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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

According to FanRag's Jon Heyman, the Nationals are attempting to acquire J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins, but Miami is asking for Victor Robles.

Realmuto is certainly worth a top prospect and more, but Robles might be a little too much and the Nationals would have a difficult time putting together a worth package without him. If the two sides were able to do something, it'd probably involve fellow outfield prospect Juan Soto.
Jan 25 - 7:07 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals consider Greg Holland "too risky" to invest in on a multi-year contract.

Holland has often been connected to the Nats since they pursued him last winter, they're in the market for a reliever and he's a Scott Boras client. However, Rosenthal is hearing that Washington is more likely to sign a cheaper bullpen arm. Holland will surely try to get close to Wade Davis' three-year, $52 million contract but might wind up having to settle for something quite a bit less than that.
Source: The Athletic
Jan 12 - 8:51 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals have expressed interest in Lance Lynn.

Rosenthal notes that the Nats' pursuit of Lynn is complicated by the fact that they're already over the $197 million luxury-tax threshold. However, the club could use a fifth starter and Lynn would be reunited with former pitching coach Derek Lilliquist in Washington. The Rangers, Brewers, Twins and Orioles have also been connected to the 30-year-old right-hander.
Source: The Athletic
Jan 7 - 11:49 AM's Joe Frisaro reports that the Nationals are among the teams showing interest in Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich.

Washington is also known to have interest in Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto and Frisaro suggests that both Realmuto and Yelich could be acquired in the same "mega package." Miami's new ownership group has expressed a desire to keep Yelich and build around him as a cost-controlled guy who is under contract through 2021 with a club option for 2022, but the 26-year-old has reportedly grown unhappy about the Marlins' offseason fire sale. Around a dozen other teams have checked in on the availability of Yelich this winter, including the Braves, Padres, White Sox, and Phillies.
Jan 4 - 12:52 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals have expressed interest in Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.

But a deal seems unlikely because the Nats will not part with top outfield prospects Victor Robles or Juan Soto. Realmuto has requested a trade from the rebuilding Marlins and the Braves are among the other teams known to have serious interest. The 26-year-old batted .276/.332/.451 with 17 home runs, 65 RBI, eight stolen bases, and 68 runs scored in 141 games last season. He is under contractual control via salary arbitration through the 2020 campaign.
Source: The Athletic
Jan 4 - 12:21 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals have inquired on both Greg Holland and Wade Davis.

The Nationals had already been connected to Davis and now they've been mentioned as a potential landing spot for both of the top free agent closers. Heyman notes that Washington "tried to get Holland last year," with one source saying general manager Mike Rizzo "badly wanted to sign him to solve their closing issue." It's pretty clear that, as well as Sean Doolittle pitched for the Nats last season, the club is looking to enhance their ninth inning situation.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 09:41:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms that the Nationals have signed Matt Adams to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post says Adams can earn another $500,000 through performance-based incentives. The 29-year-old will operate as a left-handed bench bat in Washington and a backup to Ryan Zimmerman at first base. Adams posted a .274/.319/.522 batting line with 20 home runs and 65 RBI in 131 games this past season between the Braves and Cardinals, faring especially well against right-handed pitching. He was non-tendered by Atlanta on December 1.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 03:49:00 PM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Nationals are close to finalizing a one-year deal with free agent Matt Adams.

Sherman says it'll carry a $4 million guarantee with another $500,000 available through performance-based incentives. Adams will serve as a left-handed bench bat and backup first baseman in Washington, similar to the role Adam Lind filled in 2017. The 29-year-old hit .274/.319/.522 with 20 home runs and 65 RBI in 131 games this past season between the Braves and Cardinals. He had an .896 OPS against right-handed pitchers.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 03:37:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals are in "serious discussions" with free agent Matt Adams.

Adams fits the Nationals' desire for a left-handed bench bat and backup first baseman -- very much in the Adam Lind mold. The 29-year-old batted .274/.319/.522 with 20 home runs and 65 RBI in 131 games this past season between the Braves and Cardinals and he especially excelled against right-handed pitching. It sounds like this could come together pretty quickly.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 02:54:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Nationals "continue to express interest" in free agent first baseman Matt Adams.

Crasnick says the Nats are viewing him as a lefty bench bat who could reprise Adam Lind's role from last season. Adams was non-tendered by the Braves on December 1 after batting .274/.319/.522 with 20 home runs and 65 RBI in 131 games between Atlanta and St. Louis in 2017. He had an .896 OPS versus right-handed pitching. There's also said to be interest from the Indians and Royals.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 09:45:00 AM

Hector Rondon is drawing free agent interest from the Astros and Nationals, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.

It sounds like a deal could be close to completion with one of those two teams. Rondon was non-tendered by the Cubs on December 1 after posting a 4.24 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 69/20 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings of relief in 2017. The 29-year-old right-hander will be a pretty good bounceback candidate in 2018.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 09:48:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals aren't sure they can afford to sign Jake Arrieta.

Heyman also reports that the Nationals could instead consider the trade market for starters like Tampa Bay's Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi, or Arizona's Zack Greinke. This could be a ploy to try and lower Arrieta's demands, but if he really does want the reported $200 million that agent Scott Boras is asking for, they may have to turn their attention to the trade market.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 10:14:00 PM

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that free agent catcher Alex Avila has come up in the Nationals' discussions.

Avila told MLB Network Radio last month that he would be open to serving as a backup on a contending team and the Nationals have stated a desire to get Matt Wieters extra rest in 2018, so this could be a pretty nice fit. As of now, Pedro Severino is positioned as the No. 2 catcher in Washington.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 11:01:00 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals are showing interest in Wade Davis.

Rosenthal notes that Davis has a connection to new Nationals manager Dave Martinez from the 2017 season they spent together with the Cubs. Davis is also drawing interest from the Cardinals and Rockies this winter. He should land the richest contract of any available reliever, even at age 32.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 09:37:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, agent Scott Boras is trying to engage the Nationals on free agent starter Jake Arrieta.

The Nationals have a strong history with Boras clients, so the possibility can't be ruled out, but the club already has big money tied up in key pieces and Bryce Harper (another Boras client) is one year away from free agency. They could aim lower to fill out their rotation.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 11:01:00 AM's Joe Frisaro reports that the market for Marcell Ozuna "is starting to build."

About 6-8 teams have expressed interest in Ozuna, including the Nationals, Cardinals and Giants, according to Frisaro. He also notes that "there isn't any urgency" from the Marlins to trade Ozuna, but they're willing to if the right offer comes along. Ozuna is under team control for two more seasons.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 06:34:00 PM

Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals checked in on free agent reliever Hector Rondon after he was non-tendered by the Cubs earlier this month.

For what it's worth, there's a connection here with new manager Dave Martinez, who was previously Joe Maddon's bench coach with the Cubs. Rondon delivered a mediocre 4.24 ERA over 61 appearances in 2017, but he's been a trusted late-inning arm in the past.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 02:02:00 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick of, the Indians, Royals, and Nationals have inquired on free agent Matt Adams.

The Nationals see Adams more as a bench bat while the Indians are looking at him as a fallback if they are unable to retain free agent Carlos Santana. The 29-year-old was recently non-tendered by the Braves after batting .274/.319/.522 with 20 homers and 65 RBI in 131 games between the Cardinals and Braves in 2017.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 10:15:00 AM

Drew Douglas of District on Deck opines that Jordan Zimmermann could be a possible trade target for the Nationals this winter.

The logic makes sense, as Joe Ross is set to miss the entire season while recovering from Tommy John surgery so the Nationals should be in the market for another starting pitcher. Zimmermann achieved the greatest success of his career while with the club from 2007-2015 and the Tigers are entering a full rebuild and should be open to dealing the right-hander. The Tigers would have to eat plenty of the $74 million remaining on his contract though to receive any sort of attractive prospects in return.
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 08:18:00 AM

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