Bryce Harper isn't the only superstar set to hit free agency after the 2018 season. Marlins starter Jose Fernandez is also under team control for three more years, is also represented by Scott Boras, and just like Harper, will likely command a boatload of money.
Rumors of how much Fernandez could earn have started popping up including in a recent piece by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. He said the Marlins believe Fernandez could want as much as $30 million per year and that the team has "no plans to meet" those demands.
Fernandez is 23 and has a 2.40 ERA in 47 career starts. For some context, his career ERA is lower than any mark Max Scherzer has put up in a single season.
Last year Fernandez posted a 2.92 ERA with 79 strikeouts in 64 2/3 innings. He has 336 strikeouts in 289 career innings pitched.
Fernandez does have to prove he can stay healthy after returning this past season from Tommy John surgery. But it is already starting to look like a daunting task for the Marlins to keep the right-hander, who could end up one of the highest-paid pitchers in the game.
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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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