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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you get ready for what will surely be an exciting weekend. [ed. note - “We make no guarantees on excitement this weekend.”]

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Washington’s Nationals were reportedly among the teams that cut a number of minor league players on Thursday, a move, some noted, that was not unlike the releases that come, “... toward the end of Spring Training, even if baseball hadn’t been halted by the coronavirus pandemic,” as ESPN’s writer Jeff Passan noted in one of the links included below. With more cuts expected in the future, and persistent talk about the impending contraction of minor league teams, it’s getting ugly out there.

Oh, and hey, guess what. Another mock draft matched the Nats with RHP Cole Wilcox. Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

With an aging roster and DH candidates, the Nats are oddly built for an odd season - (WaPost)
"As it turns out, they oddly may be perfectly suited for the kind of season no one ever wanted or could have foreseen."

Max Scherzer viral tweet says players won't engage with MLB on more pay cuts - (Washington Times)
"The latest blow in the back and forth between Major League Baseball and its players’ association about negotiating a return to play in 2020 came in the form of a message from Washington Nationals star pitcher Max Scherzer."

Young catchers at Nats' lower levels growing up fast - (MASN)
"Current short-season Single-A Auburn manager Patrick Anderson says the Nationals need a lot of catchers at their lower levels so they can build stamina at that spot in the lineup."

Can You Really Play Baseball Without Spitting Sunflower Seeds? - (Washington City Paper)
“'Culturally, that’s just part of the game,' he says. 'You can’t wait to go outside and shoot some sunflower seeds. It’s definitely deeply ingrained. I would say it’s part of the game.'"

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Washington Nationals provide food to Southeast during pandemic - (wusa9.com)
"The pandemic has seen all sorts of groups step up to the plate to help their communities. But, no one swings a bigger bat than the Washington Nationals."

‘We do not have a voice’: With no union, minor leaguers wonder about baseball’s next step - (pennlive.com)
"Minor leaguers, like those who play for the Harrisburg Senators, are not represented in deliberations between Major League Baseball owners and the players’ association to decide whether the sport can safely return in 2020 and how it handles financial shortfalls."

Minor League Baseball cuts hundreds of players amid pandemic, sources say - (ESPN.com)
"Farm directors, front-office officials and agents said that further player cuts -- more related to the elimination of affiliates and leagues in 2021 -- could be expected in the future."

Keith Law’s 2020 MLB mock draft: First-round projection 2.0 – (The Athletic)
"22. Washington Nationals: Cole Wilcox, RHP, Georgia - A first-round talent out of high school, Wilcox has the elements the Nats tend to favor in draft prospects, including big velocity, size and a track record."

How’d Austin Bibens-Dirkx beat Max Scherzer? ABD helps relive a Rangers classic – (The Athletic)
"What happened on this day was so improbable that the entire game counts as a highlight."

Here is every team's best right-handed starter ever - (MLB.com)
"Look at the Nationals and Expos pitching leaderboards and Strasburg's name is littered everywhere."

NL EAST UPDATES:

10 definitive Mike Schmidt moments - (MLB.com)
"Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas sometimes referred to the best player in Philadelphia franchise history as Michael Jack Schmidt, as if the man’s first name or surname wasn’t enough to capture his excellence."

MLB rumors: Deal dead? Nationals’ Max Scherzer fires nuke at owners - (nj.com)
"With one message, Scherzer — one of the game’s most respected veteran voices — obliterated the owners for allegedly acting in bad faith with the tiered salary cuts proposal that the players were sure to smack down amid the coronavirus pandemic."

Which 15 Players Should The Marlins Protect In An Expansion Draft? - (MLB Trade Rumors)
" Sixto Sanchez and Jesus Sanchez will make the protected list as Baseball America Top 100 prospects with 2020 ETAs. Here’s the initial protected list of ten players..."

This Day in Braves History: Atlanta bashes 8 homers in win over Cubs - (Talking Chop)
"Our daily look back at Braves history continues for May 28 which was a big day in terms of home runs."