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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ minor league affiliate shuffle; Nats rumors + anything else we could find...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait to see where Mike Rizzo and Co. in the D.C. front office will be sending their prospects in 2021 and beyond...

Stephen Strasburg makes his fourth rehab start as the Hagerstown Suns take on the Hickory Crawdads...

Rumors of interest in a free agent infielder or a hot corner Cub? Major minor league news? Did you miss the latest Nationals news over the weekend? We got you. Catch up on all the latest news from the nation’s capital and start your morning right so you don’t get caught looking like a Daydream Johnny at the Zoom equivalent of the old water cooler, if there is such a thing. Whatever. Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Report: Nats in Rochester on 10-year deal, but Richmond still in play - (MASN)
"But now the Nationals have agreed to move to Rochester, N.Y., for what is reported to be a long-term affiliation."

Nationals reportedly interested in trading for Cubs 3B Kris Bryant - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The Nationals are once again at the center of trade rumors surrounding star Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant."

How many numbers will be retired from this Nationals era? - (MASN)
"But here’s something the Nationals have yet to do during their 16 seasons in town: Retire somebody’s number."

Kris Bryant to the Washington Nationals? - (The Nats Report)
"MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reported that the Washington Nationals are interested in trading for the Chicago Cubs All-Star and Rookie of the Year third baseman: Kris Bryant."

Nats reportedly interested in Kris Bryant and DJ LeMahieu - (MASN)
"In back-to-back tweets Friday, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported the Nats are interested in trading for All-Star third baseman Kris Bryant and finding a way to sign touted free agent infielder DJ LeMahieu."

NATS MINORS:

Nationals end affiliation with Suns - (heraldmailmedia.com)
"The Single-A minor league baseball team announced it is no longer affiliated with the Washington Nationals in a recent email sent to the franchise’s season ticket holders."

Why MLB proposal demotes Fresno Grizzlies baseball to Low A - (The Fresno Bee)
"Fresno’s eminence as a Triple-A city, a distinction it has held for the last 23 years, is in serious peril. And not through any fault of our own, which makes the impending demotion all the more frustrating."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Report: Nationals Considering LeMahieu, Bryant - (MLB Trade Rumors)
"While it can be assumed that the Nats are looking at both big names and smaller names, the fact that they’re open to adding higher-salaried players such as LeMahieu and Bryant gives us some hints about the team’s spending capability this offseason."

Ozuna's likeliest landing spots, ranked - (MLB.com)
"Nationals: This would probably require the NL having the DH, but Ozuna would sure look great hitting behind Trea Turner and Soto."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Is there anything more appealing about Phillies' front office job than Mets'? - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"Is there anything more appealing about the Phillies' vacant front office leadership position than the Mets'?"

Mets can use Cano money to pursue Realmuto, Springer, Bauer - (New York Daily News)
"Not long after Cano’s 162-game suspension became public, Cohen said in a tweet he planned to use that $20 million and 'spend it on the players.'"

Marlins add Devers, Encarnación to 40-man - (MLB.com)
"Two promising Marlins prospects -- shortstop José Devers and outfielder Jerar Encarnación -- were added to the club’s 40-man roster at Friday's deadline to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 10."

Ace switching places? A big trade is possible - (MLB.com)
"Atlanta has a talented rotation, but not one with a great deal of reliability outside of ace Max Fried."