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MLB Power Rankings: The Cubs aren't being fair

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MLB Power Rankings: The Cubs aren't being fair

Not a lot has changed this week, especially because the Cubs remain world-beaters, Bryce Harper continues to hit baseballs into the seats and the Braves continue to lose games. To the rankings!

30. Atlanta Braves (LW: 30)

They're 4-11, which is the worst record in the majors. It might be hard to separate some teams this early, but not the Braves. They're still bad.

29. Minnesota Twins (LW: 29)

They've gone 5-3 since starting the season 0-8, so that's good in a sense. It'll be interesting to see what moving Miguel Sano to third does for the lineup.

28. San Diego Padres (LW: 27)

Taking 2 of 3 from the Pirates is impressive, although with the Pirates not playing well, it might not be an impressive series win much longer.

27. Miami Marlins (LW: 17)

Dropping 10 spots from last week is probably definitely an overreaction, but they ran into the Bryce Harper Homer machine this week, so here they are.

26. Philadelphia Phillies (LW 25)

They're knee deep in a rebuild, but is it possible that they're not as bad as people thought? J.P. Crawford is probably ready to play in the majors.

25. Colorado Rockies (LW: 28)

The Rockies win this week's edition of 'funny headlines that do a great job outlining how bad they are' with a great article titled "The Rockies are fighting hard but falling short."

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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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