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Stock Watch: Will Ramos catch Murphy's NL-best batting average?

Stock Watch: Will Ramos catch Murphy's NL-best batting average?

Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see which player's stock is rising or falling.  

Record: 3-2

Team slash: .214/.276/.377

Team ERA: 2.80

Runs per game: 3



Wilson Ramos, C: .438 AVG, 2 HR, 4 RBI

The best hitting catcher in the majors this season hasn’t slowed done one bit, posting another strong week that was highlighted by his go-ahead solo shot against Madison Bumgarner in Sunday’s 1-0 win over the Giants. At this point, barring a collapse, a Silver Slugger Award seems all but certain for Ramos. And while he's at it, he could very well wind up winning a few more accolades. With a .336 batting average, he could conceivably catch teammate Daniel Murphy’s mark of .346 to win the NL batting title.

Mark Melancon, RP:  3 GP, 0 H, 2 SVs

Nice, calm, drama-free ninth innings. It’s what Nats fans have been clamoring for all season, and it’s exactly what they’re getting so far from Melancon. Since the 31-year-old reliever was traded from Pittsburgh to Washington on July 30, he’s allowed just one base runner in his five outings as a National. And in the two save opportunities he's had, he’s pitched a pair of perfect ninths. So far, so good for the new closer. 

Gio Gonzalez, SP: 2-0, 12 IP, 12 K, 2 BB

Gonzalez hasn’t been dominant, per se, but he’s rebounded after enduring rough stretch in the middle of the season. Since July 10, he’s 4-1 with a 2.75 ERA, looking more like the pitcher he was in April before the tailspin. As is, the Nats starting rotation is one of the best in the game, with three members sporting ERAs under 3.00. But if Gonzalez can also get going down the stretch, this group can become special.



Danny Espinosa, SS: .176 AVG, 0 XBH, 7 K, 0 BB

Remember Espinosa’s torrid June? He hit .309 with nine home runs and 21 RBI and looked like the best eight-hole hitter in the game. But that hot streak is already starting to feel like a long time ago. Since July 6, the Nats' shortstop is slashing .155/.255/.206 with only five extra-base hits and seven RBI. Sure, it was unreasonable to expect that he’d continue to go off as he did six weeks ago, but it’s not still ideal to see such a precipitous drop in production.  

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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.