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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals' Erick Fedde impresses; Nats' closer search, lineup chatter

Erick Fedde might have made his last Grapefruit League start of the Spring on Thursday, and the Nationals' top prospect gave his coaches and teammates something to remember with an impressive outing against the Mets.

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Erick Fedde tossed five scoreless against the New York Mets on Thursday. Blake Treinen tossed a scoreless ninth.

Daniel Murphy will likely be back in action today in one of Washington's two games.

One week from today, we'll all be watching baseball in the nation's capital. Just hold on, we're almost there...

Fedde Good:

Postgame thoughts on Erick Fedde, Joe Nathan and Enny Romero
"Fedde retired the first 10 batters he faced, didn’t let a ball leave the infield until the fourth inning, and struck out the likes of Yoenis Cespedes and Curtis Granderson."

Erick Fedde dominates in likely final ST start
"He was masterful," manager Dusty Baker said. "He was very aggressive with his fastball, and it was moving."

Dusty Baker says Erick Fedde is ‘at the very top of the list’
Whatever happens, happens is pretty much the state of things for Fedde. He probably will not get another start in major league camp

Fedde dominates Mets regulars with five scoreless (Nats win 1-0)
"The organization’s top-ranked pitching prospect retired the first nine batters he faced, not one of them getting a ball out of the infield."

The Nationals’ top pitching prospect nearly chose soccer instead
"Originally, Fedde considered himself better at soccer, and considered playing both in college."

Nationals' closer/lineup chatter:

Koda Glover, Nationals' walking, talking 'Wild Thing' -- and 2017 closer?
"From the moment Glover got called up in July, everything about him screamed ninth inning."

Brandon Warne’s 10 Bold Predictions for 2017
"Everyone’s losing their minds over Koda Glover — and don’t get me wrong, he could be awesome — but he’s still a rookie reliever we don’t know a ton about..."

Heyman: 30 Potential Breakout Players For 2017
"In making up the lineup card, there’s some concern about stacking three straight lefties at 2-3-4, though Daniel Murphy and Bryce Harper are pretty much locked into 3 and 4."

New School:

With access to advanced metrics, hitters are digging in to go deep
"'When I was in New York, they were really big on exit velocity,' Murphy recalls."

Old School:

Pete Rose says Bryce Harper's style of play would work well in Philadelphia
"Rose was asked if he thinks Harper would fit in well in Philly."