Justin Verlander reached a $25 million deal to remain with the Houston Astros as he comes back from Tommy John surgery, and Brandon Belt accepted an $18.4 million qualifying offer from the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.
Former Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer is expected to join the New York Mets in a massive three-year, $130 million deal, according to multiple reports. The Nationals traded Scherzer to the Los Angeles Dodgers last summer at the trade deadline and will now have to regularly face off against their former ace as Scherzer joins an NL East rival.
To reinvent himself as a sympathetic, all-around nice guy — instead of one of the biggest cheaters in baseball history — Alex Rodriguez needs some help from the media. And he’s getting it.
Ryan Zimmerman said in an interview Wednesday morning that he is “planning on playing” this upcoming season. Zimmerman, a free agent, was a platoon player for the Nationals last season.
The Washington Nationals on Tuesday announced De Jon Watson as their new director of player development.
Tampa Bay’s Kevin Cash became the second skipper to win Manager of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons, taking the American League award Tuesday night. San Francisco’s Gabe Kapler won the NL honor.