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Nationals trade Tyler Moore to Braves for 1B Freiman


Nationals trade Tyler Moore to Braves for 1B Freiman

Just days after passing him through waivers, the Nationals have traded Tyler Moore to the Atlanta Braves for first baseman Nate Freiman. 

Moore, 29, leaves the Nats after eight years in the organization. He was drafted in the 16th round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of Mississippi State.

Moore played four seasons for the Nationals, holding a .228 batting average in 277 career games. He hit .203 with six homers and 27 RBI in 2015 as a member of Washington's bench.

Moore now heads to Atlanta where he could get a better shot at playing time this season. With Clint Robinson already in place as the Nats' backup first baseman, Moore had become expendable. The Nationals outrighted him off their 40-man roster on March 25 because he was out of minor league options.

In Freiman the Nationals acquire a two-year MLB veteran who bats right-handed. Listed at 6-foot-8, Freiman is 29 years old. He was born in Washington, D.C., but went to high school in Massachusetts and attended Duke University.

Freiman has 116 MLB games under his belt, all with the Oakland Athletics. He holds a .256 career average with nine homers and 39 RBI.

Moore's best season with the Nationals was his rookie year in 2012. He held a .263 average with 10 homers and 29 RBI in 75 games. Moore will long be remembered for delivering the go-ahead RBI hit in Game 1 of the 2012 NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Moore thrived in a bench role as a rookie, but found trouble finding success in his other three MLB seasons. His OPS in 2012 was .840, but only .626 in the three years since.

Moore has never been given an extended look as an everyday player and he won't be getting that chance in Atlanta, either. The Braves have star Freddie Freeman, who is not only their best player but a centerpiece in their rebuilding effort.

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

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. 


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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Per usual, Max Scherzer strikes out Tim Tebow on three pitches


Per usual, Max Scherzer strikes out Tim Tebow on three pitches

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.