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MLB Hot Stove Rumors: Nationals exploring trading Gio Gonzalez to Yankees

MLB Hot Stove Rumors: Nationals exploring trading Gio Gonzalez to Yankees

Here's an interesting report for Nationals fans to keep an eye on: If Washington lands White Sox ace Chris Sale, they may trade left Gio Gonazlez to the Yankees. 

From Rich Mancuso of New York Sports Day:

A reliable National League source early this morning at the 2016 Baseball Winter Meetings confirmed that the Washington Nationals are close to a deal with the New York Yankees that would send lefthander Gio Gonzalez to the Bronx. In return the Yankees would send the Nationals two minor league prospects and maybe another player.

Mancuso stipulates that the trade agreement, which is not yet official, would be contingent upon the Nationals acquiring Sale. 

Gonzalez, 31, is in the last year of his contact with Washington after arriving in 2012 from Oakland. He finished the 2016 season with an 11-11 record, 4.57 ERA and 171 strikeouts. 

UPDATE 1:34 p.m.: The Nationals lost on out Sale, who was instead traded to the Red Sox. 

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Nationals Dominican Academy goes crazy for Juan Soto's double in World Series

Nationals Dominican Academy goes crazy for Juan Soto's double in World Series

In only his second season in the major leagues, 20-year-old outfielder Juan Soto has fans all over the country -- and the world -- rooting for him in the World Series, including some teens at the Nationals Dominican Academy.

Early Wednesday, Johnny DiPuglia, the Nationals via the team's president of international scouting, posted a video to Twitter of a roomful of kids at the Nats Dominican Academy going wild for Soto's two-run double in Game 1 of the World Series. The hit put the Nationals ahead 5-2 and secured their eventual 5-4 win over the Astros to take the 1-0 lead.

Only a few years ago, that could have been Soto in that room. The Nationals signed the outfielder as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2015.

Soto made his MLB debut just three years later on May 15, 2018, after what can only be described as a meteoric rise to superstardom

On Tuesday, Sunday went 3-for-4 with a home run in Game 1 of the World Series in only his second season in MLB.

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Juan Soto will be able to drink more than sparkling grape juice at next possible Nationals celebration

Juan Soto will be able to drink more than sparkling grape juice at next possible Nationals celebration

For each of the Nationals' champagne-and-beer celebrations this year, 20-year-old outfielder Juan Soto could not legally partake in the bottle-popping with anything harder than sparkling grape juice. 

On Friday, October 25, the same day as Game 3 of the World Series, Soto will finally turn 21 years old and be able to legally drink alcohol in the United States. The next day, Game 4, is the first potential date the Nationals could celebrate a World Series victory.

After Washington swept St. Louis in the NLCS, the Nationals took to the locker room for another alcohol-soaked party. But, like the other times this postseason, Soto had his own, special bottles to pop. Bottles of non-alcoholic grape juice. 

The Nationals phenom will have more to drink (and spray) than before if Washington defeats Houston in the World Series. Already up 1-0 on the Astros after a 5-4 Game 1 win on Tuesday, the Nationals next chance for a plastic-lined locker room is Saturday, October 26: Game 4 and the day after Soto's birthday. 

Soto's 3-for-4 performance in Game 1, including a solo home run and a two-run double, has the rising superstar deserving a true champagne shower after this postseason.

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