Team News: Washington Nationals

  • Baker meets with Torre, talks rule changes
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker met with Joe Torre, Major League Baseball's chief baseball officer, prior to Saturday's 8-6 victory against the Mets to discuss some of the potential new rule changes for the 2017 season.

  • Bryce is right: Harper homers in 1st spring AB
    Bryce Harper bulked up during the offseason, adding about 15 pounds of muscle to his frame. He has credited his offseason routine as a reason he entered Spring Training feeling strong. Harper saw immediate results in his first at-bat of Grapefruit League

  • Harper leads Nats' 4-HR win in spring opener
    Bryce Harper began his spring with a bang, as he launched a solo homer to start the second inning as the Nationals defeated the Mets, 8-5, on Saturday afternoon at First Data Field.

  • Rizzo has 'difficult' talk with Norris about Wieters
    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo had a long conversation with Derek Norris to tell him the team was closing in on signing free-agent catcher Matt Wieters, a deal that was completed Friday morning.

  • Wieters arrives, says Nats 'a good fit for me'
    After spending the first eight seasons of his career with the Orioles, Matt Wieters admitted it was a little different walking into the Nationals clubhouse on Friday morning, when the team officially announced his signing.

  • Nats, Astros share new park, same expectations
    They have everything. But do they have enough? The question pervades the state-of-the-art scene where the Astros and Nationals -- two win-now teams with new facilities but one obvious source of roster uncertainty apiece -- get ready for 2017.

  • Nationals finalize agreement with Wieters
    The Nationals had been the speculated landing spot for free-agent catcher Matt Wieters this offseason, and the two sides completed a deal on Friday.

  • Robles brings smiles, speed to Nats' camp
    The Nationals intrasquad game on Thursday also featured the first time many of the Major League coaching staff got a look at outfielder Victor Robles, who was called up to Major League camp for the day to hit third and play center field for one of the tea

  • Strasburg's stuff solid in intrasquad game
    The Nationals held an intrasquad game Thursday afternoon, a chance to get their pitchers facing hitters in game situations ahead of their Spring Training opener Saturday. It offered yet another strong indicator for Stephen Strasburg's health coming off a

  • Zimmerman turning to analytics to improve
    During the offseason, Daniel Murphy came across articles using Statcast™ data to explain Ryan Zimmerman's rough 2016 season, where he hit a career-worst .218/.272/.370 with a 69 OPS+, despite having an exit velocity among the best in the Majors

  • Drew loyal to Nats despite offers to start elsewhere
    Stephen Drew said he had offers to start with other teams as he spent this offseason as a free agent. And yet, he decided to sign a one-year deal to return to the Nationals in January because he was comfortable in this situation, even if it meant acceptin

  • Gio inserts personality, flair into glove design
    The first time Gio Gonzalez remembered a glove that really stood out to him in the Majors was when Jose Lopez, a former infielder with the Mariners, rocked a solid teal glove as a middle infielder. That same style of glove was passed down to Seattle's cur

  • Turner goes from jury duty to Nationals camp
    Turner goes from jury duty to Nationals camp

  • How does signing of Wieters affect Nats?
    Within the new norm that is baseball's late free-agent market, the Nats agreed to terms with All-Star catcher Matt Wieters on what is reported to be a two-year, $21 million contract Tuesday, with a player opt-out after this season. This was also a signing

  • Norris' future with Nationals uncertain
    Before the team workout on Tuesday morning, Nationals manager Dusty Baker pulled Derek Norris aside. Baker wanted to let him know -- before he read it on social media or heard it from somewhere else -- that the Nats were closing in on a deal for free-agen

  • Breaking down the Nats' Top 30 Prospects
    Even after parting with their three best pitching prospects, the Nationals still have plenty of pitching depth left on the farm in right-handers Erick Fedde, Austin Voth and A.J. Cole, all of whom could see time in the big leagues in 2017. Top prospect Vi

  • Nathan confident in another comeback bid
    Non-roster invitee Joe Nathan is hoping to make a second comeback late in his career following Tommy John surgery. He did it once before, and the 42-year-old right-hander, a 16-year veteran, hopes to pitch at least another season, which would make the Nat

  • Rizzo: Nationals ready to put on show in 2017
    With Presidents Day today and Spring Training just beginning to kick into full gear, who better to combine the two than Mike Rizzo, the Nationals' president of baseball operations and general manager.

  • Gio enjoying Spring Training close to home
    Nats lefty Gio Gonzalez didn't need a map to find the team's new Spring Training facility, The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

  • Dusty seeking string of postseason appearances
    Manager Dusty Baker wants the Nationals to put together a string of postseason appearances instead of falling off after a season of success.

  • Werth poised for postseason success
    As Jayson Werth begins Spring Training for the final year of of his contract, the Nationals have become one of the model franchises. However, postseason success is the ultimate goal.

  • Eaton still proving he's worth his weight
    Adam Eaton, aka Mighty Mouse, plays with drive and a chip on his shoulder after years of people discrediting his ability because of his stature.

  • Ross working to break bad habits
    Joe Ross is trying to clean up some bad habits he's developed, which might help him make it through an entire season healthy.

  • Harper puts 2016 struggles in rearview mirror
    Bryce Harper said he knew "exactly why" his production dropped during a disappointing 2016 season coming off winning the National League's Most Valuable Player Award in '15. But during his first meeting with the media this spring, he did not elaborate on

  • Fantasy Player Preview: Dominate your 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.

  • Spring into fresh look for Nationals' new year
    Gear up for Spring Training with updated authentic caps, jerseys, socks and more, and wear what your favorite Nationals are wearing.

  • 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 MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.

  • See what's new on MLB.TV and catch all the action
    MLB.TV is back, and it's better than ever. Watch live out-of-market games -- including almost 300 Spring Training games and the World Baseball Classic (in U.S.) without blackouts -- on more than 400 devices.

  • Murphy joins camp after eventful offseason
    After an offseason routine focused on strengthening his lower body, spending more time in the weight room and preparing his body by hitting less often than normal, Daniel Murphy believes he is fully recovered from the hamstring injuries that plagued him l

  • Turner excited for return to shortstop
    During batting practice in the second half of last season, after he finished shagging fly balls in the outfield to learn a position that was brand new to him, Trea Turner would run in and take grounders at second base and shortstop.

  • Lind not concerned about possible new role
    Adam Lind feels a bit unfortunate that he fit free agency this past offseason, when a number of power hitters had trouble finding a home.

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