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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we wait to see which relievers Mike Rizzo signs and which of the remaining veteran free agent starters get invitations to Spring Training...

World Series 2019 Game 7 - Houston Astros at Washington Nationals Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images

There were a surprising number of Nationals links this morning when we looked around for the latest news, so that’s good news for everyone desperate for any kind of information on the 2019 World Series champs. Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Why Nats need to find a veteran catcher behind top tandem - (MASN)
"While [Yan] Gomes and [Kurt] Suzuki tag-teamed to solidify the Nats’ catching corps in 2019, penciling them in for the same kind of production and defense for 2020 would be asking a lot."

Nationals' top 10 moments of the 2010s decade - (NBC Sports Washington)
"For the Nationals, the 2010s started with a rebuilding team and ended with a World Series title."

Howie's heroics headline Nats' top '10s homers - (MLB.com)
"Down by a run in the seventh against the Astros, Kendrick swatted an opposite-field homer off Will Harris that clanked off the foul pole in right field and gave Washington a lead it would not relinquish en route to claiming its first championship."

Trying to make out Nationals’ lineup shows massive hole remaining - (NBC Sports Washington)
"A little offseason game which is a regular-season past time: Let's make out the lineup."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Mark Lerner, Ted Leonsis talk championship seasons for Nationals and Mystics - (Washington Business Journal)
"We reached out to Mark Lerner, the managing principal owner and vice chairman of the Nationals, and Ted Leonsis, the chairman, principal partner and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment — the entity that owns the Mystics — to share their memories of their teams’ respective championship runs."

Who Were The MLB Superstars That Defined The Last Decade? (Numbers Game) - (Baseball America)
"Max Scherzer - Since moving to the NL in 2015 at age 30, he leads all pitchers in strikeouts and wins and ranks third in ERA. Scherzer is 551 strikeouts shy of 3,000, which is a milestone that would punch his ticket to Cooperstown."

Carter Kieboom, Tim Cate form next wave for Nats - (MiLB.com)
"Here's a look at some of those players, as well as other top performers who played their way into the conversation in 2019..."

Latest On The Nationals' First Base Situation - (MLB Trade Rumors)
"With [Justin] Smoak off the board, the Nats will continue to explore left-handed hitting options for both first base and their lineup as a whole, given their overall right-handed tilt."

Remaining Needs: NL East - (MLB Trade Rumors)
"Another rotation piece (if only for camp competition) and one or more relievers (preferably including a legit setup option) also remain on the list of needs for president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo, who’s overseeing a huge amount of roster turnover while trying to recover from a (literal and figurative) championship hangover."

Decade in Sports: Titles, draft picks and the departure of the Nationals - (Florida Today)
"However, over the next decade, the Nationals became disenchanted with their spring home. An aging stadium coupled with farther travel as other teams moved away forced the Nationals to start looking elsewhere."

19 bonkers stats that defined baseball in '19 - (MLB.com)
"The 2019 season ended with the Nationals winning the franchise's first World Series championship. The craziest thing about that World Series? The road team won all seven games."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Top 5 relievers left after Phillies miss out on Dellin Betances - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"The Betances move is the one that affects the Phillies. They, too, were interested in the elite reliever who missed almost all of 2019."

MLB rumors: How Dellin Betances to Mets is good news for Yankees - (nj.com)
"The Mets got a good one, but it also means they are out of the mix for a better one. By signing Betances to a creatively-structured deal, the Mets are likely out of the running for Milwaukee Brewers lefty Josh Hader."

Top 40 Prospects: Miami Marlins | FanGraphs Baseball - (Fangraphs)
"Below is an analysis of the prospects in the farm system of the Miami Marlins. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as from our own (both Eric Longenhagen’s and Kiley McDaniel’s) observations."

Here are the Braves' top 10 home runs of 2010 - (MLB.com)
"Whether in the regular season or postseason, the Braves spent this past decade producing a number of memorable home runs. Here are the top 10..."