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Wire Taps: Bryan Harper invited to Nationals’ Major League camp; Max Scherzer in the HoF?; Don’t sign Greg Holland

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news so you don’t look like a Daydream Johnny if someone talks to you about the Nats...

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Washington Nationals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Hey, remember that time when all the news was supposed to come in a big flurry and everything would be crazy? Yeah, any day now...

Here’s the news from Garrisonville, Virginia, roughly 1/22nd of the way from Nats Park to West Palm Beach (22 days to Pitchers + Catchers).

Bryan Harper, brother of Bryce, re-signed to minor league contract with spring training invite
Bryan Harper has taken a significant amount of time to make his way up towards the majors -- he nearly broke through in 2016, before being deferred by Tommy John surgery. If he can do what he did before the injury, he should be a candidate for an emergency reliever if someone goes down. If.

Is Max Scherzer bound for Cooperstown?
Max Scherzer has three Cy Youngs, a 20-strikeout game, two no-hitters, and a trip to the World Series. In other words, almost everything he would need to get into the hall excepting a World Series win. What's left? 200 wins, certainly, if that's a stat you care about. He also needs to up his career WAR, if that's a statistic you also care about.

The Nats only have to worry about six teams next year
1. The Cubs. 2. The Dodgers. 3. Everyone else in the NL East. And they're still, somehow still, all rebuilding. Maybe this is the year someone cracks eighty wins again.

The Nats would be mistaken to sign Greg Holland
The (quiet) word has been that the Nats are slowly turning into favorites to sign Greg Holland. There are a million reasons not to.

NL East Notes:

Jeff Wilpon said all the wrong things about the Mets' payroll
By the end, Mets fans probably started to question: Do the Wilpons actually care about winning?

Brewers have made an offer to the Marlins for Christian Yelich
The plot... foams up?

The Phillies need a fifth starting pitcher, and the options aren't, uh, pretty
Cashner? Vargas? Party like it's 2013!