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Nats place Moore on DL; Barrett to seek 3rd opinion on elbow

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Nats place Moore on DL; Barrett to seek 3rd opinion on elbow

In order to clear room for the MLB debut of top prospect Trea Turner, the National made a pair of roster moves on Friday. Utility player Tyler Moore was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle and reliever Aaron Barrett was moved to the 60-day DL with a right elbow strain.

Moore, the Nationals revealed on Friday, sprained his ankle after stepping on a baseball in the batting cage at Coors Field on Thursday. Barrett was already recovering from the elbow injury, but will now see another doctor on Monday to determine the next step in his rehab.

Moore could have stayed on the roster, but the Nationals were wary of playing this weekend with a short bench.

"He’s going to be down for a few days," Matt Williams explained. "We just don’t have the luxury to play with three guys on the bench... So we had to make a move today and get Trea here."

Moore, 28, heads to the DL with a .200 batting average, four homers and 22 RBI in 79 games this season.

That was a tough blow for the Nats, but the news on Barrett could be much worse. The right-hander was vague about the third opinion he is about to receive and said he is trying to be optimistic.

"All I can tell you is that my elbow isn't good right now," he said. "Right now I'm just getting all the testing that I can get and seeing the doctors I need to see so that I can make the right decision moving forward. Honestly, that's all I can really tell you right now."

"He’s concerned about it," Williams said. "We’re getting all the [information] that we can possibly get from the doctors to see what the prognosis is."

General manager Mike Rizzo explained further the team's thoughts on Barrett's third opinion:

"We want to make sure that we've got it right. It's a big part of Aaron's career and Aaron's a big part of this ballclub. He's a really good young, controllable bullpen arm and we want to make sure that we get it right. Since there is no time aspect of getting him back here right away, we figured we wanted to go to the best that we can and make the right decision for him that takes care of his long term future and we got to care for the player and make sure we get it right."

Barrett was placed on the DL on Aug. 8, two days after he was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse. That followed a blown save by Barrett where he gave up three earned runs in just a 1/3 of an inning against the Diamondbacks on Aug. 5.

Barrett had tossed nine consecutive scoreless appearances before that game, but admitted on Friday he had been pitching through pain in previous outings. He also suggested after that loss that he did not get enough time to warm up before taking the mound.

"Obviously I didn’t communicate [that I was in pain] with the coaching staff. We all have aches and pains that we try to battle through. It’s part of the game. I was just trying to help my team win and do the best that I could," he explained.

Barrett has a 4.60 ERA in 40 total games this season.

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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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