Bryce Harper against any of the Mets' aces is a must-see matchup. Which other clashes is David Schoenfield excited to watch in 2016?
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Right-hander Craig Stammen has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and will report to big league spring training.
Where will Dexter Fowler end up?
For Insider Tony Blengino, Fowler is the best free agent still on the board who turned down a qualifying offer. The Nationals, Dodgers, Cubs and Rangers are the most likely landing spots for the outfielder, according to Blengino. Unsigned qualifying-offer free agents (Insider)
Tony Kornheiser is joined by Nigel and Kevin Sheehan to discuss his adventures in S.F.. Plus, Hall of Famer Rick Barry on the NBA, Jeff Ma breaks down Super Bowl 50 and Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post talks Nationals.
Healthy Rendon huge for Nationals
Anthony Rendon proved just how great a hitter he can be in 2014, and Washington struggled without him last year. With opponents making a habit of pitching around Bryce Harper, the Nats need Rendon healthy, Buster Olney writes. Linchpin players for 2016 (Insider)
The Nationals added depth to their remade infield by signing versatile veteran infielder Brendan Ryan to a minor league contract.
Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer
The Nationals and Brendan Ryan have agreed to terms on a deal that includes a spring training invite. Even though Ryan turns 34 in March and hit just .229 in 47 games with the Yankees last year, his leather - and the Nats' need for middle infield depth - will help him compete for a roster spot: From 2009 through 2013, Ryan's 95 defensive runs saved were more than twice as many as any shortstop in the big leagues.
Report: Nats on Lucroy's no-trade list
Washington is one of eight teams on Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy's no-trade list, according to a report from Fox Sports. While that doesn't preclude a deal, it does make any potential pursuit by the Nationals more complicated. MLB rumors roundup
Brewers shopping Jonathan Lucroy?
Having traded Jean Segura to Arizona over the weekend, Milwaukee might be looking to move Lucroy next. There's reportedly been buzz surrounding the catcher, with the Astros and Nationals as potential suitors. MLB rumors roundup
Nationals would benefit from DH
If the National League employed designated hitters, Washington could either move Jayson Werth and his declining outfield defense to the position or have new signing Daniel Murphy take his cuts from the spot. DH candidates for NL teams
Right-hander Doug Fister, who split time between the rotation and the bullpen for the Nationals last season, agreed to a one-year deal with the Astros for $7 million.
MLB asks USADA to help investigate doping claims
MLB has asked the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to help investigate whether athletes named in an Al Jazeera documentary received banned drugs. Players mentioned in the film include the Phillies' Ryan Howard and the Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman, who have since taken legal action against Al Jazeera America. More on the investigation
Several teams figure to make a run at Bryce Harper when he hits free agency, and the list could include the Braves, Cards, Jays, Astros and Dodgers.
The Mets and Yoenis Cespedes both are happy with their three-year, $75 million deal that includes an opt-out clause after 2016
Dan Szymborski examines the Mets' chances of repeating as NL East champs after signing Yoenis Cespedes and how New York would fare in the competitive NL Central.
Jim Bowden argues the Nationals will have to make Bryce Harper the highest-paid player ever to keep him from the Yankees. Will he stay or will he go? Eddie Matz and Andrew Marchand debate.
Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer
The Nationals have reportedly signed Bronson Arroyo to a minor-league contract with a spring training invite. The 38-year old righty, who's recovering from Tommy John surgery and hasn't pitched since 2014, worked 200-plus innings in eight of nine seasons from 2005 to 2013. The one time he didn't (2011), he missed by one inning. If healthy, he could contribute to a Nats rotation that has questions marks at the back end.
After missing all of 2015, 38-year-old Bronson Arroyo signed a minor league deal with the Nationals and will attend spring training in an attempt to make their 40-man roster.
Will Nationals pay big for Bryce Harper?
Harper was one of baseball's best last year. And at 23 years old, he's just three years away from free agency. If the Nats hope to keep him in Washington for the long run, it might be wise to pay up and lock him in this spring. Players who deserve extensions (Insider)
Arroyo decision expected this week
Bronson Arroyo has reportedly been linked to discussions with the Reds, Nationals, Marlins, Pirates and Padres. A move to Washington would reunite Arroyo with Nats manager Dusty Baker, who he played for in Cincinnati. MLB rumors roundup
Yoenis Cespedes is the latest player to reject D.C. Seems the nation's capital is a big draw for people worldwide ... unless you work in pro baseball.
Interest picks up for Arroyo
Bronson Arroyo has not pitched in the majors since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2014, but multiple teams are reportedly showing interest in the right-hander. MLB rumors roundup
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told ESPN that he did not mean to give the impression during his comments at last week's owners meetings that NL clubs want to adopt the designated hitter.
The Mets will again have top-notch pitching and the Marlins boast two intriguing power hitters, but all eyes will be on the reigning MVP.
Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer
Cesoedes gets 27.5m in 2016 then can opt out and go back on free agent market....great short term deal for Mets, Cesoedes and CAA and Roc Nation