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Wire Taps: Nationals shifting more; Jake Arrieta running out of time to sign; Tanner Roark changes mechanics...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before Max Scherzer takes the mound against the Cardinals this afternoon in Jupiter, FL.

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It would be nice if some news broke up the monotony. If only there was a HIGH-CALIBER, FREE-AGENT PITCHER AVAILABLE.

Here’s what’s fresh from the FITTEAM.

(22 days until Opening Day)

With more infield shifts, Nationals are following the data — and playing mind games
The team is playing around with the idea of using shifts more often, an idea that worked against Adrian Gonzalez on Sunday. Dave Martinez, Max Scherzer, and Tim Bogar like it. Brandon Kintzler and Stephen Strasburg, less so.

If anyone wants Jake Arrieta to start the season, they're running out of time
Jake Arrieta has gone essentially ignored this offseason by big-league teams. If he wants to open the season on a big-league roster, though, he has to sign pretty much by the end of the week. Is Ted Lerner already talking with Scott Boras? Or does the price tag need to come down more?

What we do and don't know about Seth Romero's dismissal
He didn't fail a drug test or get in trouble with the law. Chronic lateness, and/or curfew issues — those seem more realistic.

A.J. Cole in the mix for Nationals' rotation
A.J. Cole's Spring Training start against the Astros wasn't phenomenal. But he's sticking around, and until the Nats make another move, one can probably assume that Cole has the fifth spot locked up.

Twins, Brewers need Arrieta the most, but Nats are in the mix
"[Arrieta] might not matter much — at least until Washington encounters its nemesis, the NL Division Series."

Seth Romero gets message from Nationals: Grow up
For a hot second, it felt like Jim Bowden was running the show. Then Mike Rizzo put his foot down, and Romero got the message: grow up, or get out.

Tanner Roark is changing his mechanics
After a disappointing 2017 season, the majority of which he spent overthinking his pitching, Roark is trying to keep things simple for 2018.

Today’s Game: Nationals vs. Cardinals — 1:05 PM
Probable Pitchers: Max Scherzer vs Adam Wainwright