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Nationals Reach Two-Year Agreement To Bring Back Howie Kendrick

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The Washington Nationals and veteran utilityman Howie Kendrick have agreed on a two-year deal worth $7 million pending a physical, several sources reported on Monday.

Kendrick, 34, hit .293/.343/.494 with seven homers and 25 RBIs in 52 games for the Nationals in 2017 after being acquired by the Philadelphia Phillies prior to the trade deadline.

In 12 Major League seasons since 2006, Kendrick’s a .291/.334/.421 hitter with 104 homers and 636 RBIs. Prior to 2017, Kendrick began his career with a nine-year tenure as a Los Angeles Angel, before two years as a Los Angeles Dodger.

A primary second baseman for much of his career, Kendrick has seen a big increase in outfield playing time the last two years. With 184 career appearances in the outfield, 157 of them have come since 2016.

Kendrick was limited to just 91 games in 2017 due to a strained abdomen suffered in April. Prior to that, he appeared in at least 105 games the previous eight years, and at least 140 in five of those years.

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Clint Hurdle Retires From Managing

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Longtime manager Clint Hurdle, who was recently dismissed as the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, has announced his retirement from managing.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Jason Mackey, Hurdle, 62, may be done managing but he has spoken with organizations about front-office possibilities.

Along with the Pirates, Hurdle has managed the Colorado Rockies as well.

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Cardinals Re-Sign Adam Wainwright

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The St. Louis Cardinals have re-signed veteran right hander Adam Wainwright, according to an official team announcement.

Wainwright’s new deal is for one-year, but the value of the deal is not currently known.

Wainwright, 38, pitched to the tune of a 4.19 ERA last season.

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Nationals Interested In Josh Donaldson

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The World Series Champion Washington Nationals are looking to improve their championship roster this offseason and have a certain slugger in mind as they gear up for the winter.

According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the Nationals are one of six teams showing early interest in free agent Josh Donaldson.

Along with the Nationals, the Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Atlanta Braves are all interested in the veteran third baseman.

Donaldson posted a slash line of .259/.379/.521 with 37 home runs last season for the Braves.

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