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Tommy John on the Strasburg innings limit

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Tommy John on the Strasburg innings limit

Just about everybody in baseball has weighed in on the Stephen Strasburg innings limit and whether the Nationals should actually shut him down before a potential playoff run. Now, even the man the surgery Strasburg had is even sharing his opinion. Yes, Tommy John himself was recently interviewed on the subject and says that he would advise the young ace to keep pitching.

In an article with a baseball blog called 'The Hall of Very Good,' John had this to say:

"They have a lot of money invested in him and are erring in the side of caution. Is it right? I personally dont think so," he said.

John went on to refer to his own experience, that the only way he knew to get stronger was to simply throw. He says he never missed a start in after the surgery and that is enough evidence for him. He in fact made at least 29 starts in ten of his final 14 seasons after the procedure and started 32 games at the age of 45 in 1988.

The blog asked John what he would do if he were the Nats' pitcher and he echoed what many current and former big leaguers have said.

"Itll be hard to tell the other 24 guys on the ballclub, you busted your butt and were not going to pitch our best pitcher the last month of the season," John continued. "If I was Strasburg, Id be lobbying to pitch. What you play for all season is to pitch in the postseason."

It is being called the 'never ending debate' and will only get more contentious as the shutdown nears. There is compelling evidence for both sides of the issue, but Rizzo has made his decision and it doesn't look like he will budge.

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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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