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The Nationals added third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez and right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez to their 40-man roster before Monday's 8 p.m. ET deadline to protect players from being selected in December's Rule 5 Draft.
New Era unveiled the new PROLIGHT 59FIFTY that players will be wearing this spring, a fitted cap featuring a new featherweight polyester material that is the lightest on-field fabric in MLB history.
Every year there are players who might not be at the top of prospect lists, but who use the Fall League as a bit of a coming out party. These are players who can be considered breakout prospects, with the usual caveat about small sample sizes.
On April 30, Anthony Rendon went 6-for-6 with three home runs and 10 RBIs, pacing the Nationals' offense in a 23-5 victory over the Mets. That record-setting day has earned Rendon the Esurance MLB Award for Best Performance.
The Nationals open up their Spring Training schedule with their shared tenant at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches and the defending World Series champion Astros on Feb. 23. It's the first of a 32-game Grapefruit League slate for the Nats before they wrap up on March 25 with the Cardinals.
The Nationals are set to begin next season with a surplus of outfielders, something the team might be able to use to its advantage this offseason.
Jim Callis identifies 10 prospects who stood out in the Arizona Fall League championship game.
For the second consecutive season, Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer won the National League Cy Young Award. He becomes the first pitcher to win consecutive NL Cy Young Awards since Clayton Kershaw did so in 2013-14. This is Scherzer's third Cy Young Award overall, which puts him in elite company as he continues to rack up career accolades.
Jonathan Mayo asked players in the Fall League and team executives to see if they preferred the Braves' Ronald Acuna or the Nationals' Victor Robles.
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg had his best career showing in the National League Cy Young Award voting, but fell to teammate Max Scherzer, finishing third behind him and Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw.
As Bryce Harper enters the final year of his contract with the Nationals, his agent, Scott Boras, said he has not had any conversations with the team this offseason about a possible extension. Asked whether he expected to do so this winter, Boras said, "That would be up to the Nationals."
A typical day for Scherzer in 7 photos
The Nationals finalized first-year manager Dave Martinez's coaching staff on Wednesday, officially naming Henry Blanco as their bullpen coach. Blanco will be the lone coach to join Martinez from the Cubs, with whom Martinez had served as the bench coach for the past three seasons.
Who do the Nationals have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Washington's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Now that the Nationals have completed a managerial search and filled most of the coaching staff, they can shift their focus this offseason to filling out their roster. As the General Managers meetings began Monday in Orlando, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo began the preliminary work for completing his agenda this offseason.
In the latest Inbox, beat reporter Jamal Collier fields questions from Nationals fans about the club's needs, potential offseason targets and whether a franchise stalwart will return in 2018.
Daniel Murphy has been honored once again for his consistent excellence at the plate during his two seasons in Washington, as he was named the winner of the 2017 National League Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award on Thursday night on MLB Network.
The Nationals hired four coaches for manager Dave Martinez's staff on Thursday: bench coach Chip Hale, pitching coach Derek Lilliquist, first-base coach Tim Bogar and assistant hitting coach Joe Dillon.
Two Nationals player were recognized by their peers for their achievements during the 2017 season. Max Scherzer was the Players' Choice for National League Outstanding Pitcher while Ryan Zimmerman won the Players' Choice award winner for the National League's Comeback Player of the Year.
Anthony Rendon and Michael A. Taylor were the two players who stood out among the Nationals' defense in 2017, one stopping nearly everything at the hot corner and the other chasing down fly balls for seemingly improbable catches in center field.
The Washington Nationals' excitement surrounding Kelvin Gutierrez continues to grow after his explosive week at the plate in the Arizona Fall League. Gutierrez was named AFL Player of the Week on Tuesday after batting .600 with a home run, four RBIs, three walks and five runs.
With most of their team intact for next season, the Nationals could be something of a wild card this offseason. They have few obvious weaknesses on their Major League roster, and they could decide to hunt for bargains and improve team depth. Or they could decide to make a big splash in free agency to help get their team over the hump.
Matt Wieters will remain with the Nationals in 2018 after he officially exercised his player option Monday afternoon. He had been weighing his choices through the weekend, before deciding to take the $10.5 million player option as he attempts to have a bounce-back season.
The Nationals did not extend any qualifying offers before Monday's 5 p.m. ET deadline expired, as they had 12 players hit free agency.
Victor Robles is the highest rated prospect in the Arizona Fall League, and it was easy to see why as he put the bulk of his toolset on display in the annual Fall Stars Game.
Adam Lind is a free agent, as his mutual option was declined, according to the Major League Baseball Players Association.
The trip to Tampa, Fla., was brief for Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo. It was a few days after the team had decided not to retain manager Dusty Baker, and Rizzo was about to meet with Dave Martinez, a candidate he had interviewed for this same managerial opening in the past.
On the day they introduced new manager Dave Martinez, the Nationals announced that former Mets hitting coach Kevin Long will fill that vacancy for them.
The Nationals have been in this difficult situation before, with the task of taking a dominant division winner that came up short during the postseason and finding ways to improve it.
Nationals general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo said the team is optimistic that Daniel Murphy will be ready for Opening Day after the second baseman underwent successful surgery last month to repair the articular cartilage in his right knee, although it's still early to be sure.
The Nationals began their managerial search looking for someone capable of taking over a talented roster and leading them to a World Series championship. They believe they have found that man, as they wrapped up their 10-day search Monday afternoon by naming Dave Martinez the seventh manager in team history.
Nationals players took center stage in the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday as two of their top prospects, Victor Robles and Taylor Gushue, both delivered in a big inning for the Solar Sox. Despite the beginning of the game leaning in favor of the Surprise Saguaros, Mesa was able to close things out, 8-5, thanks to a five-run eighth.
For the Washington Nationals, Kelvin Gutierrez is a name viewed with plenty of potential and excitement. His talent was on display Monday afternoon as his two-RBI triple in the second inning helped the Mesa Solar Sox defeat the Salt River Rafters, 8-4.
Mike Rosenbaum checks in on the Nationals' Arizona Fall League participants, including the organization's No. 23 prospect, Taylor Gushue, who is coming off his best season as a pro.
Victor Robles debuted in the Arizona Fall League on Monday night, and he didn't waste much time in proving how dynamic he is. He was all over the basepaths at Scottsdale Stadium in his first AFL game as his Mesa Solar Sox beat the home Scottsdale Scorpions, 5-2.
Dusty Baker will not return as the Nationals' manager in 2018, the club announced Friday afternoon, a stunning development after Baker's two successful seasons at the helm.
There was a lot to be proud of for these Nationals in one of the most exciting seasons in franchise history. Here are some of those good memories from the 2017 season.
5 great baseball moments at RFK Stadium
Daniel Johnson has made a habit of going from getting overlooked to grabbing a starring role. The Arizona Fall League is giving him yet another chance to do so.