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Report: Greinke to Nats a longshot

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Report: Greinke to Nats a longshot

It may be time to cross the Nationals off the list of potential landing spots for Zack Greinke.

A new report from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports suggests Washington is nearly out of the race completely. It is something many could have perhaps predicted from the start, but nonetheless his name had come up in the same sentence as the Nats in recent weeks.

Here is what Rosenthal said:

Source continues: Nationals did not scout Brewers' Greinke last night; appear on periphery at best. WhiteSox want Greinke badly. Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 25, 2012
The Nationals going after Greinke was thrown out there mainly because Washingtons ace, Stephen Strasburg, is expected to be shut down for the season in early September. But realistically, they dont have the trade chips they used to have in their farm system and a trade to get Greinke could deplete their young talent significantly.

The Brewers are said to be looking for a huge haul for their former Cy Young-winning ace and you cant really blame them. Greinke will be the most sought after free agent this offseason if he becomes available and any team who keeps him long-term will likely have to pay him a nine-digit deal. The Nationals have the money to offer a deal like that and some think Greinke would sign with the Nats, but they may not be able to afford a trade given what they coughed up for Gio Gonzalez in the winter.

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Former Nationals outfielder admits to drinking vodka before MLB games

Former Nationals outfielder admits to drinking vodka before MLB games

When it comes to sports, we sometimes forget that the athletes we look up to are just normal people.  Normal people who have a lot to prove to millions of people on a weekly basis.  Former Nationals outfielder Rick Ankiel has discussed one his human moments in an interview with 590 The Fan in St. Louis.

Ankiel admitted to drinking vodka during his plight as a pitcher. He referenced his first two starts of the 2001 season, in particular against the his opener Arizona Diamondbacks where he allowed his anxiety to giving in to alcohol to soothe him. In the previous postseason, he became the first pitcher since 1980 to throw five wild pitches in a single inning. 

It may have worked for a couple of games but Ankiel eventually realized it was only making matters worse.

Ankiel began playing in the MLB at the age of 19 and has had a fluctuating career through six teams.  All the while, he has keep a “never give up” mentality.

Why the sudden need to vent? The St. Louis baseball pitcher is getting up close and personal with his upcoming book, “The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed my Life” which is co-written with sports writer, Tim Brown will be released on April 18.  

His two seasons with the Nationals, resulted in 127 hits and 52 RBIs as an outfielder. 

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Nationals sign former Orioles All-Star catcher Matt Wieters

Nationals sign former Orioles All-Star catcher Matt Wieters

The Washington Nationals have signed former Orioles All-Star catcher Matt Wieters to a one-year deal with a player option for a second year, according to multiple reports. 

Wieters spent the first eight years in the Majors with the Baltimore Orioles, being named to the AL All-Star team four times and winning two gold glove awards. Last season the switch-hitting catcher posted a .243 average with 17 homers and 66 RBI.  

The Nationals have been in the market for catchers all offseason after Wilson Ramos left for Tampa Bay in free agency. The team traded for former Padres catcher Derek Norris, whose role is now in question. The Nationals still have Jose Lobaton on the roster as a strong defensive backup catcher who has a proven rapport with many of the pitchers in the Nationals rotation. Wieters had been linked to the Nationals all offseason because of the team's need a the position and because of the Nationals close relationship with Wieters' agent Scott Boras. 

The only significant time that Wieters has missed due to injury in his career came in 2014-15 when he had Tommy John surgury. Prior to that surgury, however, Wieters had played in at least 130 games for four straight seasons and became a large part of the Orioles' identity. 

The 30-year-old backstop will give the Nationals lineup more depth and power. Wieters had three consecutive 20-homer seasons from 2011-13 and since 2009 when his career began, he ranks fifth among catchers in all of baseball in home runs with 117. 

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