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Denard Span was the Nats' best quote: Here are the highlights

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Denard Span was the Nats' best quote: Here are the highlights

With Denard Span moving on to sign with the San Francisco Giants, the Nationals are not only losing one of their best players, but their best quote. Here is a look back at the most memorable things he said as a member of the Nats:

On being born in D.C.:

"I don't think so. I don't think she planned on having me in Washington, D.C. I think she'd planned on having me in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and I ended up just popping out early."

On Twitter when he was stuck in D.C. traffic:

Tweeting as I’m in traffic hoping to get pulled over so that I can get to the field quicker #omg

On returning from injury in 2015 and getting a standing ovation:

"Just priceless, man. These fans have treated me so gracious through the ups [and] downs since I've been here for the last three years. [It's] just a warm feeling. When I came out and hearing the fans' excitement and even my teammates -- you could just tell the glow in their face, and it was genuine, and happy to see me back. It just means a lot."

On getting the No. 2 from Roger Bernadina:

“I don’t have Rolex money so he wasn’t getting no Rolex, maybe he would have got a Fossil or something like that. Or a pair of Nikes or something.”

On coming to D.C.:

“I’ve heard, what’s the term they give it, ‘Chocolate City?’ I looked at the roster and I was like, ‘man, I’m the only African-American on the team,’ I guess it’s up to me to bring a little chocolate to the team and to the city.”

On his team-record 29-game hit streak ending:

"It was a few things -- I haven't not gotten a hit in 29 days, so that felt weird, walking back to the dugout without getting a hit. I felt sad, like I let myself down, let the fans down, they've been rooting for me...but once I hear the round of applause, it did make me feel a bit better."

On how his alter ego helps him steal bases:

"Denard is the guy that is passive, the guy that is afraid to make a mistake. Then ‘Span is the guy that is a playmaker. Span is the smooth guy, the guy that would talk to a girl.’ It’s like the Urkel and the Stefan [from Family Matters]. I just had to walk off and kind of hype myself up for a second. And then I came back to first and was: ‘let’s go.’"

Span on setting a career-high in steals in 2014:

"You know what, this is something that I've been working on since the day I got drafted at 18. It's funny you say that because I probably feel the slowest I've ever felt in my career, just as far as getting older.”

On losing a ball in the fog at Wrigley Field:

"I didn’t even know it was coming at me, to be honest with you. I didn’t know where it was. I finally figured that the ball was coming towards me, because everybody was looking at me and pointing in my direction. But it is scary, because...once I figured out the ball was coming towards me, I didn’t want to look up. Because the last thing I wanted was to let a ball hit me in my pretty face."

On getting an ovation in his last game as a National:

"I was on the field, but that was difficult. The first game I came in and got the standing ovation, that was the best/worst feeling ever. The fans were happy that I was back, but deep down I knew that I couldn't give them what I normally can bring to this game and to the ballclub. People were telling me 'you looked good last game.' Yeah, I looked good. But I didn't feel good.”

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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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