At least some momentum seems to be building for the Nationals and their interest in catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who recently made it clear he would like to be traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to a contending team. But a new report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has thrown a wrench into those hopes.
According to Rosenthal, Lucroy has a no-trade clause with eight teams he can block a trade to and the Nationals are on it. Rosenthal points out that Lucroy could always waive his no-trade clause for, say, a contract extension. But the mere presence of the Nationals on his list is an interesting one.
Lucroy says he wants to play for a contender and the Nationals, it would seem, fall in the top 21 teams in baseball in terms of their chances of competing in 2016. Lucroy can essentially allow a trade to 21 teams if you exclude the Brewers and the eight he chose for his list.
Why does he not want to play for the Nationals? It could simply be because of their catching depth with Wilson Ramos and Jose Lobaton already in place. Usually players take that stuff into account when making their no-trade list. He could see other teams as more attractive if they offer a better chance to be the primary catcher.
This news, however, certainly will not appease those who have accused the Nats of having a reputation problem this offseason. This comes in the same winter that Jason Heyward, Yoenis Cespedes and Ben Zobrist rejected larger offers from the Nats to sign elsewhere. Brandon Phillips also turned down a trade to Washington. Lucroy's no-trade preference may add some fuel to that fire, whether it is warranted or not.
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Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.
Dancing is not.
On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor.
With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch."
Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.
While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."
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It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.
While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle.
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It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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