Matt Adams signed with New York’s Mets on Friday, which, MASN’s Mark Zuckerman points out below, leaves two members of the Washington Nationals’ World Series roster unsigned as the start of Spring Training approaches. Meanwhile... how the Nationals will replace the production they lost when Anthony Rendon signed in LA is still a topic of discussion in the nation’s capital. Get caught up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news. Go read your links...
Only two members of World Series roster remain unsigned - (MASN)
"That leaves only two remaining members of the championship roster still seeking employment as the calendar shifts to February: Brian Dozier and Fernando Rodney."
Nationals Spring Training Preview: Bullpen aims to become a strength - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Washington will now go into 2020 hoping for a different outcome after signing Will Harris and bringing back trade deadline acquisition Daniel Hudson on multi-year deals."
Inbox: How will Nats replace Rendon's bat? - (MLB.com)
"How are the Nats going to replace Anthony Rendon’s production?
"There isn’t a plug-and-play solution to substitute one player’s production for another, but this season will be a huge opportunity for Juan Soto to step into an even bigger role."
World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg threw his changeup more frequently in 2019 than he had in any previous season, and for good reason.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) February 1, 2020
Here are all 97 Stephen Strasburg changeup strikeouts in 2019. pic.twitter.com/j3QYcSqAlf
Each team's best defender, surprises included - (MLB.com)
"No one in baseball produced more outs above average than [Victor] Robles in his first full Major League season. He's going to be making incredible plays in center field for the defending champions for years to come."
5 big questions facing each NL East club - (MLB.com)
"No team is better after it loses a star the caliber of Anthony Rendon, but you have to give the Nationals credit for one thing: They definitely have plenty of bodies to throw at the position."
MLBTR Poll: NL East Favorite - (MLB Trade Rumors)
"Although the Nationals just won it all, they did so by getting into the playoffs by way of a wild-card berth, not an NL East title."
Patrick Corbin Accepts Warren Spahn Award in OKC - (KFOR.com)
"Washington Nationals pitcher Patrick Corbin was officially presented the Warren Spahn Award on Friday night in Oklahoma City."
For Nationals pitcher Patrick Corbin's father-in-law, the Warren Spahn Award ceremony a 'pretty special' homecoming- (The Oklahoman)
"Patrick [Corbin] accomplished a lot last season. After signing a big free-agent contract with the Nationals, he became a key part of the World Series run with a dominant regular season that featured 238 strikeouts."
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4 factors affecting Phils' blockbuster pursuit - (MLB.com)
"Imagine how the Phillies’ 2020 prospects would improve with Bryant or Arenado at third base or Betts in center field?"
Marlins Inbox: Opening Day lineup prediction - (MLB.com)
"The latest Marlins Inbox explores what Miami’s Opening Day lineup may look like and breaks down which prospects could make an impact in 2020."
Inbox: More moves from Braves by opener? - (MLB.com)
"While the Braves will continue to be linked to rumors about Kris Bryant and Nolan Arenado, you should prepare yourself for Johan Camargo to be the starting third baseman on Opening Day."
Former Nationals 1B Matt Adams signs minor league deal with Mets - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The Mets announced the signing of former Nationals first baseman Matt Adams to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training on Friday."