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Dizziness, no concussion for Harper after collision

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Dizziness, no concussion for Harper after collision

Updated at 4:36 p.m.

An already disastrous week for the Nationals was dealt yet one more blow Sunday afternoon when Bryce Harper was forced out of the club's series finale in Miami following a first-inning collision with second baseman Derek Dietrich, though the initial prognosis for the 22-year-old slugger was encouraging.

Harper was suffering from dizziness but passed all concussion tests after being removed from the game for precautionary reasons, manager Matt Williams told reporters in Miami. He'll be re-evaluated before Monday's series opener in Philadelphia.

The collision occurred as Harper was rounding second base on Jayson Werth's soft grounder to short with two outs in the top of the first. Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas only had one realistic play, and he took it, throwing across the diamond to retire Werth and end the inning.

Harper, perhaps sensing the throw might be late, went hard around second in an attempt to swipe another base. Dietrich, though, went to cover the bag himself, even though there was no play to be made, and got in Harper's way, leading to the collision.

Dietrich was playing in only his second game of the season at second base, having spent 35 games in left field, 22 games at third base and two more at first base.

Harper was on the ground in pain for a couple of minutes but eventually got up to his feet and appeared to be asking Williams and head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz to let him stay in the game. He wound up walking off the field under his own power once told he couldn't continue.

Harper, the odds-on favorite to win NL MVP honors, is only the latest significant member of the Nationals to suffer an injury this week. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman strained an oblique muscle at the start of the week and has missed the last five games. Center fielder Michael Taylor has been dealing with a nagging knee injury and has been forced to miss a few games over the last two weeks. And reliever Drew Storen broke his right thumb slamming his locker door shut after giving up a home run to Yoenis Cespedes during Wednesday night's loss to the Mets and will miss the season's final three weeks.

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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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