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Lucas Giolito, MLB’s Top Prospect Has Debut Shortened by Rain

Lucas Giolito, the top prospect in Major League Baseball, had his pitching debut in the big leagues shortened by rain. The Washington Nationals right-hander was leading 1-0 during the fourth inning when rain delayed the game. He did not return to pitch when the game resumed and Washington went on to win 5-0 over the New York Mets. Giolito, during the rain delay before the game, visited Dusty Baker’s office on multiple occasions. The rookie asked his manager a number of times when the game would start so he could get on the mound. He finally took... 
 

Bryce Harper Inks 10 Year Extension With Under Armour

Bryce Harper will likely sign a new deal worth about $400 million one day. Until then, a new deal with Under Armour will make him plenty wealthy. Harper just signed an extension to his endoresement deal with the athletic apparel maker believed to be the biggest ever by a MLB player. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Harper,became the youngest player ever to unanimously win an MVP award, has endorsed Under Armour since 2011 and will begin selling Harper’s first signature cleat, the Under Armour Harper One, in July. By retaining Harper,... 
 

Nationals Stephen Strasburg to the DL, Deadline Trade Not Likely

Thanks to enviable starting pitching depth, the Washington Nationals are not likely to pursue a trade in the wake of Stephen Strasburg‘s trip to the 15-day disabled list. Strasburg, who has logged a gaudy 5.16 ERA and a .289 batting average against in 13 starts this season, departed his Fourth of July outing against San Francisco after 56 pitches. He induced a ground out from Buster Posey and then grabbed at his left side. MRI results on Sunday revealed a right oblique strain, prompting his second stint on the DL this year. He was placed their... 
 

Bryce Harper, Two More Home Runs To Continue Hot Streak

With the amount of expectations built upon them, the month of April was exactly the kind of start to the season that the Washington Nationals wanted to avoid. Even with eight wins in their last ten contest, Washington still finds themselves with only an even 15-15 record. That’s the kind of hole that they have dug themselves into. Credit Bryce Harper for lending a helping hand in turning things around for the Nationals. The former first overall pick has been on an unreal tear the last two games, and his performance in the previous ten games has... 
 

Washington Nationals on the Rise, Detroit Tigers Window Closing?

The Washington Nationals have their man, Max Scherzer.  Scott Boras has done it again.  Just when you thought Scherzer was going to be cooling his heels while everyone else was reporting to spring training, he signed a contract with a deferd cash deal that makes everyone happy.  Scherzer got his cash he was looking for and the Nats become even better while not blowing up their bank accounts right now.  Vegas has spoken and moved the Nats to the odds on favorite to win the 2015 World Series. With the signing of Scherzer they have a horse they... 
 

Washington Nationals Sign Max Scherzer, Trades Coming?

The Washington Nationals have signed Max Scherzer to a seven year deal worth more than $180 million reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Scherzer lingered on the free agent market long after other top free agents had signed. However, waiting out the market paid off for the Scott Boras client. His deal topped those signed by C.C. Sabathia and the extensions for Justin Verlander and Felix Hernandez. The 30 year-old Scherzer has been one of the top pitchers in baseball over the last three seasons. He took home the CY Young award in 2013 after winning... 
 

Washington Nationals Acquire Yunel Escobar from Oakland A’s

The Oakland Athletics busy offseason continues. Today they sent shortstop Yunel Escobar to the Washington Nationals. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported the deal and speculates that relief pitcher Tyler Clippard will be going to the A’s. Escobar was traded from the Tampa Bay Rays to the A’s just this past weekend. The Nationals gain a lot of flexibility by acquiring Escobar. Most likely he will supplant Danny Espinosa at second base. Incumbent shortstop Ian Desmond will be a free agent after this season, and Escobar is controlled... 
 

Tampa Bay Rays Reportedly Reach Agreement With Asdrubal Cabrera

The Tampa Bay Rays have reached an agreement with free-agent middle infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The deal is contingent on Cabrera passing a physical. Cabrera, 29,  spent time in 2014 with the Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals in 2014 hitting .241/.307/.387 with 14 home runs. He has a career .268/.330/.409/.740 slash line over eight MLB seasons. The deal is reportedly for one year at $8 million. Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist immediately become the subject of trade rumors as a result of the... 
 

Rays Deal Wil Myers in Blockbuster Trade with Padres, Nationals

The Tampa Bay Rays sent outfielder Wil Myers to the San Diego Padres as part of a three team trade that involved 11 players. Myers heads to San Diego as the centerpiece of the trade. San Diego also receives young minor league arms Gerardo Reyes and Jose Castillo along with big league catcher Ryan Hanigan as part of the deal. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay will get catcher Rene Rivera, right-hander Burch Smith and first base prospect Jake Bauers from the Padres. In addition, the Rays get outfielder Steven Souza and lefty pitcher Travis Ott from the Washington... 
 

Jordan Zimmermann Fires No-Hitter in Washington Nationals Season Finale

The Washington Nationals ended the regular season with a bang, as Jordan Zimmermann threw his first career no-hitter against the Miami Marlins. Zimmermann faced just one batter over the minimum, as he fanned 10 in a 1-0 victory. With the victory, the Nats close out the season with a 96-66 record, the best in the National League. It was the first no-hitter in the Nationals young history. Zimmermann, who was dealing with shoulder soreness, was given a couple extra days rest before making his final start of the regular season. He retired the first... 
 

Washington Nationals Lineup Makes Them Favorites in the NL

Despite some injury-fueled early season struggles, the Washington Nationals are sitting pretty. With a 91-64 record, they own the best record in the NL, and will rest their starters as they head into the postseason, where they will await the winner of the wild card game, which will likely feature the San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Nationals rotation has received a lot of attention, and it features four starters who are having strong seasons in Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg, Doug Fister and Tanner Roark as well... 
 

Jordan Zimmermann Having Career Year in Loaded Nats Rotation

The Washington Nationals starting pitchers have had a remarkable year. Their 14.5 fWAR leads the National League. Stephen Strasburg is among the league leaders in strikeout rate, Tanner Roark has a sub 3.00 ERA, Doug Fister has accumulated 3.5 RA-9 WAR despite missing a large chunk of the season, and Gio Gonzalez has a strikeout rate just shy of 25 percent. However, the best performance has come from Jordan Zimmermann. The 28 year-old Zimmermann broke into the major leagues in 2009. But, he suffered an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery,... 
 

Anthony Rendon Key to Washington Nationals Success

Thanks in large part to a catastrophic slide by the Atlanta Braves, the Washington Nationals own a five game edge in the National League East. Their odds of winning the division sit at 94 percent, and they have the best World Series odds of any team in baseball. A big reason for their success has been the superb play of second-year infielder Anthony Rendon. Following a standout career at Rice University, the 24 year-old Rendon was the 6th overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft. Injuries limited Rendon to 43 games in his first professional season,... 
 

Nats Bryce Harper is Back From DL

The Washington Nationals Bryce Harper has been activated from the 15 day DL. Harper missed 59 games because of a torn ligament in his left thumb. Coincidentally, or not, tonight is Bryce Harper bobblehead night at Nationals Park.  Left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse. The 21-year-old Harper is batting .289/.352/.422 with one homer in 21 games. In a rehab appearance for the Triple-A Harrisburg Senators Harper’s bat launched three home runs in a 4-for-5/ 5 RBI night. “We’ll all seen the impact he can make,”... 
 

Nationals Stephen Strasburg Racking up Strikeouts

The Washington Nationals rotation is piling up strikeouts at a historic rate, and Stephen Strasburg is leading the pack. Through his first seven starts the right-hander is fanning hitters at a 33.3 percent rate, which is the second highest mark in baseball behind Jose Fernandez. While his ERA of 3.60 is unspectacular, Strasburg has an xFIP of 2.24, which is the fourth best in the big leagues. Strasburg’s fastball velocity is averaging right around 94 miles per hour, which is a drop off of about one mile per hour from last year. Pitchers... 
 
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