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Wire Taps: Bryce Harper leading off?; Erick Fedde optioned; Adam Eaton has learned lesson...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we wait for the start of tonight’s 7:05 PM game against the Marlins (on in Jupiter, FL, and 6:05 game against the Astros (on MASN) in West Palm Beach.

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With fewer than six days until Opening Day, the roster seems to be coming into position — the only real questions lie in the bullpen, and in the debate regarding if the Nationals should carry Miguel Montero or Pedro Severino as their backup catcher.

While we wait for those burning questions to be answered, here are the links from lower Florida.

(6 days.)

Martinez: Harper could hit leadoff
Dave Martinez has suggested that Bryce Harper hitting leadoff is not entirely out of the question, and that the team may play with it by season's end.

Adam Eaton says ACL tear will aid longevity
Before, Eaton played with no regard for his health, 100 MPH with his hair on fire. Now, having experienced a devastating injury, he's willing to conserve some energy, save some sprints, and maybe play 90 MPH with his hair lightly smoking.

Barring the unexpected, outfielder Brian Goodwin will make the Nationals’ Opening Day roster
Brian Goodwin wants to play every day — but he'll settle for the bench in Washington, instead of yet another year stuck in Syracuse.

An Exploration of the Nationals’ 2018 Uniforms
The Nats Blog returns from a long hiatus with a uniform explainer, which is extra fun this year because of All-Star patches.

After ‘really good spring training,’ Nationals option Erick Fedde to minor league camp
Erick Fedde is the Nats' best pitching prospect who could make the most Major League impact — but the team isn't convinced yet that he's ready to thrive in the majors.

Nationals cut ties with chef Mike Isabella due to sexual harassment allegations
Isabella, who had three concession outlets at Nats Park, including "G" Sandwich, Catchfly, and Kapnos at the Park, will no longer have his food at the ballpark — meaning the Nats need to figure out replacements in, say... one week?

Preseason Power Rankings of the "Superteams"
Apparently, the Nats are the second best team in baseball, but then again, most things don't really make sense.

Top 10 most-dominant Washington athletes of last 20 years
Loverro doesn't actually rank players past numbers one, two, and three (Ovechkin, Ledecky, Scherzer) — but we do get to debate Arenas vs Wall, Cousins vs RGIII, and Harper versus... himself.

Today’s Games: SPLIT SQUAD

  • Nationals vs Marlins — 7:05 PM - Jeremy Hellickson vs Caleb Smith
  • Astros vs Nationals — 6:05 PM - Gerrit Cole vs A.J. Cole