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Will Kubzansky

Wire Taps: The one Cy Young vote for Max Scherzer; Starting pitching market; Bryce Harper’s expectations...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news then have a nice weekend doing whatever you do when there’s no baseball ... though there is the AFL championship game on Saturday.

The MLB All-Stars are wrapping up in Japan. Families are beginning to prepare turkeys. It feels like Bryce Harper should sign soon. And yet, no real rumors about Harper have emerged yet, because life is just a waiting game, it seems.

Anyways, here’s the scoop from South Capitol:

The Nationals need starting...

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Patrick Reddington

Nationals’ best decision of 2018? Calling Juan Soto up in May...

An injury to Howie Kendrick in May led the Washington Nationals to call Juan Soto up from Double-A to make his MLB debut...

Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo explained the thinking behind calling Juan Soto up from Double-A to the majors when the decision was made back in mid-May, following a season-ending injury to infielder/outfielder Howie Kendrick.

Soto, 19, had struggled through an injury-impacted campaign in 2017, but picked up where he left off when healthy in previous seasons,...

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Ryan McFadden

Nationals reveal new Spring Training threads for 2019...

The Washington Nationals will be wearing new uniforms during Spring Training.

The Washington Nationals dropped some heat on a chilly Thursday morning when they revealed their new Spring Training uniforms.

The jersey resembles the Nationals’ latest alternate uniforms they wore during the 2018 regular season.

However, the spring training jersey is white with blue letters instead of blue with red letters.

The hats have a unique style compared to past years, as the Nationals ditched their...

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Patrick Reddington

Wire Taps: No Cy Young for Max Scherzer this year; P-Nats’ new home + some Bryce Harper opinions...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the next BBWAA award is handed out tonight...

No Cy Young for Max Scherzer this year, though as WaPost writer Chelsea Janes notes in a story linked below, Scherzer realized Jacob deGrom would win it back in September.

The P-Nats have a new home. The Marlins are hiring. People have opinions on Bryce Harper + more...

Catch up on all the latest Nationals news below...

NATS BEAT:

Nationals Winterfest returns to Nats Park - (wusa9.com)
"The...

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Patrick Reddington

Max Scherzer finishes 2nd in voting for 2018 NL Cy Young

Mets’ ace Jacob deGrom is the 2018 Cy Young award winner after Nationals’ No. 1 starter Max Scherzer took home the award in 2016-2017.

Max Scherzer’s bid for a third straight National League Cy Young ended with a second-place finish in this year’s voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Scherzer received just one first-place vote and 29 second-place votes.

New York Mets’ right-hander Jacob deGrom got the nod from the BBWAA voters, earning the award for the first...

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Will Kubzansky

Wire Taps: MASN dispute could end this week; Soto and Acuña’s friendship + more...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before we find out if Max Scherzer is Cy Young-worthy...

Welcome to the bad part of November: when players want to “hang out” with their “families” instead of thinking about important things, like contracts.

Here’s the scoop from South Capitol:

The Nationals-Orioles MASN dispute could finally end this week (WaPo)
The Nationals have spent years waiting for money from MASN. They have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees....

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Patrick Reddington

Will Max Scherzer win third straight NL Cy Young award tonight?

Max Scherzer is a finalist for the 2018 NL Cy Young award, but the chatter out there is that Jacob deGrom is going to take this one after a dominant season on the mound...

Max Scherzer finished his 2018 campaign with an (18-7) record in 33 starts, a 2.53 ERA, 2.65 FIP, 51 walks (2.08 BB/9), 300 strikeouts (12.24 K/9), and a .188/.247/.332 line against in 220 2?3 innings pitched, over which he was worth a career-high 7.2 fWAR.

Scherzer, 34, led all National League starters in strikeouts,...

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Will Kubzansky

Wire Taps: Soto loses out on ROY; Harper’s impact in big markets

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the next BBWAA award is handed out...

Yesterday was not a great day for the Nationals, as Bryce Harper rejected their qualifying offer and Juan Soto lost Rookie of the Year. One would have thought those would have ended after their season ended.

Here’s the news from Nats Park:

Regular Nats Beat/National Beat:

Explaining my National League ROY ballot (NBC Sports Washington)
Todd Dybas explains why he was one of two BBWAA voters who chose...

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Matt Weyrich

Cy Young or not, Max Scherzer is the best pitcher in baseball

Whether or not Max Scherzer wins the NL Cy Young Award won’t change the fact that he’s the best starting pitcher in the game right now.

On Wednesday evening, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will announce which two pitchers were determined to be the best in their respective leagues over the course of the 2018 season.

In the National League, reigning Cy Young winner Max Scherzer is a finalist alongside Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies’ Aaron...

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Patrick Reddington

Juan Soto finishes second in voting for 2018 NL Rookie of the Year...

Juan Soto received some first place votes, but finished second in the voting for the 2018 National League Rookie of the Year.

Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez was asked in mid-September about the race for the 2018 NL Rookie of the Year, which seemed likely at that point to come down to a battle between Atlanta Braves’ outfielder Ronald Acuña, Jr. and Nats’ outfielder Juan Soto, both of whom he had seen plenty of this season.

“You’re talking about two premier young...

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Patrick Reddington

Bryce Harper rejects qualifying offer from Nationals...

It’s not a surprise. But it’s official. Bryce Harper rejected the 1-year/$17.9M qualifying offer that the Washington Nationals extended last week.

In the least surprising development of the winter, Bryce Harper today declined the 1-year/$17.9M qualifying offer the Washington Nationals made last week, which would have paid the 26-year-old outfielder $3.725M less than he made in 2018, after he and the Nationals avoided going to arbitration, agreeing on a 1-year/$21.625M deal which Cot’s...

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Nine MLB trades we'd like to see this winter

While much of the attention of the MLB offseason has been given to the next destinations for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, there are plenty of other moves that could be made that would feature some of the game’s most exciting talents — who are still under contract. Headline trades can ultimately shape the direction of an offseason as much, if not more, than free agency does. Plenty of big names could be on the move this winter, some of whom could change the course of not only next...

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Patrick Reddington

BBWAA 2018 NL ROY winner announced tonight: Will Juan Soto win the ROY award?

Tonight at 6:00 PM EST we’ll find out if it’s Juan Soto or Ronald Acuña for 2018 NL ROY... sorry, Walker Buehler.

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America will announce the 2018 NL Rookie of the Year winner tonight at 6:00 PM EST on the MLB Network.

The results of the voting, which took place at the end of the regular season, will be made public tonight, though we already know the top vote-getters in the National League were 20-year-old Atlanta Braves’ outfielder Ronald Acuña;...

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Patrick Reddington

Wire Taps: Bryce Harper then & now; Trea Turner and his big day; Juan Soto up for NL Rookie of the Year tonight...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before we find out who won the 2018 NL Rookie of the Year award...

Bryce Harper then and now. Tom Verducci is back with more Harper stories. Trea Turner tied the so-called knot. There are more than two Kiebooms? We knew that, just kidding.

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before we find out who is the 2018 NL Rookie of the Year.

NATS BEAT:

“Harper’s Bazaar” already proceeding as expected - (MASN)
”Bryce Harper hasn’t...

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Patrick Reddington

Wire Taps: Juan Soto is big in Japan; Bryce Harper trade that didn’t happen + Nationals links...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before you do whatever you do on Sundays in the offseason...

Juan Soto is making a name for himself in Japan. Some rumors about trades the Nationals didn’t make. Arizona Fall League updates. And the yearly search for a new backup at first.

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news...

NATS BEAT:

Looking at the market for lefty relievers - (MASN)
"The Nats’ bullpen makeover isn’t complete yet, though. They may still be in the market...

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Patrick Reddington

Did Nationals’ ownership block a potential Bryce Harper to the Astros trade this summer?

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported today that the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros had a deal in place for Bryce Harper at the non-waiver deadline that ownership in D.C. “refused to approve”...

Though they did entertain some offers, according to Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo, in the end the Nationals declined to trade Bryce Harper at either the non-waiver or waiver deadlines this past summer, in spite of the fact that the then-25, now-26-year-old outfielder seemed...

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Patrick Reddington

Wire Taps: Juan Soto keeps hitting home runs; Bryce Harper rumors + more Nationals links...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before Juan Soto hits another home run in Japan...

Juan Soto keeps hitting home runs, though he’s not a teenager hitting homers any longer, and Bryce Harper keeps generating headlines without doing much but waiting for offers.

It’s already a weird winter and it’s only going to get weirder. Go get up to date on the latest news and rumors...

NATS BEAT:

How Scott Boras plans to get a $400 million deal for Bryce Harper - (WaPost)
”Boras...

Yardbarker: Washington Nationals

Latest developments on the Bryce Harper free agency front

We took a look Wednesday at some of the early chatter on Bryce Harper. While the early chatter has been less voluminous with regard to fellow superstar Manny Machado, there’s little doubt that he will have his moment as well. As the stage-setting GM Meetings draw to a close, let’s check in on some additional notes on the market’s most-hyped free agents. Some eyebrows raised this evening when it was observed that the White Sox had unveiled a stage set at Chicago’s United Center...

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Will Kubzansky

Wire Taps: Harper in the Bronx?; Soto in Japan, ROY fight

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news and have a nice weekend, friendos.

With the GM meetings wrapping up, one would assume that the Hot Stove should heat up soon – as early as Thanksgiving. The biggest question now: who blinks first, Bryce Harper or Manny Machado?

Here’s the news from Nats Park:

The Washington Nationals are not afraid of Tommy John surgery recipients (NBC Sports Washington)
Erick Fedde, Stephen Strasburg, and Trevor Rosenthal make up an elite club of Tommy John...

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Patrick Reddington

Nationals don’t think they need to add a second baseman, do you?

Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo told reporters at the GM Meetings that he’s comfortable with Wilmer Difo and Howie Kendrick at second base (with Carter Kieboom in the minors if needed) in 2019.

Washington Post writer Jesse Dougherty reported that Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo told reporters at the General Managers’ Meetings in Carlsbad, CA on Wednesday that he did not, “... see upgrading at second as a top priority this offseason.”

“Right now,” Dougherty wrote on...

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