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Wire Taps: Max Scherzer feels good so far; Adam Eaton trade could be a steal; Nationals sign John Lannan

Nationals' starter Max Scherzer is still throwing his fastball with a three-finger grip, but he faced live hitters on Tuesday. Some folks are coming around on the Nats' trade for Adam Eaton + more from the last 24 hours in Washington baseball.

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Here's some food for thought: Michael A. Taylor is tearing it up in Spring Training, again. The young outfielder is hitting .368 with two home runs and five runs batted in over his first nineteen plate appearances of the extremely young season.

Last year, Taylor tore it up in spring training but then proceeded to struggle through the regular season. Will he be able to translate spring success into regular season success this time around?

Only time will tell. While it ticks on, enjoy today's Wire Taps.

Scherzer: "Things looked right" in first live batting practice of the spring
Max Scherzer threw his first live bullpen session of the season--three fingered fastball in tow--on Tuesday. He thinks everything went as well as he could ask for:

Adam Eaton trade could very well prove to be a steal
Eaton has always been an overachiever, and advanced stats prove that he's up there with most of the best players in the game. Translation: the Nats could be very, very happy that they ended up with Eaton.

Nats sign John Lannan to minor-league deal, plan to turn him into submariner
Lannan, who started Opening Day for the Nats twice, will now return on a minor league deal as a bullpen submariner.

Some perspective on the Nats signing John Lannan
Our prodigal son has returned.

Matt Wieters to the Nats just made sense
The Nats needed to upgrade, and Wieters fit the bill at a cheap price. Is there really a problem?

Glover strikes out side in inning against Red Sox
Koda Glover dominated yesterday against the Red Sox, and could very well be a future Major League closer -- note that future does not necessarily indicate "this season".

Today's Game: Nationals vs Cardinals -- 1:05 PM
Probable Pitchers: Stephen Strasburg (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs Michael Wacha (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Days until Opening Day: 27