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2017 MLB Power Rankings: Ryan Zimmerman can't be stopped

2017 MLB Power Rankings: Ryan Zimmerman can't be stopped

Ryan Zimmerman was probably due for a bit of a bounce-back season, but no one saw this  coming. 

Zimmerman, who just happens to be hitting .435/.475/.907 with a 1.382 OPS and 13 dingers, was the best player for the Nats through the first month of the season. That,  and two healthy shoulders from Bryce Harper. 

While sustaining those numbers isn't going to happen, a return to form from Zimmerman gives the Nationals, who already lead baseball in most offensive categories, just another weapon in a stacked lineup. 

Elsewhere around the league, the Marlins are slumping, the Yankees are terrifying, and the pesky Twins just won't go away yet. How did your team do this week? To the rankings! 


2017 Record: 11-20
Previous Ranking: 28
Last 10 Games: 4-6
Notable Performance: Christian Arroyo (slashing .316/.381/.474 over the last 7 days.) 

13-5, 13-3, and 14-2 have all been scores of games that the Giants have lost in the past week. They're already in the call-up-top-prospects part of their season, too. 


2017 Record: 10-20
Previous Ranking: 29
Last 10 Games: 4-6
Notable Performance: DH Kendrys Morales (3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs in a win over Tampa Bay on Friday.)

Toronto caught a break with the Marcus Stroman injury scare, but that's about the only break they've caught so far. The ace is expected to make his next start after having some concerns about forearm tightness. 


2017 Record: 10-19
Previous Ranking: 25
Last 10 Games: 3-7
Notable Performance: Eric Hosmer (.455/.458/.773 with 2 HRs and 7 RBIs last week)

This version of the Royals has been fun, but the mid-summer fire sale is coming. Who's going to overpay for Hosmer? 


2017 Record: 11-17
Previous Ranking: 30
Last 10 Games: 5-5
Notable Performance: Matt Kemp (hit .333/.364/.476 over the last seven days) 

Dansby Swanson's underwhelming start is letting Freddy Freeman - who's slumping in his own right - stay out of the spotlight. At least Braves fans get to watch Bartolo Colon every five days. 


2017 Record: 11-17
Previous Ranking: 16
Last 10 Games: 5-5
Notable Performance: Maikel Franco (.310/.388/.476 and two home runs over the last two weeks)

The Phillies are admirably hanging in there, but all eyes are on Aaron Nola and that lower back MRI. You're not getting anywhere with Jeremy Hellickson being your best starter. 


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Will Mike Rizzo continue to shape the Nationals? The Junkies believe he's too valuable to lose

Will Mike Rizzo continue to shape the Nationals? The Junkies believe he's too valuable to lose

Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Gio Gonzalez and Matt Wieters aren't the only important guys within the Nationals organization becoming free agents in 2019.

President of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo is also becoming a free agent when his contract expires on October 31st.

In the final year of his five-year contract, the 57-year old is set to make $2.5 million.


Since joining the organization, Rizzo has turned the team into a legit World Series contender. They've won four division titles in the last six years under his guidance, but have been unable to get over the NL Division series hump. And even though that's a glaring red mark on his resume, Rizzo knows the success he's brought to the organization. 

When you look at what we accomplished,’’ Mike Rizzo said in a recent interview, “it’s really unsung and underappreciated. I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished here. I like it here. I love the city. I love the team I put together. I like being a GM in the NL East. And I want to stay here. I just think I deserve to be treated like some of the best GMs in the game are, too.

Rizzo is talking about GM's like Cubs' Theo Epstein and Yankees' Brian Cashman, who've received big paydays over the last year.

I know we haven’t won the World Series, but I get tired of hearing how we can’t win the big one, or we can’t get out of the first round. We haven’t had that many chances.

Does Rizzo deserve an extension? The Sports Junkies think he does, but with GM's like the ones above cashing out, they can also see him wanting to test the open market.

"Why wouldn't they?", said Jason Bishop, noting his track record.

"There's a sense he wants to test the market," said Eric Bickel. That's the vibe I'm getting from him."

Rizzo is a weekly guest on the Junkies and has said that the organization will figure it out. However, the 2018 season may be the last time for a long time the Nats have a real shot at making a run before they lose some of their stars to other teams. If Rizzo does take that into consideration and decides to go elsewhere, the Junkies don't see him having any issues finding employment.

"If there was a time to roll, it would be after this season when you get your last run with this group," said Eric Bickel. And then If they don't pay you what you think you deserve, he'll be snatched up in 22 seconds."


If they do decide to sign him to an extension, will it be a long, drawn-out ordeal? The Junkies disagree on that one. 

"He is too valuable, Jason Bishop said. He's too valuable. You gotta ink him to a deal sometime during the season."

Luckily for D.C. sports fans, long, drawn-out extension talks aren't foreign to them.

To see their full discussion, click the media player above. 

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Nationals re-sign Howie Kendrick for two-years


Nationals re-sign Howie Kendrick for two-years

WASHINGTON  -- The Nationals have agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract with outfielder Howie Kendrick, a deal subject to a successful physical.

Agent Pat Murphy confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Monday. USA Today was first to report the deal.

Kendrick, 34, hit .293 with seven home runs and RBIs in 52 games with Washington after he was acquired from Philadelphia. The versatile right-handed hitter got just three plate appearances off the bench in the playoffs.

In 12 major league seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, Dodgers, Phillies and Nationals, Kendrick is a .291 hitter with a .755 OPS. He's now primarily an outfielder for Washington after playing left field, second base, first base and other positions throughout his career.