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2019 MLB Spring Training battles to watch Stars might put fans in the seats, but baseball is a sport that rewards the most complete clubs. That's what makes Spring Training more than a series of exhibitions; big league jobs are on the line, and they could end up having a major impact on the season-end standings.

Howie Kendrick healthy at Nationals camp Howie Kendrick set a goal for himself after the final day of the regular season, to work tirelessly enough this offseason to arrive at Spring Training ready to go after a ruptured right Achilles tendon ended his season in May.

After sensational rookie season, Soto ready for added pressure - Juan Soto strode into the Nationals clubhouse this morning with all the swagger you expect from him. He gave hugs to teammates he hadn't seen since September, shared offseason stories and confidently conducted a lengthy interview with reporters in English.

Juan Soto arrives at Nationals Spring Training Juan Soto said he had never actually been inside the Nationals' home clubhouse at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, not before he arrived Monday morning for his first big league camp. It was a brief reminder of just how meteoric Soto's rise to D.C.

Kendrick "ready to go" on first day of spring training - When last we saw and heard from Howie Kendrick - 2 1/2 months ago at Winterfest - the rehabbing veteran said he "should" be ready for the start of spring training. At that point, he hadn't really tested his repaired Achilles tendon much, aside from some running on an anti-gravity treadmill.

Washington Nationals have a plan for Ryan Zimmerman this Spring after disappointing 2018 campaign… Ryan Zimmerman took most of his at bats on the back fields last Spring, and struggled to stay healthy in the regular season, so they’re doing things a little differently this time…

Nationals' reliever Aaron Barrett still working his way back, four years later… There isn’t a more inspiring a player in West Palm Beach with Washington’s Nationals this Spring than Aaron Barrett, and he’s not quite done yet…

Wire Taps: Mike Rizzo discusses state of the Nationals; Ryan Zimmerman shares opinions; Commissioner Manfred shares thoughts… Catch up on an interesting last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait for a former Nat to find a new home…

Kyle Barraclough excited to join Washington Nationals’ bullpen: "They’re here to win." Acquired from the Miami Marlins early in the offseason, Kyle Barraclough told reporters this week that he’s excited to join a franchise that’s determined to win…

Rizzo "satisfied" with Nationals' roster as is - As position players across baseball report for spring training and other teams continue to seek upgrades via the large pool of still unsigned free agents, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo suggested he's perfectly content going into the season with the group he already has in place.

Washington Nationals: Several eyes on Stephen Strasburg this spring Mike Rizzo's main mantra with the Washington Nationals has always been consistent, "Pitching is King." That's one reason why there have been several eyes fixed on Stephen Strasburg during Spring Training so far. The right-hander is coming off of one of his worst seasons as a pro where he went 10-7 with a 3.74 ERA.

Are Long Term Free Agent Contracts Worth the Risk As we count down the minutes before the Bryce Harper announcement to become official this article analyzes whether mega free agent contracts pay off for the teams and looks at some alternatives to calm the current labor situation.

Phillies rumors indicate team to offer Bryce Harper massive deal The Bryce Harper sweepstakes appears to finally be coming to a close, which is long overdue, given that pitchers and catchers have already reported for spring training. Harper spent the entirety of his MLB career up to this point with the Nationals, and appears comfortable playing in the National League.

Manfred: Pitch clock this spring, free agency not broken - Rob Manfred doesn't know when you'll see Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and the other still-unsigned free agents report for spring training, but he expects it to happen soon. Major League Baseball's commissioner does know when you'll see a pitch clock ticking down during games: Next weekend, when the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues open play.

Mike Rizzo declines to talk about Bryce Harper Few teams in baseball were as aggressive this offseason as the Nationals; general manager Mike Rizzo turned over nearly one-third of the roster in an effort to transform his club back into a playoff team.

Reason for optimism for each MLB team On this opening week of Spring Training, all 30 Major League teams have one thing in common: optimism. You've read a lot about teams being all-in for 2019 and also about some teams rebuilding. Here's what's also true: When players and coaches get to work in Florida and Arizona, optimism is infectious.

Ryan Zimmerman eyes more spring games in 2019 Ryan Zimmerman and the Nationals attempted a rather ambitious approach to Spring Training a year ago for the veteran first baseman. In an attempt to preserve his body and keep him healthy entering the season, Zimmerman spent most of his time during the spring working on backfields and getting at-bats in Minor League games.

Spring Training Minute - Feb. 17 Welcome to the Spring Training Minute! Check back at the end of each day for a daily glimpse and what's happening in West Palm Beach as the Nationals prepare for the 2019 season. Today's Action. On Sunday, pitchers and catchers carried on with their workouts but not before some competition to start to the day.

Zimmerman prepared to play much more this spring - He's not about to start playing nine innings on Feb. 23 or make the five-hour round trip for a road game in Lake Buena Vista, but Ryan Zimmerman will see more game action this spring.

Former All-Star Álvarez hopes to complete journey back with Nats - Henderson Álvarez threw a no-hitter in the big leagues in 2013. He was a National League All-Star in 2014. He started on opening day for the Marlins in 2015. And he spent the 2018 season pitching for the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican League.

Wire Taps: Nationals' skipper Davey Martinez on catchers; batting order; a former GM thinks Bryce Harper is close to signing + more Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news with Davey Martinez discussing his thoughts on the batting order, the catching corps, and more…

Both catchers support timeshare plan, including pinch-hitting - Nationals manager Davey Martinez intends to split playing time among his two new catchers, and those two new catchers are perfectly fine with that plan.

Washington Nationals: Catchers will be used to pinch hit this season One of the stranger strategies in baseball has been to save your backup catcher in case of injury. The Washington Nationals will go against that this year….

Memo to Ted Lerner: Make One More Offer to Bryce Harper It has been a while since I've written a post here. I am tired of waiting out the Bryce Harper drama. Just like I was when I wrote An urgent request from Nats fans to Mike Rizzo and the Lerners: Fire Matt Williams Now! back in September of 2015.

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