The 2015 MLB non-waiver trade deadline is just over a week away and a new report has added some intrigue to the Nationals' rumored interest in Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports says the Nats are interested in Chapman and on Thursday the Reds were scouting one of Washington's top prospects.
Here is what Rosenthal tweeted on Thursday night:
Chapman, 27, has made the NL All-Star team in four consecutive years. This season he has a 1.74 ERA and 19 saves in 41 games. In his six-year career he holds a 2.23 ERA and 132 saves.
Chapman, a 6-foot-4 lefty who throws upwards of 103 miles per hour, is under contract through the 2016 season. He has become a popular name in trade rumors with the Reds struggling at nine games under .500.
Fedde, 22, was taken in the 1st round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Nationals. He has made five professional appearances since rehabbing from Tommy John during his first year with the organization.
The Nationals were in the running for Chapman when the Reds outbid everybody following his defection from Cuba in 2010. They could also use some bullpen help for the pennant race.
Fedde is a promising young arm, but the Nationals have a deep crop of starting pitching in their farm system. They could trade from an area of depth and boost a relatively weak part of their roster.
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."
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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.
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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.
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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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