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Hard-throwing Rainey showed potential to pitch late innings

As our offseason coverage kicks into high gear, we’re going to review each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Tanner Rainey, who by season’s end had established himself as one of the more reliable members of the bullpen. PLAYER REVIEW: TANNER RAINEY Age on opening day 2020: 27 How acquired: Traded from Reds for Tanner Roark, December 2018 MLB service time:

Intriguing Voth has thrust himself into mix for 2020 rotation spot

As our offseason coverage kicks into high gear, we’re going to review each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Austin Voth, who proved to be one of the club’s biggest surprises this season. PLAYER REVIEW: AUSTIN VOTH Age on opening day 2020: 27 How acquired: Fifth-round pick, 2013 draft MLB service time: 127 days 2019 salary: $556,000 Contract status: Under team

Source: Gomes, Nats agree on two-year, $10 million deal

The Nationals and Yan Gomes agreed to terms Wednesday night on a two-year, $10 million contract, ensuring the club will keep its productive catching tandem together for another season at a discounted price. The deal isn’t official yet, but a source confirmed the two sides came to agreement Wednesday evening. ESPN.com was first to report the signing. The Nationals had declined a $9 million club

After an erratic season, what does the future hold for Ross?

As our offseason coverage kicks into high gear, we’re going to review each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Joe Ross, who was wildly erratic during a season that included several promotions and demotions, and then surprisingly started Game 5 of the World Series. PLAYER REVIEW: JOE ROSS Age on opening day 2020: 26 How acquired: Traded with Trea Turner from

Nationals players give out 61 full postseason shares

Nationals players received a total of $29,110,012.47 for winning the World Series, which they elected to divvy up among a host of people who played a role in the franchise’s first championship. Sixty-one people received full shares valued at $382,358.18 apiece. Players also gave out 14.13 partial shares and two cash awards, Major League Baseball announced today. The MLB players’ pool comes from a percentage

How serious should Nats be about re-signing Hudson?

As our offseason coverage kicks into high gear, we’re going to review each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Daniel Hudson, who was acquired on July 31 to help a struggling bullpen and wound up closing out the World Series. PLAYER REVIEW: DANIEL HUDSON Age on opening day 2020: 33 How acquired: Traded from Blue Jays for Kyle Johnston, July 2019

Overworked early, Doolittle rested and returned to form late

As our offseason coverage kicks into high gear, we’re going to review each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Sean Doolittle, who was overused early, saw his season fall apart during the late summer but then returned healthy and effective at the end. PLAYER REVIEW: SEAN DOOLITTLE Age on opening day 2020: 33 How acquired: Traded with Ryan Madson from Athletics

Like his team, Sánchez turned season around and won big

As our offseason coverage kicks into high gear, we’re going to review each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Aníbal Sánchez, who (much like the team as a whole) completely turned his season around after a wretched start. PLAYER REVIEW: ANÍBAL SÁNCHEZ Age on opening day 2020: 36 How acquired: Signed as free agent, December 2018 MLB service time: 13 years,

Corbin lives up to the hype in first season with Nats

As our offseason coverage kicks into high gear, we’re going to review each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Patrick Corbin, who in his first year in D.C. made exactly the kind of impact the club hoped he would. PLAYER REVIEW: PATRICK CORBIN Age on opening day 2020: 30 How acquired: Signed as free agent, December 2018 MLB service time: 7

Strasburg delivered just in time to merit huge payday

As our offseason coverage kicks into high gear, we’re going to review each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Stephen Strasburg, who made it through a full season healthy for the first time in five years and then topped it off with a history-making postseason. PLAYER REVIEW: STEPHEN STRASBURG Age on opening day 2020: 31 How acquired: First-round pick, 2009 draft

Assistant hitting coach Dillon gets lead position in Philly

Joe Dillon, who earned praise throughout the Nationals organization for his work the last two seasons as assistant hitting coach, has been hired by the Phillies for their lead hitting coach position. Dillon joins manager Joe Girardi’s new staff in Philadelphia, where he’ll be reunited with Bryce Harper and get the first opportunity of his career to be a team’s lead major league hitting coach.

After gutting through 2019, what’s in store for Scherzer in 2020?

As our offseason coverage kicks into high gear, we’re going to review each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Max Scherzer, who was headed toward another Cy Young Award campaign before back injuries forced him to gut his way through the rest of the season. PLAYER REVIEW: MAX SCHERZER Age on opening day 2020: 35 How acquired: Signed as free agent,

Lefty Braymer is Nats’ lone addition to 40-man roster

The Nationals have added Ben Braymer to their 40-man roster, protecting the minor league left-hander from being swooped up by another club in next month’s Rule 5 draft. Facing an 8 p.m. Eastern time deadline to add prospects to their 40-man roster, the Nats so far have only announced the selection of Braymer, who went 4-10 with a 4.53 ERA in 26 starts between Double-A

Popular Parra signs with Japanese club

Baby Shark is swimming across the Pacific to begin a new chapter in his career. Gerardo Parra, who surprisingly became a major contributor to the Nationals’ World Series title on and off the field, signed overnight with the Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese Central League, dashing any hope the popular outfielder would return to Washington for another season. Parra agreed to a deal that includes

Gomes stepped up when needed but now is a free agent

As our offseason coverage kicks into high gear, we’re going to review each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Yan Gomes, who had a rough regular season but stepped up in September and October when Kurt Suzuki was injured. PLAYER REVIEW: YAN GOMES Age on opening day 2020: 32 How acquired: Traded from Indians for Jefry Rodríguez, Daniel Johnson and Andruw

Ex-Nats Soriano and Dunn make Hall of Fame ballot

Though they spent more time playing for other franchises in other cities, Alfonso Soriano and Adam Dunn both are remembered fondly for their time with the Nationals. And so there were probably more than a few hearts warmed today when both players were included among the 32 candidates on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot. Neither Soriano nor Dunn is expected to receive anywhere close

Cabrera’s cheap in-season signing proved huge for Nats

As our offseason coverage kicks into high gear, we’re going to review each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Asdrúbal Cabrera, a seemingly minor midseason pickup who wound up playing a major role during the World Series run. PLAYER REVIEW: ASDRÚBAL CABRERA Age on opening day 2020: 34 How acquired: Signed as free agent, August 2019 MLB service time: 12 years,

After more October heroics, what’s Taylor’s future with Nats?

As our offseason coverage kicks into high gear, we’re going to review each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Michael A. Taylor, who spent most of the year in the minors but wound up a significant contributor in the postseason. PLAYER REVIEW: MICHAEL A. TAYLOR Age on opening day 2020: 29 How acquired: Sixth-round pick, 2009 draft MLB service time: 4

Healthy all year, Eaton finally showed his true value to Nats

As our offseason coverage kicks into high gear, we’re going to review each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Adam Eaton, who in his third season with the Nats finally showed what a healthy version of himself can do to help a team win. PLAYER REVIEW: ADAM EATON Age on opening day 2020: 31 How acquired: Traded from White Sox for

Robles flashed plenty of potential during eventful rookie year

As our offseason coverage kicks into high gear, we’re going to review each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Victor Robles, who in his first full big league season delivered some big moments at the plate along with consistently stellar play in center field. PLAYER REVIEW: VICTOR ROBLES Age on opening day 2020: 22 How acquired: Signed as international free agent,

Rendon finishes a distant third in NL MVP vote

The best season of Anthony Rendon’s career was good enough for a third-place finish in a hotly contested MVP race. Rendon was revealed tonight as the third-place finisher, behind winner Cody Bellinger and runner-up Christian Yelich, in this year’s National League MVP balloting. Bellinger won the award, receiving 19 first-place votes and 362 total points. Yelich finished right behind him with 10 first-place votes and

Nats ensure draft pick compensation if Strasburg, Rendon leave

Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon, to no one’s surprise, turned down qualifying offers from the Nationals before today’s deadline, leaving both free agents open to sign with any of Major League Baseball’s 30 clubs while ensuring the Nats would receive draft pick compensation if either of them plays elsewhere in 2020. The one-year, $17.8 million qualifying offer was extended to 10 major league free agents,

In only two years, Soto has proven he’s one of MLB’s best hitters

As our offseason coverage kicks into high gear, we’re going to review each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Juan Soto, whose second big league season was even more impressive than his historic rookie campaign. PLAYER REVIEW: JUAN SOTO Age on opening day 2020: 21 How acquired: Signed as international free agent, July 2015 MLB service time: 1 year, 134 days

Scherzer finishes third, Strasburg fifth in NL Cy Young vote

Jacob deGrom won his second straight National League Cy Young Award this evening, the Mets ace honored again for a season that while short on wins was dominant in every other capacity. In receiving 29 of 30 first place votes and 202 total points, deGrom easily bested Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (one first-place vote, 88 points) and Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer (72 points). Scherzer’s third

Perfectly timed career year sets Rendon up for huge payday

As our offseason coverage kicks into high gear, we’re going to review each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Anthony Rendon, who picked the perfect time to put together an MVP-caliber regular season and postseason. PLAYER REVIEW: ANTHONY RENDON Age on opening day 2020: 29 How acquired: First-round pick, 2011 draft MLB service time: 6 years, 130 days 2019 salary: $18.8

Martinez finishes fifth in NL Manager of the Year voting

At this point, two weeks into November, nobody would dare suggest Davey Martinez didn’t play a major role in leading the Nationals to their first World Series title and didn’t deserve to be honored for it. But all ballots for National League Manager of the Year were submitted before the start of the postseason, and on the final day of September, Martinez’s work hadn’t yet

Despite broken finger, Turner put up big numbers this year

As our offseason coverage kicks into high gear, we’re going to review each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Trea Turner, who after missing six weeks with a broken finger returned to play every day and produced despite lingering effects. PLAYER REVIEW: TREA TURNER Age on opening day 2020: 26 How acquired: Traded from Padres with Joe Ross for Steven Souza

Robles finishes sixth in NL Rookie of the Year voting

In a normal year, Victor Robles’ performance might have been enough to warrant serious consideration for Rookie of the Year honors. This, however, was no normal year, which meant the Nationals center fielder wound up well down the list in voting among his fellow first-year players. Robles finished sixth in the race for 2019 National League Rookie of the Year, an award that went to

Forever etched into Nats lore, what’s next for Kendrick?

As our offseason coverage kicks into high gear, we’re going to review each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Howie Kendrick, who as a part-time player in the regular season put up some of the best numbers of his career and then became a postseason legend. PLAYER REVIEW: HOWIE KENDRICK Age on opening day 2020: 36 How acquired: Signed as free

Zimmerman got healthy just in time, now hopes to return in ‘20

As our offseason coverage kicks into high gear, we’re going to review each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Ryan Zimmerman, who after an injury-plagued regular season came up big in the postseason to win his first World Series title. PLAYER REVIEW: RYAN ZIMMERMAN Age on opening day 2020: 35 How acquired: First-round pick, 2005 draft MLB service time: 14 years,

Despite late struggles, Suzuki was critical to Nats’ success

As our offseason coverage kicks into high gear, we’re going to review each significant player on the Nationals roster. We begin today with Kurt Suzuki, who at 35 enjoyed one of the best offensive seasons of his career and became a trusted batterymate for the team’s two aces. PLAYER REVIEW: KURT SUZUKI Age on opening day 2020: 36 How acquired: Signed as free agent, November

Friday morning Nats Q&A

So anything interesting happen around here recently? It was quite an October for the Nationals, the most memorable October in franchise history. And November has been pretty interesting so far, as well, with some awfully significant players responsible for winning the World Series now free agents, and a couple of others making some headlines off the field. So there’s no shortage of topics to discuss

Rendon wins second career Silver Slugger Award

The Nationals’ first (and potentially only) individual award from the 2019 regular season went to Anthony Rendon, who tonight was named the Silver Slugger Award winner as the National League’s best offensive third baseman. Rendon led the league’s third basemen in batting average (.319), runs (117), doubles (44), RBIs (126), on-base percentage (.412), slugging percentage (.598) and OPS (1.010). His 34 homers trailed only Eugenio

Keep the band together or try to build a new champion?

For 15 years - but especially for the last eight years - they tried to find the right combination of talent, character and toughness to win a championship. And when they finally found it this season, the Nationals enjoyed one of the greatest October runs in baseball history. So it’s only natural to now wonder how they might best try to put themselves right back

What are the Nationals’ positions of need this winter?

As stated over the last couple of days, the fun is now over and it’s time to start looking ahead to 2020. Not that the Nationals wouldn’t love to just freeze time for a while and keep celebrating their championship. Unfortunately, the rest of the baseball world doesn’t care about that and has already proceeded into the hot stove league. Thus, the Nats have no

With free agency underway, Nats extend two qualifying offers

Five full days have passed since the Nationals won the World Series, and a lot has a lot happened in those five days. The celebration phase of the post-Game 7 victory time period, alas, is over. And now it’s time to get down to serious business. Free agency is now fully underway, with all unsigned players free to negotiate with anybody they want. That doesn’t

Nationals wrap up title celebration with White House visit

One by one, they walked out, players and coaches filling the steps on both sides of the South Portico, where they were greeted by a crowd of several thousand that included team employees, administration employees and fans with connections who were given the opportunity to fill out the South Lawn and watch as the Nationals wrapped up their three-day World Series victory celebration with a

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

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.

A wild, funny, emotional celebration for champs

It began at 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue, where more than a dozen buses filled with Nationals players and coaches embarked on a mile-long parade along with plenty of marchers, including front office employees, local Little Leaguers, students from the team’s Youth Baseball Academy and more. The final bus held (among others) Ryan Zimmerman, Davey Martinez and Mike Rizzo. Oh, and the Commissioner’s Trophy,

Three-day celebration begins with parade and rally

To the victors go the spoils, and the Nationals are about to be very spoiled over the next three days. After enjoying one day off at home to recover from their World Series-clinching victory (and subsequent celebration) in Houston, the Nats are about to go into full-scale party mode over the next 72 hours, with a parade, a stop at a Capitals game and then

Nationals decline $4 million mutual option on Adams

The offseason waits for no one, not even the World Series champions. So even as they finalize plans for Saturday’s parade and Monday’s White House visit, the Nationals still had to make the first of many key baseball decisions that loom this winter. The club declined its portion of a $4 million mutual option for the 2020 season on first baseman Matt Adams, electing instead

Memories from the greatest month in Nationals history

It’s been roughly 32 hours now since the Nationals won the World Series, and I’m not sure it’s really sunk in to anyone yet that it actually happened. Everything remains such a blur, the tension of the first six innings of Game 7, the shock of the three-batter sequence that flipped the game in the Nats’ favor in the top of the seventh, the nervous

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