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NL East: Braves trade ranked best move of MLB offseason

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NL East: Braves trade ranked best move of MLB offseason

It was applauded at the time and now it's been named the best of the entire MLB offseason.

FanGraphs.com says the Braves' multi-player trade that sent starter Shelby Miller to the Diamondbacks for Ender Inciarte, Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair was the best move any team made this winter. That's according to Dave Cameron's annual rankings and Cameron pulls out an interesting comparison for what the trade could ultimately become for the Braves:

"We don’t see too many trades like this anymore. This is the kind of move that has a chance to be the modern-day version of Bartolo Colon for Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee, and Brandon Phillips."

That is a reference to perhaps the most famous trade in Expos, and therefore Nationals franchise history. They sent three prospects who would end up being All-Stars to the Indians for Colon.

For this trade to rival that one, Swanson will have to fulfill his potential as the first overall pick in the 2015 MLB draft. Inciarte is already a proven commodity, having hit .303 last season. He turned 25 last fall and looks like a future All-Star. Blair has solid minor league numbers and could turn into a mid-rotation starter within the next few years.

But the big wild card of this trade is Swanson. Will the Diamondbacks regret giving up so quickly on the top player in the draft?

No Nationals moves made Cameron's list, by the way. Granted, their biggest offseason move was probably in the dugout with the hiring of Dusty Baker as manager.

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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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