Will Anthony Rendon (or Travis Shaw, we guess) break Nolan Arenado’s streak of five NL Gold Gloves in a row at third base, or will the Colorado Rockies’ talented infielder take home yet another piece of hardware. We’ll find out tonight at 9:00 PM EDT, until we know, just go enjoy some Sunday Nationals links...
Rosenthal passes physical, signing announced - (MASN)
"Trevor Rosenthal’s signing with the Nationals became official this morning after the right-hander passed a physical, giving the club its first free agent addition of the offseason."
How every prospect did in 2018 Fall Stars Game - (MLB.com)
"Southpaw Ben Braymer struck out a batter, but issued two walks in just one-third of an inning. Shortstop Carter Kieboom, Washington's No. 2 prospect, went 0-for-2 with a strikeout."
After season of struggles, Solís' future with Nats is tenuous - (MASN)
"Even though he had used up options in three previous seasons, Solís was the rare player with a fourth option year (a result of all the time he missed due to injuries earlier in his career)."
Column: The team that's a perfect fit for Bryce Harper. https://t.co/RML01JRpGZ— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 4, 2018
MLB free agency: Bryce Harper wears Bulls hat, Cubs speculation ensues - (Yahoo!Sports)
"In an Instagram story he posted after voting early on Friday, Harper wore a Chicago Bulls hat. Chicago, of course, is home to the Cubs, who oddsmakers gave the second-best shot of signing the 26-year-old."
Orioles' executive search, MASN hearing make November a critical month for franchise - (Baltimore Sun)
"The executive search would be daunting enough, but another round of arbitration in the long-running Mid-Atlantic Sports Network rights dispute with the Washington Nationals also is a major source of concern for the organization."
MLB free agency begins: Five bold FA and trade predictions, including Harper and Machado to the same team - (CBSSports.com)
"The Phillies have money to spend and there is no better way to spend it than on Harper and Machado. I'm thinking matching 12-year, $375 million contracts with multiple opt-out clauses and a dual introductory press conference."
Cardinals head to GM Meetings in the market for 'elite talent' - (stltoday.com)
"The improvement the Cardinals seek, especially when it goes by the name Bryce, comes at a price."
.@Nationals farm director Mark Scialabba on @MLBazFallLeague Fall Stars Game LHP Ben Braymer: "His curveball has swing-and-miss potential with later downer action. His changeup continues to evolve, and he’s showing the ability to utilize it as another weapon."— Lacy Lusk (@LacyLuskBA) November 1, 2018
Baseball’s hot stove will begin to cook this week - (Boston Globe)
"Rizzo is sick of this team not playing to its potential. He also may upgrade the infield with DJLeMahieu or a facsimile."
Phillies should pursue Harper and Machado - (MLB.com)
"For teams looking to improve -- like the Phillies -- the idea of passing up in-their-prime talent like Harper and Machado because of perceived image issues would be lunacy."
NL EAST UPDATES:
Philadelphia Phillies Retired Numbers - (MLB.com)
"The Phillies played their inaugural season in 1883, meaning they are one of baseball's oldest franchises. Still, they have retired only five numbers in that time."
Mets' Peter Alonso homers in Fall Stars Game - (MLB.com)
"Peter Alonso is no stranger to mashing homers, which is exactly what he did to start the scoring in the Arizona Fall League's 13th Annual Fall Stars Game on Saturday night."
MLB Trade Rumors: J.T. Realmuto for Gary Sánchez a big risk for Marlins - (Fish Stripes)
"This is the fake trade proposal you expect from the most casual fan who only recognizes established players, right before that fan blacks out in a New York City bar."
No qualifying offer for Braves, Nick Markakis - (MLB.com)
"The Braves have not ruled out the possibility of re-signing Nick Markakis this offseason, but they chose not to extend him the one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer before Friday's deadline."