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Report: Dodgers look like favorite for Nats' target Chapman


Report: Dodgers look like favorite for Nats' target Chapman

The Nationals have been linked to Reds closer Aroldis Chapman on-and-off for several years now, ever since he defected from Cuba to pitch in the big leagues. And with the Winter Meetings set to begin Monday, once again they have been tossed out there in potential trade scenarios.

But, according to a report from FOX Sports, the Los Angeles Dodgers could be making the most aggressive push for the four-time All-Star.

Here is what Ken Rosenthal tweeted on Sunday:


Chapman is likely to command a pretty significant price tag in any trade as one of the best closers in baseball. He has been dangled in trade talks by the Reds for months, going back to the 2015 trade deadline, but many teams have balked at the asking price.

The Nationals could certainly use Chapman in their bullpen with so much uncertainty involving the futures of Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen. But to get him, they will have to outbid the Dodgers, who at this point appear closer to acquiring him than anyone else.

Chapman, 27, has a 2.17 ERA and 146 saves in 324 career MLB games.

[RELATED: Plenty of storylines for Nats at Winter Meetings


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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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."


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. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

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. 


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.