Sean Doolittle’s coming back. Kyle Barraclough is a National now. Trevor Rosenthal is about to sign a deal to join Washington’s relief corps. Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo and Co. in the D.C. front office are not messing around this winter.
What’s the next move for the Nats? While we wait to find out, catch up on the last 24 hours in links...
Rosenthal deal gives Nats another late-inning power arm - (MASN)
"The contract guarantees Rosenthal $7 million, but includes a variety of incentives that could make it worth as much as $28 million over two seasons, according to another source."
Nationals sign reliever Trevor Rosenthal, continuing to build bullpen - (WaPost)
"At best, Rosenthal could be a power-throwing, late-inning reliever that gets the ball to Doolittle in close games."
Surprisingly successful Miller should be part of 2019 bullpen - (MASN)
"He wasn’t even in big league camp, wasn’t even called up to pitch in one Grapefruit League game as so many other minor leaguers are every spring."
Nationals sign reliever Trevor Rosenthal - (MLB.com)
"The club has not confirmed the deal, which was first reported by USA Today Sports, but a source described the two sides as 'very close' as of Wednesday afternoon..."
Instructional league wrap-up: four more collegiate pitchers - (MASN)
"Listed above are a few of the hurlers who were at the Nats’ instructional league workouts last month."
Trea Turner wants to be even more patient at the plate for Nationals in 2019 - (WaPost)
"There are reasons for pitchers to be careful with the 25-year-old Turner, whose 185-pound frame does not match the power he brings to the plate."
Before undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2017, newly signed #Nats reliever Trevor Rosenthal was elite for St. Louis. From 2013-17, only six pitchers racked up 100+ saves and 400+ strikeouts.— Matt Weyrich (@MattWeyrich) October 31, 2018
Will Victor Robles bring more power to the Nationals’ lineup in 2019? - (WaPost)
"If the elbow injury did sap some of Robles’ power, while also delaying his arrival to the Nationals, he used his scattered September opportunities to flash his bat’s potential."
Is Grace a matchup lefty or a long reliever? - (MASN)
"Once healthy, and once the Nationals bullpen had taken on a very different look due to midsummer trades and injuries, Grace began to be used as more of a matchup lefty."
J.T. Realmuto wants off Marlins, so start Gary Sanchez, Yankees trade talk - (NY Post)
"The emergence of Juan Soto moved Washington to eventually include Victor Robles in proposals, but not shortstop Carter Kieboom, which curtailed talks."
The Nationals Signed One of 2017’s Best Relievers - (Fangraphs)
"Trevor Rosenthal spent the 2018 season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Now he’s the newest member of the Nationals’ bullpen. A bullpen they hope can lead them back to October."
Will Yankees loaded outfield have room for Bryce Harper? - (Yahoo!Sports.com)
"This offseason, it became a little bit bigger news because there’s a certain free agent named Bryce Harper who’s expected to be on the Yankees radar and who also plays outfield, just like Gardner."
Updated: Former Cards closer Trevor Rosenthal headed to Nationals - (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
"In six seasons with the Cardinals, Rosenthal, who was hurt both in 2016 and 2017, amassed 121 saves with a 2.99 earned run average."
It is with great sadness that we announce that San Francisco Giants Legend and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey passed away peacefully this afternoon at the age of 80 after losing his battle with ongoing health issues. #Forever44 | #SFGiants pic.twitter.com/ooOYg4ESol— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) October 31, 2018
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WATCH: Marlins CEO Derek Jeter interviewed on The Daily Show - (Fish Stripes)
"As expected, Jeter shied away from getting political, even when pressed by Noah toward the end of their conversation."
Why new GM Brodie Van Wagenen's non-rebuild plan for Mets needs to work fast - (NY Post)
"As an agent, Van Wagenen was able to work with Wilpon to get deals for many of his clients — the Mets have been Team CAA..."
The Phillies need to add a starting pitcher. Here are four options - (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"From what they saw in the final two months, however, the Phillies entered the offseason knowing they cannot begin next season with the same five pitchers who "encouraged" Klentak before the trade deadline."
Benefits of trade for J.T. Realmuto to Braves - (MLB.com)
"Over the past few months, the Braves, Phillies and Nationals have been rumored to be among the many teams vying to acquire Realmuto this offseason."