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Report: Nats will look at Cal Ripken for managerial job

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Report: Nats will look at Cal Ripken for managerial job

Two years ago, the Nationals hired a former third baseman with 378 career home runs and five All-Star game appearances under his belt to lead their ball club. But on Monday, of course, the team opted to part ways with Matt Williams, and now, will begin its search for his replacement.

Could that new manager be another ex-player, one who is a Hall of Famer and two-time MVP? According to one report, it certainly could be. Here's what Jon Morosi had to say just after Washington decided to fire Williams:

Wouldn't that be something?

The article that Morosi brings up in his tweet (even though it's a month old and was written before the Nats' disastrous last month of baseball, it still seems to be somewhat relevant), states that, "Barry Larkin appears to stand a better chance of becoming the next manager of the Cincinnati Reds than Cal Ripken does of becoming the next manager of the Washington Nationals. But both ideas, at the very least, are intriguing." It goes on to cite sources who say that GM Mike Rizzo "is fond of Ripken."

Other possible candidates for the job outside of the Iron Man include Bud Black and Rod Gardenhire. The Nationals could even try to go after managers who are under contract with other teams, like Terry Francona.

As of now, well, the hunt is only a few hours old. The excitement surrounding a possible hiring of Ripken Jr., however, is not, and the hype behind the idea will only increase as time goes on.

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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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