Good Tuesday Morning, Washington Nationals Fans.
Thank you for starting the day with us.
Today’s Morning Briefing is brought to you by BreakingT. BreakingT offers high-quality, real-time sports merchandise with original designs. Products include T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, masks, prints, and more. Purchase your favorite Washington Nationals BreakingT shirt. Howie Kendrick’s Clang to the Soto Shuffle, celebrate the Washington Nationals in style, and don’t forget to #WeartheMoment.
Washington Nationals Top Story: Naming Rights for the Astros and Nationals Spring Training Facility Change?
Our friend Steve Mears from TalkNats.com reports from a source that the Nationals and Astros spring training home will no longer be called #FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. That sponsorship with naming rights began in Feb 2018. Stay tuned. The teams are NOT relocating. From what we are hearing, this just blew up on Friday morning, and what makes it more interesting is the naming rights that were only for three years, which began back in February of 2018. On February 16, 2018, The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches was renamed FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches after the Astros and Nationals signed a 12-year deal for naming rights to the stadium. What is interesting to note, this change comes under three years into the 12-year sponsorship deal. Did something and what occurred to change the sponsorship deal this quickly? [Read more about this news here]
Sports Betting is coming to Nationals Park in 2021 and beyond.
Yesterday, According to a Press Release, the Washington Nationals, and BetMGM Announce Exclusive Multi-Year Partnership, along with a launch of a mobile app and first-ever BetMGM Sportsbook connected to a stadium. According to the news release, the BetMGM sportsbook will be located where Center Field Social (across Center Field Plaza from the Nationals Team Store) resides. This partnership will give fans a stadium view and sports betting experience that complements MGM National Harbor Dugout Club, a sports box located adjacent to the team’s dugout. [Read more by clicking here]
Eugenio Suarez Rumor to the Nationals? Jon Heyman, an MLB insider at MLB Network, tweeted that the Washington Nationals have had talks with the Cincinnati Reds about trading for their third baseman Eugenio Suarez. Heyman reported that the “Nats talked to Reds about 3B Eugenio Suarez but Washington has made top RHP prospects Jackson Rutledge and Cade Cavalli unavailable, making a deal pretty unlikely. Reds aren’t anxious to trade their top position player, though none of their players are off limits.” On the Nats Report, we take a closer look at why Rizzo and Co should exercise patience and not make a rash decision to trade away some key pitching prospects. [Click here to read the article]
In Major League Baseball news, late last night, the Chicago White Sox reportedly agreed to a three-year deal with top closer Liam Hendriks with a club option for a fourth year. Sources told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand that Hendriks is guaranteed $54 million over the life of the uniquely structured contract, which includes a $15 million club option for a fourth season in 2024 or a $15 million buyout that would be paid out over a designated period.
Teams that have made a big splash this offseason so far: The San Deigo Padres, Chicago White Sox, and the New York Mets have all made significant changes to their lineups. There are still a lot of top-name free agents that are still unsigned, and pitchers and catchers are set to report next month, so hang on to your cleats it’s going to be an exciting couple of weeks. Make sure that you follow us on Twitter so that you know the latest.
Talking about the upcoming season: Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred informed teams yesterday that they should be preparing for spring training to start on time in February and to “plan on a full 162-game season being played,” according to USA Today Sports, Bob Nightengale. [Click here to read the full article]
Latest on the Nats Report
- The Morning Briefing: What will the NL East Look like in 2021
- Where do the Washington Nationals Stand after the recent signing of OF Kyle Schwarber
- Baseball Legend Tommy Lasorda Passes Away at 93
- Josh Bell a Leader Off and On the Field: Taking a Closer Look at the Washington Nationals Newest Player
Latest Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball Headlines and News
- The Washington Nationals’ ceiling via Federal Baseball
- Nationals: What Stands Out About Washington’s Updated Lineup via District on Deck
- Major league baseball’s unwritten rules are brewing up trouble again via Bless You Boys
- Mets and Padres are making baseball fun again via Call to the Pen
- DJ LeMahieu engaging other teams in free agency with Yankees slow to meet his price via Yahoo Sports
- The Washington Nationals and players from the DMV… via Federal Baseball
Around the NL East
New York Mets
- Mets now have best nickname team in MLB via MLB
- Don Mattingly has an interesting “problem” at first base in ’21 via Fish Strips
- Report: Atlanta Braves working on adding left fielder via Tomahawk Take
- Anibal Sanchez being courted by NL East rival via District on Deck
In this episode Richard discusses the Washington Nationals and thier latest moves with Al Galdi from Team 980 right here in Washington D.C. During the conversation, Al wonders why the Washington Nationals haven’t been involved in talks to acquire free agent George Springer.
This episode is sponsored by
· Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-nats-report/message
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-nats-report/support