Washington Nationals

Nats bolster bullpen, but upgrading not over
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The first two days of the 2015 Baseball Winter Meetings were quiet for the Nationals, but by the time Wednesday night came around, they improved their bullpen by agreeing to terms with two relievers — right-handers Shawn Kelley and Yusmeiro Petit. By Thursday afternoon, as reporters were heading home, the Nats announced they acquired a […]

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Nationals add reliever Gott, deal Escobar to Angels
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The Nationals added another reliever to their bullpen mix by acquiring right-hander Trevor Gott, along with Minor League righty Michael Brady, from the Angels for third baseman Yunel Escobar.

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Strasburg focused on helping Nationals win in 2016
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Before long, Stephen Strasburg will begin what could be his final season with the Nationals, as the right-hander is due to reach free agency at the end of 2016.

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Rizzo disappointed Nats couldn't land Heyward
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General manager Mike Rizzo said he was disappointed the Nationals were unable to acquire free-agent outfielder Jason Heyward, who decided to sign with the Cubs on Friday.

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Baker getting good early impression of Nats
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Dusty Baker has been in D.C. for a couple of days, and he is already impressed by the Nationals fans at Winterfest. They are positive and excited about the 2016 team, according to him.

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Papelbon reportedly updates no-trade list
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Nationals reliever Jonathan Papelbon has reportedly updated his no-trade list for the 2016 season, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick.

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Nats' Barrett recovering from ankle surgery
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Nationals right-hander Aaron Barrett isn’t just recovering from Tommy John surgery. He revealed at Winterfest on Sunday that he had bone chip and spurs removed from his left ankle on Dec. 3. Barrett was using a motorized scooter to get around the festivities.

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Source: Nats moving closer to Phillips deal
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A baseball source said there is an “85 to 90 percent” chance that Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips will waive his no-trade protection and become a member of the Nationals. However, The Washington Post reported that as of Friday night the Nationals and Reds had made no progress because Phillips had not yet agreed to […]

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Nats sign southpaw Laffey to Minors deal
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The Nationals have signed left-hander Aaron Laffey to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, the team announced on Friday.

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Ramos wants to give Nats more on offense
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After enduring three straight injury-marred seasons, Wilson Ramos’ primary goal in 2015 was to stay on the field and off the disabled list. In that sense, it was mission accomplished for the Nationals’ starting catcher.

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Harper aims to build on MVP campaign
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Even though he won the 2015 National League Most Valuable Player Award, Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper wants to improve in all aspects of his game going forward.

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Turner in line to start 2016 in Nats' infield
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Over the course of a roller-coaster 2015, Trea Turner played for four teams in two organizations, making his Major League debut for the Nationals in August, barely a year after the Padres drafted him with the 13th overall pick.

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