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Report: Several teams 'waiting' to get involved in Bryce Harper sweepstakes

There remains little movement on free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper, but there are reportedly a number of teams waiting on the periphery ready to get involved when the time is right. According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, only three teams are pursuing Harper at this moment, but “several” are on the sideline who could potentially make a move late in the process. It’s unclear what the endgame is. There had reportedly been a frontrunner for Harper, but there seems to be little movement and...

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Bryce Harper, Gabe Kapler reportedly ‘hit it off’ during meeting

Bryce Harper recently met with the Philadelphia Phillies, and it sounds like the free agent slugger liked what he saw and heard out of Gabe Kapler. Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports that when Harper met with the Phillies in Las Vegas, he and the Phillies skipper “really hit it off.” With the Phillies said to be in pursuit of Harper and fellow free agent slugger Manny Machado, Heyman additionally notes that the positive meeting may have the team leaning toward Harper. Adding more intrigue to...

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Will Kubzansky

Wire Taps: Cubs won’t get Bryce Harper; Brian Dozier loves Washington; Looking at 25-man...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we all wait for Bryce Harper to pick a dang team already...

This government shutdown may be approaching the Strasburg shutdown in terms of the headaches Washington residents have endured because of it. (In all seriousness: all the best to any furloughed government employees following along with us — here’s hoping they figure this out quickly.)

Here’s the scoop from South Capitol:

MLB rumors: Will the Dodgers be a finalist for Bryce...

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Joe Maddon says Cubs are not going to sign Bryce Harper

You can count the Chicago Cubs out of the Bryce Harper sweepstakes. Entering this offseason, there was a lot of talk about the Cubs being contenders to sign Harper. After all, there had been rumors about Harper wanting to play with the franchise. Fast forward to this offseason, and the Cubs just gave out a big contract to Yu Darvish, which was a bust in the first year, and they don’t seem to be eager to make another major financial commitment. That’s why manager Joe Maddon said at a...

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Patrick Reddington

Nationals’ hitting coach Kevin Long on how Bryce Harper turned his season around in 2018...

Bryce Harper struggled in the first-half of the 2018 campaign, but some changes he and hitting coach Kevin Long made helped turn things around...

In mid-August last season, when Bryce Harper had turned things around and was hitting like the Bryce Harper that Washington Nationals fans, and baseball fans in general, had come to know, Nationals’ hitting coach Kevin Long talked to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal about what the then-25-year-old outfielder had done to get back on track after a...

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Patrick Reddington

Brian Dozier talks signing with the Washington Nationals; bouncing back after injury issue in 2018...

In a conference call with reporters this afternoon, new Nationals’ second baseman Brian Dozier discussed the decision to sign on in Washington and the injury which resulted in a down year offensively in 2018.

After insisting all winter that he was happy with the options at second base both on the 40-man roster and in the organization as a whole, Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo did say at the Winter Meetings that he would be open to the possibility of adding an infielder to the mix if...

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Phillies reportedly will not sign both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado

With a surprisingly small number of teams engaged on superstar free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, it has at times seemed as if the big-budget Phillies are the favorites to land both players. Of course, even if the Philadelphia org is the likeliest single team to secure the services of each, that does not mean that it should be expected to come away with a pair of monster deals. Still, the possibility of hooking two free agent trophies has remained tantalizing to consider. In the...

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Patrick Reddington

Wire Taps: More Bryce Harper rumors; Nationals’ upgrade at second base + more...

Congrats, you made it through another day of persistent Bryce Harper rumors. Your reward? A bunch of links that mention more Harper rumors!!!

Washington’s Nationals have added to the rotation, the bullpen, the bench, the infield, and they’ve got some depth behind the plate now as well, but those Bryce Harper rumors really have kind of overshadowed all of that this winter, and it won’t end until the 26-year-old free agent outfielder picks a home for the next decade or so. Tired of the...

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Patrick Reddington

Anthony Rendon ranked 4th on MLB Network’s list of the Top 10 Third Basemen Right Now!

Anthony Rendon was ranked 4th on the MLB Network’s list of the Top 10 3B in the game ... RIGHT NOW!!!

In a preview of the pitch interested teams will likely hear should Anthony Rendon reach the free agent market next winter, super-agent Scott Boras told reporters the 28-year-old third baseman has become one of the top players in the game over the course of his six seasons in the majors.

“He’s been really one of the top 10 players in the game for the last three or four years,” Boras...

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Patrick Reddington

Nationals Rumors: Bryce Harper free agent drama nearing an end?

After the Phillies met with Bryce Harper, they were suddenly considered the “clear-cut” frontrunners to land the 26-year-old free agent, though they haven’t (at least publicly) put an actual offer on the table yet...

So, depending on whose sources you believe, the Washington Nationals are either a “long shot” to sign Bryce Harper at this point, which they seemed to be before reports of a follow-up meeting before Christmas and an increased offer surfaced earlier this month, or they...

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Anthony Rendon seeking an Altuve-like contract from Nationals

It’s well known that the Nationals hope to work out a long-term deal with third baseman Anthony Rendon before he reaches free agency next winter, and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic wrote over the weekend (subscription required) that Rendon and agent Scott Boras have been eyeing something in the vicinity of Jose Altuve’s extension from a year ago. Altuve was already under contract for two years and $12.5M at the time he signed for an additional five years and $151M, which brought his...

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Patrick Reddington

Aníbal Sánchez talks 2018 adjustments; joining the Nationals’ impressive rotation + more...

In an MLB Network Radio interview last week, Aníbal Sánchez talked about what he changed in 2018 and deciding to join the Nationals’ rotation...

According to a report by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal last week, Aníbal Sánchez received a three-year offer from the Oakland A’s before deciding to take a 2-year/$19M deal to join the Washington Nationals’ rotation, though the contract with the Nationals does include a club option for a third season in 2021 (at $12M).

“The exact terms...

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Will Kubzansky

Wire Taps: Phillies enamored with Harper; Nats officially sign Dozier; Robles’ defense

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you recover from the weekend...

So, here we are. After an offseason of doubt, after seven years of wondering: it looks like a team that isn’t the Washington Nationals might sign Bryce Harper. Maybe it won’t pan out; maybe he’ll end up in Seattle. But prepare yourselves now for 18 Harper rematches a year.

Here’s the news from Nationals Park:

Bryce Harper: Philadelphia Phillies are front-runners after meeting (USA Today)
"The...

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ESPN: White Sox offer Manny Machado eight-year deal

It’s not yet known where two of the biggest MLB free agents in recent years will land this winter. The process surrounding both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper has been drawn out this offseason. But we could be seeing an end to one of the sagas. According to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Chicago White Sox have already offered Machado an eight-year deal. “As the sweepstakes for baseball’s best free agents heats up, Manny Machado is sitting on an eight-year offer from the...

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Report: Phillies emerge as front-runners to land Bryce Harper

After meeting with free agent outfielder Bryce Harper on Saturday, the Phillies are the No. 1 contenders to sign the six-time All-Star, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. On the heels of the Phillies’ summit with Harper, owner John Middleton and general manager Matt Klentak shed some light on what the team accomplished by meeting with him and Scott Boras.  “I think it was really positive,” Middleton told 6ABC (via Todd Zolecki of MLB.com), and Klentak agreed. “We got to...

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Report: Nationals designate Matt Reynolds to make room for Brian Dozier

The Nationals have designated infielder Matt Reynolds for assignment, per Dan Kolko of MASN. His 40-man spot will go to just-signed second baseman Brian Dozier. Reynolds joined the Nationals last February in a minor trade with the division-rival Mets, though he only went on to accrue 14 major league plate appearances in 2018. The 28-year-old spent most of the season at the Triple-A level, where he hit a solid .265/.355/.424 in 355 plate appearances. Overall, Reynolds owns a .283/.350/.420...

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Patrick Reddington

Wire Taps: Bryce Harper meets with Phillies; Will Nationals actually go to arbitration with Kyle Barraclough or MAT?

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before you have to go back to work tomorrow and admit to your friends that you were watching football or something instead of reading up on the Nats...

A contingent that included the Philadelphia Phillies’ GM and owner visited Bryce Harper in Las Vegas over the weekend, and the Philly folks came away thinking they knew the player better than they previously had, with John Middleton, the owner, who is on record saying that the Phillies plan to...

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Patrick Reddington

Wire Taps: Phillies meeting with Bryce Harper in Vegas; Nationals’ and Michael A. Taylor and Kyle Barraclough asks + more...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news and enjoy your weekend whatever you’re doing...

What’s going on? Philadelphia’s Phillies are in Las Vegas, Nevada, talking to Washington’s 2010 No. 1 overall pick about where he’s going to sign up for the next decade or so. What will it take for Bryce Harper to sign on in the City of Brotherly Love? Meanwhile, back in D.C., Mike Rizzo and Co. in the Nationals’ front office reached agreements on contracts with all but two of their...

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Ryan McFadden

Signing Brian Dozier was a logical move for Nationals

Brian Dozier signing gives the Nationals an opportunity to win now, while looking ahead at the future.

The Washington Nationals made another move on Thursday, signing second baseman Brian Dozier to a one-year deal.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Nationals will be giving Dozier nine million dollars during his time in D.C.

The Nationals have been really active this offseason, acquiring Patrick Corbin, Matt Adams, Yan Gomes, Kurt Suzuki, Trevor Rosenthal and Kyle Barraclough.

This...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals avoid arbitration with Anthony Rendon & Trea Turner; two arb-eligible players left...

There are two arbitration-eligible players whose salaries for 2019 were not announced today. Will the Nats actually go to arbitration with them?

Washington’s Nationals started the winter with seven arbitration-eligible players, but the trade that sent Tanner Roark to the Cincinnati Reds and a 1-year/$850K deal with left-handed reliever Sammy Solis, (who was projected by MLBtraderumors.com to get $900K), left the Nationals with five players whose contracts for the 2019 campaign needed to be...

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