It seems like Bryce Harper is moving towards a decision — so in other words, we should know by February.
Here’s the news from Nats Park:
Only four teams are seriously in on Harper or Machado. That’s a disgrace — and a mistake (The Athletic - $)
Jim Bowden, the man who drafted Bryce Harper, is shocked that nobody wants to offer Harper and Machado—free agents who have dominated perhaps before their prime—more than ten years on a contract. And apparently, the Nationals' initial offer to Bryce Harper is still the largest (north of $300 million), though the Phillies might just offer more in Vegas. But why not the Yankees Dodgers, Braves, Mets, Jays, Cubs, or even Rockies for Harper? Simple: they convinced themselves they don't need a generational talent.
Anibal Sanchez could recreate 2018 success (MLB.com)
"Perhaps [Sanchez's] 2018 was no fluke... he held hitters to an exit velocity of 83.7 mph... it is a bit of a gamble, but one Washington was comfortable taking."
District of Opinion: Would You Sign Bryce Harper? (The Athletic - $)
Okay, so imagine the Federal Baseball comments section but with different people (just like you!) who also have opinions on Bryce Harper. (Please do not abandon us for the Athletic's comment section — we have way cooler features anyway.)
One question facing each MLB club (MLB.com)
Will Joaquin Benoit be back? Except replace Benoit with Harper — and Jamal Collier thinks the Nats may be the frontrunners yet again.
'I just hope I don't fall on my face': Behind the scenes at the Nationals' Racing Presidents tryouts (NBCSW)
At the YBA last week, grown men and women put on huge presidential heads and embarrassed themselves to an incredible extent.
Nationals, Phillies push for Harper, Machado (MLB.com)
Things are "heating up" with the push for baseball's two biggest free agents in a generation, and things could be done in just a week with Machado given the White Sox not being willing to break the bank.
Orioles-Yanks, Mets-Nats start MLB's regular opening day (FOX Sports)
For the first time since 2008, the Nationals will get the season going in one of the first scheduled games of the year, a 1:05 PM start at Nationals Park on March 28th, which is kind of close, actually.
The biggest sportsbooks in D.C. could be at Capital One Arena and Nats Park (WaPo)
Betting won't start until the summer, but Nationals Park and Capital One Arena will have a preponderance of opportunities to lay down some money on sports as they serve as landlords to sportsbooks.
What to know about the Nationals’ arbitration-eligible players (WaPo)
Anthony Rendon's next contract may come this Friday, but it won't be for any longer than a year (in all likelihood) — in fact, if he and the Nationals go to arbitration, it may signal the door remains open on contract discussions. And if Rendon and Turner are due for pay raises, while Michael A. Taylor and Joe Ross may not be due all that much. The good news? They'll still have plenty of spending money after arbitration figures.