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The Morning Briefing: The Washington Nationals need Corbin to bounce back and help lead the rotation

Corbin’s first season with the Nationals went about as swimmingly as they could have envisioned, capped off by his dominant relief performance in Game 7 of the World Series. The left-hander’s second year in town was an entirely different story.

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Washington Nationals Headlines

Bourque and Read clear waivers, sent to Triple-A

The Nationals continue to clear space on their 40-man roster.

The club announced this afternoon that right-hander James Bourque and catcher Raudy Read have cleared outright waivers and been assigned to Triple-A Fresno. The 40-man roster is at 34 players.

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Read the full article via MASN Sports Washington

What’s next for Nationals prospect Luis García?

Much of the season wound by without positives to go with it. The Nationals as a team slid to the bottom of the National League. No fans, no success, plenty of letdowns.

Luis García was among the few positives. His forced arrival into the major leagues dumped him into a sink-or-swim situation. If the Nationals were in the middle of a 162-game regular season when Starlin Castro broke his wrist, the replacement hunt may have gone differently. Instead, García became the everyday starter at second base in what Davey Martinez deemed a perfect situation: a short, fanless season allowing room for García to learn.

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Read the full article NBC Sports Washington 

Washington Nationals’ scout has long history with prospect Quade Tomlin

The Major League draft was just five rounds this summer due to the pandemic and that meant the Nationals and other teams were not able to get many recent high school seniors into the pro feeder system.

But one of them who now is playing for Washington is middle infielder Quade Tomlin, a product of the prep program at Liberty Christian in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Read the full article via Federaball Baseball

Perspective: The Washington Nationals Should Get J.T. Realmuto

The biggest free-agents will become the talk of the baseball world, and on that list is sitting a significant upgrade at Catcher: J.T. Realmuto and the Washington Nationals shouldn’t miss out.

Read the full article via The Nats Report

Washington Nationals: Javy Guerra and Sam Freeman bounced off roster

Whether they are winning the World Series or finishing tied for last in the Nationals League East, one thing is certain for the Washington Nationals. There may never been an end to the retooling of the bullpen.

Read the full article via Distrrict on Deck

Draft orders are set and #Nats pick 11th

The last time the Washington Nationals selected better than eleventh in the amateur draft was 2011 when the team selected Anthony Rendon with the sixth overall pick in the first round that year. 

Read the full article via Talk Nats

Nats need Corbin to bounce back and help lead rotation

Corbin’s first season with the Nationals went about as swimmingly as they could have envisioned, capped off by his dominant relief performance in Game 7 of the World Series. The left-hander’s second year in town was an entirely different story.

Read the full article via MASN Sports Washington


Around the Horn: News from Around the League

MLB 2021 Amuter Draft Order is Set

On Monday, October 12, 2020, Major League Baseball released the order for baseball teams for the 2021 draft.

There was some discussion previously that Major League Baseball would change how the draft order would be determined due to the shortened 2020 season because of COVID-19.

Read the full article via The Nats Report

An Astros dynasty would be the perfect end to this dumpster of a season

It’s been sleepy times lately for those four. The Yankees are years removed from being consistent enough to hate, and without a Tom Brady or Curt Schilling these days it’s mostly just the city of Boston that’s odious. And the Boys? They haven’t won a thing or been to a Super Bowl in nearly a quarter-century.

The evil-empire landscape is ripe for upheaval. The old gods of Dallas and the northeast are vulnerable.

Read the full article via DeadSpin

Steve Cohen to blow up Wilpons’ ‘archaic’ Mets technology

Motion capture software was still relatively new in 2011 when the Mets considered becoming one of the first MLB teams to implement it.

The technology captures three-dimensional images, allowing pitchers and batters to compare their mechanics when they are thriving versus slumping. If a pitcher has lost his slider in June, images can be accessed to determine when his hip is clearing, as opposed to months earlier when the pitch was sharp.

Read the full article via New York Post

Trevor Bauer: A Top Free Agent Like We’ve Never Seen Before

At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, the upcoming offseason looks as if it will feature one of the most unique free agents in the history of baseball. Reds aceTrevor Bauer is due to reach the open market off what could be a National League Cy Young-winning season, but very few people know how he will approach his trip to free agency.

Read the full article via MLB Trade Rumors

Baseball keeps losing legends in 2020, and Joe Morgan might have been the smallest and mightiest of them all

It has been a terrible year for so many people, for all of us, including baseball fans of a certain age.

Al Kaline.

Tom Seaver.

Lou Brock.

Bob Gibson.

Whitey Ford.

They were among our baseball heroes. They showed us how to play the game. I’m 63 years old and they were my childhood. And they all died in 2020.

Read the full article via ESPN

Billy Beane Set to Leave Baseball Behind in Fenway Sports Deal

The proposed deal to take the parent company of the Boston Red Sox public leaves Billy Beane, the Oakland Athletics executive of “Moneyball” fame who ignited the data revolution in American sports, with a difficult choice.

Read the full article via Wall Street Journal

‘Classic Rays win’ puts TB on cusp of sweep

Despite winning 40 games and entering the postseason as the No. 1 seed in the American League, the Rays flew under the radar during the regular season. Catcher Mike Zunino said he’s not sure if that’s because Tampa Bay is a small-market team or if it’s because of the perceived notion that there are no superstars on the roster.

With a 5-2 win over the Astros in Game 3 of the AL Championship Series on Tuesday night at Petco Park, the Rays are now one win away from going to the World Series, and the baseball world has officially been put on notice.

Read the full article via MLB

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