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Wire Taps: Finding the Nationals another catcher + J.T. Realmuto chatter + Nats links...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news to keep you up to date on the goings on in Washington that have nothing to do with politics...

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Will the Miami Marlins take a package that doesn’t include Washington’s top prospects, Victor Robles and Juan Soto, in return for J.T. Realmuto?

Will the Nationals be able to pry the controllable catcher away from their NL East rivals and upgrade what they have with Matt Wieters and Pedro Severino/Raudy Read?

According to one report on Friday, the Fish may be willing to consider a Robles-and-Soto-less package:

We also asked yesterday who will end up being the Nationals’ fifth starter coming out of Spring Training, and the great D.C. Washington predicted that an unheralded righty will earn the final spot:

At least Screech doesn’t have the inverted W? That’s all I’ve got. Just go read your links now. A few of them have speculation about Realmuto and the Nationals...

NATS BEAT:

Is J.T. Realmuto next man up in Marlins fire sale?
"It’s no secret the Nats have long been interested in Realmuto, going back even to one year ago, before they acquired Derek Norris and later Matt Wieters."

Adam Eaton's return should boost Nationals
"Rizzo's trade with the White Sox following the 2016 season -- bringing Eaton to Washington and sending pitching prospects Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning to Chicago -- paid immediate dividends."

Nats may not have to wait as long as Angels for first Hall of Famer
"Folks around here, though, just want to know when there will finally be a curly W cap on a Hall of Fame plaque."

Nationals Baseball: The Nats have a problem
"This is not to say the Nats are going to fall apart in 2018. Not at all. Players in their early-mid 30s may be more likely to see injury and drop off issues, but they are also pretty likely to in general remain productive."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Inside Baseball MLB Notes | Are The Brewers Done Dealing?
"People close to the team suggest the team-owning Lerners are concerned about the luxury tax and that will weigh heavily as they proceed this winter."

Is Realmuto next man up in Marlins fire sale?
"It’s no secret the Nats have long been interested in Realmuto, going back even to one year ago, before they acquired Derek Norris and later Matt Wieters."

Finding A Catcher For The Nationals
"The Nationals have been connected to a few players throughout the offseason already, but they’ve got fairly limited resources to make such an acquisition."

Predicting 7 MLB hot stove blockbuster moves before spring training
"If Washington wants to go all in to win it all in the last year of Bryce Harper’s contract, trading for Realmuto would be a major help."

Could Giants Make Run At Bryce Harper Next Winter?
"One source close to him said it is indeed expected that the Giants will be in the mix for Harper, who is from the West (he is from and lives in Las Vegas). GM Bobby Evans declined to speculate at this early date what they might do."

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo think change will be good for Cubs
"Their success helped position bench coach Dave Martinez to take over the Washington Nationals as a first-time manager and allowed assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske to get the lead job with the Los Angeles Angels."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Braves announce 2018 non-roster invitees
"While Acuna has the potential to be on the Opening Day roster, Atlanta seems more likely to give him at least a few additional weeks at Gwinnett."

MLBPA considers grievances against Pirates and Marlins
"The Major League Baseball Players Association is investigating whether to file grievances against the Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates for circumventing rules in the collective-bargaining agreement..."

New York Mets to use closer committee to start season
"New York Mets first-year manager Mickey Callaway won't name a closer for the start of the season, opting instead to use a committee approach to close out games."

Phillies could benefit from Brewers' moves
"The Phillies had coveted Yelich for some time. Sources said earlier this month that the club had been talking to the Marlins about him, but seemed unlikely to meet Miami's high asking price."