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2017 Schedule
97-65, 1st in NL East
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1dBradford Doolittle

Hot stove stock watch: Nationals

There is so much uncertainty surrounding the future of the Nationals that it's easy to forget that even with 11 free agents, Washington's status-quo roster is loaded.

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2dTravis Sawchik, Special to ESPN.com

One key move for the Nationals this offseason

The Nationals are loaded with star power, but they have a glaring weakness at catcher. One of their division rivals has a player that could help fix that issue.

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7dDan Szymborski

Projecting MLB's award winners in 2018

If not for the sheer dominance of Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer would be a Cy Young favorite. But his presence skews projections, despite Scherzer taking home the award this year. Expect a couple other Nationals to be in the awards mix.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

There does not seem to be any plausible reason to strongly connect the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees, other than Derek Jeter had a few clutch moments in the Bronx. When you combine Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner desire to fall under the luxury tax this season with the Yankees' reluctance to trade top prospects, it doesn't make much sense to think Stanton will be in pinstripes. Stanton can make $295M over the next 10 years. He can also opt-out of the deal after 2020. If the Yankees want to spend big on super talented outfielder, they can wait until next offseason -- after they reset their tax -- and try to sign Bryce Harper. Now, if the Marlins just did a salary dump without receiving any big prospects, the chances go up slightly, but still not much.

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Of the 9 other pitchers besides Max Scherzer to win 3 Cy Youngs, 7 are in the Hall of Fame. The others are Roger Clemens and Clayton Kershaw.

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Washington Nationals P Max Scherzer is the 10th pitcher to win 3 Cy Young Awards and the second active pitcher to do so, joining Clayton Kershaw. Of the eight retired pitchers to reach that mark, seven are in the Hall of Fame. Roger Clemens (7) is the lone exception.

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What made Max Scherzer great? 1) a .178 opp BA, lowest by qualified pitcher since Pedro Martínez, 2000 Red Sox (.167) , 2) His slider had run value of 30 runs saved (3rd-highest for any pitch in MLB behind Corey Kluber curveball, Justin Verlander fastball), 3) .103 opp BA in AB ending with changeup (lowest in MLB, minimum 15 starts), .127 opp BA vs slider (4th in MLB).

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Max Scherzer beats out Clayton Kershaw to join an exclusive club: He's just the 10th pitcher to win at least three Cy Young Awards, a list that includes Kershaw. While the Dodgers lefty led the NL in wins and ERA, Scherzer had more innings and more strikeouts and ended up winning in a landslide, collecting 27 of the 30 first-place votes. It's not a surprise that he won, but certainly a bit of a surprise that it wasn't a little closer.

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Nats' Scherzer wins second straight Cy Young

Nationals ace Max Scherzer won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday for the second straight year and third time overall, beating out Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw and Washington teammate Stephen Strasburg.

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Expert picks: Who will win the Cy Young?

Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw have five Cy Youngs between them. Will one of them add another trophy to his shelf? What about in the AL, where a strong case can be made for Corey Kluber or Chris Sale?

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Scherzer's got a strong case for Cy Young

Nationals RHP Max Scherzer is looking to become just the 10th pitcher to win three Cy Young Awards and the second active pitcher to do so, joining fellow favorite Clayton Kershaw. Scherzer's opponents' batting average in 2017 was the lowest since 1920. (ESPN Stats & Info)

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Robles rips another AFL homer

Nationals top prospect Victor Robles went 2-for-4 with a home run for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League on Friday. The outfielder, who participated in the league's Fall Stars Game last weekend, has now homered three times in his past 10 contests and is batting .265 overall this fall.

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Murphy wins Silver Slugger Award

Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy was announced as a National League Silver Slugger Award winner on Thursday. The award honors the best offensive player at each position in each league. Murphy posted a .322 batting average and .928 OPS with 23 home runs and 93 RBIs en route to his second straight Silver Slugger win.

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Gutierrez named AFL Player of the Week

Nationals third-base prospect Kelvin Gutierrez earned the nod after batting .600 with a home run, four RBIs, three walks and five runs scored during last week's Arizona Fall League action. He also had two multihit games. Washington signed Gutierrez out of the Dominican Republic in 2013. The 23-year-old hit .278/.340/.408 with three doubles, seven triples, two home runs and 17 RBIs across 68 games in the Rookie League and high-A last season.

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Nats add former manager Hale as bench coach

Former major league skipper Chip Hale will be the bench coach for new Nationals manager Dave Martinez, while Derek Lilliquist will be the team's pitching coach.

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14dAssociated Press

Players vote Scherzer as NL's outstanding pitcher

Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer was picked as the outstanding National League pitcher by his peers after going 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA and an NL-leading 268 strikeouts.

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15dSam Miller

Ranking all 30 clubs by triumphs and fails: Nationals

Washington won its division easily, and overcame a brutal run of injuries to top 95 wins for the fourth time in six years. However, the Nats failed, yet again, to make the first LCS in team history.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Your NL Cy Young finalists: Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. Scherzer seemed to be the favorite heading into September, but had a 4.05 ERA the final month. Kershaw led in ERA and went 18-4, but Scherzer had 25 more innings and 66 more strikeouts. Looks like a coin flip, with Strasburg finishing third.

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Robles named AFL Fall Stars Game MVP

Top Nationals prospect Victor Robles went 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored in the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game on Saturday, earning him MVP honors in the East's 4-2 win over the West.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs8195th
Batting Average.2664th
On Base Percentage.3329th
Slugging Percentage.4492nd
Earned Run Average3.886th
Quality Starts991st
WHIP1.244th
BAA.2395th

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