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Report: Nats interviewed former All-Star for manager position


Report: Nats interviewed former All-Star for manager position

The Nationals are in the middle of a managerial search after firing Matt Williams and, according to a new report, they have already interviewed at least one candidate. That would be Phil Nevin, who is currently the Triple-A manager in the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported the news on Tuesday morning. He says that Nevin and the Nationals sat down on Monday to discuss the job.

Nevin, 44, is a former big league player of 12 MLB seasons. He spent most of his career with the Padres, but also played for the Tigers, Astros, Rangers, Cubs, Angels and Twins. The Astros picked him first overall in the 1992 MLB Draft.

Nevin ironically hails from the same organization the Nationals hired Williams away from. He joined the Diamondbacks before the 2014 season to coach the Reno Aces. Following that year he interviewed for the Houston Astros managerial position, but they instead chose A.J. Hinch.

One interesting part of Nevin's background is his versatility as a player. Nevin played at least 40 games at six different positions. He mostly played at either first or third base, but also appeared in 128 games as an outfielder and 109 as a catcher.

The Nationals are expected to take their time with the managerial search and interview more candidates than they did in the fall of 2013. They are coveting experience this time and though Nevin has never managed at the major league level, he has an extensive history coaching in the minors.

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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.


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.


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.