Nationals’ celebration involved 60 bottles of champagne and 480 cans of beer

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I’ve always wondered what exactly goes into a team’s celebration after clinching a playoff spot and James Wagner of the Washington Post has some details on the Nationals’ post-division title bash Monday night:

The revelry was organized and the cleanup spearheaded by longtime clubhouse manager Mike Wallace. For the celebration, he ordered 60 bottles of Korbel and Dom Perignon 2002 and 20 cases of Miller Lite, or 480 cans, and had them chilling on ice in blue beverage containers. (And, of course, there was some sparkling apple cider for Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche’s son, Drake, to drink.)

And that doesn’t even include all the money spent on goggles.

Drew Storen called it “a war zone” and the aftermath included the clubhouse manager “heat cleaning, shampooing and drying the carpet” until 5:00 a.m. the next morning.

To raise money for charity the Nationals are offering the empty champagne bottles from the celebration for $100 or you can buy just a cork for $50. Seriously.

Report: Phillies interested in Manny Machado; Orioles have done homework on Phillies’ minor league system

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Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will become a free agent after the 2018 season and there hasn’t been much in the way of progress on a contract extension between the two sides. It seems as if Machado will test the open market next offseason.

The Phillies, currently with relatively minuscule obligations for the 2018 season and beyond, are expected to be big players for Machado, as well as other potential free agents like Bryce Harper. In fact, the Phillies may not even want to wait until next offseason, as Roch Kubatko of MASN reports that the club has expressed interest in Machado to the Orioles. In return, the O’s have been doing their homework on the Phillies’ minor league system.

Kubatko notes that the Orioles like, in particular, Phillies prospects Sixto Sanchez and Scott Kingery. The Phillies may be hesitant to part with either considering they can get Machado for a lot of cash but no prospects next winter. MLB Pipeline rates Sanchez as the Phillies’ best pitching prospect and the second-best prospect overall in the system. Kingery is third overall and the top infielder. While the Phillies’ system is among the best in baseball, its notable weakness is pitching, so parting with Sanchez — who throws in the upper 90’s and can hit triple digits — would be a big ask. Kingery is seen as the club’s next second baseman of the future, so much so that the Phillies are shopping Cesar Hernandez at the Winter Meetings.

As usual with rumors during the Winter Meetings, there may be some smoke but no actual fire here. The Orioles are likely to get continued interest in Machado from many teams between now and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. They are simply doing their due diligence by seeing what the Phillies and others have to offer for Machado.