The Nationals are interested in former All-Star starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo, according to a report from FOX Sports.
Arroyo, a 15-year pro, would provide depth for the Nationals who have been looking to upgrade their starting rotation this winter. As Ken Rosenthal notes, Arroyo is a former player of Dusty Baker's, having pitched from 2006 through 2013 with the Reds.
It is not certain whether Arroyo would improve the Nationals' rotation if he were signed. He didn't pitch in the majors last year while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The year before he went 7-4 with a 4.08 ERA in 14 appearances with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Arroyo may not immediately upgrade the Nats' starting staff, but he would provide competition for Joe Ross and Tanner Roark at the bottom of the Nats' rotation.
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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.
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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.
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We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.
Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:
It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.
Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.