime

In the bigger picture, Eaton admits at least some motivation this season to show his detractors he still can be an elite center fielder.

“Yes and no,” he said. “A part of me thinks: Who cares what other people think? That’s kind of been my motto my whole life. You can tell me I can’t do something, and I don’t really care what you think. I’m just going to go out and do the best of my ability. That’s one of my thoughts.

“And the other one is: Yeah, tell everybody that I can still do something that they don’t think I can do. But five years ago, if you asked any scout if they thought I was going to be in the big leagues, they’d say no, too. So there hasn’t really been much praise throughout my career in most aspects. So I wouldn’t say it’s any different. I’m getting kind of used to that.”

 

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2017 at 11:39 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: adam eaton, defense, nationals

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

There Is No Stopping Daniel Murphy [FG]

Since Fangraphs articles seem work in opposites, this must mean that Nationals fans should be very afraid of Murphy suddenly tanking now that this has been published.

You could be forgiven, heading into last season, for thinking that Daniel Murphy would fail to carry over the magic of his 2015 playoff performance into the 2016 campaign. Many teams seem to have had similar suspicions: a free agent, Murphy received just $37.5 million over three years to sign with Washington. The Nationals were immediately rewarded: Murphy recorded nearly six wins for the club, basically providing a full return on Washington’s investment in just the first year of the contract.

Bote Man Posted: April 12, 2017 at 10:49 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel murphy, hitting, mets, nationals

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Don’t Change The Channel With These Hitters At Bat

The bosses gave me an impossible assignment: Write up the definitive list of players whose at-bats you can’t afford to miss…

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

Key attribute: Can’t outsmart him

Stat to know: Led majors with .332 average against off-speed pitches (curves/sliders/changeups/splitters) in 2016

Cabrera has hit .300 11 times in his career and has won four batting titles. He has nine seasons hitting at least .320; since World War II, only Wade Boggs and Stan Musial (10 apiece) have more. That makes him one of the best hitters for average in the past 70 years—oh, and he’s hit 446 home runs, won two home run titles and is capable of blasts such as this one:

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: April 11, 2017 at 04:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, indians, marlins, mets, nationals, reds, science of hitting, tigers

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Nine tweets show how historically awful Jeremy Guthrie’s start was Saturday

ormer Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie turned 38 on Saturday, and he was having a great day until the early evening.

Guthrie made a start for the Washington Nationals on Saturday, his first appearance in the majors since his days with the Royals in 2015. It should have been a happy day for him.

But it was a terrible outing for Guthrie, as the Phillies pounded him to the tune of 10 runs on six hits and four walks. He got just two outs. The Phillies ended up scoring 12 runs overall in the opening frame.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 09, 2017 at 02:57 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: jeremy guthrie, nationals

Monday, April 03, 2017

OTP 3 April 2017: The Nationals Leave Politics Aside

Honestly, if Adam Eaton said something on Twitter that I disagree with, I would probably think he was the other Adam Eaton anyway.

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said he issued no new directives after the 2016 election than he has in the past. … “I’m all about players speaking out when they feel like speaking out. They’re grown men,” Rizzo said. “You’ve seen it when people on our roster have said negative things toward me and my decisions. I salute their right to express their opinion.” …

Adam Eaton said he stays away from Twitter because he has “gotten crushed” for sharing his opinions before.

“For me, it’s not worth it to speak your mind as an athlete because you do get burned,” Eaton said. “Even if 95 percent of the country agrees with you, there’s that five percent that doesn’t. And if a media personality picks it up and disagrees with you, you’re in trouble.”

(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

 

 

BDC Posted: April 03, 2017 at 08:11 AM | 1356 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, politics

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Nats tab Treinen for Opening Day closer

At least for now.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2017 at 01:07 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Friday, March 24, 2017

Heyman: Nationals leaning toward Koda Glover for closer role

Unknown long shot Koda Glover, who has zero major-league saves, emerged as the favorite to win the coveted Nationals closer job, sources suggest. Glover has impressed Nats people with his fastball and moxie — especially his moxie.

“He doesn’t give a (hoot),” one Nats-connected person said, admiringly.


Nationals people are expected to meet within the next three days to discuss the situation, and perhaps solidify things.

There’s still 10 days to go and things can change, but Nats people don’t believe Glover’s gutsy ways will change, so it appears he has the inside track despite Blake Treinen’s almost flawless statistical spring.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 24, 2017 at 11:24 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: koda glover, nationals

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Monday, March 20, 2017

Trea Turner loves baseball so much, he can hardly feel the pressure - The Washington Post

“I never really played anything but baseball growing up. My parents would have let me play anything. My dad played all three sports,” Turner said. “But I loved baseball. I always wanted to play baseball. In Florida, I got a chance to do it year round. So it was fun for me.

“I didn’t do some of the things kids are doing now — all the lessons, like video my swing when I was 10 years old. I think that’s a little too much,” Turner added. “I just had fun with it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:36 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, trea turner

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Nationals place Derek Norris on waivers

Derek Norris, who lost his starting catching job with the Washington Nationals due to the late signing of Matt Wieters, has been placed on waivers by Washington.

There is no likelihood anyone would claim him and take his $4.2-million salary at this stage, but the Nats are believed only responsible for 30 days termination pay (around $700K) if, as expected, they wind up releasing him. Arbitration year salaries are generally not fully guaranteed. Teams can release those players and pay only one-sixth the contract if the player is released by March 15.

The Nats have been trying to trade Norris but have not been successful doing so.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 11, 2017 at 09:46 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: derek norris, nationals

Friday, March 10, 2017

Why Max Scherzer is a true rarity among baseball’s best pitchers | FOX Sports

Scherzer, early in his career, struggled to identify the proper off-season throwing program.

“I had problems up to 2012,” Scherzer said. “It all stemmed from one thing — taking time off.

“The baseball book says don’t throw a ball until Jan. 1. And that’s what I did. I never touched a ball in October, November, December. Then, when I would start my throwing, my shoulder would kill.”

So after ’12, Scherzer stopped shutting down his arm once the season ended, playing catch on occasion in November and December to make it easier for him to ramp up in January.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2017 at 07:45 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, nationals

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Adam Eaton, the Mighty Mouse of the Washington Nationals - The New York Times

Bargains are everywhere today!

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2017 at 09:59 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam eaton, nationals

Blake Treinen may well prove that nice guys can finish the last inning - The Washington Post

Blake Treinen’s gaze falls when someone asks the question, and because he is a candidate to close for the Washington Nationals this year, people are asking, over and over. When they ask, his normally cheerful voice sinks into a defiant murmur, because he has heard people wonder if he is too kind to close before.

“I don’t really care what people say about that,” Treinen said, eyes downward when asked one day recently — a turn to stern that pretty much qualifies as an expletive-riddled tirade for a friendly guy like him. Is he mean enough to be a closer? Probably not, if there is such a requirement, because Treinen falls short of any quota for curmudgeonliness. But is he, therefore, too nice to succeed in a role generally believed to require a little bit of crazy?

“I don’t need to be mean,” Treinen said. “I think of it as the hitters are taking something from me. And I’m not going to let them take something from me, when I can take it just as well.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blake treinen, nationals

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Nationals To Sign Joe Blanton

Bloe Janton.

The Nationals have struck a one-year deal with reliever Joe Blanton, according to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post (via Twitter). He’s at the team’s new complex in Florida, presumably to receive a physical to complete the deal, per the report.

Though he’s coming off of a second consecutive season of steady bullpen production, the veteran had languished on the market this offseason. When catcher Matt Wieters joined the Nats, Blanton was left as the last unsigned name on MLBTR’s list of the top fifty free agents.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 28, 2017 at 10:42 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: joe blanton, nationals

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Fangraphs: Nationals Sign Matt Wieters for Some Reason.

all winter, the team didn’t seem to show much interest. At the beginning of December, Washington traded for Derek Norris, who had a terrible 2016 but has plenty of signs pointing to a 2017 bounce-back. With Norris and Jose Lobaton in the fold, they had a perfectly capable pair of receivers, both of whom rated as well above average in Statcorner’s catcher framing metrics. Catching wasn’t the strength of the team, but neither was it some glaring weakness like their bench, and if ownership was going to allow for more spending, there seemed to be plenty of other places for the Nationals to upgrade.

But today, the winter of industry speculation proved prescient, as the Nationals have reportedly signed Wieters, giving him $21 million in guaranteed money over two years along with an opt-out after the first year. The lesson, as always; if you’re not sure where a Scott Boras client is going to sign, Washington is always a safe guess.

Matt Wieters signed a supercontract when he was in the womb.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: February 21, 2017 at 01:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, nationals

5 reasons Matt Wieters would make the Nationals the NL East favorites | FOX Sports

No, no he’s not. Whether he’s even an upgrade to Derek Norris is a very open question.

Matt Wieters is an impact star
Wieters was among the premier free agents on the market and fell into the Nationals’ lap in late February. A switch-hitting catcher with 20-homer power who still in his prime, was an All-Star in 2016, threw out 35 percent of would-be basestealers last season and has two Gold Gloves … wow. It’s a huge upgrade over Derek Norris.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2017 at 12:41 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, nationals

A slimmed-down Chris Heisey finds stability in West Palm Beach - The Washington Post

How about the jeans test?

Dusty Baker jokes about his unorthodox methods for testing his players’ fitness when they arrive for spring training. He shakes their hands and pats them on the stomach, not merely as gestures of welcoming, but as informal assessments of their overall health. Bigger-than-they-used-to-be bellies or smaller-than-they-used-to-be biceps do not go unnoticed at such close range.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2017 at 11:46 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: chris heisey, dusty baker, nationals

Nationals near deal with Matt Wieters | MLB.com

Update:

Wieters may finally have a landing place. What’s the cash?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2017 at 10:42 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, nationals

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Bryce Harper isn’t laughing off Syndergaard’s ‘douche’ rip | New York Post

When asked about Noah Syndergaard’s Instagram comment from New Year’s Eve – Thor dropped the “Douche’’ hammer on Harper — Harper responded with these serious words at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches: “I don’t know, Syndergaard does what he does and the Mets do what they do. So we are going to worry about what we do in our clubhouse and do everything we can do win ballgames and hopefully have a better record than any team in Major League Baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2017 at 02:04 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, mets, nationals, noah syndergaard

Monday, February 13, 2017

Nationals sign first baseman/outfielder Adam Lind

As their pitchers and catchers streamed into West Palm Beach ahead of their official report date Tuesday, the Washington Nationals made a significant addition to their bench by agreeing to terms with power-hitting lefty Adam Lind, according to a person familiar with the situation. The deal, the terms of which were not immediately available, will become official once Lind passes a physical.

If he passes, he will become the fourth outfielder and backup first baseman, likely bumping similar big lefty bat Clint Robinson from the opening day bench. While Robinson provided outfield depth and an everyday-ready backup to Ryan Zimmerman at first base for the past two seasons, he fared far better in 2015 than he did in 2016. Lind, on the other hand, has had six 20-homer seasons — including three of the past four — and hit 20 home runs in 126 games for Seattle last year.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 13, 2017 at 02:46 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: adam lind, nationals

Monday, February 06, 2017

Washington Nationals’ lack of offseason moves is head-scratching | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal takes after the Nationals.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 06, 2017 at 10:45 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Heyman: Nationals re-sign Stephen Drew to one-year deal

A source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports that veteran infielder Stephen Drew has agreed to return to the Washington Nationals for the 2017 season. While agreeing to a one-year deal on Thursday morning, Drew will earn a $3.5 million base salary in addition to another $1.2 million in incentivized bonuses.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 26, 2017 at 11:40 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, stephen drew

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

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