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Reality begins to set in for Nats on day two of rebuild (updated)

If Day 1 of the next era of Nationals baseball offered everyone a glimpse at what could still make the rest of this season fun, Day 2 offered a harsh reminder of how rough the next two months could still be. During a 6-3 loss to the Cubs, the rebuilding Nats showed little of the youthful energy and talent that was on display during Friday ... read more

Reliever Thompson is first acquisition to join Nats

The first of the 12 prospects the Nationals acquired before this week’s trade deadline has joined the active roster. Mason Thompson, a reliever the Nats received from the Padres for Daniel Hudson late Thursday night, has arrived in Washington and was formally placed on the 26-man roster for tonight’s game against the Cubs. The 23-year-old right-hander does have some big league experience, having debuted for ... read more

Game 104 lineups: Nats vs. Cubs

At the end of an emotional 36-hour stretch for a completely gutted Nationals roster was this perhaps unexpected fact: The Nats not only beat the Cubs on Friday night, they also picked up a game on everyone in front of them in the National League East. They’re now 6 1/2 games back of the Mets. No, the front office isn’t suddenly regretting their decision to ... read more

Newly acquired players have reshaped Nats farm system

It will be years before anyone can know if the Nationals got enough legitimate prospects during their 36-hour trade deadline binge of 2021 to lift the franchise back into contention. As much as folks want to instantly grade a team’s performance on trades, it simply can’t be done until all involved players have a chance to prove who they are on the field. But this ... read more

New-look Nationals start off new era with win (updated)

The reboot of the Washington Nationals began tonight with a 34-year-old journeyman on the mound, a 22-year-old superstar batting third, a major-league cleanup hitter batting behind him, and a bunch of other assorted parts surrounding them. Some are potential parts of the franchise’s future, some are not. It may have left a majority in the crowd of 33,882 sad, angry, intrigued, maybe even excited for ... read more

Game 103 lineups: Nats vs. Cubs (plus roster moves)

Hey, don’t forget: There’s still a baseball game to be played tonight! After the Nationals made six franchise-altering trades over the last 24 hours that netted them 12 new prospects for eight veterans, manager Davey Martinez’s new-look team now has to turn its attention to a three-game series against the Cubs, who will also have a new-look roster. Originally, it appeared that Jon Lester was ... read more

Eight veterans in total dealt before deadline (updated)

When the clock reached 4 p.m. and it was all said and done, the Nationals had traded away eight veterans off their 2021 roster, four of them key contributors to the club’s World Series title only 21 months ago. In their place will come 12 prospects of varying pedigrees from six other organizations, all of them now trying to win this season while the Nats ... read more

MLB suspends Castro 30 games, Nats will release him

Major League Baseball has suspended Starlin Castro for 30 days for violating the league’s domestic abuse policy, and the Nationals subsequently announced they will release the veteran infielder once he completes the suspension. “My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Starlin Castro violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in the ... read more