Before we get deeper into today’s Wire Taps, we have delightful news to share with you:
Yesterday, the Nationals held tryouts for their racing presidents. Which meant fun, dancing, and grown men and women flailing around in 50-pound costumes.
George, Abe and Tom getting down.... during the Nationals Racing Presidents dance part of the tryouts held today. Tom Davis with Nats says this is the 12th year for the tryouts and 58 people showed up to try out including 8 women. @WTOP pic.twitter.com/v1AK5DlDSa— Kathy Stewart (@KStewartWTOP) January 14, 2018
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Okay, now back to the boring Wire Taps.
Why aren't we talking about Mike Rizzo's impending free-agency?
Mike Rizzo could be the most valuable member of the 2018 free-agent class, and that's saying something. However, the Nats, who could easily iron something out with him if they were willing to, have waited to get it done. Then again, where could Rizzo get more power than he already has in Washington?
The Nats give three big raises
Why did Anthony Rendon get nearly $7 million dollars more this year than he did last year? Try 100 RBI on for size. Tanner Roark presents a few more questions.
Nats' Victor Robles tops 2018 All Defense Team
"If (Braves outfield prospect Cristian Pache) doesn't have the best range among outfield prospects, then that distinction might belong to Robles," who is a "game-changing defender."
The Nats don't need Christian Yelich, because they already have him in Adam Eaton
The Nats have been quiet, but that's because they think they're getting a Christian Yelich equivalent -- a more proven one at that -- back next year in Adam Eaton.
Exploring The Trade Value Of Christian Yelich
"The best comp... is last offseason's Adam Eaton trade."
NL East Notes:
The Mets signed Adrian Gonzalez. We don't know either.
SHOW ME THE NUMBERS!
- 69 wRC+
- -1.1 fWAR
UN-SHOW ME THE NUMBERS!
Braves owe Phillies Chick-Fil-A after Eagles beat Falcons
Mediocre Take: Aside from the milkshakes, Chick-Fil-A is meh.