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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ first base options; depth chart + more Nats links and NL East updates

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Catch up on the last 48 hours in Nationals news before GM Mike Rizzo interrupts everyone’s holiday celebrations with an inevitable signing at second or third base...

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Today’s Wire Taps collection is kind of like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree, all bare branches and one sad, dangling ornament that threatens to topple the whole thing onto its side.

But we found the links that we could to keep you all updated on the latest Nationals news.

Get caught up so you can impress your fellow Nats fan friends over the holidays with your wealth of knowledge.

Go read your links...


How the Nationals depth chart looks at this point - (MASN)
"Even if they didn’t have to cobble together a 26-man roster right now, it’s also helpful to look at the depth they have (or don’t have) at each position."

The Nationals are still sifting through the first base market - (WaPost)
"The Nationals had expressed interest in Smoak, according to a person with knowledge of his free agency, but ultimately decided that the price was too high."

Comings and Goings - (Mayflies & Big Flies)
"Wondering where some of your favorite former Senators will be playing in 2020? We’ll be updating this list throughout the off-season whenever signings, trades, and releases happen."

Was 2019 a one-time thing or the start of something even bigger? - (MASN)
"Was this a blip, a one-time success story that will never be repeated again? Was this just the first of many titles to come, the one that opened the floodgates for a sustained run of multiple championships?"


Way-too-early 2020 MLB starting rotation rankings - (ESPN)
"With the Astros losing Gerrit Cole, no one can match the power trio atop the Washington rotation."

The Starting 5: Amazon Strike, White Christmas, Washington Nationals, Impeachment and a Huge Asteroid - (Newsweek)
"Since winning the World Series almost two months ago, the team is still basking in their glory. Tonight, they'll be at a 'Christmas Eve Eve' party in D.C. to celebrate their win and will be bringing the World Series trophy with them."


It was more of the same for Vince Velasquez in 2019 - (The Good Phight)
"Velasquez wasn’t the most disappointing member of the Phillies’ rotation in 2019. That honor belongs to '#2 starter' Nick Pivetta."

Mets' Pete Alonso channels Broadway Joe Namath in fox fur vest - (New York Post)
"Pete Alonso is channeling his inner-Broadway Joe."

What should Marlins expect from ex-Dodgers Matt Kemp and Yimi García? - (Fish Stripes)
"Among their most recent acquisitions are reliever Yimi García and outfielder Matt Kemp, formerly a three-time NL All-Star for the Dodgers."

Julio Teheran thanks Braves for making him ‘pitcher I am today’ - (
"Days after signing a one-year deal with the Angels, pitcher Julio Teheran said his goodbyes to Atlanta."