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Nationals Sign Veteran Closer Joe Nathan To A Minor League Deal

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The Washington Nationals did not have much luck finding a closing pitcher this offseason. After missing out on a few big free agents, the team decided to add veteran closer Joe Nathan.

On Tuesday, Nathan agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million minor league deal with the Nationals. As part of the contract, he has the chance to make over $3 million if he reaches his incentives. Nathan received an invitation to spring training.

Considering the Nationals’ depth in the back end bullpen right now, Nathan actually has a decent chance to have a significant role with them in 2017. The 42-year-old  right-hander spent time with the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants last season. Between the two teams, he only pitched 6.1 innings. Nathan went 2-0 and did not allow an earned run.

Although Nathan did pitch well when he was called upon last year, he certainly is not the same pitcher that he was once. He missed the majority of the 2015 season after suffering an injury to his right elbow in April while with the Detroit Tigers. The injury required him to undergo Tommy John surgery. This was the second time in Nathan’s career that he needed to have that kind of surgery. The first instance came back in 2010 when he tore his ulnar collateral ligament in spring training.

For someone who has had Tommy John surgery twice, Nathan has put together a very impressive career. He has 377 total saves, which puts him eighth on the all-time saves list. His career ERA is 2.87. Nathan is also a six-time All-Star.

Even though he is past his prime, the Nationals could still get some use out of Nathan. They do not have a definite closer going into the 2017 season. Mark Melancon was Washington’s closer for the final few months of last year after the Pirates traded him to them in late July. However, Melancon signed a four-year, $62 million contract with the Giants back in December. He was one of the closers that the Nationals missed out on this offseason. They were also reportedly interested in Kenley Jansen, but he ended up re-signing with the Dodgers. As of right now, Shawn Kelley is most likely the front runner for the Nationals’ closer job. That does not mean that Nathan cannot take the job away from him should he have a better spring training.

Nathan was not the only relief pitcher that the Nationals added this week. They also signed right-hander Matt Albers. He spent last season with the Chicago White Sox, where he went 2-6 with a 6.31 ERA in 58 games.

The Nationals desperately needed bullpen help, and they got some this week. We will see if Nathan and Albers can actually contribute to the team this year.

Aspring sports broadcaster/writer. Freshman Television-Radio major at Ithaca College. Die-hard Mets, Giants, Nets, and Devils fan.

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VIDEO: Giants’ CEO Larry Baer Knocks Down Wife During Argument

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A video has surfaced showing San Francisco Giants team president and CEO Larry Baer knocking his wife to the ground during a fight over a cellphone, published on TMZ.

You can see the video below.

Baer has acknowledged the incident, saying; “My wife and I had an unfortunate public argument related to a family member and she had an injured foot and she fell off her chair in the course of the argument,” Baer said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

“The matter is resolved. It was a squabble over a cellphone. Obviously it’s embarrassing.”

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Red Sox Take Game 2 in 2018 MLB World Series

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Last night in the 2018 MLB World Series, it was game 2 between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. After 9 1/2 innings, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2.

it was David Price (BOS) going up against Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD) on the pitching mound.

David Price

In six innings of the world series, David Price had an ERA of 3.00 with 3 hits and 2 runs and zero home runs.

Hyun-Jin Ryu

On the LA Dodgers side, Hyun-Jin Ryu was the pitcher for the Dodgers. He only lasted 4.2 innings with 6 hits and 4 runs but zero home runs.

Game 3 is set for Friday, October 26, 2018 at 8:06 on Fox

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Twins’ Miguel Sano Arrested in Dominican Republic

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Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano was arrested in the Dominican Republic early Sunday morning following an incident that left one police officer with a broken leg.

According to a police report, Sano, 25, ran over an officer’s foot during an incident outside a nightclub in San Pedro de Macoris, per ESPN.

“The Minnesota Twins have been made aware of a situation involving Miguel Sano recently in the Dominican Republic,” team spokesman Dustin Morse said in a statement. “The facts of the incident are not completely available right now but the club is in the process of gathering as much information as possible.”

Sano has been making headlines recently for all the wrong reasons. Back in December, Sano was accused of sexual assault by a female photographer, but no charges were filed and MLB didn’t levy any punishment.

 

 

 

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