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Report: Nationals interested in signing Madison Bumgarner, Zack Wheeler

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Less than a week after winning the World Series, the Washington Nationals are already plotting their next moves.

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported on Monday that the Nats are already working on trying to bring back World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg and obviously want to re-sign All-Star infielder Anthony Rendon as well. Heyman also said that the team likes veteran pitchers Madison Bumgarner and Zack Wheeler in terms of outside options.

While it is unclear if the 30-year-old Bumgarner and the 29-year-old Wheeler would be contingency plans in the event Strasburg walks, at least the former would be a solid addition regardless as a lefty arm to complement a righty-heavy rotation. The latter is also coming off a strong stretch of play, going 23-15 with a 3.65 ERA over the last two seasons combined.

That said, it’s worth noting that one of those two prospective free agent targets had a bit of a feud with Nationals star Max Scherzer a few years ago.

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