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Don’t expect to see prospects on Nationals’ 60-man player pool in majors this season

Don’t expect to see prospects on Nationals’ 60-man player pool in majors this season

The first roster deadline of the new 2020 season hit at 4 p.m. Sunday. Teams needed to decide on their 60-man player pool for the season. This, of course, is not as straightforward as, “here are 60 names the team will choose from.” Some players could still choose to opt out. Also, several of the young players on the list are there for workout reasons as opposed to their likelihood of playing in the major leagues during a 60-game season.

Teams will open the season with 30 players on the active roster, plus a road taxi squad (of up to three players) and another pool of players left behind.

The roster is cut to 28 for the third and fourth weeks, then to 26 for the final two weeks (which would have been the roster total in 2020 if it was a normal season).

So, a few notes on the initial 60-man pool, which contains almost all of the expected names:

-- Infielder Luis Garcia, and pitchers Jackson Rutledge and Seth Romero are in the pool. Garcia is the Nationals’ top minor-league prospect (considering Carter Kieboom’s situation in 2020). Rutledge was the team’s first-round pick in 2019 and the top pitching prospect. Romero was the team’s first-round pick in 2017. He was sent home from spring training the next year for violating team policy, then had Tommy John Surgery in September of 2018. This trio is part of the future for the Nationals one way or another. They will either pan out and help the team win games or they will flame out and leave Washington with several years of empty first-round results.

-- The Nationals announced Sunday middle infielder Adrián Sánchez was placed on the 60-day injured list because of a torn Achilles tendon. The announcement was a surprise, and no further information was provided. Sánchez otherwise would have been in the 60-player pool and possibly among the 30 active players to start the season.

-- Not on the list is 2018 first-round pick Mason Denaburg. He was selected out of high school. To be left off with Rutledge and Romero on, though both of those players are older, is a bit odd.

-- Of the 60 players, 36 are pitchers. Tells you what the Nationals think the priority will be in a 60-game sprint.

 -- Javy Guerra remains on the list. Don’t be surprised if he is on the initial 30-man active roster.

-- Aaron Barrett, Wil Crowe, James Borque and Tim Cate are other intriguing names on the list.

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To the list:

Pitchers
Fernando Abad
Joan Adon
Dakota Bacus
Aaron Barrett
James Bourque
Ben Braymer
Tim Cate
Patrick Corbin
Matt Cronin
Wil Crowe
Sean Doolittle
Roenis Elías
Tyler Eppler
Paolo Espino
Erick Fedde
Kyle Finnegan
Sam Freeman
Steven Fuentes
Javy Guerra
Ryne Harper
Will Harris
Daniel Hudson
Jake Irvin
Kyle McGowin
Kevin Quackenbush
Tanner Rainey
Seth Romero
Joe Ross
Jackson Rutledge
Aníbal Sánchez
Max Scherzer
Stephen Strasburg
Wander Suero
Austin Voth
Nick Wells
Austen Williams

Catchers
Yan Gomes
Kurt Suzuki
Tres Berrera
Wellington Castillo
Jakson Reetz
Raudy Read

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Infielders
Wilmer Difo
Starlin Castro
Asdrúbal Cabrera
Luis Garcia
Howie Kendrick
Carter Kieboom
Jake Noll
Eric Thames
Trea Turner
Ryan Zimmerman

Outfielders
Adam Eaton
Yadiel Hernandez
Victor Robles
Michael A. Taylor
Brandon Snyder
Juan Soto
Andrew Stevenson
Emilio Bonifacio

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Former National Michael Morse says 60 games isn't enough to crown World Series champ

Former National Michael Morse says 60 games isn't enough to crown World Series champ

Add former National Michael Morse to the list of people that want an asterisk on the 2020 World Series champion

One of the biggest topics of conversation surrounding Major League Baseball's shortened season is whether or not this year's champion will have really "earned it" the way past winners have.

Playing almost 100 fewer regular season games clearly doesn't work for Morse.

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What's made baseball's situation more difficult than the NBA and NHL is the fact the regular season hadn't yet started when sports were first shut down. A 60 game schedule is even tougher for so many to accept because of the fact that the sport takes pride in its longevity. Baseball is supposed to be a marathon, and 60 games versus 162 and expanded playoffs are clearly very different. 

That being said, with so many other factors surrounding the sport like the mental toll this pandemic and MLB restrictions can have on players, it's fair to say this is still an incredibly difficult landscape to win in, 60 games or not. 

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The Mets found Yoenis Céspedes and he’s decided to opt out of the 2020 season

The Mets found Yoenis Céspedes and he’s decided to opt out of the 2020 season

Mets outfielder Yoenis Céspedes has opted out of the 2020 season, but not without a Mets-esque fiasco unfolding in the hours leading up to the announcement.

Céspedes decided not to report to Truist Park in Atlanta for the Mets’ game against the Braves on Sunday but never informed the team of that decision. New York sent a press release to reporters saying Céspedes was not at the stadium and the team had to that point been unable to contact him.

While the Mets played the Braves in a game that ended 4-0 in favor of Atlanta, a security team was reportedly sent to Céspedes’ hotel room. They found the room empty and both Céspedes and his belongings gone. When the team finally tracked down his agent, he told them he had decided not to play the rest of season for “COVID-related reasons.”

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The two-time All-Star’s decision comes on the heels of coronavirus outbreaks in two clubhouses (Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals) within the first 10 days of the season. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who was supposed to play the Cardinals this weekend, announced through the team his decision to opt out on Saturday.

Evidently, Céspedes didn’t take the same approach that Cain did. Céspedes has played eight games this season after missing nearly two years with various injuries. The Mets were playing him exclusively at designated hitter in an effort to keep him healthy and work him up to eventually returning back to his natural position in the outfield.

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