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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals won World Series in 2019; Mike Rizzo contract status + more Nats links...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the 2020 campaign officially gets underway...

2019 World Series Game 7 - Washington Nationals v. Houston Astros Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Last year, on New Year’s Day, we wrote the following in our link collection:

“Here’s hoping you all had a nice New Year’s celebration. While you’re recovering from a late night (and whatever else you were doing) get caught up on the latest news on the first day of 2019, which will definitely, likely, almost assuredly, be the year the Washington Nationals finally bring a World Series championship to D.C. (for the first time since 1924). Happy New Year!”

Now, we’re not saying we made it happen with those words, but we kind of made it happen with those words. You’re welcome. Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

When do the Nationals address GM Mike Rizzo's contract status? - (MASN)
"Rizzo’s two-year extension, signed in April 2018, runs through the 2020 campaign. The terms of the deal were never made public, but Baseball Prospectus reported it was an $8 million pact."

After World Series, what's next for Nats in '20? - (MLB.com)
"Reports are that [Josh] Donaldson has multiple four-year offers to choose from, and if the one he selects is the Nats’, then this question smooths out pretty nicely. If not, Plan B needs to kick into effect."

5 relievers the Nationals could still target in free agency - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Washington’s relief corps posted the second-worst ERA in the majors last season (5.68) and led the National League in blown saves with 29."

What we learned about the Nationals in the past decade - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The Lerner family transitioned during the decade. Mark Lerner moved into the public sphere as the managing principal owner while patriarch Ted moved back."

SNYDER: Peace, blessings and a decade of columns - (Washington Times)
"The Nationals were coming off a 93-loss season in Jim Riggleman’s lone full season as manager. The Capitals were in the midst of winning their fourth consecutive division title without advancing to the conference finals."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Best of Short Relief 2019: Champions - (Baseball Prospectus)
"Which brings me to Sean Doolittle. Everybody loves Sean Doolittle. Everybody."

10 historic performances from 2019 - (MLB.com)
"They had started 19-31, but they managed to make the postseason. But as the month wore on, we’d see that was just the beginning of the team’s clutch nature."

Stark: Strange But True Feats of the Year, 2019 Edition – (The Athletic)
"Didn’t it figure that this would be the year the Washington Nationals won the World Series?"

Palm Beach County’s Top 10 (and more) stories of 2019 - (The Palm Beach Post)
"The two teams that share a spring training complex in West Palm, the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, both made it to the World Series. What are the odds?"

NL EAST UPDATES:

What awaits Phils in '20? Key dates and info - (MLB.com)
"1. Are the Phillies really finished making significant roster moves? - It sounds that way. The Phillies are only a few million dollars under the $208 million Competitive Balance Tax threshold."

Trade Candidate: Dominic Smith - (MLB Trade Rumors)
"It appeared entering the season that Smith was teetering on the brink of irrelevance, even though he wasn’t far removed from his days as a touted prospect."

New year marks next step in Marlins' rebuild - (MLB.com)
"Coming off a 57-105 campaign in 2019, there is clearly work to be done for Miami to become a contender. But the future is looking brighter..."

What awaits Braves in '20? Key dates and info - (MLB.com)
"Josh Donaldson remains the primary target. But the division-rival Nationals are also showing strong interest, and it remains to be seen whether the Braves will be willing to offer the fourth guaranteed year that might be necessary to secure the 2015 American League MVP Award winner."