Inbox: Will Nats and A's swing another deal?

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The Nationals have announced their Spring Training reporting dates, with pitchers and catchers due in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Feb. 14 and position players to follow Feb. 17. So as the countdown begins, the Nats have a few items on their to-do list before they pack up for Florida. This week’s Inbox takes a look at another potential closing option, bench possibilities, questions about starting pitching health and depth … and Mike Trout.

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Finding a closer, filling bench on Nats' to-do list

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With nearly six weeks until they report to their new Spring Training facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., the Nats should continue to be one of the more active teams in baseball. Here are a few things they need to accomplish before they head off to Florida.

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With reinforcements, title remains Nats' goal

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With a few bounce-back seasons and some good health, the Nationals could find themselves in position to come away with the ultimate goal of a championship. On the other hand, they have made a notable addition in the outfield and still have some question marks in the bullpen going into next season.

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Source: Murphy, Goldy to play for US in Classic

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The United States added two more All-Stars to what is turning into a powerful national team roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy and D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt have committed to play for Team USA in the Classic, set for March 2017, sources tell MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi.

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