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Patrick Reddington

Wire Taps: Former Washington Nationals’ skipper Dusty Baker talking to Houston Astros; Nats’ coaches + more...

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Catch up on the weekend that was in Nationals news as you start the new week...

So, there are more Dusty Baker stories out there right now than there are Nationals-related ones, but we collected whatever Washington baseball stories we could find from this past weekend to get you up to date on the latest Nats news as you start your week. It’s that real slow time of year where most of the moves have been made and everyone’s just waiting to get Spring...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ Victor Robles knows how special 2019’s World Series title was...

In his first full season in the majors in 2019, Victor Robles helped the Washington Nationals win the World Series.

Summing up Victor Robles’s performance in his first full major league campaign, Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez told reporters during Washington’s run to the World Series title that the 22-year-old outfielder showed signs of improvement at the plate and out in center field over the course of the season.

“He’s definitely matured in many ways,” Martinez explained....

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals fans: Was the Houston Astros’ punishment for cheating enough?

The SB Nation bigwigs broke out the FanPulse machine to see what the baseball world was thinking about the sign-stealing cheaters in Houston.

Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Nationals fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

If there’s one takeaway from the last week of revelations about cheating and sign stealing by the Houston Astros, it’s that we’re even happier the Washington Nationals beat the...

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Patrick Reddington

Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez on Carter Kieboom getting shot at third base in 2020...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before we see what else Mike Rizzo has up his sleeve this winter...

So, if the decision had to be made right now, it would be Carter Kieboom at third base with Trea Turner at short, Starlin Castro at second base, and Eric Thames/Howie Kendrick (and Ryan Zimmerman, eventually, right?) at first base around the Washington Nationals’ infield in 2020. Davey Martinez talked last night about giving...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto sees room for improvement in his already impressive game...

With two seasons under his belt, Juan Soto still has a lot to learn, but he’s off to a good start in his MLB career.

The numbers Juan Soto put up in 2019 (.282/.401/.548, 32 doubles, 34 HRs, 142 wRC+, 4.8 fWAR in 150 games and 659 plate appearances), look a lot like the stats he posted as a first-year player in 2018 (.292/.406/.517, 25 2B, 22 HRs, 145 wRC+, 3.7 fWAR in 116 G and 494 PAs).

Soto, 21, avoided a sophomore slump last season, and adjusted to what opposing pitchers were trying...

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Top prospect Carter Kieboom has opportunity to win Nationals' 3B job

The Nationals plan to give Carter Kieboom an opportunity to win the third base job, manager Dave Martinez told reporters (including Todd Dybas of NBC Sports Washington). The 22-year-old is a consensus top prospect coming off a year in which he hit .303/.409/.493 with 16 home runs in 494 plate appearances.  Kieboom has played mostly in the middle infield in the minors, but Martinez indicated he’ll be used strictly as a third baseman for the time being. Washington didn't previously have...

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Patrick Reddington

Wire Taps: Washington Nationals need Victor Robles to take big step; Nats’ prospect updates + more D.C. baseball links...

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Catch up on the latest Nationals news before you start your weekend...

All is quiet on the Nationals beat, but we found all the articles on Washington’s baseball team that we could, to keep you up to date on the latest on the defending World Series champions. There are some random accusations, some quotes from former Nats’ closer Chad Cordero, and more Nationals links below. Enjoy your weekend. Go read your links...

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Blake Finney

If Washington Nationals still want an impact bat, it might be Kris Bryant or nothing

If the Washington Nationals want to make a big move to bolster their lineup, Kris Bryant seems to be the only logical option remaining...

It took a little longer than everyone expected, but a big offseason domino finally fell on Tuesday night as Josh Donaldson spurned the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves in favor of a four-year deal with the Minnesota Twins.

Though there were reports that the Nationals were still in the mix for the former Braves third baseman, it appears as though...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ Trea Turner on surgery on his finger; working through issue last year + more...

Trea Turner talked this past weekend about the surgical procedure which finally fixed the finger he broke last April.

Trea Turner took a pitch off his right index finger just four games into the 2019 campaign, but returned to the lineup six weeks later, and played out the regular season with a finger which wasn’t completely functional.

Turner, 26, still managed to put up a solid .298/.353/.497 line with 37 doubles, five triples, and 19 homers in 122 games and 569 plate appearances...

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Patrick Reddington

Wire Taps: Washington Nationals and Ryan Zimmerman continue to talk; Zim faces off against Capitals in net + more Nats links...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news, which saw Ryan Zimmerman get in net to face the Capitals...

Ryan Zimmerman donning goalie equipment and trying to stop slap shots from the Caps’ Alex Ovechkin made for entertaining video, and the Washington Nationals’ FOF talked to reporters after the workout about potentially returning to the only team he’s even known, telling the hockey press in the nation’s capital that he’s talked with...

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‘Terrified’ Ryan Zimmerman takes goalie reps at Capitals practice

Former Washington Nationals first baseman and current free agent Ryan Zimmerman strapped on the pads Wednesday and played goalie at a Washington Capitals practice. Ahead of his on-ice experience, the World Series champion admitted he was a little freaked out about the situation. “Hey, I’m Ryan Zimmerman. I’m a baseball player,” he said, as transcribed by Russian Machine Never Breaks . “I’m about to attempt to play goalie against some of the best hockey players in the world. I’m...

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Patrick Reddington

Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ plans for third after Josh Donaldson signs with Twins; Daniel Hudson on coming back to D.C.

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we wait to see if Mike Rizzo makes a move or sticks with the current options at third base...

Josh Donaldson is a Twin. Not a National. Not a Brave. Carter Kieboom’s chances of playing third in D.C. in 2020 just got a lot better. Will he start the season in the Nationals’ lineup? Is he going to start at Triple-A and work his way up? Will Mike Rizzo and Co. pivot to a Plan C or Plan...

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Losing out on Josh Donaldson is no big deal for Washington Nationals

Veteran third baseman Josh Donaldson won’t have a chance to be the “bringer of rain” against Washington Nationals pitching anytime soon, now that he’s signed with the Minnesota Twins for up to five years. | Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran third baseman skips to Minnesota, opening up NL East race race...

Washington Nationals pitchers and fans can breathe a little easier now that third baseman Josh Donaldson has signed with the Minnesota Twins.

General manager Mike Rizzo said...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals & Daniel Hudson work out two-year deal after reliever thought book was closed on return

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Once Will Harris signed with the Nationals, Daniel Hudson thought his chance to return was over, but then they came back to the reliever who recorded the final out of the World Series.

Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo talked at WinterFest this past weekend about why he was comfortable giving multi-year deals to 30-plus-year-old relievers in Daniel Hudson and Will Harris.

“Will Harris’s track record is second to none,” Rizzo explained.

Hudson,...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals Rumors: Josh Donaldson signs with Minnesota Twins; What now for Nats at third base?

Josh Donaldson is a Twin, so who’s going to play third for the Nationals in 2020?

As of Saturday afternoon, Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo said that he hadn’t closed the door on the possibility of signing free agent Josh Donaldson.

Any possibility of that happening officially ended on Tuesday night when the 34-year-old, 10-year veteran reportedly agreed to a 4-year/$92M deal with the Minnesota Twins.

So how will the Nationals fill the hole at third base left by Anthony Rendon’s...

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Nationals' Trea Turner Open to Contract Extension, Says He Won't 'Settle'

Trea Turner has three years remaining before he can hit free agency, but he is willing to consider a contract extension with the Washington Nationals for the right price...

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Patrick Reddington

Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ prospect Fausto Segura passes away; WinterFest stories + more Nats links...

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

Two days after WinterFest weekend the stories are still trickling out, and the 2019 World Series champion Washington Nationals and their fans got to breathe a collective sigh of relief on Monday with the revelations of the Houston Astros’ elaborate (trash-can-aided) attempts to steal signs and trophies finally resulting in some harsh (fitting) punishment.

As someone says below, thankfully...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ closer Sean Doolittle on Nats’ bullpen additions; learning about Will Harris and Daniel Hudson signing + more

Sean Doolittle and Mike Rizzo talked this past weekend about the relievers the Nationals added to the mix in the last few weeks...

Speaking about the bullpen depth in Washington during the Winter Meetings in December, Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez said he hoped the front office would add a couple late-inning arms to complement closer Sean Doolittle before they were done building the roster for the 2020 campaign.

“I like what [Tanner Rainey] did towards the end of the year,”...

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Nationals prospect Fausto Segura killed in traffic accident

Nationals pitching prospect Fausto Segura was tragically killed in a road accident in his native Dominican Republic Sunday night, Hector Gomez of Z101 Sports reports. The right-hander, who signed with the Nationals on July 2, 2017, was just 23 years old. Nationals director of Latin American scouting Fausto Severino confirmed the report to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, calling it a tragedy for both the Segura family and the Nationals organization. “You are never prepared to see someone so...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ prospect Carter Kieboom ready for spotlight in 2020...

Carter Kieboom should get another opportunity in the majors in 2020, and he’s ready for it...

Washington Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez talked at the Winter Meetings about the top infield prospect in the organization, Carter Kieboom, and where the 22-year-old, former first round pick (2016) is in his development at this point.

How far away is he from contributing at the big league level for the Nationals after making his MLB debut early last season?

“He’s close,” Martinez said....

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