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Rangers' Michael Young on Desmond: '29 other teams missed the boat'

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Rangers' Michael Young on Desmond: '29 other teams missed the boat'

Former Nationals All-Star Ian Desmond has been with the Texas Rangers for less than two weeks, but he's already getting high praise from an important figure in his new organization.

Special assistant to the GM Michael Young - who made seven All-Star teams with Texas before retiring - wonders how Desmond was still available for the Rangers to sign.

Here is what Young told the Dallas Morning News:

"I'm big on Desi. I've known him for a while, had a ton of respect when I played against him and I just think he's really, really a great fit. To be honest, I'm completely shocked he was still out there. If you're a GM or a manager, you've gotta kind of watch what you say, but as a special assistant I can kind of let if fly. 29 other teams missed the boat on this dude. 29 teams missed the boat. He's a Ranger now, and we're going to reap the benefits."

Young thinks Desmond learning to play left field will be no problem:

"It won't take long because one: he wants it. This guy wants it. We watched him out there, he basically took our outfield coaches aside and said he doesn't want two-a-days, he wants three-a-days. He's going early, middle and end. He wants to dominate left field. This guy has sat there and not just talked about going out there to play left field or to give his manager his options, which we know he can do because he's a great athlete, he wants to kill left field."

Young has a notable perspective not only as a part of Rangers' brass, but as a former shortstop. Young was one of the best shortstops in baseball for years before moving to third base. He made that switch at 31-years-old, just one year older than Desmond is now.

Desmond moving to left field is a more dramatic shift, but the same general concepts of a position change apply. Young has done it and he sees promise in Demsond's approach so far.

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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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