The more Gabe Kapler plays Carlos Santana at third base in a division race, the more likely it becomes we could see him there next season. By Corey Seidman
The Cubs are the favorite to sign Bryce Harper, but plenty of other teams are in the conversation for the slugger.
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Despite entering this season as the Washington Nationals' presumed fourth outfielder, Michael A. Taylor has always played an important role in D.C. Injuries have created plenty of chances over the years for him to prove he can be an everyday player, but the 27-year-old hasn't always seized those opportunities. In 127 games this season (86 starts), Taylor is hitting .224 with six home runs, 24 stolen bases and 112 strikeouts. Bryce Harper may sign with another team this offseason, but the Nationals will still go into the winter with strong outfield depth — depth that could end up costing Taylor his roster spot. If the Nationals re-sign Harper, they'll enter next season with the former MVP, Adam Eaton, Juan Soto, Victor Robles, Howie Kendrick and Andrew Stevenson on the 40-man roster.
The pitch looked like any other, just one in a summer of thousands, a humming four-seam fastball that clipped the outside corner for strike one. But it wasn't for Kyle McGowin, not even a little bit, so the 26-year-old pitcher kept one eye on the baseball as he walked back to the rubber. Catcher Pedro Severino bounced it toward the Washington Nationals' dugout and into the hands of clubhouse manager Mike Wallace. He flipped it to a field-side authenticator, who examined the ball, placed a shiny silver sticker on it and tossed it back to Wallace a few seconds later. Then Wallace, the Nationals' keeper of keepsakes, inscribed the ball with a blue pen, encased it in a plastic box and put it on a
MIAMI — The Washington Nationals flew home to Washington early Wednesday morning, landed at Dulles International Airport and drove back to their apartments, many of which are probably packed up by now. Even in playoff seasons, the clubhouse staff helps players pack up their lockers and ship out stuffed cardboard boxes that populate the space outside their lockers on the last home stand. The Nationals, who are fending off mathematical elimination, will almost certainly will not return to Nationals Park in October. So this trip home for seven games against their division rivals might be the last flight “home” to D.C. some of these Nationals ever take. Bryce Harper is one of those players, his much
For a second straight start, Stephen Strasburg managed to clip three people with a single pitch in one of baseball's more bizarre occurrences all season.
After spending the past 10 seasons affiliated with the Syracuse Chiefs in the International League, the Nationals signed a two-year Player Development Contract with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Triple A Pacific Coast League on Tuesday.
With a single in his first at bat last night in Miami, Anthony Rendon extended his career-best on-base streak to 26-straight games. Washington's 28-year-old third baseman hit a homer in his second trip to the plate, and collected another single the third time up in what ended up being an 8-5 loss to the Marlins. Rendon's three-hit game, (his third straight multi-hit game), left him with a .346/.433/.596 line (36 for 104), 11 doubles, five homers, 15 walks, and 13 Ks over 120 plate appearances during the on-base streak, which has him at .304/.369/.520, 40 doubles, 21 homers, 51 walks, and 78 Ks in 548 PAs this season, over which he has been worth 5.3 fWAR, which leads all qualified National League third basemen. “He's the constant professional for us,” Davey Martinez told reporters after the loss.
The Boston Red Sox's 111-win pace is remarkable in its own right. It's even more remarkable in light of how little they've gotten out of the most important position on the diamond. Although there's something to be said about how well Sandy Leon, Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart have handled the team's pitching staff, it's hard to excuse their minus-1.2 WAR. That's tied for the lowest of all catching corps. Realmuto would help Arizona for the same reasons he'd help the Red Sox. The difference in this case is the likelihood of a trade going down. Dave Dombrowski, Boston's president of baseball operations, loves his blockbusters. It's not hard to imagine him surrendering top prospect Michael