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UPDATED: Nats trade Escobar to L.A. Angels for 2 pitchers


UPDATED: Nats trade Escobar to L.A. Angels for 2 pitchers

UPDATED: 7:00 p.m.

After just one season in Washington, infielder Yunel Escobar has been traded by the Nationals to the Los Angeles Angels for a pair of right-handed pitchers. The team made the news official on Thursday evening.

In return for Escobar, the Nationals get talented young reliever Trevor Gott and 28-year-old minor leaguer Michael Brady.

Gott, 23, had a 3.02 ERA in 48 appearances in 2015, his first season in the big leagues. He has a fastball that reaches 98 and averaged 96.1 miles per hour last season, good for 26th in the majors. He also relies on a curveball and a changeup.

Brady has pitched six seasons in the minors and has a 3.08 career ERA in 251 total appearances. He began his professional career with the Marlins before joining the Angels - who claimed him off waivers - after the 2013 season. Brady has primarily been a relief pitcher during his pro career, but did make 19 starts in 32 total outings in 2015.

The Nationals trading Escobar is essentially them selling high after what was one of the best seasons of Escobar's nine-year MLB career. He was acquired the previous winter in a trade with the Oakland Athletics that included reliever Tyler Clippard.

Escobar, who just turned 33, thrived during his one year in D.C. with a .314/.375/.415 slash line, 75 runs and 25 doubles in 139 games. He played primarily at third base for the first time in his career and produced mixed results defensively.

Escobar's departure gives the Nationals some freedom in their infield, specifically to put Anthony Rendon back at his natural position of third base. They can then turn to Danny Espinosa and Trea Turner to fill their middle infield positions, or go out and acquire somebody new, as it is known they were interested in Ben Zobrist before he signed with the Cubs.

Gott is yet another bullpen acquisition for the Nats, who are reconstructing their relief staff this winter. He joins veterans Yusmeiro Petit and Oliver Perez as new additions. They are also expected to have right-hander Shawn Kelley in store, though his deal has not been made official by the team.

Acquiring Gott leaves the Nationals with 37 players currently on their 40-man roster.

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.