Source: Nats acquire 2 prospects in three-team deal

Source: Nats acquire 2 prospects in three-team deal

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals involved themselves in a three-team, 11-player trade with the Rays and Padres on Wednesday evening, a baseball source has confirmed.

Washington acquired right-hander Joe Ross and a player to be named from the Padres -- it is believed that shortstop Trea Turner is that player -- and the Nationals sent outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and left-hander Travis Ott to the Rays.

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Jonathan Mayo

Crowded 11-player trade features top young talent

Rays, Nats and Padres each pick up impressive haul of prospects

Crowded 11-player trade features top young talent

Was keeping track of all the moving parts in the massive three-team deal involving the Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals a difficult task? To help sort things out, here's a quick scorecard of who went where:

Padres get:

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Harper, Nats reach 2-year deal, avoiding grievance

Harper, Nats reach 2-year deal, avoiding grievance

WASHINGTON -- Outfielder Bryce Harper and the Nationals have agreed to a two-year deal worth $7.5 million, a baseball source told MLB.com on Monday. The Nationals have not confirmed the deal, which was first reported by the Washington Post.

The deal resolves what had been a challenging situation for the club and player. Harper's agent, Scott Boras, believed Harper should have been arbitration-eligible this winter, while the Nats contended that Harper should not be eligible until after the 2015 season. The new pact increases Harper's salary over the $1.5 million he was set to earn via his previous contract, but avoids the parties going through the arbitration process for at least two more years.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nats' core feels a sense of urgency heading into 2015

Stammen, Zimmerman talk about club's impending free agents at NatsFest

Nats' core feels a sense of urgency heading into 2015

WASHINGTON -- Friday's trade of pitcher Ross Detwiler to the Rangers could be a small sneak preview of things to come for Nationals players, who have a large contingent of teammates nearing free agency.

Detwiler was one of those, and the former first-round Draft pick now has a new address after growing up in the organization alongside many of the players who have helped lead the team's recent run of success. But if this particular group is going to reach its ultimate goal, a World Series title, 2015 could represent its final chance.

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Quartet takes break from rumors at NatsFest

Desmond, Zimmermann, Clippard, Fister get chance to mingle with fans

Quartet takes break from rumors at NatsFest

WASHINGTON -- One could tell that Nationals fans were happy to see shortstop Ian Desmond and right-handers Jordan Zimmermann, Tyler Clippard and Doug Fister at NatsFest on Saturday afternoon.

The four players have been mentioned in trade rumors and will be eligible for free agency after the 2015 season. Neither player was thinking about leaving the Nationals on this day. There was Desmond hanging out with his son, Grayson. Fister talked about getting married this offseason and how fun it was to be on the USO tour. Clippard was often reminded by the fans that he is loved in Washington. Then there's Zimmermann. It seemed all the fans wanted to talk about was the no-hitter he threw against the Marlins on the last day of the 2014 season.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Frandsen aiming for everyday second-base job

Frandsen aiming for everyday second-base job

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals are looking for a starting second baseman, and infielder Kevin Frandsen said Saturday he would like to be considered for the job.

The Nationals have been looking for a second baseman ever since Asdrubal Cabrera became a free agent. Frandsen has been in the Majors since 2006, and the most games he has ever played in a season occurred in 2013. He played 119 games that year for the Phillies and hit .234 with five home runs and 26 RBIs.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He can also be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Harper forgoes NatsFest with grievance looming

Case to be heard next week on slugger's eligibility for arbitration

Harper forgoes NatsFest with grievance looming

WASHINGTON -- Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was scheduled to attend NatsFest on Saturday, but decided against it because of a grievance hearing scheduled for the coming week.

"We are disappointed that he is not here, but he chose not to be here because of the grievance," general manager Mike Rizzo said.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Source: Rizzo not contacted by Blue Jays

Source: Rizzo not contacted by Blue Jays

WASHINGTON -- During NatsFest, ESPN reported that the Blue Jays are looking for a team president/CEO and have interest in Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo. But a baseball source said the Blue Jays have not contacted Rizzo.

According to ESPN, the Blue Jays are looking to replace Paul Beeston. During the Winter Meetings, Orioles GM Dan Duquette and White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams were speculated as possible candidates.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rizzo confident about future of De Los Santos, Bostick

Prospects acquired from Texas for Detwiler caught scouts' attention

Rizzo confident about future of De Los Santos, Bostick

WASHINGTON -- During the Winter Meetings, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was able to acquire right-hander Abel De Los Santos and infielder Chris Bostick from the Rangers for left-hander Ross Detwiler.

Rizzo said the Nationals scouted the two Minor Leaguers heavily before the trade. Bostick has hit .270 with 29 home runs in his short career, but Rizzo believes the power is going to come.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Quiet Meetings leave Nats looking at busy couple months

Quiet Meetings leave Nats looking at busy couple months

SAN DIEGO -- There was a lot of talk about what the Nationals were going to do at the Winter Meetings, but other than a reported deal sending left-hander Ross Detwiler to the Rangers for two Minor Leaguers, it was a quiet four days for general manager Mike Rizzo and his staff.

But the Nationals are far from done. They still need to figure out what to do with Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Ian Desmond, Tyler Clippard and Doug Fister, all of whom could leave via free agency after the 2015 season.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nats send lefty Detwiler to Texas for Minor Leaguers

Nats send lefty Detwiler to Texas for Minor Leaguers

SAN DIEGO -- The Nationals have traded left-hander Ross Detwiler to the Rangers for two Minor Leaguers.

Right-hander Abel De Los Santos and infielder Chris Bostick are the Minor Leaguers the Nationals are getting in return, as the deal was officially announced on Friday.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Barrett, Frandsen brighten day for young patients

After hospital visit, pair heads to Nats' Youth Academy

Barrett, Frandsen brighten day for young patients

WASHINGTON -- Sean Heagney was lying in a bed at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital on Friday, undergoing a plasmapheresis, in which plasma is removed from the blood and replaced to get rid of harmful antibodies. During such a procedure, any movement can cause severe bleeding.

Yet the 13-year-old eighth grader from Fort Collins, Colo., had trouble keeping himself still when a nurse told him that Nationals players would be visiting the hospital's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center later that day.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nats reach out to Zimm's agent, plan Harper shift

Teams ask about Detwiler; Washington not pursuing Scherzer

Nats reach out to Zimm's agent, plan Harper shift

SAN DIEGO -- The Nationals didn't make any trades Wednesday, but general manager Mike Rizzo had a lot to say. He indicated that he met with Jordan Zimmermann's agent Wednesday. Rizzo said the conversation was more of a "reacquaintance" as far as talking about philosophies and parameters.

"It was a good initial discussion," Rizzo said.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Williams focused on 2015 as Nats eye moves

Club likely to undergo changes as Rizzo looks to build for future success

Williams focused on 2015 as Nats eye moves

SAN DIEGO -- Nationals manager Matt Williams has moved past the National League Division Series loss to the Giants and is thinking about 2015.

Williams said he is in contact with general manager Mike Rizzo all the time. The skipper confirmed the club is listening to trade offers. Williams also understands that Rizzo is looking to improve the Nats for this coming season and beyond.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Renda named to Fall League's Top Prospects Team

Most Valuable Player Greg Bird leads young stars following AFL season

Renda named to Fall League's Top Prospects Team

The Arizona Fall League on Wednesday announced its 2014 Top Prospects Team, highlighted by league Most Valuable Player Greg Bird and baseball's top prospect Byron Buxton.

The 22-man Top Prospects Team includes at least one player from 16 Major League organizations. The Fall League managers and coaches voted on the team, taking into consideration the players' performances during the fall and their projected future in the Major Leagues.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nationals silent at Meetings despite trade talks

Nationals silent at Meetings despite trade talks

SAN DIEGO -- There have been rumblings about the Nationals potentially trading their core players such as right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and shortstop Ian Desmond. But for the most part, it was a quiet Tuesday at the Winter Meetings.

But the rumors started early in the day. MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reported that the Rangers inquired about Zimmermann. But Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo reiterated that he still wants to sign Zimmermann to a long-term extension, though he hasn't meant with Zimmermann's representatives.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Desmond looking to be with Nats beyond 2015

Shortstop hoping club can stay intact coming off postseason berth

Desmond looking to be with Nats beyond 2015

SAN DIEGO -- Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond made it known on Tuesday that he doesn't want to get traded and he hopes to get his contract situation resolved soon.

Desmond is one of five players -- Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Tyler Clippard and Denard Span are the others -- on the club who could become free agents after the 2015 season. The Nats are already listening to potential trade offers on those players.

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Lindsay Berra

Young looks to get slimmer 'meat hooks' into coaching

13-year big leaguer seeking job in player development at Winter Meetings

Young looks to get slimmer 'meat hooks' into coaching

SAN DIEGO -- A tall, lanky man leans against a pillar in the lobby of the Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel. Another man hurries by, makes eye contact, and literally stops in his tracks.

"I didn't even recognize you, man!" he said. "Where's the rest of you?"

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Lindsay Berra is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rizzo: Nats are 'open for business' at Winter Meetings

Rizzo: Nats are 'open for business' at Winter Meetings

SAN DIEGO -- Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday that no progress was made as far as extending the contracts of Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Ian Desmond, Tyler Clippard and Denard Span, all of whom could be free agents after the 2015 season.

It was reported Sunday that the Nationals are going to make another offer to Zimmermann sometime this week. Zimmermann has established himself as the ace of the pitching staff, winning 45 games in the last three years with a 2.96 ERA.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lunch with Williams among Nats' charity auctions

Funds will be donated to LUNGevity, a national lung cancer-focused nonprofit

Lunch with Williams among Nats' charity auctions

SAN DIEGO -- Imagine hanging out with manager Matt Williams and his coaching staff or spending time with the Nationals' grounds crew.

In what could be the greatest version of Show and Tell in history, the Nats are offering just that -- talking baseball with the skipper over lunch or seeing how the grounds crew operates at Nationals Park, all in the name of charity.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nationals working to sign Zimmermann long term

Nationals working to sign Zimmermann long term

SAN DIEGO -- A baseball source said there is nothing imminent as far as the Nationals trying to trade any of their players who are eligible for free agency after the 2015 season, a group which includes right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and shortstop Ian Desmond. The Nationals are willing to listen to trade offers on any of their players, but that doesn't mean they are going to make a move.

In fact, the same source said that the Nationals are still trying to sign Zimmermann long term. One could argue that Zimmermann is the ace of the pitching staff. In the last three years, he has posted 45 wins, a 2.96 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Souza earns GIBBY for catch to protect no-hitter

Outfielder dove to grab ball for final out of Zimmermann's dazzling game

Souza earns GIBBY for catch to protect no-hitter

WASHINGTON -- Outfielder Steven Souza Jr. played in only 21 Major League games, but he certainly had an impact on the Nationals this year. In the final game of the regular season, he made a spectacular catch for the final out to save Jordan Zimmermann's no-hitter, a game the Nationals won, 1-0, over the Marlins. The history-saving grab earned Souza an MLB.com Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Award for Play of the Year.

Winners of the 13th annual GIBBY Awards were announced during a live show on MLB Network and MLB.com on Saturday night.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He can also be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Span undergoes successful surgery for sports hernia

Nationals outfielder 'thankful,' expected to be ready for Spring Training

Span undergoes successful surgery for sports hernia

WASHINGTON -- Nationals center fielder Denard Span underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia, the team announced on Wednesday. He is expected to be ready for Spring Training, and Span said he plans to be 100 percent in six weeks.

Span suffered the injury toward the end of the season, but it wasn't enough to miss any games, including the postseason against the Giants. After the season ended, Span thought rest would help ease the pain. It didn't go away, however, after he started training for the 2015 season.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

Duke's Matuella, 2014 top pick Aiken follow Florida high school infielder on Top 50 list

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

For the second time in their history, the Arizona Diamondbacks own the top pick in the First-Year Player Draft. The first time that happened, in 2005, they took a high school shortstop with a potent bat.

Ten years after grabbing Justin Upton, the D-backs could follow a similar path. Lake Mary (Fla.) High School shortstop Brendan Rodgers sits atop MLBPipeline.com's initial Draft Top 50 rankings, thanks to his three plus tools (bat, power, arm) complemented by two solid ones (speed, defense). Unlike Upton, who immediately moved to the outfield as a professional, Rodgers should remain at shortstop.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nationals tender contracts to all arb-eligible players

Nationals tender contracts to all arb-eligible players

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals tendered contracts to all their arbitration-eligible players: Stephen Strasburg, Doug Fister, Wilson Ramos, Craig Stammen, Danny Espinosa, Jerry Blevins, Tyler Clippard, Ross Detwiler, Drew Storen and Jose Lobaton.

The Nationals had until 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday to tender contracts to those players. Blevins, who made $1.6 million this past season, arguably had the worst year of his career and it looked like he could be taken off the playoff roster, but he figured it out in his final five games and appeared in the National League Division Series against the Giants.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Early Hot Stove splashes with more to come in NL East

Early Hot Stove splashes with more to come in NL East

The first few weeks of the Hot Stove season have been busy, but there is still plenty more action to come.

Among NL East clubs, the Marlins made the boldest move of the winter thus far, coming to terms with Giancarlo Stanton on a contract extension potentially worth $325 million. We've also seen a major trade involving the Braves and a surprising signing by the Mets.

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Mike Bauman

Nats would be wise to hold on to Zimmermann

Trade rumors swirl on righty, who provides immense value to Washington

Nats would be wise to hold on to Zimmermann

Jordan Zimmermann trade rumors persist, but they might be wish-fulfillments springing from general managers who need pitching.

If you were the Washington Nationals, trading Zimmermann might be the kind of thing you would do if you thought the franchise was moving back to Montreal. Short of that, probably not.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Souza has plenty to be thankful for this holiday season

Nats outfielder got first taste of Majors, made diving catch to seal no-hitter

Souza has plenty to be thankful for this holiday season

WASHINGTON -- Just by talking to Nationals outfielder Steven Souza Jr., one can tell that he looks forward to Thanksgiving. It means spending time with his family, including his parents, in Everett, Wash.

About 20 family members attend the festivities, and Souza looks forward to eating deep fried turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes and gravy and shrimp salad. He said his mother, two aunts and grandmother are tremendous cooks.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Zimmerman, Nats lend support to Turkey Day initiative

Zimmerman, Nats lend support to Turkey Day initiative

WASHINGTON -- Ryan Zimmerman was wearing two gloves on Tuesday morning, but neither one was made of leather or designed to catch a baseball.

Instead, the Nationals veteran simply was following proper kitchen protocol as he and his wife, Heather, spent time volunteering at Food & Friends, an organization based in northeast D.C. that delivers nutritious meals to needy people with critical illnesses. They were joined by several other Nats staff members as the team continued its seven-year tradition of helping Food & Friends with its Thanksgiving preparations.

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