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  • 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
  • Luis Garcia Comes Double Short Of Cycle

    Washington Nationals shortstop Luis Garcia enjoyed a strong evening at the plate Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, going 3-for-5 with a home run, a triple and two RBI in an 8-3 win over Los Angeles. Garcia now has three homers on the year to go with one steal, 15 runs scored, 17 RBI and a .715 OPS in 180 at-bats this season. With just two walks to his name, it seems clear that a better approach at the plate could be key in unlocking his potential. For now, he isn't much of a fantasy option, but he remains a possible strong contributor in the future.

    Jul 27 · Source via Nationals Luis Garcia
  • Nationals Say They Won't Look To Dump A Bad Contract

    Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said "we're not going to dilute the return for any player by including a bad contract," when he was asked about the team throwing left-hander Patrick Corbin's bloated contract into another deal at this year's trade deadline. Reports have surfaced in the last week that Washington wants to offload Corbin's contract in any blockbuster deal involving superstar outfielder Juan Soto. Corbin has been downright bad in 2022, going 4-13 with a 6.02 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP with 98 strikeouts and 36 walks in 104 2/3 innings over 20 starts. He's allowed a league-high 142 hits and 70 earned runs, and he's also allowed at least four runs in each of his last three starts.

    Jul 27 · Source via Nationals Patrick Corbin Juan Soto
  • Cade Cavalli Expected To Return Wednesday

    Washington Nationals pitcher Cade Cavalli (finger) will start for Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday. He exited his last start on July 12 due to a blister. The 2020 first-round pick owns a 4.31 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 74:27 K:BB across 71 innings this year. He has pitched well recently, striking out 13 hitters over 10 2/3 scoreless innings. The right-hander is considered one of baseball's top pitching prospects and is expected to get the call to the big leagues soon. Fantasy managers can stash Cavalli in most fantasy formats due to his immense upside.

    Jul 26 · Source via Nationals Cade Cavalli
  • Kyle Finnegan Converts His Second Straight Save Monday

    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Kyle Finnegan earned his second save in as many days on Monday, when he closed out the team's 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning in the game, allowing one hit and no walks while striking out one. The 30-year-old has allowed just four hits, two walks and two earned runs across 9.1 innings this month. He certainly looks like the clear closer for the Nationals after earning saves on two straight days. While we'd hesitate to label any closer of a 33-65 team a "must-add," Finnegan is certainly someone who should be rostered in any league where saves are scarce and highly-coveted.

    Jul 26 · Source via Nationals Kyle Finnegan closers
  • Victor Robles To Get Some Leadoff At-Bats

    Washington Nationals outfielder Victor Robles is expected to start seeing some starts as the leadoff hitter moving forward, according to manager Dave Martinez. Robles has been improving at the plate of late, hitting .250 with two homers, four RBI and two steals over his past seven games. Overall, Robles has a .236 average, three homers, 28 runs, 24 RBI and 11 steals on the season. With an 86th-percentile sprint speed and a 28-steal season on his resume, Robles would be in line to score plenty of runs and come close to a 25-steal season from the leadoff position over the second half of the season if he sticks in the spot.

    Jul 25 · Source via Nationals Victor Robles
  • No Momentum In Mets Trade Talks For Josh Bell

    According to a tweet from SNY's Andy Martino, "There has been no momentum in Josh Bell/Mets talks to date as Mets continue to scout Trey Mancini." Bell is currently enjoying a strong season for the division-rival Washington Nationals, hitting .305 with a .388 on-base percentage and 13 home runs in 407 plate appearances. He's only played first base this season but did see some time in the outfield last year for Washington. New York obviously has Pete Alonso entrenched at first base but could use reinforcements at designated hitter, where they've mostly played either J.D. Davis or Dominic Smith. The team also recently acquired Dan Vogelbach from the Pirates.

    Jul 25 · Source via Nationals Josh Bell
  • Cardinals Potential Front-Runners For Juan Soto

    The St. Louis Cardinals, who have plenty of highly regarded young prospects, are viewed by rivals as a potential front-runner to acquire Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto. The New York Mets and New York Yankees are among at least a half-dozen teams to believed to have checked in on Soto. The Seattle Mariners are another team seen early as having a chance to land the superstar. The Dodgers, Padres and Giants are among other teams thought to be showing interest. According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the Nationals are telling teams they want four to five top young players for Soto, a combination of prospects and major-leaguers with low service time.

    Jul 25 · Source via Nationals Juan Soto
  • Kyle Finnegan Earns His Second Save On Sunday

    Washington Nationals reliever Kyle Finnegan closed out the team's 4-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday to earn his second save of the year. It was his first save opportunity since the team lost Tanner Rainey (elbow) to a season-ending injury a few weeks back. Finnegan recorded the final five outs of Sunday's game, retiring each of the five batters he faced. He now owns a 3.76 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP on the year to go along with a 3.3 K/BB ratio. The 30-year-old should continue to serve as the team's primary closer going forward as long as he can pitch effectively, making him worthy of a roster spot in most fantasy leagues.

    Jul 25 · Source via Nationals Kyle Finnegan closers
  • Latest On Juan Soto Trade Talks

    5:16PM: The Nationals want “four to five top young players” for Soto, Ken Rosenthal said during a FOX Sports interview today.  This “monstrous ask” consists of star prospects and/or players who have only recently made their MLB debuts, and thus are under control for several years.  Given the size of this expected trade package, “at…

    Jul 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Nationals Juan Soto
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