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  • Mason Thompson Optioned To Triple-A

    Washington Nationals pitcher Mason Thompson was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday. He was sent down to the minors to open a roster spot for newly claimed Jake McGee. Thompson owned a 1.13 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and seven strikeouts over eight innings in 2022. The 24-year-old could get the call to the big leagues when rosters expand in September. McGee has a 7.00 ERA and 1.52 WHIP with 15 strikeouts over 27 innings in 30 appearances with the Giants and Brewers in 2022. The 36-year-old is expected to serve in a middle-relief role for the Nationals and won't have much fantasy value forward.

    Aug 10 · Source via Nationals Mason Thompson closers
  • Keibert Ruiz Not Playing Against Cubs

    Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz is getting the day off on Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs. The breather comes a day after Ruiz went off with two home runs and four RBI in Tuesday's 6-5 victory. The 24-year-old backstop is now hitting .247/.307/.359 with six home runs, 29 RBI, 26 runs scored and five stolen bases in 320 at-bats for the last-place Nationals. Tres Barrera will do the catching on Wednesday and is hitting ninth against Cubs left-hander Justin Steele. Barrera needs to be avoided in DFS, as he's hitting just .167 (4-for-24) with no homers and four RBI in 10 games for the Nats in 2022.

    Aug 10 · Source via Nationals Keibert Ruiz
  • Nelson Cruz Exits Tuesday With Right Shoulder Soreness

    Washington Nationals designated hitter Nelson Cruz (shoulder) exited Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Cubs early with right shoulder soreness, per MASNSports.com's Mark Zuckerman. The veteran went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before being removed. Manager Davey Martinez said he could tell that Cruz's swing didn't look right and that the Nats will reevaluate him tomorrow morning. Age may finally be catching up to Cruz, who has dealt with a number of injuries this season and is slashing just .233/.318/.342. Fantasy managers should consider Cruz day-to-day until they hear more tomorrow.

    Aug 10 · Source via Nationals Nelson Cruz
  • Patrick Corbin To Be Skipped In The Rotation

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin will have his next start in the rotation skipped, according to manager Dave Martinez. The organization has an off day on Thursday, so this will allow them to execute this plan without putting any further strain on the rest of their rotation. Corbin has lost 16 games this season and holds a 7.02 ERA through 23 starts this season. The rebuilding Nats likely want to get some younger pitchers more innings down the stretch of the season. It's unknown if Corbin will pitch again this season, but he's owed $32 million for the 2023 season. This is turning out to be a nightmare contract for the Nationals.

    Aug 9 · Source via Nationals Patrick Corbin
  • Nationals Claim Jake McGee, Designate Donovan Casey

    The Nationals announced that they have claimed left-hander Jake McGee off waivers from the Brewers. Outfielder Donovan Casey was designated for assignment in a corresponding move. McGee, 36, is a veteran in his 13th MLB season, having previously suited up for the Rays, Rockies, Dodgers, Giants and Brewers. He signed a two-year deal with the…

    Aug 9 · MLB Trade Rumors Nationals Donovan Casey
  • Nationals Claim Jake McGee Off Waivers

    The Washington Nationals have reportedly claimed left-handed reliever Jake McGee off waivers, according to a tweet from MLB.com's Jessica Camerato. McGee started the year with the San Francisco Giants and also spent time with the Milwaukee Brewers. All told, he's logged a 7.00 ERA, a 4.70 FIP and three saves in 27 innings of work this season. The veteran, who notched 31 saves for the Giants last season, will give the Nationals another late-inning option alongside the likes of Kyle Finnegan, Hunter Harveyand Victor Arano. Per Camerato's tweet, the Nationals designated outfielder Donovan Casey for assignment to make room for McGee on the active roster.

    Aug 9 · Source via Nationals Jake McGee closers
  • Nationals Claim Alex Call From Guardians

    Outfielder Alex Call has been claimed off waivers by the Nationals from the Guardians, per announcements from both clubs. Call had been designated for assignment by the Guards on Friday. He has been optioned by the Nationals to Triple-A. The Nats had an open 40-man roster spot, meaning no corresponding move will be necessary. A…

    Aug 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Guardians Nationals Alex Call
  • Erick Fedde Scheduled For A Bullpen Session On Tuesday

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Erick Fedde (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday after throwing 40 pitches on Saturday. The next step after his Tuesday session would be a simulated game. The 29-year-old righty has been on the 15-day injured list since July 27 with right shoulder inflammation. He owns a 5-7 record, 4.95 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and 70:47 K/BB ratio over 92 2/3 innings (19 starts) on the year. He should return to the Nats' starting rotation sometime in the next 7-10 days.

    Aug 7 · Source via Nationals Erick Fedde
  • MacKenzie Gore Will Play Catch On Friday

    Washington Nationals left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore (left elbow inflammation) is expected to begin playing catch on Friday, according to Jessica Camerato of MLB.com. Gore was acquired from San Diego in the Juan Soto trade on Tuesday but hasn't pitched since before then. He was placed on the 15-day injured list on July 26 and is expected to return this season. Gore can be dropped in shallower redraft leagues, but he might return to fantasy relevance sometime in late August or September.

    Aug 6 · Source via Nationals MacKenzie Gore prospects
  • Nationals Preparing For Middle Infield Of C.J. Abrams, Luis García

    Washington Nationals infielder Luis Garca "has been getting work in at second base in anticipation of C.J. Abrams' arrival," manager Davey Martinez told Bobby Blanco of MASN. Presumably, the newly-acquired Abrams will play shortstop once he returns to the majors. Garca, 22, is slashing .297/.303/.434 with just two walks and 46 strikeouts through 55 games this season. Although he has a poor walk rate and should be left on waivers in most leagues, Garca has put plenty of baseballs in play. Meanwhile, Abrams was acquired from the Padres in the Juan Soto trade. The 21-year-old hasn't looked great in the majors this season, but he sports an impressive .314/.364/.507 slash line at the Triple-A level and boasts plenty of upside. He should be rostered in all dynasty leagues especially now that he's no longer blocked by an elite talent like Fernando Tatis Jr.

    Aug 6 · Source via Nationals C.J. Abrams prospects
  • James Wood Shows Potential With New Organization

    Washington Nationals outfield prospect James Wood had a nice debut for Single-A Fredericksburg on Friday. Wood, who was one of the pieces in the Juan Soto deal with the San Diego Padres went 4-for-6 with a homer, three RBI and a stolen base. The 19-year-old provides both power and speed out of a big 6'7 frame and his body should continue to mature as he develops throughout the Nationals system. In addition to showing power early in his career, Wood has shown a good plate discipline. Still in just Single-A, Wood remains a few years away from the big leagues, but is a name for dynasty managers to keep tabs on.

    Aug 6 · Source via Nationals James Wood prospects
  • Nelson Cruz Still Sidelined Friday

    Washington Nationals designated hitter Nelson Cruz (neck) remains out of the starting lineup on Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Cruz is dealing with neck stiffness and will miss his third straight game. Fantasy managers should consider the 42-year-old slugger day-to-day for now. The Boomstick has struggled a bit in his first year in D.C., hitting just .231/.315/.343 with eight home runs, 52 RBI, 41 runs scored and four stolen bases in 95 games. The newly acquired Luke Voit will serve as the designated hitter on Friday and is batting third against Phillies right-hander Kyle Gibson. Voit went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored in his first game with Washington, and he's hitting .229/.320/.419 on the season with 13 home runs, 49 RBI, 39 runs scored and a steal in 301 at-bats. The 31-year-old has power to spare, but he strikes out (111 this year) with the best of them.

    Aug 5 · Source via Nationals Nelson Cruz
  • Dee Strange-Gordon Released By Nationals

    Washington Nationals infielder/outfielder Dee Strange-Gordon has been released by the organization. He re-signed with the organization in mid-July after being cut by the team in June. He' has hit .308/.305/.356 with two home runs and three stolen bases in 23 games this season. He might be able to help a contending team off the bench with his speed and defensive versatility. It make sense that the rebuilding Nationals would move forward without Gordon. However, a competitive team might be able to find a spot for the veteran speedster. Fantasy managers can ignore Gordon until further notice.

    Aug 5 · Source via Nationals Dee Strange-Gordon
  • Nationals, Connor Sadzeck Agree To Minor League Deal

    The Nationals are signing reliever Connor Sadzeck to a minor league contract, reports Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post (on Twitter). The right-hander elected free agency after being outrighted off the Brewers roster last week. Sadzeck got into just two games with the Brew Crew, allowing three runs in as many innings. That marked his first…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Nationals Connor Sadzeck
  • Nationals Release Alcides Escobar

    The Nationals announced they’ve placed infielder Alcides Escobar on unconditional release waivers. The move clears an active roster spot for Luke Voit, who is expected to join the club tomorrow. Washington’s 40-man roster count drops to 39. Escobar has spent the past season and a half in the nation’s capital. The veteran had been playing on a…

    Aug 3 · MLB Trade Rumors Nationals Alcides Escobar
  • Tanner Rainey Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Tanner Rainey (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. We already knew there was a pretty good chance that Rainey would miss the rest of the season with a UCL injury to his right elbow, but now it's official after the surgery. The 29-year-old will now miss the majority of the 2023 season as well as he recovers from elbow reconstruction. Rainey was solid for the Nats in 29 relief appearances in 2022 before his injury, posting a 3.30 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 12 saves and 36 strikeouts in 30 innings pitched. Kyle Finnegan is now the team's primary closer, but he's a low-end fantasy closing option on the worst team in baseball, especially after they just traded away superstar outfielder Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell on Tuesday.

    Aug 3 · Source via Nationals Tanner Rainey closers
  • Luke Voit Heading To Washington In Juan Soto Deal

    The San Diego Padres are sending first baseman Luke Voit to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday to finalize the deal involving superstar outfielder Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell, according to a source. First baseman Eric Hosmer was originally included in the deal for Soto and Bell, but he exercised his no-trade clause and was later dealt to the Boston Red Sox. Earlier in the day, Passan reported that the Nationals would also be getting left-hander MacKenzie Gore, top outfield prospect Robert Hassel III, shortstop C.J. Abrams, outfielder James Wood and right-hander Jarlin Susana, but it's unknown if those names are still included in the blockbuster swap. The 31-year-old Voit will become Washington's primary first baseman, and he'll lose fantasy value in the move to the last-place Nats. Voit is hitting .225 with 13 homers and 48 RBI in 298 at-bats in 2022.

    Aug 2 · Source via Nationals Padres Luke Voit
  • Eric Hosmer Declines To Go To Nationals

    San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer has declined to go to the Washington Nationals in the deal that will send outfielder Juan Soto to San Diego. Hosmer exercised his no-trade clause and will now stay in San Diego for the time being, but it's unclear if first baseman Josh Bell will join Soto in the deal from Washington. Either way, Soto will become a Padre officially on Tuesday. Stay tuned for the rest of the details. The Padres are trying to get Hosmer and his three years and $39 million off their books to stay under the luxury tax threshold now that they are taking on Soto. While Hosmer remains with the Friars for now, it's very possible that he accepts a deal to another club before Tuesday's deadline passes. The 32-year-old is hitting .272/.336/.391 with eight home runs, 40 RBI and 32 runs scored in 90 games in 2022.

    Aug 2 · Source via Padres Nationals Eric Hosmer
  • Padres Agree On Deal For Juan Soto, Josh Bell

    The San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals have agreed in principle on a deal that will send outfielder Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell to the Padres, according to sources. ESPN's Jeff Passan is reporting that the Padres will send left-hander MacKenzie Gore, outfielder Robert Hassell III, shortstop C.J. Abrams, outfielder James Wood and right-hander Jarlin Susana to Washington in the package. One other major-leaguer will also be involved, which is the only current holdup. Soto is only 23 years old and is already one of the best all-around hitters in the game, while Bell will also be an upgrade for the Friars at first base over Eric Hosmer, who could be dealt in a separate deal. The Padres were already contenders, but the addition of both Soto and Bell takes them to another level.

    Aug 2 · Source via Nationals Josh Bell Juan Soto
  • Padres Likely Landing Spot For Juan Soto, Josh Bell

    There is a growing sense that the San Diego Padres are the most likely landing spot for Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto and perhaps first baseman Josh Bell, too, as Tuesday's trade deadline approaches. Multiple people have heard there is momentum in the Padres' talks for Soto and Bell. The Athletic's Jim Bowden reports a potential deal would cost the Padres a package including shortstop C.J. Abrams, outfielder Robert Hassel III, left-hander Adrian Morejon and two other prospects. It seems like a pretty cheap deal for Soto himself, let alone Soto and Bell. The Dodgers and Cardinals are the other teams in the mix for Soto, who would be an absolute difference-maker down the stretch for any contending team this year. Stay tuned.

    Aug 2 · Source via Nationals Josh Bell Juan Soto
  • Nationals Select Ildemaro Vargas

    The Nationals announced that they have selected the contract of infielder Ildemaro Vargas. He has taken over the roster spot that was vacated by Ehire Adrianza, who was traded to Atlanta earlier today. Vargas, 31, began the season with the Cubs on a minor league deal. He hit .279/.321/.413 over 25 Triple-A games and was selected to…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Nationals Ildemaro Vargas
  • Cards Won't Do Dylan Carlson, Top Prospects For Juan Soto

    According to a report from MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the St. Louis Cardinals are not willing to include both Dylan Carlson and their top prospects in a package for Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto. Soto has been a hot name with the MLB trade deadline coming up on Tuesday, August 2, but it appears that the Cardinals might not be willing to put together the type of package that it will take to acquire Soto. Negotiations for Soto are "reaching a critical point" according to Morosi.

    Aug 1 · Source via Nationals Cardinals Juan Soto Dylan Carlson
  • Braves Acquire Ehire Adrianza From Nationals

    The Atlanta Braves acquired infielder Ehire Adrianza from the Washington Nationals on Monday in exchange for outfielder Trey Harris. In a corresponding move, the Braves designated infielder Robinson Cano for assignment. Adrianza spent the 2021 season in Atlanta, hitting .247/.327/.401 with five home runs, 28 RBI and 32 runs scored in 109 regular season games. The 32-year-old utility player will give the team some additional depth in both the infield and outfield, but he's unlikely to have much fantasy appeal, even in deeper leagues. In just 31 games for the Nationals this year, Adrianza has slashed .179/.255/.202 with no homers, seven RBI, five runs scored and one stolen base.

    Aug 1 · Source via Nationals Ehire Adrianza
  • Braves Acquire Ehire Adrianza, Designate Robinson Cano For Assignment

    The Braves announced Monday that they’ve acquired infielder Ehire Adrianza from the Nationals in exchange for minor league outfielder Trey Harris. In a corresponding roster move, Robinson Cano has been designated for assignment. It’s Adrianza’s second stint with the Braves, as he also filled a utility role for Atlanta just last season. The veteran switch-hitter…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Nationals Braves Ehire Adrianza Robinson Cano
  • Dodgers Being More Aggressive On Juan Soto

    While the San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals have been considered the front-runners to trade for Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been much more aggressive of late in their trade proposals for the 23-year-old superstar. We can only imagine an already strong Dodgers lineup adding one of the best all-around hitters in the game for years to come. The Nationals obviously aren't just going to give Soto away unless they receive a massive haul, and they reportedly are going to make him another long-term extension offer before looking to trade him this week. In 341 at-bats so far this year, Soto is hitting .243/.403/.475 with an .878 OPS, 20 home runs, 45 RBI, 60 runs scored and five stolen bases for the last-place Nationals.

    Aug 1 · Source via Nationals Juan Soto
  • Victor Robles Dealing With Hamstring Cramps

    Washington Nationals outfielder Victor Robles (hamstring) suffered a left hamstring cramp after running down the third out of the eighth inning on Saturday, and it clearly affected his at-bat in the bottom of the inning against the St. Louis Cardinals. As a result, he's not in the starting lineup on Sunday. Robles is hitting just .234 on the year with four home runs, 25 RBI, 32 runs scored and 12 stolen bases in 235 at-bats, but the Nationals recently moved him into the leadoff spot. Lane Thomas is starting in center field and is batting leadoff on Sunday against Cardinals right-hander Andre Pallante. Thomas won't be a bad DFS sleeper, as he has nine homers on the season and has gone 6-for-16 (.375) in seven games over the last two weeks of action.

    Jul 31 · Source via Nationals Victor Robles
  • Nationals, Daniel Johnson Agree To Minor League Deal

    The Nationals have agreed to a minor league contract with Daniel Johnson, reports Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post (Twitter link). Johnson, who had recently been released from a minors deal with the Mets, will presumably head to Triple-A Rochester. The 5’10” outfielder is a familiar face for the organization. He began his professional career as…

    Jul 30 · MLB Trade Rumors Nationals Daniel Johnson
  • Nationals To Make Juan Soto Another Offer

    The Washington Nationals plan to make another offer to All-Star outfielder Juan Soto, which will be their last. If Soto doesn't accept the offer, he will be traded before Tuesday's deadline. Soto was initially going to be off limits in trade talks this summer, but that was before he turned down a 15-year, $440 million contract extension from the team. The San Diego Padres could be the front-runners for the 23-year-old superstar if he's actually dealt, but the Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers could also be candidates to trade for him. Soto isn't exactly tearing the cover off the ball in 2022 with a .243 batting average, but he has a league-leading 84 walks for a .400 on-base percentage and 20 home runs, 45 RBI and five steals in 97 games.

    Jul 29 · Source via Nationals Juan Soto
  • Padres The Front-Runners For Juan Soto?

    Some rival executives perceive the San Diego Padres to be the front-runners to land Washington Nationals All-Star outfielder Juan Soto, as of Thursday morning. It's going to take multiple high-level prospects and multiple major league-ready players to land Soto in a blockbuster trade before Tuesday's trade deadline, but the Padres have a strong enough farm system to get it done. The New York Yankees could be out now after acquiring Andrew Benintendi on Wednesday night, but the Mariners, Giants, Dodgers, Cardinals, Mets and Rangers are also involved with Soto. The 23-year-old superstar is hitting .243/.400/.480 with an .880 OPS, 20 home runs, 45 RBI, 58 runs scored, five stolen bases and a league-leading 84 walks in 97 games. Soto would make any contending team a whole lot better.

    Jul 28 · Source via Nationals Juan Soto
  • Cade Cavalli Improving In Triple-A

    Washington Nationals pitching prospect Cade Cavalli went five innings and allowed three hits, no runs, three walks and struck out three in a no-decision for Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday. The right-hander got off to a sluggish start this season, but improved in June with a 4.05 ERA and he has allowed just one unearned run in three starts in the month of July. Cavalli is 4-3 with a 4.03 ERA on the season to go along with 77 strikeouts in 76 innings. One of the Nationals top prospects, Cavalli should get a chance at the big-league level this season, but he remains a better option in dynasty leagues than redraft leagues for the remainder of the season.

    Jul 28 · Source via Nationals Cade Cavalli
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