The Astros locked up Alex Bregman. The Angels got Mike Trout for the rest of his career. Eloy Jimenez is set in Chicago. It all leads to the question: when will the Nationals extend Juan Soto until the 2051 season?
Here’s the news from Nationals Park:
Nationals made recent offer to Anthony Rendon, talks expected to continue (WaPo)
The Nats made their first offer to Anthony Rendon in late February, but Rendon's camp turned it down. However, it still doesn't seem like he's totally closed off to the idea.
Sean Doolittle talks everything from sliders to tweets on the latest episode of The Racing Presidents podcast - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Doolittle addresses a range of topics, some with political ramifications, some specific to his sport, others to rebut what he deems a silly media take..."
Busloads of Phillies fans are coming to Nationals Park for Bryce Harper’s return (WaPo)
For the first time since 2012, Phillies fans who apparently have little enough going on in their lives that they can take a two-day road trip during weekdays in the middle of April to mildly annoy some Nationals fans will be coming to Nationals Park (though they did make a nice donation to the Nats' YBA!).
Boring camp to date is exactly what Nationals needed (MASN)
There have been no scandals, no camels, no major injuries (knock on wood), no serious dips in performance. There is no reason to panic, which is nice for once.
Will the Nationals shift more in 2019? That depends on what you consider a shift - (WaPost)
"Tim Bogar has heard the Washington Nationals don’t shift enough and that, if you take a wide view of their defensive positioning, they are behind."
Johnny Holliday joins NBC Washington as a contributor after leaving ‘Nats Xtra’ role - (WaPost)
"Holliday, the full-time radio voice for Maryland football and men’s basketball since 1979, recently joined the NBC Washington (Channel 4) sports team as a contributor and made his debut this week."
Crowe looking strong as minor league camp rolls along (MASN)
Crowe suffered from fatigue late last season, but he remains one of the team's premier pitching prospects – and fully healthy this spring, he's ready to keep climbing the minors.
Nationals prospects at Spring Training (MLB.com)
Victor Robles is the most important prospect in camp (he can "impact the game by just being on the field"), but Carter Kieboom and Luis Garcia are close behind him. In the meantime, Scott Copeland hasn't given up a run yet, and Jeremy De La Rosa, one of the team's newest international prospects, is excelling in the outfield and at the plate.
What's left to decide as camp reaches the home stretch? - (MASN)
"The Nationals don’t have a whole lot of significant decisions still to make, but they do have to pare the roster down to 25 from its current total of 39. And, really, the biggest decisions are going to involve health."
Bryce Harper said he texted his congratulations to Mike Trout. “When I talked to him this offseason, I told him, ‘Man, I want to get as much as I can so that you can blow me out of the water pretty much.’ And he did. I’m very happy for him.”— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) March 20, 2019