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83-79, 2nd in NL East
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Michael Smith: $400 million 'sounds about right' for Harper (1:31)
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Harper: 'Don't sell me short' on next contract

Nationals MVP Bryce Harper is eligible for free agency in 2018. He said "don't sell me short" when asked how much his next contract will be worth.

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Bryce Harper shows off new Topps card (2:57)
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Lucas Giolito No. 3 prospect in 2016

If you wanted to build the perfect pitching prospect, he'd look like Giolito. Between Trea Turner (No. 28) and Victor Robles (No. 49), all of Washington's top-100 prospects are actually in the top 50. Law: Top 100 prospects (Insider)

Nationals have No. 15 farm system in 2016

Washington's top-heavy system has a couple potential stars, depth in position players up the middle but a quick falloff after the first eight to 10 names. How does that set them up for the trade market? Ranking all 30 farm systems (Insider)

Who carried the 2009 Nationals?

This squad had Elijah Dukes, Cristian Guzman and Nick Johnson. Nyjer Morgan hit .351 in 212 plate appearances. Adam Dunn bashed 38 homers. Ryan Zimmerman hit .292/.364/.525 with 33 homers at age 24. No one could rescue this team. The best players on terrible teams

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Where will Dexter Fowler end up?

For Insider Tony Blengino, Fowler is the best free agent still on the board who turned down a qualifying offer. The Nationals, Dodgers, Cubs and Rangers are the most likely landing spots for the outfielder, according to Blengino. Unsigned qualifying-offer free agents (Insider)

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Max Scherzer easily worth blockbuster

Scherzer lit up the first year of his seven-year, $210 million contract. His two no-hitters in 2015 were an error and a hit batter away from being two perfect games. David Schoenfield looks at how others fared in Year 1 of their mega-deals. Free agents after mega-contracts

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Radio Row, Rick Barry, Jeff Ma, Svrluga

Tony Kornheiser is joined by Nigel and Kevin Sheehan to discuss his adventures in S.F.. Plus, Hall of Famer Rick Barry on the NBA, Jeff Ma breaks down Super Bowl 50 and Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post talks Nationals.

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Healthy Rendon huge for Nationals

Anthony Rendon proved just how great a hitter he can be in 2014, and Washington struggled without him last year. With opponents making a habit of pitching around Bryce Harper, the Nats need Rendon healthy, Buster Olney writes. Linchpin players for 2016 (Insider)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals and Brendan Ryan have agreed to terms on a deal that includes a spring training invite. Even though Ryan turns 34 in March and hit just .229 in 47 games with the Yankees last year, his leather - and the Nats' need for middle infield depth - will help him compete for a roster spot: From 2009 through 2013, Ryan's 95 defensive runs saved were more than twice as many as any shortstop in the big leagues.

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Report: Nats on Lucroy's no-trade list

Washington is one of eight teams on Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy's no-trade list, according to a report from Fox Sports. While that doesn't preclude a deal, it does make any potential pursuit by the Nationals more complicated. MLB rumors roundup

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Brewers shopping Jonathan Lucroy?

Having traded Jean Segura to Arizona over the weekend, Milwaukee might be looking to move Lucroy next. There's reportedly been buzz surrounding the catcher, with the Astros and Nationals as potential suitors. MLB rumors roundup

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Nationals would benefit from DH

If the National League employed designated hitters, Washington could either move Jayson Werth and his declining outfield defense to the position or have new signing Daniel Murphy take his cuts from the spot. DH candidates for NL teams

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Right-hander Fister, Astros agree to 1-year deal

Right-hander Doug Fister, who split time between the rotation and the bullpen for the Nationals last season, agreed to a one-year deal with the Astros for $7 million.

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MLB asks USADA to help investigate doping claims

MLB has asked the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to help investigate whether athletes named in an Al Jazeera documentary received banned drugs. Players mentioned in the film include the Phillies' Ryan Howard and the Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman, who have since taken legal action against Al Jazeera America. More on the investigation

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Szymborski: Projecting the soft NL East

Dan Szymborski examines the Mets' chances of repeating as NL East champs after signing Yoenis Cespedes and how New York would fare in the competitive NL Central.

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Bryce Harper's future: Nationals vs. Yankees

Jim Bowden argues the Nationals will have to make Bryce Harper the highest-paid player ever to keep him from the Yankees. Will he stay or will he go? Eddie Matz and Andrew Marchand debate.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals have reportedly signed Bronson Arroyo to a minor-league contract with a spring training invite. The 38-year old righty, who's recovering from Tommy John surgery and hasn't pitched since 2014, worked 200-plus innings in eight of nine seasons from 2005 to 2013. The one time he didn't (2011), he missed by one inning. If healthy, he could contribute to a Nats rotation that has questions marks at the back end.

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Arroyo agrees to minor league deal with Nationals

After missing all of 2015, 38-year-old Bronson Arroyo signed a minor league deal with the Nationals and will attend spring training in an attempt to make their 40-man roster.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs70310th
Batting Average.25116th
On Base Percentage.32114th
Slugging Percentage.40315th
Earned Run Average3.627th
Quality Starts91Tied-7th
WHIP1.216th
BAA.25013th

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