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Is the D.C. area getting another Minor League Baseball team?

Is the D.C. area getting another Minor League Baseball team?

Could the Washington, D.C. area be getting another Minor League Baseball team?

An investment group in Charles County, Md. reportedly has a deal in place to move the Miami Marlins' short-season Single-A affiliate Batavia (NY)  Muckdogs to Waldorf, Md., according to Baseball America.

The relocated team would remain in the New York-Penn League,  which is also the home to the Nationals' current short-season Single-A affiliate Auburn Doubledays.

According to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, Nationals officials refuse to comment on the situation but remain devoted to the Doubledays.

A member of the Nationals front office said team policy dictates not commenting on deals with affiliates while existing deals are still in effect. “We are committed to Auburn,” was all he would say. The Nationals’ short-season Single-A team is located in Auburn, New York and plays in the New York Penn League with the Muckdogs.

The relocating Muckdogs would play at the Regency Furniture Stadium, home to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent Atlantic league, according to Baseball America. This move would mean the Blue Crabs would relocate to a yet-to-be-determined market. 

The most interesting aspect of the development is not the prospect of the metro area getting another team, but just who is purchasing the Muckdogs.

According to the reports, the ownership group is comprised of local African-American businessmen and the move would be a major step in the right direction for MLB and MiLB in terms of creating a more diverse industry.

As of the start of the 2016 season, there are just two minority managers in Major League Baseball — Nationals' skipper Dusty Baker and Los Angeles Dodgers' first-time manager Dave Roberts.

But the potential deal does face a significant hurdle, namely gaining approval from both the Orioles and Nationals because of the Waldorf's location in the teams' territory.

On top of that, the team must also get the approval from other minor league teams that have a footprint in Southern Maryland.

The relocation process for minor league teams is anything but simple. That being said, with baseball on the rise in the nation's capital, the addition of a local team would be more than welcomed.

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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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