Jul 29, 2015, 3:59 PM EDT
Jonathan Papelbon has officially joined the Nationals in Miami. Sammy Solis has been optioned to Class AAA Syracuse to clear a spot on the roster for the new closer. And Doug Fister has changed uniform numbers to accommodate Papelbon, going from 58 to 33. Fister will be showing off the new threads right away, taking…
Jul 29, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 2-4 Team slash: .254/.346/.381 Team ERA: 4.50 Runs per game: 3.83 STOCK UP Ian Desmond, SS: .400 AVG/ 3 HR/ 1.350 OPS Nats fans must be hoping and wishing that Desmond,…
Jul 29, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Take the names and reputations out of the equation and consider for a moment the basic facts of what happened yesterday: The Nationals acquired one of baseball’s best closers of the last decade, a 6-time All-Star and World Series champion in the midst of a dominant season, giving up only a second-tier prospect while convincing…
Jul 28, 2015, 6:20 PM EDT
Updated at 8:20 p.m. For the second time in two years, the Nationals decided to bolster their bullpen by acquiring an experienced closer who likely will bump Drew Storen from his once-secure role pitching the ninth inning. The Nationals and Phillies have finalized a trade that will bring Jonathan Papelbon to D.C., the team announced…
Jul 28, 2015, 4:51 PM EDT
The Nationals will have two of their key injured veterans back in the lineup Tuesday night in Miami, with both left fielder Jayson Werth and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman activated off the disabled list in time for the club’s series opener with the Marlins. To clear roster space for the returning regulars, the Nationals optioned…
Jul 28, 2015, 4:46 PM EDT
There’s been a whole lotta stuff flying around today, most notably trade rumors, but ultimately there’s a ballgame to be played tonight in Miami. The Nationals continue their 3-city, 10-game trip beginning tonight at Marlins Park, where Jose Fernandez takes the mound as the latest big-name pitcher to take on this lineup. The good news:…
Jul 28, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
ATLANTA BRAVES The Braves continued their plan to acquire young pitching, trading veterans Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson to the Mets in exchange for minor league arms John Gant and Rob Whalen. Both arms are considered mid-level prospects at best — neither of them are listed in Baseball America’s ‘Midseason Top 50 prospects‘ list…
Jul 28, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
There were moments over the last month or two, and especially in the last day or two, when the notion of Tyler Clippard returning to Washington sure sounded plausible. The Nationals’ most-glaring need as Friday’s trade deadline approaches is for experienced bullpen help, preferably a guy who could help bridge the gap between the club’s…
Jul 27, 2015, 7:38 PM EDT
Given the rumors linking the Nationals to former fan favorite Tyler Clippard this week, the worst fears of many have perhaps been realized. Clippard is coming back to the NL East, but he won’t be pitching in Washington. The New York Mets have instead traded for the two-time NL All-Star. Clippard, 30, was shipped to…
Jul 27, 2015, 6:16 PM EDT
Jayson Werth is ready to return from a 2 1/2-month stint on the disabled list and is expected to rejoin the Nationals on Tuesday for their series opener in Miami. Werth, out since May 15 with two small fractures in his left wrist, wrapped up his rehab assignment with Class AAA Syracuse on Sunday and…
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