7:20 PM EST, Sun February 17, 2019
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Wire Taps: Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez on catchers; batting order; a former GM thinks Bryce Harper is close to signing + more

Wire Taps: Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez on catchers; batting order; a former GM thinks Bryce Harper is close to signing + more

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news with Davey Martinez discussing his thoughts on the batting order, the catching corps, and more... Davey Martinez talked about how he’ll use the Washington Nationals’ catchers, Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes, he discussed plans to keep the lineup more consistent if the players are mostly healthy, he praised what he’s seen from Patrick Corbin early in Spring Training, and discussed who will hit at the top of the Nats’ lineup this season. Catch up on the latest news from Saturday in West Palm Beach, FL... and do it right now! Go read your...
19 hours ago
Washington Nationals’ catchers Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes give Davey Martinez options

Washington Nationals’ catchers Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes give Davey Martinez options

How will the Nationals decide which catcher gets the most starts? Will Davey Martinez really ignore the conventional wisdom about not using your backup catcher to pinch hit? In just the first few days of Spring Training, with pitchers and catchers working in bullpen sessions, Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez has been impressed with the two new backstops who joined the roster this winter. Kurt Suzuki, who signed a 2-year/$10M deal, and Yan Gomes, who was acquired from the Cleveland Indians, are hard at work getting to know their new teammates, though that is going to take some...
Feb 16, 2019
Davey Martinez on Jeremy Hellickson having “upper hand” in the battle for the fifth spot in the Nationals’ 2019 rotation...

Davey Martinez on Jeremy Hellickson having “upper hand” in the battle for the fifth spot in the Nationals’ 2019 rotation...

“For me he’s got the upper hand right now,” Davey Martinez said when asked about Jeremy Hellickson and the battle for the fifth spot in the Nationals’ rotation. Jeremy Hellickson dealt with hamstring and wrist injuries in 2018, but he managed to make a strong enough impression on the Washington Nationals that they were willing to give the right-hander a second consecutive one-year deal. Hellickson, 31, posted a 3.45 ERA, a 4.22 FIP, 20 walks (1.97 BB/9), and 65 Ks (6.41 K/9) in 19 starts and 91 1⁄3 innings. He told reporters in West Palm Beach, Florida this week that he did...
Feb 16, 2019
New Nationals’ starter Patrick Corbin hard at work; happy to be signed on long-term in D.C.

New Nationals’ starter Patrick Corbin hard at work; happy to be signed on long-term in D.C.

Patrick Corbin talked this week about the decision to sign with the Nationals, getting to know his new teammates, and getting a long-term deal in what has been a slow free agent market overall... In an MLB Network Radio interview last month, Patrick Corbin, who signed a 6-year/$140M deal with the Washington Nationals in December, was asked if joining a team where he did not necessarily have to be the No. 1 guy made a difference to him when he made his final decision. “Not really,” Corbin said. “I think any time I take the mound I want to do my best and go out there and compete no...
Feb 16, 2019
Wire Taps: Nationals’ fifth starter battle; Stephen Strasburg ready for 2019; Aaron Barrett is everyone’s favorite Spring story...

Wire Taps: Nationals’ fifth starter battle; Stephen Strasburg ready for 2019; Aaron Barrett is everyone’s favorite Spring story...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we wait to see if today is the day Bryce Harper finds a home... After months of desperately searching for stories to share in our daily link post, the first few days of Spring Training are a content bonanza. Will Stephen Strasburg get his velo back in 2019? Will we see Aaron Barrett back in the majors at some point? Will Jeremy Hellickson be the fifth starter? Also, Washington Post columnist Thomas Boswell savages Bryce Harper in the first link included below... which could be awkward if Harper somehow ends up back in D.C., or is it a...
Feb 16, 2019
Nationals’ starter Stephen Strasburg on lessons learned in ‘18, ‘19 goals + more

Nationals’ starter Stephen Strasburg on lessons learned in ‘18, ‘19 goals + more

Stephen Strasburg’s velocity dropped when he returned from an extended stint on the DL last season, but Davey Martinez hopes some of what the starter learned in those starts pays off... Stephen Strasburg missed significant time in 2018, dealing with right shoulder inflammation and what was described as a cervical nerve impingement in his neck which kept him off the mound (outside of one start) between June 8th and August 22nd. Strasburg returned to the rotation in late August and made eight starts down the stretch, posting a 3.43 ERA in 44 2⁄3 innings. His velocity in those outings...
Feb 15, 2019
Adam Eaton on Nationals’ offseason moves; Bryce Harper; Max Scherzer’s advice + more

Adam Eaton on Nationals’ offseason moves; Bryce Harper; Max Scherzer’s advice + more

Washington Nationals’ outfielder Adam Eaton is raring to go after two injury-impacted seasons in D.C. Adam Eaton knows that the potential return of Bryce Harper, who remains unsigned with pitchers and catchers reporting around the league, could play a role in his future in D.C., though that scenario playing out seems unlikely. “We’re watching just as the fanbase is as well, and I think they should be as excited as we are excited.” - Adam Eaton on Nationals’ offseason moves Eaton, acquired by the Washington Nationals in a December 2016 trade with the Chicago White Sox, is set to...
Feb 15, 2019
Wire Taps: Max Scherzer angry with MLB; Patrick Corbin settling in; The Carter Kieboom story...

Wire Taps: Max Scherzer angry with MLB; Patrick Corbin settling in; The Carter Kieboom story...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news as we all read what Max Scherzer has to say about free agency and nod along because we know he’s right about everything... Baseball is back! Well, if you count bunt drills, baseball is back. Only a month or so until the real thing begins – in the meantime, here’s what’s fresh at the FITTEAM. Dave Martinez is moving on without Bryce Harper - at least for now (NBCSW)“It’s definitely different,” Martinez explained when discussing Spring Training without Harper. “He’s an unbelievable player, and I built this really good...
Feb 15, 2019
Davey Martinez on the Nationals’ offseason additions, defense, athleticism, and an impressive rotation...

Davey Martinez on the Nationals’ offseason additions, defense, athleticism, and an impressive rotation...

Davey Martinez is back for a second season on the bench in the nation’s capital, and he’s going to do some things a little differently this time around... Pitchers and catchers reported on Wednesday, and a group of the Washington Nationals’ pitchers threw their first bullpen sessions of the Spring on Thursday. Davey Martinez, the Nationals’ second-year skipper, told reporters after watching his pitchers throw that he’d been waiting for this day to finally arrive. “I think [GM Mike Rizzo] and his staff did a great job of getting the pieces that we needed to compete this year and...
Feb 14, 2019
Wire Taps: Nationals open camp, Nats players confused about Bryce Harper; Stephen Strasburg rejuvenated; Trevor Gott traded to Giants...

Wire Taps: Nationals open camp, Nats players confused about Bryce Harper; Stephen Strasburg rejuvenated; Trevor Gott traded to Giants...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news from the first full day of Spring Training... Well, Spring Training began! Now just to fast forward to Opening Day and get on with it, which is a very real thing that we absolutely can do. (Yep, that’s right, Bryce Harper signed with the insert team here, we knew it all along!) Here’s what’s fresh from the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches: Stephen Strasburg looking to stay healthy (MLB.com)Stephen Strasburg spent the winter in D.C., working in the team's facilities and staying in shape. He's not in the best shape of his life, but he...
Feb 14, 2019
Washington Nationals’ Top 10 Prospects List for 2019...

Washington Nationals’ Top 10 Prospects List for 2019...

2080 Baseball’s Adam McInturff counts down the Top 10 prospects in the Washington Nationals’ system for 2019. This Top 10 list wraps up our look at the Washington Nationals’ Top 40 prospects for 2019. CHECK OUT FBB’s TOP 40 NATIONALS’ PROSPECTS FOR 2019: • 40-31 • 30-21 • 20-11 All video and scouting content is provided by 2080 Baseball. (#10) Nick Raquet, LHP Ceiling: 45 Risk: High ETA: 2020 Role Description: Swingman Ht/Wt: 6’0’’ / 215 lbs. B/T: R/L Highest Level: A+ Age (as of April 1, 2019): 23y, 3m Video #1 | Video #2 | Video #3 | Report Raquet...
Feb 14, 2019
Washington Nationals’ 2019 outfield: Juan Soto, Victor Robles, and Adam Eaton era?

Washington Nationals’ 2019 outfield: Juan Soto, Victor Robles, and Adam Eaton era?

Has Bryce Harper signed somewhere yet? Are you ready for Juan Soto, Victor Robles and Adam Eaton left to right in the outfield in 2019? As comfortable as the Washington Nationals seem to be with their post-Bryce Harper mix in the outfield, which will likely feature Juan Soto, Victor Robles, and Adam Eaton left-to-right on Opening Day (with Michael A. Taylor on the bench as a fourth outfielder), there are some reasons for concern ... assuming the 2010 No. 1 overall pick does sign elsewhere, which, uh, is like a foregone conclusion at this point... right? Nationals’ Manager Davey Martinez...
Feb 13, 2019
Washington Nationals reportedly trade Trevor Gott to San Francisco Giants

Washington Nationals reportedly trade Trevor Gott to San Francisco Giants

Trevor Gott was designated for assignment last week and dealt to the San Francisco Giants this morning... In order to make room on the 40-Man roster for Jeremy Hellickson, who returned for second season in D.C. on a 1-year/$1.3M deal last week, the Washington Nationals designated 26-year-old reliever Trevor Gott for assignment. Gott, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in a December 2015 trade for infielder Yunel Escobar, has now been traded to the San Francisco Giants according to a report by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. #SFGiants acquire RHP Trevor Gott from #Nationals,...
Feb 13, 2019
Wire Taps: Nationals’ Spring storylines; Carter Kieboom, Luis Garcia invited to camp; Bryce Harper unfollows Capitals

Wire Taps: Nationals’ Spring storylines; Carter Kieboom, Luis Garcia invited to camp; Bryce Harper unfollows Capitals

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before pitchers and catchers report to West Palm Beach for the start of Spring Training... Good morning. Welcome to Spring Training. Can we stop talking about Bryce Harper now? (Apparently not.) Here’s what’s new in West Palm: As spring training opens, the Nationals have built a team, and Bryce Harper isn’t on one - (WaPost)"The Nats’ 10-year, $300-million offer to Harper is the only real offer we know of. But here’s the thing: It doesn’t exist anymore." Top prospects Carter Kieboom, Luis Garcia lead Nationals’ spring training...
Feb 13, 2019
Washington Nationals’ pitchers and catchers report today: Nats’ starting staff bolstered for 2019... and beyond

Washington Nationals’ pitchers and catchers report today: Nats’ starting staff bolstered for 2019... and beyond

With the additions of starters Patrick Corbin and Aníbal Sánchez, and Jeremy Hellickson returning, the Nationals have a solid rotation... and some depth. Will it be enough? “Starting pitching is king,” Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo told reporters in December of 2018, after he’d signed Patrick Corbin to a 6-year/$140M deal, landing the prize starter on the free agent market. Rizzo and Co. in the Nationals’ front office added two more arms over the course of the winter, signing veteran right-handed starters Aníbal Sánchez (2-year/$19M deal) and Jeremy Hellickson...