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Dusty thinks Harper deserves penalty, may have to 'spank him'

Dusty thinks Harper deserves penalty, may have to 'spank him'

One day after Bryce Harper was ejected for mouthing off to umpire Brian Knight and was later seen yelling an obscenity at him during the Nats' walkoff celebration, manager Dusty Baker addressed whether he believes his star player will either be fined or suspended by Major League Baseball.

Harper returned to the field after getting ejected, which is not allowed by the league.

And Baker wouldn't be surprised or disagree with MLB if Harper was punished.

"He deserves something, a fine or something, to me," Baker said. 

Baker then continued to defend Harper's actions.

"Who's not going to come out on the field to celebrate a game-winning home run? I mean, what do you think we are? Like, robots that don't have feelings? Probably what he did and said was wrong. But, I mean, how many people say and do wrong things every day? Plus, I'm not the judge here. And I'm not going to help the judge."

The best quote from Baker on the subject, however, dealt with Harper's temperament and whether the reigning MVP needs to be more careful.

"I have no problem with Bryce. I happen to like the young man, not because he's a heck of a ballplayer. But I happen to like him, period. Know what I mean? Now, will I have to spank him sometimes? Maybe."

That's just a great quote.

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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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