6:09 PM EDT, Fri October 19, 2018
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Bryce Harper free agency guessing game: What will it take to get Harper signed?

Bryce Harper free agency guessing game: What will it take to get Harper signed?

Whether it’s with the Washington Nationals or a new team, what’s it going to take to get Bryce Harper signed to a new deal this winter? Back in the Spring of 2016, Bryce Harper was asked by 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier about the possibility of signing a record-breaking deal when he hit free agency, which was two years away at that point. There were rumors at the time that Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, were looking to get something in the $400M dollar range. ”I was talking to an executive this offseason,” Paulsen said, as quoted in a transcript on...
8 hours ago
Wire Taps: Adam Eaton’s future; Where will Michael A. Taylor go?; AFL Roundups...

Wire Taps: Adam Eaton’s future; Where will Michael A. Taylor go?; AFL Roundups...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the NLCS continues tonight... The Red Sox are in the World Series with Alex Cora as their manager, who both played for the Nats and could have managed them. That is all. Here’s the scoop from South Capitol: Could the Nationals trade Adam Eaton? Much of it depends on Bryce Harper. (WaPo)The odds are Harper ends up somewhere else and the Nats rock into Opening Day with Juan Soto, Victor Robles, and Adam Eaton in the outfield. But the Nats most likely won't move Robles or Soto if Harper re-signs — meaning that, if Harper comes back,...
22 hours ago
ALCS GameThread: Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros Game 5

ALCS GameThread: Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros Game 5

Boston’s Red Sox have a chance to close out their best-of-seven series with the Houston Astros tonight. Boston’s 8-6 win last night in Minute Maid Park gave the Red Sox a 3-1 advantage in their ALCS matchup with the Houston Astros, setting them up with a chance to earn a World Series appearance tonight in Game 5. A.J. Hinch’s Astros, who’ve now lost three in a row, are in danger of being eliminated from their defense of the World Series crown. Does Hinch think his team has what it takes to win the three straight they have to if they have any chance of repeating? Of course he’s...
Oct 18, 2018
Wire Taps: Gio Gonzalez out for playoffs; Nationals’ prospect Carter Kieboom talks AFL

Wire Taps: Gio Gonzalez out for playoffs; Nationals’ prospect Carter Kieboom talks AFL

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of ALCS matchup. Well, if everything from the NL last year was just going to repeat this year, why couldn’t the Nats have made the playoffs to lose in the first round, just for old times’ sake? Here’s the news from Nats Park: Zach Davies to replace Gio Gonzalez on Brewers’ NLCS roster (Brew Crew Ball)Gio Gonzalez's long, weird season is over after he sprained his ankle in the second inning of Game 4 — as it seems, the Nationals just can't make it through an LCS. Victor Robles shining in Dominican Winter League...
Oct 18, 2018
“Every Day” Trea Turner played in all 162 for the Nationals in 2018...

“Every Day” Trea Turner played in all 162 for the Nationals in 2018...

We got to see what Trea Turner could do with a full season of at bats in 2018... Before he appeared in all 162 games in the 2018 campaign, the most games Trea Turner had played in, three seasons into his MLB career, were the 98 he played in 2017. “To be honest, I never really look at the catcher. The only time I worry about catchers is maybe like back picks...” - Trea Turner on preparing to steal bases That year, a then-24-year-old Turner put up a .284/.338/.451 line, 24 doubles, six triples, 11 homers, 46 stolen bases, and 105 wRC+ in 447 plate appearances, over which he was worth 2.8...
Oct 17, 2018
NLCS and ALCS GameThreads: Brewers at Dodgers + Red Sox at Astros...

NLCS and ALCS GameThreads: Brewers at Dodgers + Red Sox at Astros...

Milwaukee and Los Angeles are tied at 2-2 after the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the Brewers last night, and the Boston Red Sox are up 2-1 on the Houston Astros after an 8-2 win in Game 3 of the ALCS. Both matchups continue today... Dave Roberts’ Los Angeles Dodgers outlasted the Milwaukee Brewers in last night’s 2-1 win in their 13-inning, 5-hour, 15-minute Game 3. It all ended with a walk-off single by Dodgers’ infielder/outfielder Cody Bellinger, but it took a while to get there and Roberts talked about the challenging nature of a game like that. “We had our Game 6 starter going to...
Oct 17, 2018
Wire Taps: Victor Robles back in action in Winter League; more Bryce Harper chatter because of course...

Wire Taps: Victor Robles back in action in Winter League; more Bryce Harper chatter because of course...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we wait for more super-exciting postseason baseball to start... Sure, plenty of these “Nationals” links are only tangentially connected to the Washington Nationals, but it’s that time of year, and there is some interesting stuff in there, so quit all the complaining. Oh, you weren’t complaining? Sorry, we overreacted. Let’s try this little back and forth again tomorrow. Go read your links... NATS BEAT: Victor Robles, other top Nationals prospects are back in action - (WaPost)"Taylor Gushue, Phillips Valdez, Yadiel Hernandez,...
Oct 16, 2018
ALCS and NLCS GameThreads: Red Sox at Astros + Brewers at Dodgers...

ALCS and NLCS GameThreads: Red Sox at Astros + Brewers at Dodgers...

Boston and Houston split the first two games in Fenway Park. Milwaukee has a 2-1 lead over Los Angeles. Both series continue tonight with the ALCS getting underway at 4:09 PM and the NLCS continuing at 9:09 PM EDT. Houston and Boston split the first two games of their best of seven ALCS matchup in Fenway Park. This afternoon they’re in Minute Maid Park, where the Astros went 46-35 in the regular season and are 2-0 so far in the postseason. Boston’s throwing Nathan Eovaldi in Game 3. Red Sox’ skipper Alex Cora talked before the game about the veteran righty, who tossed seven strong...
Oct 16, 2018
Washington Nationals prospect updates: Instructional League scouting reports...

Washington Nationals prospect updates: Instructional League scouting reports...

Adam McInturff of 2080 Baseball empties the notebook from his swing through Nationals Instructional League camp this fall. Adam McInturff of 2080 Baseball empties the notebook from his swing through Nationals Instructional League camp this fall. All video is courtesy of 2080 Baseball. Wil Crowe, RHP: Washington’s second-round selection in 2017, Crowe dominated the Carolina League before struggling through a five-start cameo at Double-A to end the year. The burly righty looked a bit tired during my instructs look, working with a few ticks less on his fastball than the regular season....
Oct 16, 2018
Wire Taps: Bryce Harper posted something on Instagram, OMG!! It’s a sign! Also some other Nationals links...

Wire Taps: Bryce Harper posted something on Instagram, OMG!! It’s a sign! Also some other Nationals links...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Bryce Harper’s Instagram posts and Bryce Harper, Bryce Harper, Bryce Harper. So, yeah, Bryce Harper posted the picture above on Instagram with the words “Top Flight” and a plane emoji in his Instagram stories and the internet started speculatin’. He also had both Juan Soto and Victor Robles’s handles included in the pic. Did it mean something? Is it a sign that Harper’s staying in D.C. Has GM Mike Rizzo traded Adam Eaton yet? Jon Heyman did just write last week that there were rumors Eaton was available. It’s all starting to make sense now....
Oct 16, 2018
The Nationals could be a fit for Clayton Kershaw

The Nationals could be a fit for Clayton Kershaw

The Washington Nationals have built a super rotation before. What are the chances they do so again with Dodgers superstar Clayton Kershaw? As the Los Angeles Dodgers square off with the Milwaukee Brewers in a highly competitive NLCS, a big question mark surrounding their future looms over the City of Angels. Clayton Kershaw has an opt-out clause that will allow him to become a free agent after this season and the star left-handed pitcher has yet to commit to a decision either way. If the prized ace does elect to forego the final two years of his contract and get a taste of free agency,...
Oct 15, 2018
NLCS GAME 3 GameThread: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers

NLCS GAME 3 GameThread: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers

Milwaukee and LA split the first two games of their NLCS matchup, which switches venues tonight for Game 3 in sunny Los Angeles where Jhoulys Chacin starts for the Dodgers against right-hander Walker Buehler at 7:39 PM EDT. Los Angeles Dodgers’ skipper Dave Roberts admitted in an interview with reporters before tonight’s game that he is “guilty” of maybe not taking in and enjoying the experience of an exciting thing like playing in the NLCS. Roberts, a reporter noted, seems determined and a bit more serious-minded than his counterpart with Milwaukee. “I probably am more guilty of...
Oct 15, 2018
Top Five Washington Nationals moments from 2018 season

Top Five Washington Nationals moments from 2018 season

From Bryce Harper’s Home Run Derby heroics to Max Scherzer’s 300 K milestone, here are our top five moments from the 2018 season. Watching the MLB Postseason has given me a sick feeling, knowing the Washington Nationals had the potential to get there, but failed to meet expectations. The Nationals spent the majority of the season dealing with reoccurring injuries, roster changes and trying to stay above the .500 mark. Despite the Nationals’ struggles, there were still bright moments to take away from the 82-80 season. Here are my top five moments from the 2018 season. 1. Bryce...
Oct 15, 2018
Wire Taps: Washington Nationals and small ball; Marlins’ slot money; Mickey Callaway’s first season

Wire Taps: Washington Nationals and small ball; Marlins’ slot money; Mickey Callaway’s first season

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we wait for the NLCS to continue tonight... So, there’s not a ton of news today, meaning that we have to pull from around the NL East — but on the bright side, there is baseball today! Enjoy that while it lasts. Here’s the news from Nats Park and around the division: Brilliant as a rookie, what can Soto do for an encore next year? - (MASN)"[Juan] Soto didn’t come out of nowhere. The Nationals had been touting the talented young outfielder ever since he was discovered out of the Dominican Republic and given a hefty $1.5 million...
Oct 15, 2018
Washington Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg; his 2018 injuries, contract opt-outs + more

Washington Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg; his 2018 injuries, contract opt-outs + more

We’re taking a look back at Stephen Strasburg’s 2018 campaign and what the future holds for the ‘09 No. 1 overall pick. Stephen Strasburg went into the 2018 campaign determined to stay healthy and contribute to the Washington Nationals’ rotation. It did not go as planned for the 2009 No. 1 overall pick, who started the year talking about tweaking things that he thought would allow him to stay on the mound. “Injuries are a part of baseball,” Strasburg told reporters last December. “I’m not really going to stress about anything, but throwing-wise, I think what I’ve...