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The Washington Nationals are "definitely" open to trading Carter Kieboom, according to Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic. (Source: Britt Ghiroli on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This news comes as a bit of a surprise as Nationals manager Davey Martinez gave Kieboom a vote of confidence earlier this month when he said the third base job was his to lose. Perhaps the Nats have seen enough of Kieboom after a disappointing start to his career (.181/.309/.232 batting line over 138 at-bats). It wasn't that long ago that the 23-year-old was considered a top prospect so he should be an attractive piece on the trade market. Ghiroli added that Cade Cavalli and Jackson Rutledge, Washington's last two top draft picks, are not on the table.

Category: Rumors


Yan Gomes is expected to the Nationals’ primary catcher in 2021. (Source: Jesse Dougherty on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Gomes split time with Kurt Suzuki last season, but could take on a larger role in 20201. “He is prepared to catch 100-110 games next year,” said Nationals’ manager Dave Martinez. Gomes slashed .284/.319/.468 with four homers, 13 RBI, 14 runs scored and one stolen base over 119 plate appearances in 2020. The 33-year-old is mainly an option in two-catcher formats.

Category: Rumors


RHP Joe Ross is expected to be No.5 starter of the Nationals’ rotation in 2021. (Source: Jesse Dougherty on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Ross signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Nationals this offseason. He opted out of the 2020 campaign, but will return in 2021 as the Washington’s No. 5 starter. Ross posted a 5.48 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and a 57:33 K:BB over 64 innings in 2019. The right-hander is mainly an option in deep-league/NL formats only.

Category: Rumors


Starlin Castro, who fractured his wrist back in August, is a "full go" for spring training, according to Nats manager Davey Martinez. (Source: Jesse Dougherty on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Castro had surgery on his fractured wrist back in August and wanted to play winter ball but was advised to take some time off in order to get ready for spring training. Castro appeared in just 16 games in 2020 before getting injured. He registered a .267/.302/.450 batting line over 60 at-bats. He is a decent infield option in deeper mixed leagues.

Category: Injury Updates


Nationals manager Davey Martinez told reporters this week that pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been "throwing a little" following carpal tunnel surgery over the summer and is fully expected to be ready for spring training. (Source: Mark Zuckerman via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Coming off his heroic postseason performance during the 2019 playoffs and World Series, Strasburg started only two games during the abbreviated 2020 season before ultimately being shut down due to injury. With a clean bill of health entering next season, Strasburg should be a nice bounce-back target in the early rounds of drafts next spring.

Category: Rumors


OF Victor Robles will begin playing winter ball with Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Republic. (Source: Jesse Dougherty on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The Nationals were considering resting Robles this offseason, or have him pick up additional reps in the Dominican Republic. Washington ultimately decided Robles would play winter ball to help acclimate to the added muscle the Nationals’ OF added prior to start of the 2020 season. Robles slashed .220/.293/.315 with three home runs, 15 RBI, 20 runs scored and four stolen bases over 189 plate appearances in 2020.


Todd Dybas of NBC Sports Washington reports Juan Soto will likely become arbitration eligible this offseason. (Source: NBC Sports Washington)

Fantasy Impact: Dybas writes that Soto's service time is "expected to move him just beyond the arbitration-eligible threshold to be agreed upon by the Major League Baseball Players Association and league in the coming days." This means that Soto will be a Super 2 player, and he'll likely break the salary record for first-time arbitration eligible players. That record currently belongs to Kris Bryant, who earned $10.85 million back in 2018.


The Nationals declined Adam Eaton's $10.5 million club option for 2021. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Eaton enters free agency following a season in which he hit .226/.285/.384 with four homers and three steals in 41 games. He closed the year on the injured list with a fractured finger.

Category: Transactions


The Nationals declined their portion of Howie Kendrick's 2021 mutual option. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The mutual option was valued at $6.5 million but Kendrick will instead receive a $2.25 million buyout. The 37-year-old wasn't as productive in 2020 as he was during the Nats' 2019 championship season.

Category: Transactions


The Nationals declined their portion of Eric Thames' $4 million mutual option for 2021. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Thames will instead receive a $1 million buyout. The 33-year-old posted a weak .617 OPS this past summer. Thames will likely look for a platoon role in free agency.

Category: Transactions


The Nationals declined Anibal Sanchez's $12 million club option for 2021. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was an easy call as Sanchez posted an ugly 6.62 ERA in 11 starts this year. He'll now enter free agency.

Category: Transactions


The Nationals resigned INF Josh Harrison to a one-year contract. (Source: Brittany Ghiroli on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The deal is reportedly for $1 million plus incentives. Harrison hit .278/.352/.418 in 33 games this year and certainly won't be a fantasy option entering 2021.

Category: Transactions


Nationals starter Austin Voth allowed four earned runs on nine hits and no walks while striking out four over five innings in Sunday's win over the New York Mets.

Fantasy Impact: Voth wasn't particularly sharp in this one but received a ton of run support from the Washington offense. He finishes the year with a 6.34 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, and 44 strikeouts over 49 2/3 innings.

Category: Game Recaps


Nationals ace Max Scherzer allowed three earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven over six innings in Saturday's win over the New York Mets. The win brings his record to 5-4 to finish the season.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer had an up-and-down year and finishes the season with a 3.74 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and 92 strikeouts over 67 1/3 innings.

Category: Game Recaps


Nationals starter Patrick Corbin allowed three earned runs on 10 hits and three walks while striking out three over seven innings in Thursday's loss to the New York Mets. The loss drops him to 2-7 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Corbin started the season 2-0 and then finished the year with seven straight losses. The Nationals lost nine of his 11 starts this season. Not all of those losses have been his fault, of course, but he pitched to a 4.66 ERA and 1.57 WHIP while striking out just 60 batters over 65 2/3 innings after striking out 238 batters over 202 innings with a 3.25 ERA in 2019.

Category: Game Recaps


Trea Turner is leading off and playing shortstop on Thursday against the Mets.

Fantasy Impact: Turner was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to being "a little beat up right now." He's good to go moving forward.

Category: Injury Updates


Nationals pitcher Erick Fedde allowed three earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five over seven innings in Wednesday's loss to the Philadephia Phillies. The loss drops him to 2-4 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: While Fedde has pitched well over his last three starts, he has just 28 strikeouts over 50 1/3 innings this season. With only four games left, Fedde will finish the year with a 4.29 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 28:22 K:BB ratio.

Category: Game Recaps


Nationals OF Andrew Stevenson is once again hitting leadoff in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Phillies. (Source: Jesse Dougherty on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 26-year-old also hit first on Monday, finishing 1-for-5 with a double and a run scored. He could be a sneaky source of production for those in 15-team leagues down the stretch.


Tanner Rainey (forearm) is "probably" finished for the regular season, said Nationals' manager Dave Martinez. (Source: Jesse Dougherty on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Rainey landed on the 10-day injured list in mid-September and will miss the rest of the regular season. He will finish the 2020 campaign with a 2.66 ERA and 0.74 WHIP over 20 1/3 innings.

Category: Injury Updates


Nationals pitcher Ben Braymer tossed five shutout innings in Sunday's win over the Marlins in Miami, allowing one hit and three walks while striking out four.

Fantasy Impact: Sunday was Braymer's first career win and was easily his best outing of the season. He has had some success in the minor leagues but pitched to a 7.20 ERA in Triple-A last season while striking out 47 batters over 60 innings. If he gets another start, it will likely come against the Mets at home this week.

Category: Game Recaps