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Davey Martinez confident in Nationals' future despite uncertain free agency

Davey Martinez confident in Nationals' future despite uncertain free agency

On the heels of the first World Series championship in franchise history, the Nationals could look a lot different when they open the season in New York.

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The man tasked with maximizing any roster Mike Rizzo gives him is Davey Martinez, who sat down with our own Todd Dybas to address his mindset as Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon headline the team's free-agent class. 

"I wouldn't say you worry about it," he said. "But you build relationships with these guys, and all of a sudden they become free agents and you can sign with whoever you want."

The Nationals took plenty of heat from the fan base after Mark Lerner said the team could not afford to bring back both Rendon and Strasburg. Scott Boras, who represents both players, then cryptically scoffed at the notion in a story by Ken Rosenthal. 

But neither player has signed with anyone yet, and Martinez voiced confidence in his front office. 

"I know our ownership, [Mike Rizzo], we're very competitive," he said. "They're going to do everything they can to keep us competitive for next year and years to come.

"But that being said, I love those guys, every one that's a free agent, I love them all." 

A number of big market contenders have expressed interest in Strasburg and Rendon. The Yankees, Dodgers and Padres have expressed interest in Strasburg, though the Yankees reportedly believe he will return to DC

The Phillies, Rangers and Dodgers are the teams rumored to be in on Rendon for big money as well. 

Sometimes when big spenders are trying to sway free agents away from their incumbent teams, reminding players of the advantages of familiarity and continuity can go a long way. But for Martinez, his strategy is to give them all the space they need to make their decision. 

"They're free," he said. "And that's the beauty of this game that at some point you become a free agent and you get to explore and look around and see other teams.

"They've got a lot of decisions to make for not only them but for their families," he said. "So I kind of let them be and let them decide on what they want to do."

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Sean Doolittle's wife, Eireann Dolan, tweets about Astros' scandal

Sean Doolittle's wife, Eireann Dolan, tweets about Astros' scandal

Sean Doolittle's wife, Eireann Dolan, eviscerated the Houston Astros on Twitter Saturday afternoon in the wake of MLB's findings that the Astros systematically stole signs throughout the 2017 season, pointing out in her tweets what the scandal did to the Astros' opponents throughout the league that season.

Dolan pointed out that a large number of pitchers were scrutinized for poor performances against the Astros during the 2017 season, asking what those numbers would have done to their future earnings - not to mention mental state.

In 2017, the Astros led Major League Baseball in hits (1581), runs (896), doubles (346), RBI (854) as well as team batting average (.282) during the 162-game season en route to winning the 2017 World Series.

Doolittle reacted to the news of MLB's findings on Thursday on Twitter, thanking those who came forward to bring the sign-stealing allegations to light. The Astros fired general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch last week and Carlos Beltran and Alex Cora lost their jobs with the Mets and Red Sox over the scandal.

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Mike Rizzo shows off World Series trophy at Maryland basketball game

Mike Rizzo shows off World Series trophy at Maryland basketball game

The Washington Nationals aren't tired of showing off their World Series success, and for good reason. 

It's been a few months since the Nats won their first-ever title, but flaunting the Commissioner's Trophy simply never gets old. 

General Manager Mike Rizzo showed off the silverware in College Park on Saturday during an intermission in the Maryland-Purdue college basketball game. 

The crowd erupted in cheers and the band played "Baby Shark" to ring in the special occassion. It's always nice to see Terrapin fan favorite and SportsCenter host Scott Van Pelt in attendance there too. 

In a bad week for baseball in the wake of widespread cheating allegations, it's a good sight to see the good parts of the game being celebrated. 

Keep showing that thing off, Nationals!

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