We’re on our way over to Nationals Park for WinterFest, but we collected the links we could find this morning, and if you look closely (it’s actually a Twitter link below, you can’t miss it) you might even find a rare instance of Anthony Rendon offering an opinion. No really!:
NATS BEAT - (YAN GOMES EDITION):
Nationals trade for catcher Yan Gomes - (MLB.com)
"The trade comes about two weeks after the Nationals signed free-agent catcher Kurt Suzuki to a two-year deal worth about $10 million, giving them a formidable duo at a position that has been a weakness since Wilson Ramos departed for free agency in 2016."
Nationals acquire catcher Yan Gomes in trade with Indians - (WaPost)
"The Nationals have not wasted any time this offseason, one that could see Harper depart in free agency and leave a sizable offensive void to fill."
Talk about upgrading a position! Kurt Suzuki & Yan Gomes rated 7th & 10th best catchers in MLB by FanGraphs WAR over last 2 years __Suzuki (4.6), Gomes (3.9). Now Nats have them both in a R-L platoon. All Nats catchers in '17-'18 combined War of -0.4. Just added 3-4 win in '19?— Thomas Boswell (@ThomasBoswellWP) December 1, 2018
Nats acquire Gomes for Rodriguez, two others (updated) - (MASN)
"Though they didn’t have to part ways with any top-rated prospects, the Nationals did have to give up a potentially electric young right-hander in Rodriguez and a promising young outfielder in Johnson along with the as-yet-named player in exchange for Gomes..."
Fixing catcher further thins Nationals' pitching depth - (NBC Sports Washington)
"An intriguing cost was slipped into Mike Rizzo’s emphatic moves to fix the catcher position: 25-year-old right-hander Jefry Rodriguez."
NATS BEAT - SAMMY SOLIS/CONTRACT TENDERING EDITION:
Nationals roll dice by agreeing to new contract with Sammy Solis - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Solis and the Nationals agreed to a contract, avoiding arbitration and at least bringing the 30-year-old left-hander back to spring training."
Sammy Solis agrees to one-year deal with Nats - (MLB.com)
"Tendering contracts to each of those six players was a fairly easy decision for the Nats. Solis, on the other hand, was the subject of some debate."
Nationals tender contracts to all seven arbitration-eligible players - (WaPost)
"The Solis decision comes after a disastrous season for the 30-year-old lefty, who struggled so mightily against left-handed hitters that the Nationals sent him to Class AAA Syracuse twice..."
Nats agree to terms with Solís, tender contracts to six others - (MASN)
"There was debate with Solís, who was in danger of being non-tendered by an organization that has given him countless opportunities over the years."
Cleveland Indians trade catcher Yan Gomes to Washington Nationals - (ESPN)
"The Nationals went into the offseason in need of a new catcher -- and now have two new ones."
Cleveland Indians trade catcher Yan Gomes to Washington Nationals for three players; restructuring of team payroll has begun - (cleveland.com)
"The trade of Gomes leaves Roberto Perez and rookie Eric Haase as the Tribe’s top two catchers."
PHOTOS: Nationals Winterfest returns to the ballpark this weekend - (WTOP)
"Whether it’s to challenge a Racing President or to take a few swings in the batting cages where the players warm up, Washington Nationals fans have a lot to do this weekend. See photos of Nationals Park ahead of this year’s Winterfest."
Batting cages, Santa visits and more at Nationals Winterfest - (wusa9.com)
"Winterfest at the Nationals Park is Dec. 1 to Dec. 2. Mike Shane, senior vice president of consumer revenue at the Washington Nationals, shares some of the indoor activities that fans can participate in."
Vintage merchandise available at Nationals Winterfest - (wusa9.com)
"Mike Shane of the Nationals says fans will also have an opportunity to purchase the new vintage W logo that will be featured on caps, sweatshirts and other clothing items."