Drew Storen has excelled as a closer this season, but his days as Washington's ninth inning guy seem like they're numbered.
Eric Karabell examines the new Ben Zobrist, and whether he's worth it in fantasy going forward.
Buster Olney & Tim Kurkjian discuss the teams under pressure at the deadline & more. Plus, Brendan Kennedy and Patrick Saunders give local perspective of the Tulu-Reyes deal.
Jim Bowden has five trades that make sense for both sides, including ones involving such names as Ben Zobrist, Starlin Castro and Carlos Gomez.
Jose Fernandez stayed unbeaten in his home career, Dee Gordon's standup triple led to him scoring the go-ahead run in his return to the lineup and the Miami Marlins topped the Washington National
Marlins beat Nats, end losing skid
In his first game back from the DL, Marlins 2B Dee Gordon went 2-for-3 with a triple in the 4-1 win over the Nationals. Jose Fernandez got the win and improved to 4-0 on the season. Box score
The new Nationals closer brings a stellar track record to his new team. We break down the numbers on his acquisition.
Marlins grab lead on Nationals
Miami sent 8 batters to the plate in the 6th, scratching out 2 runs to take a 3-1 lead on Washington. Martin Prado and J.T. Realmuto provided the RBIs in the inning. Follow live
Law: Nats get minor boost with Papelbon
Keith Law: “He's a modest upgrade to the Nats' late-game relief corps, not specifically over Drew Storen but over whatever right-handed reliever gets bounced from the roster.” Trade analysis (Insider)
BREAKING: Phillies trade closer Jonathan Papelbon to Nationals for minor leaguer. (via multiple reports)
Nationals acquire Papelbon
The Phillies have traded Jonathan Papelbon to the Nationals for Double-A pitcher Nick Pivetta. The Nats picked up Papelbon's option for 2016, with his salary lowered from $13M to $11M. He also will take over the closer's job from Drew Storen.
Tyler Clippard spent seven seasons with the Nationals before getting traded to the A's in January. Now with the rival Mets, Clippard is not prepared to anoint the Nats division champs just yet.
The Washington Nationals have acquired closer Jonathan Papelbon from the Philadelphia Phillies.
Nationals should acquire Chapman now
ESPN Insider Jim Bowden says the Washington Nationals' chances of winning in October would be greatly enhanced by getting closer Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds. Deadline deals Bowden would like to see
Nats' lineup gets a boost
Ryan Zimmerman (15-day DL) and Jayson Werth (60-day DL) will make their return tonight against the Marlins. To make room, the Nationals optioned outfielder Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Syracuse and outrighted infielder Emmanuel Burriss to Triple-A Syracuse.
Nats pursuing trade for Craig Kimbrel?
Washington has reportedly been the top suitor for the Padres' closer as the deadline approaches. The Nationals appear intent on adding a top arm to their bullpen. MLB rumors roundup
The trade deadline is nearing, and speculation is heating up about Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez, among other things. Find out what our writers are hearing today.
Stephen Strasburg is expected to make a rehab start Wednesday, his first since straining his oblique July 4, in a game for the Washington Nationals.
Stephen Strasburg to get a rehab start
The Nationals ace will start in Triple-A Wednesday, his first since leaving an MLB game July 4. That game was just his third after a month on the DL. This season he has made just 13 starts with a 5.16 ERA.
The newest Mets reliever has a good track record. Here's a look at what he does best and a potential warning sign for future struggles.
Werth eyes Tuesday return
Jayson Werth is expected to join the Nats for their series opener in Miami after a 2 1/2-month trip to the DL with two fractures in his left wrist.
Nationals @ Marlins
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