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Wire Taps: Adam Eaton’s future; Where will Michael A. Taylor go?; AFL Roundups...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the NLCS continues tonight...

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The Red Sox are in the World Series with Alex Cora as their manager, who both played for the Nats and could have managed them. That is all.

Here’s the scoop from South Capitol:

Could the Nationals trade Adam Eaton? Much of it depends on Bryce Harper. (WaPo)
The odds are Harper ends up somewhere else and the Nats rock into Opening Day with Juan Soto, Victor Robles, and Adam Eaton in the outfield. But the Nats most likely won't move Robles or Soto if Harper re-signs — meaning that, if Harper comes back, Eaton, whose contract is relatively cheap, and whose clubhouse presence is huge, needs somewhere to go.

Robles poised to realize potential, if Nats have a spot for him - (MASN)
"At the outset of the season, there was every reason to believe we’d be seeing [Victor] Robles in the big leagues sooner rather than later, and for an extended period of time."

Nats haven't given up hope to retain Harper - (Fancred)
"There have been strong suggestions the Nats may not have much money to spend this winter. In any case, word is, they do plan to make a strong effort to try to keep superstar outfielder Bryce Harper."

Introducing Washington Nationals Austin Voth - (NatsGM)
"Voth possesses a four-pitch arsenal of a fastball, curveball, slider and changeup. The heater sits 90-to-93 with natural sink and arm-side movement into righties."

Arizona Fall League roundup for October 17 (
"Nationals No. 2 prospect Carter Kieboom went 0-for-3, but also scored a run. Meanwhile, Daniel Johnson (No. 7) and Jake Noll both went 0-for-4."

AFL Update: Oct. 18, 2018 (
The Nats prospects went... 0-11 on Thursday.

Stuck on bench this season, what's Taylor's future with Nats? (MASN)
Michael A. Taylor didn't get to start regularly this season, and he appears to be blocked out of a starting spot for a while — will the Nats really hold on to him as a placeholder for Victor Robles and a fourth outfielder, or try to get some value from him?

Arizona Fall League: Nationals Kieboom, Marlins Harrison headline Rafters (Baseball Essential)
"A first-round draft pick in 2016, [Carter] Kieboom is the No. 34 prospect in all of baseball based on MLB Pipeline’s rankings. He has struggled in his first four Fall League games, batting only .154, but expect this talented shortstop to pick up his game soon."