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Wire Taps: Bryce Harper explains quiet on 2019; Anthony Rendon looking to replicate 2017; Max Scherzer: Extend Mike Rizzo

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news as we all wait patiently for tomorrow’s Grapefruit League opener...

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‘It’s not fair to my teammates or myself’: Bryce Harper explains why he won’t talk about 2019
Bryce Harper explained that, even if a large contract is looming in the background, winning is all that he at least *should* care about. Otherwise, he's not focusing, which means his performance — and therefore, his team's — will suffer.

Nationals, Kevin Long hope Anthony Rendon produces another MVP-worthy season
Kevin Long is happy to leave Rendon be to just let him do his thing; he doesn't think there's much he can do to help someone so advanced. Rendon, in the meantime, is trying to continue flying under the radar, but be taken a little more seriously nonetheless.

Rendon thinks simplicity will help him repeat his 2017 performance
After the best season in his career, Rendon thinks that K.I.S.S. (keeping it simple, stupid) will help him continue to drive the ball in the air at a high velocity.

Astros, Nats rename FITTEAM Ballpark
You know the classics. Fenway. Wrigley. Yankee. FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

Michael A. Taylor focuses on flexibility and speed
Instead of working on strength and power, Taylor opted for workouts that would keep him healthy and hitting for average all season long.

Nats relievers shake off the dust
Brandon Kintzler, Sean Doolittle, and Shawn Kelley all got going — cautiously — on Wednesday.

Rendon cuts off his luscious locks ahead of Spring Training
Everything about his appearance and demeanor was quiet, except for his hair. Now, his hair is quiet too.

Max Scherzer: Mike Rizzo deserves long-term deal
Max Scherzer thinks that Mike Rizzo is among the best GMs in the game — and that he's deserving of a new contract. What has to give first?

Adam Eaton: Left Field ‘Hardest Position In The Outfield’
Adam Eaton explained that, despite right field having the rep for being difficult, left field has the most weird quirks.