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Wire Taps: MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred visits Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, talks MASN briefly

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was in the nation's capital on Wednesday afternoon, visiting the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy and talking to reporters about the All-Star Game, the MASN dispute and more. Links and lots of them below...

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There were a number of topics discussed during MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's visit to the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy on Wednesday afternoon. Manfred discussed his own history in the nation's capital, the growth since Major League Baseball returned to Washington in 2005, the possibility of the All-Star Game coming to Nationals Park and how impressed he was with the Nats' Youth Baseball Academy. The big takeaway, however, has to be what Manfred said when asked about the ongoing legal dispute between the Nationals and Baltimore Orioles over the MASN rights fees. Manfred's involvement in the dispute limited what he was willing to say to reporters, but he did tell the Washington Post's James Wagner that he thought a resolution was coming:

Manfred didn't define what a "reasonably short order" was or what other "mechanism" could lead to an eventual, long-delayed resolution, but it sounds positive, right? Does May 18th, when the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes notes that final arguments in the case will be heard, count as "short order"?

We'll see. We won't likely get the answer this morning, so I guess we'll just move on to the links...

Commissioner Manfred vists the Nationals Youth Academy:

• "Questions about Manfred’s involvement with that panel have pulled him into the brambles, and he addressed the ongoing lawsuit, which will hear final arguments at trial May 18." - "Rob Manfred visits Nationals Youth Baseball Academy" - Chelsea Janes, The Washington Post

• "Given his knowledge of the area, he hasn’t been surprised by the Nationals’ success over the last decade." - "VIDEO: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred talks Nats, O’s & All-Star Game" - Mark Zuckerman, Nats Insider

• "As commissioner, Manfred is dealing with media and fans questioning when Washington's number will be called for an All-Star Game." - "Nationals Pastime: Manfred knows Washington politics well" - Chris Johnson,

• "New Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred got an extensive tour of the Nationals Youth baseball Academy in southeast Washington on Wednesday..." - "Commissioner says Nationals Youth Baseball Academy is baseball 'at its best'" - Byron Kerr,

• "Rob Manfred made it abundantly clear, even before he formally became the 10th Commissioner in baseball history, that he was committed to strengthening the connection between youth and the national pastime." - "Manfred enjoys visit to Nats' youth academy" - Paul Hagen,

• "Manfred also gave little insight into whether Washington will be awarded an All-Star game later this decade." - "New MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Visits Nationals Youth Academy" - David Driver, Pressbox DC

NATS BEAT: Non-Manfred stories; Feinstein on Werth; Janssen talks Nats

• "According to Jesse Sanchez of and Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the favorites for Moncada are among baseball’s biggest spenders..." - "Are the Nationals an option for Yoan Moncada, other Cuban free agents?" - James Wagner, The Washington Post

• "What if Fister gets even better? That would probably involve an ERA in the low-2.00s, say 2.20. If that were the case, he could push to upwards of 20 wins." - "Washington Nationals 2015 roster preview: Doug Fister" - Chase Hughes, Nats Insider

• "I talked to [general manager] Mike Rizzo and [manager] Matt Williams, and they both said, 'You are going to pitch quality innings in the game.'" - "Janssen looking forward to setup role with Nats" - Bill Ladson,

• "Casey Janssen spent the past three seasons as Toronto’s closer, racking up 81 saves and a sterling 2.94 ERA. He still loves closing." - "Casey Janssen on signing with the Nationals, setting up for Drew Storen" - James Wagner, The Washington Post

• "In a CBS Sports Radio Minute last October, Feinstein criticized the Nationals outfielder for ducking the media following Washington’s season-ending loss to the Giants." - "John Feinstein says Nationals GM Mike Rizzo called him about his Jayson Werth comments" - Scott Allen, The Washington Post

NATIONAL(S) BEAT: (Really thin today. Sorries)

• "Their opening day starter, Stephen Strasburg, had a disappointing season by Nationals standards with a 14-11 record and 3.14 ERA, but he was still a top 12 starter in Fantasy." - "2015 Fantasy Outlooks: Washington Nationals" - Al Melchior,

• "On paper, they might be even better this season, with Max Scherzer joining their already formidable rotation and Yunel Escobar likely to capably fill their hole at second base." - "Pre-Spring Divisional Outlook: NL East" - Tony Blengino, FanGraphs Baseball

NL EAST UPDATES: Papelbon trade talk; Braves' stadium; Marlins in on Shields?

Phillies: "There is one topic for which the 'Amaro’s asking price is too high' critique is unequivocally meaningless though: Jonathan Papelbon trade rumors." - "Why Talent Is The Sticking Point In Papelbon Trade Talks" - Corinne Landrey, Crashburn Alley

Mets: "The experience of past notable pitchers returning from similar injuries suggests that Harvey may not yet be his former self." - "Can Matt Harvey return to form in 2015?" - James Rogers, Amazin' Avenue

Marlins: "Since Shields has yet to sign, a four or five year deal worth $70 or $80 million may be enough to land one of the top free agent arms. However, the Marlins have to be willing to invest." - "Marlins remain in the hunt for James Shields" - Scott Gelman, Fish Stripes

Braves: "The lack of a public referendum for the stadium project is the basis of three legal challenges the Georgia Supreme Court heard earlier this week." - "Georgia Supreme Court Hears Legal Challenge to New Braves Stadium" - Nathaniel Grow, FanGraphs Baseball