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Nats sign veteran lefty, Md.-native Aaron Laffey


Nats sign veteran lefty, Md.-native Aaron Laffey

In another minor move to add pitching depth, the Nationals have signed veteran left-hander Aaron Laffey to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.

Laffey, 30, pitched three games for the Colorado Rockies in 2015 and has made only eight MLB appearances since 2012. He is a eight-year veteran having also spent time with the Indians, Mariners, Yankees, Blue Jays and Mets.

A native of Cumberland, Md., Laffey returns to the Nationals organization after spending the 2014 season with their Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse. Laffey appeared in 25 games (21 starts) for the Chiefs and held a 3.67 ERA in 147 innings.

According to FanGraphs, Laffey averaged 86.2 miles per hour on his fastball in 2015. Of his 156 career MLB games, Laffey has 68 starts but only 24 of those have come since 2009.

Laffey joins a list of Nats' pitching acquisitions this winter that includes Trevor Gott, Oliver Perez, Shawn Kelley and Sean Burnett.

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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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.