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Report: Nationals think they have a better shot at keeping Stephen Strasburg over Anthony Rendon

Report: Nationals think they have a better shot at keeping Stephen Strasburg over Anthony Rendon

The Nationals have two of the top free agents on the market in Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg and probably won't be bringing back both.

Which one is more likely to return? Ken Rosenthal seems to have an idea who the Nationals think it will be. 

"People with the Nationals seem to believe, and things can change, but they seem to think they have a better shot at Strasburg than Rendon," he said on MLB Network Monday night.

Coming off the heaviest workload of his career with 245.1 innings when you included the postseason, Strasburg presents a fair amount of risk at 31 years old.

In the short term, he would help the Nationals retain arguably the best pitching staff in baseball with Max Scherzer and Patrick Corbin. Down the line is when you'd wonder if his arm can hold up. 

But then you have Rendon, who the Dodgers have reportedly shown a lot of interest in. If the Nationals don't want to come up empty-handed, then it's a worthwhile risk with Strasburg. 

The World Series MVP unsurprisingly has multiple suitors, but what Rosenthal says here goes in line with a report from Mark Feinsand last week where he said Strasburg could re-sign with Washington before the Winter Meetings begin on Dec. 8.

If the Nats go that route with Strasburg over Rendon, they'd have to fill multiple vacancies in the infield along with their obvious need for bullpen help.

Rosenthal offered the idea of Ryan Zimmerman at first base at a reduced rate, Carter Kieboom at second base and perhaps a Josh Donaldson or Mike Moustakas at third, but they'll still need another catcher before they even begin to address signing a few pitchers. 

There's no clear answer to the Nationals' roster puzzle as they prepare to enter their first World Series title defense. But no matter how you cut it, everything begins with the Strasburg-Rendon dilemma. 

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Gerardo Parra wants to throw out the first pitch on Nationals Opening Day

Gerardo Parra wants to throw out the first pitch on Nationals Opening Day

April 2nd, 2020 is a big day for Nationals fans everywhere.

It's the home opener against the Mets, players will get their World Series rings and the fans will be able to watch the Nats hang the first championship banner in franchise history.

How could a day like that get any better? Maybe if Gerardo Parra, better known as "Baby Shark," threw out the first pitch. Luckily enough, Parra is most definitely down. 

"I want to throw the first pitch," Parra said in an exclusive interview with NBC Sports Washington. "I'm working, but it's not in my hands. I want to talk to the Japan team, but like I say, I don't want to say no because you never know."

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Right after the World Series ended, Parra said he received an offer from the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. He ultimately signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with a $3 million vesting option for 2021. His options to come back and play in the MLB were slim. 

Parra galvanized an entire locker room and fan base during the Nationals' improbable run to a World Series title. He added a level of weird to the team that hadn't been present before, so much so that there are actual videos of Stephen Strasburg dancing with Parra in the clubhouse. 

He only spent a short time in DC, but Parra quickly became a Nationals legend among the fans. Hopefully, we'll be able to see him throw the first pitch before he embarks on a career overseas. 

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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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