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Report: Nats among favorites for one of baseball's best execs

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Report: Nats among favorites for one of baseball's best execs

A new rumor has the Nationals linked to one of the top free agent names on the market. This one, however, is not a player, he's an executive.

Since his firing as general manager of the Detroit Tigers, Dave Dombrowski has drawn interest from multiple clubs, including the Nationals. The accomplished front office boss has a history with Nats GM Mike Rizzo, most recently with the trade of Doug Fister to Washington before the 2014 season. Both also got their start as MLB scouts in the Chicago White Sox organization.

Here is the report from USA Today's Bob Nightengale:

 


Dombrowski was let go from the Tigers on Aug. 4 after 14 years at the helm. The Tigers were struggling this season after making the playoffs four straight years. Detroit lost in the World Series twice during Dombrowski's tenure and were defeated two other times in the ALCS.

Dombrowski built the Florida Marlins World Series team in 1997 and is known as one of the most respected executives in baseball. He actually has ties to the Nationals franchise, as his first GM job was with the Montreal Expos from 1988 to 1991.

As Nightengale notes, the Blue Jays and Mariners are also possibilities. One would expect Dombrowski could get something more substantive than a consulting job, that he has done enough to earn a prime position in a front office for his next gig. The Nats have had a lot of success with their current power structure, so it would be interesting to see what role Dombrowski would serve if brought on.

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.