Sean Doolittle

2017 MLB Offseason Preview: Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals (97-65), 1st in the NL East<p><b>Free Agents</b>: OF Jayson Werth, RP Brandon Kintzler, IF/OF Howie Kendrick, 1B/LF Adam Lind, IF Stephen …

Baseball

Which free agent makes the most sense for each NL team?

<i>This is second installment in a two-part series. Click here to see which free agent makes the most sense for each American League team.</i><p>Back for more, …

Sports

MLB Rumors: Washington Nationals Could Pursue Wade Davis In Free Agency

Wade Davis is one of the top players on the free agency market this offseason and is coming off of a huge season for the Chicago Cubs. Theo Epstein …

Wade Davis

Cy Young gold -- and bronze -- show Nats are more than just Bryce Harper

So, about that window.<p>You know, that Washington Nationals window everyone has been talking about. The supposedly small window that will slam shut at …

Bryce Harper

Will the Nationals chase ninth-inning help?

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Mike Rizzo all but chuckled when asked whether the Nationals might pursue a ninth-inning reliever this offseason, someone to push Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle back an inning in some kind of super bullpen.<p>“I wouldn’t rule it out but we’ve been down this road before,” Rizzo …

Baseball

NL East Notes: Nationals, Mets, Conforto, Marlins

The <b>Nationals</b> have yet to hold any extension discussions with stars <b>Bryce Harper</b> or <b>Anthony Rendon</b>, agent Scott Boras told reporters at the GM Meetings …

Michael Conforto

Biggest Concern for Every MLB Team Heading into Offseason Hot Stove

The MLB hot stove remains lukewarm at best, but things will inevitably heat up as the winter meetings draw closer.<p>While we wait for Dec. 10, we've decided to take a look at the biggest concern that each MLB team is facing this offseason.<p>Whether it's addressing a glaring roster hole, maximizing a …

J. D. Martinez

Washington Nationals: Grading Sean Doolittle’s 2017

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 07: Pitcher Sean Doolittle<p>For the Washington Nationals this summer, no question Sean Doolittle indeed “Doooed” it as their …

Sports

At general managers’ meetings, the Nationals are only looking to tinker

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — As questions about Giancarlo Stanton, Shohei Otani, and other weighty baseball topics floated around him in the courtyard of the Waldorf Astoria, Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo stood with a smaller crowd of reporters than many of his general manager …

Sports

Should Nationals try to re-sign Kintzler, keep "Law Firm" together?

<i>As we transition into offseason mode here, we're reviewing each significant player on the Nationals roster. We continue today with Brandon Kintzler,</i> …

Ryan Madson

Expect a far different Nationals bullpen next season

A year ago, securing a closer was at the top of the Nationals’ offseason checklist. They tried. They offered a contract to Mark Melancon and, when Melancon rejected the deal, offered one to Kenley Jansen. He also declined Washington’s overture, leaving the Nationals scrambling with unproven …

Sports

3 Free Agents Nationals Should Target This Winter

For most teams, it takes a few seconds to look at their roster and assess needs for next season. It’s different for the <b>Washington Nationals</b>. Obscured …

Ryan Madson

Monday Motivation: HOOS GOING BOWLING, Y’ALL

We’re back after a short hiatus, and what a week to return. THE VIRGINIA FOOTBALL TEAM IS BOWL ELIGIBLE. IN THE FIRST WEEK OF NOVEMBER. PLAN THE …

College Football

Twelve Nationals will be free agents. Most won’t be back.

Baseball’s offseason will be in full swing starting at 5 p.m. Monday, when free agents are free to negotiate with other clubs. The Nationals have 12 free agents, the most in baseball, after they declined the $5 million mutual option on Adam Lind’s contract and catcher Matt Wieters officially …

Sports

Four years later, Nats hand over the reins to Dave Martinez

Mike Rizzo had the opportunity to hire Dave Martinez four years ago. The <b>Nationals</b> needed a new manager following Davey Johnson's planned departure, …

Baseball

Should the Washington Nationals try to bring Brandon Kintzler back in 2018?

Having acquired both Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from the Oakland Athletics in a pre-deadline deal, Washington Nationals’ General Manager Mike …

Ryan Madson

As Nationals introduce Dave Martinez, manager pledges to let players know ‘I’m on their side’

The Nationals‘ fourth manager in six seasons made his Washington debut Thursday afternoon. He pulled on a red fitted cap, buttoned a newly stitched home jersey, joked and spun, showing off the outfit as the two men before him had.<p>For Dave Martinez, the Nationals’ latest attempt at a long-term …

Sports

Martinez’s first goal: reaching out to roster to build relationships

A key component that new <b>Nationals</b> manager Dave Martinez believes is important to a successful and cohesive clubhouse is how players feel before and …

Ryan Madson

Where the Nationals payroll stands heading into the winter

The annual GM meetings are taking place this week in Orlando. It’s the kind of event where a lot of stuff is discussed but very little is actually …

Luxury Lifestyle

Washington Nationals’ Halloween Costumes ranked...

<i>Washington Nationals’ players and their kids enjoyed Halloween, though one closer ate too much candy and got the sads...</i>Ghouls and ghosts were …

Adorable

MLB Position Power Rankings: B/R's Final Top 30 Relief Pitchers of 2017

After beginning on the mound with the guys who do the starting, Bleacher Report's final positional power rankings for the 2017 Major League Baseball season wrap up with the guys who do the finishing.<p>This might have been the best year ever for relief pitchers, so there are plenty of good ones to …

Craig Kimbrel

Choosing Martinez shows Nats have learned a lesson

When it comes to the Washington Nationals’ hiring of Dave Martinez as their new manager, three is the magic number.<p>Three years. That’s the guaranteed …

Sports

Brad Johnson’s Bold Predictions – A Review

I’m a little late to the Bold Prediction review party due to taking a brief hiatus this October. It’s time to play a little catch-up on end-of-season …

Maikel Franco

Nationals likely will have the most expensive team in club history in 2018

While the Nationals continue their search for a manager and coaching staff, let’s turn our attention for a nanosecond to the people that group will oversee in 2018.<p>The Nationals don’t appear to have any significant holes to fill on their roster this offseason. Of course, they could always go out …

Sports

The 5 worst moments of the Yankees' 2017 season

Be advised: this post will remind you of some pretty painful memories.All in all, 2017 was a great year for the Yankees. Despite being considered by …

Major League Baseball

Joe Girardi to the Nationals? The question is no longer theoretical.

Here is your lifeline, Washington Nationals. We have gone from theory to reality in 24 hours. Joe Girardi no longer manages the New York Yankees. There is one potential managerial candidate who represents an obvious upgrade from Dusty Baker, both in the near term and long range. He is Joseph …

Baseball

Ranking the 10 best mid-season trades of 2017

A look back at the biggest impact moves of July and August.The 2017 season is almost in the books, as the Astros and Dodgers have begun their matchup …

Baseball

Victor Robles homers to cap strong start to first week in Arizona Fall League

Victor Robles didn’t expect to be on the Nationals’ playoff roster. For most of this season, the Nationals didn’t expect him to be there, either. The plan was to let Robles finish the season with Class AA Harrisburg, then play a full season in the Arizona Fall League as one of the headlining …

Sports

How to Write a Killer Pet Resume (Because Now Landlords Want to See Pet Resumes)

It turns out, finding a pet-friendly rental is a hassle for just about everyone these days — no matter who you are.<p>Just ask Major League Baseball …

Employment

Washington Nationals: Dusty Baker won’t be back in 2018

After two 95+ win seasons at the helm of the Washington Nationals, Dusty Baker was let go by the team on Friday. Dusty Baker is paying for the sins …

Dusty Baker