There weren’t many Nationals-related posts out there from the weekend that didn’t have a decidedly political bent since everyone wrote about Washington’s offer to have president-elect Joe Biden throw out the first pitch this coming season, assuming fans are back in the stands in 2021. We collected the stories we could find (not many as noted) and added the usual NL East updates, but it’s that time of year again, where links aren’t always plentiful... soooo we just do what we can. Go read your links...
Steven Fuentes is the kind of innings-eater Nats covet - (MASN)
"A tip of the cap to Nationals scout Miguel Ruiz from Panama, who found and signed Steven Fuentes."
#Nats news: Drew Mendoza was one of few infielders at the alternate site in Va. and instructs in Florida. "We were more performance-based in Fredericksburg," he told @federalbaseball today. Drafted in 2019, he hopes for normal 2021. "That is what we all want," he said.— David Driver (@DaytonVaDriver) November 6, 2020
Are Nats only in market for lefty reliever or perhaps more? - (MASN)
"The Nationals are in the market for bullpen help this winter. Just like every winter. Guess you have to admire their consistency, right?"
Predicting every team's Opening Day roster - (MLB.com)
"After winning the World Series in 2019, little went right for the Nationals last season, but Juan Soto, Trea Turner, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin represent a strong foundation heading into ’21."
The Tigers have made more coaching hires, sources tell me and @Britt_Ghiroli.— Cody Stavenhagen (@CodyStavenhagen) November 7, 2020
George Lombard will be A.J. Hinch's bench coach.
Scott Coolbaugh as hitting coach.
Chip Hale as third base coach.
NL EAST UPDATES:
Is this the winter the Phillies finally add lefty Mike Minor to their pitching staff? - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"Minor’s name came up as a potential Phillies’ trade target often the last couple of seasons. He’s left-handed and the Phillies are short on lefty starters."
Mets' front-office search is starting to heat up - (NY Post)
"Sandy Alderson’s return to the Mets as team president officially began Friday, but he also had a six-week head start to formulate plans for a new front office."
How might Marlins' Opening Day roster look? - (MLB.com)
“'The Braves let us know where we're at,' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. 'We're not with those guys at this point.'"
Why The Wainwright-Molina Battery Would Work Well For The Atlanta Braves - (Forbes)
"Without breaking the bank, the Braves could add Wainwright, whom they once signed and traded away, and Molina."