While waiting for the yearly delivery of coal to our stockings, we searched the internets for a few Nationals-related links so you have something to read this morning. Get yourself caught up on all the latest news...
Michael A. Taylor ended the season struggling. The Nationals are hopeful he can turn it around - (WaPost)
”Everyone seems to be rooting for Taylor, save the Internet trolls who have turned each passing strikeout into a reason to trade him or send him down or, quite simply, do anything but put him in another lineup.”
One player for every team on Christmas day - (MLB.com)
"The Nationals could use a full-time second baseman, and [DJ] LeMahieu is sort of an ideal fit. Also, oddly, they still could probably use another starting pitcher."
Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas! pic.twitter.com/Ds5jmyJtnY— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) December 25, 2018
Nats top prospects: No. 7 - LHP Seth Romero - (MASN)
"Now Romero is recovering from Tommy John surgery, so 2019 is a lost season, and the young southpaw can only rehab and prepare for 2020."
What's still on your Nationals wish list? - (MASN)
"There are still acquisitions to be made, vacant positions to be filled. And, of course, there’s the biggest prize of all still out there, unsure whether he’ll be returning to Washington in 2019 or heading elsewhere for the next chapter of his career."
Road Warriors 2018, Part 2: The Top Sports-Production Highlights of the Year - (SportsVideo.org)
"Between game coverage and studio shows, Fox Sports deployed a total of 36 cameras (up from 33 in 2017) at Nationals Park, highlighted by its largest high-speed–camera complement yet for an All-Star Game."
Bryce Harper likes post suggesting Dodgers may sign him - (Yahoo!Sports)
"On Saturday, Major League Baseball posted an Instagram about the Dodgers potentially being favorites to sign Harper, and Harper liked the post."
Watch: Niko Tamurian catches up with Washington Nationals pitcher Patrick Corbin - (WSTM)
"Corbin spent Sunday night as a celebrity bartender, raising money in the fight against Pediatric Cancer for 'On My Team 16'."
Honored to be a celebrity bartender for @onmyteam16 at the Orange Crate tonight! So awesome that guys like @PatrickCorbin46, @Sblewett7, @UncleRickyBeast and Rex Culpepper are taking time out to be here during the holidays too!— Niko Tamurian (@NikoTamurian) December 24, 2018
Awesome cause, great time!@CNYcentral pic.twitter.com/EzH4O3uDe4
Trevor Cahill, Aníbal Sánchez, and Andrew Miller find new homes - (Beyond the Box Score)
"The Nats will save money up front, too, as Sánchez will be making only $6 million in 2019, which is at least $4 million less than Roark will make."
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Braves celebrate Christmas with 'Home Alone' parody - (FOX 5 Atlanta)
"With just a few days before Christmas the Atlanta Braves are getting into the holiday spirit with a funny parody of the classic Christmas movie 'Home Alone.'"
Pablo Lopez gathers with family for holidays - (MLB.com)
"To Marlins right-hander Pablo Lopez, the holiday season means time with family, big dinners and storytelling around the table."
Clock ticking on Phillies to add the pitching they need - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"There are two elements to the Phillies’ offseason: The pursuit of megastars Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, and the pursuit of anyone else."
Turns out neither Mets nor Yankees made an offer to Andrew Miller. Both teams showed initial interest but ultimately durability concerns led them to back off. Yanks still likely to sign two relievers, Mets looking to trade for at least 1— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) December 22, 2018