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Nationals sign reliever Francisco Rodriguez

Rodriguez, 35, was released by the Tigers on Friday after posting a 7.82 ERA and giving up nine homers in 25 1/3 innings this season, blowing six of his 13 save opportunities. It has been a disappointment after a strong 2016, when he posted a 3.24 ERA with 44 saves and an 8.02 K/...

Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger headline long list of deserving first-time All-Stars

As you probably know, All-Star voting ends on Thursday. With that in mind, the goal for this column was to identify 10 or 11 rising stars who deserve their first trip to the All-Star Game. That first trip is special, any player will tell you. There's just something about being h...

Washington Nationals make big move to address struggling bullpen [Washington Post]

Though the Washington Nationals have been one of the best teams in the National League this season, they haven't been without their struggles. In fact, the Nats have one of the league's worst bullpens and have had a revolving door of ineffective closers through the first three m...

All-Star voting races coming down to the wire

So even if you feel strongly that Eric Hosmer and Justin Smoak have both earned the right to be the American League's starting first baseman -- and they have -- it won't happen. People will be watching. You know what that means, right? We have to decide. That is, all of us. You c...

Baker wants Rodriguez – so long as he’s the old ‘K-Rod’

WASHINGTON — Dusty Baker would love for his Washington Nationals to add reliever Francisco Rodriguez — so long as K-Rod can replicate the form that made him a six-time All-Star. Amid reports...

MLB Rumors: Nationals bullpen desperation leading them to take a chance on K-Rod?

Are the Washington Nationals desperate enough to give the embattled Francisco Rodriguez a shot? It sounds like it. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported the Nationals' interest in K-Rod on Monday...

Nationals pursuing closer Francisco Rodriguez

The Washington Nationals are pursuing a minor league deal with former World Series winning — but recently released — closer Francisco Rodriguez, according to a person familiar with the situa...

Report: Rodriguez 'Likely' To Sign With Nationals

Released on Friday by the Tigers, Francisco Rodriguez has already caught the eye of another team. The Nationals are expected to sign Rodriguez “as early as Monday,” according to Jon Heyman o...

In Need of Bullpen Help, Nationals Pursuing K-Rod

WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals are reportedly in pursuit of 35-year-old reliever Francisco Rodriguez, released by the Tigers on Friday, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Rodrig...

National League All-Star voting update

In the National League, Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna leapfrogged two popular Cubs in this week's only ballot change. Elsewhere, Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado significantly closed the gap on...

Phillies hoping Howie Kendrick can avoid DL

Could this eventually put Kendrick on the disabled list? "Hopefully not," Mackanin said. "He's available to pinch-hit. Hopefully he's better tomorrow. If not, I'm hoping he can at least DH in Sea...