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Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals are in discussions to sign Greg Holland.

Janes cautioned that no deal is complete yet, but it sounds like it could be done relatively soon. Holland was released by the Cardinals last week after posting a 7.92 ERA over 32 appearances. The Cards are still responsible for the balance of his $14 million salary, so the Nats could get him at the veteran minimum. Holland might not have much left, but Washington appears willing to take a shot after parting with Brandon Kintzler and Shawn Kelley.
Aug 5 - 12:47 PM's Jon Morosi reports that the Indians have thus far refused to include Shane Bieber in a trade for Bryce Harper.

Bieber is more of a high floor than high ceiling guy, but the Indians evidently aren't keen on trading him for a rental even if it is for a star such as Harper. The rookie right-hander has posted a 4.80 ERA and 44/8 K/BB ratio over 45 innings covering eight starts for the Tribe.
Jul 30 - 11:20 PM

Craig Mish of SiriusXM reports that the Marlins are not expected to trade J.T. Realmuto.

Mish says that the Marlins haven't had any discussions with the Nationals on Monday, which backs up a previous report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The Nats had seemed to be the one club that could be motivated enough to pry away the stud catcher, so with them out of the picture it looks like Realmuto is staying put. Mish adds that the Marlins and Realmuto have not discussed a contract extension to this point.
Jul 30 - 10:01 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that trade talks between the Nationals and Marlins regarding J.T. Realmuto are "not currently active."

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reported earlier Monday that the two sides had "talked extensively" about Realmuto in recent days, but Rosenthal is hearing that things have cooled. Things can pick back up in the hours leading up to the deadline, of course. Realmuto is under team control through 2020.
Jul 30 - 8:37 PM

According to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, the Nationals and Marlins have "talked extensively" about J.T. Realmuto in recent days.

It's odd timing given the Nationals are a game under .500 and are reportedly shopping some names of their own, but acquiring Realmuto wouldn't just be about this season. He's still under team control through 2020. While the two sides are talking, it's going to take a major haul for the Marlins to part with him. That price tag is the sticking point for now.
Jul 30 - 3:58 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Nationals haven't closed the door on acquiring Marlins' catcher J.T. Realmuto.

The two sides have had discussions for several weeks regarding the All-Star backstop, so there's still a chance that something could get hammered out before Tuesday's trade deadline. The Nationals are seemingly willing to consider including Victor Robles or Carter Kieboom in a package for Realmuto, while the Marlins are insisting that both top prospects be included in the deal.
Jul 29 - 7:07 PM

Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports the Nationals and Marlins remain in trade discussions regarding J.T. Realmuto.

According to Mish, the Nationals are willing to offer top prospect Victor Robles in a deal, but the sticking point may be the Marlins' insistence on getting even more in a trade for their star catcher. You can understand their demands, with Realmuto hitting .308/.358/.533 in 77 games this year. He's also under team control through the 2020 season. The Nationals are expected to at least be in on the catcher market until the very end Tuesday, and we'll see if they're willing to pull the trigger on the biggest Fish available.
Jul 28 - 7:55 PM

Jon Morosi of reports that the Nationals and Rangers have had trade discussions involving Cole Hamels.

Morosi cautions that the talks are at a "preliminary stage and obstacles remain," but he also notes that the Nats are not one of the 20 teams to which Hamels can block a trade. For what it's worth, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post is hearing the report is "not accurate," while Levi Weaver of The Athletic backs up the report. Hamels is still owed more than $7 million this season as well as a $6 million buyout for 2019, so the Rangers are going to have to eat some of the contract. The veteran left-hander got off to a solid start this season but has posted a 5.28 ERA since the beginning of June. The Nationals' rotation has struggled for consistency beyond Max Scherzer, as their starters hold a 4.05 ERA this season.
Jul 23 - 8:07 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Nationals could revisit a deal for J.T. Realmuto.

The Nationals reportedly attempted to acquire Realmuto this winter, but the Marlins understandably had a higher price tag for the 27-year-old backstop than the other components they sold off before the season started. Realmuto has pushed his value up even more because of his strong 2018 campaign, posting a .902 OPS with 12 homers and 45 RBI while being named an All-Star for the first time. Heyman mentions that the Nationals might even be willing to include Victor Robles to procure his services; a player widely believed to be untouchable because of his offensive and defensive upside. Because Realmuto isn't a free agent until 2021, it wouldn't make sense for the Marlins to give him up without getting a star prospect like Robles back in return.
Jul 16 - 8:49 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Reds' pitchers Matt Harvey and Raisel Iglesias are "of interest" to the Nationals.

Heyman notes that the Nationals are in search of another starting pitcher while adding that multiple teams see Iglesias as a possible option in that regard. Iglesias hasn't pitched as a starter since 2016. The 28-year-old owns a 2.45 ERA with 16 saves and a 41/13 K/BB ratio over 36 2/3 innings this season. He's under team control through 2020. As for Harvey, he has a 3.86 ERA over 10 starts with the Reds and has been much better of late while showing increased velocity. He's due to become a free agent this offseason.
Jul 3 - 9:20 AM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM that he is not willing to meet the Marlins' asking price on J.T. Realmuto.

This could be posturing, but Rizzo was pretty direct: "They’ve got a great player in Realmuto," said the Nats' GM. "They’re not going to sell him cheap. We know what the return has to be on Realmuto, and we’re not willing to meet that price. So unless something changes there, on their end, we’re going to go with [Matt] Wieters when he gets healthy and a combination of [Pedro] Severino and [Spencer] Kieboom to back him up." Realmuto, 27, is batting .297/.355/.524 with nine home runs and 27 RBI in 54 games this season for a Marlins team that stands 29-46. He is under club control through 2020.
Jun 22 - 1:33 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Royals will get three minor leaguers from the Nationals for Kelvin Herrera.

Morosi reports that they'll get outfielder Blake Perkins, third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez and right-hander Yohanse Morel. It's a nice return package for the Royals while the Nationals get the dominant bullpen arm they coveted.
Jun 18 - 8:09 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals are on the verge of a deal for Royals' closer Kelvin Herrera.

No word yet on the specifics or what the Royals world be getting back in return, but it would be a massive addition to the Nationals bullpen. It would also hurt Herrera's fantasy value as he would likely cede save chances tp Sean Doolittle. Stay tuned.
Jun 18 - 7:53 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals "checked in on" Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto "a couple weeks back."

Heyman notes that the Marlins are looking for a "haul, the type of haul the Nats aren’t willing to surrender" at the moment. Realmuto boasts a .311/.376/.534 batting line in 41 games this season with Miami and he is under contractual control through 2020. With so many contenders (and even non-contenders) needing help at the catcher position, the Marlins are sure to field many calls about the 27-year-old backstop between now and late July.
Jun 7 - 8:16 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that he is hearing 'buzz' between RHP Jeremy Hellickson and the Nationals.

Hellickson is a name we haven't heard much about over the winter, as the 30-year-old starter struggled to a 5.43 ERA and struck out just 94 hitters in 164 innings for the Orioles and Phillies, respectively. Still, the Nationals have a need in the back of their rotation, and Hellickson was competent in his 2016 season with Philadelphia. This one makes a lot of sense on paper, anyway.
Mar 16 - 5:26 PM

According to Jon Morosi of, the Nationals are still in the market for another major league catcher.

The Nationals currently have Matt Wieters and Pedro Severino behind the dish at the big league level, but they don't appear to be content with that duo. There were rumblings that they attempted to acquire J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins this winter but scoffed at the asking price. Morosi notes that Jonathan Lucroy could be an option on the free agent market.
Mar 4 - 9:33 PM

Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals "haven’t engaged with (Jake) Arrieta’s camp recently."

It contradicts a previous report from USA Today's Bob Nightengale, who said Wednesday that the Nats "remain engaged" with the free agent right-hander. Castillo notes that the Nats met with Arrieta's agent, Scott Boras, early in the offseason and "the two sides emerged with very different opinions on proper compensation" for the righty. The demands from Arrieta and Boras have surely lowered since then given what's transpired this offseason, but obviously not yet to the point that Washington is eager to jump in. There's a lengthy history of Boras clients winding up with the Nationals and Washington wouldn't mind adding a frontline starter, but the club does have luxury tax implications to consider.
Mar 2 - 10:24 AM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Nationals "remain engaged" with free agent starter Jake Arrieta.

It seems like his primary suitors at this point are the Nats, Phillies, and Brewers, but many more teams could jump into the mix if the veteran right-hander begins fielding shorter-term offers. Something has to give soon with the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues entering their second week of play. Arrieta, who turns 32 years old early next month, registered a 3.53 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 163/55 K/BB ratio over 168 1/3 innings (30 starts) last season with the Cubs.
Feb 28 - 11:50 AM

According to Jerry Crasnick of, the Nationals have agreed to terms with veteran reliever Joaquin Benoit.

Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports that it's a one-year guaranteed major league deal worth $1 million. Benoit, now 40 years old, posted a shaky 4.65 ERA in 52 appearances last year between the Pirates and Phillies. He figures to operate in middle relief.
Feb 19 - 3:06 PM

Craig Mish of SiriusXM reports that Victor Robles is the Marlins' "only target" in their trade talks with the Nationals about J.T. Realmuto.

Mish says the Marlins "are not budging" off the Realmuto-for-Robles asking price, adding that a one-for-one deal "will get it done" and that "no other teams are close" in trade talks involving the catcher. Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post has reported that the Nationals will not consider Robles or Juan Soto (or Anthony Rendon or Trea Turner) in any trade discussions, so it doesn't sound like anything is going to get done here unless someone blinks.
Jan 26 - 1:47 PM

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