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Harper won't be in home run derby


Harper won't be in home run derby

Bryce Harper will likely participate in home run derbies some day, but he'll have to wait at least another year. National League captain Matt Kemp has revealed he does not plan on selecting the 19-year-old for the upcoming July 9 showcase.

Kemp explained his decision to Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today:

"It's not because he's a rookie. It's just that there are other guys out there that are capable,'' he said.

Kemp says he based his decision on the fact Harper's home run stats don't qualify him as one of the best sluggers in the league.

"That's how I got in last year,'' Kemp said. "I had a lot of home runs in the first half. So you have to take that into consideration.''

Based on numbers, you can't really argue with Kemp. Harper has seven homers on the year with isn't even in the top 50 of National League hitters. He actually ranks third on his own team as Adam LaRoche leads with 15 and Ian Desmond slots ahead with 11.

Despite the statistical evidence, however, many around the league were holding out hope Harper would be selected for the derby. Along with Mike Trout, Harper represents the single biggest story of baseball this season. Rarely has the league witnessed two players play so well this young as major leaguers. It would have been special to see Harper take hacks in Kansas City at 19, but Kemp does present a valid case. There's always next year.

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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.


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.


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.