Nationals sign Lobaton to one-year deal, avoid arbitration

The Nationals announced a player transaction this afternoon, but not the transaction many have been on pins and needles on while they wait for it to be completed. Pushing a proposed trade with the Pirates for star outfielder Andrew McCutchen aside for at least a moment, the Nationals agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Jose Lobaton, avoiding arbitration with the popular veteran catcher. ... read more

Sources: Nats, Pirates engaged in McCutchen trade talks

The Nationals and Pirates have progressed in talks about a trade that would bring star outfielder Andrew McCutchen to D.C., but the two sides haven’t yet agreed on the full package of players the deal would require, and the cost figures to be extensive. Two names that have come up, according to sources familiar with the discussions, are Reynaldo Lopez and Victor Robles, two of ... read more

New CBA underscores the strong state of baseball today

The last time Major League Baseball games were seriously in danger of being canceled due to a work stoppage was on Aug. 30, 2002. After playing the first five months of the season with an expired collective bargaining agreement, the Players’ Association voted to go on strike if a new deal couldn’t be reached by that day. The specter of a work stoppage was all ... read more

Rest of NL East has been aggressive early this offseason

For the Nationals, this has been a fairly quiet offseason so far. There’s still a long way to go before pitchers and catchers report to West Palm Beach, Fla., and certainly there will be plenty of significant roster moves made between now and then. But so far, the Nats have re-signed reserve outfielder Chris Heisey to a one-year deal and added a few players on ... read more

Nats watch as Cespedes returns to Mets for reported $110 million

If the Nationals are going to bolster their lineup with another right-handed slugger, they’ll have to find somebody other than Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes agreed to a new deal with the Mets today, returning to New York for four years and $110 million, according to a host of reports. The 31-year-old outfielder had signed a three-year, $75 million with the Mets last winter but enacted an ... read more

How much are Nats willing to give up in a blockbuster trade?

There’s been a lot of chatter already this offseason about blockbuster trade possibilities, with White Sox ace Chris Sale at the top of the list and the Nationals among the clubs widely speculated to be contemplating a deal for the left-hander. It’s a long and winding path, of course, to get from the kind of preliminary chatter we’ve heard so far to an actual trade ... read more

Where the Nationals’ organizational depth chart currently stands

With a brief Thanksgiving break behind them, the Nationals get back to work today on what is sort of the unofficial first true day of the hot stove league. Yes, roster moves have already been made over the last few weeks and a few other clubs have already signed a handful of prominent free agents. But most of the significant offseason transactions happen between Thanksgiving ... read more

Could the Nationals give Revere another chance?

In all of the discussions we’ve had since the season ended six weeks ago about the various choices the Nationals have for their 2017 outfield, we’ve kind of glossed over one more option that isn’t all that outrageous: bringing Ben Revere back as the starting center fielder. Revere turned into a forgotten man over the season’s final two months, once he was bumped from his ... read more