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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news and get up to date on the latest information on Washington's preparations for the 2017 campaign...

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Spring Training is getting closer and closer now. It's almost time for the excitement of pitchers and catchers arriving, first bullpens, live batting practice, Grapefruit League games and all those things that distract us from the fact that we're still six weeks away from baseball that counts (though there is WBC baseball to distract us next month). While you wait, catch up on the latest in Nationals news...

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Washington Nationals' lack of offseason moves is head-scratching
If you missed it yesterday, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal took a look at the Nationals' "head-scratching" approach to building the roster for the 2017 campaign.

How did Nationals fare in winter ball?
Washington Post writer Chelsea Janes on how the Nationals who played winter ball performed for their respective clubs.

Nationals hope Adam Eaton is missing piece
"Even if his accomplishments have flown a bit under the radar, [Adam] Eaton has been one of the best outfielders in baseball during the past three seasons."

Infield includes MVP candidates and a vet trying to bounce back - Nationals Pastime
"[Ryan] Zimmerman and the Nationals are hopeful that some small tweaks to his swing can help him elevate the ball better and turn many of his hard groundouts from 2016 into extra-base hits in 2017."

Spring Training Notes:

Spring Training: Home schedules, Washington Nationals, Houston Astros
The Nationals and Astros begin their spring schedules with a game against each other at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Feb. 28.

A guide to first week of spring games in West Palm Beach with the Nationals - Byron Kerr
"With the move to West Palm Beach, the Nationals have moved 126 miles south down Interstate 95 and closer to the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area."