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Nationals promote fast-rising Koda Glover to help bullpen

Nationals promote fast-rising Koda Glover to help bullpen

Over the last month, the Nationals have seemingly made it a habit to showcase some of their top prospects in their farm system at the big league level. The latest name in that trend is 22-year-old reliever Koda Glover, who was called up by prior to Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Glover's story is unique from the most recent youngsters who have been promoted because of how quickly he accomplished the feat; the 6-5, 225-pound right hander was selected by the Nats out of Oklahoma State in the eighth round of the 2015 MLB June Amateur Draft, and he started this season at Single-A Potomac. That typically doesn’t sound like a player poised to make his make it to the majors in the same year. 

“If you were to ask me if I'd be where I am right now [back then], I'd say no,” Glover said Wednesday. “But luckily I've been blessed with the opportunities that they've given me.”

His meteoric rise up the organization's ranks culminated Tuesday night, when he got the call all young ball players dream of. 

"I was pretty ecstatic," Glover said Wednesday. "It's every kid's dream. When you get the call at 11 pm, you're about to go to sleep and you get that call, it's fantastic.

"I barely got a wink [of sleep]. I'm running on fumes right now, but it's all good."

Between his 33 combined relief appearances in Potomac, Harrisburg and Syracuse, Glover went 3-0 with a 2.18 ERA in 45 1/3 innings, notching 52 strikeouts to just 14 walks. He’s served as a late-inning option this season, but the question is where exactly he’ll fit into Dusty Baker’s bullpen.  

The Nats skipper said before Wednesday’s game that he’ll have to see Glover pitch first before he determines which role he’ll serve and how long he’ll be with the big club. For now, most of the information he has about newest reliever is through hearsay.  

"I heard that he has an attitude," said Baker. "I told him to keep that attitude. I think that's one thing we need is attitude."

Glover acknowledged said attitude, and explained how others have described his on-field demeanor over the years.    

“Different people have said different things,” he said. “Bulldog mentality. Things that I can't say to [the media]. For the most part, just keeping it on the field and stuff like that, and keeping it professional, I think that's gotten me to where I am.”

With several Nats nearing the end their respective stints on the disabled list, there’s a chance that Glover’s stay in the majors winds up being a brief one. But he’ll get a shot to leave a lasting impression that could serve him well later in the season.  

“I give all young guys a chance,” Baker said. “It's up to them. All I can do is give you the opportunity."

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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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