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Revere looks forward to playing for Baker, with Harper, at Nats Park

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Revere looks forward to playing for Baker, with Harper, at Nats Park

Ben Revere doesn't need much filling-in when it comes to the Nationals, having played against them consistently the last three seasons during his time with the Philadelphia Phillies. He knows the team, their players and even the ballpark very well.

And with that knowledge of what he's getting into as the newest member of the organization, Revere is looking forward to several things. For one, the opportunity to play with Bryce Harper is a significant positive.

"He's a great guy. Of course, he's the MVP. I've been watching him for a long time. He's definitely one of the top guys," Revere said. "I know when I get over there I'll be like 'I'm just trying to get you a lot of RBIs so you can win back-to-back MVPs.'"

Revere will now share an outfield and a lineup with Harper and veteran Jayson Werth. He hopes to help them, as well as the others set to hit behind him, score more runs in 2016.

"[Harper] and Werth, they are both great hitters. They can hit the ball each and every way out of the park. They will make my job easier. All I need to do is get in scoring position and mainly just get on base. If it's a basehit, walk or error, it doesn't matter. Just get on and get in scoring position. Let those guys go to work. You get a ball in the gap and nine out of 10 times I'm going to score. Them and [Ryan] Zimmerman and some of those guys, it's just whatever I gotta do to help them get their RBIs, that's all I'm going to do."

Revere has admired the Nationals' organization from afar and appreciates what they do beyond their play on the field.

"I know we have a lot of great guys in here. I have faced them all. The starting rotation, of course some the hitters. The Nationals, they do a great job as an organization to prepare their guys who come up to the big leagues and The Show. No matter if it's a position player or a pitcher. If they call somebody up, they're ready to roll and help this ballclub try to clinch the division and get back to the playoffs," he said.

Revere also looks forward to playing for Dusty Baker, whose managerial style that emphasizes speed could suit Revere well.

"You've got Dusty Baker. I know about him a lot from the majority of my life watching baseball. I played against him when he was coaching for the Reds. It's a blessing to be able to have this opportunity," he said.

Between his new teammates and new manager, Revere likes plenty of things about his new franchise. He even likes their stadium, Nationals Park, of which he has played the fourth-most games in of any stadium in his career.

"I know going to that ballpark, it was one of my favorites to play at. It's beautiful, the scenery and everything. The crowd, they pack that place out, especially on the weekends. It's rocking from the first pitch to the last," he said.

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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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