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Nationals’ Bryce Harper Isn’t Interested In Discussing His Impending Free Agency

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Washington Nationals slugging right fielder Bryce Harper is set to enter free agency following the 2018 season, and he has zero interest in discussing who he’ll be playing for a year from now.

Harper, who turned 25 this past October, is entering his seventh Major League season for the Nationals; and he’d like to focus solely on that.

“I will not be discussing anything relative to 2019 at all. I’m focused on this year. I’m focused on winning and playing hard like every single year. So if you guys have any questions about anything after 2018, you can call (agent) Scott (Boras) and he can answer you guys. If you guys do talk anything about that, then I’ll be walking right out the door,” Harper said to reporters on Monday.

Harper appeared on 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday, speaking to hosts Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier, offering similar comments:

“It’s not fair to my teammates or myself to look forward. Every single year, I’ve always tried to come in and win ballgames. That’s the biggest goal for myself. That’s the biggest goal for my team.

“And I want to come in here and be the best player I can for the Nationals organization, and be the best player I can for all my teammates and all my brothers inside that clubhouse. We’ve got a great team, got a great environment in there. Everybody in the world knows I’m gonna be a free agent next year. That’s just part of how the game works. It’s part of how sports work. That’s how it is.”

Harper has accomplished a lot in his first six years with Washington. He was the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year, the 2015 NL MVP while winning a Silver Slugger and Hank Aaron Award that year, has been a five-time All-Star.

In an injury-shortened 2017 season (111 games), Harper hit .319/.413/.595 with 29 homers and 87 RBIs, perhaps missing out on his second MVP award.

Harper, the 2010 number one pick, is looking at a monster contract following 2018, maybe the biggest one ever in terms of overall money; but for now, he’s focused on nothing but baseball.

It’s pretty scary to think at just 25, Harper isn’t even in his prime yet. Sure, he’s been up-and-down some in his seven years, but make no mistake: the bidding for him is going to be INTENSE.

For now though, nothing’s more important to him than performing in 2018; I wouldn’t expect anything less from him.

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Mets Sign Ervin Santana

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The New York Mets have announced that they have come to terms with veteran right-hander Ervin Santana on a minor league contract.

The deal, which is pending a physical, will see Santana head to Port St. Lucie to being working towards his return to the majors.

Santana, 36, missed the majority of the 2018 season after undergoing surgery to repair a tendon in his right middle finger prior to the start of Spring Training, and leading the Minnesota Twins, his then-team, to decline a $14 million option on him back in November of 2018.

Prior to last season, Santana was a solid fixture in the Twins starting rotation for three seasons.

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Pirates’ Corey Dickerson To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Corey Dickerson

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson is expected to begin a rehab assignment with the team’s Triple A affiliate on Friday, according to an official team announcement.

Dickerson has been out of action with a shoulder strain since April 4th, leading to the team signing veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera, who has played well during his stint with the team.

The Pirates have seen strong play from their outfielders, both defensively and at the plate, so the pending return of Dickerson will further bolster what has become a strength of the team.

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Diamondbacks Promoting Kevin Cron

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are promoting corner infield prospect Kevin Cron to the major league level, according to 98.7 Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro.

Cron, 26, is a former 1st round pick, and has been putting up some \monster numbers with Triple-A Reno.

Cron has hit 21 home runs so far this season, to lead all of Minor League Baseball.

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