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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals and small ball; Marlins’ slot money; Mickey Callaway’s first season

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we wait for the NLCS to continue tonight...

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So, there’s not a ton of news today, meaning that we have to pull from around the NL East — but on the bright side, there is baseball today! Enjoy that while it lasts.

Here’s the news from Nats Park and around the division:

Brilliant as a rookie, what can Soto do for an encore next year? - (MASN)
"[Juan] Soto didn’t come out of nowhere. The Nationals had been touting the talented young outfielder ever since he was discovered out of the Dominican Republic and given a hefty $1.5 million signing bonus."

AFL Week One review: Braymer earns win, Kieboom debuts at second - (MASN)
"It is the first time I have seen [Carter] Kieboom listed as playing second base. This is significant because of the Nats’ current needs at the position."

Mailbag #1 of the 2018-19 off-season! (Nationals Arm Race)
Would the Nationals rather have the most cost-effective outfield in the league or one that relies on Bryce Harper? And better yet, where's Michael A. Taylor going, if not the bench? And what's the deal with Howie Kendrick?

Small ball will be the key for a 2019 turnaround (District on Deck)
The Nationals' chief problem last year was their inability to win close games, pick off runners, and make smart decisions on the basepaths.

Mets season review: Callaway struggled in his first year at the helm (Amazin' Avenue)
"The first year manager was not responsible for the injuries that occurred. The truth of the matter is, as in years past, this team was ill equipped to deal with significant injuries. Any other manager in the seat would also probably struggle to get production out of what was left after the injuries set in."

The Marlins Gaining On Orioles In International Pool (Marlin Maniac)
The Marlins may go after Victor Victor Mesa and Victor Mesa Jr. with all their new slot money.

Braves not planning on extending qualifying offer to Nick Markakis, per report (Talking Chop)
Markakis is a free-agent and getting pretty old — meaning he won't be getting $18 million guaranteed next year in Atlanta.