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Washington Nationals roster review: Blake Treinen

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Washington Nationals roster review: Blake Treinen

Age on Opening Day 2016: 27

How acquired: Trade from Oakland, Jan. 2013

MLB service time: 1 year, 50 days

2015 salary+bonuses: $512,800

Contract status: Pre-arbitration

2015 stats: 60 G, 67.2 IP, 62 H, 32 R, 29 ER, 4 HR, 32 BB, 65 K, 1.389 WHIP, 2-5, 3.49 ERA, 3.49 FIP, 0.4 WAR

Quotable: "For Blake it’s about consistency. We know the kind of talent he’s got. It’s heavy sink coming out of his hand at 97 or 98 mph." - Matt Williams

2015 analysis: Blake Treinen was a revelation in 2014, a pitcher who essentially came out of nowhere to post a 2.49 ERA in 15 appearances. He succeeded in relief, including when asked to pitch multiple innings, and even as a starter in seven chances. He flashed rare talent with a high-90s fastball that, when sharp, was a plus-pitch.

Treinen's first showing set him up for what was expected to be an expanded role in 2015. The front office hoped Treinen would improve on his first year and take on larger responsibilities this past season. He was given opportunities early to show what he could do in the eighth inning as the Nats searched for a competent setup option with Casey Janssen sidelined.

Treinen, however, was not able to recreate his success from 2014 and overall had an inconsistent season that saw him get optioned to Triple-A in July. It was a forgettable year for the Nats' reliever, though he did show some progress once he returned from the minors with 11 scoreless outings in the month of August.

2016 outlook: Treinen's resurgence within the 2015 season was shortlived, as he again found trouble in September. But having gone through the experience of pitching in the minors, Treinen feels like he is better off. He said on multiple occasions after returning that it was the best thing that could have happened for him.

Treinen will be given another good chance to prove himself in the Nationals' bullpen in 2016. They are expected to overhaul their relief staff, but Treinen does provide some upside given his stuff and relative inexperience. He's also under contract through 2020.

When Treinen is on, he looks like a future star reliever, perhaps even a closer. But when he is off he has trouble finding the strike zone and can't be relied on for much of anything. Consistency is the key here and finding that can be easier said than done.

How the Nationals' construct their bullpen for next season remains to be seen, but an improved Treinen would certainly be welcomed for a team that could use more reliable depth at the position.

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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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