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CSN reporters and analysts make 2016 Nats predictions

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CSN reporters and analysts make 2016 Nats predictions

Here is how a host of reporters and analysts at CSN Mid-Atlantic think the 2016 Nationals season will go...

Nationals Insider Chase Hughes

92 wins, NL wild card spot, lose in NLCS: Bryce Harper will repeat as MVP, but the New York Mets will take the NL East. The Nats will get a wild card spot, though, and advance further than New York in the playoffs.

SportsTalk Live host Brian Mitchell

94 wins, lose in World Series: Bryce Harper wins MVP again

SportsTalk Live host Rob Carlin

95 wins, lose in NLDS: Bryce repeats as MVP, Strasburg wins 19

CSN anchor Chick Hernandez

86 wins, lose World series: Strasburg 20-game winner, Scherzer 2 outs away from another no no

Orioles Insider Rich Dubroff

92 wins, lose in NLDS: Nationals will go 92-70, lose in Division Series to Cubs. Bryce Harper hits 50 home runs and repeats as MVP.

Redskins Insider Tarik El-Bashir

98 wins, lose World Series: The Nats will win 98 games and advance to the World Series, where they'll lose to the Blue Jays. Bryce Harper will repeat as National League MVP and Dusty Baker will win a fourth NL Manager of the Year award.

CSN anchor Michael Jenkins

90 wins, Bryce repeats as NL MVP, World Series Champions: The Nats stay healthy, Pap doesn’t choke anyone (that we know about) and Dusty Baker’s leadership is the missing piece as Washington finally realizes its potential and wins it all.

CSN Mid-Atlantic manager, Redskins writer J.P. Finlay

89 wins, NL East title, lose in NLDS: They take back the NL East title. But being DC Sports, no great playoff success. Bryce again a monster and Turner shows out.

CSN producer and Capitals writer J.J. Regan

91 wins, win NL East, lose in NLCS: The Nationals will find a renewed confidence from new manager Dusty Baker and surpass the over-achieving Mets for the division crown. They will even finally, FINALLY win a playoff series, but a suspect bullpen will fail them when they need it most in the NLCS.

Wizards writer Ben Standig

92 wins, win NL East, lost in NLDS: Strasburg wins career-high 16 games (and then leaves in free agency)...Ben Revere 35 stolen bases...Harper 3rd in MVP vote. ...Papelbon blows more saves than Scherzer has losses.

Maryland Insider Daniel Martin

95 wins, lose in World Series: Scherzer wins NL Cy Young and throws another no-hitter. Harper comes in second in MVP voting. 

CSN digital producer and Nationals writer Daniel Shiferaw

93 wins, lose in NLCS to Cubs: Dusty Baker wins Manager of the Year, Stephen Strasburg is NL Cy Young contender in his final year with Nats 

CSN anchor Sebastian Salazar

98 wins, Win World Series: Bryce Harper repeat MVP, Baker Manager of the Year, Scherzer CY Young. Revenge over St. Louis in playoffs. 

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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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