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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo; manager Davey Martinez contract chatter; Nats’ World Series movie premieres tonight + more...

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Mike Rizzo in a red uniform holding a baseball bat © Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

If you somehow aren’t aware, the Washington Nationals’ “Improbable” World Series movie is airing on MASN and Nationals dot com tonight, starting at 7:00 PM ET, and Part 2 of the look at the club’s World Series win will air tomorrow at 5:30 PM ET, before the championship ring ceremony is held online due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Until later tonight ... Go read your links:

NATS BEAT:

Could delayed season be why Nationals haven't signed Davey Martinez, Mike Rizzo to new deals - (NBC Sports Washington)

"As we anticipate the official start of the 2020 Major League Baseball season, Mike Rizzo and Davey Martinez await new contracts."

Importance of Nationals' pitcher-catcher bond begins in Rookie-level ball - (MASN)

"The Nationals work very hard on teaching their catchers how to guide each pitcher through their outing, making sure the duo remain on the same page, keeping them focused on the task at hand."

Will Max Scherzer's 'pitching odometer' generate another big pay day? - (NBC Sports Washington)

"Last year, he made only 27 starts, his first time below 30 since becoming a full-time starter in 2009. Neck and back issues caused multiple injured list stints."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

COVID-19 Roundup: Players, Executives, Experts Weigh in on Health Protocols - (FanGraphs)

"In a report by ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, players openly wondered why so many restrictions would be necessary in an environment where everyone has tested negative for the virus."

These NL East fielders can flash the leather - (MLB.com)

"[Victor] Robles led all outfielders in 2019 with 25 DRS, two more than Cody Bellinger, the NL MVP Award winner."

MLB 2020: Universal DH has 8 post-hype NL hitters poised for breakouts - (USA TODAY)

"The defensive struggles he had while replacing injured shortstop Trea Turner during last year's two-week cameo almost certainly impacted Kieboom on offense."

NL EAST UPDATES:

The OG Phillie Phanatic wants Major League Baseball to lighten up - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)

"Dave Raymond, the OG Phillie Phanatic, was alarmed when he read the news earlier this week. No Mascots! Has Major League Baseball lost its mind?"

Yankees, Mets would train in Florida if MLB resumes - (NY Post)

"Baseball might return to New York this summer, but if spring training resumes, both the Yankees and Mets are expected to be at their sites in Florida, according to sources."

2020 Miami Marlins Mock Draft 2.0 (all 5 rounds) - (Fish Stripes)

"Improving upon the first edition that was published on Fish Stripes in early April, here is the Miami Marlins 2020 mock draft 2.0."

Six former Braves weigh in on issues around starting season - (AJC.com)

"Six former Braves players will participate in a televised discussion of issues surrounding a possible start of the pandemic-delayed MLB season."

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