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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Rumors - Anthony Rendon & Stephen Strasburg meeting other teams; Mike Rizzo = BA’s Executive of the Year...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we wait to see what BA’s Executive of the Year does next...

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Mike Rizzo is Baseball America’s Executive of the Year for 2019. Rizzo’s coming off a World Series title. Rizzo is trying to build the roster for 2020 while tracking the free agent market for both Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg. Rizzo should probably get an extension, but we’re like totally objective reporters with a disdain for opinion-y opinions, so we’re just passively watching this all... Go read your links:

NATS BEAT:

Nats 1B Ryan Zimmerman plans to be back with champs _ or retired - (Washington Times)
"Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman figures he’ll either find himself back with the World Series champions next season - or out of baseball."

What to make of other clubs' pursuits of Rendon and Strasburg - (MASN)
"As much as everyone in Washington wants to believe Strasburg and Rendon prefer to return to the only franchise they’ve ever played for, you just don’t become a free agent and not see what the market has to offer."

These former prospects are breakout candidates - (MLB.com)
"Yes, Carter Kieboom went just 5-for-39 over his first 11 games in the big leagues, but it’s a bit too reactionary to ding a guy for that small of a sample size."

2019 MLB Executive Of The Year: Mike Rizzo - (Baseball America)
"I don’t think he ever stops evaluating. He just has a real eye for talent. In my opinion, he’s the best talent evaluator I’ve ever been around.” - Kris Kline on Mike Rizzo:

Nationals' free agency taking shape as Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon meet other teams - (Washington Times)
"On the red carpet for the premiere of the Washington Nationals’ World Series documentary Monday, Mike Rizzo was in no mood to discuss business."

MLB Rumors: When Mike Rizzo reportedly wants a decision from Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon - (NBC Sports Washington)
"This might be tricky since Rendon and Strasburg's agent is Scott Boras, who's notorious for long negotiations to get his client's the most money he can."

As celebrations wrap up, time for Nats to get back to work - (MASN)
"They gathered Monday evening at The Anthem along the Southwest Waterfront, Mark Lerner and Mike Rizzo and Ryan Zimmerman and several thousand Nationals fans..."

Rizzo is BA’s Exec of the Year:

Rizzo is Baseball America's top exec of 2019 - (MLB.com)
"Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo has been named 2019 Executive of the Year by Baseball America, the first time he has won the award."

Rizzo named Baseball America Executive of the Year - (MASN)
"The 2019 campaign was Rizzo’s 11th as head of baseball operations with the Nats and 14th overall with the organization. He has 36 seasons of professional baseball experience."

LOCAL BEAT:

Nationals Truck Day marks the beginning of 2020 preparations - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The Nationals have begun to send supplies to Florida in preparation for Spring Training."

Washington Nationals GM gets top honors after World Series win - (WTOP)
"Before the 2019 season, Rizzo signed many key players to the roster that led to the Commissioner’s Trophy."

Stephen Strasburg sweepstakes heating up - (106.7 The Fan)
"Strasburg, who took home the World Series MVP honors this season, met with the Los Angeles Dodgers last week, according to 106.7 The Fan's Chris Russell."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

One blockbuster move for all 30 MLB teams - (ESPN)
"Sure, the Angels are the favorite to land [Gerrit] Cole, but we just put [Anthony] Rendon on the Rangers and [Stephen] Strasburg on the Padres and the Nationals don't want to be the team without a date to the prom."

These former prospects are breakout candidates - (MLB.com)
"Yes, Carter Kieboom went just 5-for-39 over his first 11 games in the big leagues, but it’s a bit too reactionary to ding a guy for that small of a sample size."

2019 MLB Executive Of The Year: Mike Rizzo - (Baseball America)
"I don’t think he ever stops evaluating. He just has a real eye for talent. In my opinion, he’s the best talent evaluator I’ve ever been around.” - Kris Kline on Mike Rizzo: