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Wire Taps: Davey Martinez and co. will return; AFL Updates for Nationals’ prospects; Is the window still open?

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before Game 2 of the 2018 World Series.

MLB: Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Is it wrong to not care about the World Series beyond the performances of former Nationals, such as Alex Cora and Ryan Madson? Just putting that out there.

Here’s the beat from Boston:

Dave Martinez’s coaching staff will return to the Nationals in 2019 (WaPo)
Martinez said he hoped his staff would return after a disappointing season, and he got his wish — but they now have something to prove. Not only do they need to take the Nats to a World Series — they need to get them to the playoffs.

Which MLB team's contention windows are still open? (NBC Sports Washington)
The Nats, apparently, still have an open window — with Juan Soto, Victor Robles, and Carter Kieboom ready to go, the Nats can either convert their prospect talent into major league pitching, or ride their bats to victory behind Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.

Washington Nationals coaching staff to return ( could confirm what the Post got: that Davey Martinez and his crew will be back for at least another season in Washington, with Kevin Long getting another shot to fix the Nats' hitting problems, and Chip Hale back on the bench. The seat, though, may be somewhat hotter this year.

AFL/Offseason Update: Oct. 23, 2018 (Nationals Prospects)
The Nationals' pitchers were very good. The Nationals' hitters were... less good.

Roto Team Roundup: Nationals
"Calling the Nationals a disappointment would be a massive understatement... a Harper return to the Nationals is in play, but many have speculated on the Cubs and Dodgers as potential landing spots... there's still a talented core here, but this roster could look very different in 2019."

Arizona Fall League roundup for October 23 (
Daniel Johnson and Jake Noll are... not doing well.