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97-65, 1st in NL East

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Scott Boras has assembled a 75-page binder for client Jake Arrieta and sent it directly to MLB owners. One team on Boras' radar: The Washington Nationals. Boras already represents Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, who are signed to longterm deals for a total of $385 million. Now he's trying to engage the Nationals on Arrieta, according to sources. Will owner Ted Lerner bite?

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Brandon Kintzler, who saved 29 games for the Twins this year before going to Washington at the trade deadline and pitching in a setup role, is attracting a crowd on the free agent market. The Cubs, Twins, Diamondbacks, Nationals and Rangers are among the teams with interest. If the Cubs sign Kintzler on top of the Brandon Morrow deal, it will mean they've officially moved on from Wade Davis.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Rookie Nats manager Dave Martinez shares the best advice he's gotten, courtesy of former boss Joe Maddon.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

New Nats skipper Dave Martinez on Giancarlo Stanton switching from NL East to AL East: "I'm just glad that we don't gotta see him in our division."

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

New Nationals skipper Dave Martinez on if/when he'll start lobbying to keep Bryce Harper in DC beyond 2018.

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9dDan Szymborski

Digging down through baseball's circles of payroll hell

Whatever they do with Giancarlo Stanton, Derek Jeter and the Marlins will have budgetary handicaps in 2018. Where do the Fish rank among teams with major financial handicaps this winter?

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20dBradford Doolittle

Hot stove stock watch: Nationals

There is so much uncertainty surrounding the future of the Nationals that it's easy to forget that even with 11 free agents, Washington's status-quo roster is loaded.

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22dTravis Sawchik, Special to ESPN.com

One key move for the Nationals this offseason

The Nationals are loaded with star power, but they have a glaring weakness at catcher. One of their division rivals has a player that could help fix that issue.

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26dDan Szymborski

Projecting MLB's award winners in 2018

If not for the sheer dominance of Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer would be a Cy Young favorite. But his presence skews projections, despite Scherzer taking home the award this year. Expect a couple other Nationals to be in the awards mix.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

There does not seem to be any plausible reason to strongly connect the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees, other than Derek Jeter had a few clutch moments in the Bronx. When you combine Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner desire to fall under the luxury tax this season with the Yankees' reluctance to trade top prospects, it doesn't make much sense to think Stanton will be in pinstripes. Stanton can make $295M over the next 10 years. He can also opt-out of the deal after 2020. If the Yankees want to spend big on super talented outfielder, they can wait until next offseason -- after they reset their tax -- and try to sign Bryce Harper. Now, if the Marlins just did a salary dump without receiving any big prospects, the chances go up slightly, but still not much.

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Of the 9 other pitchers besides Max Scherzer to win 3 Cy Youngs, 7 are in the Hall of Fame. The others are Roger Clemens and Clayton Kershaw.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Washington Nationals P Max Scherzer is the 10th pitcher to win 3 Cy Young Awards and the second active pitcher to do so, joining Clayton Kershaw. Of the eight retired pitchers to reach that mark, seven are in the Hall of Fame. Roger Clemens (7) is the lone exception.

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What made Max Scherzer great? 1) a .178 opp BA, lowest by qualified pitcher since Pedro Martínez, 2000 Red Sox (.167) , 2) His slider had run value of 30 runs saved (3rd-highest for any pitch in MLB behind Corey Kluber curveball, Justin Verlander fastball), 3) .103 opp BA in AB ending with changeup (lowest in MLB, minimum 15 starts), .127 opp BA vs slider (4th in MLB).

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Max Scherzer beats out Clayton Kershaw to join an exclusive club: He's just the 10th pitcher to win at least three Cy Young Awards, a list that includes Kershaw. While the Dodgers lefty led the NL in wins and ERA, Scherzer had more innings and more strikeouts and ended up winning in a landslide, collecting 27 of the 30 first-place votes. It's not a surprise that he won, but certainly a bit of a surprise that it wasn't a little closer.

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Nats' Scherzer wins second straight Cy Young

Nationals ace Max Scherzer won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday for the second straight year and third time overall, beating out Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw and Washington teammate Stephen Strasburg.

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Expert picks: Who will win the Cy Young?

Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw have five Cy Youngs between them. Will one of them add another trophy to his shelf? What about in the AL, where a strong case can be made for Corey Kluber or Chris Sale?

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Scherzer's got a strong case for Cy Young

Nationals RHP Max Scherzer is looking to become just the 10th pitcher to win three Cy Young Awards and the second active pitcher to do so, joining fellow favorite Clayton Kershaw. Scherzer's opponents' batting average in 2017 was the lowest since 1920. (ESPN Stats & Info)

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Robles rips another AFL homer

Nationals top prospect Victor Robles went 2-for-4 with a home run for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League on Friday. The outfielder, who participated in the league's Fall Stars Game last weekend, has now homered three times in his past 10 contests and is batting .265 overall this fall.

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Murphy wins Silver Slugger Award

Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy was announced as a National League Silver Slugger Award winner on Thursday. The award honors the best offensive player at each position in each league. Murphy posted a .322 batting average and .928 OPS with 23 home runs and 93 RBIs en route to his second straight Silver Slugger win.

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Gutierrez named AFL Player of the Week

Nationals third-base prospect Kelvin Gutierrez earned the nod after batting .600 with a home run, four RBIs, three walks and five runs scored during last week's Arizona Fall League action. He also had two multihit games. Washington signed Gutierrez out of the Dominican Republic in 2013. The 23-year-old hit .278/.340/.408 with three doubles, seven triples, two home runs and 17 RBIs across 68 games in the Rookie League and high-A last season.

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Nats add former manager Hale as bench coach

Former major league skipper Chip Hale will be the bench coach for new Nationals manager Dave Martinez, while Derek Lilliquist will be the team's pitching coach.

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Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs8195th
Batting Average.2664th
On Base Percentage.3329th
Slugging Percentage.4492nd
Earned Run Average3.886th
Quality Starts991st
WHIP1.244th
BAA.2395th