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Philadelphia Phillies now have the best odds to sign Bryce Harper on Day 1 of the MLB offseason

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Philadelphia Phillies now have the best odds to sign Bryce Harper on Day 1 of the MLB offseason

The 2018 MLB season ends, and Bryce Harper's odds for the future suddenly change. Coincidence or no? 

The day after the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, Bovada updated its odds for whose roster the free agent will be on for the first game of the 2019 season, and as of Monday, the Philadelphia Phillies now have even odds of signing Harper. Not even two weeks ago on Oct. 17, the Chicago Cubs had even odds while the Los Angeles Dodgers were at +500 and the Phillies were at +550.

Now with Philadelphia at the top -- a chance for Harper to remain in the NL East, which would be salt in the wound for Nationals fans -- the Cubs have the second-best odds at +300, and Washington has moved up as well to +400.

That's good news for Nats fans because two weeks ago, Washington was the fifth-most likely team to have Harper on its roster at +700.

Following the odds for the Nats to re-sign Harper and hand over the big bucks are the San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels. 

Philly taking over the top spot also comes a day after Harper's agent, Scott Boras, told YES Network:

"We know who the team is -- it's already completed and done. And Bryce has told me that he wanted to tell you personally, so I'm gonna let him do that."

But before anyone could really freak out that Harper's future was already a done deal, Boras said he was joking, according to The Washington Post's Chelsea Janes. However, if you believe there's some truth to every joke, perhaps that means the slugger and his agent have been working with the Nats -- the only team allowed to negotiate with him at that point -- all season to make a deal to keep him in Washington.

Afterall, Harper going the Phillies is just a natural fit

Or, it really was nothing more than a joke. 

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Ryan Zimmerman fittingly hits first World Series home run in Nationals history

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Ryan Zimmerman fittingly hits first World Series home run in Nationals history

Mr. National. Face of the franchise.

First Nationals draft pick. First Nationals World Series home run.

Ryan freaking Zimmerman.

The longtime D.C. star has spent 14 long seasons in the nation’s capital, all building toward the organization’s first-ever World Series berth.

Zimmerman didn’t wait long to make his impact felt, jumping on the second pitch he ever saw in the Fall Classic and sending it a long, long way.

What made this home run even more impressive was who it came against. Gerrit Cole was the best pitcher in baseball this season and had taken his game to another level in the postseason. Zimmerman’s home run was just the second run allowed by the Astros’ ace in October. And home runs have not been flying this postseason, with rumors of MLB’s ball being de-juiced.

This was a special moment for both Zimmerman and Nationals fans everywhere who have followed his journey with the team since 2005.

Zimmerman entered this postseason as the active player with the most career games played without having made a World Series appearance. Now he has one, and has already shown he was meant to be here.

It was only fitting. The first run, RBI and home run always had to come from Mr. National himself.

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Mic’d Up: Ahead of World Series, Trea Turner shows he's a funny guy

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Mic’d Up: Ahead of World Series, Trea Turner shows he's a funny guy

Nationals shortstop Trea Turner is a player who often gets overlooked. 

But that may change very soon. 

Trea Turner will be the first batter in the World Series when the Washington Nationals face off against the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

He’ll have a lot of weight on his shoulders but he doesn’t seem to be letting that get to him.

During warmups, ahead Game 1 on Tuesday, as Turner was mic'd up he was very energetic while interacting with his teammates. 

 

"We get it, you hit some homeruns," Turner said jokingly with Juan Soto. 

The shortstop has a very good batting average at .298 and was recorded at having the fastest speed of any shortstop this season at 30.3 miles per hour. 

Now we'll have to see if he'll step up to the plate in Game 1. 

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