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Team W-L L10 STRK
ATL 90-72 6-4 L2
WAS 82-80 5-5 L1
PHI 80-82 2-8 W2
NYM 77-85 7-3 W2
MIA 63-98 4-6 L2

Top Nationals News

  • Nationals' James Bourque: Added to 40-man roster

    Bourque had his contract purchased from Double-A Harrisburg on Monday.

    Bourque was added to Washington's 40-man roster in order to protect him from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. The 25-year-old right-hander -- who transitioned to a full-time relief role last season -- split time between Harrisburg and High-A Potomac in 2018, posting a combined 1.70 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 12.9 K/9 across 53 innings. Bourque could make his way to the majors in 2019 if he continues to impress.

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  • Nationals' Kurt Suzuki: Signs with Nationals

    Suzuki agreed to a two-year contract with the Nationals on Monday, Mark Feinsand of reports.

    The deal is pending a physical. Suzuki will likely open the year as the primary backstop for Washington. He's been one of the better offensive catchers over the past two seasons despite his shared role with Tyler Flowers, posting a 116 wRC+ during that stretch -- the fourth best mark among catchers over that period.

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  • Nationals' Hunter Jones: Inks minor-league deal

    Jones signed a minor-league contract with Washington on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    Jones spent a majority of the 2018 season at the Double-A level but was called up to Triple-A Syracuse toward the end of the season and hit .305/.354/.466 with two home runs and 17 RBI in 38 games. That marked his first taste of Triple-A baseball, which is where he figures to begin the 2019 campaign while serving as organizational outfield depth for the Nationals.

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  • Nationals' Trevor Rosenthal: Deal with Washington finalized

    Rosenthal (elbow) agreed to a one-year, $7 million contract with the Nationals on Wednesday, which also includes a vesting option for the 2020 season, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

    In addition, Rosenthal will be able to earn up to another $7 million next season depending on appearances -- either 50 games played or 30 games finished -- and could wind up making around $30 million in total by the end of the 2020 campaign, per Jon Heyman of Fancred. He also has the ability to turn down the second year and become a free agent after next season. Outside of contractual details, Rosenthal will provide another reliable arm in the Nationals' bullpen should he stay healthy. Prior to going down with an elbow injury in August of 2017, he had logged a 3.40 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 12 saves for the Cardinals that year in 50 appearances. Look for Rosenthal to be utilized in a setup role in front of closer Sean Doolittle.

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  • Nationals' Sean Doolittle: Has 2019 option exercised

    The Nationals exercised Doolittle's $6 million option for 2019, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

    Doolittle, who missed more than two months with a fractured toe, was one of the best relievers in the majors when healthy in 2018, so this comes as little surprise. The southpaw converted 25 of his 26 save chances while posting a 1.60 ERA, 0.60 WHIP and 60:6 K:BB across 45 innings. He figures to reprise his role as the team's closer in 2019.

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