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Denard Span plans to work out for interested teams in early 2016

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Denard Span plans to work out for interested teams in early 2016

The Nationals have made it clear this offseason they are in search of outfield help with the logical fit being a left-handed hitter who can play center field, given Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth are not going anywhere. Michael Taylor is slated for center as of right now, but that didn't stop the Nats from offering Jason Heyward a massive contract last week.

Hmm... a left-handed bat who can play center field. What about Denard Span? The 31-year-old has not received nearly the interest of other free agents and, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, Span will work out for interested teams sometime after New Year's.

The idea is to show Span's recovery from hip surgery is going well. He had a procedure to repair a torn labrum in his left hip in September. The timeline for recovery is six months and Span expects to come back 100 percent.

The Nationals have been in contact with Span this offseason, but say his health is their biggest concern. Perhaps he can convince them - and others - otherwise. 

Span has a lot on the line this offseason with his agent Scott Boras making it clear he wants a multi-year deal and a starting role. He turns 32 in February and could be looking for his last big contract.

Span hit .301 with 38 runs and 11 steals in 61 games for the Nats in 2015. He was hampered by injuries to his abdomen, back and hip, and had two surgeries before the season even started.

When healthy Span has shown the ability to hit for .300, steal upwards of 30 bases and play excellent defense in center field. At 100 percent, Span would fit with most teams in Major League Baseball, but he will have to prove he's healthy to get the contract he seeks.

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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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