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2017 Schedule
97-65, 1st in NL East
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Strasburg might skip future All-Star games

Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg says he might skip All-Star Games in the future because he thinks the change in routine for that event contributed to an injury last season.

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2B Murphy on crutches 8 weeks after surgery

Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy ambled around the team's annual fan festival with the aid of a pair of crutches and declined to offer any sort of estimate about the length of his recovery from right knee surgery.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Brandon Kintzler's deal to return to the Nationals gives them the same solid 7-8-9 combo they had down the stretch last year (Kintzler/Madson/Doolittle), when Washington's pen was among the best in baseball. Even better, the Nats were able to retain the 2017 All-Star at a price (two years, $10M) that seems like a bargain relative to recent reliever deals.

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Reports: All-Star Kintzler agrees with Nationals

Brandon Kintzler, an All-Star selection with the Twins before he was traded to the Nationals last season, has agreed to a two-year deal with Washington, according to reports.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Scott Boras said that he met with Nationals ownership a month ago to have preliminary discussions about a potential contract extension for Bryce Harper. If Harper, who's in the final year of his contract, opts to hit the open market next winter, he would seemingly have one less major suitor now that the Yankees have acquired fellow outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Scott Boras has assembled a 75-page binder for client Jake Arrieta and sent it directly to MLB owners. One team on Boras' radar: The Washington Nationals. Boras already represents Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, who are signed to longterm deals for a total of $385 million. Now he's trying to engage the Nationals on Arrieta, according to sources. Will owner Ted Lerner bite?

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Brandon Kintzler, who saved 29 games for the Twins this year before going to Washington at the trade deadline and pitching in a setup role, is attracting a crowd on the free agent market. The Cubs, Twins, Diamondbacks, Nationals and Rangers are among the teams with interest. If the Cubs sign Kintzler on top of the Brandon Morrow deal, it will mean they've officially moved on from Wade Davis.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Rookie Nats manager Dave Martinez shares the best advice he's gotten, courtesy of former boss Joe Maddon.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

New Nats skipper Dave Martinez on Giancarlo Stanton switching from NL East to AL East: "I'm just glad that we don't gotta see him in our division."

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

New Nationals skipper Dave Martinez on if/when he'll start lobbying to keep Bryce Harper in DC beyond 2018.

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15dDan Szymborski

Digging down through baseball's circles of payroll hell

Whatever they do with Giancarlo Stanton, Derek Jeter and the Marlins will have budgetary handicaps in 2018. Where do the Fish rank among teams with major financial handicaps this winter?

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26dBradford 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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27dTravis 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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32dDan 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.

ESPN Stats and Information  

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.

ESPN Stats and Information  

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.

ESPN Stats and Information  

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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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