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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ options at first & third; Stephen Strasburg dancing + more Nats links..

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we wait for Mike Rizzo to make his next big move...

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While you were recovering from your New Year’s celebration we were (watching the new Star Wars movie) searching the interwebs for the latest Nationals news.

We collected the latest news and links we could find so that you can start 2020 right with all the links that were fit to link. Go read your links...


Gerardo Parra graces internet with never-before-seen video of Stephen Strasburg dancing - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Gerardo Parra changed everything Tuesday when he posted a video on his Instagram story of Strasburg doing an entire routine with Aníbal Sánchez in the clubhouse."

Free agent choices for lefty bat at first base - (MASN)
"Here is a look at some of the left-handed hitting first base possibilities for the Nationals on the free agent market, besides the potential of bringing back Matt Adams."

After Josh Donaldson, Nationals’ options at third base are limited - (WaPost)
"The Nationals are competing for Donaldson with the Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers, and it’s expected the 34-year-old will secure a deal of about four years and $100 million."

The Nats closed out this decade with a title. What's coming in the next one? - (NBC Sports Washington)
"From league-owned wobbling team to a new home park to annual contender to a breakthrough, the Nationals have evolved in stages."

After World Series, what's next for Nats in '20? - (
"If there was any downside to how November 2019 unfolded for the Nationals, it’s that the organization is left with the shortest offseason in its history."


Bowden: Month-by-month bold predictions for 2020 – (The Athletic)
"March 2020 - Cubs announce a contract extension with shortstop Javier Báez for seven years/$164 million — then, a few days later, trade third baseman Kris Bryant to the Washington Nationals in exchange for infielder Carter Kieboom, right-handed pitcher Jackson Rutledge and left-handed pitcher Tim Cate."

Top 25 Baseball Stories of the Decade — No. 13: Baseball adds a second wild card - (Yahoo!Sports)
"The first time anyone survived a Wild Card Game to make it to the World Series was 2014, when both the Giants and Royals made it through the rest of the postseason to play in the Fall Classic. The only other team to do that were the 2019 Nationals, who also just won it all after winning the one-game playoff."


Sterling Sharp Looks Forward To Sunnier 2020 - (Baseball America)
"From those humble beginnings, [Sterling] Sharp is now on the verge of potentially making his major league debut this spring with the Marlins, where he would enjoy considerably more sunshine."

10 Worst Phillies Moments of the Decade - (Sports Talk Philly)
10. Phillies Sign Jonathan Papelbon to a Four-Year, $50 million contract- The performance in terms of baseball was not the problem with this deal. Papelbon became the game's top-paid closer in baseball history at the time (Mariano Rivera would soon pick up that distinction). Papelbon never seemed to connect with the fans."

The injury-plagued Yankees and Mets who could be 2020 difference-makers - (NYPost)
"Dellin Betances serves as a symbol of New York baseball, and not just for going from the Yankees to the Mets this off-season. He represents high-end talent that hardly played in 2019."

Plenty Of Questions For Atlanta Teams Headed Into 2020 - (Forbes)
"For the Braves, there better not be the urge to move Ronald Acuna back to fourth in the lineup to fill the cleanup hole."


Remembering Don Larsen, a Yankees’ World Series legend who died at 90 on New Year’s Day - (
"Don Larsen, who threw the first and still only postseason perfect game in baseball history during the 1956 World Series, never lost his determination to complete a task."