Washington can keep Harper from hitting free agency if it can somehow get him to agree to a contract extension first, which is unlikely but not impossible.

Bryce Harper will be the talk of the sport in a year -- unless the Nationals get him to sign an extension before then. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Washington can keep Harper from hitting free agency if it can somehow get him to agree to a contract extension first, which is unlikely but not impossible.

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Though GM Mike Rizzo maintains he is good with the catchers he has, the Nationals are likely to pursue some outside help.

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As more than one industry insider said, given Boras's relationship with Nationals ownership, “You can never rule it out.”

Washington must reconstruct its bench and the depth beyond it.

Trea Turner is another option.

The Nationals offseason wishlist includes: bench pieces, right-handed relievers and starting-pitching depth.

Washington's new manager successfully navigated his winter meetings news conference, mixing candor with the company line like a veteran.

General Manager Mike Rizzo and his front office, as always, are quietly doing their due diligence to supplement one of baseball’s strongest rosters.

Washington's chances of re-signing their homegrown superstar may have gotten a big boost.

Do the Nationals add a front-end starter? More relief help? A solid catcher who can handle the bulk of the work?

The Nationals have a hole in the starting rotation and Cole could fill it.

The Nationals will peruse the relief market, but they know as well as anyone that it's a scary, scary place.

When Ohtani and Stanton move, and the market starts to move with them, the Nationals will be able to get a better sense of what to do next.

Vikings post the best score for a boys team in the history of the Nike Cross Nationals.

The ex-major leaguer beat out fellow former players such as Hensley Meulens and Carlos Beltran for the job, according to reports.

The trio represents the Nationals' only arbitration-eligible players.

Hale is eager to bring the club the intensity that drew General Manager Mike Rizzo to him in the first place.

But don't read too much into this, as every team should do it.

He will enter next season rated as the Nationals' third-best prospect, a 25-year-old rookie with a 9.39 career ERA.

Robles doesn't plan on playing winter ball this offseason.

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