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Phillies cut former top prospect and All-Star

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Phillies cut former top prospect and All-Star

Dominic Brown was once among the top prospects in baseball and one that turned into an All-Star in 2013, but on Monday the Philadelphia Phillies cut ties with the 28-year-old who has seen a precipitous fall from those days.

The outfielder was removed from the Phillies' 40-man roster after clearing waivers. He became a free agent and the latest casualty of a massive rebuilding process for the Phillies.

Here is what Phillies interim GM Scott Proefrock told CSN Philly about the move:

“Things just didn’t work out. We saw his potential when he made the All-Star team in 2013, but various injuries kept him from getting back to that point and it just became time for us to go our separate ways. We felt he wasn’t going to be a fit long term."

Brown leaves the Phillies just two years after making an All-Star team and six years after debuting as one of the most heralded top prospects in the game. In 2013 he clubbed 27 homers and held an .818 OPS. In the two years since, however, he has hit just .233 with a .634 OPS.

After 2013 it looked like he was one of the few pieces on the Phillies worth keeping as they began to trade off their expensive veterans. But, as Proefrock explained above, injuries significantly affected his play the last two seasons.

Brown will definitely get some interest this offseason, but perhaps for a minor league deal. He still has some intriguing potential given his 2013 season and the fact he's only 28 years old.

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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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