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Wire Taps: Three Nationals’ prospects on Baseball America’s Top 100; Nats’ remaining needs in bullpen + more...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before Mike Rizzo makes the next move that surprises us all and makes a lot of sense in hindsight...

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Washington’s Nationals have three position players (two infielders and an outfielder) on the 2019 edition of Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects list, but no pitchers from the system made the list.

Will the likes of 2018 1st Round pick Mason Denaburg, Wil Crowe, Seth Romero (who will be rehabbing from Tommy John this season), or Tim Cate, who are the top pitching prospects in the organization on most prospect lists, have strong enough 2019 seasons to land in the BA Top 100 next time around?

While you ponder that question, catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news...

NATS BEAT:

Three position players (zero pitchers) make top 100 prospects list - (MASN)
"The Nationals are well-positioned to fill long-term holes in the outfield and infield from within their own farm system. Top pitching prospects? Not so much, at least according to Baseball America."

A look at the Nationals' lefty relievers - (MLB.com)
"Adding [Vidal] Nuno was a start, but perhaps Washington could still do more. According to an estimation by Cot's Baseball Contacts, the Nationals are about $11 million below the competitive balance tax threshold of $206 million for 2019."

MLB's Top 10 outfield prospects for 2019 - (MLB.com)
"[Victor] Robles' sprint speed of 29.3 feet per second was second among Nats big leaguers last season, per Statcast™, and trailed only Trea Turner (30.1)."

James Bourque settling into workhorse role out of bullpen for Nats - (MASN)
"The high Single-A Potomac Nationals made it all the way to the Mills Cup Final with a complete team in 2018. A big part of their success came courtesy of the potent and out-eating bullpen."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Phillies need Bryce Harper or Manny Machado to keep up in a loaded NL East (Philly.com)
"None of this is meant to suggest that the wait for Machado and Harper to make up their minds isn’t maddening or that the paucity of teams interested in a pair of 26-year-olds with Hall of Fame talent isn’t confounding."

'Grapefruit League' baseball about to heat up the Sunshine State - (Travel Weekly)
"The Nats have left the Space Coast and will join their fellow Texans, the Houston Astros, at FitTeam Ball Park next month. Fittingly, the two clubs will square off in their first spring training game on Feb. 23."

Baseball's offseason is heating up players' concerns over teams' spending - (Crain's Cleveland Business)
"Harper and Machado will still get massive deals, but the respective totals likely won't match the expectations."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Which team will Roy Halladay represent in the Hall of Fame? The decision was easy for his family - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"It would be completely understandable — even in Philadelphia, where Halladay spent four memorable seasons — if he were to go into the baseball Hall of Fame with a Blue Jays cap..."

Mets' Travis d'Arnaud thinks this is finally year he stays on field - (New York Post)
"Now that the Mets have signed free-agent catcher Wilson Ramos, their world does not rely on d’Arnaud staying healthy."

Former Marlins standout Juan Pierre returning to Miami as minor league outfield coordinator - (Sun Sentinel)
"The leadoff hitter for the 2003 World Series team and a fan favorite throughout his time in South Florida, Juan Pierre is officially re-joining the Marlins organization."

Braves' quiet offseason on pitching front could create opportunity for young arms, injury returnees - (FOX Sports)
"The front office is not ruling out making pitching additions — at the desired price, either in prospects or money, similar to the team-friendly signings of Josh Donaldson, Nick Markakis and Brian McCann — but it does not see the need to overextend itself..."