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Wire Taps: Winter Storm Harper anticipation; Will Bryce Harper end up in D.C. or Philly or somewhere else?

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait for the snow to arrive or Bryce Harper to sign...

Heavy Snow Blankets Washington DC Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images

Winter Storm Harper is on its way across the United States with an eye on the East Coast, and folks are desperately trying to find a connection between the approaching snow and the free agent frenzy over Bryce Harper, some successfully, others less so.

Bryce is still in Vegas entertaining offers as he tries to decide on a home for 2019 and beyond.

Winter Storm Harper is currently in the Ohio River Valley area working its way across the country.

Will Bryce sign with an East Coast team this week? Will Winter Storm Bryce blanket the East Coast with snow? This is so exciting/boring we don’t think we can handle the anticipation...

Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Philadelphia and DC are both likely to get a dose of Harper - the winter storm - this weekend - (NBC Sports Washington)
"For the second time in less than two weeks, parts of the Midwest and the Northeast is set to get hit with a major winter storm - which thanks to someone with a great sense of humor or baseball knowledge or just pure coincidence - is named Winter Storm Harper."

Better, worse or the same in 2019: Position players - (MASN)
"So the real question that must be asked is this: Are the 2019 Nationals going to be better than the 2018 Nationals? There are all kinds of factors that can change the answer to this question."

Michael A. Taylor played winter ball to work on his hitting. Here's why the Nats are hoping it makes a difference - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Reworking Taylor’s swing began when his appearances on the field all but stopped. Juan Soto’s emergence paired with Adam Eaton’s healthy return to jettison Taylor to the bench."

Success of Nats' winter still depends on rivals' remaining moves - (MASN)
"Have the Nationals had a good offseason? It’s easy to look at the eight major leaguers they’ve acquired since the 2018 season ended and declare they’ve enjoyed a successful winter."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Harper And Machado Sweepstakes: A Look Back At 10 Long-Term Free Agent Contracts - (Forbes)
"Harper and Machado are somewhat unique in that they've reached free agency at the relatively young age of 26, making the prospect of a decade-long commitment a little less daunting than it may be with a slightly older player."

DONNIE JOHNSTON: There's plenty to like, and dislike, on TV these days - (fredericksburg.com)
"For those who are not baseball fans, this former major- leaguer is the analyst for the Washington Nationals. Santangelo was not a bad player but he drives me crazy when doing the Nats’ games."

Derek Carr, Relief Pitcher? Fresno Grizzlies Tease Offer on Twitter - (NBC Bay Area)
"After an exchange with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies on Twitter on Wednesday night, the Fresno State alum could be in line to come out of the bullpen for the Washington Nationals affiliate."

Blue Jays 'Contemplating' Bryce Harper Move, Cubs End Interest - (International Business Times)
"The Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals have been the other big players in the Harper sweepstakes, while the Los Angeles Dodgers have also been mentioned more than once."

Bryce Harper hitting between Bo and Vlad Jr.? Kids make Jays a solid long-term play - (Sporting News)
"Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins was about to wrap up a radio interview in Toronto this week when Bryce Harper's name came up. Harper, as you may know, remains unsigned."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Phillies want Bryce Harper now, Mike Trout later - (SI.com)
"According to a baseball source with direct knowledge of their shopping plans, the Phillies have enough spending money to sign both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, but would like to sign just one of them to leave room in the budget in case Trout reaches free agency in two years."

Mets officials aren't sure of Yoenis Cespedes' future - (NY Daily News)
"Do not expect any updates on Yoenis Cespedes. The Mets slugger, who is entering the third year of a four-year deal, is not expected to return from double-heel surgery until at least July."

Face of the Franchise: Billy the Marlin mascot through the years - (Fish Stripes)
The one stable 'face of the franchise' since 1993? Billy the Marlin."

Why the Braves may be hamstrung; more Brewers movement?; perspective on DJ LeMahieu signing – (The Athletic)
"Outfielder A.J. Pollock, in particular, is of interest to the Braves, and the team likely would jump on him at a dollar figure it deemed acceptable."