12/19/2014 | Loss of Souza leaves Nats with hole to fill on bench
With the trade of Steven Souza Jr. to the Rays, the Nationals lost a player who could have provided power off the bench, thinning out an unit that already was in need of bolstering. The offseason is far from over, though, so general manager Mike Rizzo can be expected to address the bench before Spring Training.
12/17/2014 | Crowded 11-player trade features top young talent
Was keeping track of all the moving parts in the massive three-team deal involving the Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals a difficult task? To help sort things out, Jonathan Mayo helped break down who went where.
12/17/2014 | Source: Nats acquire 2 prospects in three-team deal
The Nationals involved themselves in a three-team, 11-player trade with the Rays and Padres on Wednesday, acquiring Joe Ross and a player to be named from the Padres -- it is believed that Trea Turner is that player -- and sending Steven Souza Jr. and Travis Ott to the Rays.
12/15/2014 | Young quartet ready to make impact for Nationals
Two of the Nationals' youngest players already are two of their best, so nobody will have to wonder about Bryce Harper or Anthony Rendon's role on the 2015 club. The future is a bit less certain, but potentially still quite bright, for another group of Nats who debuted last season and will go into '15 looking to carve out more prominent spots. Right-handers Aaron Barrett and Blake Treinen and outfielders Steven Souza Jr. and Michael Taylor all contributed in their first tastes of the big leagues. This season should offer more chances.
12/15/2014 | Harper, Nats reach 2-year deal, avoiding grievance
Outfielder Bryce Harper and the Nationals have agreed to a two-year deal worth $7.5 million, a baseball source told MLB.com on Monday. The Nationals have not confirmed the deal, which was first reported by the Washington Post.
12/13/2014 | Quartet takes break from rumors at NatsFest
One could tell that fans were happy to see shortstop Ian Desmond and right-handers Jordan Zimmermann, Tyler Clippard and Doug Fister at NatsFest on Saturday afternoon. The four players have been mentioned in trade rumors and will be eligible for free agency after the 2015 season. Neither was thinking about leaving on this day.
12/13/2014 | Frandsen aiming for everyday second-base job
The Nationals are looking for a starting second baseman, and infielder Kevin Frandsen said Saturday he would like to be considered for the job.
12/13/2014 | Source: Rizzo not contacted by Blue Jays
During NatsFest, ESPN reported that the Blue Jays are looking for a team president/CEO and have interest in Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo. But a baseball source said the Blue Jays have not contacted Rizzo.
12/13/2014 | Nats' core feels a sense of urgency heading into 2015
Friday's trade of pitcher Ross Detwiler to the Rangers could be a small sneak preview of things to come for Nationals players, who have a large contingent of teammates nearing free agency. For the team's core to reach its ultimate goal, a World Series title, 2015 could represent its final chance.
12/13/2014 | Harper forgoes NatsFest with grievance looming
The grievance is about Harper's eligibility for arbitration. Harper's agent, Scott Boras, believes Harper should be arbitration-eligible this winter, while the Nats believe Harper should not be eligible until after the 2015 season.
12/13/2014 | Rizzo confident about future of De Los Santos, Bostick
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, who acquired right-hander Abel De Los Santos and infielder Chris Bostick from the Rangers for left-hander Ross Detwiler, said the team scouted the two Minor Leaguers heavily before the trade.
12/12/2014 | Barrett, Frandsen brighten day for young patients
Nats relief pitcher Aaron Barrett and utility man Kevin Frandsen visited patients at the Hope for Henry Foundation's Winter Wonderland Holiday Party and later visited the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Southeast Washington.
12/11/2014 | Quiet Meetings leave Nats looking at busy couple months
There was a lot of talk about what the Nationals were going to do at the Winter Meetings, but other than a reported deal sending left-hander Ross Detwiler to the Rangers for two Minor Leaguers, it was a quiet four days for general manager Mike Rizzo and his staff.
12/11/2014 | Source: Nats send lefty Detwiler to Rangers
The Nationals traded left-hander Ross Detwiler to the Rangers for two Minor Leaguers on Thursday, according to a source. The deal is pending physicals.
12/10/2014 | Nationals silent at Meetings despite trade talks
There have been rumblings about the Nationals potentially trading their core players such as right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and shortstop Ian Desmond. But for the most part, it was a quiet Tuesday at the Winter Meetings.
12/9/2014 | Williams focused on 2015 as Nats eye moves
Manager Matt Williams has moved past the National League Division Series loss to the Giants and is thinking about 2015. Williams also understands that general manager Mike Rizzo is looking to improve the Nationals for this coming season and beyond.
12/9/2014 | Desmond looking to be with Nats beyond 2015
Shortstop Ian Desmond is one of five players -- Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Tyler Clippard and Denard Span are the others -- on the club who could become free agents after the 2015 season. The Nats are already listening to potential trade offers on those players.
12/9/2014 | Young looks to get slimmer 'meat hooks' into coaching
A two-time All-Star during a 13-year Major League career, Dmitri Young is patrolling the hallways at MLB's annual Winter Meetings, looking for a job in scouting or player development. He also happens to be nearly unrecognizable, after shedding about 100 pounds from his playing days.
12/8/2014 | Rizzo: Nats are 'open for business' at Winter Meetings
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday that no progress was made as far as extending the club's potential free agents -- Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Ian Desmond, Tyler Clippard and Denard Span -- who could walk after the 2015 season.
12/8/2014 | Lunch with Williams among Nats' charity auctions
Imagine hanging out with Matt Williams and his coaching staff or spending time with the Nationals' grounds crew. The Nationals are offering just that -- talking baseball with the manager over lunch or seeing how the grounds crew operates at Nationals Park, all in the name of charity.
12/7/2014 | Nationals working to sign Zimmermann long term
A baseball source said there is nothing imminent as far as the Nationals trying to trade any of their players who are eligible for free agency after the 2015 season, a group which includes right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and shortstop Ian Desmond. The Nationals are willing to listen to trade offers on any of their players, but that doesn't mean they are going to make a move. In fact, the same source said that the Nationals are still trying to sign Zimmermann long term.
12/7/2014 | Rizzo out to cement Nats as contenders at Meetings
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and his brain trust have arrived at the Winter Meetings, looking to make the team World Series contenders for the third time in four years.
12/6/2014 | Souza earns GIBBY for catch to protect no-hitter
Outfielder Steven Souza Jr. played in only 21 Major League games, but he certainly had an impact on the Nationals this year. In the final game of the regular season, he made a spectacular catch for the final out to save Jordan Zimmermann's no-hitter, a game the Nationals won, 1-0, over the Marlins. The history-saving grab earned Souza a Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Award for Play of the Year.
12/5/2014 | Loaded Nationals sure to create stir at Meetings
On paper, it appears that the Nationals don't need to make many changes. The starting eight position players are set, and the pitching staff is one of the best in baseball. However, the Nationals are going to be the talk of the Winter Meetings because they have five players -- Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Ian Desmond, Tyler Clippard and Denard Span -- who could be free agents after the 2015 season.
12/4/2014 | Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class
Ten years after grabbing Justin Upton, the D-backs could follow a similar path in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. Lake Mary (Fla.) High School shortstop Brendan Rodgers sits atop MLBPipeline.com's initial Draft Top 50 rankings, thanks to his three plus tools (bat, power, arm) complemented by two solid ones (speed, defense).
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