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Jackson changes agents, wants long-term deal

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Jackson changes agents, wants long-term deal

Nationals pitcher Edwin Jackson has decided to change his agent and will be looking for a long-term deal this offseason, this according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Jackson is leaving Scott Boras who also represents Stephen Strasburg and Jayson Werth and will now join the Legacy Agency.

Jackson signed a one-year, 11 million deal with Washington in February after turning down several multi-year deals from other teams. He has thrived so far with a 3.73 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 18 starts as part of the best rotation in baseball. But with his seventh team in five seasons, Jackson is seeking a long-term home at the age of 28.

Jackson leaving Boras specifically is interesting in regards to the Nationals. For one, Boras generally advises his clients to test free agency instead of signing extensions with their clubs. Boras tends to have success getting deals for his players getting the terms and money they want, but Jackson wants to try something new.

Another notable angle is Boras' relationship with Mike Rizzo. The two have reached agreement on countless contracts in the past and it would seem having Boras on his side would make it more likely he returns with the Nationals. Whether Jackson even has intentions to return to Washington, however, is unclear.

Jackson is having a solid season and has proven his worth as a mainstay in the Nats' rotation. His return to D.C., however, would likely depend on how long exactly Jackson wants to sign. The Nationals have several pitching prospects that could be ready for the majors towards the end of next season or at the latest 2014. This is all to say Jackson would want to come back as he may be able to get a more lucrative deal elsewhere, especially if he plays a role in another deep playoff run as he did last season with St. Louis.

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.