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Wire Taps: Nationals make front office promotions; reportedly sign Ian Stewart

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The Washington Nationals made some front office moves on Tuesday, and signed veteran infielder Ian Stewart to a minor league deal, adding another name to the mix for the bench battle in NatsTown. Links and more below...

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In addition to the signing of veteran infielder Ian Stewart to a minor league deal on Tuesday, the Washington Nationals announced a series of front office moves on Twitter.

Doug Harris, already the Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Development added the title of Vice President of Pro Scouting.

Steve Arnieri, "was promoted to Special Assistant to the President of Baseball Operations and GM," as the Nats wrote.

Bill Singer, who served as Director of Pro Scouting, was bumped up to Director of International Scouting and Special Assistant to the President of Baseball Operations and GM.

In addition, Brian Cleary joined the organization as an Area Supervisor.

• "Harris’s promotion furthers the assistant GM’s upward trajectory within the organization, one that began when he was hired as the Director of Player Development..." - "Nationals announce front office changes: Doug Harris, Steve Arnieri, Bill Singer promoted" - Chelsea Janes, The Washington Post

That was it as far as big news from the Nationals on Tuesday, outside of what's going on in Nationals Park at least:

There will be hockey in the Nats' home soon. As for baseball news. It's link time...

If you're somehow sleeping on Wilmer Difo, time to wake up:

• "Today, Difo is a barrel-chested, speedy middle infield prospect the Nationals value so much they added him to the 40-man roster..." - "Wilmer Difo, Washington Nationals’ top Dominican prospect, bloomed late" - James Wagner, The Washington Post

Nationals sign Ian Stewart stories:

• "If Stewart can rediscover his stroke, he could put himself in the running for a spot on the Nationals’ 2015 bench." - "Nationals sign infielder Ian Stewart to minor-league contract" - Mark Zuckerman, Nats Insider

• "In need of a left-handed bat off the bench, the Nationals signed third baseman Ian Stewart to a Minor League contract..." - "Source: Nats agree to deal with infielder Stewart" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com

Moore, Moore, Moore:

• "Presumably, there is space for Moore with the Nationals if he proves himself ready to seize it." - "Out of options, Tyler Moore readies for make-or-break season" - Chelsea Janes, The Washington Post

More A.J. Cole love:

• "One scout told me in the lobby of the Manchester Grand Hyatt that his team had been trying to pry Cole away from the Nationals since general manager Mike Rizzo reacquired him..." - "Nationals Pastime: Is Cole ready to contribute? (updated with promotion, signing notes)" - Pete Kerzel, MASNSports.com

More Nationals prospect talk:

• "Just finished his first full season after full recovery from Tommy John surgery. Dominating Class A stuff..." - "Pleskoff's picks: Top 10 prospects" - Bernie Pleskoff, nationals.com

The Countdown continues:

• "For the first 1 1/2 seasons of his tenure with the Nationals, Denard Span was viewed at something of a disappointment." - "Significant moment No. 8: Span sets Nats record for hits in a season" - Mark Zuckerman, Nats Insider

Aaron Barrett talks Christmas with MLB.com:

• "Right-hander Aaron Barrett was an integral part of the Nationals' bullpen this past season..." - "Christmas has deep meaning for Barrett" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com

NatsTown: Callis on Nats' prospects, MW: Year Two; Bray on Reds trade:

• "Quoting The Godfather – Jim Callis on Joe Ross and Trea Turner" - Ryan Sullivan, NatsGM

• "A third of the attendees at Nationals games take Metro to get to the park, but ridership leaving the park is 8% lower." - "Breakfast links: New connections" - Kelli Raboy, Greater Greater Washington

• "As the Nationals prepare for 2015, one of the big question marks is who will play second base -- or third base?" - "Matt Williams Prepares For Second Season With Nationals" - David Driver, Pressbox DC

• "Six weeks into my major league career, I was traded from the Nationals to the Reds in an eight player deal on July 13, 2006. ESPN kindly called it 'The Worst Trade of the Decade'..." - "Bray: Getting traded takes some getting used to" - Bill Bray, Sporting News

National(s) Beat:

• "The last Washington pitcher to throw a no-hitter was the Senators' Bobby Burke in 1931, which also happened to be the last major league no-hitter thrown in the nation's capital." - "SI's 10 favorite things in baseball from this year" - Cliff Corcoran, SI.com

• "Given their depth at the position and the price tag he'll command, Zimmermann is the least likely to be re-signed." - "Can the Red Sox rely on next year's free agents?" - Matt Collins, Over the Monster

NL EAST UPDATES: Rollins talks Phils; Mets' gift ideas; Braves added to 'pen

Phillies: "The current Phillies ownership situation appears to be in a state of flux, but former shortstop Jimmy Rollins has interesting expectations if John Middleton manages to become the team's majority owner." - "Jimmy Rollins thinks new Phillies owner could be 'George Steinbrenner South'" - Matt Lombardo, NJ.com

Mets: "The Mets likely have a few things remaining on their wishlist after already signing Michael Cuddyer and John Mayberry Jr." - "What's on the Mets' Christmas wish list?" - Mike Vorkunov, NJ.com

Marlins: "The Marlins on Tuesday claimed right-handed reliever Preston Claiborne from the New York Yankees." - "Miami Marlins claim RHP Preston Claiborne from Yankees" - Juan C. Rodriguez, Florida Sun-Sentinel

Braves: "Less than a month after buying low on Jim Johnson, the Braves have opted to do the same with veteran right-handed reliever Jason Grilli." - "Braves reach agreement with veteran reliever Grilli" - Mark Bowman, braves.com