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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals sign Reid Brignac; Nats and J.T. Realmuto rumors + more...

There was actual news and a rumor on Monday! It was a big BIG day in Nationals news... or at least what passes for one this winter.

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The Washington Nationals introduce Dave Martinez as their new manager. Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Monday afternoon there were rumors of interest in J.T. Realmuto and a report that said Washington’s Nationals were considered by some the favorites to land Miami’s catcher, and last night the Nats added a veteran infielder on a Minor League deal that included an invitation to Spring Training. It was a banner day! Such excitement! So much to talk about... okay, it was just a rumor and a signing of a veteran (Reid Brignac) who spent a year at Triple-A in Houston’s system last season. But considering how slow this winter’s been, it was quite a day. Catch up on the last 24 hours now...

NATS BEAT:

Nationals sign Reid Brignac to minor league deal with spring training invitation
"The Nationals agreed to a minor league deal with veteran utility infielder Reid Brignac on Monday, according to people familiar with the situation."

Nationals sign Reid Brignac to Minors deal
"Brignac, 32, last saw big league action with the Braves in 2016, albeit for 13 games in which he hit .207. The last time Brignac played at least 90 games with a club came in 2011 with the Rays, his original team."

Washington Nationals aren't yet set at catcher
"Still getting quite a few catching questions, especially centering on J.T. Realmuto. Ever since the Marlins launched their rebuild this offseason, the Nationals have been linked to Realmuto."

P-Nats confirm Pfitzner lease until 2020, continue new stadium search
"The Potomac Nationals confirmed at their Hot Stove Banquet this past Sunday that the club has extended their lease to play at Pfitzner Stadium until the 2020 season."

Report: Albers heading to Brewers on two-year deal
"Matt Albers has reportedly agreed to a two-year contract with the Brewers, parlaying his career season in the Nationals bullpen into a $5 million deal in Milwaukee."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Agent Scott Boras wants change: 'Non-competitive cancer' ruining baseball
"The NL East may once again have only the Washington Nationals finish above .500. And we could wind up having more than last year’s total of 14 teams that finished 20 or more games out of first place."

Davis taps MLB star as guest for State of the Union
"U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis will have a Major League Baseball player as his guest during Tuesday night's State of the Union address." SPOILER: It's Jayson Werth

Why the Nationals think Dave Martinez can manage Bryce Harper and a contending team [Subscribers to The Athletic only]
"Dave Martinez will be learning on the job at a time when the Washington Nationals have World Series-or-bust expectations."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Freddie Freeman on Atlanta Braves: 'I want to be here forever'
Freddie Freeman on health, Chipper Jones, Tim Hudson, the team's 2018 outlook and his future plans.

Marlins’ farm system no longer one of the worst, Baseball America says
"The Miami Marlins no longer have one of the worst farm systems in baseball, according to Baseball America."

Asdrubal Cabrera now wants the position that made him snap
"Asdrubal Cabrera never wanted to switch away from shortstop last season. Remember, he asked for a trade last June in San Francisco when he was told he would be playing third and second. Now, he couldn’t be happier."