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Wire Taps: Daniel Murphy's transformation; Nationals exercise Gio Gonzalez's option; Nats' four biggest offseason questions

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The transformation of Daniel Murphy
Daniel Murphy somehow became a pull hitter, a contact hitter, and a power hitter all at once. No, we aren't really sure about how that happened either.

Nats exercise 2017 option on Gio Gonzalez, decline option on Yusmeiro Petit
Both of the moves were expected. Gonzalez has a 2018 player option after this upcoming season.

The Nationals' four biggest offseason questions
The offseason has begun! But there are quite a few things to settle before Opening Day 2017. Namely, where should Trea Turner play? Will Stephen Strasburg be ready to pitch come Spring Training?

Nats' new Spring Training ballpark expected to open on time
The facility is on track to open on February 28th, where the first game will likely feature the Nationals and the Astros facing off.

Where does Reynaldo Lopez fit into next year's plans?
The Nats obviously like Lopez quite a bit... but is he ready to start for the Nationals full-time?