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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer wants to know when and where; MLB and MLBPA keep fighting; Players test positive for COVID-19?

Catch upon the last 24 hours in totally depressing there will never be baseball again news...

MLB: APR 18 Giants at Nationals Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

So ... MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, who just five days back said that he was 100% sure there would be a 2020 season, backed off that claim yesterday, telling ESPN that after the latest back and forth with the MLBA, he was not confident there would be baseball this year.

“I can’t tell you that I’m a 100% certain that’s gonna happen,” Manfred said.

That didn’t go over well. MLBPA’s official response, via tweeted statement reiterated their belief that MLB’s side has been negotiating in bad faith.

Max Scherzer tweeted the following in response to the latest MLB statements:

Meanwhile, Los Angeles Times’ writer Bill Shaikin reported that there was a letter sent to the players in which, “... MLB told the MLBPA there would be no 2020 season unless the players waived any legal claims against the league.”

In the end, all of this might be pointless negotiating through the media, because now there are reports that some players and staff have tested positive for COVID-19:

In another sign of how poorly this is all going, even that news was viewed with some serious skepticism:

Also, if you’re bored, Trevor Bauer has some thoughts (there’s a whole thread if you click on this):

Go read your links, that may be where you get all your baseball content for a while...


Max Scherzer challenges the league to designate ‘where and when’ for the season - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Monday was filled with bickering and finger-pointing, more fatigue and once again little to no progress. Perhaps even steps backward."

Tales from the clubhouse: Bonds and Bacsik - (MASN)
"As Bonds began to inch his way toward history that summer, I distinctly remember looking at the schedule at some point and thinking to myself: 'There’s a decent chance he’s going to do it against the Nats in August.'"

Nats agree with 3 non-drafted free agents - (
"Take a look at the NDFAs who have agreed to terms with the Nats. Details are pending, and these deals have not yet been made official by the team."

Sammy Sosa's only contract offer in 2006 came from the Nationals - (NBC Sports Washington)
"According to the Associated Press, the Nationals offered [Sammy] Sosa a 'non-guaranteed, incentive-laden major league contract' in February after originally proposing a minor-league deal."

Nationals reportedly sign undrafted infielder Gio Diaz of St. Mary's - (MASN)
"As a sophomore, Diaz committed only three errors with 65 assists on defense in 49 games. He started 42 of those contests, notching 45 hits with eight doubles, 10 walks and 20 RBIs."

Jayson Werth? Stephen Strasburg? Who had the second-most iconic moment in Nats history? - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Today, we look at the second-most iconic moment in Nationals history aside from the World Series run. The votes were cast by Todd Dybas, Nick Ashooh and Chase Hughes..."


Each team's best season by a player over 40 - (
"Nationals -- Fernando Rodney, age 42, 2019 - Key fact: Turned in five straight scoreless appearances in the 2019 postseason before yielding two runs in the seventh inning of World Series Game 4 against the Astros."

Former Orono High star signs with Washington Nationals - (Portland Press Herald)
"University of Rhode Island outfielder/first baseman Jackson Coutts signed a free-agent contract with the Washington Nationals, the school announced Monday."

Rocky Mountain product reflects back on being drafted to the MLB - (
"Rocky Mountain High School alumnus Jackson Cluff might only be one year into his professional baseball career, but he is already one of the more accomplished prospects to ever come out of the state of Idaho."

OU baseball: The draft will affect Sooners' 2021 roster, but could help in recruiting - (
"That’s what happened last Wednesday. OU had four players — pitchers Cade Cavalli, Dane Acker, Levi Prater and catcher Brady Lindsly — all get drafted within the first four rounds. It was a first in program history."

Should You Draft Washington Nationals' Juan Soto This Year? - (Sports Illustrated)
"After a breakout rookie campaign in 2018, Juan Soto continued his success at the plate in 2019 knocking out 34 home runs and 110 RBIs."


Phillies undrafted free agents: Local left-hander Jake McKenna signs - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"McKenna is a 6-foot-7 southpaw and lifelong Phillies fan. He chose the Phillies over other teams because he grew up watching them."

Pete Alonso, Brandon Nimmo back MLBPA's response to Rob Manfred's comments: 'WE ARE ALL READY' - (SNY)
"The Mets teammates responsed to Manfred's comments by quote-tweeting Clark's full statement that was released via the MLBPA's Twitter page. Here's what they had to say..."

Antonio Velez signs with Marlins as non-drafted free agent - (
"The Marlins wasted little time adding another pitcher to their system, reaching agreement with Florida State University left-hander Antonio Velez as a non-drafted free agent."

Braves agree with undrafted free agents - (
"After making four selections in last week’s shortened MLB Draft, the Braves are now evaluating some of the undrafted free agents who can immediately provide some organizational depth."