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Wire Taps: Nationals' Adam Eaton used to pressure; Bullpen will be center of attention; Nats' indecision on closer could be costly

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Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

February is upon us! Meaning that Spring Training is almost upon us! Optimism!

Here's what's happening in Washington and West Palm Beach.

What's eating Adam Eaton? Newest Washington National used to pressure
The Nationals sold the farm for him, but Adam Eaton isn't worried. The undersized outfielder has plenty of fuel for his fire.

Nationals' bullpen will be at the center of attention in spring trainingt
"So barring a big addition between now and the opening of camp, [Blake] Treinen, [Shawn] Kelley and [Sammy] Solis will be the late-inning crew; none is likely to be usurped by a non-roster invitee."

Indecision at closer can be costly
The Nats don't really have a defined closer right now. Unless someone steps up, that could be costly come October -- if they even make it that far.

Ranking MLB's divisions as the offseason dust settles
"The Mets ended up clinching a spot in the NL Wild Card Game, but they never really that came close to challenging the Nationals for the division title last season. That could change in 2017..."

2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep: Nationals team outlook still as bright as any with star-studded roster bolstered by Trea Turner, Adam Eaton
"If injuries weren't the culprit, then [Bryce] Harper hired a look-alike so he could focus on making baseball fun again."

More praise for Nats prospects Drew Ward, Jose Marmolejos and Juan Soto - Byron Kerr
"Power is his tool. It’s there. It’s not always there in game action, but I think he hit 14 homers this year. His ceiling is definitely higher than that." - Jim Callis on Drew Ward

Best tools: Hitters on Top 100 Prospects list
Robles has the best all-around tools of any player on's just-released Top 100 Prospects list.

Days until pitchers and catchers report: 13