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Wire Taps: Nationals’ prospects in the AFL; Nats’ catching questions + more in today’s links...

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Catch up on the Nats links that are out there with info on your Nationals while we all wait for the start of the World Series.

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One of these days there will be significant Nationals news to share. Remember the trade for Kyle Barraclough! That was a great day. Oh well. We’ll keep trying to find the news that’s out there while we wait for something big to happen...

NATS BEAT:

What went right in Dave Martinez’s first season with the Nationals? - (NBC Sports Washington)
"While the frustration surrounding a disappointing season was entirely understandable, Martinez shouldn’t be given as much of the blame as he has."

Arizona Fall League roundup for October 20 - (MLB.com)
"Nationals No. 2 prospect Carter Kieboom (No. 37 overall) went 1-for-4 with a walk, his first Fall League RBI and stolen base."

His stock having tumbled, [Pedro] Severino faces uncertain future - (MASN)
"For years, the Nationals touted Severino as their 'Catcher of the Future,' but eventually, they knew, they were going to have to throw him to the wolves..."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

After two terrific postseason starts, Nathan Eovaldi should hit it big in free agency - (Boston Globe)
"5. Dan Jennings, special assistant to Nationals – The former Marlins GM and manager has drawn inquiries from two teams gauging his interest."

A look at MLB franchises with the longest World Series drought - (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
"There are still two franchises (Washington Nationals and Seattle Mariners) who have never made a trip to the World Series, and two others (Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles) who haven’t been since before 1982."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Mets GM candidate picks up support from ex-commissioner - (New York Post)
"Doug Melvin’s candidacy for the Mets’ general manager opening has a former commissioner’s endorsement."

Source: Víctor Víctor Mesa, Víctor Mesa Jr. sign with Marlins - (Miami Herald)
"The arrival of the Mesa brothers to the Marlins is imminent."

Braves will have financial flexibility in 2019 - (MLB.com)
"Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos knows we're going to do the math, or what he refers to as reverse engineering, to get an idea of how much money the Braves have to spend this offseason."

Chase Utley, Erik Kratz praise analytics - (MLB.com)
"Some of these moves might sound familiar to Phillies fans. Some of these moves might have bothered Phillies fans."