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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ 2020 Draft plans; NL East updates + more Nats links...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we all wait for the draft to start later this week...

2019 Major League Baseball Draft Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB via Getty Images

Well, at least we all get to watch the MLB Draft this week, though it’s only five rounds and then a free-for-all as all undrafted eligible players are then free to sign with any of the big league teams (though only for $20,000). Mike Rizzo and Co. in the Washington Nationals’ front office are busy preparing for this year’s draft. Get busy reading today’s links, which, admittedly, are a little lighter than usual. Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Nats hope Georgia's Wilcox is around again in this draft - (MASN)
"University of Georgia baseball coach Scott Stricklin said that fastball has been the lethal pitch that has got everyone talking about [Cole] Wilcox."

This Date in History: Nationals make franchise-altering draft picks Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Fresh of a World Series title, the Nationals’ farm system has run thin on blue-chip prospects."

Wondering how the Nats' season might have been playing out - (MASN)
"This is how the Nats are doing in Strat-O-Matic’s simulation of the nonexistent 2020 season."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Former MLB commissioner warns owners: players union ‘cannot be broken ... it looks like it’s 1994 all over again' - (nj.com)
"Given the current state of MLB’s negotiations – dug-in, cold-as-ice – no news is bad news."

Never On Top, But Still The Champs - (MLB Trade Rumors)
"The Washington Nationals have had more time than your average champ to take a bow after their World Series victory last October."

What re-draft of historic 2010 MLB Draft might look like now - (NYPost)
"18. Adam Eaton (19th/571st): Will he be most famous as a key supplementary piece to the Nationals’ title last year or as the guy who cost Washington Lucas Giolito?"

NL EAST UPDATES:

Phillies new amateur scouting director Brian Barber brings ‘impressive’ credentials into draft room - The Morning Call
And Wednesday, eight months after the Phillies hired him to the critical position of director of amateur scouting, he will run his first draf

Many No. 7 picks were busts, but Matt Harvey's not one of them - (NYPost)
"Matt Harvey is one of the best No. 7 draft picks ever. It is because of controversy, injury and failure to translate talent into sustained success that Harvey was a bust."

On this date: Hechavarría’s blast lifts Marlins past Rockies in extras - (Fish Stripes)
"For the second 'Marliniversary' in a row, we’ll be looking back on a dramatic home run to lift the Florida/Miami Marlins to a victory in their final at-bat."

MLB draft cost cuts will create shallower talent pool of prospects - (AJC.com)
"According to my research of Baseball Reference data, from 1981 to 2011 the Braves drafted and signed 89 players later than the fifth round who made it to the majors."