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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals celebrate World Series championship with Capitals; Nats at top of 2020 free agent rankings...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we wait to see how long the World Series celebration lasts...

Calgary Flames v Washington Capitals Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images

The celebration moved into the “Nationals on ice” stage, with Washington’s World Series champs visiting the Capitals last night, and yes, Brian Dozier did end up with his shirt off again, and ... well, you can see from pictures below that he ended up swinging a hockey stick in his ...

Well, he looked really comfortable on the ice. The celebration continues today, even as the Nationals’ front office moves on quickly to making roster decisions for 2020...

Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Nationals visit the White House - (WaPost)
"Before heading off to golf courses and warmer climates for their abbreviated offseason, the Washington Nationals will stop by the White House Monday..."

Nats go shirtless for Zamboni ride at Caps game - (MLB.com)
"But the highlight of the evening came during the second intermission, as six Nats -- Max Scherzer, Patrick Corbin, Adam Eaton, Sean Doolittle, Trea Turner and Yan Gomes -- piled onto one of the rink's Zambonis with the Commissioner's Trophy."

The Nats’ triumph and fan support show definitively that Washington is a baseball town - (WaPost)
"It’s hard to believe amid the World Series bliss, but for many years, common wisdom decreed that Washington could never be a baseball town."

The best quotes from the Nationals’ parade and rally - (WaPost)
"Sean Doolittle brought along his blue lightsaber, an item that has become ubiquitous in the team’s champagne-soaked clubhouse parties."

Nationals, group of fans each take out newspaper ad congratulating Astros - (NBC Sports Washington)
"It was an outcome that left Astros fans stunned, but the Nationals and a group of fans took ads in the Houston Chronicle on Sunday to help soften the blow."

2020 Talk + More:

No Gold Gloves for Nationals - (MASN)
"It appeared that [Victor] Robles had the best chance of winning a Gold Glove for his work in center field, leading major league center fielders with 22 Defensive Runs Saved."

Strasburg opts out; Nats decline options on Zimmerman, Gomes - (MASN)
"The Nationals have the ability to re-sign Strasburg, and both sides have expressed a strong interest to keep the relationship intact..."

Strasburg opts out, becomes free agent (source) - (MLB.com)
"While he will have plenty of suitors, he still could end up signing a new long-term contract with Washington. Sources within the organization have expressed confidence the two sides will able to work out a deal."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Offseason checklist: Nationals' needs and moves - (MLB.com)
"The Nationals won the World Series for the first time in franchise history and will quickly have to switch gears for what could be one of the most important offseasons in franchise history."

Keith Law's top 50 free agents -- Anthony Rendon, Gerrit Cole headline class - (ESPN)
"He's very clearly a $30 million-plus-per-year player right now, and should be for several more seasons thanks to his OBP skills, power and his ability to play a skill position well."

Watch Ex-Twin Brian Dozier be the MVP of Nationals' victory celebration - (StarTribune.com)
"On Saturday, during the Nationals’ World Series victory parade, he didn't disappoint. (Key quote: 'My wife's gonna kill me.')"

Top 50 MLB free agents, ranked: Anthony Rendon, Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg among top names on the market - (CBSSports.com)
"That Rendon might pursue a shorter-term deal (he joked during the playoffs that he'd prefer to not be playing ball when he's 36) makes it more likely that he nets the highest AAV of any free agent."

Windsor’s Dave Jageler helped provide the soundtrack for Nationals’ storybook championship - (Hartford Courant)
"It turned out calling baseball games, rather than playing them, was Dave Jageler’s calling in life."

100-year-old WWII veteran greeted by Nationals management at World Series parade - (WJLA)
"[World War II veteran Sidney] Walton shared a moment with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, manager Dave Martinez and the Commissioner's Trophy."

Las Vegan Erick Fedde lends hand in Nationals’ run to title - (Palmer News)
"Hoisting the trophy was the thrill of a lifetime. But it was smashing a cabbage just hours after being recalled from the minors that made him feel as if he belonged."