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Wire Taps: Bryce Harper then & now; Trea Turner and his big day; Juan Soto up for NL Rookie of the Year tonight...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before we find out who won the 2018 NL Rookie of the Year award...

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Bryce Harper then and now. Tom Verducci is back with more Harper stories. Trea Turner tied the so-called knot. There are more than two Kiebooms? We knew that, just kidding.

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before we find out who is the 2018 NL Rookie of the Year.


“Harper’s Bazaar” already proceeding as expected - (MASN)
Bryce Harper hasn’t yet decided where he’s going to play in 2019, and as far as we know, he hasn’t even really begun talking to potential suitors in order to decide where he’s going to play in 2019.”

Nationals shortstop Trea Turner marries Kristen Harabedian - (WaPost)
"Knot, tied in style: Nationals shortstop Trea Turner and Kristen Harabedian were married in Washington on Saturday."

Bill Bray, now lawyer, still in the MLB game - (Washington Times)
"Bill Bray, former major league relief pitcher for the Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds, was now Bill Bray, lawyer."

THE NatsGM Show #139 – Guest Trevor Kieboom - (NatsGM)
"THE NatsGM Show Episode #139 is now available for download and we proudly welcome MLB Certified Agent for Vanguard Sports Group, Trevor Kieboom!"

Finding a starting catcher ranks high on the Nationals' list of priorities - (WaPost)
“'We’re looking for a front-line catcher,' Rizzo said, envisioning a player who can start 120 games or so and produce offensively."

What does Juan Soto's rookie season mean for the rest of his career? (NBC Sports Washington)
"I know it seems crazy on the surface to say “this teenage prodigy won’t get that much better,” but odds are his peak seasons won’t look too different from his 2018."


MLB awards: MVP, Cy Young, Rookie and Manager of the Year picks - (Yahoo!Sports)
"Remember, while Soto was 19, Acuña was only 20. And while age doesn’t matter – the differentiator, in this case, was more Acuña’s speed and glove slightly edging out Soto’s minuscule advantage with the bat..."

Take another look at the original SI Bryce Harper story (SI)
"As Bryce Harper enters the next chapter of his baseball life—a free agent looking to sign the richest contract in baseball history—let's take a look back at the cover story that told the prologue of Harper's career."

Bryce Harper: His free agency will change baseball for good (
"Because he’s Bryce Harper, he will never know that luxury of quietude, to go unnoticed no matter the results. But he can play with having earned the one big score, and the peace that comes from a long-term commitment. And that allows him to better chase the feeling he has been chasing since he was 16 and playing in Venezuela: to be a champion, the most fun anybody can have on a baseball field."

BBWAA awards week to recognize baseball's best (
The NL ROY announcement is tonight.


Phillies Hot Stove: Hoskins' 'Strong Personality' Could ‘Rub Off’ on Machado - (Sports Talk Philly)
"Looking past Machado's antics — and instead focusing on his potential impact — should remain the primary focus, per Salisbury."

Offseason Outlook: New York Mets - (MLB Trade Rumors)
"The Mets suffered through their second straight disastrous season in 2018, leading to major changes atop their baseball department."

Perry Hill hired as Mariners infield coach after Marlins cut ties - (Fish Stripes)
“'Back Together.' With two words and a photo of them in Marlins warmup gear, Dee Gordon broke the news of a reunion with Perry Hill."

Braves' revenue, profit increase in latest quarter - (
"The Braves’ return to the top of the National League East paid off financially for the team with revenue and profit increasing in the most recently completed quarter."