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Wire Taps: Nationals made Bryce Harper an offer; How much money do the Nats have?; Davey Johnson to HoF?

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news including the reports that the Nats made a big offer to Bryce Harper at the end of the regular season...

MLB: Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Whoever you were rooting for yesterday, you have something to cheer about. I refer, of course, to the Nationals’ AFL performances.

Anyhow, here’s the scoop from South Capitol:

Sources: Nationals made Bryce Harper ‘aggressive offer’ last month, did not reach agreement (WaPo)
It wasn't $400 million, and it had no opt-outs — but the Nats gave Harper a legitimate offer, which he turned down.

How much money do the Nats have to spend this winter? (MASN)
"For these purposes, we’re talking about perhaps only $20 million to $30 million of available money to spend the rest of the winter. And the Nationals have yet to add a starting pitcher, catcher, second baseman or left-handed reliever, let alone re-sign Harper (who very well may surpass that available budget entirely on his own)."

Arizona Fall League roundup for November 6 (
"Nationals No. 2 prospect Carter Kieboom and Daniel Johnson (No. 7) were each held hitless (0-for-3). Taylor Guilbeau came in after Duplantier and struck out one in 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Jordan Mills also threw well out of the bullpen, spinning a scoreless frame of his own."

10 reasons Cardinals need Bryce Harper (
The Cards need a star, one who loves St. Louis (which is close to Nevada), which has a nice media and a postseason history. Moreover, they have the money for Harper.

Newsflash: Juan Soto is playing baseball in Japan

Nationals made long-term offer to Bryce Harper (
"We certainly have made attempts to sign him," general manager Mike Rizzo said Tuesday from the annual General Managers Meetings in Carlsbad, Calif. "He's our guy. We're looking forward to seeing what can transpire."

2018 Nationals Position Review: Questions remain at starting pitching behind Scherzer, Strasburg (NBC Sports Washington)
Scherzer was great, and then there's nothing else to see here whatsoever.

Ex-Nats manager Johnson on Today's Game Era ballot for Baseball Hall of Fame (MASN)
Davey Johnson could get into the Hall in a non-traditional fashion if he can make an appealing enough case to the BBWAA at the Winter Meetings.

The Yankees should target Daniel Murphy (The Runner)
"The Yankees simply need a left-handed bat of value to their lineup, especially with the absence of Gregorius. Daniel Murphy makes the most sense out of the players who are available."