Nats' offer was reasonable, but so was Soto's response

Nats' offer was reasonable, but so was Soto's response
The 13-year, $350 million offer the Nationals made to Juan Soto shortly before the lockout began was a reasonable move by the organization. And Soto's decision to turn down that gargantuan offer was just as reasonable a move. What does all that mean in the big picture? It means it's going to take a historic contract to keep Soto in D.C., and it's probably not going to happen until he has the opportunity to field offers from 29 other clubs as a free agent following the 2024 season. And a...
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A look at every player's contract status entering the offseason

A look at every player's contract status entering the offseason
As you may have already realized, the offseason came quick this year. Not because it began any earlier than any previous one. Because the Nationals' season lasted longer than any previous one. So even though the Nats are still in the midst of a World Series championship celebration that continues this afternoon with a trip to the White House, they're already in the process of figuring out who's going to be on the roster in 2020. Stephen Strasburg opted out of the remaining four years of his...
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Strasburg opts out; Nats decline options on Zimmerman, Gomes

Strasburg opts out; Nats decline options on Zimmerman, Gomes
Only hours after riding through a sea of red-clad fans and then speaking from his heart during the club's World Series celebration parade and rally, Stephen Strasburg opted out of the remainder of his contract with the Nationals and officially became a free agent. The opt-out, first reported by MLB.com and confirmed by a source familiar with the move, had been expected for some time. Strasburg had four years and $100 million ($40 million of which was deferred through 2030) remaining on the...
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Sources: Rendon, Nationals resumed negotiations today

Sources: Rendon, Nationals resumed negotiations today
Both the Nationals and Anthony Rendon have insisted they're willing to hold contract negotiations in-season, and they're staying true to their word. Rendon and general manager Mike Rizzo met this afternoon prior to batting practice before the Nationals' series opener against the Giants, according to multiple sources familiar with the meeting, which took place in the team's family room just outside the home clubhouse at Nationals Park. Managing principal owner Mark Lerner participated in the...
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Nationals sign GM Mike Rizzo to two-year extension

Nationals sign GM Mike Rizzo to two-year extension
On the heels of a quick start to the season and just hours before they host their home opener on South Capitol Street, the Nationals have locked up the architect of their franchise and resolved one of their most pressing questions that loomed over the club all winter and spring. The Nats announced this morning they have signed Mike Rizzo to a two-year contract extension, one that ensures their longtime general manager will remain in that role through at least the 2020 season. Rizzo, who has...
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Harper and Rizzo on the deal for 2018, and what comes next

Harper and Rizzo on the deal for 2018, and what comes next
The Nationals didn't have to offer Bryce Harper a 2018 contract right now. And Harper didn't have to accept the Nationals' 2018 offer right now. So why did the two sides believe now was the time to take care of negotiations that would've been taken care of this winter and agree to a $21.625 million salary for next year? "Why now is just because it's a good time to have a comfortable player throughout the rest of the season," general manager Mike Rizzo said. "We don't have to worry...
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Nats, Harper agree to $21.625 million salary for 2018 season

Nats, Harper agree to $21.625 million salary for 2018 season
The Nationals and Bryce Harper today agreed to terms on a contract for next year, a surprisingly early move that doesn't change the fact Harper can still become a free agent after the 2018 season, but does suggest the two sides are maintaining a productive relationship as they head toward that critical moment. In essence, the Nationals and Harper are avoiding the arbitration process they would have gone through next winter, agreeing on a 2018 salary now, even though standard procedure is to...
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