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Harper goes yard for 3 HR's against Marlins

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Harper goes yard for 3 HR's against Marlins


Bryce Harper launched home runs in each of his first three at-bats Wednesday afternoon, lifting the Nationals to an early lead over the Marlins and igniting the home crowd on South Capitol Street.


Harper took Miami right-hander Tom Koehler deep in the bottom of the second, third and fifth innings, notching the first 3-homer game of his career and the fourth in club history. Alfonso Soriano, Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman had previously done during the Nationals' 10 seasons of existence.


Harper's first homer was an opposite-field shot, landing in the visitors' bullpen to lead off the second inning. One inning later, he launched an 0-1 pitch from Koehler into the second deck in right-center, giving the Nationals a 4-2 lead.


Harper's third homer was the most impressive of them all, another second-deck shot that left the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton motionless in right field. It also elicited a curtain call from the crowd at Nationals Park.

Harper now has eight homers on the season to go along with an MLB-high 26 walks. That puts him on pace for 45 homers and 145 walks this season, something no player under 25 has ever done in baseball history.
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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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