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Wire Taps: Nationals + Camels!; Jonathan Lucroy/Jake Arrieta questions; Bryce Harper’s ingrown toenail...


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Okay. Today’s Wire Taps will be split into two sections, the first regarding anything but camels, the second regarding camels.

Non-camel links

Howie Kendrick happy to be back with Nationals
Kendrick, the well-traveled veteran, was dealt to the Washington Nationals on July 28 last summer, and then returned again in free-agency this year.

Why the heck haven’t the Washington Nationals signed Jonathan Lucroy?
The Nats are in win-now mode. They need a new catcher. Jonathan Lucroy is a catcher who is a) available and b) better than Matt Wieters, even in down years.

When did championship teams start visiting the White House? It started with Walter Johnson and the Senators
President Coolidge invited the Nats to the White House before they won the 1924 World Series and again in September 1925.

Bryce Harper scratched from Nationals’ lineup with ingrown toenail
It's the second time that Harper has dealt with the problem in his career — the other time came in 2013, when he missed a game to undergo a surgical procedure to fix such an issue.

MLB free agency: Nationals remain engaged with Jake Arrieta
At this moment, the Nationals' rotation is exceptional. However, to win a World Series, they have to find a way to improve it — and Arrieta may be that way.

Nationals reportedly 'monitoring' Jake Arrieta; here's why that rumor makes sense
Three words: Lerners. Boras. Window.

The best landing spot for for each of the top three remaining free-agent starters
"Jake Arrieta: Washington Nationals... The obvious problem is price. The Cubs committed $126 million to (Yu) Darvish, which means Arrieta will be seeking a similar payment."

Camel-related links

Nationals confront their proverbial hump — with actual camels
The Nationals have been hearing about "the hump" of the NLDS for years. Dave Martinez decided to address the elephant in the room on Wednesday morning (hump day).

Dave Martinez calls in camels to get Washington Nationals over playoff hump
In this article: Ryan Madson actually has a camel next to his house?

Dave Martinez brings camels to Nationals camp
Not one, not two, but three camels came to Nationals camp yesterday. #EmbraceTheHump

Camel story, part umpteen
In case you wanted to read the same story about camels again.

Dave Martinez orchestrates camels' appearance at Nationals Spring Training
Washington Nationals' coaches Bob Henley and Tim Bogar made a bit of a scene Wednesday when they rode into a team meeting in spring training on camels.

Dave Martinez brings camels to Nationals Spring Training
The Nats got their first taste of non-traditional managing on Wednesday. Can the camels be expensed?

Today’s Camel: Washington Camels vs Atlanta Camels — 1:05 PM
Probable Camels: A.J. Camel vs Matt Camler