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  • Nationals Outright Andres Machado

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    Nationals reliever Andrés Machado has gone unclaimed on waivers after being designated for assignment this week, the club announced. Machado has the right to refuse an outright assignment in favor of minor league free agency because he’s cleared waivers multiple times in his career. However, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com tweets the right-hander will bypass the open market…

    Jun 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Washington Nationals Andres Machado
  • Nationals To Designate Erasmo Ramirez For Assignment

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    The Nationals are designating veteran righty Erasmo Ramirez for assignment, reports Andrew Golden of the Washington Post. His spot on the roster will go to right-hander Cory Abbott, who is being recalled from Triple-A Rochester, as first reported by Talk Nats. Ramirez is the Nationals’ second reliever to be designated for assignment in as many…

    Jun 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Washington Nationals Cory Abbott Erasmo Ramirez
  • Nationals' Victor Arano To Undergo Shoulder Surgery

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    Nationals reliever Víctor Arano will require shoulder surgery later this month, the team informed reporters (including Andrew Golden of the Washington Post). The club didn’t provide specifics on a timetable, though it seems likely to cost him most or all of the season. Arano hasn’t thrown a major league pitch since September 1, 2022. The Nats…

    Jun 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Washington Nationals Victor Arano
  • Nationals To Designate Andres Machado For Assignment

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    1:28pm: The Nationals are recalling righty Jordan Weems from Triple-A in a corresponding move to the Machado DFA, per Talk Nats (Twitter link). Weems is already on the 40-man roster, so the Nats’ 40-man will simply drop to a count of 39 players for the time being. It’ll be Weems’ second stint of the season…

    Jun 5 · MLB Trade Rumors Washington Nationals Andres Machado
  • Stephen Strasburg Shut Down From All Physical Activity

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    Nationals veteran Stephen Strasburg’s stretch of brutal injury luck continues as The Washington Post’s Jesse Dougherty reports that the right-hander has been shut down from all physical activity since late April due to what was described to Dougherty as “severe” nerve damage. It had previously been reported back in February that Strasburg had suffered a…

    Jun 3 · MLB Trade Rumors Washington Nationals Stephen Strasburg
  • Jeimer Candelario Stays Hot With Two More Knocks

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    Washington Nationals third baseman Jeimer Candelario went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI as the team hung on for an 8-7 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday. The 29-year-old has been spectacular at the dish over his last 61 at-bats, slashing a robust .410/.486/.754 with 13 runs scored, 13 extra-base hits, and 14 RBI across this 16-game span. Candelario has nine multi-hit games during the sizzling stretch as well. The infielder led the major leagues with 42 doubles not long ago in 2021. Candelario is worth streaming even outside of NL-only settings while he's swinging a hot bat. He gets the benefit of hitting third or fourth most days on the rebuilding Nats, who have been surprisingly decent offensively in 2023.

    Jun 3 · Source via Washington Nationals Jeimer Candelario
  • Stephen Strasburg Shut Down With Severe Nerve Damage

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    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (ribs, shoulder) has been completely shut down from any rehab activities for more than a month, according to three people familiar with the situation, and there is increasing doubt that he'll ever pitch again. The 34-year-old right-hander hasn't pitched in a game since last June, when he was trying to return from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. Three people have described his complications as "severe nerve damage." His current plan is to rest and see if he can manage the nerve issues enough to make another attempt at pitching, but it doesn't look promising. Strasburg still has three seasons left on his seven-year, $245 million deal he signed in December of 2019. It's a disappointing situation for everyone involved, and Strasburg obviously shouldn't be rostered in fantasy formats at this point.

    Jun 3 · Source via Washington Nationals Stephen Strasburg
  • Keibert Ruiz Cracks Two Homers In Nationals Victory

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    Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz went 3-for-4 at the plate, with two home runs and three RBI, propelling the Nationals to a 10-6 victory over the Dodgers Wednesday. The two-homer outing marked only the second time in his career that the 24-year-old catcher achieved a multi-homer game, adding another significant milestone to his career. Overall, it was an extraordinary game for Ruiz against his former organization as he was traded to Washington in 2021 for Trea Turner and Max Scherzer.

    Jun 1 · Source via Washington Nationals Keibert Ruiz
  • Alex Call Getting A Rest Tuesday

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Alex Call is out of the lineup for Tuesday's contest against Tony Gonsolin and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Call has been cold all season with the bat, hitting .209 with three home runs and three steals across 52 games. Instead, Ildemaro Vargas will see time in left and bat ninth. Through 16 games, the 31-year-old has been on a tear, slashing .317/.333/.488 while going deep once. However, Vargas is a career .249 hitter with a .659 OPS, so fantasy managers might want to look elsewhere on the waiver wire.

    May 30 · Source via Washington Nationals Alex Call
  • MacKenzie Gore Lasts Seven Frames, Fans Career-High 11

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    Washington Nationals starting pitcher MacKenzie Gore fired seven innings against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. He punched out a career-high 11 batters and allowed a single run for a no-decision as the Nats fell 3-2. The 24-year-old has been a model of consistency in 2023, preserving his ERA from enlarging beyond 3.69 at any point across his 11 starts. Gore's 1.41 WHIP is a figure fantasy managers should watch going forward, but the former third-overall pick has an overpowering 11.5 K/9 to help cover it up. He's coming along nicely after a dreadful end to his time with the San Diego Padres last summer. Gore's 3.57 ERA and overall sturdiness will be challenged in a stiff draw against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

    May 29 · Source via Washington Nationals MacKenzie Gore
  • James Wood Continues To Impress In High-A

    Washington Nationals top prospect James Wood went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, and three RBI for the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Thursday. Wood's three-hit performance was his second in as many days and his third multi-hit game in a row. Wood is slashing .293/.390/.565 in High-A with seven home runs, nine doubles, and seven stolen bases. The top prospect in the Nationals system may not be close to the majors yet, but if he keeps up this level of production, a promotion to Double-A may be coming soon. Wood remains one of the most highly touted prospects and one to watch as he rises through the minor league ranks.

    May 27 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals James Wood
  • Chad Kuhl Picks Up His First Career Save Friday

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    Washington Nationals right-hander Chad Kuhl, who recently moved to the bullpen, earned his first career save on Friday when his team beat the Kansas City Royals 12-10. He recorded the final five outs of the game, allowing one hit and no walks while striking out two. Over seven appearances and five starts, Kuhl owns an 8.06 ERA, 1.79 WHIP, and 18.3% strikeout rate over 25.2 innings. Both Kyle Finnegan and Hunter Harvey pitched in back-to-back contests before Friday, so it wasn't surprising that they got the day off. Kuhl remains irrelevant in fantasy baseball and likely won't factor into many save situations going forward.

    May 27 · Source via Washington Nationals Chad Kuhl
  • Luis Garcia Records Six Hits In Nationals Victory

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    Washington Nationals second baseman Luis Garcia went 6-for-6 with two doubles while adding two RBI and three runs scored as the Nationals knocked off Kansas City 12-10 Friday. He becomes only the second player in the Nationals history to achieve a six-hit game, matching the achievement of Anthony Rendon. Additionally, he etched his name in the team's record books as the first player to hit two doubles in a single inning. He has three homers and 20 RBI while slashing .288/.330/.394 this season.

    May 27 · Source via Washington Nationals Luis Garcia
  • Hunter Harvey Blows Thursday's Save

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    Washington Nationals right-hander Hunter Harvey was given the ninth inning in Thursday's contest with the San Diego Padres, trying to protect a 6-5 lead. However, the 28-year-old failed to close out the game, allowing three runs on three hits while striking out a pair, blowing his fourth save of the season. Harvey's been in the mix for save situations and has earned two saves over 23.1 innings while posting a 3.86 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 31.1% strikeout rate. Presumed closer Kyle Finnegan was tasked with the eighth inning Thursday and threw a clean frame, bringing his ERA to 4.50. Fantasy managers should stay updated on this situation to see if Finnegan continues to earn most of the ninth-inning opportunities.

    May 26 · Source via Closers Washington Nationals Hunter Harvey
  • Keibert Ruiz Absent From Thursday's Lineup

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    Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz is getting a day off on Thursday against the San Diego Padres. Ruiz will get a breather in a matinee game after a night game. In his absence, Riley Adams will do the catching and hit eighth in the lineup against Padres left-hander Blake Snell. Ruiz could probably use a little break, too, as he's gone just 11-for-68 (.162) with two home runs and nine RBI in 18 games so far in the month of May. Overall, the 24-year-old backstop is hitting a weak .229 (36-for-157) with seven doubles, four home runs, 17 RBI and 12 runs scored in 41 games, but he has walked 11 times and struck out only 14 times.

    May 25 · Source via Washington Nationals Keibert Ruiz
  • Stone Garrett Returns To Starting Lineup Wednesday

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Stone Garrett is back in the club's starting lineup Wednesday against San Diego Padres left-hander Ryan Weathers. It will be Garrett's first game action since going 2-for-5 with a strikeout Sunday against the Tigers. The 27-year-old certainly broke out of a funk with that effort as he had recorded just one base knock over his previous six appearances spanning 19 trips to the plate. For the season, Garrett is hitting .253 with one homer, one stolen base, and a .651 OPS across 88 plate appearances. He is the lone lineup change from Tuesday night, taking over for the lefty-swinging Corey Dickerson in left field while hitting fifth against the southpaw Weathers.

    May 24 · Source via Washington Nationals Stone Garrett
  • Hunter Harvey Earns Second Save

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    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Hunter Harvey was asked to protect a two-run lead versus the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. The right-hander did excellent as he struck out two batters while throwing a perfect inning to earn his second save of the season. Kyle Finnegan collected the save on Saturday, so possibly the team is trying to give him extra rest. Finnegan has also struggled at times, so maybe this will turn into a committee type of situation. Harvey only needed 13 pitches on Sunday and has looked fairly impressive early in the season. Fantasy managers should stay tuned to see if Harvey looks to get more chances in the ninth inning.

    May 21 · Source via Washington Nationals Hunter Harvey
  • Chad Kuhl Reinstated From IL

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    Washington Nationals right-hander Chad Kuhl (foot) was activated from the 15-day injured list. Kuhl has been out of commission since the end of April because of a right foot injury. The 30-year-old has appeared in five games this season, starting all of them and amassing an 0-2 record with a hideous 9.41 ERA. As a result, it's unlikely Kohl's status will impact many fantasy managers. That won't change unless he begins to play better. In a corresponding move, the team optioned pitcher Hobie Harris to Triple-A Rochester.

    May 20 · Source via Washington Nationals Chad Kuhl
  • Lane Thomas Goes Deep In Loss Friday

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Lane Thomas went 1-for-3 with his sixth home run of the season, two RBI, a run scored and a walk in the team's 8-6 loss to the visiting Detroit Tigers on Friday night. Thomas has really started to heat up in the month of May, as all six of his home runs have come this month, and he's now hitting .281 (47-for-167) on the year with six doubles, a triple, six home runs, 21 RBI, four stolen bases and 28 runs scored in 183 plate appearances over 43 games. In the month of May, he's gone 22-for-71 (.310) with two doubles, a triple, six homers, 11 RBI, two steals and 15 runs scored in 18 games played.

    May 20 · Source via Washington Nationals Lane Thomas
  • Keibert Ruiz Dropped To No. 7 Spot, Slugs Two-Run Homer

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    Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz hit seventh for the first this season on Friday. He responded by slamming a two-run blast as part of the team's fierce comeback attempt against the Detroit Tigers on Friday. They ultimately fell 8-6, but not before Ruiz curbed an 0-for-14 skid across his prior three outings. The 24-year-old is yet to develop into a difference-making backstop this year, slashing only .233/.302/.363 over 146 at-bats. Ruiz doesn't get rung up often, though, as he possesses a 7.6% strikeout rate, which is the best among catchers. Hopefully he can expand upon Friday's effort going forward, perhaps even rejoining a more advantageous spot in the Nationals batting order soon enough.

    May 20 · Source via Washington Nationals Keibert Ruiz
  • Nationals Sign Luis Torrens To Minor League Contract

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    The Nationals have signed catcher Luis Torrens to a minor league deal, the club announced. Washington also confirmed its previously reported signing of designated hitter Franmil Reyes to a non-roster pact. Torrens joins his third organization of 2023. He opened the year with the Cubs on a minor league deal and cracked the Opening Day roster. Working…

    May 18 · MLB Trade Rumors Washington Nationals Luis Torrens
  • Nationals, Franmil Reyes Agree To Minor League Deal

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    11:15am: Reyes’ contract with the Nats has opt-out dates on June 16 and July 1, Andrew Golden of the Washington Post tweets. 9:18am: The Nationals have agreed to a minor league contract with free-agent outfielder/designated hitter Franmil Reyes, per a report from Talk Nats (Twitter link). Reyes opened the season with the Royals but was…

    May 18 · MLB Trade Rumors Washington Nationals Franmil Reyes
  • Nationals Sign Franmil Reyes To Minor-League Deal

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    The Washington Nationals signed free-agent outfielder Franmil Reyes to a minor-league deal on Thursday, according to a source. Reyes went 11-for-59 (.186) for the Kansas City Royals with two home runs, seven RBI, four walks and 24 strikeouts in 19 games before he was cut. The 27-year-old right-handed power hitter will resurface in the minors for the Nationals, but it remains to be seen if he can hit enough to make it back to the Show. There will be more opportunity in D.C., though, but Reyes needs to make more contact to turn things around. He hit 30 long balls and drove in 85 for the Cleveland Guardians in 2021, but Reyes has hit .217 with 16 homers and 54 RBI in 137 games since then.

    May 18 · Source via Washington Nationals Franmil Reyes
  • Kevin Plawecki Opts Out Of Deal With Nationals

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    Veteran catcher Kevin Plawecki triggered an opt-out clause in his minor league contract with the Nationals, reports Andrew Golden of the Washington Post (Twitter link). Unless Washington selects him onto the big league roster, he’ll return to the open market. Plawecki signed with the Nats on April 1. It was his second non-roster pact of the…

    May 17 · MLB Trade Rumors Washington Nationals Kevin Plawecki
  • Josiah Gray Turns In Quality Start Tuesday

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    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Josiah Gray put forth another solid effort in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Marlins. Gray pitched seven innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts. The 25-year-old is putting together a season that fantasy managers have long hoped for, going 3-5 with a 2.73 ERA, 7.69 K/9 rate, and 3.76 BB/9 rate. The strikeouts have been a bit down and the walks have still been high, but Gray has managed to avoid the long ball, which has historically been an issue for him. He still has room for improvement but should have another opportunity to put up another good start in his next matchup against the Tigers.

    May 17 · Source via Washington Nationals Josiah Gray
  • Hunter Harvey Blows Save, Takes Loss Tuesday

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    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Hunter Harvey did not get the job done in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Marlins. Harvey came in to pitch the ninth inning up by two. He got the first two outs on a flyout and a strikeout but then allowed a double, an RBI single, and a walk-off, two-run home run to end the game. The 28-year-old has seen increased late-inning action lately and has pitched well overall with a 3.32 ERA and 9.95 K/9 rate, but he has only converted one of four save opportunities. Three pitchers have seen save opportunities for the Nationals in the last seven games, including Kyle Finnegan, who pitched a clean eighth inning in this game, and Carl Edward Jr. Finnegan has the most closing experience but has pitched poorly, so hopefully Harvey will see more chances and take advantage of them.

    May 17 · Source via Closers Washington Nationals Hunter Harvey
  • Corey Dickerson Sitting Against Southpaw

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Corey Dickerson is not in the starting lineup on Tuesday against left-hander Jesus Luzardo and the Miami Marlins. Dickerson doesn't see much playing time against left-handers at this point in his career, and he's not very useful for fantasy managers in mixed leagues. The 33-year-old left-handed hitter has played in only two games this year, thanks to a calf strain that had him on the injured list for a while. Dickerson has only had four plate appearances and is still searching for his first hit while striking out twice. Stone Garrett is getting the nod in left field for the Nats and is hitting eighth against Luzardo. Garrett is batting .254 (17-for-67) with a homer and seven RBI in 19 games played in 2023.

    May 16 · Source via Washington Nationals Corey Dickerson
  • CJ Abrams Posts Third Straight Two-Hit Attack

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    Washington Nationals shortstop CJ Abrams went 2-for-4 with a long ball, two runs scored and a stolen base in an easy win over the New York Mets on Monday. He's now hitting .309 in 55 at-bats since April 26. The co-centerpiece of the Juan Soto trade last summer alongside MacKenzie Gore, Abrams is starting to flash the talent that made him the sixth overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. The 22-year-old is still a work in progress, though, leading the National League in fielding errors committed this season. Even so, he's slowly raising his dynasty fantasy value. Abrams looks forward to a series against the Miami Marlins starting on Tuesday. He's hitting .370 in 10 games against Miami during his short MLB career thus far.

    May 16 · Source via Washington Nationals CJ Abrams
  • Joey Meneses Enjoys Four-Hit Day Monday

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    Washington Nationals first baseman Joey Meneses had a big day at the plate on Monday as he collected four hits while driving in four runs as part of a 10-3 rout of the visiting New York Mets. The 31-year-old opened the scoring with an RBI double in the first inning and provided the Nationals with another lead on another RBI double in the third. After adding a sixth-inning RBI single, Meneses added yet another RBI double to his ledger in the eighth to cap the scoring for Washington. The four-hit afternoon boosted his batting average to a healthy .300 mark alongside two homers, 10 doubles, and a .722 OPS across 177 trips to the plate.

    May 15 · Source via Washington Nationals Joey Meneses
  • James Wood Swats Fifth Homer

    Washington Nationals outfield prospect James Wood hit his fifth home run of the season for High-A Wilmington. The IMG Academy product was all-around incredible in Wilmington's 6-5 win, going 3-for-3 with a home run, double, two walks, three runs, and two RBI. Through 31 games this season, he is slashing .282/.366/.564 with five home runs, 20 runs, 26 RBI, and five stolen bases. The 6'6" Wood is regarded universally as a top-10 prospect because of the incredible raw power his frame generates. The 20-year-old is not close to the majors, but as one of the best prospects in baseball, he is a must-roster in any dynasty league.

    May 15 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals James Wood
  • Kyle Finnegan Records His Eighth Save On Sunday

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    Washington Nationals right-hander Kyle Finnegan was tasked with protecting a one-run lead in the ninth inning of Sunday's 3-2 victory over the New York Mets. He was successful, working around two hits while striking out a batter to earn his eighth save of the season. It's a good sight for fantasy managers, as Finnegan's been shaky this season, posting a 6.28 ERA, 1.95 WHIP, 19.4% strikeout rate, and 13.4% walk rate with a pair of blown saves. The club has shown no signs that they want to move on from the 31-year-old as the closer, so expect him to keep collecting save opportunities for the time being but keep an eye on the situation moving forward.

    May 15 · Source via Closers Washington Nationals Kyle Finnegan
  • Jeimer Candelario Returns Against Mets

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    Washington Nationals third baseman Jeimer Candelario (ankle) is back in the starting lineup on Friday against right-hander Tylor Megill and the New York Mets. He's starting at the hot corner and batting sixth in the lineup. Candelario hurt his ankle while sliding in Wednesday's game against the San Francisco Giants and had to be removed early, but he'll return to action on Friday after having Thursday off. The 29-year-old hasn't been much of a force offensively so far this year and has gone just 1-for-12 with a double in his last three games played. Overall, Candelario is hitting a weak .216 (30-for-139) with eight doubles, four home runs, 14 RBI and 13 runs scored in his first 35 games for the Nationals.

    May 12 · Source via Washington Nationals Jeimer Candelario
  • Corey Dickerson Starting Rehab Assignment Friday

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    Washington Nationals outfielder Corey Dickerson (calf), who has been on the injured list since April 1 with a left calf strain, is starting a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Friday night. The Nationals will probably give Dickerson as much time as he needs in the minors before bringing him back to the big leagues. The expectation is that when he's healthy, he'll return to seeing regular time in left field against right-handed pitching for the rebuilding Nats. The 33-year-old left-handed-hitting veteran doesn't have a whole lot to offer fantasy managers these days, though, especially in a part-time role. Before getting hurt, he went hitless with two strikeouts in his two games played.

    May 12 · Source via Washington Nationals Corey Dickerson
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