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Wire Taps: Patrick Corbin visits Nationals; Execs think Bryce Harper will return to D.C. + more Nats chatter...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news: Pitching rumors; Bryce Harper chatter + more...

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According to multiple reports, Patrick Corbin visited D.C. on his tour of teams that have expressed interest in acquiring his services.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal thinks that the Nationals will offer the sort of six-year deal the free agent left-hander is looking for this winter.

There was plenty of Bryce Harper chatter out there in the last 24 hours too.

Catch up on the latest Nationals news... RIGHT NOW!!!:

NATS BEAT:

Patrick Corbin meets with Nationals - (MLB.com)
"The Nationals met with free-agent left-hander Patrick Corbin on Wednesday in D.C., sources confirmed to MLB.com..."

Nationals meet with free agent starter Patrick Corbin - (WaPost)
"The meeting with Corbin came as the 29-year-old was touring several potential East Coast suitors."

As offseason heats up, Nationals could take many paths to filling out their bench - (WaPost)
"The Nationals, to their credit, have been quick to address holes at catcher by signing veteran Kurt Suzuki, and in the bullpen by signing Trevor Rosenthal and trading for Kyle Barraclough."

Ryan Zimmerman's decision to skip spring training isn't why he had a slow start - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Back again is the never-ending topic of Ryan Zimmerman’s 2018 spring training, which has turned into part folklore, part conspiracy theory, part inaccurate assessment."

Nats facing plenty of competition for frontline starters - (MASN)
"The Nationals have been aggressive in addressing some of their needs early this offseason, more aggressive than most teams."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

MLBPA extends Tony Clark as chief, votes Nationals’ Scherzer to top player committee - (WaPost)
"Also Wednesday, the union announced Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer was voted, along with pitcher James Paxton of the New York Yankees, to its executive subcommittee..."

The other franchise player— the Washington Nationals’ Anthony Rendon to their Bryce Harper - (Beyond the Box Score)
"For the last two years, and by several metrics, Anthony Rendon has been just as good as—if not better than—his higher profile teammate."

Corbin should receive six-year offers; Yankees may wait on Arenado rather than act now; Bauer could be odd-man out with Indians – (The Athletic)
"The Nationals almost certainly are at six years or will get to that level with Corbin."

BRYCE HARPER BEAT:

Should the Nationals willingly move on from Bryce Harper? - (Yahoo!Sports)
"The team is hopeful of bringing back Harper, who’s seeking anywhere from $300 to $400 million on the open market. But doing so would take up much of the budget Washington has available not only this winter, but for several winters to come."

Bryce Harper: Why the Mets should sign the former NL MVP - (USA TODAY)
"A Mets-Harper marriage would create some fascinating dynamics for both team and player."

Dodgers' Apparent Money Issues May Stall Their Pursuit Of Bryce Harper - (Forbes)
"All the speculation that the Los Angeles Dodgers will sign Bryce Harper seems to fly in the face of the financial smoke signals coming from the team’s owners box."

Mets GM Interested In Bryce Harper - (WFAN)
"New Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen has reportedly made it clear that he's interested in free agent slugger Bryce Harper. But will owner Fred Wilpon sign off on the expected $300 million-plus contract?"