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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ new Triple-A affiliate; Hello, Rochester!; Winter shopping list + more Nats links...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait to see if Mike Rizzo will eat a garbage plate to fit in in Rochester...

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Rochester, NY is known as the Flower City. It’s the third-largest city in New York State, with only NYC and Buffalo bigger. It’s also apparently known as the Flour City, which is weird, a little bit, right? Rochester is also known for having some of the highest total snowfall. That shouldn’t be a problem for the boys of summer... hopefully. But those early season games might be interesting (or really just cold). Frederick Douglass lived there between 1847-72.

Also, Rochester, the home of something called a garbage plate is now the Triple-A affiliate of your Washington Nationals. Read all about the news below. Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

New Triple-A Affiliate:

Rochester Red Wings are new Class AAA affiliate for Washington Nationals - (WaPost)
“No longer part of the Washington Nationals’ minor league experience: Red-eye flights from the West Coast, lost luggage in Michigan, layovers in Utah that left one pitcher — at least one pitcher — napping in a dark room before an afternoon game.”

Source: Nats moving Triple-A affiliate to Rochester - (MASN)
"The International League’s Rochester Red Wings were affiliated with the Twins, who are reportedly moving their Triple-A operations to St. Paul, Minn., in 2021."

Rochester Red Wings become Nationals' new Triple-A affiliate - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The Red Wings should give the Nats some added convenience they didn't have with Fresno last two years."

Other Nats Stories:

The Nationals have been forgotten by baseball. Don’t expect that to last. - (WaPost)
“There are bleaker views. The experts at MLB.com are the dreariest I’ve found: They think Washington will only sign all-star reliever Brad Hand and all-star catcher James McCann.”

Should a leadoff hitter be on the Nats' shopping list? - (MASN)
"But there is one fairly important question that probably needs to be asked right now, because the answer isn’t entirely clear. Do the Nats need a new leadoff hitter?"

A look at the Nationals’ position player prospects - (WaPost)
“Scan the Washington Nationals’ prospect lists — from Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus and MLB Pipeline — and there’s an obvious trend...”

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Rochester Red Wings Become Nationals' Triple-A Affiliate - (MLB Trade Rumors)
"Shuttling players between Triple-A and the big leagues will be vastly easier for the Nats in 2021 and beyond."

Nationals Park added as DC coronavirus testing center - (TheHill)
"Washington, D.C., will add Nationals Park as a coronavirus testing site, Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) announced Wednesday."

Could the Frederick Keys become a Nationals affiliate? - (fredericknewspost.com)
"Frederick happens to be 45 miles away from the nation’s capital, about the same distance away from Charm City. This is mere speculation."

Rochester Red Wings to partner with Washington Nationals - (WHEC.com)
"The Rochester Red Wings now have a new major league parent team, please welcome: The Washington Nationals."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Baseball America puts out its Top 10 Phillies prospects - (The Good Phight)
"At first, it looks a little sparse, the lack of names that are on this list. But then you think about the team graduating Alec Bohm in 2020 and Adam Haseley in 2019 and you start to realize that they are begining to see fruits from their drafts."

Mets, Yankees set up for DJ LeMahieu war after Robinson Cano ban - (NY Post)
"Bad news for Robinson Cano is good news for DJ LeMahieu."

Miami Marlins mull plans at catcher - (Miami Herald)
"An interesting decision on allocation of playing time looms at catcher in 2021, provided arbitration-eligible Jorge Alfaro and Chad Wallach (who’s under team control for four years) are back next season."

Freddie Freeman is star Jason Heyward was projected to be – (The Athletic)
"By 2009, Heyward had ascended to No. 5 in Baseball America’s preseason Top 100 prospects list, while Freeman came in at No. 87."