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Wire Taps: Nationals' pitchers and catchers report today; Nats sign Adam Lind; Bryce Harper's hat

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Washington Nationals' pitchers and catchers report today for the start of Spring Training. While you wait for the reports on the first Nats rolling into town in West Palm Beach, FL, catch up on the last 24 hours in news from the nation's capital.

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The Washington Nationals signed a bench bat/backup first baseman, Adam Lind, which apparently has pleased a lot of Ryan Zimmerman doubters. Lind brings some pop with him to D.C.

Pitchers and catchers report this morning, which is one of those things you wait for all year, then remember that it isn't all that exciting, though it is the official start of the 2017 campaign. So don't feel bad about being excited. We're excited! But first, some links...

Nationals sign Adam Lind to a 1-year deal, add depth:

Nats agree to terms with Lind
"The Nats upgraded their bench on Monday, adding left-handed first baseman Adam Lind on a Major League deal."

Nats get some Zimsurance
"With their signing of Adam Lind, the Nats got a bounce-back candidate that can hit righties pretty well, but more importantly, they got someone who can be considered insurance for Ryan Zimmerman."

Nationals add bench depth, agree to sign first baseman/outfielder Adam Lind
"If Lind passes his physical, he will become the fourth outfielder and backup first baseman, likely bumping similar big lefty bat Clint Robinson from the Opening Day bench."

We're definitely at "Hey, it's Bart! And he's doing stuff!" at this point:

D.C. fans again forgot Bryce Harper is a Cowboys fan during ‘Monday Night Raw’
"He's a Las Vegas native, guys. Remember that."

Nationals Spring Training Stories:

Five questions for the Nationals entering spring training
"From the identity of their 2017 closer to Ryan Zimmerman's health, the Nats have some problems to solve as spring training begins in West Palm Beach."

The biggest question each MLB team faces heading into spring training
"The party line is that the Nats are happy with their internal options – Blake Treinen, Koda Glover, Shawn Kelley, etc. But after striking out on free agents Mark Melancon and Kenley Jansen, what else can they say?"

5 things to watch when Nationals start spring training
"Only teams without a closer say they like their internal options to handle the role."

Five questions for the Astros, Marlins, Cardinals and Nationals
"Can Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg keep striking out so many batters? There will be no shortage of punchouts at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches this season."

Random Nationals stories:

Talking Brandon Phillips And Trades
You have to give the Nationals credit for working the phones this offseason.

Hill, Suero, Lee, McGowin and Soto look to make splash in big league camp
"Here is a closer look at five other non-roster invitees to Nats camp..."

MLB 25 At 25: No. 5 Bryce Harper
"While you’re dreaming about what Harper might look like in your favorite team’s uniform come 2019, don’t forget about the present, where he’s the keystone of the defending division champion Washington Nationals."

As MLB welcomes spring, 2018 free agent class has every team aiming to
"Assuming the players don't re-sign with their current teams, that 2018-19 free agent 'superclass' will include Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper..."