Marlins give Fernandez big raise

Jan 16, 2016

Marlins give Fernandez big raise

Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $2.8 million contract for 2016, a big increase over his salary of $651,000 last year. The Marlins’ other five arbitration-eligible players also reached one-year deals, the team said Friday. Fernandez returned from Tommy ...

Nats reach agreement with infielder Murphy

Dec 25, 2015

Nats reach agreement with infielder Murphy

Second baseman Daniel Murphy and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a three-year, $37.5 million contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told AP. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the agreement, first reported by ESPN, was subject to a ...

Zimmermann joins Tigers in five-year deal

Dec 1, 2015

Zimmermann joins Tigers in five-year deal

Free agent pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has finalized a five-year contract with the Detroit Tigers. Detroit announced the deal Monday, shortly before a news conference at Comerica Park. The 29-year-old right-hander went 13-10 with a 3.66 ERA last season for Washington, striking out 164 with ...

Harper, Donaldson honored with MVPs

Nov 20, 2015

Harper, Donaldson honored with MVPs

Bryce Harper began this season with one personal goal — and it had nothing to do with homers, RBIs or awards. “All I wanted to do was stay healthy and stay on the field every day,” he said. Harper did that, and a lot ...

Nov 7, 2015

Nats make offer to Zimmermann

The Washington Nationals have made $15.8 million qualifying offers to two homegrown players expected to leave via free agency, pitcher Jordan Zimmermann and shortstop Ian Desmond. Teams had until Friday to make the offers. Players have a week to accept — although none has ...

Nov 6, 2015

Nats GM Rizzo admits team negotiated with Black, Baker simultaneously

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says the team negotiated contract terms with Bud Black and Dusty Baker simultaneously before hiring Baker as manager. In his first remarks on what he calls “a unique situation,” Rizzo said Thursday that “sometimes the negotiating process also tells ...

Nationals announce Baker as next manager

Nov 4, 2015

Nationals announce Baker as next manager

Dusty Baker got another managing job, this time with the Washington Nationals. And Major League Baseball got another black skipper, something the man in charge of the sport called “encouraging.” The Nationals announced Baker’s hiring on Tuesday, nearly a month after firing Matt Williams ...

Dysfunctional Nationals dump Williams

Oct 6, 2015

Dysfunctional Nationals dump Williams

In describing what he will look for in a manager to replace Matt Williams, Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo might have been pointing out exactly what he felt went wrong with the man he hired two years ago and fired Monday. “Leadership qualities, knowledge ...

Scherzer strikes out 17 in second no-hitter of season

Oct 4, 2015

Scherzer strikes out 17 in second no-hitter of season

Max Scherzer pitched his second no-hitter this season for Washington, striking out a team-record 17 and leading the Nationals over the NL East champion New York Mets 2-0 Saturday night for a doubleheader sweep. Only one batter reached base against Scherzer, and that came ...

Papelbon suspended for Harper row

Sep 29, 2015

Papelbon suspended for Harper row

Bryce Harper is not quite sure what he could have done differently to avoid the dugout fight with teammate Jonathan Papelbon that resulted in the Washington Nationals suspending the closer for four games without pay. “If you’re in a bar or if you’re in ...

Harper, Papelbon brawl in dugout

Sep 28, 2015

Harper, Papelbon brawl in dugout

NL MVP front-runner Bryce Harper and teammate Jonathan Papelbon got into a fight during a game Sunday, when a Washington Nationals season that long ago spiraled out of control on the field also did so in the dugout. After a flyout in the eighth ...

Mets prevail in important matchup against Nationals

Sep 8, 2015

Mets prevail in important matchup against Nationals

David Wright raced around the bases, slid home ahead of Wilson Ramos’ tag, made the “safe” sign toward the umpire and pumped his fist in celebration. The New York Mets had broken away in a game their manager called the biggest of the season. ...