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Nationals | Jayson Werth not at 100%

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:25:07 -0800

Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (shoulder) took part in outfield drills Thursday, Feb. 26, but he's not at 100% yet following offseason shoulder surgery. General manager Mike Rizzo is optimistic that Werth will be ready for opening day, and Werth sounded cautiously optimistic. "We've really got to get to that eight week point before you can really ramp up anything, and then again, it's eight to 12 weeks before you can really get back to normal activity," Werth said. Manager Matt Williams thinks Werth will likely start hitting before throwing, although there's no timetable. OF Nate McLouth (shoulder), who would be Werth's replacement if he's not ready, is also working back from shoulder surgery.

Fantasy Tip: Werth's injury and recovery will be a big reason why he falls several rounds in drafts this year. Continue to monitor him this spring, and don't be surprised if he comes out of the gates slow in 2015. However, if he remains healthy, he could return some nice value in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.

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Nationals | Bryce Harper feeling strong

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:05:33 -0800

Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper came into camp with a slimmed-down physique this year. "I was able to do the things I wanted to do when I was in high school and college," Harper said of his offseason fitness regimen. "Switching things up a little bit, more fast-paced workouts. I'm doing 1,000 reps workout in 45 minutes. Just trying to roll through it as quick as I can, doing the things I need to do to get a little leaner and do things like that, but my strength is still there, my power is still there, so I feel very good."

Fantasy Tip: Harper comes with some injury risk, but once some of the big names come off the board in the first several rounds, he'll look attractive. If he can remain healthy for the majority of the season, Harper could finally have that breakout season everyone was hoping for in 2014.

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Nationals | Jayson Werth to be behind

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:41:02 -0800

Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (shoulder) remains in the rehab process this spring and "will be a little late to get started," according to manager Matt Williams.

Fantasy Tip: Werth will typically fall in your drafts, and his injury will compound that effect. Keep tabs on his progress this spring. If he doesn't have any setbacks, he'll make for a fine value in the middle rounds as a candidate to return to the 20-home run mark and steal something close to double-digit bases.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: CSNWashington.com - Mark Zuckerman

Nationals | Denard Span a full-go in camp

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:31:28 -0800

Washington Nationals OF Denard Span (hernia) has been cleared to be "full-go" in spring workouts, according to manager Matt Williams.

Fantasy Tip: Span had an excellent season in 2014, hitting .304 with a career-high 184 hits and 31 stolen bases. He's looking to carry that momentum into 2015, and his hernia shouldn't stand in the way. Expect to see some regression, but he remains a solid target in drafts for his stolen bases and runs on one of the best teams in the National League.

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Nationals | Washington might be after K-Rod

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:03:11 -0800

The Washington Nationals might be pursuing free-agent RP Francisco Rodriguez (Brewers), although the Miami Marlins and Milwaukee Brewers are believed to be the frontrunners.

Fantasy Tip: K-Rod's role, should he land in D.C., is unclear. He would obviously have plenty of fantasy appeal if he were to close, so a return to Milwaukee might be his best bet.

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Nationals | Ryan Zimmerman won't play OF

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:33:55 -0800

Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman won't be playing outfield or third base during defensive work this spring, according to manager Matt Williams. Zimmerman will spend all his time at first base.

Fantasy Tip: Zimmerman's injury concerns are the biggest reason why he's fallen so far in the third base rankings heading into 2015. Power may be a concern now, too, if his shoulder is no longer as strong as it once was. Both third and first base eligibility will be nice, but he may not see enough time to qualify as an outfielder.

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Nationals | Emmanuel Burriss hoping to make roster

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:35:56 -0800

Washington Nationals INF Emmanuel Burriss, who hasn't played in the majors since 2012, is hoping to make the 25-man roster as a utility infielder. He has played second base and shortstop at the major league level.

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Nationals | Tanner Roark could move to bullpen

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:53:43 -0800

Washington Nationals SP Tanner Roark will continue working out as a starter during spring training, although he is likely to be the odd man out when the regular season begins. "If we have to make an adjustment, he's aware of that and he'll make that adjustment," manager Matt Williams said. "Right now, he's going to be one of our six or seven starters and just go from there."

Fantasy Tip: Roark possibly beginning the year in the bullpen is a testament to how strong Washington's starting rotation is. Despite having success as a long reliever in the past, Williams said Roark could be used as a one-inning reliever in late-game situations, which could give him some value in NL-only fantasy leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Washington Post - James Wagner

Nationals | Jayson Werth should be ready for Opening Day

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 05:02:19 -0800

Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (shoulder) is expected to be ready for Opening Day following offseason shoulder surgery.

Fantasy Tip: Werth's fantasy value could take a hit early on as he recovers from the surgery and offseason legal issues. He was a .292-16-82 hitter a year ago, but he had his fewest homers in a full season since 2011. His power may be slipping.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Washington Post - Chelsea Janes

Nationals | No extension talks for Ian Desmond

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 04:58:35 -0800

Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond still has not discussed a new contract with the team. Desmond is a free agent following the 2015 season.

Fantasy Tip: Desmond is a solid fantasy option at shortstop, with a .255 average and 24 home runs hit during the 2014 season. He could command a massive deal next offseason, so it bears watching where Desmond will go if the team decides to trade him.

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Nationals | Matt Williams has option exercised

Sat, 21 Feb 2015 10:27:04 -0800

The Washington Nationals have exercised the club option on manager Matt Williams' contract for the 2016 season.

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Nationals | Jordan Zimmermann open to new deal

Sat, 21 Feb 2015 07:10:49 -0800

Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann said he is open to negotiating a new contract during spring training but will not have any negotiations during the regular season.

Fantasy Tip: Zimmermann posted solid numbers last season and will be part of one of the better starting rotations in the league. Zimmermann likely will be selected in one of the earlier rounds of drafts this season.

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Nationals | Wilson Ramos focused on legs

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:29:16 -0800

Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos, who missed plenty of time in 2014 with a broken hamate bone and hamstring ailments, said he spent time in the offseason working on his legs, and he wants to catch at least 120 games this season. "I feel 100 percent ready for this year," Ramos said. "The past two years, I had problems with my legs. This offseason I worked a lot on my legs. I was running a lot, working on my agility. … This year, I ran 100% in my country. It feels great. I'm happy for that."

Fantasy Tip: Ramos isn't a bad fantasy target at all as a midrange starting backstop. A full season of health would go a long way in helping him return significant value for your squad. It doesn't hurt that he's playing for one of the better all-around teams in the majors, either.

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Nationals | Slender Heath Bell competing for spot

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:48:18 -0800

Washington Nationals RP Heath Bell said Wednesday, Feb. 18, that he is in "the best shape of his life." He is looking to rebound after three rough seasons. Bell said he has dropped as much as 40 pounds this season. Bell is competing for a spot in a crowded Washington bullpen. "Honestly, I haven't even looked at my chances," Bell said. "I feel like my chances are how I perform on the mound and getting batters out."

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Washington Post - James Wagner

Nationals | Yunel Escobar to be starting 2B

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:06:51 -0800

Washington Nationals 2B Yunel Escobar will be the team's everyday second baseman after playing shortstop for most of his career.

Fantasy Tip: Escobar doesn't do anything particular well that stands out for fantasy baseball purposes, making him an unlikely candidate to be drafted in a normal 12-team mixed league. However, the move to a stronger offensive lineup with the Nats could make him an attractive streaming option in daily games.

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