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Want to hear from Max Scherzer? Of course you do

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Want to hear from Max Scherzer? Of course you do

Click play in the embedded podcast to listen to The Racing Presidents' interview with Max Scherzer and click here to subscribe to the podcast.

Max Scherzer has thoughts. Lots of thoughts.

Trying new things at spring training? Yes.

“This is a time when you get to take some ideas you thought about during the season last year, and what you thought about in the offseason, and see if you’re able to implement it,” Scherzer told NBC Sports Washington. 

Concerned about baseball free agency? Yes. 

“It’s tough to really change anything in the middle of the CBA. This is the deal we signed up for as players, and this is the deal we have to live [with].”

Daddy daycare following spring training work? Yes.

“Right now, it’s family life.”

The three-time Cy Young winner and Nationals ace sat down with NBC Sports Washington on a recent sunny West Palm Beach day to discuss these things and more. You can hear everything Scherzer said below on the latest edition of The Racing Presidents podcast.

Also on this episode, discussion about where the bullpen goes following the release of Sammy Solis (who reportedly signed with the San Diego Padres on Monday). The Nationals now have questions in the middle of that group. In particular, they have questions about left-handed pitching in their bullpen. Matt Grace is currently their lone left-handed reliever outside of closer Sean Doolittle.

Rounding out the show is reaction to Adam Jones signing in Arizona, and thoughts on the MLB All-Star Election Day proposal. 

Listen, subscribe, rate, and stay tuned for more 1-on-1 conversations with players to come this week.
 

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen claims the Mets have "probably the deepest rotation in baseball

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen claims the Mets have "probably the deepest rotation in baseball

By signing Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha this week, the Mets have built out quite the collection of starting pitchers. 

Porcello and Wacha will join Jacob de Grom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and Steven Matz in New York's starting rotation, a group general manager Brodie Van Wagenen thinks quite highly of. 

"There was a lot talked about our lack of starting pitching depth over the last couple of weeks," Van Wagenen said on SNYtv Thursday. "I think that story has changed, and I think that we're probably the deepest starting pitching rotation in baseball."

Considering the Mets share a division with the Nationals, who still boast a starting rotation headlined by Max Scherzer, World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin, this is a pretty bold statement by Van Wagenen. 

Obviously he's the general manager and he has to say positive things about the club he's putting together. But to say those exact words on the heels of a rival winning a World Series because of their rotation? 

The Mets will host the Nationals in the first series of the season starting on March 26, so we may not have to wait long for these two rotations to face off. 

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Nationals prospect Sterling Sharp selected by Marlins in Rule 5 Draft

Nationals prospect Sterling Sharp selected by Marlins in Rule 5 Draft

The Nationals' No. 13 overall prospect is no longer in the organization, and it's not because of a trade that Washington made.

That's because the Miami Marlins selected pitcher Sterling Sharp with the No. 3 overall pick during Thursday's Rule 5 Draft. Sharp was susceptible to being drafted after the Nationals chose not to protect him by placing the right-hander on their 40-man roster.

The Marlins will pay Washington $100,000 for Sharp. The 24-year-old most remain on Miami's 25-man MLB roster for the entirety of the 2020 season or he will be offered back for $50,000.

Sharp, a 22nd round pick in the 2016 draft, made just nine starts for the Nationals Double-A affiliate Harrisburg in 2019 due to an oblique injury. His numbers were not especially eye-popping, as he posted a 3.99 ERA with an 8.2 K/9 ratio.

His performance in the Arizona Fall League was considerably better, where he put up a 1.50 ERA in six starts.

Sharp is incredibly athletic and could have played college basketball, according to MLB.com's Pipeline. Standing 6-foot-4, Sharp is known for his sinker and high ground-ball rate. In 2018, his last season fully healthy, he finished with 59.7 percent ground-ball rate, good for a Top 10 finish in all of the minors and the highest among qualified starters in the Nationals' farm system.

A three-pitch starter, Sharp has a solid changeup in his arsenal to go along with a low 90s fastball and his sinker.

Expected to make his MLB debut in 2020, Sharp could very well face his former team next season. As a divisional opponent, the Marlins will face the Nationals 19 times next season.

The Nationals did, however, select a prospect during the Minor League portion of the draft. Washington added switch-hitting shortstop Manuel Geraldo from the Giants system, who hit .255 with five home runs and 53 RBI in Double-A.

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