Washington Nationals news, rumors and injuries
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 14:00:40 -0800
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (shoulder, wrist) said he is fully healthy leading up to spring training. "I'm healthy. I have a full winter of training. Get back to normal workouts. Looking forward to being healthy and coming in good shape," Werth said.
Fantasy Tip: Werth's injuries left a lot to be desired in 2015. He had only 12 long balls and 42 RBI in just 88 games for the Nats. Washington's lineup should be more consistent this season, but Werth remains an injury risk as your third or fourth fantasy fly catcher.
Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:57:59 -0800
Washington Nationals SP Lucas Giolito is expected to be announced as the No. 1 right-handed pitching prospect by MLBPipeline.com Friday, Jan. 29. "At age 21, Giolito arguably has the best fastball, curveball and control of any prospect in baseball. He pounds the zone with an elite, 80-grade fastball (on the 20-80 scouting scale, where 50 represents average) that sits mid-to-upper-90s, and opposing hitters have difficulty lifting the pitch due to its consistent downhill plane. The curveball projects to be plus-plus, thrown with 12-to-6 shape and a ton of depth and bite, and it gives Giolito a legitimate swing-and-miss offering to pair with his heater," according to MLB.com's Mike Rosenbaum.
Fantasy Tip: Giolito will likely grab some seasoning in the minors before being called up when the Nationals need a starter. Expect him to carve out a full-time role in the rotation at some point mid-season. He checks out as an excellent draft-and-stash candidate in the final rounds of mixed leagues and could be a top-end arm for your fantasy rotation down the stretch.
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Tue, 26 Jan 2016 23:32:19 -0800
Free-agent SP Bronson Arroyo (Dodgers) signed a minor-league deal with the Washington Nationals Tuesday, Jan. 26, and he received an invitation to spring training. He will receive a $2 million base salary with a chance to earn up to $8 million if he makes 32 starts.
Fantasy Tip: Arroyo could be a nice rebound candidate for fantasy owners in 2016 if he has a strong spring and makes the rotation for the contending Nationals.
Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:52:23 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Arroyo could see a decent bump in fantasy appeal if he lands a roster spot with a contending team and can work his way into the rotation.
Thu, 21 Jan 2016 11:29:12 -0800
Updating a previous report, free-agent OF Yoenis Cespedes (Mets) is being pursued heavily by the Washington Nationals, who are pushing to get a deal done. The Nationals may be willing to go five years for $100 million to sign him.
Fantasy Tip: Cespedes would be a beast in that lineup, and he's a low-end OF1 or a high-end OF2 in fantasy.
Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:47:10 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Revere's best assets to his fantasy owners are his ability to steal bases and hit for a high average. With Washington he should be able to score more runs, too, although his fantasy value is limited because of an expected platoon role in center field. If the Nats sign Yoenis Cespedes, things get even more hazy for the speedster.
Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:58:54 -0800
The Washington Nationals are making a run at signing free-agent OF Yoenis Cespedes (Mets), according to major league sources. The Nationals also made runs at Chicago Cubs OF Jason Heyward and Detroit Tigers OF Justin Upton before they signed elsewhere. The Nats offer is said to be less than what Upton received from the Tigers. The New York Mets and Chicago White Sox are also interested in Cespedes, but they are only willing to give him a three-year deal. The question with Cespedes in Washington would be where he would play. If he were to sign, either Cespedes or OF Bryce Harper would likely play center field. A trade of OF Jayson Werth appears highly unlikely.
Fantasy Tip: Cespedes should already be viewed as a top-tier second fantasy outfielder, and a move to Washington would only bolster his value and price on draft day. Hitting in a lineup with 2015 MVP Harper is really scary.
Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:04:12 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Cespedes is the last remaining big bat on the free-agent market, so he might have to lower his demands in order to sign quickly. Cespedes in the middle of Washington's batting order would be heaven for fantasy owners, raising his already high fantasy price as a top-tier second outfielder.
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:45:53 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Revere scores runs, hits for a plus-average and steals bases, which makes him an attractive fantasy option, especially if you went with bombers early. He is also hitting atop an excellent lineup and is in the middle of his offensive prime. Revere is a solid mid-round choice this spring.
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:40:36 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Espinosa hit .240 with 13 home runs and 37 RBI through 118 games last year. He has decent pop for a middle infielder and his versatility should make him a useful player to have off the bench in deep mixed leagues. He isn't going to help the batting average column, though, and he isn't as much of a stolen base threat as he was, either. Epinosa checks out as an endgame flier for drafts this spring.
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:15:30 -0800
Fantasy Tip: There is bounce-back potential for Rendon this season, and reaching for him in the early middle rounds isn't out of the question this spring. He has the potential to reward you with a five-category return, which is a rare commodity, especially for a hitter eligible at second base. Don't fret his down 2015 season.
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 12:02:54 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Expect Starsburg to be a polarizing player at most draft tables this spring. He has flashed elite upside, but he has had some miserable stretches and has battled injuries throughout his career. Additionally, there are usually plenty of conflicting narratives surrounding his fantasy stock. Over his final 13 starts of 2015, Strasburg won eight games with a 1.79 ERA and 110 strikeouts through 82 innings. He checks out as a low-end No. 1 starter for your fantasy rotation and should be seen as a steal any time past Round 5.
Thu, 14 Jan 2016 17:03:43 -0800
Washington Nationals INF Danny Espinosa is considered the favorite to replace free-agent SS Ian Desmond as the team's starting shortstop, according to multiple sources. However, general manager Mike Rizzo said INFs Stephen Drew and Trea Turner will also have an opportunity to win the job during spring training.
Fantasy Tip: In 118 regular-season games last season, Espinosa hit .240 with 13 home runs and 37 RBIs. He has decent pop for a middle infielder and his versatility should make him a useful player to have off the bench in NL-only and deep mixed fantasy leagues, although he won't hit for a high average and isn't as much of a threat on the basepaths as he was several years ago. Turner is considered to be the Nats' shortstop of the future and will probably begin the 2016 season in the minors. His progress should be monitored in NL-only, deep mixed and dynasty leagues.
Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:56:57 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Ramos didn't take off the way he was expected to last year, but he's a mid-to-upper-middle catcher in fantasy.
Mon, 11 Jan 2016 09:10:25 -0800
Washington Nationals OF Ben Revere's role on the team "remains to be seen," according to general manager Mike Rizzo. Rizzo praised Revere's defensive abilities in center field. The Nationals were in need of some more left-handed hitting, so Revere certainly fills that need.
Fantasy Tip: As of right now, the Nationals have Revere and Michael Taylor as options for center field. The Nationals like Taylor, too, so both outfielders could form some sort of platoon there. Because we don't have a clear picture on Revere's playing time yet, consider him more of a late-round option in fantasy drafts as a decent source of runs scored, stolen bases and average.
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