The Nationals keep a French press in their dugout

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As a fan of another National League East team I’m not supposed to like the Nationals, but I have to tip my cap to their taste in coffee.

In this story from Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post we learn why a French press-style coffee pot was recently seen in the Nats’ dugout during a game. Turns out that it’s Chris Heisey and Stephen Drew‘s doing. Heisey got hooked on French Press coffee and then Drew did too and now it’s a thing with the Nats.

The key takeaway here, though, is not so much that French press coffee is the best. It’s good, but you can brew good coffee without one too if you make an effort. No, the key here is that Heisey and Drew had the good sense to say no to k-cups, which are objectively awful, and to drink their coffee black like adults with good taste:

He and Drew are the unofficial supervisors of the French press production. Drew got involved when he tired of running back and forth to the single-cup coffee maker in the clubhouse. When Heisey’s press was not providing enough coffee for all those consuming it, Drew bought a bigger one.

“We don’t put anything in it. It’s just straight black,” Drew said. “Everybody started getting it. It really is a taste. Once you get used to it, you don’t want anything else.”

I’ll tolerate you using a little cream if you have a sensitive stomach or something, but black is better. And if you put sugar in your coffee I simply cannot agree with your lifestyle and would ask that you not flaunt such sickness like that in front of me and my family.

Anyway, I predict that if the entire Nats team starts drinking black, French press coffee, they will win the NL East. Unless the Mets go for broke and hire someone to do a pour-over thing for them in their clubhouse. That could be a game changer.

Braves sign Marcell Ozuna to one-year, $18 million deal

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The Braves have announced on Tuesday evening the signing of free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that it’s a one-year contract for $18 million.

Ozuna, 29, hit .241/.328/.472 with 29 home runs, 89 RBI, 80 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 549 plate appearances for the Cardinals last season. He’s been consistently above-average in each of the past four seasons, which also included a career year in 2017 in which he was worth 6.1 WAR, per Baseball Reference.

It is surprising that Ozuna, a two-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner, had to settle for a one-year deal. The Braves are happy he did as he will help make up for some of the offense lost when third baseman Josh Donaldson became a free agent and ultimately signed with the Twins. Ozuna can become a free agent again after the 2020 season but won’t have qualifying offer compensation attached to him, part of the reason why his market may have been slow to develop.

Along with Ozuna, the Braves have signed in free agency this offseason reliever Will Smith, starter Cole Hamels, and catcher Travis d'Arnaud. They re-signed relievers Chris Martin and Darren O'Day, catcher Tyler Flowers, infielder Adeiny Hechavarría, and outfielder Nick Markakis.