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NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Nationals Pitcher Doug Fister Gives Fans Christmas Gifts

Who said that professional athletes were closer to Grinch than Santa? Washington Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister took to Twitter on Christmas Eve to give his followers and fans a nice little gift. Merry Christmas Eve! Have a Starbucks on us! Have the barista scan the pic below. Don't be a grinch, please use for 1 pic.twitter.com/Npzh6QiyRa — Doug Fister (@dougfister58)...
Via Sportsnaut
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals' Doug Fister buys ev-er-y-one a cup of coffee for Christmas

Washington Nationals pitcher Doug Fister really got into the holiday spirit on Christmas Eve and wanted all of his Twitter followers to enjoy a nice warm beverage — on him. Fister posted a barcode on his Twitter page and told followers to have a Starbucks barista scan it for a free cup of coffee. He also warned potential Grinches to only use the freebie deal once. Merry Christmas...
Via The Other Paper
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nats Pitcher Doug Fister Buys Starbucks for Fans

View image | gettyimages.com Doug Fister was overcome with holiday cheers, so he took time to give a generous gift to his fans. The Washington Nationals’ pitcher decided to buy his fans some Starbucks. Fister posted the barcode to his Starbucks card, telling his followers to use the code to get them a free cup of coffee. He also asked his followers to please limit...
Via KCM Sports
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #169: Doug Fister | SP | WAS

I’ve been one of Doug Fister’s biggest supporters ever since his breakout in 2011. Proof: My pre-2013 profile on Fister began with the phrase, “I love Doug Fister.” If you don’t recall, that’s the year Fister first proved valuable, posting a 3.33 ERA with 5.49 K/9 in 21 starts for the Mariners before a mid-season trade shipped him to Detroit. Firster thrived with the...
Via Baseball Professor
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Could Jordan Zimmermann Solidify Red Sox Rotation?

The Boston Red Sox, though they aren’t admitting it, are in need of an Ace to lead their starting rotation in 2015 and going forward. They lost out on Jon Lester and there are still quite a few options available for them to consider, but here’s a different one, Washington Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann. Zimmermann is entering into the final year of his current contract...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Ring Bell

The Nationals continue to tweak their roster in a deliberate off-season. Rafael Soriano will be the biggest “name” absent when they Nationals take the field in Florida in less than two months for the beginning of Spring Training. With Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard more than able to assume the close role, Nats GM Mike Rizzo is looking to fill the roster spot from the bottom up...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats Trade Shakes Up Their Top Ten Prospect List

Mike Rizzo’s masterful performance in a three team trade that included Tampa Bay and Sans Diego, shook up the Baseball America’s top ten Nationals prospect list.  As a refresher, the National sent OF Steve Souza and Class A pitcher Tyler Ott to Tampa Bay and in return, in the three team trade, the Nats received the 13th pick of the 2014 MLB Draft, SS Trea Turner and prospect...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Bench players with potential for 2015

Kevin Frandsen Since the Washington Nationals haven’t picked up any big names yet during this offseason, it looks as though they will need to rely on their bench somewhat more. There is need for these guys to be able to produce runs when they are called up and could be more productive if given more playing time. Although the Nationals could use some improvement on their bench...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 ZiPS Projections – Washington Nationals

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Washington Nationals. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Atlanta / Chicago […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Injury Update: Nate McLouth expects to be ready for spring training

The Washington Nationals head into the winter coming off a 96-win season and an advancement to the NLDS. At ninth in runs scored and first in ERA, the Nationals appear to need little this off season to improve the club. On the injury front, outfielder Nate McLouth expects to be ready for spring training after undergoing shoulder surgery in August. View image | gettyimages.com...
Via Sports Injury Alert
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Rendering of new Braves stadium shows them losing to Nationals (Photo)

On Monday, some artist renderings were unveiled for the Atlanta Braves' new baseball stadium, SunTrust Park, which is now being built and should be ready for the opening of the 2017 season. Interestingly enough, however, one of the renderings showed the Braves losing to the Washington Nationals. The rendering in question depicts a birds-eye view of SunTrust Park during a Braves...
Via Holdout Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Settles Grievance With Nationals

First, a brief bit of background for those who haven’t kept up with this minor contract dispute. Back when the Nationals were negotiating with Bryce Harper on deadline signing day in 2010, the haggling went down to the last minute before both sides agreed on a five year, $9.9 million dollar Major League contract. While […]
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Reports: Bryce Harper, Nats agree to two-year, $7.5M deal

The Washington Nationals and All-Star outfielder Bryce Harper have agreed to a two-year, $7.5 million deal, avoiding an arbitration hearing, according to multiple reports. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Harper is slated to make $2.5 million in the 2015 season and $5 million in 2016. The two sides have been at odds over his contract this offseason, with a grievance hearing...
Via NESN.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Top 3 reasons why Kevin Frandsen should be the everyday second baseman.

Kevin Frandsen This offseason has yet to be very productive as far as trades go for the Washington Nationals. Just this past week, Howie Kendrick, who the Nationals had been rumored to be looking at for second base, went to the Los Angles Dodgers. There have been a lot of rumors that have involved Nationals’ trades but there have been no major moves made. This may be a good strategy...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals GM disappointed Bryce Harper missed NatsFest

Bryce Harper was one of a few Washington Nationals who did not attend the team’s annual “NatsFest” gathering for season ticket holders Saturday, and that was a disappointment for the team. Harper is in a salary dispute with the club and has a grievance hearing scheduled for Tuesday. The team believes he did not appear...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers acquire lefty Detwiler from Nationals

Texas has completed a trade to acquire left-hander Ross Detwiler from the Washington Nationals for two minor leaguers. The Rangers announced Friday that they have sent infielder Chris Bostick and right-hander Abel De Los Santos to Washington in exchange for the former first-round draft pick. While Detwiler spent last season in the bullpen, he is expected to get a chance to earn a...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Trade Ross Detwiler To Rangers

In an offseason filled with rumors of earth-shaking deals, the Washington Nationals’ first was only a mild tremor: The team sent miscast lefty Ross Detwiler to the Texas Rangers in exchange for 2B/SS Chris Bostick and RHP Abel De Los Santos. Detwiler’s time in Washington was fraught with frustration. Picked sixth overall in 2007, he never lived up to his draft status. He struggled...
Via The Nats Blog
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals trade Detwiler for 2 minor leagues

Left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler was the first round pick, sixth overall, in the Major League Baseball draft, selected by the Washington Nationals seven years ago. Now, his time with the team has come to an end. The Nats traded Detwiler to the Texas Rangers for two minor leaguers whose names have not been released, though apparently one is an infielder and the other is a relief...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Plan to Switch Harper, Werth in Outfield

View image | gettyimages.com Washington Nationals general manage Mike Rizzo told reporters at the winter meetings the team plans on switching Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper’s positions in the outfield. #Nats President of Baseball Ops & GM Mike Rizzo said the team has considered shifting Jayson Werth to LF and Bryce Harper to RF next season. — Washington Nationals...
Via KCM Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals trade rumors: Howie Kendrick edition

Howie Kendrick With the Washington Nationals’ trade talks winding down, there is still talk to find the Nationals a second baseman that could potentially share the position with Danny Espinosa. There had been talk of Espinosa taking second for himself, but his batting average has been a concern for the past two seasons. Bringing in a fresh defensive player could give the Nationals...
Via isportsweb.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Jayson Werth sentenced to jail time for excessive speeding

Jayson Werth’s lead foot has earned him a jail sentence. The Washington Nationals outfielder was sentenced to 10 days in jail for after being found guilty of reckless driving. Werth was pulled over in Virginia by police and clocked for going 50 mph over the speed limit. NBC Washington reported Werth also lost his drivers’ license as part of the sentencing. Virginia is notoriously...
Via NESN.com
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Trade Jordan Zimmermann: How the Nationals Can Stay Contenders

For a long time now, the 2014-15 offseason has been setting up as a critical one. The Washington Nationals have emerged as a force to be reckoned with over the past three seasons, posting the best record in baseball since Opening Day 2012. But the team must find a way to parlay its short-term success into long-term contention, a process that begins now. Five key contributors will...
Via The Nats Blog
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Why would the Nationals want to trade Jordan Zimmermann?

When the reports first surfaced that the Washington Nationals had put Jordan Zimmermann on the trade block, it just didn’t seem to make any sense. Why would the defending NL East champions move their ace just over a month after he completed his best season in the Majors? Well, according to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo, there is talk around the league that the primary motivation...
Via Sportsnaut
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

SEE: Fan creates huge Werth sculpture out of seafood cans

Jayson Werth certainly captures the imagination of Washington Nationals fans, that is without question. Perhaps it has something to do with his rather unique appearance, highlighted by his shaggy beard and long, flowing locks of hair. Perhaps it’s something else. Maybe it has to do not only with his current appearance, but how Werth transformed...Read More The post Nationals fans...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Cubs interested in trading for Jordan Zimmerman

The Chicago Cubs apparently aren’t going to wait around for Jon Lester to make a decision, or for the Phillies to lower their price on Cole Hamels – they’re going in on an elite pitcher right now. The team is reportedly discussing a deal that would result in them acquiring NL All-Star Jordan Zimmermann from the Washington Nationals. Via the Chicago Sun-Times… Multiple...
Via The Outside Corner
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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