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NL East: Cespedes, Syndergaard leave Mets-Nats game with injuries

NL East: Cespedes, Syndergaard leave Mets-Nats game with injuries

Friday was not a good day for the New York Mets. First they lost Matt Harvey to a season-ending surgery, then they saw both Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard leave their game against the Nats with injuries.

Cespedes left in the top of the fourth inning with a right quad strain, as announced by the team. It's unclear how he sustained the injury, though he did make a sliding grab in center field the inning before on a Jayson Werth flyball.

Syndergaard departed in the top of the fifth with what the Mets described as arm fatigue after his fastball velocity dropped to the low-90s. He is usually good to hit 98-100 with regularity, but all of a sudden was topping out much lower than that. After it became obvious he was not his usual self, a Mets trainer rushed out to the mound with manager Terry Collins and some of Syndergaard's teammates. They then pulled him for Seth Lugo.

Syndergaard has been dealing with a bone spur in his elbow for several weeks now. He had an MRI recently that helped determine he could continue pitching.

The Mets have already seen David Wright and Lucas Duda lost to serious back injuries this season. And Harvey is out for the year while he recovers from a procedure to fix his Thoracic Outlet Syndrom. Now they have even more issues involving key players to worry about.

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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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