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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals willing to go to four years for Josh Donaldson? Nats announce 2020 minor league coaching staff

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the Nats find their Anthony Rendon replacement...

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According to the rumors last night, Josh Donaldson is getting close to making a decision and Jon Heyman wrote on Twitter that it, “... feels like mostly an NL East battle.”

“Belief is Nats are in big — likely at 4 years — but JD is expected to give Braves a last chance.”

Will Mike Rizzo and Co. in the Nationals’ front office land a third baseman who can go a long way in replacing Anthony Rendon’s production? Will they have to pivot to another solution if Donaldson signs elsewhere? Will we have an answer soon?

Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

How far are Nats willing to go to sign Donaldson? - (MASN)
"[Josh] Donaldson won’t come cheap. That has become obvious. The veteran slugger, who turned 34 last week, appears likely to get a four-year deal for something in the vicinity of $100 million."

Nationals announce 2020 MiLB coaching staff - (MLB.com)
"There will be three new managers in the Nats’ system: Mario Lisson takes over at Class A Hagerstown, Patrick Anderson moves to Class A Short Season Auburn, and Rocket Wheeler shifts to manage the Gulf Coast League Nationals."

Clutch playoff hit made Moore a Nats cult hero - (MLB.com)
"Moore is out of baseball now and hasn’t played since the 2017 season. He still keeps in touch with more than a few of his old Nats teammates, however, while spending his time near Madison, Miss."

Nationals make few changes to minor league staffs - (MASN)
"The Nationals are retaining the vast majority of their minor league coaches from this season, but several will be in new roles in 2020."

Lefty Abad reportedly signs minor league deal with Nats - (MASN)
"Abad owns a 3.67 ERA and 1.285 WHIP in 384 career major league appearances, 39 of those coming for the Nationals in 2013."

Nationals announce 2020 Minor League coaching staff - (Curly-W Live)
"The Washington Nationals announced their Minor League managers, coaches and coordinators for the 2020 season on Thursday."

MLB Rumors: Another Nationals' third base option is off the board as Maikel Franco signs with Royals - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The Nationals lost Anthony Rendon to the Angels almost a week ago to the day and have yet to find his replacement in free agency."

Fredericksburg Nationals unveil coaching staff for 2020 season - (fredericksburg.com)
"The Fredericksburg Nationals will have a familiar face at the helm to open their inaugural season."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Rosenthal: Donaldson sweepstakes update; Lindor talks reaching critical stage; Mets not too motivated on Marte – (The Athletic)
"Donaldson, 34, has multiple four-year offers, with both the Twins and Nationals believed to be at that level."

Gregarious Didi Gregorius is eager to ring the bell - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"The first thing you notice when you sit down and speak with Didi Gregorius is the smile."

Mets' Yoenis Cespedes ready to swing for fences in 2020, Eduardo Perez says - (Newsday)
"Yoenis Cespedes recently agreed to a huge pay cut to settle a contract dispute with the Mets. But the mending slugger is apparently ready to swing for the fences in 2020 to get his next contract."

Who are the Miami Marlins’ nonroster spring training invites? - (Miami Herald)
"Outfielder Matt Kemp was the news for the Miami Marlins on Wednesday. But the club did announce eight other players who will compete at spring training as non-roster invites."

Inbox: Is Ryu a potential fit for Braves? - (MLB.com)
"If the Braves weren’t interested in giving Bumgarner a fourth year, it seems highly doubtful they’d make this kind of commitment to Ryu."

The 15 Best TV Moments of 2019 - (The Atlantic)
"The World Series: The entirety of Nationals Park dances to 'Baby Shark' - Did the Nats win the World Series because of “Baby Shark”? I mean, probably not (doo-doo-doo-DOO-doo-doo), but who can say (doo-doo-doo-DOO-doo-doo), and either way (doo-doo-doo-DOO-doo-doo), what a moment (doo-doo-doo-DOO-doo-doo)."

Top 21 Prospects: Washington Nationals - (Fangraphs)
"We don’t really like Kieboom at shortstop. He’s a little heavy-footed and his hands are below average. He’s arguably better-suited for second or third base..."

Introducing The All-MLB Team For The 2010s - (Forbes)
"[Josh] Donaldson batted .273/.369/.509 with 219 home runs and 645 RBIs with the Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves."

Bowden: Five teams that missed out on big free agents, but can still pivot to save their offseasons – (The Athletic)
"Washington Nationals - Lost out on: 3B Anthony Rendon; Pivot to: Josh Donaldson or Kris Bryant."

Biggest prospect disappointments of the decade- (MLB.com)
"Nationals: A.J. Cole, RHP -- While the former fourth-round pick has enjoyed a respectable big league career, posting a 4.86 ERA with 181 strikeouts in 174 innings while primarily working as a long reliever, Cole’s overall performance has been a disappointment..."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Gregarious Didi Gregorius is eager to ring the bell - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"The first thing you notice when you sit down and speak with Didi Gregorius is the smile."

Mets' Yoenis Cespedes ready to swing for fences in 2020, Eduardo Perez says - (Newsday)
"Yoenis Cespedes recently agreed to a huge pay cut to settle a contract dispute with the Mets. But the mending slugger is apparently ready to swing for the fences in 2020 to get his next contract."

Who are the Miami Marlins’ nonroster spring training invites? - (Miami Herald)
"Outfielder Matt Kemp was the news for the Miami Marlins on Wednesday. But the club did announce eight other players who will compete at spring training as non-roster invites."

Inbox: Is Ryu a potential fit for Braves? - (MLB.com)
"If the Braves weren’t interested in giving Bumgarner a fourth year, it seems highly doubtful they’d make this kind of commitment to Ryu."