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Wire Taps: Mike Rizzo extension must happen soon; Michael A. Taylor, Adam Eaton on track; Jeremy Hellickson vs. A.J. Cole...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the Nats and Marlins meet in Grapefruit League action this afternoon...

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There are ten days until Opening Day. It feels like the Nats should have made some more cuts by now, but who knows, right?

Here’s the beat from the Beach.

(Ten days.)

Mike Rizzo, still waiting on a well-earned extension, will start wondering soon
Mike Rizzo is the best general manager in Washington, D.C., without question. Mike Rizzo has given everything to the Nationals and to D.C. What in the name of all that is holy is preventing the Lerners from extending him?

Top prospects still hanging on in big league Spring Training camp
Victor Robles: "Robles' raw skills have impressed in camp, but they only translated to a .205 average and .234 OBP through Saturday."

This could be Bryce Harper's best season since 2015
The last time Bryce Harper was considered the best player in baseball, the Mets and Royals faced off in the World Series the following October. But with the pressure on, his health in tact, his maturity developed, and his age still young, it's very possible this year is *the* year.

Nats' Michael A. Taylor, Adam Eaton on track for Opening Day
Neither Taylor nor Eaton had any problems in their first games back from injury on Saturday (Taylor returned from some side tightness, Eaton from a torn ACL last April). Both have also been racking up at-bats on the back fields for a while as well.

A.J. Cole has been chasing a Nationals’ rotation spot for years. Could Jeremy Hellickson steal it?
A.J. Cole has been on the cusp since 2015 — and just when it looked like he had finally broken through, the Nats signed his first true competition.

A.J. Cole strikes out 6, eyes 5th-starter spot
A.J. Cole is making a very strong case for the Nationals to keep Jeremy Helickson as the next man up and to give him the roster spot he's been gunning for since 2014.

Bryan Harper, Drew Ward both moving towards big league success
Ward did very well in Potomac — but struggled in Harrisburg in 2017. Inside the Nats’ organization, there is some belief that Ward — and brother to Bryce, Bryan Harper — can make it to the bigs.