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Here are the latest headlines and analyses around the Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball for Monday, January 17, 2022. Thank you for starting your day with us.
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Leading today’s Morning Briefing: Washington Nationals agree to terms with ten international free agents. With very little to no news happening in Major League Baseball, all eyes were focused on Saturday when the International signing period opened up. The Nationals wasted no time agreeing to terms with ten free agents including Cuban CF Cristhian Vaquero. This wasn’t a surprise at all that the Nationals singed Cristhian Vaquero. TalkNats has an interview with Vaquero that is worth checking out.
In addition to Vaquero, the Nationals agreed to terms with nine other free agents. We have the full list here.
MUST-READ: For over a decade Dan Szymborski of FanGraphs has put together ZiPs projections for all of baseball. Yesterday, he shared what the systems had to say about the Nationals for the 2022 season. Read our summary here.
Aníbal Sánchez Considering Return To MLB In 2022? The former Washington National and 2019 NLCS hero right-handed pitcher Aníbal Sánchez are considering returning to the MLB In 2022 according to MLB Trade Rumors. From their article: “He held multiple showcases for interested clubs, even into late April. However, he never found a deal to his liking and ended up deciding to sit out the season. But that doesn’t mean he’s retired, as Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports that Sanchez is considering a return in 2022. A return to form for Sánchez would be quite a feat for the hurler who turns 38 in February, though he’s been counted out before.”
Meet the Washington Nationals’ 2021 Organizational All-Stars via MiLB.com; Cade Cavalli leading the way. We’ve been waiting for this list for a bit, so it was great to finally see Minor League Baseball.com put out the 2021 Organizational All-stars for the Washington Nationals. Obviously, right-handed pitcher Cade Cavalli was on the list, however, there were a few surprises. We have the full list here.
Featured Fan Shot: Catching up with Nationals prospect TJ White. In our first fan shot, Alex catches up with Washington Nationals prospect TJ White. Read the full article here.
Jackson Rutledge the Washington Nationals Pitching Prospect to watch in 2022. The 2019 Washington Nationals pitching prospect Jackson Rutledge looks to rebound from an injury season and make significant strides in 2022 and the Washington Nationals need him to do so. Read the full article here.
So You Think You Know The Washington Nationals: 2019 Washington Nationals Bobblehead Giveaways. In our latest quiz, we test your Washington Nationals bobblehead knowledge. Can you correctly guess all the stadium Washington Nationals bobbleheads that were given out in 2019? Take the quiz today and then share your results with us on Twitter!
Trending on the Nats Report: We asked the question: Should the Nationals draft right-handed pitcher Kumar Rocker? From the article: “After not being able to agree with the New York Mets, Right-Handed Pitcher Kumar Rocker could be an interesting draft choice for the Nationals in 2022. As of now, MLB.com is projecting that the Nationals will draft OF Elijah Green from IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), however, with pitching now being a need for the Nationals things could change and it might be a good idea to draft another stud pitcher that could help the team in the long term, is Kumar Rocker a good fit?” We have also written about another interesting prospect that the Nationals should take a look at shortstop: Jacob Berry.
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