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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals in the Winter Leagues; Nats’ offseason plans + more-ish...

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Catch up on the weekend that was in Nationals news while you wait to see what GM Mike Rizzo has up his sleeves... though he does tend to wear short sleeves.

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Yep, it’s truly that time of year now. That time where the links become more and more difficult to find since there’s no Nationals news to report. We even gave it 48 hours to collect some more, but even then what you see below is all there was as of Sunday at around 7:00-8:00 PM.

We’ll continue to try to find what we can to keep you up to date. Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Thoughts on some GMs in the news - (MASN)
"Truth be told, few recent GM hires can claim to have comparable experience and qualifications as Ng, which is telling in its own right."

Report: Phillies don’t expect to be a ‘major force’ in free agency - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The Nationals could potentially join the Phillies in standing pat, but they’re also facing a slew of roster holes after several key contributors from their World Series team hit free agency."

Hitting updates on Antuna, Wilson and Pineda - (MASN)
"Here are more capsules on a few of the Nationals’ prospects and how they did this summer at the recently wrapped up instructional league, coming from Nats hitting coordinator Troy Gingrich."

With Robles on roster, Dominican Winter League opens today - (MASN)
"Robles has joined Aguilas Cibaenas, which along with five other Dominican Winter League clubs is scheduled to open its 30-game season today."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

MLB free agency: Top 10 outfielders include George Springer, Joc Pederson and Adam Eaton - (CBSSports.com)
"It's fair to reason that Eaton's injury history may have hastened a quicker decline than expected, but he's going to get an opportunity to redeem himself with someone, likely as a most-days starter in left."

In the majors - (citizensvoice.com)
"Jim O’Neill (1893 -1976) — The youngest of the O’Neill brothers, in 1920, Jim was the starting shortstop for the Washington Senators, playing alongside his best friend, second baseman/manager Hughestown’s Bucky Harris, but an arm injury ended his MLB career after 109 games."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Dom Smith's Baseball Generations inspires South LA youth - (New York Daily News)
"Smith relied on coaches to help keep his baseball dreams afloat, shuttling him around to showcases and tournaments."

Caleb Cotham "Clear Frontrunner" To Be Next Phillies Pitching Coach - (MLB Trade Rumors)
"The Phillies are indeed hoping to finalize a deal with Cotham in the next week, hears Jon Heyman of MLB Network."

Everything to know about Marlins GM Kim Ng - (MLB.com)
"The appointment has been a long time coming for Ng, whose career in baseball began as a White Sox intern in 1990. Here’s what you need to know about the Marlins’ new GM..."

Perry Minasian leaves Braves to become Angels GM - (AJC.com)
"Braves assistant general manager Perry Minasian was hired as the Angels' new GM, the franchise announced Thursday."