Nats GM says manager Martinez safe for now despite struggles

Sports 05/24/19, 17:29

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says second-year manager Dave Martinez's job is safe for now despite Washington's sluggish start to the season.The Nationals have lost five straight and entered Friday at 19-31, better than only the Miami Marlins, Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles.Rizzo says there is blame to go ...

Washington Nationals fire pitching coach Derek Lilliquist

Sports 05/02/19, 21:43

The Washington Nationals have fired pitching coach Derek Lilliquist.Minor league pitching coordinator Paul Menhart has been promoted to replace Lilliquist. General manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement Thursday, moments after the Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in a game delayed 2½ hours by rain at the start.The victory ...

Strasburg fastest to 1,500 Ks, Nationals beat Cardinals 2-1

Sports 05/02/19, 21:13

Stephen Strasburg reached 1,500 strikeouts in fewer innings than any pitcher in major league history, and the Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 after a long rain delay Thursday to salvage the finale of a four-game series.Despite the strong performance by Strasburg, the Nationals (13-17) fired pitching coach ...

Bryce Harper posts ‘Thank you’ hours before 1st game back

Sports 04/02/19, 10:32

Bryce Harper has posted a "Thank you" message to Nationals fans and the city of Washington on Instagram, hours before he plays his first game against his former team.Harper spent his first seven major league seasons in Washington before leaving as a free agent and signing with the Philadelphia Phillies ...

Still awaiting Harper answer, Nats open camp with new faces

Baseball 02/08/19, 10:21

As the start of spring training approaches, the Washington Nationals are waiting right along with the rest of the world to find out where Bryce Harper will be playing next season.The 2012 NL Rookie of the Year and 2015 NL MVP has never worn a major league uniform other than ...

Nationals hire Jack McKeon, 88, as senior adviser to GM

Baseball 01/30/19, 17:58

The Nationals have hired Jack McKeon as a senior adviser to general manager Mike Rizzo.Washington on Wednesday confirmed the hiring of the 88-year-old McKeon, first reported by The Athletic. McKeon's son, Kasey, is the Nationals' director of player procurement.The elder McKeon spent parts of 16 seasons as a major league ...

Nats GM says Corbin signing ‘independent’ of Harper pursuit

Baseball 12/07/18, 13:48

Patrick Corbin put on his No. 46 Washington Nationals jersey as rotation-mates Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg looked on from the front row at the news conference to introduce the lefty starter with the $140 million, six-year contract.The Nationals announced the addition of free-agent Corbin on Friday, the latest in ...

Nats have done work, but Bryce Harper looms over offseason

Baseball 12/01/18, 15:55

Everywhere Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman goes these days, the same topic arises: What is going to happen with free agent outfielder Bryce Harper?"As if they think — I guess because I've been here forever — I know all the answers to everything," Zimmerman said Saturday at Nationals Park ...

Rizzo: Nats made offer to Bryce Harper late in season

Baseball 11/07/18, 00:00

The Washington Nationals made an offer to Bryce Harper late in the season in an attempt to reach a deal before he became a free agent.Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo disclosed the talks with agent Scott Boras at the general managers' meetings on Tuesday."We've had conversations and we utilized our ...

Nats get Barraclough from Marlins for $1M in slot allotment

Baseball 10/10/18, 09:18

Right-handed reliever Kyle Barraclough was acquired by Washington from Miami on Wednesday in the Nationals' first offseason move to rebuild their bullpen.Washington sent the Marlins $1 million in international slot allotment as part of the deal.Barraclough went 1-6 with 4.20 ERA and 10 saves in 17 chances during 61 appearances ...

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