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Jordan Zimmermann signs free agent deal with Tigers

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Jordan Zimmermann signs free agent deal with Tigers

After seven years in Washington, Jordan Zimmermann has found a new home. The right-hander has agreed to sign a free agent deal with the Detroit Tigers.

CBS Sports was first to report the news. The contract is worth five years and $110 million, according to Fox Sports.

Zimmermann, 29, holds a 3.32 ERA in 178 career starts. In 2015, he went 13-10 with a 3.66 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 201 2/3 innings.

The Nationals will receive a compensation draft pick, as Zimmermann turned down their qualifying offer extended after the World Series was completed.

Zimmermann was one of the Nationals' first home-grown stars. He joined the franchise as a second round pick in 2007 and blossomed into a two-time All-Star. Zimmermann received votes for NL Cy Young in both 2013 and 2014. He has been the best pitcher in Nationals history since the franchise moved to Washington in 2005.

Zimmermann's career is one of the best success stories for Tommy John surgery, as Zimmermann had the procedure in 2009 and went on to become an elite starter and highly sought after free agent.

Zimmermann will long be remembered in D.C. for the no-hitter he threw on the last day of the 2014 season against the Miami Marlins. He also came within one out of pitching a shutout against the San Francisco Giants that October.

The Tigers signing Zimmermann represents the first domino in a crowded starting pitching free agent class. Also looking for deals are David Price, Zack Greinke, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Yovani Gallardo and John Lackey.

The Nationals are also expected to lose Doug Fister this offseason. With Zimmermann already departing, that leaves their rotation with Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Joe Ross and Tanner Roark.

The Tigers happen to play the Nationals this season as part of interleague play. Detroit will play at Nationals Park on May 9-11, providing a good chance for Zimmermann to return to face his former team.

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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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