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Wire Taps: Scott Boras jokes about Bryce Harper; AFL updates; Who will the next Nationals’ set-up man be?

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news...

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Welcome to the offseason of Bryce Harper.

Seeking Washington’s Next Set-up Man (NatsGM)
Let's make this clear: it's probably not going to be Ryan Madson. If it isn't Kelvin Herrera or Greg Holland, Adam Ottavino, David Robertson, and Jeurys Familia are all available to sign, while the team could also trade for Raisel Iglesias or Nate Jones (or overpower their bullpen to the max by signing Craig Kimbrel).

Bryce Harper free agency: Scott Boras jokes deal in place (Yahoo!)
Boras was asked head-on which team Bryce was signing with, so he responded with a sarcastic answer that got him out of answering the question that didn't quite read as sarcastic.

Scott Boras sends baseball world into fervor with small Bryce Harper joke (NBC Sports)
Scott Boras jokingly said during an interview that Harper completely already knows where he is going. If he was serious, it meant that the Nationals had already signed him or another team had tampered with the process.

Trea Turner’s Power Vanished (District on Deck)
"It seems likely that Turner’s 2016 power outburst was likely a one-time thing. His plate skills did not change, yet his power dropped dramatically. It’s fair to chalk that up to the variance of baseball slowly evening out as more data points were plotted."

AFL Update: Oct. 28, 2018 (Nationals Prospects)
Carter Kieboom has been riding a hot streak, while other Nationals have been doing... less well.

Arizona Fall League roundup for October 27 - (
”Shortstop Carter Kieboom, Washington’s No. 2 prospect and the No. 37 prospect overall, went 3-for-4 with three singles and a walk; he’s hitting .265 with an .856 OPS during AFL play.”

Rodriguez earned a chance next spring, but in what role? - (MASN)
”Though he didn’t show enough to guarantee a spot on next year’s pitching staff, [Jefry] Rodriguez did show enough to guarantee a chance to earn a spot next spring.”