With Kendrick back in fold, Nationals bench looks complete

For all the star power and success within their everyday lineup and starting rotation, the Nationals know they would not have won 97 games and run away with a division title last season if not for the performance of their bench. When injuries knocked Bryce Harper, Adam Eaton, Jayson Werth, Trea Turner and Michael A. Taylor out for a minimum of five weeks apiece, how ... read more

Source: Kendrick returning to Nats on two-year deal

Turns out the Nationals’ midseason acquisitions last summer weren’t rental players after all. One month ago, they were able to re-sign reliever Brandon Kintzler. And now they’re bringing back veteran utilityman Howie Kendrick. Kendrick and the Nationals have agreed to a two-year, $7 million contract, a source familiar with the deal confirmed, ensuring the club has a valuable bench piece - not to mention a ... read more

What would the Nats have needed to offer for Gerrit Cole?

The Astros pulled off one of the biggest trades of the winter this weekend, finally snagging Gerrit Cole from the Pirates in exchange for four young players. The initial reaction from most: Houston didn’t give up a whole lot. Joe Musgrove, Colin Moran and Michael Feliz have all spent time in the big leagues in the last two seasons, but none is considered a top-tier ... read more

Turner, Rendon rate high on MLB Network “Top 10 Right Now!”

MLB Network trotted out the first two episodes of its annual “Top 10 Right Now!” series last night, revealing its picks for the best shortstops and third basemen in baseball entering the 2018 season. And it shouldn’t surprise you that the Nationals starter at each position wound up high on each list. Trea Turner rated as the fourth-best shortstop in the game, according to the ... read more

Why it won’t cost Nats that much if they have to pay luxury tax

In striking one-year deals with all three of their arbitration-eligible players yesterday, the Nationals also got some more clarity on their total team payroll - and its luxury tax implications - heading into the 2018 season. Obviously these numbers could still change depending on other moves the Nats make along the way, from potential free agent signings to potential trades both before and during the ... read more

Nats avoid arbitration with Rendon, Roark and Taylor (updated)

The announcement was delayed a bit, but the Nationals did agree to terms with all three of their arbitration-eligible players before today’s 1 p.m. deadline, avoiding hearings with Anthony Rendon, Tanner Roark and Michael A. Taylor. All three players agreed to one-year contracts, the club announced more than an hour after Major League Baseball’s deadline passed. Given the overload of similar deals being struck around ... read more

Nats face arbitration deadline with three key players

There has been precious little news this winter, but there was some news yesterday with Edwin Jackson’s return on a minor league deal. And there will be news today. Not huge news, but at this point, who are we to complain? Today marks the deadline for all major league clubs and all arbitration-eligible players to either agree to terms on their 2018 contracts or else ... read more

Nats bringing back Edwin Jackson on minor league deal

The Nationals are bringing back Edwin Jackson on a minor league contract, with a chance to compete for the final spot in their rotation this spring. Jackson and the Nats have agreed to terms on a deal that would pay the veteran right-hander $1.5 million if he makes the major league roster, with another $1.4 million possible in incentives, a source familiar with the contract ... read more