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Nats' CF Ben Revere heads to 15-day DL with injury

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Nats' CF Ben Revere heads to 15-day DL with injury

It took just one swing in the 2016 season for the Nationals to lose a major contributor from their starting lineup, as center fielder Ben Revere has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain.

Outfielder Matt den Dekker has been recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to take Revere's place on the 25-man roster. Revere's DL stint is retroactive to April 5.

Revere felt pain in his right side after his first swing while leading off against the Braves on Opening Day. He took Tuesday off to rest, but will now need much longer than that.

Michael Taylor replaced Revere in Monday's game and was in his place in the Nats' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Braves. He will now step in as the starting center fielder while Revere rehabs the injury.

Revere going down is a tough blow to a Nationals team that had managed to avoid a significant injury all throughout spring training. That was a nice change from the year before when Jayson Werth, Denard Span and Anthony Rendon were all missing from their Opening Day lineup. Stephen Strasburg was also dealing with just the beginning of a long saga of injury problems when they began the 2015 season.

Losing Revere in the first game brings back memories of Opening Day 2014 when they also began the season healthy, only to lose Wilson Ramos in their first game.

The Nationals have a solid backup plan for Revere in Taylor, who was the team's best hitter this spring. Manager Dusty Baker can now play Taylor more, though losing Revere will not afford him as great of an opportunity to give Jayson Werth a break here and there.

With den Dekker now on their bench, Chris Heisey will become the fourth outfielder as Revere works his way back.

[RELATED: Revere out of lineup as Strasburg, Nationals take on Braves]

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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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