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Wire Taps: Howie Kendrick deal official; Max Scherzer’s anniversary; Who’s the Nationals’ fifth starter?

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news after the Nats officially announced Howie Kendrick’s signing last night. All the links that were fit to link...

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So... we’ve reached the point of January that typically qualifies itself as the time when the “super late, super elite” deals get done. Except we haven’t really seen any “kinda elite” deals yet. Hell, we haven’t seen anything yet.

To clarify: If a baseball rolled by, that would be huge, huge news.

While we wait for that beautiful baseball, here’s the scoop from South Capitol.

Nats officially agree to terms with Howie Kendrick
Two more years of Howie, for the wowie price of just $7 million dollars. Also, the Nationals' 40-man is completely full now, which could make things interesting shortly if anything changes.

Throwback Thursday: The day the Nationals signed Max Scherzer
Three years ago yesterday, the Nats shocked the baseball world, spending huge amounts of money on a player nobody thought they needed. As it turns out, they needed him very much -- and even at the extravagant price, he's been a bargain. Now the question: When does he stop pitching like himself?

Nats prospects spotlight: Gutierrez and Johnson
Kelvin Gutierrez, a third baseman, isn't towards the top of most Nats' top ten lists, but he consistently cracks them. Daniel Johnson, in the meantime, is racking up quite a resume while quietly waiting behind Victor Robles and Juan Soto.

Who should be the fifth starter for the Nats?
AJ Cole is, oddly, finally, the obvious choice. Edwin Jackson was, well, Edwin Jackson, Tommy Milone is, well, Tommy Milone, and Erick Fedde wasn't impressive.

Zimmerman thinks that something will break in this year's postseason
Ryan Zimmerman is proud to have seen the Nats do what they've done in the last decade, but he thinks that the Nationals need to start learning from their mistakes come next time. If there is one.

Felipe Rivero finalizes $22M, 4-year deal with Pirates
A lot of old faces are leaving Pittsburgh, but their closer of the present and of the future is there to stay for a sizeable time. Said closer being someone that would have been very useful around, say, last July.

Ranking the best Max Scherzer starts since he joined the Nats
Our number one (not MLB.com's) has to be the 20-K game, because of its rarity. This article thinks differently. The fact that this is an article that can be written speaks volumes in itself.