⚾️⚾️ The Morning Briefing: Nationals announce "Futures Game" exhibition
Here are the latest headlines and analyses around the Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball for today, December 1.
Good Morning Washington Nationals Fans,
Here are the latest headlines and analyses around the Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball for today December 1, 2023. I am Haden and let’s dive into our topic for today
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Leading today’s Morning Briefing: Nationals hosting a spring exhibition against top prospects
After the end of spring training, the Nationals usually play a game at Nationals Park before Opening Day. This year, they will be playing against the future of the Nationals, a group of their top prospects. The Nationals announced the game on social media. This concept should certainly bring more fans than their typical pre-season games at Nats Park.
What would a lineup for that “future” squad look like? While many have offered ideas already, I have a few ideas. James Wood, Dylan Crews, and Robert Hassell III are locks to be roaming the outfield in this game. Daylen Lile should be the designated hitter. Yohandy Morales and Brady House will form that corner infield tandem. The middle infield and catcher is where it gets harder. Drew Millas might not qualify here, so Israel Pineda? Maxwell Romero Jr., who is coming off a stellar season at Low-A Fredricksburg could also fit. Darren Baker will probably get some sort of playing time, so maybe he starts at second base, leaving Trey Lipscomb at shortstop? Kevin Made and Armando Cruz are the only other options that make sense up the middle.
Jackson Rutledge, who maintained rookie eligibility, will probably start for this team.
Around the MLB
The Brewers are locking up their top prospect Jackson Chourio to an eight-year, $82M deal before he makes his major league debut. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reported that the deal could end up as long as 10 years worth $140M.
The Reds bolstered their pitching staff by adding starter Nick Martinez and reliever Emilio Pagán, each to two-year deals. Martinez served as a swingman for the Padres, being one of those rare pitchers who started multiple games and also closed multiple games last season. Pagán struggled from 2020 to 2022, but put together a solid campaign in 2023 with the Twins, posting a 2.99 ERA in 69.1 innings.
The Mets improved their bench by signing former Marlin and Ray Joey Wendle, a left-handed hitting infielder to a one-year, $2M deal. They also added a buy-low candidate in the rotation in Luis Severino. Severino signed for one year and $13M guaranteed, with performance incentives.
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