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Carter Kieboom has a mentor at spring training: veteran Asdrúbal Cabrera

Carter Kieboom has a mentor at spring training: veteran Asdrúbal Cabrera

With Trea Turner at shortstop and Starlin Castro at second base, the Nationals have two reliable veterans at the two positions Carter Kieboom has always played. 

So now, the Nationals' top prospect is competing for the starting third base job with seasoned veteran Asdrubal Cabrera. Once one of the best shortstops in baseball, Cabrera has fallen off defensively and has limited range nowadays, though he was still a key contributor to the Nationals' World Series championship in 2019. 

Instead of viewing Kieboom as just his competition and doing everything he can to win the job, Cabrera has taken on the role of mentor for the 22-year-old infielder.

“(Cabrera) takes ground balls with (Kieboom) every day,” Martinez said, according to MASN's Pete Kerzel. “I’ve asked him, ‘Hey, you need to take ground balls at second, too, and short sometimes.’ Religiously, for the purpose of being with Carter, he stands with Carter, helping him with his throws, making sure he understands that footwork is important when he’s throwing. ... He talks to him all the time about a bunch of different things, how to play positions, not take your at-bats to the field. He’s been unbelievable with him, he really has. It’s been good for Carter.”

Kieboom has struggled with errors through the early days of spring ball, which is to be expected considering he's a young player at a position he's never played regularly on the professional level. While a bunch of errors in February are nothing to get too concerned over, Kieboom will have to cut those down in March if he wants to win the job. 

Cabrera is seen as the backup plan at third if Kieboom can't secure the job during spring training. The 34-year-old is entering his 14th season and would probably be better maximized if he didn't have to play every day. 

If Kieboom isn't ready though, it wouldn't be the best idea for the Nationals to force it. So over the course of the next three weeks, we'll see just how much Cabrera can help the youngster. 

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See inside former National Jayson Werth's incredible $7 million home listed for sale

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See inside former National Jayson Werth's incredible $7 million home listed for sale

Ever wanted to live in a giant house that also belonged to former Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth? Now is your chance.

Werth's estate in McLean, Virginia is currently on the market for $7 million, according to SFGate.com and Realtor.com. The 15,250-square-foot home with six bedrooms was initially listed for $8 million last fall but has since dropped in price. Werth purchased the home in 2011 after signing a seven-year deal with the Nationals.

With his time in Washington and in the MLB coming to an end after the 2017 season, Werth is now looking to sell his impressive house and land. The home has spacious rooms, a large kitchen and flawless design, making it as beautiful inside as it looks outside. 

If the setup of the house isn't enough, Werth's estate also features four acres of land. In the backyard, a massive pool and outdoor patio loaded with all the barbecue essentials will make the summer months rather enjoyable for the new owners.

Werth is mostly known for his success at the plate, in the field and with growing facial hair, but it looks like he had an eye for home decor as well.

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Report: MLB players seeking more games, no additional pay cuts in counter proposal

Report: MLB players seeking more games, no additional pay cuts in counter proposal

As the NHL and NBA make progress on their plans to return to play, Major League Baseball continues to wrangle over financial issues. 

On Tuesday, MLB owners submitted an economic proposal to the MLBPA that included significant pay cuts to the league's top-earners.

Safe to say, the proposal wasn't well-received by the players. Max Scherzer, who's a member of the union's eight-player executive subcommittee, took to Twitter Wednesday to say no further salary reductions would be accepted by the players. 

Instead of formally responding to the owner's proposal, the players union reportedly plans to submit a counter offer. According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, the players will respond with a plan by the end of the week that includes more than 100 games and a guarantee of full prorated salaries for the 2020 season.

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This is the owner's second consecutive economic proposal including further salary reductions for players. The owners and players already negotiated prorated salaries scaled to the number of games played in 2020. 

Players like Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Mike Trout would bear the heaviest burden according to the reported pay scale. 

$563,501 to $1 million paid at 72.5%
$1,000,001 to $5 million paid at 50%
$5,000,001 to $10 million paid at 40%
$10,000,001 to $20 million paid at 30%
$20,000,001 and up paid at 20%

Scherzer was set to make $28.7 million in salary this season. Under the proposed structure, he'd make $4.33 million for the season. 

Owners have reportedly stated they would lose a significant amount of money if games are played in 2020 and players are paid on prorated salaries. However, the players union is skeptical of the data shared to them by the owners, according to Passan's story. 

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