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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals drop finale to Phillies; Juan Soto in RF + more Nats news

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the final series of the season...

MLB: SEP 23 Phillies at Nationals Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

After they lost last night, the Nationals were all-but eliminated from contention for a spot in the 2020 postseason, but Washington’s skipper Davey Martinez said he was confident in his club going into the 2020 campaign.

“I do believe in my heart that next year we’ll compete again for a division title and get in those playoffs,” the third-year skipper said.

“As you know, once you’re in those playoffs, anything can happen. But I really believe that in the future, as early as next year we’ll be back battling again for a playoff spot.”

Go read your links ... and just wait for next year!:


Erick Fedde ends his 2020 season on strong note - (
"Erick Fedde began his 2020 regular season in the bullpen. He ended it with the longest start of his career."

Blowout loss to Phillies all but eliminates Nats - (MASN)
"When they departed the field following a lopsided 12-3 loss, they were all but finally assured of going home for the winter."

Bryce Harper, Phillies push Nationals to the brink of elimination - (WaPost)
Bryce Harper homers twice as the Nats’ flickering postseason hopes are reduced to scoreboard watching.”

Juan Soto’s move to right field could have future ramifications - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The lineup for the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader appeared to have a typo. Juan Soto had 'RF' next to his name and Andrew Stevenson had 'LF' next to his."

Kieboom's disappointing season ends with stint on IL - (MASN)
"The Nationals hoped the swelling would go down and Kieboom would be able to return to play before the final series of the season this weekend."

Nationals’ Yadiel Hernández delivers best moment of Washington’s season - (WaPost)
“The 32-year-old rookie joins former National Wil Nieves in an exclusive, improbable club.”

Soto getting reps in RF; Kieboom to IL - (
"The Nationals have made lineup changes all season, and one in the outfield this week was attention grabbing."

Martinez likes what he sees with Soto in right field - (MASN)
"Manager Davey Martinez moved Juan Soto to right field for the second game of yesterday’s doubleheader against the Phillies and it worked out well."

Oft-overlooked Andrew Stevenson enjoying late-season surge for Nationals - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Stevenson’s initial stay in the nation’s capital was, like all of his subsequent MLB stints, short-lived."

For the Nationals, this season is all but lost. The future doesn’t have to be - (WaPost)
Tuesday's fun aside, this season has been a Nationals nightmare. Next season is about bouncing back.


Baseball America Prospect Report—Sept. 23, 2020 - (Baseball America)
"Yadiel Hernandez, a 32-year-old rookie, picked a fantastic time for his first career home run."


Rhys Hoskins’ season likely over unless Philadelphia Phillies make the 2020 MLB playoffs - (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"The Phillies were three games over .500 when Hoskins suffered his injury and had a 91.8-percent chance to make the postseason. They entered Wednesday with 33.4-percent odds to reach the playoffs."

A New York Mets Playoff Run? Stranger Things Have Happened - (Forbes)
"For Mets fans earlier this month, an empty Citi Field provided yet another heartbreaking reminder of all that 2020 has taken from everyone."

Ex-Yankees Derek Jeter, Don Mattingly closing in on playoff spot with Marlins - (
"Making the MLB playoffs is nothing new for ex-Yankees captains Derek Jeter and Don Mattingly."

Braves’ Max Fried exits after one inning with ankle injury - (
"The good vibes of the Braves' division-clinching victory Tuesday night were short-lived."