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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ players to watch in 2020 acc to FiveThirtyEight; MLB 2020 Draft set for June 10-11

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news and enjoy your weekend... while still social distancing and frequently washing your hands...

Ballparks Remain Empty On What Would Have Been Baseball’s Opening Day Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

MLB will hold a five-round draft on June 10-11. After that, major leagues can sign as many of the eligible (undrafted) players as they like (but for no more than $20,000). Hold on to your butts. Mike Rizzo and Co. in the Nationals’ front office think they’re well-prepared. Are you? Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

FredNats manager Keister excited and hopeful for 2020 season - (MASN)
"I got the chance to catch up with high Single-A Fredericksburg Nationals manager Tripp Keister recently and he broke down thoughts on the coronavirus shutdown..."

Nationals mailbag: How would the Nationals do in a restructured east division? - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Hello and welcome to another Nationals mailbag as we wait for baseball to hopefully be played in 2020."

Relive Nats' Game 1 World Series win Saturday - (MLB.com)
"Catch Game 1 of the 2019 World Series between the Nationals and the Astros on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on MLB’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels."

Nats’ Adam Eaton has another bone to pick with Topps over one of his baseball cards - (WaPost)
"Eaton, who is listed at 5-foot-9 and 176 pounds, posted this week on Instagram, along with a photo of his card from the 2019 Topps Living set. 'But seriously @topps you made me gain literally 50lbs … ?'"

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Nationals more likely to get back to World Series than Astros — Frank Thomas - (FOX Sports)
"Thanks in part to their extra time off this off-season, the Nationals are more likely to return to the World Series than the Astros according to Frank Thomas."

Baseball Schedule Freeze Catches Veteran Free Agents In Twilight Zone - (Forbes)
"[Fernando] Rodney, who made three World Series appearances for the winning Washington Nationals last October, would be the oldest man in the majors if he finds someone willing to sign him."

When MLB’s Season Finally Starts, These Are The Guys We Can’t Wait To Watch - (FiveThirtyEight)
"And, of course, there are the defending-champion Washington Nationals, who are poised to thrive again on veteran pitching (Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer) and the rising star power of 21-year-old left fielder Juan Soto."

Stevenson Spending Time With Family While He Waits - (KATC3)
"Andrew Stevenson is looking at the bright side - he's getting more time with his family."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez end their quest to buy the Mets - (NY Post)
"According to multiple sources, Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are no longer interested in buying the Mets."

Phillies pledge no staff reductions for full-time employees through October - (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"Regardless of how many games are played this year at Citizens Bank Park or whether fans are allowed to attend any of them, the Phillies won't reduce their full-time staff through the end of October."

1997 Marlins World Series team reuniting for virtual chat - (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
"Are you feeling nostalgic for Marlins baseball? Well, at least from one of the good years?"

It's the 25th anniversary of Chipper's 1st homer - (MLB.com)
"But Jones’ first long ball was historic, and like so many of the other homers collected during his Hall of Fame career, it was timely."