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Headley asks for big raise, Padres reach 4 deals

Headley asks for big raise, Padres reach 4 deals

SAN DIEGO (AP) Padres third baseman Chase Headley requested a raise of nearly $7 million Friday when players and teams swapped figures in salary arbitration.

Following his breakout season, Headley asked for $10.3 million this year while the Padres offered $7,075,000. The gap of $3,225,000 was the largest for any major leaguer in arbitration.

The 28-year-old Headley had 31 home runs and an NL-best 115 RBIs last season, when he made $3,475,000. He batted .286 with a .376 on-base percentage and finished fifth in MVP voting while winning a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger award.

If the sides can't settle, Headley's case would be decided by three-arbitrator panel next month in Phoenix.

San Diego avoided arbitration with four players, agreeing to one-year contracts with right-hander Edinson Volquez, left-hander Joe Thatcher, catcher John Baker and infielder Everth Cabrera.

Volquez went 11-11 with a 4.14 ERA in his first season with the Padres. He will make $5,725,000 next season after earning $2,237,500 in 2012.

Thatcher went 1-4 with a 3.41 ERA and 39 strikeouts over 55 relief appearances for the Padres in 2012. He will earn $1.35 million this season after making $700,000 last year.

Baker hit .238 with 14 RBIs during his first season with the Padres. He will make $930,000 this season after earning $750,000 in 2012.

Cabrera batted .246 with two home runs and had a career-best 44 stolen bases. He gets a raise to $1,275,000, up from $495,600 last season.

The Padres had previously reached a $2,675,000, one-year deal with outfielder Will Venable, who hit .264 with nine home runs and 45 RBIs last year when he made $1,475,000.

Two pitchers exchanged proposed salaries with the Padres.

Clayton Richard asked for a raise from $2,705,000 to $5.5 million, while San Diego countered at $4,905,000. Luke Gregerson requested a raise from $1.55 million to $3.75 million, and the Padres offered $2,875,000.

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Nationals-Phillies postponed on Monday night

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Nationals-Phillies postponed on Monday night

WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper came back to the District on Monday. No baseball was played.

Rain storms cycled through the DMV starting around 6 p.m. at first delaying the series-opening game between the Nationals and Phillies, before it was finally postponed at 10 p.m. The game will be made up as part of a split-doubleheader on Wednesday. The first game is at 1:05 p.m., the second at 7:05 p.m.

The Tuesday starters for both teams remain the same: Patrick Corbin for the Nationals and Jake Arrieta for the Phillies.

Washington will need an extra starter during the week because it is playing seven games in six days. For instance, the Nationals could call someone up to pitch the first game Wednesday, and have Max Scherzer pitch on regular rest Wednesday night. The doubleheader being played Wednesday instead of Tuesday allows the Nationals plenty of time to import a starter for the day, if they choose to do it then.

However, Tuesday’s forecast is also rain-filled. Stay tuned.

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The Capitals were mentioned on Jeopardy! and of course we're proud of it

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The Capitals were mentioned on Jeopardy! and of course we're proud of it

The Stanley Cup no longer resides in Washington, and all eyes have shifted toward the offseason as the Capitals look to retool for next season. But, that doesn't mean we can't stop and appreciate the magical 2018 season now and again.

A week after reminiscing about the championship run and ensuing parade, the famous game show "Jeopardy!" gave us one more moment of glory on Monday night.

One of the clues featured in the latest episode had the Capitals as the answer and even featured Alexander Ovechkin.

It appears that one of the contestants did answer it correctly. More importantly, according to the replies, it was also cleared up that no one brought up the Pittsburgh Penguins during that round. 

While it may be somewhat hard to cope with the fact that the Capitals will not be enjoying another offseason of championship partying in 2019 we can take pride in the fact that the question was about the Caps winning the Stanley Cup, and not centered around a dreaded title drought.

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