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Here are the latest Washington Nationals and MLB Headlines for Monday, November 2, 2020
The Washington Nationals Bullpen
On Friday, on the Nats Report, we took a look at some of the free-agent options for the Washington Nationals to improve their bullpen.
From the article quote, Even though the Nationals have a young crop of up-and-coming relievers in the pipeline, it would be smart for the Nationals to focus on getting a proven middle reliever or even a setup man. While researching, we noticed a fascinating reliever that will be available this offseason: Liam Hendriks.
Liam Hendriks has transformed himself into one of the very best relievers in the major leagues over two years. Hendriks stats include a 1.79 ERA, a 13.1k/9 rate, and 39 saves in a total of 99 appearances.
Additionally, we make the case that the Washington Nationals should re-sign Sean Doolittle despite his injury history. [Read the full article here]
Additional Washington Nationals Headlines
- 365 Days Since the Washington Nationals Won the World Series via The Nats Report
- Nats graduate 2 top-prospects, and the Nats new top prospect is: Jackson Rutledge via Talk Nats
- Nationals’ chances to retool depends on willingness to spend via N.B.C. Sports Washington
- The rapid rise of Washington Nationals’ prospect Steven Fuentes via Federal Baseball
- Nationals: When baseball economics pull at the heartstrings of fandom via District on Deck
- The Nationals are in the middle of organization-wide changes, and free agency is next via the Washington Post
- Nationals’ decision on Adam Eaton could open door for Yankees in big way via Yanksgo Yard
Around the Horn: Major League Baseball News
On Friday, the Detroit Tigers signed former Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch to become their newest manager. Friday’s announcement came exactly one year after the Houston Astros lost in Game seven of the World Series against the Washington Nationals. Hinch played 27 games for the Tigers after Detroit purchased his contract from Cleveland at the end of Spring Training.
Hinch is coming off his one-year suspension from baseball for his involvement in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. Hinch finished with a 481-329 record in five seasons as Astros manager. He won 101-plus games in each of his final three seasons, and he never finished with a losing record. [Read the full article here]
In other baseball news, the New York Mets have a new owner. Over the weekend, MLB approved the New York Mets’ sale to hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen.
On Friday, MLB owners have voted to approve billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen as the New York Mets’ new owner.
MLB’s ownership committee had already approved the proposed purchase of 95% of the Mets by Cohen’s entity. Cohen needed 23 of the 30 clubs to sign off for the deal to be approved, and The Associated Press reported, citing a source, that the vote was 26-4.
The sale values the franchise at $2.4 billion to $2.5 billion.
The Mets’ ownership group was headed by Fred Wilpon, his brother-in-law Saul Katz and Wilpon’s son Jeff, the chief operating officer’s chief operating officer. The Wilpon and Katz families will retain 5% of the team after the sale, which is expected to be finalized within the next ten days.
Other Major League Baseball Headlines:
- An Open Letter to Justin Turner and M.L.B. via The New York Times
- Why the 2020 season may be a sign of things to come for Major League Baseball via CBS Sports
- My 5-year-old couldn’t go to a New York Mets game this year — so I sent him to all of them via ESPN
- Mets Extend Qualifying Offer To Marcus Stroman via MLB Trade Rumors
- Cooper: Here’s Why MLB’s Hot Stove Could Quickly Turn To A Deep Freeze via Baseball America.