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Wire Taps: Nationals' prospect Erick Fedde throwing; Jayson Werth's appeal hearing + more

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It's cold outside, so stay inside and spend the next hour or so clicking through all the Washington Nationals links we could find over the last twenty-four hours. Nats news, links, tweets and more all in one place for your convenience...

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We've endeavoured this winter (and every day for years now, really) to bring you, the FBB reader, a daily link post (at least during the week, it's a lost cause on weekends), so that you can find all the Washington Nationals-related stories on the internet in one place every day. It's not always easy, and today is one of "those" days. There's next-to-nothing out there in NatsTown outside of an update on 2014 1st Round pick Erick Fedde, a story about one of the Nationals' new scouts, an article about a potential second base option and one about the Nats' facilities in the Dominican Republic... well I guess there is enough out there to make a daily link post this morning. Speaking of links...

Fedde ready and throwing again:

• "Strasburg and Giolito have been successful on the mound since their surgeries. It helps Fedde believe that he will follow in the same path as those two pitchers." - "Fedde progressing in rehab from Tommy John surgery" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com

Did Fedde make The Nats Blog's Top 5 Nats' prospects list?:

• "Federal Reserve: Top Prospects 1-5" - Zach Spedden, The Nats Blog

WaPost Nationals coverage: DR facilities, Werth's appeal hearing, new Nats' scout:

• "By the first week of December, the baseball season was long over, but the Washington Nationals’ academy here was full of life." - "In Dominican Republic, Nationals want prospects to be comfortable, but not too comfortable" - James Wagner, The Washington Post

• "Jayson Werth’s appeal of his reckless driving conviction is scheduled for next month, just weeks before position players are to report to Viera for spring training." - "Jayson Werth’s appeal hearing set for February" - James Wagner, The Washington Post

• "Cleary said he pinged the Nationals’ radar thanks to Jimmy Gonzales, a former Reds scout now with Washington who facilitated the connection..." - "Brian Cleary, former University of Cincinnati head coach readies for transition to Nationals scout" - Chelsea Janes, The Washington Post

Nationals' 25-Man Roster as it stands... RIGHT NOW!!:

• "There could be some question about the choice of Opening Day starter, given the manner in which Zimmermann finished off last season." - "What does the Nationals’ 25-man roster look like right now?" - Mark Zuckerman, Nats Insider

Possible roster addition for the Nationals?:

• "The Nationals make sense, as Asdrubal Cabrera has departed for Tampa Bay, and their current starter would be Danny Espinosa, who is coming off a disastrous season." - "Meet Hector Olivera, MLB's next Cuban import" - Craig Goldstein, SBNation.com

#LOBATRON (He does actually have a #Lobatron pic on his Twitter page):

MW's HOF connections:

• "As a guy who played from 1987-2003, Nationals manager Matt Williams has ties to a number of players who have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame..." - "Nationals Pastime: Matt Williams' ties to a couple of newly elected Hall of Famers" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

NATSTOWN:

• "The lingering offseason questions" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• "His bat offers promise, for one. Can you imagine how he would enhance the Rays' lineup if he can produce in the majors like he did at Syracuse?" - "Tampa Bay Rays player analysis: Outfielder Steven Souza Jr." - Andrew Astleford, FOX Sports

NL EAST UPDATES: Pedro on Queens; Saltala-whatever; Pierzy-whatever; Papel-whatever

Phillies: "Papelbon is the one player who can have a measurable impact on the Phillies' stated goal of competing in 2016 or 2017 (adjusted into real terms, that's 2018)." - "3 intriguing Phillies questions" - David Murphy, Philadelphia Daily News

Mets: "'In Queens, they're wild. They're happy. They settle for what they have. Yankees fans cannot. It's win or nothing.'" - "Pedro Martinez on Mets fans: They settle for what they have" - David Lennon, Newsday

Marlins: "The Marlins were very open to dumping the last two years and $15 million of catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s contract, according to a team that spoke with them..." - "A dozen Monday night Dolphins, Hurricanes, Heat and Marlins notes" - Barry Jackson, Sports Buzz

Braves: "'I'll do whatever it takes to help my team win,' Pierzynski said. 'If you need me to fight the guy, I'll fight the guy. I'll do whatever it takes because I want to win the game.'" - "Fiery Pierzynski ready to be mentor in Atlanta" - Mark Bowman, braves.com