Everyone in baseball not covering the postseason has apparently taken the weekend off, but we scoured the internets for all the Washington Nationals links we could find. We should be happy the Nats made a trade this week, I guess. Catch up on what little news there is out in the (baseball) world while you wait to get your baseball fix in tonight in Game 2 of the ALCS.
Did Kieboom show enough to merit No. 2 catching job in 2019? - (MASN)
"Organization officials had always liked Kieboom’s work behind the plate, and though admittedly older than most rookies, he showed why over the course of the season."
Veteran Reynolds proved valuable in-season addition - (MASN)
"Despite a 30-homer, 97-RBI season for the Rockies in 2017, [Mark] Reynolds found himself swept up in the worst free-agent market in years last winter."
Just got the design sample, and hands down...this year’s holiday pack ornament is the best ever! pic.twitter.com/ieu8TGNoCL— Valerie Camillo (@VCamillo_Nats) October 12, 2018
Inside Baseball MLB Notes: Snitker, Roberts, Melvin will land the extensions they deserve - (Fancred)
"Some believe outfielder Adam Eaton could be had in trade now that Victor Robles is ready to join the [outfield] rotation..."
How is the free-agent market this offseason and where will guys land? Let's take a look - (NY Daily News)
"Boras, who only a couple of years ago was talking about [Bryce] Harper becoming the first half-billion dollar player, is going to have to do quite a selling job on someone to get his prodigy anywhere close to even 10 years/$300 million..."
East Meets West in Transition of Minor League Affiliation – (The Rampage Online)
"The biggest concern by fans and the teams was the big distance separating Fresno from Washington and how that might affect the players if they need to travel from being promoted or demoted."
Prince Fielder, asked to give an example of how Craig Counsell helped him as a teammate:— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) October 13, 2018
"There was one time I was thinking about bunting. He told me if I bunted he would punch me in the face."
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Phillies Prospects of Year: Haseley, Parkinson - (MLB.com)
"The Phillies' outfield in 2019 could be almost entirely different than the group that opened the season in March."
Jon Heyman: Is job title complicating Mets GM search? - (Fancred Sports)
"A Mets person noted the other day that a “hot name” in the Mets’ GM search is Indians GM Mike Chernoff. But apparently there’s a distance between “hot name,” and an actual interview."
Latest news and rumors on Marlins’ pursuit of Víctor Víctor Mesa - (Fish Stripes)
"Five months since Víctor Víctor Mesa and his brother, Víctor Mesa Jr., left Cuba to pursue major league contracts, and one month since MLB officially declared them eligible to sign as international amateur free agents, the Marlins are finally closing in."
For Braves, this winter is chance to join MLB’s upper class - (AJC.com)
"Now the Braves supposedly have the financial power to compete with baseball’s upper class. But until an A-grade free agent is in hand, skeptics will understandably persist."