Juan Soto, as FBB’s Blake (I almost called him Treinen out of typing habit) Finney mathed out a few weeks back, is likely to qualify for Super Two status, so the recently-turned 22-year-old outfielder should make significantly more than the pro-rated amount of $629,400 he was to earn in 2020 before the COVID pandemic shortened the season.
Meanwhile, a report on Thursday afternoon said that cost-cutting in D.C. will lead to some in the Nationals’ front office not having their contracts renewed, which, while not surprising, is disappointing. Check it all out below.
Go read your links...
Front Office Cuts:
Nationals trim baseball operations, other staff to cut costs – (The Athletic)
"The Nationals, faced with the same cost-cutting measures that have become widespread in baseball, informed numerous employees earlier this week that their contracts would not be renewed."
Sources tell @TheAthletic the Nationals have cut ties with some pretty prominent people. Details:https://t.co/9KIplLlMXU— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) October 29, 2020
Washington Nationals make front-office cuts amid pandemic - (WaPost)
“The Washington Nationals will not renew the contracts of a handful of front-office members across multiple departments, people with knowledge of the situation said Thursday...”
Soto Super Two:
Source: Juan Soto set to become arbitration eligible, altering Nationals finances for years - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Juan Soto will soon be a multi-millionaire and the Nationals will have to foot the bill."
Source: Juan Soto will become arbitration eligible as a Super 2 player when the service time threshold is agreed to in the coming days.— Todd Dybas (@Todd_Dybas) October 29, 2020
Soto in arbitration now will be a huge influence on the Nationals' finances this year and for years to come.
Other Nats Links:
If he returns, how would Kendrick fit into Nats' 2021 plans? - (MASN)
"His primary goal entering 2020 was to stay healthy and remain productive, perhaps taking advantage of more time off by not playing every day. That proved a real challenge."
Dave Martinez earned the opportunity to reshape his coaching staff - (WaPost)
“When Dave Martinez signed a multiyear deal in late September, guaranteeing him at least the start of a fourth season with the Washington Nationals, it came with a perk...”
Nationals have plenty of pitching choices from Corey Kluber to Kevin Gausman - (NBC Sports Washington)
"So, let’s pick five less-talked about names from those who could be available to see how they might fit with the Nationals."
Can confirm @Britt_Ghiroli report that Mike Cubbage will retire at end of this month. “It’s official. I told Mike Rizzo back in September,” Cubbage told me today from his home in Virginia. Former player Cubbage said he wanted to give plenty of notice to Nats. @federalbaseball— David Driver (@DaytonVaDriver) October 29, 2020
Every team's biggest offseason need for '21 - (MLB.com)
"It’s unclear whether Stephen Strasburg will be ready for the start of Spring Training, leaving Max Scherzer and Patrick Corbin atop the rotation."
NL EAST UPDATES:
Alex Anthopoulos Interview - Sports Illustrated
"Bill Shanks interviews Atlanta Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos on the 2020 season."
If the Rays don’t value Blake Snell, the Marlins should trade for him - (Fish Stripes)
"This offseason, the Marlins should continue looking at opportunities to exchange prospects for established major leaguers."
Bill de Blasio is trying to kill Mets sale to Steve Cohen - (NY Post)
"Bill de Blasio has privately told Major League Baseball that he will do everything he can to stop Steve Cohen from buying the Mets."
As the World Series ends, J.T. Realmuto officially becomes a free agent - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"According to a person close to Realmuto, the catcher, an Oklahoma native, would like to remain in Philadelphia and is not particularly keen on playing in New York."