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Bryce Harper Valued At $75.4M During MVP Season

Nov 23, 2015 8:37 AM

Bryce Harper won the National League MVP award on Thursday despite a highly disappointing season for the Washington Nationals.

Harper's 2015 output will go down as one of the best in Major League history, perhaps one of the top 50 to 100 ever.

FanGraphs has a formula for converting a player's WAR into his monetary value on the open market. The site calculates how much teams spend per projected WAR and then applies that "market price" to each player's output at the end of a given season.

On average teams were willing to pay about $7.7 million for every additional WAR this season. That means Harper's 9.7 wins above replacement would have been worth $75.4 million on the open market.

That $75.4 million figure is the most that any player's season has been worth since 2002, the first season FanGraphs made the calculation. Harper is also valued high due to the growth of salaries. Barry Bonds's outrageously great 12.2 WAR was worth "just" $46 million in 2002.

Neil Payne/FiveThirtyEight

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

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Bryce Harper Unanimous Pick For NL MVP

Nov 19, 2015 9:18 PM

Bryce Harper won the National League MVP on Thursday.

Harper, 23, is the youngest unanimous MVP in baseball history.

In earning all 30 first-place votes, Harper became just the seventh unanimous MVP in National League history.

Harper beat out fellow finalists Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds for the award. He tallied 420 points to finish 186 points ahead of Goldschmidt, who finished second.


Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Nationals Sign Reed Johnson, Sean Burnett

Nov 16, 2015 4:34 PM

The Washington Nationals have signed Reed Johnson and Sean Burnett to Minor League contracts.

The deals include invitations to Spring Training.

Johnson, 39 in December, broke camp with the Nationals in 2015, but ultimately missed most of the season due to a torn tendon in his left calf.

Burnett, 33, has just 10 1/3 innings in the Majors dating back to 2012 due to 2013 shoulder surgery and the second Tommy John surgery of his career in 2014.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Nationals Have Interest In Ben Zobrist

Nov 13, 2015 5:50 AM

The Washington Nationals have interest in free agent utility man Ben Zobrist, according to sources.

He isn't believed to be a top target for the club, but they have long been interested in him.

James Wagner/Washington Post

Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Teams Showing Trade Interest In Papelbon, Storen

Nov 11, 2015 8:19 AM

The Washington Nationals have received calls about relievers Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen, according to general manager Mike Rizzo.

Other teams have yet to call regarding the availability of Stephen Strasburg.

Rizzo says he won't move Papelbon or Storen unless he receives a "real baseball offer."

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

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Sources: Diamondbacks Want Matt Williams As Third Base Coach

Nov 6, 2015 7:22 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have offered the third-base coach's job to Matt Williams, according to sources.

Williams is a former player, coach and minority owner of the Diamondbacks.

He spent the last two seasons as the manager of the Washington Nationals.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

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Judge Rules In Orioles' Favor In MASN Dispute

Nov 6, 2015 7:17 AM

The New York Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Baltimore Orioles and against the Washington Nationals in a long-running dispute relating to the rights fees owed to the latter team by the jointly-owned MASN.

MASN, which is controlled and majority-owned by the Orioles, brought the lawsuit to challenge an arbitration award that purported to settle the annual television broadcast fees owed by the network to the Nationals.

The Nationals own a minority share in the network and the ruling vacates the arbitration award.

If the decision is upheld on appeal, it would require the parties to renegotiate and/or re-arbitrate the rights fees.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Harper Reached Out To Papelbon, Relationship Improved

Nov 6, 2015 6:59 AM

Bryce Harper has reached out to Jonathan Papelbon since the end of the regular season to make sure their relationship at teammates is improved next season.

"Papelbon and Harper are fine together," a source told the Washington Post. "Harp just wants to win. All he cares about is that we have a 45-save relief pitcher who's going to help us."

Harper and Papelbon fought in the dugout as Washington's disappointing season came to a close.

Thomas Boswell/Washington Post

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Nationals Hire Mike Maddux As Pitching Coach

Nov 4, 2015 6:22 PM

The Washington Nationals have named Mike Maddux as their new pitching coach.

Maddux, 54, is one of the most respected pitching coaches in baseball. He spent the past seven seasons as pitching coach of the Texas Rangers.

Bill Ladson/MLB

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Report: Nationals Reverse Course, Will Offer Job To Dusty Baker

Nov 3, 2015 6:15 AM

The Washington Nationals, amid reports that Bud Black will be their next manager, have decided to offer the job to Dusty Baker.

According to USA Today, talks between the Nationals and Black hit a snag, which prompted the team to reverse course and reach out to Baker. He hasn't managed since parting ways with the Cincinnati Reds in 2013.

Washington reportedly offered Black a two-year deal worth less than $2 million, which he turned down because it was less money than he expected.


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Mets Expected To Be Players For Ian Desmond
The Mariners, Padres, White Sox and Twins could also be in the running to sign the shortstop.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Report: Nationals To Hire Bud Black
The club isn't expected to make a formal announcement until after the World Series.


Nationals To Hold Second Interviews With Baker, Black
The Nationals have called Dusty Baker and Bud Black back for second interviews as they look to hire a new manager.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Dusty Baker Has 'Extensive' Interview With Nationals
The former Cubs, Giants and Reds manager is looking for another shot.

Barry M. Bloom/MLB

Baker, Gardenhire Interested In Washington Job
Dusty Baker and Ron Gardenhire have shown interest in managing the Nationals, who parted ways with Matt Williams earlier this month.

James Wagner/Washington Post

Cal Ripken Jr. Admits Interest In Nationals Job
Cal Ripken wouldn't mind hearing from Nationals GM Mike Rizzo.


Phil Nevin Receiving Interest From Nationals, Marlins
Phil Nevin has been manager of the Reno Aces, AAA affiliate of the Diamondbacks, since the 2014 season.

Zach Buchanan/Arizona Republic

Dusty Baker, Ron Gardenhire Interested In Nationals' Job
Ron Gardenhire is said to be rejuvenated after a year away from the job.

Steve Adams/MLBTradeRumors

Nationals Likely To Pick Manager With Previous Experience
Bud Black would be a logical choice, though Cal Ripken's name has come up as well.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Nationals Fire Matt Williams
The Nationals entered the season as a World Series favorite, but had an 83-79 record and finished seven games behind the Mets.


Bryce Harper Sets Franchise Mark With 124th Walk
Bryce Harper set a franchise record Tuesday with his 124th walk of the season, breaking a mark set in 1973 by Ken Singleton.


Papelbon Jerseys Removed From Nationals Team Store
The Nationals suspended Jonathan Papelbon for four games following his dugout confrontation with Bryce Harper earlier this week.

Whitney Medworth/SB Nation

Nationals Suspend Papelbon Four Games For Harper Incident
The Nationals have suspended Jonathan Papelbon for four games without pay for his role in a dugout incident during which he choked teammate Bryce Harper.

Eddie Matz/ESPN

Bryce Harper, Jonathan Papelbon Get Into Physical Fight In Dugout
After Bryce Harper flied out in the eighth inning Sunday, he and Jonathan Papelbon exchanged words.


Papelbon Gets Three-Game Suspension For Throwing At Machado
Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended three games and fined by Major League Baseball for intentionally throwing at Manny Machado earlier this week.


Fister Took Bullpen Assignment In Stride, Wants To Start Again
Doug Fister began the season as a starter, but the Nationals moved him to the bullpen when they decided to move Joe Ross into the rotation.

Bill Ladson/MLB

Nationals Could Target Gerardo Parra In Free Agency
The Nationals have a number of holes to fill this offseason and pending free agent Gerardo Parra could be one of their targets.

James Wagner/Washington Post

Harper's Monster Season May Force Nationals To Offer Lifetime Contract
Bryce Harper's monster season won't likely be enough to lift the underachieving Nationals into the playoffs, but it carries major implications nonetheless.

Thomas Boswell/Washington Post

Headed For Free Agency, Denard Span Switches To Boras Corporation
Denard Span is switching representation and will become a client of the Boras Corporation.

Barry Svrluga/Washington Post

Bryce Harper Issues Support For Matt Williams
Bryce Harper has issued support for Matt Williams amid rumblings that he could lose his job as manager of the Nationals.


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