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The Nationals have all but wrapped up the Winter Meetings in Nashville but are still looking to add another left handed pitcher. But re-signing first baseman Adam LaRoche remains a priority for the team.
The Washington Nationals upgraded their starting rotation by agreeing in principle to a one-year, $13 million deal with free-agent right-hander Dan Haren, pending a physical.
The Nationals and General Manager Mike Rizzo have made it clear they plan to shut down Strasburg before the postseason -- and at this point, few would argue the Nats won't make the playoffs.
Sitting in first place in the National League East 21 games above .500 and with a 3 ½ game lead over the Braves, the Nationals didn't make a trade before the non-waiver trade deadline on Tuesday. The reason? They didn't feel like they had to.
The Washington Nationals face a serious problem as they try to fill the seats at the home park: Philadelphia Phillies fans, coming from just 125 miles up Interstate 95, flock to the nation's capital in droves, spurred by the difficulty they face getting tickets to their own home games.
Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo and Ryan Zimmerman's agent Brodie Van Waganen were continuing to negotiate past Zimmerman's deadline of 10 a.m. Saturday morning trying to get a long-term deal done.