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The Washington Post reports the Nationals are re-signing Ryan Zimmerman on a one-year, $2 million contract. (Source: Barry Svrluga on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Zimmerman, who has spent his entire career in Washington, clearly wanted to re-sign following the team's championship season. However, at this point in his career Zimmerman will likely serve as a platoon bat versus left handed pitching.

Category: Transactions

The Nationals are reportedly going to give Carter Kieboom a chance to earn the everyday third base job. (Source: NBC Sports Washington)

Fantasy Impact: The Nationals have a hole at third base with Anthony Rendon now playing for the Angels. Washington signed Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year contract but Kieboom is certainly the higher upside option of the two. The 22-year-old has mostly played shortstop in his pro career and looked overmatched as a hitter in the big leagues last year. Still, he is a name to monitor this spring as his minor league numbers are enticing.

Nationals manager Dave Martinez says Trea Turner is a candidate to hit third for the Nationals this year. (Source: MASN Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Turner is a pretty traditional leadoff hitter but the Nationals have a gaping hole in their lineup sans Anthony Rendon. If Turner ultimately hits third it could mean Victor Robles gets a chance to lead off, which would be big for his fantasy value.

Max Scherzer underwent several MRIs following the World Series to check on his ailing neck, but the results showed no long-term damage. (Source: Jesse Dougherty on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It looks like all is clear for Scherzer, which is great news entering the 2020 fantasy baseball season. He'll continue to be on the top arms targeted in fantasy drafts, as he turned in another spectacular campaign in 2019.

Category: Injury Updates

Yan Gomes signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Nationals on Wednesday. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Nationals declined his $9 million dollar option earlier in the off-season. The team brought him back into the fold and he will once again split catching duties with Kurt Suzuki. He slashed .223/.316/.389 with 12 home runs, 43 RBI and 36 runs scored across 358 plate appearances for the Nationals in 2019. Due to Gomes heavy lefty/righty splits, he should only be drafted in two-catcher formats.

Category: Transactions

The Nationals have exercised Sean Doolittle's $6.5 million option for 2020. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Even though Doolittle again battled injury and had the highest ERA of his career last year, the option was a no-brainer for the Nationals. Doolittle should remain in the closer's role unless the Nationals add a significant piece to their bullpen, which seems unlikely. Despite the injuries, Doolittle has tallied at least 24 saves in each of the past three seasons and makes a fine second-tier closer.

Category: Transactions

Nationals starting pitcher and World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg plans to opt out of the final four years and $100M of his contract today and become a free agent, according to a report from ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Despite having $100M remaining on his contract, Strasburg will likely get more than that on the open market due to both his career thus far and recent success. In the 2019 regular season, Strasburg pitched to a 3.32 ERA with 251 strikeouts over 209 innings.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

The Nationals have picked up Adam Eaton's 2020 option. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Eaton has another option year for 2021, but if he can come anywhere close to his 2019 numbers next year, he'll be well worth the $10.5 million salary. Eaton stayed healthy for the first time with the Nationals and had an outstanding season in the two-hole, batting behind Trea Turner. He should line up there again next year and be a solid source of runs scored and batting average.

Category: Transactions

The Washington Nationals have reportedly offered Anthony Rendon a seven-year contract worth between $210 million and $215 million. (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: Per the Washington Post, the Nationals reportedly made this offer back in early-September and it doesn't appear that it was accepted. The proposal apparently involved some deferred money, similar to the one Washington gave to Max Scherzer. Rendon is set to become the top position player available in free agency once the World Series ends and it looks like the Nats are interested in retaining him.

Nationals starter Patrick Corbin allowed six earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out eight over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Indians on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Corbin was not sharp in his final start of the season, allowing six earned runs and nine baserunners over just 4 1/3 innings, but he did manage to strike out eight. He finishes the regular season with a 3.25 ERA and 238 strikeouts over 202 innings.

Category: Game Recaps

Nationals starter Anibal Sanchez allowed two earned runs on six hits and now walks while striking out seven over seven innings in Wednesday's win over the Phillies. The win brings his record to 11-8 to close out the season.

Fantasy Impact: Sanchez finishes the year with an 11-8 record and a 3.85 ERA across 30 starts for the Nationals, proving to be a reliable back-of-the-rotation arm as Washington fought their way into the playoffs.

Category: Game Recaps

Nationals starter Austin Voth allowed one earned run on three hits and three walks while striking out three over five innings in a no-decision against the Marlins on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: In limited innings this season, Voth has a 3.35 ERA. He will now take that ERA into his final start against the Cleveland Indians at home.

Category: Game Recaps

Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Soto continues to thrive in the middle of the Washington offense and could even see some MVP votes if he finishes the season strong.

Category: Game Recaps

Nationals outfielder Victor Robles went 2-for-3 with two RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals. The steal was his 26th of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Robles now has 26 steals to go with 17 home runs on the season, and he has his batting average up to .257 by hitting in six straight games, with multiple hits in four of those games.

Category: Game Recaps

Nationals infielder Asdrubal Cabrera went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Braves. The homer was his 16th of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Cabrera has two home runs over his last four games but has been sitting against left-handers.

Category: Game Recaps

Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-5 with a walk-off three-run home run and four RBI in Tuesday's win over the Mets. The homer was his 16th of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Suzuki capped an incredible comeback for the Nationals and hit a three-run home run off of Edwin Diaz to walk things off in the bottom of the ninth inning on Tuesday. He has now homered three times in his last four games.

Category: Game Recaps

Nationals starter Joe Ross allowed seven earned runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out four over 3 2/3 innings in Monday's loss to the New York Mets.

Fantasy Impact: Ross had a strong August for the Nationals, allowing just three earned runs and pitching to a 1.05 ERA over 25 2/3 innings. He did not far well in his first start in September, however, and will now take a 6.17 ERA into his next start against the Braves in Atlanta.

Category: Game Recaps

Nationals second baseman Brian Dozier went 0-for-2 with three walks in Saturday's win over the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Dozier is batting .233 on the year and is just 1-for-9 since returning from the paternity leave list, but he does have four walks over the last two days.

Category: Game Recaps

Matt Adams homers again Monday

Tue, Aug 20th 8:19am EDT
By Mike Maher

Nationals first baseman Matt Adams went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, and four RBI in Monday's win over the Pirates. The homer was his 20th of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Adams has three hits and a home run in each of his last two games, raising his batting average from .237 to .251 in the process.

Category: Game Recaps

Nationals starter Erick Fedde allowed four earned runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out two over five innings in Sunday's win over the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: The Nationals cruised to a 16-8 win on Sunday, so Fedde had plenty of room for error. He has now won three straight starts and had thrown two consecutive quality starts coming into Sunday. He'll now take a 4.31 ERA into his next start against the Cubs in Chicago.

Category: Game Recaps

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