No Cy Young for Max Scherzer this year, though as WaPost writer Chelsea Janes notes in a story linked below, Scherzer realized Jacob deGrom would win it back in September.
The P-Nats have a new home. The Marlins are hiring. People have opinions on Bryce Harper + more...
Catch up on all the latest Nationals news below...
Nationals Winterfest returns to Nats Park - (wusa9.com)
"The Nationals Winterfest is coming home for the holidays and it's a great day to celebrate baseball during the off-season!"
Nationals can afford to lose Bryce Harper, the Orioles will just lose with or without Manny Machado - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The non-Bryce Harper worst-case scenario for the Washington Nationals’ outfield could look like this: Juan Soto in left, Michael A. Taylor in center, Adam Eaton in right. That’s the bottom."
The Nationals’ new spring training cap and jersey ... pic.twitter.com/DzRPsI4xcb— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) November 15, 2018
The Nationals need starting pitching. And Mike Rizzo is keeping ‘all of our avenues open.’ - (WaPost)
"The best fix for this team after its disappointing season, and the best predictor of its success down the road, is bolstering that rotation.”
SCHERZER FINISHES 2ND IN CY YOUNG VOTING:
Scherzer finishes second in Cy Young voting - (NBC Sports Washington)
"For Scherzer, finishing second means he remains on the outside of one of baseball’s most elite groups. Only four pitchers in MLB history have four or more Cy Young Awards. Scherzer remains with his three."
Scherzer finishes second to deGrom for Cy Young Award - (MASN)
"Max Scherzer’s league-leading stats in most pitching categories weren’t enough to retain the Cy Young Award against the guy who led the majors in the most important category: ERA."
Mets’ Jacob deGrom denies Max Scherzer a third straight Cy Young; Rays’ Blake Snell wins in AL - (WaPost)
"Max Scherzer still had two more potential starts left when he acknowledged defeat in the National League Cy Young race..."
The neverending Nationals-Orioles slapfest over MASN and rights fees could end this week (but probably won't) - (Awful Announcing)
"MASN is a weird entity, because the only teams it has the rights for in the Maryland/DC area are the Orioles and Nationals."
Washington Nationals Player Trea Turner and Kristen Harabedian’s D.C. Wedding - (Brides)
"The professional baseball player and his bride paired classic D.C. style with playful accents for a night they’ll never forget."
MLB local streaming talks heat up - (New York Business Journal)
"One of the most contentious sports media negotiations in recent memory — rights to stream MLB games locally — is back on the front burner."
MASN Rights Fees Dispute Goes to Arbitrator - (Barrett Sports Media)
"A six-year-long dispute between the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles goes in front of an arbitrator this week."
I know you aren’t use to second.. but heck of year Max! Fun playing behind you every 5th day. True competitor. I’m just glad I only have to face two of finalist.. Jacob was lights out all year. Congrats fellas! #MadMax #300K @CAA_Baseball— Trea Turner (@treavturner) November 15, 2018
Writer who didn’t vote for deGrom hangs up on WFAN host - (NY Post)
"The one baseball writer who didn’t make Jacob deGrom’s Cy Young Award win unanimous also apparently wasn’t in the mood to 'Schmooze.'"
2018 Cy Young Award winners - (MLB.com)
"With deGrom's runaway win over three-time winner Max Scherzer (deGrom received all but one first-place vote) in the National League, the voters laid to waste any past prestige associated with the win stat and simply sided with one of the most dominant pitching seasons of our time."
Bryce Harper might not be as good as we thought, but that’s ok - (SI.com)
"Give Bryce Harper this: as a 16-year-old, he faced expectations that hadn’t been seen in baseball in a generation, and within six years, after he was named National League MVP on every ballot, he had clearly exceeded them."
P-NATS’ NEW HOME:
Report: P-Nats agree to stadium deal in Fredericksburg, Va. - (MASN)
"The Fredericksburg City Council announced it has reached an agreement to build a multipurpose stadium at Celebrate Virginia South that would move the Single-A Potomac Nationals to the site..."
Potomac Nationals finalize deal for new stadium in Fredericksburg - (WJLA)
"The Fredericksburg City Council voted unanimously Tuesday for the development and shared use agreement with Potomac Baseball, LLC for a $35 million, 5.000-seat multi-purpose stadium that will move the minor league baseball team from Woodbridge to Fredericksburg."
The Potomac Nationals secure stadium deal in Fredericksburg, will relocate by 2020 - (Potomac Local)
"Baseball is coming to Fredericksburg. “Let’s play ball!’ Mayor Katherine Greenlaw said as she donned a baseball cap to approve the Potomac Nationals move to the city from Woodbridge, its neighbor to the north."
NL EAST UPDATES:
Phillies seem prepared to say goodbye to Justin Bour - (The Good Phight)
"Even a fairly expected move like placing third-string first baseman and bench bat Justin Bour on waivers ahead of the Rule 5 draft could be a precursor to something much, much more cataclysmic when we are in this state."
Jacob deGrom and NY Mets may soon work on new contract extension - (NorthJersey.com)
"Whether the Mets extend deGrom will be one of the team's biggest storylines of the offseason, and it appears this could be the right time for the deal."
Job Posting: Miami Marlins Baseball Analytics Intern - (FanGraphs)
"The Analytics Intern will assist Baseball Operations decision-making through the analysis and research of baseball information."
Braves owner not in 'exit mode' as team makes money at 'serious clip' - (AJC.com)
"The Braves are making money 'at a pretty serious clip,' and team owner Liberty Media plans to stick around for a while."