Abreu and Johansen head list of Nats prospects eligible in Rule 5 draft

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - This morning the Rule 5 draft will commence, and there are a handful of Nationals prospects that are exposed and eligible to be drafted. Here are the stipulations to be eligible for the Rule 5 draft: “Players first signed at age 18 must be added to 40-man rosters within five seasons or they become eligible to be drafted by other organizations ... read more

More McCutchen trade news, notes on Ross, Agustin and Robles

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - The Nationals and Pirates continue negotiations for a potential trade of center fielder Andrew McCutchen to D.C. Last week, right-hander Reynaldo Lopez and minor league center fielder Victor Robles appeared to be a part of the initial talks between the clubs. Fast-forward to this week and the deal that sent Chris Sale from the White Sox to Boston. The latest is ... read more

MLBPipeline.com’s Jim Callis likes what he sees in Victor Robles, Andrew Stevenson

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Nationals minor league center fielder Victor Robles has been climbing up the prospect charts after an outstanding 2016 season. Robles hit .280 with 118 hits, 37 stolen bases and 75 runs for three teams, fortifying national attention to his elite skill set. Last season, Robles was ranked as the No. 3 prospect in Baseball America’s Nationals top 10. Robles’ name has ... read more

Source: Talks back on between Nats and Pirates for McCutchen

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Following the White Sox’s decision to trade Chris Sale to the Red Sox, the Nationals’ focus has shifted to the possibility of dealing for Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Talks with the Pirates regarding McCutchen were back on and a meeting was scheduled in the afternoon, according to a source with knowledge of the talks. The source also confirmed the Dodgers ... read more

MLBPipeline.com’s Jim Callis sees big value in Nats’ starting pitching prospects (video)

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Despite losing out to the Red Sox in the Chris Sale sweepstakes, the Nationals are still bargaining from a position of strength as far as minor league starting pitching prospects go here at the Winter Meetings. One big question after last season: Had the Nationals’ top pitching prospect, right-hander Lucas Giolito, lost some of his luster because of some lukewarm starts ... read more

Despite down offensive year, Norris’ pedigree convinced Rizzo of bounceback possibility

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - The Nationals reacquired veteran catcher Derek Norris from the Padres last week for a minor league pitcher. With the transaction, Norris returned to the club that he started out with from 2007-2011. After being traded to Oakland in 2011 in the deal for Gio Gonzalez, Norris got into a nice groove. In 2014, he made the American League All-Star team, hitting ... read more

Rizzo reacts to Melancon’s departure, closer market and Glover’s future

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - The news arrived Monday afternoon at the Winter Meetings that former Nationals closer Mark Melancon had agreed to terms with the San Francisco Giants. Instead of focusing on the possibility of a new leadoff center fielder and a starting pitcher, the Nationals now must also address the ninth-inning role again for 2017. Melancon agreed to a four-year deal worth $62 million, ... read more

Stevenson, Ward named to AFL All-Prospects Team

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - The Arizona Fall League today announced its 2016 Top Prospects Team, which included two top Nationals offensive prospects, third baseman Drew Ward and center fielder Andrew Stevenson. “We are proud of how all of our players went about their business, how they work and represented the Nationals organization in Arizona this fall, and are excited to see both Andrew Stevenson and ... read more