Washington Nationals

Key early Nat Livan debuts on '18 HOF ballot
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The pitcher who threw out the first pitch in Nationals history will be making his debut on the Hall of Fame ballot this season.

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Nats protect Gutierrez, Rodriguez from Rule 5
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The Nationals added third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez and right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez to their 40-man roster before Monday’s 8 p.m. ET deadline to protect players from being selected in December’s Rule 5 Draft.

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Rendon earns MLB Award for Best Performance
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On April 30, Anthony Rendon went 6-for-6 with three home runs and 10 RBIs, pacing the Nationals’ offense in a 23-5 victory over the Mets. That record-setting day has earned Rendon the Esurance MLB Award for Best Performance.

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Nats' outfield depth an offseason advantage
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The Nationals are set to begin next season with a surplus of outfielders, something the team might be able to use to its advantage this offseason.

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Robles or Acuna? Execs, AFL players polled
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Jonathan Mayo asked players in the Fall League and team executives to see if they preferred the Braves’ Ronald Acuna or the Nationals’ Victor Robles.

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Boras open to exploring Harper extension
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As Bryce Harper enters the final year of his contract with the Nationals, his agent, Scott Boras, said he has not had any conversations with the team this offseason about a possible extension. Asked whether he expected to do so this winter, Boras said, “That would be up to the Nationals.”

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#AwardWorthy: Vote for Nationals superstars
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Vote for Bryce Harper (Personality of the Year), Anthony Rendon (Best Performance), Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg (Best Pitcher) in the 2017 Esurance MLB Awards, baseball’s ultimate honors.

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Strasburg finishes third in NL Cy Young voting
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Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg had his best career showing in the National League Cy Young Award voting, but fell to teammate Max Scherzer, finishing third behind him and Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw.

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National pride: Max repeats as NL Cy winner
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For the second consecutive season, Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer won the National League Cy Young Award. He becomes the first pitcher to win consecutive NL Cy Young Awards since Clayton Kershaw did so in 2013-14. This is Scherzer’s third Cy Young Award overall, which puts him in elite company as he continues to rack up […]

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Source: Nats finalize coaching staff with Blanco
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The Nationals finalized first-year manager Dave Martinez’s coaching staff on Tuesday afternoon, when they named Henry Blanco as their bullpen coach, a source told MLB.com. Blanco will be the lone coach to join Martinez from the Cubs, with whom Martinez had served as the bench coach for the past three seasons. The Nationals have not […]

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Nats shift focus to improving bench, bullpen
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Now that the Nationals have completed a managerial search and filled most of the coaching staff, they can shift their focus this offseason to filling out their roster. As the General Managers meetings began Monday in Orlando, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo began the preliminary work for completing his agenda this offseason.

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Inbox: Who's in the outfield for 2018?
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In the latest Inbox, beat reporter Jamal Collier fields questions from Nationals fans about the club’s needs, potential offseason targets and whether a franchise stalwart will return in 2018.

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