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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez town hall on MLBNR today; Soto Shuffle in MLB The Show 20 + more...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait for Spring Training to start... it’s still a long way away.

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We’ll be tuning in tonight to hear Davey Martinez’s town hall conversation with Chuck Todd on Sirius/XM’s MLB Network Radio, but, as you’ll see below, some of clips from the talk are already out there as MLBNR previews the chat with the Washington NationalsWorld Series-winning manager. While you’re waiting for that to air at 5:00 PM this afternoon, get caught up on the latest Nationals news. Go read your links...


Stephen Strasburg's shutdown is the No. 17 moment in the Big Twenty - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Media members are remembered for their stance at the time. The choice remains among the most emblematic of Mike Rizzo’s tenure as the team’s general manager."

Wednesday morning Nats and Hall of Fame Q&A - (MASN)
"The Nationals have made plenty of news this winter, whether re-signing free agents off their World Series roster, adding a few strategically placed newcomers or losing one of the best players in club history."

The forgotten home run: Kurt Suzuki’s go-ahead blast in Game 2 of the World Series - (NBC Sports Washington)
"It may not be an iconic moment in Nationals history, but Suzuki’s home run brought the team one step closer to winning the World Series."

The ‘Soto Shuffle’ and a Nationals dance party make ‘MLB The Show 20’ - (WaPost)
"To the likely chagrin of baseball traditionalists who also enjoy playing video games, the 'Soto Shuffle' — Nationals outfielder Juan Soto’s flashy between-pitch routine that the slugger developed as a minor leaguer to synchronize his timing — will be featured in PlayStation’s 'MLB The Show 20.'"

Josh Donaldson says decision to sign with Twins over Braves, Nationals came down to money - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Donaldson confirmed Washington did make an offer, although he couldn’t recall how much it was."

Davey Martinez on electronic sign stealing: 'This just didn't happen overnight' - (NBC Sports Washington)
"When the Nationals faced the Houston Astros last World Series, they took extra precautions to ensure their opponents couldn’t steal their signs even if they were using illegal means to do it."

Nationals' title turned Bob Henley into a reluctant parade leader - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Bob Henley went back to Grand Bay, Alabama as he does each offseason once the games end."


Checking In On Last Season's Worst Bullpens - (MLB Trade Rumors)
"The Nationals proved last season that you can have a bottom-of-the-barrel bullpen from a statistical standpoint and still win the World Series."

Phillies take fliers on former closers Drew Storen, Bud Norris - (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"Storen, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2017. At his peak, he posted a 3.02 ERA and 95 saves for the Washington Nationals from 2010-15."


Prospects Waters, Anderson head Braves' NRIs - (
"Drew Waters and Ian Anderson will be among the prospects who come to Spring Training looking to show how close they might be to being deemed Major League-ready."

Phillies add veteran depth in bullpen, infield with a flurry of signings - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"Three weeks before the start of spring training, the Phillies were busy Wednesday finalizing minor-league contracts with three pitchers and a utility infielder."

Behind Mets' decision to hire Luis Rojas as manager - (NY Post)
"Luis Rojas has spent 13 years in the organization in various capacities, but will now have the spotlight on him like never before, as he prepares to assume the reins in the Mets dugout."

Miami Marlins choose Fanatics for merch distribution - (Miami Herald)
"As part of the deal, Fanatics will control almost every aspect of Marlins merch sales. The Marlins say this will create an easier and more consistent experience for fans across both online and brick-and-mortar stores."