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Wire Taps: Totally not worrying about Daniel Murphy and his knee; Nationals’ relief needs + more...

It’s that time of year where the news is slow and so far this winter the Nationals have rebuilt the coaching staff, made their needs known, and... well nothing yet. But it’s coming soon, I’m sure...

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We’re not even going to worry about Daniel Murphy’s right knee (after he underwent debridement and microfracture surgery this winter, that repaired damage to the articular cartilage in his right knee). Not going to worry about it at all. Not. one. bit. Not at all.

Like now-former Washington Nationals’ skipper Dusty Baker liked to say when asked if he was worried about something, “It does no good, because worry is going to take care of itself.”

Still not quite sure what that meant, honestly, but no, no, I think I sort of get it.

Murphy will be fine. He’ll start on time. There’s no future story coming about how he, “... never quite got his timing down after starting late in 2018.”

Nothing to see here... seriously.

Why are you still reading this instead of moving on, reading the links and getting to work? Stop reading this now!! Get to work. And stop worrying.

NATS BEAT:

Nationals optimistic about Daniel Murphy
"Even if they do not think Murphy will be ready for Opening Day or rehabbing his right knee takes longer than predicted, the club is not expected to chase after another second baseman or middle infielder to serve as his backup."

Nationals should bid on relievers with caution
"This year’s free agent class contains several relievers similar to those the Nationals have signed to little avail over the last three seasons."

The final year of Bryce Harper? What the Nats need to do before Bryce bolts
"Speaking of odds, assuming Harper does hit the open market next year, the Yankees are the current favorite to sign him."

Could the Nats re-sign any of their free agents?
"All of a sudden, that remade bullpen is looking mighty thin. As is the Nats bench, which was such a strength by season’s end."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Former Atlanta Braves GM John Coppolella issues apology for rules violations in international signing market
"Former Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella, making his first public comments since his resignation and lifetime ban from baseball, said he has been 'disgraced and humbled' by events of the past two months..."

Derek Jeter: 'No decisions' on Stanton trade
"The Giancarlo Stanton trade derby has become a two-team race, with the Giants and Cardinals established as the front-runners, according to a source, while the Dodgers continue to monitor the situation."

Mets unlikely to add starting pitcher for 2018
"As recently as September, general manager Sandy Alderson said the Mets would look to acquire a durable starter to insure against the possibility that Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler and others are unable to stay healthy."

Phillies to sign prospect Abrahan Gutierrez
"Sources confirmed Tuesday night that the Phillies and Abrahan Gutierrez agreed to a $550,000 bonus, which Baseball America first reported."