The Nationals' recent international spending binge will hinder their pursuits in a unique international market.

Designated hitter Shohei Ohtani of Japan follows his solo homer in the fifth inning during the international friendly baseball match between Japan and the Netherlands at the Tokyo Dome on November 12, 2016. / AFP / KAZUHIRO NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Nationals' recent international spending binge will hinder their pursuits in a unique international market.

Werth spent seven seasons with the Nationals and helped elevate the team from mediocrity to perennial contender.

The Nationals close the exhibition slate in Washington against the Twins on March 27.

Will a deal get done before next winter?

The deadline for protecting players from selection by other teams is 8 p.m. ET Monday.

An update to the long-running dispute with the Orioles doesn't bring the sides any closer to resolution.

  • Perspective

History suggests Washington’s ace is at an age when he’ll begin to decline, but he’s already proved himself an outlier.

With Bryce Harper entering free agency a year from now, the Nationals will be at the center of the offseason stage.

Since entering the majors as a 19-year-old in 2012, he has batted .285 with a an OPS of .902.

The Nationals plan to play the veteran catcher less next season.

Only nine other pitchers have won three or more Cy Young Awards.

The powerful sports agent said he and the Nationals have not talked about an extension for Anthony Rendon, either.

It's possible, but the General Manager Mike Rizzo is pretty happy with Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle as his eighth-ninth combo.

Victor Robles, a 20-year-old five-tool phenom, won't be the one moved if the Nationals decide to go in that direction.

Plus, thoughts from a Cubs' higher-up on new Nationals manager Dave Martinez.

Martinez's contract is worth $2.8 million over three years with a $1.2 million option for a fourth year.

Mike Rizzo isn’t trying to add franchise-altering pieces in free agency in the offseason

The Nationals have plenty of business to attend to this week, but don't expect a flurry of deals yet.

Murphy has won the award in each of his first two seasons with the Nationals.

Dave Martinez has never managed before, but he will be surrounded by experience.

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