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Report: Free agent Ian Desmond has new suitor in NL West

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Report: Free agent Ian Desmond has new suitor in NL West

Pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training around baseball, but several notable free agents remain unsigned, largely due to MLB's practice of qualifying offers.

Ian Desmond falls in that category despite boasting three Silver Slugger awards from 2012-14 and 19 homers last year. A new report, however, has the Colorado Rockies entering his sweepstakes.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports writes that "the Rockies have been in contact with Desmond’s representatives," noting that their interest could be dependent on MLB's decision whether to suspend Jose Reyes for a domestic violence incident. Desmond, 30, has also received interest this offseason from the Padres, Rays and White Sox, but Rosenthal calls the Rockies perhaps the "cleanest fit," in part due to the potential opportunity left behind by Reyes.

Last week we explored the possibility of Desmond accepting a one-year deal and whether him resetting next year with experience at other defensive positions would help. Rosenthal notes that the Rockies, who own a protected fourth overall pick, would only have to surrender the 38th overall selection to sign Desmond.

Desmond would be fun to watch at Coors Field, which is known for helping out power numbers. Desmond was fifth in ESPN's 'Golden Sledgehammer' race in 2015. That list ranks the highest average distance per home run for players with at least 18 homers in a season. Desmond averaged 414 feet on his homers, which goes to show his elite power, especially for a shortstop.

Desmond is consistently in the 20-25 homer range. If you put him in Coors, could he hit 25-30? That would certainly help his cause next offseason if he re-entered free agency.

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Nationals Roundup: Nats blow multiple leads in frustrating walk-off loss to Mets

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Nationals Roundup: Nats blow multiple leads in frustrating walk-off loss to Mets

The Nationals lost to the New York Mets, 6-5, Tuesday to drop their record to 19-29. 

Consider these news and notes as Washington trudges through its four-game series in New York: 

Players Notes:

NATIONALS: 

Erick Fedde made his first start of the season for Washington Tuesday night and put together a solid outing. The 26-year-old threw five innings of one-run baseball, allowing four hits, a walk, and strikeout. Thirty-one of his 61 pitches were sinkers.

Do you believe in the broadcaster's jinx theory? Perhaps you might after reading up on what Juan Soto did in the 2nd inning Tuesday. Then, later in the 8th, Soto scorched a go-ahead double to deep right notching his 100th career RBI. 

METS: 

Amed Rosario was the hero at Citi Field. His walk-off infield single off Kyle Barraclough was the difference in New York's 6-5 comeback win. 

The Mets got a quality start from starting pitcher Zack Wheeler, who threw seven innings of four-hit ball, three earned runs, two walks, and six strikeouts. 78 of his 118 pitches were thrown for strikes. 

Pete Alonso is lighting it up right now. His game-tying 417-foot home run in the 8th marked his 16th of the season. 

Injuries: 

SP Jeremy Hellickson: hamstring, expected to be out until at least May 31

RP Justin Miller: shoulder, expected to be out until at least May 31

SP Anibal Sanchez: hamstring, expected to be out until at least May 27

OF Andrew Stevenson: back, expected to be out until at least May 24

1B Matt Adams: shoulder, expected to be out until at least May 22

1B Ryan Zimmerman: foot, expected to be out until at least May 23

RP Koda Glover: elbow, expected to be out until at least May 25

RP Trevor Rosenthal: viral infection, Expected to be out until at least May 21

RP Austen Williams: shoulder, expected to be out until at least Jun 13

Coming Up:

Wednesday, 5/22: Nationals @ Mets, 7:10 p.m. ET, Citi Field 

Thursday, 5/23: Nationals @ Mets, 12:10 p.m. ET, Citi Field

Friday, 5/24: Marlins @ Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park

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Bryce Harper trolls Cubs fans after they call him overrated because of course he did

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Bryce Harper trolls Cubs fans after they call him overrated because of course he did

It's not just the City of Brotherly Love that heckles Bryce Harper from time to time, it's also one of the clubs he spurned during his offseason tour before settling on Philadelphia.

Prior to losing on a walk-off single to Cubs' star Javy Baez, Harper had a battle going on aside from the scheduled matchup, and that battle didn't involve any players on the opposing squads, but it did include the fans that fill their seats at Wrigley Field.

After the fans booed him all evening and labeled him overrated, the former Nats star chucked a fastball right over their heads and across the street.

Fortunately, the ball didn't break any nearby windows.

We hope. 

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