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Wire Taps: Is the Washington Nationals’ catching search over? Bryce Harper rumors + more…

Are the Nationals done adding catching depth now that Kurt Suzuki is signed? Will the Nats lose any prospects in the Rule 5 Draft? Where will Bryce Harper land this winter if not back in D.C.?

While you recover from the holiday, get caught up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news and chatter…

With Suzuki in the fold, will the Nats stay out of Realmuto bidding? –
“Does [Kurt] Suzuki’s return mean that the Nats will be less likely to go after J.T. Realmuto?”

MLB rumors: Yankees face new suitor for Nathan Eovaldi, Patrick Corbin, J.A. Happ, Dallas Keuchel
“Between that move and the earlier additions of right-handers Kyle Barraclough and Trevor Rosenthal to the bullpen, general manager Mike Rizzo already has solidified a couple of different areas without spending big.”

Top prospects eligible for the Rule 5 draft
“Telmito Agustin, OF, Nationals No. 13 – Agustin is entering his age-22 season and has yet to play in a game at the Double-A level, but he’s also coming off of his best Minor League campaign…”

Bryce Harper: Would signing with Rangers be smart money, or A-Rod II?
Bryce Harper, a National League MVP at 23, is a free agent at 26, peddling his services in an industry that’s grown to nearly $11 billion in annual revenues.”

Best 2018 Rule 5 Draft prospects available –
“The Nationals lost in the NLDS in ’17, far short of their goal, and Luzardo is now the top lefty prospect in the game, one who should impact the A’s rotation in 2019.”

Thanksgiving Day 2018: One reason why all 30 MLB teams should be thankful this year –
“In the widespread mediocrity that is the National League, the post-Harper Nationals still have enough talent to contend next year.”

Longest home runs for every MLB team
“[Michael A.] Taylor’s dinger may have received an assist from the friendly Coors Field environment, but his 110.1-mph exit velocity was no joke.”

NL EAST UPDATES:

If the Phillies strike out on Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, they see more options ahead – (Philly.com)
Bryce Harper and Manny Machado aren’t so much cherries on top of a championship roster as they are building blocks, albeit enormous ones, toward that end.”

Black Friday shopping tips for the Mets and new GM Brodie Van Wagenen – (NY Daily News)
“The Mets need to bulk up the back end of their bullpen. After trading away Jeurys Familia and allowing A.J. Ramos to walk, they don’t have a closer in waiting except handing the role to Robert Gsellman and seeing how he handles it.”

Marlins trade Dillon Peters to Angels for reliever Tyler Stevens – (Fish Stripes)
“The Marlins designated Dillon Peters for assignment on Tuesday and didn’t waste any of the seven days allotted for them to trade or release him.”

Projecting Payrolls: Atlanta Braves
“While most baseball franchises are now owned by families or groups of them, the Braves have been owned by corporate entities since 1996.”

 

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