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Harper, Nats show up well in 1st All-Star game ballot voting

Harper, Nats show up well in 1st All-Star game ballot voting

The first round of voting for the National League side of the 2016 MLB All-Star Game was released on Wednesday and three Nationals players are showing up well with just under six weeks to go until the July 12 Midsummer Classic.

Bryce Harper leads all NL outfielders with 838,599 votes and places second only to Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo among all NL players. Second baseman Daniel Murphy is second for his position with 488,468 votes. And Wilson Ramos places fifth among NL catchers with 209,949.

Like Harper, Murphy is second to a Cubs player with Ben Zobrist topping all second basemen. For catchers, it's Cardinals backstop Yadier Molina who is in the NL lead.

Harper is currently sidelined by a right leg contusion, but is second among NL outfielders with 13 homers and is fourth with 34 RBI. Murphy leads the majors with a .397 batting average and is second among NL second basemen in homers (9) and RBI (34). Ramos leads all MLB catchers with at least 40 games played with a .327 batting average. He has six homers and 25 RBI.

Here are the full NL All-Star voting results:

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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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