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Nationals' Blake Rutherford: Inks MiLB deal with Nats
Rutherford signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Friday.
Rutherford has already been assigned to Triple-A Rochester ahead of Nationals camp. The 25-year-old former Yankees and White Sox prospect batted .271/.311/.428 with 13 home runs and eight stolen bases over 116 games at the Triple-A level in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Stephen Strasburg: Throwing near home
Strasburg (ribs/shoulder) was taking part in a throwing program near his home Thursday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
There is still no clarity as to how much the Nationals are going to be able to get out of Strasburg in 2023, but the 34-year-old right-hander continues to plug away in his ongoing recovery from July 2021 surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome. A stress reaction in his rib cage is what limited him to just one major-league start in 2022, and that injury was said to be related to the lingering TOS issue. Strasburg can probably be ignored again on fantasy draft day, unless a sudden reason for newfound optimism arises during spring training.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Juan Hillman: Inks MiLB deal with Washington
Hillman signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Tuesday.
It does not carry an invitation to the major-league side of spring training, but Hillman could be a factor with the Nats at some point in 2023 as he moves further and further away from Tommy John surgery. A second-round pick by Cleveland in 2015, the lefty posted a 3.94 ERA in 109.2 innings between Double-Akron and Triple-A Columbus in 2021.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Wily Peralta: Signs NRI deal with Washington
Peralta signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Tuesday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, per Andrew Golden of the Washington Post.
Peralta posted a shiny 2.58 ERA over 38.1 innings with the Tigers in 2022, but he issued 24 walks along the way and was ultimately cut loose by Detroit in August. The 33-year-old right-hander can maybe be a useful swingman type for the rebuilding Nats in 2023 if he shows well in that capacity this spring. He has plenty of past big-league experience as both a starter and reliever.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Cleared for spring
Doolittle (elbow) said Friday that he'll be a full participant when pitchers and catchers report to spring training in two weeks, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. "I'm not limited in any way right now," said Doolittle, who underwent an internal brace procedure in July to address a partially torn UCL in his left elbow.
Though Doolittle turned 36 years old in September and is returning from a relatively unproven arm procedure, he's apparently responded well to his five-month rehab program and has since completed 11 bullpen sessions while gradually increasing the intensity of his throwing. The Nationals opted to bring back Doolittle on a minor-league deal in November, and the veteran lefty should have a good chance at breaking camp with a spot on the 40-man roster and 28-man active roster if he avoids any setbacks during the Grapefruit League slate. Before injuring his elbow, Doolittle was in the midst of a strong start to the 2022 campaign, as he had yet to allow a run and put just one runner on base while striking out six over 5.1 frames.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Alex Colome: Gets NRI deal from Nats
Colome signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Friday and received an invite to major-league spring training, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
The Nationals have had their eyes on Colome since 2019 when they attempted to trade for him ahead of the deadline. The right-hander has declined considerably since then, however, and holds a 4.82 ERA and 1.52 WHIP over the past two seasons. If the 34-year-old reliever can hold his own in spring training, he might crack a Nats bullpen with few proven arms, though he probably won't see much high-leverage usage.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Andres Machado: Outrighted to Triple-A
Machado cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester by the Nationals on Tuesday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
He's lost his spot on the 40-man roster but will remain in the organization. Machado collected a 3.34 ERA in 59.1 innings last season for the Nationals.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Victor Arano: Reaches deal for 2023
Arano agreed to a one-year, $925,000 contract with the Nationals on Friday to avoid arbitration, Andrew Golden of The Washington Post reports.
Arano made 43 appearances for the Nationals in 2022 and had a 4.50 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 44:12 K:BB across 42 innings. The 27-year-old is likely to open 2023 in middle relief but could see high-leverage chances with a strong start to the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Lane Thomas: Avoids arbitration
Thomas signed a one-year contract with the Nationals on Friday to avoid arbitration.
Thomas posted a .705 OPS with 17 homers and eight steals in 2022 in his first full season with the Nats. The 27-year-old is slated to open the 2023 campaign as the right fielder and possible leadoff hitter.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Kyle Finnegan: Inks one-year deal
Finnegan signed a one-year, $2.325 million contract with the Nationals on Friday to avoid arbitration, Andrew Golden of The Washington Post reports.
Finnegan collected 11 saves for the Nationals last season, posting a 3.51 ERA and 70:22 K:BB over 66.2 innings along the way. He is the favorite to open 2023 as the club's closer, although his leash wouldn't figure to be a long one.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Carl Edwards: Avoids arbitration
Edwards signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract with the Nationals on Friday to avoid arbitration, Andrew Golden of The Washington Post reports.
Edwards earned the raise following a resurgent 2022 season which saw him post a 2.76 ERA and 56:25 K:BB over 62 innings. He'll be in the late-inning mix for the Nationals again in 2023, perhaps even seeing some save opportunities.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Hunter Harvey: Settles with Washington
Harvey signed a one-year contract with the Nationals on Friday to avoid arbitration, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
Harvey managed to stay healthy enough to make 38 appearances for the Nats in 2022, collecting a 2.52 ERA and 45:12 K:BB over 39.1 innings. The 28-year-old remains a huge health risk, but he still has a big arm and could even close for Washington in 2023 as long as he's able to reliably take the mound.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Andres Machado: Designated for assignment
Machado was designated for assignment by the Nationals on Tuesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Machado recorded a 3.34 ERA in 59.1 innings last season, but the Nationals seemingly don't believe he'll repeat that figure. Both his 17.6 percent strikeout rate and 10.0 percent walk rate were poor, and his 4.51 FIP suggests he overachieved by more than a run. He posted similar numbers in 2021, managing a 3.53 ERA in 35.2 frames despite a 4.63 FIP, so it's possible another team will buy into him as a pitcher who can reliably outperform his peripherals, but it's unlikely he earns anything more than a lower-leverage role.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Corey Dickerson: Lands $2.25 million deal with Nats
Dickerson signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract with the Nationals on Tuesday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Dickerson will have the ability to earn an additional $750,000 in incentives. The 33-year-old collected a .267/.300/.399 batting line with six home runs over 297 plate appearances for the Cardinals last season. He appears lined up to start in left field against right-handed pitching for the Nats in 2023. It's a good landing spot in terms of Dickerson's playing-time outlook, but his fantasy appeal is limited to deep leagues.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Gerson Moreno: Inks deal with Nationals
Moreno signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Friday.
Moreno pitched at Double-A Erie in the Tigers organization in 2022, holding a 3.32 ERA and 96:33 K:BB. The 27-year-old has piled up strikeouts in the minors, but walks are a major issue. He's yet to pitch in the big leagues.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Jose Mujica: Gets deal with Nationals
Mujica signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Monday.
Mujica, 26, spent 2022 in the minors in the Yankees organization, posting a 4.11 ERA between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. His only big-league experience came in 2020 with two appearances for the Rockies.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Francisco Perez: Back with Nats on MiLB pact
Perez agreed Wednesday with the Nationals on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to big-league spring training, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Perez elected free agency after being outrighted off the Nationals' 40-man roster in November, but upon exploring his options on the open market, he ultimately decided to return to the Washington organization. He'll get a chance to vie for a spot in Washington's Opening Day bullpen, but he's more realistically ticketed for Triple-A Rochester. He spent the majority of the 2022 campaign at Rochester, submitting a 4.82 ERA and 1.43 WHIP while punching out 61 batters over 46.2 innings.... See More ... See Less
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