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Wire Taps: Year of the Washington Nationals coming to a close; Nats’ in-house infielders + more...

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Catch up on the last 48-ish hours in Nationals news while we wait for the end of the year in which the Nats actually, finally, won the World Series.

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We’re still traveling home for the holidays, but we tried to find all the Washington Nationals-related links we could for anyone who’s looking for some news or opinions on the 2019 World Series champions this morning. There wasn’t a lot out there, but there is enough to keep you busy for ... like a few minutes at least.

It’s likely going to be kind of slow through the start of the new year, though we were totally expecting Mike Rizzo and Co. in the Nationals’ front office would interrupt the holiday with another move (for a second or third baseman or some bullpen help, maybe?). Not yet.

We’ll be ready when the Nats make their next move... for now ... Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Scherzer-Strasburg relationship continues to evolve - (MASN)
"[Max] Scherzer said the additions of left-hander Patrick Corbin and right-hander Aníbal Sánchez also helped the 31-year-old [Stephen] Strasburg relax a bit."

How well is Taylor suited to be a fourth outfielder? - (MASN)
"Even if math isn’t your strong suit, it’s easy to see that Michael A. Taylor is the odd man out in the Nationals outfield."

Nationals, Capitals, Mystics titles to cap D.C.'s decade of highs (and lows) - (Washington Times)
"The last decade of sports in the nation’s capital was filled with both triumph and disappointment. With the exception of the last two years, there was more disappointment than triumph."

Jake Noll could get a shot with Nats again in 2020 - (MASN)
"Noll can play third base, second base, first base and the outfield. He is only 25, and will maintain rookie status through the 2020 season."

Scherzer, Harper among Nats' best in '10s- (MLB.com)
"The Nats ascended from also-rans into perennial postseason contenders and finally World Series champions to close out 2019."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Top 25 Baseball Stories of the Decade — No. 13: Baseball Adds a Second Wild Card - (HardballTalk)
"Setting aside the fact that the 2019 champion Washington Nationals took exactly that path to win the World Series, the seeming implication was that, while the second Wild Card has placed a premium on winning the division, it has diminished the appeal of the Wild Card."

Here are the 10 best farm systems of the decade - (MLB.com)
"Few teams have struck paydirt with three consecutive first-round picks better than Washington did with Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon."

NL EAST UPDATES:

What they're saying about the Phillies: Making sense of the current rotation, bullpen - (PhillyVoice)
"Most of the big names (except for Josh Donaldson) are off the board and the Phillies will have to explore the trade market if they intend to do any more big-time roster reshaping ahead of the 2020 season."

The risky Mets plan Brodie Van Wagenen is really counting on - (New York Post)
"It’s a group with great résumés, but can the Mets count on past performance to translate into future results?"

Lewis Brinson spends Christmas in Miami - (MLB.com)
"South Florida born and raised, Lewis Brinson has enjoyed holiday seasons that are usually sunny and bright, and through the years, included playing baseball."

What 'gifts' former Braves would give each other - (MLB.com)
"Asked what gift he would give to a former teammate during this holiday season, Tom Glavine said he would give John Smoltz a Silver Slugger Award because he always thought he was the best hitting pitcher."