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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals reportedly bring Brandon Kintzler back on two-year deal...

Brandon Kintzler is reportedly coming back to the Nationals on a two-year deal. Is Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo done adding relief arms to the mix in D.C.?

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There were rumors of interest in Wade Davis on the Washington Nationals’ part during the day on Wednesday. Mike Rizzo was asked late in the afternoon, when he met with reporters at the Winter Meetings, if he’d consider signing a closer, bumping lefty Sean Doolittle to a set-up role in the process, or if he was looking for a set-up-type reliever?

“We’re trying to get the best value for relievers we can and we’ll keep it at that,” Rizzo said. “If we can find a value [in a] reliever, we’ll make an attempt to go get him.”

Ken Rosenthal, of The Athletic, reported early this morning that the Nats and the reliever they acquired first last summer, as they rebuilt the back of their bullpen, Brandon Kintzler, had agreed on a two-year deal, pending a physical.

Will Rizzo and Co. in the front office settle for bringing Kintzler back to D.C. and go forward with the arms they’ve assembled, or will there be further additions to the relief corps?

Are there enough arms in-house now to just go with Kintzler, Ryan Madson, and closer Sean Doolittle at the back of the bullpen?

We should learn more today... for now, catch up on the last 24 hours in links:


Source: Kintzler returning to Nats bullpen on two-year deal
"The Nationals front office was working late Wednesday night at the Winter Meetings. And because of it, the club’s Law Firm bullpen will be reunited for the 2018 season."

Nationals re-sign Brandon Kintzler to bolster right-handed relief corps
"The agreement came after midnight, after a few days of conversations and a run on relievers that left the Nationals with a dwindling list of options to fill their glaring need for right-handed middle relief."

Rizzo says top prospect Robles won't be a spare outfielder for Nationals
"Wherever he starts the 2018 season, top Nationals prospect Victor Robles is going to be patrolling the outfield every day."

Catcher options for Nationals in free agency, trades
"Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo knows better than to suggest his team 'needs' anything."

Nats' Daniel Murphy on track for Opening Day
"On Wednesday, general manager Mike Rizzo said Murphy is on track to be ready for Opening Day, his strongest statement yet about Murphy's status."


Bryce Harper's agent opened contract talk with Nationals
"A long-term deal could top baseball’s record, the $325 million, 13-year agreement by outfielder Giancarlo Stanton with Miami before the 2015 season. The Marlins traded the reigning NL MVP this week to the New York Yankees."

Scott Boras talks Bryce Harper contract
"Boras did not say whether he believed a potential extension could be reached this offseason before Harper enters the final season of his contract..."

Boras had "preliminary" Harper talks with Nats last month
"Harper, entering his final season of arbitration eligibility, is set to become one of the most sought-after free agents in baseball history next winter..."

Rizzo willing to consider another closer, confirms Harper talks
"While free agent sluggers and starting pitchers have barely made a dent so far in this year’s hot stove league, relievers have been the hottest target of clubs trying to bolster the back end of their staffs."

Nationals, Bryce Harper engage on contract extension talks
"Scott Boras, Harper’s agent, almost always has his clients reach free agency, but the Nationals did strike a deal with Stephen Strasburg, another Boras client, months before he was slated to become a free agent last year."

Scott Boras met with Washington Nationals over Bryce Harper contract
"On Wednesday afternoon, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo confirmed that a meeting took place between Boras and the Lerner family, which owns the team."


Nationals To Sign Brandon Kintzler To 2-Year Deal
"Headed back to our nation’s capital, Kintzler will earn $10 million guaranteed over the course of the next two seasons."

Cubs gradually stockpiling pitching
"The same can’t be said for Jake Arrieta, who now is attracting interest from the Washington Nationals but is seeking a contract too lengthy for the Cubs’ preference."

MLB winter meetings: Greg Holland returns as Rockies all in on bullpen
"But Boras nonetheless opened his annual fireside chat at the winter meetings by noting that he discussed an extension for Harper recently with Nationals officials."

Tonight: Washington Nationals' Racing Presidents Visit Reston Town Center
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