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Harper to be evaluated after tweaking right leg in win vs. Braves

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Harper to be evaluated after tweaking right leg in win vs. Braves

In the 11th inning after smoking a double to right-center field against the Braves, Bryce Harper ran through second base and stopped short before leaning down to put his hands on his knees. He stood at second base hunched over and appeared at first to be catching his breath.

But manager Matt Williams and head trainer Lee Kuntz could tell something was wrong and ran out to talk to him despite several attempts by Harper to wave them off. Harper, it turns out, felt a cramp in his right leg as he was turning towards third. It is not related to the left hamstring strain that he dealt with this past weekend, but it will require further evaluation by the team's medical staff.

"He just said it was a cramp when he went into second. Standing there, it got a little bit better," Williams said. "He told me he could score if there was a base hit, so it subsided a little bit. We'll see how it acts when he gets up in the morning. The doc will take a look at him, the trainers will take a look at him when we get back in there and we'll see what we've got."

Harper ended up scoring the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Ian Desmond. Harper was on third with the bases loaded when Desmond lined out to deep left field. It wasn't a close call as Harper jogged home comfortably.

Williams said the team will hope to have more on Harper before Thursday's game. The 22-year-old right fielder is hitting. .340 with 24 home runs and 58 RBI this season.

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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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