Middle infielders’ get-to-know-you process starts now

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Brian Dozier and Trea Turner took their respective positions in the middle of the infield Tuesday morning and began the daily routine of fielding grounders. That soon morphed into double play turns, then drills that involved the entire Nationals infield, then the entire defense. Thus began the first step in building one of the most important relationships in baseball: second ... read more

After watching Soto, Robles seeks to realize his own potential

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - It was both the greatest thing and the worst thing that could’ve happened from Victor Robles’ perspective. Juan Soto’s remarkable rookie season inspired his fellow Dominican outfielder, who knows he’s about to get the same opportunity the Nationals gave the 19-year-old last year. But Robles also knows Soto set the bar so high as a rookie that some might just ... read more

First full workout includes extra work in field, live BP showdown

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Nationals’ first full-squad workout of 2019 featured some familiar sights (the daily “Circle of Trust” meeting, lots of defensive fundamental drills, live batting practice). It also featured some noticeable changes from last spring: Max Scherzer throwing two simulated “innings” to live hitters already, several instances when players were instructed to re-do a particular drill if it wasn’t done flawlessly ... read more

With Machado heading to San Diego, attention turns to Harper

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The first domino in the never-ending free agent stalemate of 2019 has finally fallen. Manny Machado has agreed to a 10-year, $300 million deal with the Padres, according to multiple reports this afternoon. Which means Bryce Harper is now on the clock, and the bar for his eventual contract has been set by San Diego. The Machado news broke as ... read more

Nats full squad ready to take field for first time today

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Pitchers have each thrown at least two bullpen sessions. Catchers have begun to get acquainted with each of those pitchers and establish some rapport. Now it’s time for the rest of the Nationals roster to join them on the field. The Nats will hold their first official full-squad workout this morning, all position players having reported on time and all ... read more

After sensational rookie season, Soto ready for added pressure

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Juan Soto strode into the Nationals clubhouse this morning with all the swagger you expect from him. He gave hugs to teammates he hadn’t seen since September, shared offseason stories and confidently conducted a lengthy interview with reporters in English. He was, in every way, a major league ballplayer completely comfortable in his surroundings. Which was all the more remarkable ... read more

Kendrick “ready to go” on first day of spring training

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - When last we saw and heard from Howie Kendrick - 2 1/2 months ago at Winterfest - the rehabbing veteran said he “should” be ready for the start of spring training. At that point, he hadn’t really tested his repaired Achilles tendon much, aside from some running on an anti-gravity treadmill. Today, as Nationals position players officially reported for spring ... read more

Rizzo “satisfied” with Nationals’ roster as is

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - As position players across baseball report for spring training and other teams continue to seek upgrades via the large pool of still unsigned free agents, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo suggested he’s perfectly content going into the season with the group he already has in place. “I really like the roster that we constructed so far,” Rizzo said Sunday evening ... read more