Baseball Carols of 2021

Agents We Have Heard Today

 

Agents we have heard today

Decry expired CBA.

Owners would love to reply,

“Kiss free agency goodbye.”

Mo-o-o-o-o-o-ney, Mo-o-o-o-o-o-ney, disputes are the reason,

Mo-o-o-o-o-o-ney, Mo-o-o-o-o-o-ney, we might lose a season.

 

Robo-umps and pace of play?

Leave that for another day!

‘Tween the sides it’s trust they lack.

Diss the fans, they’ll still come back.

Mo-o-o-o-o-o-ney, Mo-o-o-o-o-o-ney, disputes are the reason,

Mo-o-o-o-o-o-ney, Mo-o-o-o-o-o-ney, we might lose a season. Continue reading

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The future of this team with a Gray/House!

The fine people at Baseball America looked four years into the future as to what a Washington Nationals’ lineup and starting rotation could look like. Continue reading

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The Nats are stocking up on infielders!

Photo by Sol Tucker for TalkNats

If it looks like the Washington Nationals are stocking up on infielders, you would be right. Long gone are the days when you could pencil in Anthony Rendon on the hot corner, and Trea Turner with Howie Kendrick up the middle. Nowadays it is anyone’s guess at who, what, and where on this Nats infield. There is a whole lot of “maybe” on the 2022 Nats infield. But to give the benefit to the team, maybe they are not done with new acquisitions at this time. Third base still seems to be the big question mark.

Not official, the Nats have reportedly signed Dee Strange-Gordon on a minor league deal according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Early in the off-season, general manager Mike Rizzo re-inked Alcides Escobar on a one-year deal. Two weeks ago, Rizzo made a waiver claim of former top prospect, Lucius Fox,  who is a middle infielder, and on the same day the Nats made their biggest free agent signing of the off-season with Cesar Hernandez on a one-year deal for a reported $4 million plus incentives. Add to that, Andrew Young was drafted in the Rule-5 last week.
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Donate Your Unused Red Carpet Rewards Points to the Nationals Youth Academy.

Final Update – we were able to get folks to redeem items and donate points for a total of 43 items, including some red Nationals caps the staff of the Nationals decided to add. Many thanks to all who contributed. This is a picture of Section222 with all the goodies. Apparently, we were the talk of the Nats office staff about this.

This effort started with comments a few days ago based on an exchange between Section222, AllStars and me – asking the TalkNats community to pool our leftover points together to get a small gift for Ghost as a thank you for all the work he puts into this site. Ghost, being Ghost, graciously demurred any gift and asked the RCR points earmarked for him be used for the Youth Baseball Academy. Continue reading

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The Nats get a haul in the MiLB portion of the Rule-5 Draft!

The 2021 Baseball Winter Meetings wrapped up yesterday in Orlando, Florida with little fanfare due to the MLB lock-out. The only permissible activities were on the Minor League side of the business. The highlight for most, was the Minor League portion of the Rule-5 draft. For the past decade, the Washington Nationals have rarely been buyers in the Rule-5, and the last moves on the MLB side were in 2010 when they selected Brian Broderick and Elvin Ramirez. The Nats activity in the past was generally losing players in the Rule-5 draft. Continue reading

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The power was turned off on the Hot Stove! Baseball is frozen!

Major League Baseball commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. and Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark speak during a press conference before Game 3 of the Championship Round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/WBCI/MLB via Getty Images)

Baseball has several networks built around baseball. Can you imagine trying to talk baseball in current events when there is nothing going on? That is where we are at besides the small slivers of minor league transactions or the Hall of Fame announcements from the “Golden Days Era” Committee. Continue reading

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The days when Lucius Fox was rated higher than Juan Soto; The Nats finally get Cesar Hernandez. So much more going on!

There were five moves yesterday by the Washington Nationals that began with a waiver claim of Lucius Fox from Baltimore. The night ended with the Nats biggest free agent signing of the off-season, so far, with Cesar Hernandez committing to a one-year deal. In the middle were the official announcements that the team non-tendered long-time reliever Wander Suero and Ryne Harper and released minor leaguer Mike Ford. By the time the dust settled, the Nats player inventory on the 40-man roster sat at 38.  Continue reading

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The Nats had 10 tender decisions to make!

Two Nats who are arb-eligible; Photo by Sol Tucker for TalkNats

The Washington Nationals knew that they had six decisions to make on arbitration-eligible players, and that grew to 10 after four players were deemed Super-Two arb-eligible per a report from MLB Trade Rumors over the weekend.  By 8 pm tonight, the team must decide who they will tender contracts to and who will be non-tendered. Continue reading

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Point-CounterPoint: Welcome Back Ryan Zimmerman

Photo by Marlene Koenig for TalkNats

Steve: While not official, Ryan Zimmerman said in a recent radio interview that he wanted to come back for at least one more year, but will discuss it with his family. The great thing is Zim can also mentor. It gives him greater value than the tangibles in the stats. I could see him having a better 2022 than a 2021 too. Continue reading

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Our annual #Nats holiday gift guide is here!

Another year has almost come to a close, and it is time for you to indulge yourself in our annual Washington Nationals gift guide of curated items we have picked including some bespoke items. Some range from the inexpensive and many head to the extravagant. Many of these items will sell-out quickly.  Continue reading

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