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Wire Taps: Positional reviews; Nats' season in review; Nationals re-signing Mark Melancon is important

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news as you start to realize just how long it will be until Opening Day 2017...

Start your Thursday with a throwback to the days of RFK.
Start your Thursday with a throwback to the days of RFK.
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Today will mark the one-week anniversary of the Nats' elimination in the NLDS. Has it felt like a longer period of time than that? It's felt longer.

Here's the news from Nationals Park.

Positional Review: Starting Rotation
The Nats' rotation was good this year, and fairly consistent, excepting the slew of second-half injuries. They've already locked up Stephen Strasburg -- but will they look for outside help in the free-agent market, or turn to Lucas Giolito or Reynaldo Lopez?

Positional Review: The Bullpen
A look back at how the 'pen did, who's coming, who's going, and who the Nats will try to resign (looking at you, Mark Melancon).

The Nats' season in review
It didn't end the way we wanted it to, but there were a lot of highlights for this Nationals ballclub throughout the regular season (and a few in the postseason, too).

Signing Melancon or other top-tier closers costly, but important
The Nationals need someone to pitch the ninth inning -- and Mark Melancon is a free agent now. The Nats are going to have to spend some money on a closer, whether if it's Kenley Jansen or Melancon, but it'll certainly be a worthwhile investment.