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Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer Have Heated Exchange In Dugout

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg didn’t have the kind of return he was hoping for during his first start in six weeks, allowing 6 runs on 8 hits over 4 2/3 innings, but it was an incident off the mound that has people talking.

After being yanked with two outs in the fifth, Strasburg headed back to the dugout and was greeted by teammate Max Scherzer who patted him on the shoulder and the two engaged in a discussion.

That conversation seemed to escalate quickly and then Strasburg abruptly got up and walked briskly to the tunnel, with Scherzer following.

“It’s part of family, man. You got to be in the family,” Strasburg said about the incident after the game. Asked whether he and Scherzer had talked again since the incident, Strasburg said: “You’ve got to be in the family. You’re not.”

Scherzer had a discussion with rookie manager Davey Martinez prior to meeting with the media.

“We had a really good conversation, I’ll just say that,” Martinez said. “It was addressed. Look, they’re very competitive. Everybody is. I’m glad we talked. It’s over. Let’s move forward. These guys are professionals. We’re good. I’m good that we had the conversation. This stuff happens. I’ve been on teams where guys wanted to choke each other. It’s a long season. They get it. They understand. We talk about it. I don’t want to lose sleep about it. It was a really good conversation. I’ll just leave it at that. Things are good.”

dropped to 6-7 on the season with a 3.90 ERA on the season.

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Braves Re-Sign Nick Markakis

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The Atlanta Braves have re-signed veteran outfielder Nick Markakis to a one year, $6 million deal, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

The new deal includes $4 million salary for 2019 and a $6 million club option, or a $2 million buyout for 2020, with $6 million guaranteed.

Markakis, 35, has spent the last four seasons with the Braves, and posted a .297 average with 14 homers and 93 RBIs.

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Cardinals Interested In Long-Term Contract With Paul Goldschmidt

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The St. Louis Cardinals may be done with tweaking their roster this offseason, but they may not be done with new first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

The Cards acquired Goldschmidt this offseason and are reportedly eyeing a long-term contract with the veteran slugger, according to MLB.com’s Jen Langosch.

“Whenever a good player comes to the Cardinals, if they have a year left on their contract, we always think down the road,” team owner Bill DeWitt Jr. said. “We’d love to have him here longer than one year, and we’ll just see how that plays out.”

Goldschmidt, 31, is set to hit free agency next year.

As you guys know, we’ve been fortunate over the years in making deals for players with one year left on their contract and retaining them,” DeWitt said. “I think worst case is we get a top Draft choice, but that’s not our goal when we trade for a player like Paul Goldschmidt.”

Goldschmidt hasn’t commented on a long-term deal, but Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak made it clear that the team wants him for the long-term.

“All I did was really pray hard that we weren’t going to get a lot of snow [for Goldschmidt’s Winter Warm-Up appearance on Saturday],” Mozeliak said.

“You know, first impressions could be meaningful. … I think most importantly when you think of Goldy and where this is headed is, get him down to Jupiter, [Fla.], get him with his teammates and, ultimately, we’ll sort of, as we round the first turn, get a better idea of what the second turn looks like.

“Paul Goldschmidt has plenty of baseball left in his career. The fact that we only have him under control for one year? That was a gamble we were willing to take.”

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Yankees, Reds Finalizing Sonny Gray Trade

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The Cincinnati Reds are finalizing a trade with the New York Yankees for veteran starting pitcher Sonny Gray.

The trade, which would send second base prospect Shed Long and a draft pick to New York, has hit a delay as the Reds try to work out a long-term deal with Gray.

As the trade drags on, it is possible that the Yankees could run out of patience and deal Gray elsewhere.

According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the Yankees had received multiple offers from teams for Gray as of last Friday, so if the deal with the Reds fall through, they have other options.

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