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Revere knows he has big shoes to fill replacing 'big brother' Span

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Revere knows he has big shoes to fill replacing 'big brother' Span

The Nationals acquired outfielder Ben Revere in a trade last week to replace Denard Span, who left big shoes to fill when he signed with the San Francisco Giants in free agency.

Span will be missed, and no one needs to tell Revere exactly why. He was teammates with Span in Minnesota where the two shared on outfield for three seasons (2010-12) before Span was traded to the Nats and Revere to the Phillies.

Revere may be able to recreate Span's .300 average and 30 steals as a leadoff hitter, and he may find success in center field. But it won't be easy replacing the total package of Span, whom the Nats were 11 games over .500 with in 2015 and seven games under .500 without.

"I will say that I have large shoes to fill," Revere said. "He was kind of my big brother when we were both playing for the Twins."

Span is four years older than Revere and helped mentor him when he came up to the big leagues as a 22-year-old in 2010 with Minnesota.

"He definitely helped me grow up as a baseball player," Revere explained. "He really has helped prepare me has a professional athlete. Just to go out there and do what I do best. The rest will take care of itself."

Revere hasn't had much of an opportunity to talk to Span since he was traded from the Blue Jays to the Nationals. Span has been very busy both signing with and getting introduced by the Giants. He now has to move across the country and get acclimated to a new organization.

But Revere has spoken to Span in the past about the Nationals and expects to talk more with the veteran before the 2016 season begins.

"He liked it. He definitely liked the organization and the people," Revere said. "They treated him really well. He didn't have a bad thing to say about the organization and the people working in the front office. Even the fans, he said the fans are great."

[RELATED: Revere looks forward to playing for Baker, with Harper, at Nats Park]

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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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