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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo wants scouts back in ballparks in 2021...

Washington Nationals Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Scouting Operations, Kris Kline, talks with GM Mike Rizzo prior to action against the Philadelphia Phillies. | Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images

We still don’t know if there will be fans in the stands in 2021, but Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo said in December he’d like to see scouts return to ballparks...

JULY 2020:

Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo talked after the club arrived in the...

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Patrick Reddington

Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ rotation with Jon Lester; Nats’ prospect Armando Cruz + more...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we wait to see who Mike Rizzo gets to share catching duties with Yan Gomes...

Middle of the order bats? ??No. 4-5 starter???Bullpen help? 1/2-??. Now how about a catcher, a left-handed bullpen arm, and ... let’s see what else do the Nationals need in terms of the offseason checklist? Mike Rizzo and Co. in the front office in D.C. have been hard at work a couple months now, since the 2020 season ended...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ Josh Bell a good fit in D.C.

It seems like so long ago that the Nationals traded for Josh Bell. Let’s take another look at the Nats’ new first baseman.

In introducing Josh Bell to the nation’s capital, following the 2-for-1, Christmas Eve deal with the Pirates that landed the Nationals a new first baseman, Washington’s GM Mike Rizzo said he had plenty of history with Pittsburgh’s five-year vet and 2011 second round pick, who the Bucs selected out Dallas Jesuit College Prep in Dallas, Texas.

“Good character,...

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Details revealed of Jon Lester’s one-year deal with Nationals

The Washington Nationals have signed left-handed pitcher Jon Lester to a one-year deal, according to multiple reports. Now, details of the contract have been revealed.

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Patrick Reddington

Wire Taps: Washington Nationals reportedly sign Jon Lester; Hitting coach Kevin Long on offseason work + more Nats links...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait to see if Mike Rizzo is done adding bats to the lineup.

How much contact does Nationals’ hitting coach Kevin Long (aka K-Long) have with hitters in the offseason? What sort of contact is he able to have these days? Does he get videos of his hitters in the cage so he can coach from afar during the ongoing pandemic? Long was asked about his offseason activities in an MLB Network...

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Blake Finney

Washington Nationals have no prospects in Baseball America’s 2021 Top 100

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In Baseball America’s annual Top 100 Prospects list, the Nationals didn’t have a single player make an appearance...

As Major League Baseball’s offseason continues to plod along at a snail’s pace despite Spring Training being about a month away, Baseball America released the 2021 preseason edition of its Top 100 Prospects list on Monday morning.

The Washington Nationals are usually no strangers to the top end of this list. From...

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BrettBarnett

Washington Nationals 2021: When the games begin again...

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Baseball is set to return, allegedly in its full season capacity. But what about the fans?

Pitchers and catchers are set to report in just under a month, while spring training games begin for the Washington Nationals on February 27 against the Houston Astros. Under normal conditions, we begin looking at these dates with excitement, not nervous apprehension. When baseball suspended its season last March, it was unclear where baseball was going to go next. Eventually, it was clear...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals reportedly sign Jon Lester to one-year deal...

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Having addressed needs on the fringes of the roster and added two middle-of-the-order bats, the Nationals have reportedly signed a starter...

Having worked around the fringes of the roster early this offseason, signing some bullpen arms and adding prospects to the 40-man roster, and attacking what they believed was a need in the middle of the order, by adding Josh Bell and Kyle Schwarber to the mix in D.C., Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo has now...

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Nationals sign Jon Lester to one-year deal with mutual option

The Washington Nationals have signed left-handed pitcher Jon Lester to a one-year deal with a mutual option for the 2022 pending a physical, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.

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Jon Lester, Nationals Reportedly Agree to 1-Year Contract in Free Agency

The Washington Nationals reportedly added a three-time World Series champion to their rotation. Washington and left-handed pitcher Jon Lester   agreed to a one-year deal with a mutual option Monday, per ESPN's Jeff Passan ...

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Jon Lester, Nationals 'in talks'

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said earlier in the offseason he wanted to add a starter to the back of Washington’s rotation, where Lester will slot in if he joins the team.

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Jon Lester in talks with Nationals?

In 12 starts with the Chicago Cubs in 2020, the 37-year-old posted a 5.16 ERA.

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MLB Rumors: Jon Lester, Nationals Engaged in Contract Talks Ahead of 2021 Season

After a quiet start to free agency, free-agent left-hander Jon Lester reportedly has another team interested in his services for 2021...

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Patrick Reddington

Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ Kyle Schwarber on new home; Now-former Nats find new homes + more...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait to see where Mike Rizzo finds a No. 4 (or No. 5) arm...

Kyle Schwarber wasn’t thrilled with getting non-tendered by the Chicago Cubs, who had drafted and developed the catcher-turned-outfielder, but the 27-year-old said that he did actually learn from the process of going through free agency for the first time.

“You’re definitely disappointed,” he said of the non-tender, “it’s not...

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David Driver

Don’t Worry, They Managed: A look at the Washington Nationals’ managers...

A look at the managers who have run the dugout for the Nationals since baseball returned to Washington in 2005 …

WASHINGTON - Davey Martinez parlayed his World Series title in 2019 to a contract extension after a down 2020 season for the Washington Nationals.

Whatever the future may hold for Martinez, the Nationals clearly have something that has been in short supply since 2005: stability in the manager’s office.

Here is a look at the managers who have come before him with the Nationals...

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Patrick Reddington

Kurt Suzuki on time with Washington Nationals, signing with LA Angels + more

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Kurt Suzuki signed a one-year deal with the Angels this past weekend, and he talked in an MLB Network Radio interview on Sunday about his time with the Nationals.

Kurt Suzuki acknowledged, towards the end of the 60-game COVID campaign this past September, that the Washington Nationals not getting the usual victory lap after they’d finally won it all in 2019, was frustrating and disappointing for players and fans alike.

“I thing the most frustrating part...

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Marty Niland

Washington Nationals are betting on big business from sports gambling

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Another look at the Nationals’ deal with BetMGM...

You won’t need a ticket to the game to get in on the action once a new sports book opens at Nationals Park.

After an abbreviated season of baseball without fans, and restrictions on the bars and restaurants surrounding the ballpark because of the COVID pandemic, the Nationals are wagering that the BetMGM sports book and app will bring back more paying customers, whenever they’re allowed.

The team’s...

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Patrick Reddington

Wire Taps: Washington Nationals sign 10 int’l prospects including Armando Cruz; avoid arbitration with three + more Nats links...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait to see where Mike Rizzo turns for rotation help for the 2021 campaign...

Josh Bell, Juan Soto, and Trea Turner all avoided arbitration with the Nationals, who signed 10 (or maybe 11) international free agents yesterday. It was a big news day in Washington. I don’t want to keep you much longer when there is plenty to get to, so we’ll just tell you the same thing we do every day: Go read...

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Patrick Reddington

How are Washington Nationals preparing for 2021 season with rules still up in the air?

Mike Rizzo (L) and Davey Martinez (R) definitely not discussing whether or not there will be a DH in the NL in 2021. | Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Maybe MLB should like make a decision on the rules for 2021 some day soon or something...

According to reporting by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale last night, Major League Baseball, “fearing that the pandemic could create havoc with their scheduling once again,” plans on bringing back the runner on second base in extra innings and...

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Juan Soto, Nationals agree to one-year, $8.5 million deal to avoid arbitration

The Washington Nationals and young phenom Juan Soto have agreed to a one-year, $8.5 million deal to avoid arbitration. Joel Sherman of MLB Network was the first to report the value of the deal.

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