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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals add Steven Fuentes to 40-Man roster; Bringing back Kurt Suzuki + more...

A 40-man roster addition. A World Series anniversary. And more in today’s Nationals links...

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In 80 23 innings pitched between High-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg in 2019, right-hander Steven Fuentes, who made 23 appearances (11 starts), gave up just one home run, (0.11 HR/9). Fuentes spent the 2020 campaign pitching at the Alternate Training Site down in Frederickburg, VA, and the 23-year-old pitcher’s contract was selected by Washington’s Nationals on Friday, so he could be added to the 40-Man roster. He walked 22 batters (2.45 BB/9), and struck out 89 (9.93 K/9) overall on the year, and was promoted from the P-Nats to the Senators after tossing 17 innings in which he allowed just one earned run (0.53 ERA).

Congrats, Steven. The rest of you? Go read your links...


Nats add righty Steven Fuentes to 40-man roster - (MASN)
Fuentes spent the 2020 season at the alternate training site and just completed participation in fall instructional league workouts and games.

Nationals select the contract of Steven Fuentes - (Curly W Live)
“Fuentes, 23, joins the 40-man roster for the first time in his professional career. He was a member of Washington’s Alternate Training Site (Fredericksburg) during the 2020 season.”

Nationals’ World Series title put years of DC playoff anguish to rest - (NBC Sports Washington)
"It had been 95 years since a World Series title had been celebrated in the nation’s capital and 85 years since a Washington-based team had even played in one."

Is there any place for Cabrera on Nats' roster next year? - (MASN)
"The Nationals re-signed Cabrera last winter with the idea he’d again serve as a key figure off the bench who could fill in at several infield positions if the need arose."

Updates on Rutledge and Denaburg's progress from Florida - (MASN)
"The Nats and Marlins were supposed to play 12 intrasquad games but daylong rainstorms in South Florida limited them to only a handful of matchups."

Washington Nationals 2019 World Series quiz - (WaPost)
“How much do you remember about Washington’s triumph? Test your knowledge with this expert-level quiz.”


Goold: Declining options and sudden free agents, like Wong, begins flood MLB talent into frigid marketplace - (
"The Washington Nationals paid $5.75 million in total buys to decline the options for Adam Eaton, Howie Kendrick, and Anibal Sanchez – a year after they contributed to a World Series championship."

1 free agent each MLB team can re-sign - (
"[Kurt] Suzuki is wholly trusted by the Nationals’ pitching staff, most notably Max Scherzer, so his return would make sense."


Steve Cohen buys New York Mets, MLB approves deal - (CNBC)
"Steve Cohen is officially the owner of the New York Mets. Major League Baseball owners approved of Cohen’s roughly $2.4 billion purchase of the team from the Wilpon Family on Friday, the league announced."

Scouting for Philadelphia Phillies, MLB teams faces challenges due to short season - (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"How reliable are data gleaned from a 60-game season? As teams dig for creative solutions to fill their needs, often with smaller scouting staffs, the chance of making mistakes will increase."

Marlins decline Kintzler's option for 2021 - (
"Add closer to the Marlins’ offseason shopping list. The position is now up in the air because on Friday, the Marlins announced that they have declined right-hander Brandon Kintzler’s club option for 2021."

Adam Wainwright draws interest from Atlanta Braves – (The Athletic)
"Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos, as is his standard practice, declined to discuss any free-agent possibilities."