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Is Strasburg soft? The Junkies' E.B. asks for Nats fans

Is Strasburg soft? The Junkies' E.B. asks for Nats fans

UPDATE: According to sources of MLB Network's Joe Morosi, Stephen Strasburg is now expected to start Game 4 against the Cubs.

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Is Stephen Strasburg soft? That's the question everyone has been asking since hearing the news that Stephen Strasburg reportedly declined pitching in Game 4 because he was feeling "under the weather."

Wednesday's game against the Cubs is do or die, and with the gift of a rain delay in Tuesday's game, it would have be the perfect setup for Strasburg to pitch again.

When asked about the teams decision, GM Mike Rizzo naturally backed up his team and his players, saying it's the best decision all around. For the Sports Junkies' Eric Bickel, he wanted the real answer as to why a major leaguer would turn the opportunity down, sick or not.

"Fans have the right to question why this guy won't at least attempt to put his balls on the line," Bickel said.

To that, Rizzo had this response.

"He is attempting to put his balls on the line. He went out and threw a bullpen and said [to] Mike Maddux [our] pitching coach, "I'll give ya everything I have. I don't know how much it is."

And we made the decision we want 100 percent Tanner Roark, who won 15, 16, and 13 games over the last three years he was a starter over a depleted Stephen Strasburg.

Click above to watch the full clip of the Junkies interview with Mike Rizzo where he explained in depth his teams reasoning behind their decision. 

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.

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Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.

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It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

So if you have not heard, Bryce Harper is going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season.

All off-season talking heads, baseball aficionados, radio hosts, etc. were speculating on where the outfielder’s destination will be next year.

And we are still a year away from it actually happening.

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Reporting to spring training on Monday, Harper did not waste any time telling the media how his press conferences were going to play out this season.

“If guys do [ask], or talk anything about that, I will be walking right out the door.”

Entering his seventh season with the Washington Nationals, the 25-year-old is coming off the second-best season, statistically, of his career. The 2015 NL MVP has hit .285 in his career, with 150 home runs and 421 RBIs. Unquestionably he is the face of the Nationals’ organization, if not, the best player in the team’s history.

If he does end the season without a contract extension, he will join Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, and Barry Bonds as the top sought out free agents in MLB history.

One thing is for certain in terms of Harper’s free agency; Harper has given no inclination on where his landing spot will be.  The top three cities are of course his favorite childhood team, the New York Yankees; joining with one of his closest friends with the Chicago Cubs; or just staying with Washington.

Wherever he does land, it does appear that it will be the largest contract given to a free agent ever.

As for now we just wait and direct any of your calls to his agent Scott Boras.

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