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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ bullpen still needs help; Victor Robles and his role + more...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we wait for the Jay Bruce signing to open the floodgates on the free agent market...

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals’ organization is very organized. We’re just picking on new first base coach Tim Bogar for saying so, but he did have some good things to say in what was his first interview as a member of the Nationals’ coaching staff.

Bogar was asked for this thoughts on the Nats from an outsider’s perspective, what he thought of the Nationals before joining Dave Martinez’s staff.

Here’s what he told reporters at WinterFest last month, when he said that he visited D.C. with Texas and Seattle and was very impressed.

“You come in and the whole organization is, from top to bottom, it seems like they’re very organized, they know what they’re doing,” Bogar said.

“They have unbelievable talent level, and it’s fun to be around a group of guys that love scouting. They love scouting players, they love talking about players, and that’s what this game is all about, is players.

“So it’s a lot of fun to come in here and be part of it.”

It’s also fun to catch up on the last twenty-four hours in Nationals news, even though there isn’t all that much to catch up on...

NATS BEAT:

Nats need to figure out in 2018 if Robles is part of plan in 2019
"Though Mike Rizzo won’t completely rule it out, the general manager seems to be downplaying the possibility that Robles will make the Nationals’ opening day roster, certainly not as a reserve."

Nats still need bullpen help beyond the big three
"The Nationals will need one or two more relievers to step up. And at the moment, they appear ready to give opportunities to [Shawn] Kelley and [Koda] Glover to fill that void."

Nationals' bullpen situation on solid ground
"MLB.com is taking a look at the projected bullpen of all 30 teams ahead of Spring Training. Here's how the Nationals stack up..."

Longtime Nationals third base coach Bob Henley keeps old duties, adds new ones
"Henley has been with the organization since before it moved from Montreal, managed many of the Nationals’ homegrown stars in the minors and seen two coaching staffs coalesce — then disintegrate — around him."

THE NatsGM 2018 Washington Nationals Top Prospect List #20-#11
"Let’s not waste time – Building off Monday’s article listing the Washington Nationals Top-10 prospects, here are numbers 11-20!"

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

The One I Never Thought I Would Write
"It’s been a remarkable run. But for me, it comes to an end today. This will be my last post at FanGraphs." - Dave Cameron

NL EAST UPDATES:

Adonis Garcia released by Braves
"Having seen his reign as the Braves' starting third baseman end this past summer, Adonis Garcia will now go overseas to extend his baseball career."

Starlin Castro reportedly wants trade from Miami Marlins
"As was first reported by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and confirmed by the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, the 27-year-old Castro wants to be traded from the Marlins."

Mets sign Jay Bruce to three-year deal
"The Mets have upgraded their lineup by adding a familiar face, agreeing to terms late Wednesday on a three-year, $39 million contract with veteran Jay Bruce, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand."

Phillies avoid arbitration with Cameron Rupp
"A source confirmed a Philly.com report that the Phillies and Rupp have agreed to a $2.05 million contract, avoiding salary arbitration."