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Wire Taps: Will Bryce Harper really end up in Philly? MASN TV changes + more Nationals news...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we all wait for the end of the Bryce Harper free agency show...

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Enjoy Washington Post writer Thomas Boswell’s “Boz-you-fool” prediction on where Bryce Harper is going to end up. Boz is no fool, of course. Was Harper foolish for not taking the Nationals’ rumored 10-year/$300M offer when it was made towards the end of the regular season? Will Harper really go to the land of cracked bells and cheesesteaks?

Read up on your links while you mumble to yourself that you’re, “... so tired of hearing about the stupid Harper rumors,” and say that you, “... can’t wait for the start of Spring Training.”


When will Bryce Harper and Manny Machado get their big offers? Maybe never - (WaPost)
"Now, let me make my next Boz-you-fool prediction. Harper will be funneled to Philadelphia, where I doubt that he longs to play, for less than the $300-million, 10-year offer from the Nationals that he rejected in September."

Does Sean Doolittle's fastball rise? That and much more with the Nats closer - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Lots on Sean Doolittle’s plate at this point: He’s navigating the penetrating midwest winters of Chicago; he’s starting earnest preparations for the season; he’s even working around the house in an attempt to improve his first home."

Dan Kolko, Bo Porter named hosts of "Nats Xtra" pregame, postgame shows - (MASN)
"MASN’s ‘Nats Xtra’ pregame and postgame shows will have new hosts in 2019. New, but not unfamiliar."

Nearly three months in, do we really know what's up with Bryce Harper? - (MASN)
"If we are to believe what has been put out there publicly, Harper has just about reached the point where he has to make his decision."

Soto working out with Robles in Dominican Republic - (MASN)
"Nationals outfielder Juan Soto has been working out in the Dominican Republic with teammate Victor Robles, Mariners outfielder Domingo Santana and others as he gets ready to head to Florida for spring training."

Is Bryce Harper intrigued by Nats' activity? - (
"No matter who is playing right field next season, the Nats might be the favorites in the National League East in 2019. If they add Harper, it's time to start talking about World Series aspirations again. I think this should work in the Nationals' favor."

MLB's best prospects in the past 15 years - (
"Possibly the most high-profile prospect in baseball history, Harper, the No. 1 overall pick in 2010, was No. 3 on MLB Pipeline's Top 50 the next year and one spot higher in '12..."

Whether or not Harper returns, the Nationals roster is just about complete - (NBC Sports Washington)
"By the time Mike Rizzo showed up at Nationals Winterfest on Dec. 1, he had signed the top free agent pitcher, acquired two relievers and obtained two catchers. He joked the front office is filled with impatient people."

VIDEO: Porter on his new position - (
"Bo Porter talks on Hot Stove about looking forward to being a part of the Nationals' broadcast team as an analyst..."


Fantasy baseball: J.T. Realmuto, Patrick Corbin are overvalued - (
"In 2017, Corbin relied heavily on his slider, four-seamer and two-seamer, and mixed in an occasional changeup for good measure. He was just as slider dependent last year, but flipped the usage rates of his two fastballs."

Bryce Harper Rumors: Yankees, Cubs, Dodgers, Red Sox Uninterested, Leaving No Real Bidding War - (International Business Times)
"But the Bryce Harper Sweepstakes hasn’t been the bidding war that it looked like it once would be. Only a handful of teams appear willing to make a realistic offer to the outfielder, who is aiming to sign a record-setting deal."

Baseball's new normal: An offseason in which the strategy is wait, wait, wait - (ESPN)
"The Washington Nationals spent more on one player this winter than the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays combined have guaranteed free agents."

As Dodgers drop out of market for Bryce Harper Phillies position becomes stronger - (PhillyVoice)
"According to recent reports, there are just two teams reasonably remaining in the race to sign Bryce Harper."

Six Players White Sox Fans Hope Can Make An Impact In 2019 - (Forbes)
"Last year, [Lucas] Giolito took a step back in his progress as a starter at the big-league level, as he posted a 10-13 record with a 6.13 ERA in 32 starts and 173.1 innings."

Adam Eaton 2019 Outlook: Injury History Outweighs Moderate Power and Speed - (RotoBaller)
"[Adam Eaton] has the speed to steal 20-plus bases over a full season, but the Nats may prefer he avoid running as much in order to stay healthy."