Nationals free agent target Jason Heyward will sign with the Chicago Cubs, reports Gordon Wittenmyer. The now former St. Louis Cardinal was considered one of the top prizes of free agency not only because of his superstar abilities, but because at only 26 years of age, he is younger than most star players to hit the free agent market.
The Cubs, Nationals and Cardinals were believed to be in a bidding war for the services of the Gold Glove outfielder. The terms of the contract are not yet known, but you can expect some gaudy numbers.
Last season with the Cardinals, Heyward hit 13 home runs with a .293 batting average. It was his only season in St. Louis.
The Cubs now enter next season with a stacked lineup and the Cardinals will receive a first-round draft pick as compensation for losing Heyward to free agency.
As for the Nationals - who also missed out on Ben Zobrist and Darren O'Day - it's back to the drawing board.
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It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.
Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:
It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.
Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.