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Howie Kendrick expects to be ready for start of spring training - (MASN)
"The Nationals sorely need Kendrick. And they sorely missed his presence for the final 4 1/2 months of the 2018 season..."

Max Scherzer excited to work with new catchers Gomes and Suzuki - (MASN)
"So what does the Nats’ No. 1 starter, Cy Young Award winner and most important player think about these changes to the person that will call his games?"

Anthony Rendon sounds like Stephen Strasburg in contract extension talks -- and that's a good thing - (NBC Sports Washington)
"While the rest of the baseball world fixates on Bryce Harper, Rendon’s contract status simmers in the background -- which is his preference."

For Dave Martinez to see improvement, it’ll come down to the little things - (WaPost)
"For a variety of reasons, some out of the front office’s control, no coaching staff has survived a non-playoff season since 2011."

Nationals looking at starting pitchers - (
"Rizzo began his pursuit of a starter last week in D.C., when he and team owner Mark Lerner went to dinner with free-agent left-hander Patrick Corbin..."

Monday Quickie - Looting the corpse of the Mariners - (Nationals Baseball)
"In the meantime the Nats picked up Yan Gomes. Is this a good deal? Let's start off with what they gave up."

Washington Brings The Hammer, Re-Signs Sammy Solis - (NatsGM)
"Somewhat lost amidst news that Yan Gomes was coming to Washington, Friday the Nationals agreed to terms with LHP Sammy Solis on a 1-year deal worth $850,000."

Juan Soto continued year of torrid hitting on Japanese tour - (Washington Times)
“He mashes fastballs,” Nationals hitting coach Kevin Long said of Soto. “He is a quick learner; he gets it. He is going to be just fine. His mechanics are sound.”


Diamondbacks Have Difficult, Though Not Impossible, Task In Trading Greinke - (Forbes)
"Yet there are two times, the Astros and Nationals, that line up for a Greinke trade among those that don’t need his permission."

What Yankees’ Brian Cashman is saying about Gary Sanchez-for-J.T. Realmuto trade rumors - (
"According to Cashman, last week’s reports that the Yankees and Miami Marlins had recent trade talks about swapping Sanchez for Miami Marlins All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto were false."

Dragons acquire former major league lefty Enny Romero - (The Japan Times)
"The Chunichi Dragons announced Monday the acquisition of Dominican pitcher Enny Romero, who participated in last year’s World Baseball Classic."


Bryce Harper: Chicago Cubs' coffers have plenty of cash, camaraderie - (USA TODAY)
"Bryce Harper, a National League MVP at 23, is a free agent at 26, peddling his services in an industry that’s grown to nearly $11 billion in annual revenues."

Bryce Harper free agency rumors soar after high-profile concert - (NY Daily News)
"Nelly wants Bryce Harper to ride with him to St. Louis. The rapper took Harper backstage at a Las Vegas concert over the weekend and begged the high-profile free agent to sign with the Cardinals."

Sources: Officials from four MLB teams meet with Bryce Harper, including Magic Johnson - (Yahoo!Sports)
"Recently, according to sources, [Magic] Johnson and other Dodgers officials traveled to Las Vegas to meet with Harper."

WATCH: Nelly makes emotional plea to the Cardinals to sign Bryce Harper "I got this!" - (Missourinet)
Nelly, raised in St. Louis and a lifelong Cardinals fan tells the organization from his Instagram account that he can help seal the deal to sign free agent outfielder Bryce Harper.