Team News: Washington Nationals

  • Martinez compares Robles to McCutchen
    Victor Robles has yet to play a full season, but his ceiling is off the charts. When asked on Saturday to compare Robles to any other Major Leaguer, Nationals manager Dave Martinez sat and thought about it for a few seconds, then offered the named of the

  • Roark simplifies windup, mindset on mound
    Baseball can be a complicated game, but it doesn't have to be. Simplifying things is what Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark strives for, and sometimes that's easier said than done.

  • Martinez all business in managerial debut
    Once the national anthem finished and he walked back to the dugout, it was business as usual for Nationals manager Dave Martinez. While he technically made his managerial debut during Friday's 3-2 loss to the Astros in the Grapefruit League opener, once h

  • Confident in roster, Rizzo likely done dealing
    As the Nationals prepared to open up their 2018 Grapefruit League schedule on Friday afternoon, general manager Mike Rizzo maintained that he was satisfied with his current roster.

  • Robles among dark-horse candidates in camp
    The Nationals are entering camp with a 25-man roster that is virtually set, after bringing back much of last season's club and addressing remaining needs during the offseason with a few minor, but key, signings. That will make this spring a bit light on t

  • Goodwin thrilled with new Wilson glove
    As Brian Goodwin checks out his potential new glove, he puts his hand inside, opens and closes it a few times. He gives it a pat or two, already starting to form the pocket. To break in a new glove, he will take every opportunity he can to put his hand in

  • Nats, Astros announce new name for ST park
    The Nationals and Astros unveiled their new Spring Training facility a year ago. Now, on the eve of its second season, the two clubs are announcing a new naming rights partner, unveiling the new name and logo for the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches o

  • Benoit, Nationals complete one-year deal
    The Nationals announced the signing of releiver Joaquin Benoit on Wednesday, two days after agreeing on a one-year contract with the free-agent right-hander.

  • Rendon seeking simplicity as recipe for success
    Other than the change in appearance, Rendon had every reason to want to keep everything the same after the best season of his career in 2017.

  • Doolittle plans to tinker with slider during spring
    Nationals closer Sean Doolittle plans to spend the spring tinkering with his slider, trying to find a grip comfortable enough to regain his confidence in the pitch.

  • Murphy still limited but primed for Opening Day
    It has been difficult for Daniel Murphy to spend the past few months not being able to hit, limited as he recovers from the debridement and microfracture right knee surgery he underwent at the end of the season. Nationals position players participated in

  • Teens tell Doolittle he looks like Seth Rogen
    Teens tell Doolittle he looks like Seth Rogen

  • Robles leads Nats' 100% homegrown Top 30 list
    Top-ranked prospect Victor Robles, No. 6 on MLB Pipeline's preseason Top 100 prospects list, appears poised to make significant contributions regardless of where he begins the season. Along with Robles, right-hander Erick Fedde, a first-rounder in 2014, a

  • Another Harper tries to make name for himself
    It's as if Bryan Harper has been soaking it all in through these first few days of what is his first full Major League camp. He has spent his time in the Nationals clubhouse, keeping mostly to himself, watching and observing.

  • Bryce: 'I'm focused on this year,' not free agency
    Before he began his first press conference of the spring, Bryce Harper cut off the questions he knew would be coming.

  • MLB announces pace of play initiatives for '18
    Major League Baseball will implement new pace of play rules for the 2018 season, Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday, but there will be no pitch clock this season.

  • Glover dealing with right shoulder soreness
    After an encouraging winter filled with throwing and excitement about the strength of his arm, Koda Glover showed up to Nationals camp with soreness in his right shoulder. He received an MRI, which revealed some slight inflammation, causing the Nationals

  • Mindful of future, Gio ready to roll in 2018
    As Gio Gonzalez prepares for his seventh season with the Nationals, he is considering the idea that this could be his last year in Washington. His contract will expire after the year, and he is set to become a free agent for the first time in his career.

  • Nats encouraged by Kelley's progress
    The reports they heard were encouraging, but just to be sure for themselves the Nationals sent a team athletic trainer to evaluate right-hander Shawn Kelley in about mid-January. He had just started throwing for the first time in the offseason and his arm

  • 'Circle of Trust' among Martinez's camp features
    Dave Martinez is still creating his own routine as he begins his first camp as Nationals manager, but he has already introduced the first new wrinkles.

  • Rizzo optimistic extension will get done with Nats
    Following the Nats' first official workout for pitchers and catchers on Friday afternoon, Mike Rizzo said he has had some initial discussions about his contract situation with the ownership group, while expressing optimism that a new deal will eventually

  • Scherzer brings game face to 1st 'pen session
    It was as if no time had passed since the end of the season. There was Max Scherzer, standing on the mound, grunting as he pounded fastballs into the catcher's mitt and getting angry for himself when he did not execute.

  • Strasburg: Nats flying under radar
    It is uncommon for a team coming off consecutive division titles to have a case that it is underrated, but that's where Stephen Strasburg sees the Nationals as they begin Spring Training.

  • Eaton's return on Opening Day 'easily attainable'
    It's hard for Adam Eaton to remember a time where he has gone this long without seeing live pitching. He has not stood in a batters box against an opposing pitcher since April, before he tore his left ACL and began a long rehab. Once he returns the batter

  • Slimmed-down Wieters plans to bounce back
    After catcher Matt Wieters exercised his player option to return to Washington, he spent the offseason transforming his diet and increasing the intensity of his workout routine. He arrived to camp weighing 224 pounds after finishing the season at 238 poun

  • Enjoy Harper catching Taillon, circa 2009
    Enjoy Harper catching Taillon, circa 2009

  • Competition for No. 5 starter set for Nats' camp
    Every year since they began contending back in 2012, the Nationals have entered Spring Training with their rotation set. This year, however, the Nats' No. 5 starter will be decided in camp.

  • Nats acquire utility man Reynolds from Mets
    As they prepare to report to Spring Training this week, the Nationals made a move Monday night to improve their position player depth. Washington acquired utility man Matt Reynolds from the Mets in exchange for cash considerations.

  • Eaton champing at bit ahead of return
    Eaton has not played in a game since April 28 when he suffered a torn ACL that ended his first season in Washington.

  • Harper, wife take a trip to Disneyland
    Harper, wife take a trip to Disneyland

  • Same as it ever was: Few battles loom for Nats
    The 2018 Nationals will not look much different than the team that finished the '17 season. After all, when a team wins 97 games and a second straight division championship, there is usually no need for sweeping changes.

  • Inbox: What remaining moves could Nats make?
    Nationals beat writer Jamal Collier answers fan questions about trades, injuries, the pitching staff and more.

  • Martinez's dress rehearsal begins this spring
    There are so many unknowns that come with a first-time manager, especially one taking over a team with World Series dreams. That makes Dave Martinez the person we're most excited to see at Nationals camp.

  • Nats' Read suspended 80 games for PED use
    Nationals catcher Raudy Read has been suspended for 80 games for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Read tested positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing drug, and his suspension will begin at the beginnin

  • '18 Player Preview: Dominate your fantasy draft
    From baseball's brightest stars to the next great fantasy steal lurking on the Nationals' depth chart, everything you need to know is one click away.

  • Stars sans fanfare: 2018 All-Underrated Team
    "Underrated" is one of those words we toss out in our sports dialogue with no real idea what it means. Our interpretation of what or who is or is not underrated is all relative to the specifics of our circumstances -- what we read, what we watch, what we

  • Nats intend to use backup catcher more in '18
    Backup catcher could be a much more important position for the Nationals this season than in years past. The Nats are searching for more production from their backstops this season and have already introduced a plan in order to do so.

  • Nationals extend contract with Harrisburg
    The Nationals have been affiliated with Harrisburg for each of Washington's 14 seasons and Harrisburg's relationship with the franchise extends back to the days with the Expos.

  • It's World Series or bust for Nationals in 2018
    The Nationals have championship aspirations in 2018, and they hope this is the year they can finally break through to achieve that goal.

  • New Prolight 59Fifty Spring Training caps are in
    New Era unveiled the new PROLIGHT 59FIFTY that players will be wearing this spring, a fitted cap featuring a new featherweight polyester material that is the lightest on-field fabric in MLB history.

  • Nationals' Top 30 Prospects list
    Who do the Nationals have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Washington's Top 30 Prospects on's Prospect Watch.

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