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Wire Taps: Nationals' Mike Rizzo talks MASN, Wilson Ramos; Scott Boras says Bryce Harper not playing through injuries; Going after Yoenis Cespedes?

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you try to avoid whatever work you have this morning for a little while longer...

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Here's the latest.

Mike Rizzo explains Nationals' decision to not extend qualifying offer to Ramos
Rizzo decided that the price tag was too high for the amount of time that Ramos would be with the ballclub -- but the Nats haven't completely closed the door on retaining Ramos.

Nats could be pursuing Yoenis Cespedes
Stop us if you've heard this one before, but the Nats may be looking into signing Cespedes.

Rizzo on MASN dispute: "We don't have a blank check"
The Nats won't be able to spend freely this offseason, in part due to the lack TV rights money that the Washington front office believes they deserve.

Nats are open to trading Danny Espinosa
Espinosa is a player that Rizzo sees as one that could be "utilized in a trade context". With that said, Espinosa is still the starting shortstop as far as Rizzo is concerned.

Pirates, Nats reportedly discussed blockbuster trade including Andrew McCutchen
Pittsburgh apparently was willing to deal the star centerfielder to the Nats, but the deal ultimately fell apart, per Ken Rosenthal.

Scott Boras: Bryce Harper not playing through any lingering injuries
Injuries won't prevent Harper from participating in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, but Harper wants to be physically ready for the 2017 season.