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Nationals, Entercom announce 2019 Spring Training radio broadcast schedule

Team and network also announce new radio show on 106.7 The Fan

Single game tickets are on sale now for the third season of Nationals Spring Training at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches! For fans who are unable to make the trip to West Palm Beach, Entercom station 106.7 The Fan (WJFK-FM) in Washington D.C., the flagship station of the Washington Nationals, will broadcast a total of eight Nationals Spring Training matchups. The radio broadcast schedule includes the March 25 exhibition game against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. Please see the full schedule below.

In addition to their game programming, 106.7 The Fan will be broadcasting a 90-minute Nationals talk show once a week during Spring Training beginning Monday, February 25. "Nats Spring Training Live!" will be hosted by Nationals radio voices Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler and broadcast live on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. ET from the Brother Jimmy's CityPlace location in West Palm Beach, FL. Each broadcast will include special guest appearances by Nationals players, coaches and personalities. The live broadcasts will be open to the public, so Nationals fans who make the trip to West Palm Beach can head to Brother Jimmy's to take in the live show.

Single game tickets are on sale now for the third season of Nationals Spring Training at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches! For fans who are unable to make the trip to West Palm Beach, Entercom station 106.7 The Fan (WJFK-FM) in Washington D.C., the flagship station of the Washington Nationals, will broadcast a total of eight Nationals Spring Training matchups. The radio broadcast schedule includes the March 25 exhibition game against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. Please see the full schedule below.

In addition to their game programming, 106.7 The Fan will be broadcasting a 90-minute Nationals talk show once a week during Spring Training beginning Monday, February 25. "Nats Spring Training Live!" will be hosted by Nationals radio voices Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler and broadcast live on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. ET from the Brother Jimmy's CityPlace location in West Palm Beach, FL. Each broadcast will include special guest appearances by Nationals players, coaches and personalities. The live broadcasts will be open to the public, so Nationals fans who make the trip to West Palm Beach can head to Brother Jimmy's to take in the live show.

On Wednesday, March 27, 106.7 The Fan will broadcast one final "Nats Spring Training Live!" from the Brother Jimmy's National Harbor location. One day before Opening Day, this event will give Nationals fans one final opportunity before Opening Day to see Charlie and Dave preview the Nationals 2019 season right here in the D.C. area.

NATIONALS 2019 SPRING TRAINING RADIO BROADCAST SCHEDULE*

Date 

Opponent 

Time

Location

Broadcast

2/23

vs. HOU

6:35 p.m. 

West Palm Beach, FL 

106.7 The Fan

3/2

vs. MIN

1:05 p.m.

West Palm Beach, FL

106.7 The Fan

3/9

vs. MIA

6:35 p.m.

West Palm Beach, FL

106.7 The Fan

3/10

@ HOU

1:05 p.m.

West Palm Beach, FL

106.7 The Fan

3/16

vs. STL

1:05 p.m.

West Palm Beach, FL

106.7 The Fan

3/17

vs. NYM

1:05 p.m.

West Palm Beach, FL

106.7 The Fan

3/21

vs. STL

6:35 p.m.

West Palm Beach, FL

106.7 The Fan

3/25

vs. NYY

5:05 p.m.

Washington, DC

106.7 The Fan

* Subject to change

For more information on how to purchase Spring Training tickets, visit nationals.com/Spring.

Listeners can tune in to 106.7 The Fan (WJFK-FM) in Washington D.C. on air, as well as nationwide on the RADIO.com app and website. Fans can also connect with the station on social media via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About Entercom Communications Corp.

Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is a leading American media and entertainment company reaching and engaging over 170 million people each month through its premier collection of highly rated, award winning radio stations, digital platforms and live events. As one of the country's two largest radio broadcasters, Entercom offers integrated marketing solutions and delivers the power of local connection on a national scale with coverage of close to 90% of persons 12+ in the top 50 markets. Entercom is the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content and the nation's unrivaled leader in news and sports radio. Learn more about Philadelphia-based Entercom at www.entercom.com, Facebook and Twitter (@Entercom).

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Nationals announce 2019 non-roster invitees

The Washington Nationals announced their non-roster invitees to 2019 Spring Training on Tuesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Henderson Alvarez, 28, signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. He joins the Nationals after going 9-5 with a 3.58 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) for Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican League in 2018. In six Major League seasons (2011-17), Alvarez pitched to a 3.82 ERA while going 27-35 in 95 starts for Toronto (2011-12), Miami (2013-15) and Philadelphia (2017). He was named a National League All-Star in 2014 as a member of the Miami Marlins.

The Washington Nationals announced their non-roster invitees to 2019 Spring Training on Tuesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Henderson Alvarez, 28, signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. He joins the Nationals after going 9-5 with a 3.58 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) for Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican League in 2018. In six Major League seasons (2011-17), Alvarez pitched to a 3.82 ERA while going 27-35 in 95 starts for Toronto (2011-12), Miami (2013-15) and Philadelphia (2017). He was named a National League All-Star in 2014 as a member of the Miami Marlins.

Aaron Barrett, 31, looks to return to the Major Leagues after battling arm injuries during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He appeared in 90 games for the Nationals across two seasons (2014-15), going 6-3 with a 3.47 ERA and 10.8 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. He returned to the mound in 2018, going 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA in 20 games for short-season Single-A Auburn. Barrett was selected by Washington in the ninth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

Scott Copeland, 31, signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. A veteran of nine professional seasons, Copeland has appeared in 199 Minor League games (189 starts), going 70-70 with a 4.07 ERA. He appeared in five games (three starts) for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015 and made one appearance with the New York Mets in 2018. He went 9-7 with a 3.43 ERA in 22 starts between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas in 2018.

Wil Crowe, 24, enters the 2019 season rated as the No. 5 prospect in Washington's system, per Baseball America. In 2018, he was named Washington's co-Minor League Pitcher of the Year and Carolina League Pitcher of the Year after going 11-5 with a 3.40 ERA in 22 games (21 starts) between three levels of Washington's system. His 11 wins were tied for the most among Nationals farmhands, while his 3.40 ERA ranked fourth among full-season Nationals Minor Leaguers. Crowe was originally selected by Washington in the second round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft.

J.J. Hoover, 31, signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. He has appeared in 290 games across seven Major League seasons with Cincinnati (2012-16), Arizona (2017) and Milwaukee (2018). He has posted 9.3 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, including a career-best mark of 11.8 strikeouts per 9.0 innings with Arizona in 2017. Hoover appeared in two games with Milwaukee in 2018 (0-1, 20.25 ERA), and in one game with their Triple-A affiliate, Colorado Springs.

Ronald Peña, 27, enters his eighth professional season with the Nationals. The hard-throwing right-hander went 2-3 with six saves and a 3.27 ERA in a career-high 38 games between Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg in 2018. He posted double-digit strikeout per 9.0 inning numbers (11.4) for the first time in his career and his 2.75 strikeout-to-walk ratio was a career best. Peña was originally selected by Washington in the 16th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

Vidal Nuño, 31, posted a 1.64 ERA in 17 games for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2018. He allowed just five earned runs in 33.0 innings pitched while striking out 29 batters and issuing 10 walks. He tossed more than one inning of relief in eight of the 17 games and pitched to a 1.04 ERA (3 ER/26.0 IP) with a .200 opponent's average and 23 strikeouts in those eight outings. A native of National City, Calif., Nuño was originally selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 48th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Tres Barrera, 24, enters 2019 rated as the "Best Defensive Catcher" in Washington's Minor League system, according to Baseball America. A sixth-round selection in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Texas, Barrera enters his fourth professional season and first Major League Spring Training. He hit .263 with 14 doubles, six homers, 24 RBI, 22 walks and 36 runs scored in 68 games with Single-A Potomac in 2018.

Taylor Gushue, 25, enters his second season in Washington's system after being acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept. 26, 2016. A power-hitting catcher, Gushue will take part in his second Major League Spring Training after being named an Eastern League All-Star in 2018. He recorded a career-high 20 doubles while clubbing 10 home runs for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators.

Luis Garcia, 18, is rated as the No. 3 prospect and the "Best Hitter for Average" in Washington's system, according to Baseball America. Garcia ranked fifth among Nationals farmhands, hitting .298 in 127 games between Single-A Hagerstown and Single-A Potomac. He added 21 doubles, six triples, seven home runs, 54 RBI, 31 walks, 12 stolen bases and 82 runs scored. Garcia was the youngest player in both the South Atlantic League (17 years old) and Carolina League (18 years old). Garcia signed with the Nationals as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2016.

Carter Kieboom, 21, is Washington's No. 2 prospect and is the "Best Power Hitter" in Washington's system, according to Baseball America. A first-round pick in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft, Kieboom was Washington's Minor League Player of the year in 2018 after hitting .280 with 31 doubles, one triple, 16 homers, 69 RBI, 58 walks, nine stolen bases and 84 runs scored in 123 games between Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg. He ranked in Washington's system in runs scored (1st, 84), doubles (2nd, 31), RBI (2nd, 69), hits (3rd, 138), home runs (3rd, 16), walks (3rd, 58), slugging percentage (4th, .444) and OPS (4th, 801).

Jose Marmolejos, 26, enters his ninth season in Washington's system. He was the Nationals' Minor League Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016. In 2018, he appeared in a career-high 130 games for Triple-A Syracuse. He led the Chiefs with 57 RBI and ranked second on the club with 25 doubles. Marmolejos went undrafted in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft and signed with the Nationals as a non-drafted free agent on June 9, 2011.

Jake Noll, 24, was the recipient of the "Bob Boone" Award following the 2018 season. He hit .291 with 20 doubles, four triples, 11 home runs, 72 RBI, 33 walks, seven stolen bases and 82 runs scored in 132 games between Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg. His 72 RBI were the most in Washington's Minor League system, while his .291 batting average was good for eighth. He was named a Carolina League mid-season All-Star after ranking among league leaders in batting average (5th, .302), RBI (5th, 46) and hits (2nd, 80) during the season's first half. Noll was selected in the seventh round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Florida Gulf Coast University.

Matt Reynolds, 28, enjoyed two stints with Washington in 2018. He hit .270 with 31 doubles, three triples, four homers, 30 RBI, 42 walks and 56 runs scored in 88 games between Syracuse and short-season Single-A Auburn. He led the Chiefs and ranked tied for third in the International League with 31 doubles. Additionally, he led the club with a .424 slugging percentage.

Brandon Snyder, 32, is a Northern Virginia native (Centerville, Va.) and graduate of Westfield High School in Chantilly, Va. He returns to the Nationals organization after spending the 2017 season with Triple-A Syracuse. Snyder spent the 2018 season in Tampa Bay's system, hitting .253 with 24 doubles, two triples, 18 home runs, 60 RBI, 42 walks and 56 runs scored for Triple-A Durham. He had his contract selected by Tampa Bay on April 17, appeared in two games with the Rays before returning to Durham on April 21.

Jacob Wilson, 28, returns to the Nationals organization for his second season after he was selected by Washington in the Minor League phase of the 2017 Rule 5 Draft. Wilson hit .278 with 28 doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 55 RBI, 41 walks and 48 runs scored in 108 games between three levels of Washington's system in 2018. Wilson is a versatile defender who has appeared at third base (327 G), second base (241 G), first base (35 G), shortstop (17 G) and outfield (20 G) across his seven professional seasons.

Hunter Jones, 27, enters his second season in Washington's system after spending his first seven professional seasons with the Cleveland Indians (2010-12) and Chicago White Sox (2014-17) organizations. He hit .301 with 14 doubles, six triples, five homers, 44 RBI, 41 walks, 13 stolen bases and 49 runs scored in 107 games between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse in 2018. His .301 average ranked second among Nationals farmhands.

Chuck Taylor, 25, was selected by the Nationals in the Minor League phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft. He hit .297 with 25 doubles, three triples, three homers, 60 RBI, 61 walks and 70 runs scored in 126 games for Double-A Arkansas in Seattle's Minor League system. After his strong season, he was named an Organization All-Star by MiLB.com. Taylor was originally selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

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Statements on the passing of former Washington Nationals manager Frank Robinson

The Washington Nationals released the following statements on the passing of former manager Frank Robinson:

"The Lerner family and the entire Washington Nationals organization extend our deepest condolences to the family of Frank Robinson. Frank was one-of-a-kind. A trailblazer throughout his career, he was steadfast and courageous in his defense of justice and diversity in the game of baseball. In addition to his Hall of Fame playing career, Frank broke down barriers, was a leader and mentor. Not only did he lead our team in our early years, helping to establish our culture and develop young players, but he remained connected throughout the years with our organization. His contributions to our team helped set us on a path to success and his continued presence helped remind us why we love this game. He was an ambassador for both the Nationals and the game throughout the city, but was especially fond of sharing stories with children from a nearby elementary school about his time in the big leagues. More than all of this, he was a dear friend to our family and will always be remembered as being an important part of the Nationals family."  

The Washington Nationals released the following statements on the passing of former manager Frank Robinson:

"The Lerner family and the entire Washington Nationals organization extend our deepest condolences to the family of Frank Robinson. Frank was one-of-a-kind. A trailblazer throughout his career, he was steadfast and courageous in his defense of justice and diversity in the game of baseball. In addition to his Hall of Fame playing career, Frank broke down barriers, was a leader and mentor. Not only did he lead our team in our early years, helping to establish our culture and develop young players, but he remained connected throughout the years with our organization. His contributions to our team helped set us on a path to success and his continued presence helped remind us why we love this game. He was an ambassador for both the Nationals and the game throughout the city, but was especially fond of sharing stories with children from a nearby elementary school about his time in the big leagues. More than all of this, he was a dear friend to our family and will always be remembered as being an important part of the Nationals family."  

Mark D. Lerner
Managing Principal Owner & Vice Chairman 
Washington Nationals Baseball Club

"Frank was my first big league manager. I still remember being so nervous to walk into his office and introduce myself. He was a living legend and I was a twenty-year-old kid right out of college. I can honestly say that meeting was the last time I ever felt that way around him. From that day on, he took care of me and treated me like a son. He was hard on me and at times I wondered why. I'm positive my career was shaped by the way he treated me and pushed me to be a professional. He taught me so many lessons about baseball and life that I will keep with me and pass along to teammates, friends and even my two daughters. We kept in touch through the years with phone calls, breakfast or lunch when I was on the west coast and locker room visits. He will be deeply missed by so many people. Thank you Frank for all that you did for me. You made baseball, and more importantly this world, a better place."

Ryan Zimmerman
Washington Nationals First Baseman

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Washington Nationals announce 2019 promotional schedule

Single-game tickets go on sale February 13 at 10 a.m.

After a busy offseason, 2019 is sure to be thrilling both on and off the field. Fans coming to Nationals Park will be treated to an exciting National League East Division race, and there will be several new promotions and special events for fans to enjoy. The Washington Nationals are excited to announce the team's full 2019 promotional calendar, which can be found online at nationals.com/Promotions!

Single game tickets for all 2019 regular season games, excluding Opening Day, will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. Season Plan Holders and Nationals Fan Club members will each have the opportunity to purchase single game tickets for all 2019 regular season games, excluding Opening Day, before they go on sale to the public. The Season Plan Holder exclusive presale will open on Monday, February 11, while Nationals Fan Club members will have access to the presale starting on Tuesday, February 12 at 10:00 a.m.

After a busy offseason, 2019 is sure to be thrilling both on and off the field. Fans coming to Nationals Park will be treated to an exciting National League East Division race, and there will be several new promotions and special events for fans to enjoy. The Washington Nationals are excited to announce the team's full 2019 promotional calendar, which can be found online at nationals.com/Promotions!

Single game tickets for all 2019 regular season games, excluding Opening Day, will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. Season Plan Holders and Nationals Fan Club members will each have the opportunity to purchase single game tickets for all 2019 regular season games, excluding Opening Day, before they go on sale to the public. The Season Plan Holder exclusive presale will open on Monday, February 11, while Nationals Fan Club members will have access to the presale starting on Tuesday, February 12 at 10:00 a.m.

Giveaways
Fun giveaways in 2019 include several Nationals bobbleheads, including 2018 rookie sensation Juan Soto and newcomer Patrick Corbin. New for 2019 are themed bobbleheads like MARVEL Super Hero™ Captain Zimmerman and STAR WARS™ Obi "Sean" Kenobi. Other giveaway items include a Camo Tank Top, a Nationals Puffy Vest and the annual Nationals Beer Stein.

Bobbleheads and Collectibles
• March 30 - In-Park Live Radio Lanyard presented by 106.7 The Fan (First 20,000 fans)
• April 12 - Juan Soto Bobblehead presented by M&M's (First 25,000 fans)
• May 15 - Trea Turner Bobblehead presented by PNC Bank (First 25,000 fans)
• May 25 - MARVEL Super Hero™ Captain Zimmerman Bobblehead (First 10,000 fans)
• June 15 - STAR WARS™ Obi "Sean" Kenobi Bobblehead (First 10,000 fans)
• June 21 - Max Scherzer Bobblehead presented by Delta Air Lines (First 25,000 fans)
• July 2 - Adam Eaton Bobblehead presented by PNC Bank (First 25,000 fans)
• July 23 - Nationals Water Bottle presented by MASN *NEW* (First 20,000 fans)
• August 17 - Patrick Corbin Bobblehead presented by SAIC (First 25,000 fans)
• September 14 - Nationals Beer Stein presented by StubHub (First 20,000 fans)

Apparel
• March 28 (Opening Day) - 2019 Schedule T-Shirt presented by GEICO (First 25,000 fans)
• May 2 - Nationals Expandable Beach Bag presented by Kaiser Permanente *NEW* (First 20,000 fans)
• July 27 - Nationals Racing Presidents Tote Bag presented by MLB Network (First 25,000 fans)
• August 31 - Camo Tank Top presented by Budweiser *NEW* (First 20,000 fans 21+)
• September 29 - Nationals Puffy Vest presented by Coca-Cola *NEW* (First 20,000 fans)

Fireworks Nights Presented by Budweiser
Bang! Zoom! Fireworks nights are coming to Nationals Park! Nationals fans will have five opportunities to watch fireworks light up the sky above Nationals Park in 2019. Fireworks Nights will include four "Fireworks Friday" games and a special "Freedom Fireworks" show on July 3.

Fireworks Nights:
• Friday, April 26
• Friday, May 24
• Friday, June 14
• Wednesday, July 3
• Friday, August 30

Special for Kids
Nationals Park was designed for fans of all ages, and one Sunday each month there will be a special giveaway for kids presented by Harris Teeter, featuring all new items. Family-friendly events like Kids Run the Bases, Kids Opening Day and the Youth Baseball & Softball Parade also return for the 2019 season.

Giveaways
• April 28 - Kids Watch *NEW* (First 10,000 fans 12 & under)
• May 26 - Max Scherzer Jersey *NEW* (First 10,000 fans 12 & under)
• June 23 - Screech Hooded Towel *NEW* (First 10,000 fans 12 & under)
• August 18 - Teddy Squeezable Toy *NEW* (First 10,000 fans 12 & under)
• September 15 - Lumberjack Cap *NEW* (First 10,000 fans 12 & under)

Events
• April 28 - Screech's Birthday/Kids Opening Day presented by Jr. Nationals Kids Club
• April 28, June 16 - Youth Baseball & Softball Day presented by Inova
• May 16 - Weather Day presented by NBC4
• September 15 - Youth Champions Day
• Various Dates - Scout Day/Girl Scout Day
• Every Sunday Day Game - Kids Run the Bases

Theme Nights
Theme Nights will include new events like Marvel® Super Hero Day, as well as the return of STAR WARS™ Day and Oktoberfest. Each Theme Night will involve in-park activations, special scoreboard elements and on-field pregame festivities. A special ticket is NOT required for Theme Nights.

• May 25 - MARVEL Super Hero™ Day
• June 15 - STAR WARS™ Day
• September 15 - Oktoberfest

Special Ticket Events
Several special-ticket events return for the upcoming season. After a successful debut in 2018, Cat-urday is back in 2019. The Nationals are also excited to announce the expansion of the College Day series, now with 16 dates dedicated to schools and conferences in D.C., Maryland, Virginia and the surrounding area. Other events that require a special ticket for the promotional item and/or pre/postgame event include Pups in the Park, Seniors Stroll the Bases, Night OUT, Ladies Night, Jewish Community Day, Taste of the World and Yoga in the Outfield.

• May 27, September 2 - Seniors Stroll the Bases presented by Kaiser Permanente
• June 4 - Night OUT
• June 16 - Father's Day Catch on the Field
• June 20 - Ladies Night
• June 23 - Yoga in the Outfield presented by Kaiser Permanente
• July 6 - Cat-urday
• September 14 - Taste of the World: International Food Festival
• September 15 - Jewish Community Day
• September 28 - Faith Day
• Various Dates - Pups in the Park presented by Budweiser
• Various Dates - College Day Series NEW SCHOOLS: American, Old Dominion, Penn State, Radford and West Virginia.

RETURNING SCHOOLS: Big 10, George Mason, Georgetown, George Washington, Howard, James Madison, Maryland, VCU, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and William & Mary.

Nationals Bag Policy
Beginning with the 2019 season, backpacks may not be brought into Nationals Park except as otherwise provided in the Nationals Bag Policy. The policy was revised in order to enhance ballpark safety. Exceptions may be made for backpack diaper bags or backpacks used for ADA/medical reasons. All purses, briefcases, drawstring bags, diaper bags and soft-sided coolers that do not exceed 16"x16"x8" will still be permitted. On the day of purchase, backpacks bought during games or events at Nationals Park will be tagged and permitted for that day only.

For a complete list of permitted bags and the Nationals Bag Policy, please visit nationals.com/BagPolicy.

Tickets
Single game tickets for all 2019 regular season games, excluding Opening Day, will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets may be purchased online at nationals.com, on the MLB Ballpark App, by calling 888.632.NATS(6287) or by visiting the Nationals Park Main Box Office* at Half and N Streets SE.

On Monday, February 11, Season Plan Holders will have the opportunity to purchase single game tickets for all 2019 regular season games, excluding Opening Day, before they go on sale to the public through an exclusive presale. Season Plan Holders will receive details about the presale via email.

The Nationals Fan Club is a free program for fans to join and learn about the team and all Nationals-related initiatives happening off the field. Fan Club members gain access to fun, exclusive content, unique experiences, discounts, early ticket offers and much more. To sign up or for more information, visit nationals.com/FanClub.

By joining the Fan Club now, fans will be eligible to start receiving benefits right away. Fan Club members will have access to an exclusive presale for all 2019 regular season games, excluding Opening Day, before seats go on sale to the general public. This online-only presale starts on Tuesday, February 12 at 10:00 a.m., so join now at nationals.com/FanClub!

New for the 2019 season, fans opting to receive text messages from the Nationals will get a head start on the Fan Club presale with an exclusive presale for all 2019 regular season games excluding Opening Day beginning Tuesday, February 12 at 9:30 a.m. To receive this and other text message updates and offers from the Nationals, text NATIONALS to 91347.

Details regarding presale and onsale dates for Opening Day will be released soon.

*Offseason Box Office hours beginning February 13: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Closed on Sundays and holidays.

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Washington Nationals announce new backpack policy

On Friday, the Washington Nationals announced that beginning with the 2019 season backpacks may not be brought into Nationals Park, except as otherwise provided in the Nationals Bag Policy. The policy was revised in order to enhance ballpark safety. Exceptions may be made for backpack diaper bags or backpacks used for ADA/medical reasons. All purses, briefcases, drawstring bags, diaper bags and soft-sided coolers that do not exceed 16"x16"x8" will still be permitted. On the day of purchase, backpacks bought during games or events at Nationals Park will be tagged and permitted for that day only.

"The safety of our fans, staff and players at Nationals Park is always a top priority. We are constantly assessing our procedures in an effort to make our ballpark safer," said Scott Fear, Washington Nationals Vice President of Public Safety and Security. "We understand the implementation of these procedures will take some time for our fans to get used to, but our organization is dedicated to making Nationals Park the safest environment possible for everyone in attendance."

On Friday, the Washington Nationals announced that beginning with the 2019 season backpacks may not be brought into Nationals Park, except as otherwise provided in the Nationals Bag Policy. The policy was revised in order to enhance ballpark safety. Exceptions may be made for backpack diaper bags or backpacks used for ADA/medical reasons. All purses, briefcases, drawstring bags, diaper bags and soft-sided coolers that do not exceed 16"x16"x8" will still be permitted. On the day of purchase, backpacks bought during games or events at Nationals Park will be tagged and permitted for that day only.

"The safety of our fans, staff and players at Nationals Park is always a top priority. We are constantly assessing our procedures in an effort to make our ballpark safer," said Scott Fear, Washington Nationals Vice President of Public Safety and Security. "We understand the implementation of these procedures will take some time for our fans to get used to, but our organization is dedicated to making Nationals Park the safest environment possible for everyone in attendance."

The policy will be in effect starting with the Nationals exhibition game on Monday, March 25. Exceptions for backpack diaper bags or backpack ADA/medical bags may be requested by Season Plan Holders at any Season Plan Holder gate. Non-Season Plan Holders may make an exception request at any of the family/ADA lanes, which are located at the Center Field Gate (closest lanes to the Main Box Office) or the Home Plate Gate.
 

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MASN announces changes to broadcast team for 2019 season

Dan Kolko and Bo Porter to anchor pre- and postgame coverage; Alex Chappell named on-field reporter

Today, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) named Bo Porter and Alex Chappell as on-air personalities for Washington Nationals baseball coverage, and announced that Dan Kolko will move to a new role with the broadcast team. Kolko will serve as the host of Nats Xtra - the exclusive Nationals pregame and postgame show - with Porter serving as the featured analyst on the show. Chappell will work as the on-field reporter, joining Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo on MASN's broadcasts of Washington Nationals baseball.

Kolko will move to the studio after spending the past five seasons as MASN's on-field reporter. Now a familiar face for Nationals fans, Kolko conducted several memorable interviews for MASN while also contributing to MLB Network as a Nationals correspondent. In total, 2019 will mark his eighth season covering the team for MASN, as he served as Nationals beat writer for MASNsports.com from 2012-14. Kolko previously covered the Baltimore Ravens for MASN from 2008-11, writing for the network's website and providing on-air analysis for the Mid-Atlantic Sports Report. Prior to joining MASN, Kolko worked with Comcast SportsNet in a production role. A native of Silver Spring, Md., Kolko earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Delaware.

Today, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) named Bo Porter and Alex Chappell as on-air personalities for Washington Nationals baseball coverage, and announced that Dan Kolko will move to a new role with the broadcast team. Kolko will serve as the host of Nats Xtra - the exclusive Nationals pregame and postgame show - with Porter serving as the featured analyst on the show. Chappell will work as the on-field reporter, joining Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo on MASN's broadcasts of Washington Nationals baseball.

Kolko will move to the studio after spending the past five seasons as MASN's on-field reporter. Now a familiar face for Nationals fans, Kolko conducted several memorable interviews for MASN while also contributing to MLB Network as a Nationals correspondent. In total, 2019 will mark his eighth season covering the team for MASN, as he served as Nationals beat writer for MASNsports.com from 2012-14. Kolko previously covered the Baltimore Ravens for MASN from 2008-11, writing for the network's website and providing on-air analysis for the Mid-Atlantic Sports Report. Prior to joining MASN, Kolko worked with Comcast SportsNet in a production role. A native of Silver Spring, Md., Kolko earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Delaware.

Porter, a former Major League player, manager, coach, and executive, comes to MASN after most recently serving as Director of Players Trust and Director of Player Development and Youth Initiative for the Major League Baseball Players Association. He returns to the nation's capital after serving as the Nationals third base coach during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. After the 2012 season, Porter left Washington to join the Houston Astros where he served as field manager for two seasons. As a player, Porter played parts of three Major League seasons with the Chicago Cubs (1999), Oakland Athletics (2000), and Texas Rangers (2001). The outfielder also played in the Colorado Rockies (2002) and Atlanta Braves (2002-03) systems over a 10-year professional playing career. Porter was last affiliated with a Major League franchise when he served as the Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Atlanta Braves during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Chappell joins the MASN broadcast team as on-field reporter after covering college football for ESPN and the SEC Network since 2016. Chappell's baseball experience includes serving as on-field reporter for FOX Sports Sun's 2017 coverage of the Tampa Bay Rays and working the 2017 American League Division Series for TBS. Before moving to Florida, Chappell worked in Boston, covering all four major professional sports for WHDH 7-News. A native of McLean, Va., Chappell spent 2013 in the D.C. area covering the Washington Redskins on Comcast SportsNet.

In addition, the Washington Nationals and MASN are pleased to announce MASN's coverage of seven 2019 Nationals Spring Training games. Their coverage will include the March 25 exhibition game against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park and six spring contests from FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach. Please see the full Spring Training TV broadcast schedule below.

NATIONALS 2019 SPRING TRAINING TV BROADCAST SCHEDULE*

2/23: vs. HOU at 6:35 p.m. in West Palm Beach, FL on MASN

3/5: vs. BOS at 1:05 p.m. in West Palm Beach, FL on MASN

3/9: vs. MIA at 6:35 p.m. in West Palm Beach, FL on MASN 2

3/13: vs. ATL at 1:05 p.m. in West Palm Beach, FL on MASN

3/16: vs. STL at 1:05 p.m. in West Palm Beach, FL on MASN

3/23: vs. STL at 1:05 p.m. in West Palm Beach, FL on MASN

3/25: vs. NYY at 5:05 p.m. in Washington, D.C. on MASN

* Subject to change

For more information on how to purchase Spring Training tickets, please visit nationals.com/Spring.

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Nationals agree to terms with Brian Dozier

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a one-year contract with second baseman Brian Dozier and designated infielder Matt Reynolds for assignment on Sunday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Dozier, 31, joins the Nationals after ranking among Major League second baseman in walks (3rd, 70), home runs (T6th, 21), RBI (T6th, 72), extra-base hits (7th, 53), runs scored (8th, 81) and doubles (T9th, 30) in 2018. He began his seventh Major League season with the Minnesota Twins before being acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers at the non-waiver trade deadline. In 151 games between the two clubs, Dozier hit .215 with 30 doubles, two triples, 21 home runs, 72 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 81 runs scored. He posted a .305 on-base percentage and a .391 slugging percentage. 

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a one-year contract with second baseman Brian Dozier and designated infielder Matt Reynolds for assignment on Sunday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Dozier, 31, joins the Nationals after ranking among Major League second baseman in walks (3rd, 70), home runs (T6th, 21), RBI (T6th, 72), extra-base hits (7th, 53), runs scored (8th, 81) and doubles (T9th, 30) in 2018. He began his seventh Major League season with the Minnesota Twins before being acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers at the non-waiver trade deadline. In 151 games between the two clubs, Dozier hit .215 with 30 doubles, two triples, 21 home runs, 72 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 81 runs scored. He posted a .305 on-base percentage and a .391 slugging percentage. 

An American League All-Star in 2015 and a Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner in 2017, Dozier has clubbed 172 home runs since his Major League debut in 2012, the most among Major League second basemen during that stretch. His 404 career extra-base hits are tied for second among second basemen behind only Robinson Cano (421) since 2012. Dozier has clubbed 28 career leadoff home runs, fourth-most among active Major League players. 

From 2013-17, Dozier ranked ninth in the American League -- and third among Major League second basemen -- in Wins Above Replacement (21.7) according to FanGraphs.com. 

In 2016, Dozier clubbed 42 home runs for the Minnesota Twins, tied for the second most by a second baseman in Major League history with Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby (42 in 1922) and behind only Davey Johnson (43 in 1973). 

From 2014-17, Dozier became the only player in Minnesota Twins history to score at least 100 runs in four consecutive seasons.

Dozier appeared in 12 Postseason games in 2017 and 2018, including experience in 11 games as the Los Angeles Dodgers advanced to the 2018 World Series. 

A veteran of seven Major League seasons, Dozier has hit .246 with 211 doubles, 21 triples, 172 home runs, 511 RBI, 426 walks and 609 runs scored with the Minnesota Twins (20012-18) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2018). A native of Fulton, Miss., Dozier was selected by Minnesota in the eighth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Southern Mississippi. 

Reynolds, 28, appeared in 12 games for the Nationals in 2018. He hit .154 with one RBI, one walk and one run scored.

With these transactions, Washington's 40-man roster is at 40 players. Please see the attached document for an updated roster.

Washington Nationals

Nationals agree to terms with Brian Dozier

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a one-year contract with second baseman Brian Dozier and designated infielder Matt Reynolds for assignment on Sunday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Dozier, 31, joins the Nationals after ranking among Major League second baseman in walks (3rd, 70), home runs (T6th, 21), RBI (T6th, 72), extra-base hits (7th, 53), runs scored (8th, 81) and doubles (T9th, 30) in 2018. He began his seventh Major League season with the Minnesota Twins before being acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers at the non-waiver trade deadline. In 151 games between the two clubs, Dozier hit .215 with 30 doubles, two triples, 21 home runs, 72 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 81 runs scored. He posted a .305 on-base percentage and a .391 slugging percentage. 

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a one-year contract with second baseman Brian Dozier and designated infielder Matt Reynolds for assignment on Sunday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Dozier, 31, joins the Nationals after ranking among Major League second baseman in walks (3rd, 70), home runs (T6th, 21), RBI (T6th, 72), extra-base hits (7th, 53), runs scored (8th, 81) and doubles (T9th, 30) in 2018. He began his seventh Major League season with the Minnesota Twins before being acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers at the non-waiver trade deadline. In 151 games between the two clubs, Dozier hit .215 with 30 doubles, two triples, 21 home runs, 72 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 81 runs scored. He posted a .305 on-base percentage and a .391 slugging percentage. 

An American League All-Star in 2015 and a Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner in 2017, Dozier has clubbed 172 home runs since his Major League debut in 2012, the most among Major League second basemen during that stretch. His 404 career extra-base hits are tied for second among second basemen behind only Robinson Cano (421) since 2012. Dozier has clubbed 28 career leadoff home runs, fourth-most among active Major League players. 

From 2013-17, Dozier ranked ninth in the American League -- and third among Major League second basemen -- in Wins Above Replacement (21.7) according to FanGraphs.com. 

In 2016, Dozier clubbed 42 home runs for the Minnesota Twins, tied for the second most by a second baseman in Major League history with Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby (42 in 1922) and behind only Davey Johnson (43 in 1973). 

From 2014-17, Dozier became the only player in Minnesota Twins history to score at least 100 runs in four consecutive seasons.

Dozier appeared in 12 Postseason games in 2017 and 2018, including experience in 11 games as the Los Angeles Dodgers advanced to the 2018 World Series. 

A veteran of seven Major League seasons, Dozier has hit .246 with 211 doubles, 21 triples, 172 home runs, 511 RBI, 426 walks and 609 runs scored with the Minnesota Twins (20012-18) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2018). A native of Fulton, Miss., Dozier was selected by Minnesota in the eighth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Southern Mississippi. 

Reynolds, 28, appeared in 12 games for the Nationals in 2018. He hit .154 with one RBI, one walk and one run scored.

With these transactions, Washington's 40-man roster is at 40 players. Please see the attached document for an updated roster.

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Nationals announce 2019 Minor League staff

The Washington Nationals announced their Minor League managers, coaches and coordinators for the 2019 season on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

• The coaching staffs of the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, Double-A Harrisburg Senators and Single-A Potomac Nationals will remain intact for the 2019 season.

The Washington Nationals announced their Minor League managers, coaches and coordinators for the 2019 season on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

• The coaching staffs of the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, Double-A Harrisburg Senators and Single-A Potomac Nationals will remain intact for the 2019 season.

• Mack Jenkins joins the organization as the pitching coach of Single-A Hagerstown after spending 32 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, most recently as their Major League pitching coach from 2016-18. In addition to his stint as pitching coach, Jenkins held roles as assistant pitching coach and bullpen coach during his seven Major League seasons with the Reds. Prior to joining the Major League staff, he spent the previous six seasons (2006-2011) as the club's Minor League pitching coordinator. Jenkins joined the Reds in 1989 as a Minor League pitching coach and spent 16 seasons in that position at Rookie-level Billings (1990-91), Single-A Cedar Rapids (1992), Single-A Charleston (1993-95), Double-A Chattanooga (1996-2001) and Triple-A Louisville (2002-05).

• The short-season Single-A Auburn Doubledays will be led by a new manager in 2019, as the Nationals welcome Ralph "Rocket" Wheeler to the organization after 16 years as a manager in the Atlanta Braves chain. He most recently spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons with Single-A Rome of the South Atlantic League. In 16 seasons with the Braves, Wheeler put together an 867-967 (.473) record as a manager and all told, he enters 2019 with a 1,437-1,575 (.477) record in 26 seasons as a manager.

• Washington also welcomes Ryan Grose as short-season Single-A Auburn's strength and conditioning coach. Additional strength and conditioning coach moves include Gabe Torres moving to the Gulf Coast League Nationals, Shane Hill moving to Single-A Potomac and Will Lindholm moving to Single-A Hagerstown.

 

Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies

Double-A Harrisburg Senators

Single-A Potomac Nationals

[Pacific Coast League]

[Eastern League]

[Carolina League]

Manager - Randy Knorr

Manager - Matthew LeCroy

Manager - Tripp Keister

Pitching - Brad Holman

Pitching - Michael Tejera

Pitching - Sam Narron

Hitting - Brian Daubach

Hitting - Brian Rupp

Hitting - Luis Ordaz

Athletic Trainer - Eric Montague

Athletic Trainer - TD Swinford

Athletic Trainer - Don Neidig

Strength & Conditioning Coach - Mike Warren

Strength & Conditioning Coach - RJ Guyer

Strength & Conditioning Coach - Shane Hill

                 

Single-A Hagerstown Suns

Short-Season Single-A Auburn Doubledays

Rookie-Level GCL Nationals

[South Atlantic League]

[New York-Penn League]

[Gulf Coast League]

Manager - Patrick Anderson

Manager - Ralph "Rocket" Wheeler

Manager - Mario Lisson

Pitching - Mack Jenkins

Pitching - Franklin Bravo

Pitching - Larry Pardo

Hitting - Amaury Garcia

Hitting - Mark Harris

Hitting - Jorge Mejia

Athletic Trainer - Darren Yoos

Athletic Trainer - Kirby Craft

Athletic Trainer - Jacob Meyer

Strength & Conditioning Coach - Will Lindholm

Strength & Conditioning Coach - Ryan Grose

Strength & Conditioning Coach - Gabe Torres

                 

Rookie-Level DSL Nationals

Coordinators

     

[Dominican Summer League]

Senior Advisor, Player Development - Spin Williams

     

Field Coordinator / Manager - Sandy Martinez

Co-Field Coordinator - Tommy Shields

     

Pitching - Pablo Frias

Co-Field Coordinator - Jeff Garber

     

Hitting - Freddy Guzman

Hitting Coordinator - Troy Gingrich

     

Coach - Javier Guzman

Pitching Coordinator - Paul Menhart

     

Coach - Emiliano Alcantara

Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator - Gary Thurman

     

Latin American Training Coordinator - Manny Moore

Catching Coordinator - Michael Barrett

     

Athletic Trainer - Miguel Cabrera

Information/Roving Coordinator - Billy Gardner Jr.

     

Strength & Conditioning Coach - Santo Del Rosario

Rehabilitation Pitching Coordinator - Mark Grater

     

Assistant Pitching Coach - Michael Moscat

Medical Rehab Coordinator - Jon Kotredes

     

Tryout Assistant - Anthony Rosario

Assistant Medical Coordinator - Jeff Allred

     
     

Strength and Conditioning Coordinator - Tony Rogowski

     
     

Minor League Equipment Coordinator - Calvin Minasian

     
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Nationals agree to terms with Anibal Sanchez

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a two-year contract with a team option for 2021 with right-handed pitcher Aníbal Sánchez on Thursday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Sánchez, 34, went 7-6 with a 2.83 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) for the Atlanta Braves in 2018. His 2.83 ERA was the second-best mark of his career and the best since he posted a 2.57 ERA in 2013 as a member of the Detroit Tigers. He struck out 135 batters in 136.2 innings and posted a career-best 1.08 WHIP. He surrendered just 15 home runs, his fewest since 2014 with Detroit.

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a two-year contract with a team option for 2021 with right-handed pitcher Aníbal Sánchez on Thursday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Sánchez, 34, went 7-6 with a 2.83 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) for the Atlanta Braves in 2018. His 2.83 ERA was the second-best mark of his career and the best since he posted a 2.57 ERA in 2013 as a member of the Detroit Tigers. He struck out 135 batters in 136.2 innings and posted a career-best 1.08 WHIP. He surrendered just 15 home runs, his fewest since 2014 with Detroit.

Among National League pitchers with at least 24 starts in 2018, Sánchez ranked sixth in ERA (2.83), seventh in opponent batting average (.213), ninth in opponent on-base percentage (.278), ninth in WHIP (1.08) and tenth in opponent slugging percentage (.354). He allowed the fifth-fewest home runs (15) and issued the ninth-fewest walks (42) among National League pitchers (min. 24 GS).

Sánchez was strong against left-handed batters in 2018, holding them to a .191/.279/.294 slash line. His .294 opponent slugging percentage against left-handed batters was the best among National League right-handed starting pitchers, while his .191 opponent average was good for third.

Sánchez has appeared in eight postseason games (seven starts), including three starts for the Detroit Tigers as they advanced to the 2012 World Series. He is 2-5 with a 3.12 ERA (15 ER/43.1 IP) in his eight career Postseason appearances.

A veteran of 13 Major League seasons, Sánchez is 97-100 with a 3.99 ERA in 309 games (286 starts) with the Florida/Miami Marlins (2006-12), Detroit Tigers (2012-17) and Atlanta Braves (2017). A native of Maracay, Venezuela, he was originally signed by the Boston Red Sox on January 3, 2001.

With this transaction, Washington's 40-man roster is at 40 players.

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Nationals agree to terms with Matt Adams

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2020 with first baseman Matt Adams on Tuesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Adams, 30, returns to the Nationals after hitting .257 with nine doubles, 18 home runs, 48 RBI, 24 walks and 37 runs scored in 94 games with Washington in 2018. He recorded a .510 slugging percentage and an .842 OPS before being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals on Aug. 21. In 121 games between the two clubs, he clubbed a career-high 21 home runs while recording 57 RBI and a .477 slugging percentage.

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2020 with first baseman Matt Adams on Tuesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Adams, 30, returns to the Nationals after hitting .257 with nine doubles, 18 home runs, 48 RBI, 24 walks and 37 runs scored in 94 games with Washington in 2018. He recorded a .510 slugging percentage and an .842 OPS before being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals on Aug. 21. In 121 games between the two clubs, he clubbed a career-high 21 home runs while recording 57 RBI and a .477 slugging percentage.

As a member of the Nationals, Adams posted a .538 slugging percentage against right-handed pitchers, good for eighth among National League hitters (min. 230 PA vs. RHP) at the time of the trade. Of his 21 home runs in 2018, 20 came at the expense of right-handed pitching. Across his career, 83 of his 96 career homers have come against right-handed pitchers.

While in Washington, Adams saw action at first base (48 G), left field (15 G) and right field (1 G). When he took the field as a starter in 2018, the Nationals posted a 37-22 (.627) record. In those 59 starts, he hit .269/.339/.546 with nine doubles, 17 home runs and 42 RBI.

Adams has proven to be a valuable contributor off the bench in his career. His nine career pinch-hit home runs and 47 career pinch-hit RBI are the most among active players. 

In 26 games of Postseason experience as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, Adams hit .226 with three doubles, four home runs, 11 RBI and 10 runs scored as the Cardinals advanced to the World Series in 2013 and the National League Championship Series in 2014.

Adams has a career .470 slugging percentage that ranks ninth among National League left-handed batters since his debut in 2012. He has clubbed 113 doubles, six triples, 96 homers and 332 RBI across seven Major League seasons. He was originally selected by St. Louis in the 23rd round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Slippery Rock (PA) University.

With this transaction, Washington's 40-man roster is at 39 players.

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Nationals acquire Tanner Rainey

The Washington Nationals acquired right-handed pitcher Tanner Rainey from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for right-handed pitcher Tanner Roark on Wednesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Rainey, 25, went 7-2 with three saves and a 2.65 ERA in 44 games out of the bullpen for Triple-A Louisville in 2018. He struck out 65 batters, issued 35 walks and posted a .148 opponent batting average en route to being named an International League All-Star. Rainey surrendered just seven extra-base hits (5 doubles, 2 home runs) across 51.0 Minor League innings in 2018.

The Washington Nationals acquired right-handed pitcher Tanner Rainey from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for right-handed pitcher Tanner Roark on Wednesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Rainey, 25, went 7-2 with three saves and a 2.65 ERA in 44 games out of the bullpen for Triple-A Louisville in 2018. He struck out 65 batters, issued 35 walks and posted a .148 opponent batting average en route to being named an International League All-Star. Rainey surrendered just seven extra-base hits (5 doubles, 2 home runs) across 51.0 Minor League innings in 2018.

Among International League pitchers with at least 50.0 innings pitched in 2018, Rainey ranked 10th with 11.5 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. In four professional seasons, he has posted 11.1 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (339 strikeouts in 275.1 IP).

Rainey was particularly tough against right-handed batters in 2018, posting a .138/.266/.165 opponent slash line. He struck out 48 batters, walked 18 and allowed just three extra-base hits (3 doubles) along the way.

Rainey had his contract selected by the Cincinnati Reds on April 10 and made his Major League debut that day against the Philadelphia Phillies. He went on to make eight relief appearances across four stints with the Reds in 2018.

A native of Hammond, La., Rainey was selected by the Reds in the Competitive Balance Round B (No. 71 overall) of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of West Alabama.

Roark, 32, went 64-54 with a 3.59 ERA in 182 games (141 starts) across six seasons (2013-18) with the Washington Nationals.

Washington's 40-man roster remains at 38 players. Please see the attached document for an updated roster.

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Nationals agree to terms with Patrick Corbin

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a six-year contract with All-Star left-handed pitcher Patrick Corbin on Friday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Corbin, 29, joins the Nationals after going 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA and 246 strikeouts in 33 starts for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2018. He set career marks in nearly every category in his sixth professional season, including ERA, strikeouts, games started, WHIP (1.05), hits allowed per nine innings (7.29), home runs allowed per nine innings (0.68), strikeouts per nine innings (11.07) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.13).

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a six-year contract with All-Star left-handed pitcher Patrick Corbin on Friday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Corbin, 29, joins the Nationals after going 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA and 246 strikeouts in 33 starts for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2018. He set career marks in nearly every category in his sixth professional season, including ERA, strikeouts, games started, WHIP (1.05), hits allowed per nine innings (7.29), home runs allowed per nine innings (0.68), strikeouts per nine innings (11.07) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.13).

A two-time All-Star (2013, 2018), Corbin finished fifth in the National League Cy Young Award voting in 2018 after ranking in the top five in the National League in home runs per nine innings (2nd, 0.68), strikeouts per nine innings (3rd, 11.07), strikeouts (3rd, 246), strikeout-to-walk ratio (3rd, 5.13), opponent on-base percentage (4th, .270), WHIP (4th, 1.05) and opponent OPS (5th, .607).

"We are excited to welcome Patrick and his wife Jen to the Washington Nationals organization," said Washington Nationals Managing Principal Owner and Vice Chairman Mark D. Lerner. "We've known Patrick to be a great competitor from across the diamond throughout his young career, but in getting to know him through this process, we know he will be a tremendous asset both on the field and off."

In 2018, Corbin became just the fifth left-handed pitcher since 1990 (10th season overall) to record a season with at least 200.0 innings, 200 strikeouts and fewer than 15 home runs allowed.

Corbin led Major League Baseball with a 34.6% swing and miss rate, according to Stats LLC., and according to FanGraphs.com, he ranked behind only Max Scherzer with a 15.6% swinging strike rate. He trailed only Scherzer in the National League with 54 three-pitch strikeouts and 211 strikeouts swinging.

"We've always said that starting pitching is the driver. As the top free-agent pitcher on the market this offseason, we targeted Patrick from the onset," Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo said. "He was one of the top pitchers in the National League in 2018 and at 29 years old, we believe the best is yet to come. We are thrilled to bring him into our organization."

Corbin limited right-handed batters to a .324 slugging percentage, the lowest mark by a left-handed pitcher in the National League. His .259 opponent on-base percentage and .213 opponent batting average against righties were both good for second-lowest in the National League.

In six seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Corbin went 56-54 with a 3.91 ERA in 172 games (154 starts). He ranks third in Diamondbacks history in starts, strikeouts (897) and innings pitched (945.2). His 56 wins are good for fourth in the club's history.

Corbin was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the second round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Chipola (FL) Junior College. He was acquired by the Diamondbacks on July 25, 2010.

Washington's 40-man roster is now at 38 players.

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Nationals acquire catcher Yan Gomes

The Washington Nationals acquired All-Star catcher Yan Gomes from the Cleveland Indians on Friday in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez, outfielder Daniel Johnson and a player to be named later. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Gomes, 31, is under team control through the 2021 season. He hit .266 with 26 doubles, 16 home runs, 48 RBI, 21 walks and 52 runs scored in 112 games for the Cleveland Indians in 2018. He led American League catchers (min. 400 PA) in slugging percentage (.449), OPS (.757), doubles (26), runs scored (T1st, 52) and batting average (.266), while ranking second in on-base percentage (.313).

The Washington Nationals acquired All-Star catcher Yan Gomes from the Cleveland Indians on Friday in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez, outfielder Daniel Johnson and a player to be named later. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Gomes, 31, is under team control through the 2021 season. He hit .266 with 26 doubles, 16 home runs, 48 RBI, 21 walks and 52 runs scored in 112 games for the Cleveland Indians in 2018. He led American League catchers (min. 400 PA) in slugging percentage (.449), OPS (.757), doubles (26), runs scored (T1st, 52) and batting average (.266), while ranking second in on-base percentage (.313).

A veteran of seven Major League seasons, Gomes earned his first career All-Star Game selection in 2018 after being chosen by the Office of the Commissioner. His 26 doubles in 2018 marked a career-high, while his 16 home runs were his most since he clubbed 21 in 2014. Gomes has recorded double-digit home runs in five of his last six full Major League seasons.

Over the last two seasons, Gomes ranked among American League catchers in doubles (3rd, 41), RBI (4th, 104), home runs (5th, 30) and extra base hits (5th, 71). Behind the plate during that span, Gomes threw out 40 would-be base stealers, good for fourth in Major League Baseball. His 32.8 percent caught-stealing rate across the last two seasons ranked seventh in Major League baseball.

Gomes has appeared in 11 Postseason games, including the 2016 World Series. In those 11 games, he's hit .273 (6-for-22) with two doubles, three walks and three runs scored.

In 652 Major League games, Gomes has hit .248 with 121 doubles, six triples, 87 home runs, 308 RBI, 122 walks and 270 runs scored. 

A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Gomes was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 10th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft after attending Barry (FL) University. He was acquired by the Cleveland Indians along with Mike Aviles in exchange for Esmil Rogers on November 3, 2012.

Rodriguez, 25, went 3-3 with a 5.71 ERA in 14 games (eight starts) for the Nationals in 2018 - his first Major League season. He was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent on January 9, 2012.

Johnson, 23, has appeared in 288 games across three Minor League seasons since being selected in the fifth round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of New Mexico State University. He has hit .281 with 57 doubles, 30 home runs, 121 RBI, 57 stolen bases, 67 walks and 159 runs scored.

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Nationals agree to terms with Kurt Suzuki

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a two-year contract with catcher Kurt Suzuki on Tuesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Suzuki, 35, joins the Nationals after hitting .271 with 24 doubles, 12 home runs, 50 RBI, 22 walks, and 45 runs scored in 105 games for the Atlanta Braves in 2018. Suzuki posted a .485 slugging percentage and an .825 OPS in two seasons in Atlanta - the best marks among Major League catchers during that span - while his .276 batting average the last two seasons was good for fourth among Major League backstops.

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a two-year contract with catcher Kurt Suzuki on Tuesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Suzuki, 35, joins the Nationals after hitting .271 with 24 doubles, 12 home runs, 50 RBI, 22 walks, and 45 runs scored in 105 games for the Atlanta Braves in 2018. Suzuki posted a .485 slugging percentage and an .825 OPS in two seasons in Atlanta - the best marks among Major League catchers during that span - while his .276 batting average the last two seasons was good for fourth among Major League backstops.

Among active catchers, Suzuki ranks in doubles (3rd, 264), games played (4th, 1,394), extra-base hits (5th, 384), RBI (5th, 619), batting average (7th, .258) and home runs (9th, 114).

Suzuki was acquired by the Nationals during the 2012 season and went on to hit .267 with five doubles, five home runs, 25 RBI, 11 walks and 17 runs scored in 43 games as the Nationals went on to claim the 2012 National League East Division championship. 

In 1,394 games spanning 12 Major League seasons, Suzuki has hit .258 with 264 doubles, six triples, 114 home runs, 619 RBI, 19 stolen bases 329 walks and 515 runs scored.

Washington's 40-man roster is now at 37 players. Please see the attached document for an updated roster.

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