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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ Offseason Day 1; Ryan Zimmerman on 2021 + more Nats links...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you get started on your offseason...

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Davey Martinez was asked on Sunday night, at the end of a trying COVID campaign in which his club finished 24-36, tied for last in the NL East, a year after they’d won the World Series, how he felt now that it was all over and it was possible for him to catch his breath and relax for the first time in months.

“Good question. I don’t know yet,” Martinez said. “I’m really happy that no one has gotten real sick. I really am.

“We talked about this before, about how MLB put together unbelievable protocols, our players followed our own protocols, and we stayed healthy.

“That to me was definitely a plus this year. So, I’m going to go home and rest for a little bit and get ready to go.”

My job is never over,” the manager added. “[GM] Mike [Rizzo’s] job is never over, we’ll meet in the next few days, talk about some different things and the we’ll be busy all winter trying to put together our team for 2021.”

Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Washington Nationals' top 10 moments from the 2020 season - (WaPost)
“The defending World Series champions missed the playoffs, but there were some fun times along the way.”

Stevenson ends season on a tear - (MASN)
"He hit .417 with seven doubles, one triple, two homers and 12 RBIs in those 36 at-bats. For 2020, Stevenson finished slashing .366/.447/.732 and had an eye-popping 1.179 OPS in 15 games."

Ryan Zimmerman watched the Washington Nationals season. Will he get to play another? - (WaPost)
“After spending a baseball season watching, will the Washington Nationals’ cornerstone get to spend another playing?”

2020 Nationals fall instructional league roster and schedule - (MASN)
"The players reported last Wednesday in West Palm Beach, Fla., and their first workout was Saturday."

Age, injuries drop 2020 Washington Nationals to last place - (NBC Sports)
"Indeed, Washington’s .433 winning percentage was the lowest for a defending champion since the 1998 Florida Marlins were 54-108 for a .333 mark."

Washington Nationals must figure out how to judge bleak season - (WaPost)
“The Nationals greatly underachieved in a 60-game season. Does that feel the same as wilting at the end of a full year?”

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Previewing The 2020-21 Free Agent Class: First Basemen - (MLB Trade Rumors)
"Zimmerman opted out of the 2020 season but made clear that he intends to play again in 2021."

Giants would like their Double-A team to remain in Richmond, but nothing's set yet (richmond.com)
"The Nationals’ Triple-A team for the past two years was based in Fresno, Calif., and that kind of odd geographic setup is what MLB would like to end."

Trea Turner Finishes 2020 With a Bang - (SI.com)
"Trea Turner fell short in his bid to become the first National League batting champion in 85 years to hit better than .350 while playing shortstop."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Bryce Harper demands Phillies re-sign J.T. Realmuto as Mets loom - (NY Post)
"Bryce Harper is calling on Phillies brass to re-sign J.T. Realmuto."

J.T. Realmuto is part of key roster decisions facing Mets - (NY Post)
"Whoever is entrusted with forming the Mets blueprint for 2021 will have multiple high-end pieces around which to build."

Derek Jeter says Miami Marlins building for the long haul - (AP/ESPN)
"The Miami Marlins' first MLB playoff appearance since 2003 is not supposed to last long."

3 keys to Braves defeating Reds in wild card series - (AJC.com)
"The Braves and Reds begin their best-of-three wild card series Wednesday at Truist Park. And something will have to give."