Hard-throwing reliever Romero will get another chance in 2018

As we transition into offseason mode here, we’re reviewing each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Enny Romero, who had an up-and-down first season in Washington ... PLAYER REVIEW: ENNY ROMERO Age on opening day 2018: 27 How acquired: Traded from Rays for Jeffrey Rosa, February 2017 MLB service time: 2 years, 72 days 2017 salary: $551,000 Contract status: Under team ... read more

Friday morning Nats Q&A

It’s been quite a long time since we did one of these things. And quite a bit has happened to the Nationals since then. Dusty Baker was let go. Dave Martinez was hired. Daniel Murphy had knee surgery. Max Scherzer won another Cy Young Award. Plus a lot of other stuff. So let’s take a step today and give all of you an opportunity to ... read more

Rendon ranks sixth in MVP voting, with four other Nats on ballot

Though none of them produced the kind of season worthy of an MVP award, five Nationals did earn recognition as also-rans in the annual voting for the National League’s best player. Anthony Rendon finished sixth in MVP voting, with Max Scherzer finishing 10th, Bryce Harper (who may have been headed for the second MVP of his career before suffering his major knee injury in mid-August) ... read more

Even with Cy Young showing, 2017 was a grind for Scherzer

It’s easily forgotten now, because so much has transpired since, but Max Scherzer had a serious problem in spring training. He couldn’t throw a fastball with his normal grip, the pressure of the side of the ball on the previously fractured knuckle on his right ring finger too painful. Things got so bad that Scherzer, who had to withdraw from the World Baseball Classic due ... read more

Max Scherzer wins third career Cy Young Award (updated)

Max Scherzer just joined an awfully exclusive club featuring some of the greatest pitchers in baseball history: three-time Cy Young Award winner. And he’s not exactly sure how to process it all just yet. “That’s why I’m drinking a lot of champagne tonight,” the right-hander said with a laugh, some 90 minutes after learning of his victory. “Look, anytime you win a Cy Young Award, ... read more

Nats’ new staff complete with hiring of Blanco as bullpen coach

The Nationals announced the hiring of Henry Blanco as bullpen coach this morning, officially filling the final position on new manager Dave Martinez’s staff. Blanco is no stranger to Martinez, having served as the Cubs quality assurance coach the last three seasons while the latter was bench coach. He previously was an assistant coach and bullpen catcher for the Diamondbacks. The 46-year-old former catcher has ... read more

What a Cy Young Award would mean for Scherzer or Strasburg

The results of this year’s National League Cy Young Award vote, which will be announced at approximately 6:45 p.m. Eastern time, won’t change Max Scherzer or Stephen Strasburg’s career stats. No matter what happens tonight, Scherzer still owns a 141-75 record, 3.30 ERA and 2,149 strikeouts during an awfully impressive career. And regardless of tonight’s winner, Strasburg remains 84-45 with a 3.07 ERA and 1,288 ... read more

Where the Nationals payroll stands heading into the winter

The annual GM meetings are taking place this week in Orlando. It’s the kind of event where a lot of stuff is discussed but very little is actually done. Most clubs and most players prefer to wait until the Winter Meetings in December to start getting serious about contract negotiations or blockbuster trades. But this is the unofficial beginning of the Hot Stove League, with ... read more