Jon Lester, 37, was on the open market after spending the past six seasons with the Chicago Cubs.

The Nationals found a common salary ground with Josh Bell. The status of Trea Turner and Juan Soto remained uncertain.

Cruz’s bonus is the highest Washington has given to an international prospect, tying what shortstop Yasel Antuna earned in 2016.


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The Nationals’ bullpen returns Daniel Hudson, Will Harris and Tanner Rainey, among others, from 2020.

The deadline for teams and players to exchange arbitration figures is 1 p.m. on Friday.

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Robles took a step back last season, his third full one in the major leagues. The Nationals now need him to rebound in a few areas.

A BetMGM mobile sports betting app that will function in and around the ballpark could launch by Opening Day.

Schwarber became a free agent in early December after he was non-tendered by the Chicago Cubs.

Bell arrived in a Christmas Eve trade that gave Washington a needed middle-of-the-order bat.

Rutledge, 21, is a big talent with a big arm. The Nationals want to see him bloom in Washington.

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Everything is falling into place for the Nats to build a complete, entertaining 90-win roster this season.

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Right-handed pitching prospects Wil Crowe and Eddy Yean went to Pittsburgh in the trade.

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has more work to do this offseason and could target another slugger to play a corner outfield spot.

Josh Bell, a switch-hitting power bat, gives Washington the middle-of-the-order offense it has been seeking all offseason.

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Howie Kendrick knew the power of unexpected moments, and the Nationals will miss that most.

Howie Kendrick, 37, had considered returning in 2021 before deciding to hang it up.

Both veterans will have a chance to prove themselves in spring training.

Jefry Rodriguez, 27, went from the Nationals to the Cleveland Indians two winters ago in a trade for Yan Gomes.

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Ryan Zimmerman, 36, opted out of playing last season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I won’t say I’m glad that he was hurt," Dave Martinez, the Nationals’ manager, said. “But we got an issue taken care of, and he’ll come back fully healthy and ready to go."

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