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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ extension for Stephen Strasburg; Universal DH? MLB baseball in July? + more Nats links...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we wait to hear how MLB’s call with the owners goes today...

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So, will we finally get a plan for the 2020 campaign this week? The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal wrote over the weekend that MLB is going to hold a conference call today to discuss plans for the new season, and if, “owners give their approval, the league will present its proposal to the players’ union on Tuesday.” Will we have baseball back in July? We have links now, so there’s that. Also, no universal DH, please. Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

How Kendrick's grand slam changed Nats' fortunes in 2019 playoffs - (MASN)
"I had a question last week regarding the cWPA (change in World Series win probability) as it pertained to Howie Kendrick’s grand slam in the top of the 10th inning in National League Division Series Game 5."

Which Nationals and Orioles wouldn't have been chosen in a 5-round draft? - (NBC Sports Washington)
"As a result of the shortened season and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 global pandemic, Major League Baseball has decided to shorten the 2020 MLB Draft to just five rounds."

Tales from the clubhouse: Riggleman's resignation - (MASN)
"[Jim] Riggleman, though, didn’t back down. He informed a couple of close confidants before the game he was going to resign."

MLB return: Details emerge on proposal to start season, per report - (NBC Sports Washington)
"A plan to bring baseball back would include a regionalized schedule and up to 80 games with a season starting in July, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal."

Read makes defensive adjustment behind plate to help pitcher - (MASN)
"One of their catchers with a ton of experience is Raudy Read, who played 14 games with the Nationals between 2017 and 2019. The Nats signed the 26-year-old in 2011 out of the Dominican Republic."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Trea Turner shows off his childhood 'hair game' in Mother's Day Instagram post - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The throwback photo also came with an added bonus: an inside look at Turner's hair game as a kid—hair that can only be described with the words 'flow' and 'lettuce.'"

Washington Nationals’ DJ moves to virtual performances - (WTOP)
"If you’ve been to a Washington Nationals game, you’ve most likely heard beats from Chris Stiles in the stadium."

The Extension That Kept The Future World Series MVP In D.C. - (MLB Trade Rumors)
"For the Nationals, the risk-reward calculus was apparent. The extension looked to be a discount relative to Strasburg’s overall earning potential, considering the $200MM+ guarantees secured by Max Scherzer and David Price the two prior offseasons."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Bryce Harper’s plea for a shot to play in the Olympics unlikely to be heard by MLB - (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"Bryce Harper made a passionate and patriotic plea Thursday that has no chance of coming to fruition."

Jake Marisnick gives Mets defensive upgrade they sorely need - (NY Post)
"The Mets’ search for a center field upgrade last offseason ended where so many others have in recent years — without a clear resolution."

Marlins classics: Giancarlo Stanton homers for 50th time to seal win - (Fish Stripes)
"They didn’t have quality major league pitching, they didn’t have sufficient minor league reinforcements or high-ceiling prospects, and they didn’t have support from South Florida fans."

What happened to the Braves’ lost prospects from MLB’s punishment? - (AJC.com)
"Alex Anthopoulos assumed control of the team and has remade the organization over the past two years. The team’s string of success has certainly helped distance it from that controversy."