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Wire Taps: Will Nationals' skipper Matt Williams win the NL MOY? + Nats links...

We'll know by tonight whether or not Washington Nationals' skipper Matt Williams has won the NL Manager of the Year nod after his first season as a major league bench boss. Until then, all the Nats-related links we could find. All in one place...

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The biggest news of the day for the Washington Nationals on Monday was likely that the dispute with the Baltimore Orioles over the MASN money is going to drag on for months to come. Yeah! I'll let the people who reported on that handle the details below...

There should be some big news tonight.

Will Matt Williams win the NL Manager of the Year Award from the Baseball Writers' Association of America?

The announcement on this year's winner will be made at around 6:00 PM EDT tonight.

Did Nats' GM Mike Rizzo talk to anyone on the first day of the GM Meetings?

Not a lot of Nationals-related rumors out there on Monday.

Were you surprised by the Mets' big signing of Michael Cuddyer?

How about some links? How about RIGHT NOW!!:

• Here's the Washington Post story on the MASN news by Adam Kilgore:

• "The legal saga between the Nationals and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will drag for months longer than previously expected..." - "MASN hearing pushed to March after discovery dispute entangles Commissioner Rob Manfred" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• Here's a Baltimore Sun story on the MASN dispute (the last clause in the sentence here ends up being important):

• "The arbitration process that awarded tens of millions of dollars a year more to the Washington Nationals in television rights fees was not truly independent and was controlled largely by soon-to-be baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, attorneys for the Orioles television network argue in court documents." - "MASN says commissoner-elect Manfred influenced TV rights case" - Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun


• Nationals sign Burriss and Delcarmen:

• "The Nationals re-signed District native and Wilson High alum Emmanuel Burriss to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training." - "Nationals sign Emmanuel Burriss, Manny Delcarmen to minor league contracts" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "Burriss and Delcarmen return to the organization after spending all of 2014 at Class AAA Syracuse, where each performed well." - "Nationals re-sign Burriss and Delcarmen to minor-league contracts" - Mark Zuckerman, Nats Insider

• "The Nationals signed infielder/outfielder Emmanuel Burriss and right-hander Manny Delcarmen to Minor League deals with invitations to Major League Spring Training on Monday." - "Nats sign Burriss, Delcarmen to Minors deals" - Bill Ladson,

• Williams as MOY? Find out at 6:00 PM:

• "'It’s painful for a while when you don’t win, you don’t reach the ultimate goal. But after a while it turns to motivation,' Williams said." - "Matt Williams focused on 2015 as possible Manager of the Year honor looms" - Thom Schad, Washington Times

• "Williams proved to be an aggressive manager. He wasn't afraid to play small ball -- hit and run or bunt -- to win a game." - "Williams worthy of NL Manager of the Year Award" - Bill Ladson,

• "Williams wrung the potential out of a Nationals club that underachieved and handled a potentially dicey position logjam involving veteran Ryan Zimmerman with aplomb." - "Award season: Who will win top manager honors?" - Ted Berg, Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY Sports

• That's Michael A. Taylor:

• "Taylor got into 17 games with the big club. His first big highlight came when he slammed a home run against the Mets at Citi Field." - "Taylor's big season could be springboard to more of the same in 2015" - Byron Kerr,

• Other Stuff:

• "Rizzo is considered by his peers to be an approachable guy who's willing to listen and think outside the box when it comes to trade talk." - "Nationals Buzz: A look inside GM Mike Rizzo's trade history" - Pete Kerzel,

• "Who should the Nationals most try to lock up to a long-term extension: Ian Desmond, Doug Fister or Jordan Zimmermann?" - "Point/Counterpoint: Who should get a long-term deal from Nationals?" - Mark Zuckerman and Chase Hughes, Nats Insider


• "The Reds promoted Jim Riggleman to third-base coach on the Major League team from his previous post as manager of Triple-A Louisville, it was announced Monday." - "Reds add Riggleman to coach third base" - Mark Sheldon,

• "The Arizona Diamondbacks named Bryan Minniti assistant general manager. He held the same position for the Washington Nationals." - "People: Executive transactions - Sports Business Journal

• "The problem here could be convincing LaRoche, who won a Gold Glove at first base with the Washington Nationals in 2012, that it’s time to become a full-time DH." - "Three players who could spruce up the Royals" - Bob Lutz, The Wichita Eagle

• "Zach Walters, acquired from Washington for Asdrubal Cabrera on July 31, is a possibility in the middle infield as well." - "Internal revolution could rehape Cleveland Indians defense for 2015: GM meetings" - Paul Hoynes,

• "This year [Cole Hamels] was able to block deals to all clubs except the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals." - "Blue Jays reportedly interested in Martin and Martinez" - Bob Elliot, Toronto Sun

• "Adam LaRoche, 1B: After a monster 2012 season, he was hurt by the draft pick. This year he wasn't quite as good, but he has no draft pick attached." - "MLB Free Agency: Top 50, where they may sign and what they will get" - Jon Heyman,


Braves: "Once again, baseball writers are about to discriminate against a talented player for merely being the best at his position." - "Are Baseball Writers Discriminating Against Craig Kimbrel?" - John A. Tures, Huffington Post

• "The Braves plan to have rookie Christian Bethancourt as their primary catcher in 2015, but Hart said they haven’t decided whether they’ll trade Gattis..." - "Hart on Gattis trade rumor: ‘Absolutely inaccurate’" - David O'Brien,

Mets: "Mets officials assembled the names of potential corner outfielders they could acquire and they noticed a similarity — all had significant flaws." - "Cuddyer contract a win-now gamble worth taking for Mets" - Joel Sherman, New York Post

Phillies: "Ruben Amaro Jr.'s flight into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport touched down early Sunday evening. Before noon yesterday, he had already had a private meeting with the agent for Cuban free-agent outfielder Yasmany Tomas." - "Tomas' agent, Amaro 'still talking'" - Ryan Lawrence, Philadelphia Daily News

Marlins: "The top money the Marlins spend in the coming weeks may be for players already on their roster." - "Miami open to upgrades in any area at GM Meetings" - Joe Frisaro,