Mike Rizzo discusses offseason plans. Chris Heisey’s back with the Nats in 2017. Bryan Harper undergoes Tommy John surgery. Catch up on the biggest Washington Nationals news from across the internet.
The hot stove is heating up and rumors are swirling. The Nats are known to be in on the relief market and are (hopefully) actively searching for someone to replace Danny Espinosa in the batting order either at shortstop or outfield. What are the team’s interests in the starting pitching corner of the trade market? Chris Sale anyone?
Mark Zuckerman, Nats beat writer and annual voter for the BBWAA awards, selected Max Scherzer as his winner of the 2016 NL Cy Young Award. After Scherzer took home the hardware, Zuckerman detailed his reasoning for choosing the Nats’ ace, explaining how close of a decision it was for him.
After hitting .216/.290/.446 with nine home runs in 83 games for the Nationals in 2016, the organization decided to resign Chris Heisey to a one-year, $1.4 million contract for next season. The primary right-handed pinch hitter off Washington’s bench, Heisey was one of manager Dusty Baker’s favorite options late in games.
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Left-handed reliever Bryan Harper, the brother of Nats’ right fielder Bryce, underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this month. He was promoted to AAA Syracuse midway through the season, where he posted a 3.80 ERA in 21 1/3 innings of work. Harper is expected to miss the entire 2017 season.
The Nats have been rumored to be interested in free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, but will they make a competitive offer? NY Daily News’ John Harper doesn’t think so, as the MASN dispute coupled with several pricey contracts the team is already locked into will limit their financial flexibility.
Chicago Cubs phenom Kris Bryant had a fantastic season for the World Champions, but Daniel Murphy’s contributions to Washington should not go unnoticed. Bryant was simply the best player on the best team, giving him the award in a landslide vote. Murphy, on the other hand, came out of nowhere to lead the Nationals to 96 wins and an NL East title and was the engine that made the team’s offense click.