The Nationals showed their support for Ryan Zimmerman, who denied a report from Al Jazeera that he received performance-enhancing drugs.
Looking back on a 2015 Washington Nationals season that did not live up to enormous expectations, consensus will conclude that it was a disappointment. But then there were the stories of Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer, which transcended individual achievement, created special moments, and, quite simply, made baseball history.
During December, the Nationals improved their bullpen by trading for Trevor Gott and signing Shawn Kelley and Yusmeiro Petit, but there is still work to be done. The club has several questions to answer, including who the leadoff hitter will be in 2016.
In need of balancing their starting lineup, the Nationals agreed to terms with Daniel Murphy on a three-year deal on Thursday, pending a physical, a baseball source told MLB.com. ESPN was the first to report the deal, which has not been confirmed by the club.
The Nationals signed catcher Jhonatan Solano to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training, the team announced.
The Nationals have hired former infielder Josh Johnson as a manager in the Gulf Coast League, according to a baseball source. The team talked to former first-base coach Tony Tarasco about the position in October, but he decided to go in a different direction.
Jordan Zimmermann — who shined in seven seasons with Washington — signed with the Tigers as a free agent on Monday, but the Nationals like the candidates they have to fill out the 2016 starting rotation.
Brian Goodwin ranked as the Nationals’ No. 2 prospect headed into the 2013 season, trailing only Anthony Rendon for top honors within the organization. Selected by the Nats with the No. 34 overall pick in the 2011 Draft,.
The Nationals named their Minor League managers, coaches and coordinators for the 2016 season on Thursday. Matt LeCroy was the bullpen coach the last two years, and he takes over as the manager for Double-A Harrisburg.
Right-hander Darren O’Day has decided to re-sign with the Orioles, a baseball source confirmed to MLB.com. The move means the Nationals will continue to search for a setup man and other relievers.
It appears Brandon Phillips will not be traded to the Nationals. Washington is moving on from the Reds’ second baseman, according to a report by Fox Sports. While there is a chance talks could revive, for now the Nats are pursuing other options.