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Wire Taps: Nationals showing interest in Jose Quintana; Nats re-focusing on Andrew McCutchen; Are the Nats next year's Cubs?

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Another day at the Winter Meetings has passed, and so far the Washington Nationals have fallen short in bids for a number of targets. But there's plenty of time to get things done...

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Well, that didn't go exactly as planned. Luckily, there's still plenty of time for the Nats to make some moves.

In the meantime, here's the news from National Harbor.

Washington shows interest in Jose Quintana
The Nats may look to capitalize on Chicago's rebuilding phase, and attempt to acquire Jose Quintana, who many consider to be the ace-in-waiting on the South Side.

Could the Nats be the 2017 version of the Cubs?
Last year, the Cubs were a highly successful ballclub with a young rookie poised to become a star, and a front office ready to make a move to push them over the brink. Sound familiar?

Nats are trying to win, but are planning for a future without Bryce
News broke earlier that the Nats had balked at a $400M extension demand from Harper's camp -- which means that it's completely possible, if not inevitable, that Harper will leave the Nats after 2018? So, what next?

Nats are re-focusing on McCutchen
The Nationals have re-focused on dealing for Andrew McCutchen, a deal which they visited the possibility of earlier this month.

MLB Network analyst thinks the Nats have ‘never quite loved’ Bryce Harper
Brian Kenny of MLB Network thinks that the Nats aren´t showing enough love to their (apparently, $400m) slugger -- nor have they ever.

Nats content to have Derek Norris starting at catcher
Norris may not have Wilson Ramos' offensive abilities, but the Nats are content with him starting behind the dish nonetheless.