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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals at the 2018 MLB Winter Meetings; Bryce Harper chatter + more...

Wire Taps: Washington Nationals at the 2018 MLB Winter Meetings; Bryce Harper chatter + more...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the 2018 Winter Meetings start heating up... With the majority of the baseball world either in or arriving in Las Vegas this weekend for the start of the 2018 Winter Meetings, there aren’t a whole lot of links to share with you this morning, but we found what we could and threw them together to get you updated on the goings on in the baseball world. Before things start getting hectic out in the desert, get caught up on the latest Nationals and Nats-related news out there... NATS BEAT: Corbin on why he took a step forward in 2018 -...
Dec 8, 2018
Washington Nationals’ prospects - AFL Scouting Report: Jake Noll

Washington Nationals’ prospects - AFL Scouting Report: Jake Noll

Catch up on what the Nationals’ prospects did in the Arizona Fall League with scouting reports from Adam McInturff of 2080 Baseball... Adam McInturff of 2080 Baseball is back with the latest scouting report on the Washington Nationals’ prospects who participated in the Arizona Fall League. We already looked at Carter Kieboom, Daniel Johnson (who was traded to Cleveland in the Yan Gomes deal), Taylor Guilbeau, Tres Barrera, Ben Braymer, and Jordan Mills. Here’s a scouting report on Jake Noll... Name: Jake Noll Age (as of September 1, 2018): 24y, 5m Position: 3B/INF Bats/Throws: R /...
Dec 8, 2018
Wire Taps: Washington Nationals welcome Patrick Corbin; but Bryce Harper talk turns real...

Wire Taps: Washington Nationals welcome Patrick Corbin; but Bryce Harper talk turns real...

On the day they welcomed pitcher Patrick Corbin to the nation’s capital, the Washington Nationals all-but said Bryce Harper won’t return to D.C. Welcome to Washington, Patrick Corbin. Thanks for the memories, Bryce Harper. It was that sort of day in D.C. It was supposed to be about the signing of the biggest free agent pitcher on the market this winter, but it ended up being about Harper’s future, because that’s how it goes. It’s Harper’s world, we’re all just living in it... Go read your links: NATS BEAT: Nats GM: Corbin, Harper 'independent'; owner thinks OF gone -...
Dec 8, 2018
Washington Nationals’ hitting coach Kevin Long making the rounds with hitters again this winter...

Washington Nationals’ hitting coach Kevin Long making the rounds with hitters again this winter...

Kevin Long took advantage of the offseason last winter to get an early start on tweaking some hitters’ swings, and he hasn’t really stopped working since... Washington Nationals’ hitting coach Kevin Long traveled around the country last winter to work with some hitters before the start of his first season on the job, as the players started to swing again in preparation for the 2018 campaign. “I think like you’re always trying to tweak, trying to get better, but you’re never fully, ‘Alright, this is it.’” - Andrew Stevenson One of those players was Andrew Stevenson. Long,...
Dec 7, 2018
Washington Nationals’ owner Mark Lerner on Bryce Harper: “I really don’t expect him to come back at this point.”

Washington Nationals’ owner Mark Lerner on Bryce Harper: “I really don’t expect him to come back at this point.”

Washington Nationals’ Managing Principal Owner Mark D. Lerner told 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Grant and Danny that he doesn’t think Bryce Harper will return to the Nats at this point... When he appeared on 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Grant and Danny Show with Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier last week, Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo was asked if the rumored 10-year/$300M offer that was made to Bryce Harper at the end of the 2018 campaign was a starting point or a final offer? “Well we’re certainly not going to discuss over the air what our negotiating posture is and what our...
Dec 7, 2018
Washington Nationals introduce Patrick Corbin to Washington, D.C.

Washington Nationals introduce Patrick Corbin to Washington, D.C.

Washington’s Nationals introduced their newest starter to the nation’s capital this afternoon in an introductory press conference for Patrick Corbin. “We’ve always said that starting pitching is the driver,” Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo said in a press release on the six-year/$140M deal the team signed free agent starter Patrick Corbin to earlier this week. “He was one of the top pitchers in the National League in 2018 and at 29 years old, we believe the best is yet to come. We are thrilled to bring him into our organization.” - Mike Rizzo on Patrick Corbin The...
Dec 7, 2018
Wire Taps: Corbin’s slider tweak; Zimmerman wants to retire with Nats; Harper’s case with Angels, Cubs

Wire Taps: Corbin’s slider tweak; Zimmerman wants to retire with Nats; Harper’s case with Angels, Cubs

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of... the weekend? That’s all we’ve got... As the Winter Meetings approach, this could be the last weekend that Bryce Harper is considered a National. Then again, he may sign in Japan. Here’s the scoop from South Capitol: Patrick Corbin’s Game-Changing Tweak (Fangraphs)Corbin's curveball and slider move similarly but to different extents, mixing it up enough to fool hitters with nasty off-speed. Ryan Zimmerman: ‘I don’t think it’s any secret I’d like to finish' career with Nationals (WaPo)Zimmerman doesn't...
Dec 7, 2018
Washington Nationals’ prospects - AFL Scouting Report: Jordan Mills

Washington Nationals’ prospects - AFL Scouting Report: Jordan Mills

Catch up on what the Nationals’ prospects did in the Arizona Fall League with scouting reports from Adam McInturff of 2080 Baseball... Adam McInturff of 2080 Baseball is back with the latest scouting report on the Washington Nationals’ prospects who participated in the Arizona Fall League. We already looked at Carter Kieboom, Daniel Johnson (who was traded to Cleveland in the Yan Gomes deal), Taylor Guilbeau, Tres Barrera, and Ben Braymer. Here’s a scouting report on Jordan Mills... Name: Jordan Mills Age (as of September 1, 2018): 26 Position: LH-RP Bats/Throws: L / L Present Role:...
Dec 7, 2018
Washington Nationals’ closer Sean Doolittle on bullpen additions; Patrick Corbin signing + more...

Washington Nationals’ closer Sean Doolittle on bullpen additions; Patrick Corbin signing + more...

In interviews at Winterfest and on MLB Network Radio, Nationals’ closer Sean Doolittle shared his thoughts on what Washington’s done to build the roster for 2019. When he was on the mound in 2018, Washington Nationals’ closer Sean Doolittle dominated opposing hitters, putting up a 1.60 ERA, 1.89 FIP, six walks (1.20 BB/9), and 60 Ks (12.00 K/9) in 45 innings pitched, over which he held opposing hitters to a combined .136/.178/.213 line (.033/.171/.033 vs left-handed hitters and .160/.180/.256 vs right-handed hitters). “It’s been full-go, and it’s been going really well. It’s...
Dec 6, 2018
Washington Nationals’ closer Sean Doolittle “selfishly” hopes Bryce Harper returns to D.C.

Washington Nationals’ closer Sean Doolittle “selfishly” hopes Bryce Harper returns to D.C.

Sean Doolittle talked this past weekend and again today about following all the rumors around free agent outfielder Bryce Harper and selfishly hoping Harper returns to D.C. Like just about every other player who walked into the so-called media pit last weekend at Washington Nationals’ Winterfest in D.C., Nats’ closer Sean Doolittle was asked how often he’s asked about free agent outfielder Bryce Harper and where the 26-year-old is going to end up signing this winter. “Quite a lot,” Doolittle laughed. “Like do they think I have some sort of inside info, which I definitely...
Dec 6, 2018
Washington Nationals’ prospect Wil Crowe on right path after big season in 2018...

Washington Nationals’ prospect Wil Crowe on right path after big season in 2018...

Wil Crowe dominated at High-A Potomac this season, but the 2017 2nd Round pick struggled after making the jump to the Nationals’ Double-A affiliate... Washington Nationals’ Assistant General Manager and VP of Scouting Operations Kris Kline described 2017 second round pick Wil Crowe as a real “physical guy” with a “four-pitch mix” and “above average secondary stuff” on the night of the 2017 Draft. “Physical guy. Four-pitch mix. 94-95 mph fastball. Above-average secondary stuff. He was a Friday night guy at South Carolina.” - Kris Kline on Wil Crowe Crowe, 24, had been...
Dec 6, 2018
Wire Taps: Do the Washington Nationals need Bryce Harper?; Patrick Corbin takes + Limiting shifts is stupids...

Wire Taps: Do the Washington Nationals need Bryce Harper?; Patrick Corbin takes + Limiting shifts is stupids...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we wait for the Nats to make their next big move... Washington’s deal with Patrick Corbin hasn’t been officially announced, but there are likely physicals to be taken and lines to be signed ... on. Anyway. There are plenty of takes to be read on the Nationals’ big move to bolster the rotation, and what it means for Bryce Harper going forward. Will the Nationals blow past the $206M luxury tax threshold and sign their 2010 No. 1 overall pick to the mega-deal he’s after? Do they need Harper? FiveThirtyEight weighed in on that...
Dec 6, 2018
On the Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto in Japan; avoiding sophomore slump; + more...

On the Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto in Japan; avoiding sophomore slump; + more...

Juan Soto impressed everyone with the Nationals in 2018, now he just has to do it again... In his rookie campaign in 2018, Juan Soto put together one of the all-time great seasons for a teenager in MLB history, finishing up with the most walks by a teenager (79), highest OPS (.392), the highest OPS+ (142), wOBA (.392), wRC+ (145), and on-base percentage (.406), the second-highest home run total (22, tied with Bryce Harper), third-highest average (.292) and slugging percentage (.517), and the fourth-highest RBI total (70). So how will the Washington Nationals help the now-20-year-old...
Dec 5, 2018
Washington Nationals’ prospects - AFL Scouting Report: Ben Braymer

Washington Nationals’ prospects - AFL Scouting Report: Ben Braymer

Catch up on what the Nationals’ prospects did in the Arizona Fall League with scouting reports from Adam McInturff of 2080 Baseball... Adam McInturff of 2080 Baseball is back with the latest scouting report on the Washington Nationals’ prospects who participated in the Arizona Fall League. We already looked at Carter Kieboom, Daniel Johnson (who was traded to Cleveland in the Yan Gomes deal), Taylor Guilbeau, and Tres Barrera... Here’s a scouting report on left-handed pitcher Ben Braymer. Name: Ben Braymer Age (as of September 1, 2018): 24y, 4m Position: LHP Bats/Throws: L /...
Dec 5, 2018
Trevor Rosenthal talks joining Washington Nationals; gets excited about Patrick Corbin signing...

Trevor Rosenthal talks joining Washington Nationals; gets excited about Patrick Corbin signing...

Trevor Rosenthal is bringing his big arm to D.C. and he brought his enthusiasm to Winterfest this past weekend, and to Twitter after learning about Patrick Corbin signing with the Nationals. Was it part of the offseason plan for the Washington Nationals and GM Mike Rizzo to strike early this winter with the trade for Kyle Barraclough, the signing of Trevor Rosenthal, the signing of catcher Kurt Suzuki, the deal for Yan Gomes, and the signing of Patrick Corbin, all of which come before the 2018 MLB Winter Meetings even begin? “Well, we’re very impatient people,” Rizzo joked when he...