Rest of NL East now trying to unseat champion Nationals

The National League East is a competitive division, if not always in the actual standings then at least in the mindset four of the five franchises take when trying to outdo each other. And that hasn’t changed one bit since the Nationals won the World Series. If anything, the major participants in this division appear to be growing even more competitive with each other. The ... read more

What to make of other clubs’ pursuits of Rendon and Strasburg

Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon are free agents. They’ve been free agents for a month now. One or both could still end up re-signing with the Nationals. But right now, they’re free agents. Which means they’re free to talk to any club that wants to talk to them. It all sounds so basic, but sometimes we tend to forget basic matters. As much as everyone ... read more

As celebrations wrap up, time for Nats to get back to work

They gathered Monday evening at The Anthem along the Southwest Waterfront, Mark Lerner and Mike Rizzo and Ryan Zimmerman and several thousand Nationals fans who wanted to watch the premiere of the official 2019 World Series documentary and celebrate the ballclub’s achievement en masse one more time. Lerner talked about the moment he knew his team was going to win the series (when Astros manager ... read more

Guerra non-tendered, Nationals will bring back others

The Nationals did not tender contracts to relievers Javy Guerra and Koda Glover before tonight’s league-mandated deadline, essentially releasing both right-handers, though the oft-injured Glover had already announced his retirement earlier this afternoon. The club did tender contracts to four other arbitration-eligible players: Trea Turner, Michael A. Taylor, Joe Ross and Roenis ElĂ­as. None of those players have agreed to terms on 2020 contracts yet, ... read more

Unable to overcome injuries, Glover retires at 26

Unable to get himself healthy enough to pitch this year after missing much of the previous two seasons with various injuries, Nationals reliever Koda Glover surprisingly announced his retirement from professional baseball this afternoon. “I write to you all today with great despair, that I will be announcing my retirement from professional baseball,” the 26-year-old wrote in a message posted to his Twitter account. “I ... read more

Nationals face several decisions at deadline (Strickland signed)

It’s non-tender day across Major League Baseball, a day when a handful of players from each club worry they might get dumped but in most cases survive to live another day. How’s this all work? Well, players who are eligible for salary arbitration - those with more than three years but fewer than six years of big league service time - must be tendered a ... read more

Nats sign Difo for $1 million, avoiding arbitration

The Nationals have agreed to terms with Wilmer Difo on a 2020 contract that will pay the utility infielder $1 million if he’s on the big league roster, a source familiar with the deal confirmed this afternoon. The signing, which was first reported by USA Today, comes one day before Major League Baseball’s deadline for clubs to tender contracts to all arbitration-eligible players. It means ... read more

After erratic season, Suero needs to find formula for consistency

As our offseason coverage kicks into high gear, we have reviewed each significant player on the Nationals roster. We conclude today with Wander Suero, who led the staff in relief appearances while being wildly inconsistent game to game. PLAYER REVIEW: WANDER SUERO Age on opening day 2020: 28 How acquired: Signed as international free agent, February 2010 MLB service time: 1 year, 123 days 2019 ... read more