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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals head to the Winter Meetings; no more Giancarlo Stanton in NL East?

Stanton spelled backwards is Not Nats, as he told Bryce Harper at one point, so we knew Giancarlo Stanton would not be coming to D.C. What will the Nationals do at the Winter Meetings now that things are getting going in the Hot Stove season...

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It was a relatively slow Hot Stove season... until the last 24 hours when Shohei Ohtani picked the LA Angels for his new baseball home and the Miami Marlins and New York Yankees (reportedly, pending approval) worked out a deal for Giancarlo Stanton.

The Nats-killing slugger appears to be headed to the Bronx after nixing potential deals to St. Louis and San Francisco. Those no-trade clauses come in handy.

How does the Stanton move affect your Washington Nationals? The soon-to-be-former Marlins’ outfielder does have a .282/.373/.628 line, with 26 doubles, and 34 HRs in 105 career games against the Nationals, so not having to face him on a regular basis should bring some relief to the pitchers in the nation’s capital, though they managed to hold him to a less-than-impressive .186/.275/.471 line, two doubles, and six HRs in 19 games last season.

Also, with Stanton and Aaron Judge in the outfield in NY for the next few years, did Bryce Harper just lose a potential suitor if/when he hits free agency? Or maybe the Yankees will just play him in center (like some fans in D.C. have been recommending for years, and someone is bound to say, ‘Hey, maybe he can catch again!’ though the Yankees do have a pretty good young backstop too).

Anyway, most of this is just a long-winded way of saying, “There aren’t too many Nats links to share this morning, but we found what we could.”

NATS BEAT:

Winter Meetings Mailbag: Whither Bryce Harper? And more burning questions from readers
"Harper has loomed over the Nationals’ dealings for years now. Are they saving up to give him the biggest deal in MLB history?"

Nationals had memorable 2016 Winter Meetings
"At the start of the 2016 Winter Meetings, the Nats were heavily connected to Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, and many believed they would find a way to finalize a deal for the former National League Most Valuable Player..."

Checking in on the NL East before the Winter Meetings
"Who has the best chance to challenge the Nationals in 2018?"

Nats No. 2 prospect: Juan Soto
"Baseball America national writer Carlos Collazo said injuries slowed Soto’s maturation process in 2017, but that only means that 2018 could be crazy good for the outfielder - if he can stay healthy."

Ron Darling on Syracuse-Mets match: 'It seems natural that a New York team would be here'
"I wouldn't think that at some point there's going to be something put in the Gatorade to hurt the Washington players. They'll be fine. It's an unusual situation." - Ron Darling

NL EAST UPDATES:

Marlins have deal in place to trade Stanton to Yankees
"The Marlins have reached a deal to trade high-priced slugger Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports."

Phillies to pursue more free agents next year
"Around the league, people are taking note of the fact that we are developing a young core of players that's improving at the Major League level and making progress." - GM Matt Klentak

Go fish: Braves Triple-A team gets new nickname
"The Atlanta Braves' Triple-A farm team has a new nickname. In a real curveball, it's not one of the six finalists."

Howie Kendrick could be a shrewd signing for the Mets
"This offseason, the Mets have quite a few positions that need to be addressed, and not a huge amount of payroll flexibility to address all of them."