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Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman goes these days [url=http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-scott-schebler-jersey]Scott Schebler Jersey[/url] , the same topic arises: What is going to happen with free agent outfielder Bryce Harper?As if they think I guess because Ive been here forever I know all the answers to everything, Zimmerman said Saturday at Nationals Park during the clubs annual fan festival. Yeah, you get that question quite a bit.As much as Washington general manager Mike Rizzo already has done to try to improve a roster that flopped in 2018, that is the essential issue that is going to loom over the offseason until its resolved.Harper was drafted No. 1 overall by the Nationals in 2010, made his major league debut as a teen, won the NL Rookie of the Year award in 2012, was a unanimous selection as NL MVP in 2015 and now could be gone for good at age 26.Whatever team hes on is a better team. Hes one of the better players in the game. A lot of us would love to have him back here. I dont think theres anyone that wouldnt like to have him back, Zimmerman said. But theres a lot of different factors that go into that. Its a complicated situation.Washington, which went 82-80 and missed the playoffs, made a late-season offer to Harper that was not accepted, which was no surprise.They havent showed their hand either way, as far as what their timeline is, Rizzo said. I think their timeline is: When they get the deal they feel comfortable with, I think theyre going to move. I dont think theres anything urgency on their part. I think when they get something they like, itll probably happen.Until then [url=http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-scooter-gennett-jersey]Scooter Gennett Jersey[/url] , Rizzo is making moves to shore up his team.That doesnt include the outfield, though: The Nationals already have Juan Soto, who was the runner-up for NL Rookie of the Year, along with Adam Eaton, top prospect Victor Robles and Michael A. Taylor.As for Harpers future, Robles said: Everyone asks about that. A lot.Rizzo has added a pair of catchers, trading with the Cleveland Indians for AL All-Star Yan Gomes on Friday without relinquishing a top prospect and signing free agent Kurt Suzuki to a $10 million, two-year deal last week.He brought in a couple of back-end-of-the-bullpen relievers, signing Trevor Rosenthal, a free agent coming off reconstructive elbow surgery, and acquiring Kyle Barraclough fr om the Miami Marlins.And he joined Nationals owner Mark Lerner in meeting recently with free agent starting pitcher Patrick Corbin, a left-hander who went 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA as an NL All-Star for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2018.We go into the offseason with a checklist every year. Weve checked a few things off so far, but were far fr om finished. And I think that the Bryce situation and filling some of the other things that were trying to do are independent of each other, Rizzo said. Weve always been an organization that ownership has given us the resources to do what we need to do to build a championship-caliber club, and I dont see that changing.NOTES: Asked about how his long-term deal could expire after next season [url=http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-george-foster-jersey]George Foster Jersey[/url] , unless the Nationals pick up an $18 million club option for 2020, Zimmerman said he doesnt anticipate having any problems coming to an agreement moving forward. Added the 34-year-old Zimmerman: I still would like to get compensated fairly, but its not like Im going to go somewh ere else and play for an extra couple bucks. I dont think its any secret I would like to finish here. 2B/OF Howie Kendrick will be full-go at spring training, Rizzo said. Kendrick tore his right Achilles tendon in May and missed the rest of last season. Asked whether the Nationals will make a push to sign 3B Anthony Rendon to a new contract this offseason, Rizzo replied: I think we should. And I think we have. And I think we will continue to do so. Hes a guy that we drafted, signed and developed and hes one of our own. Hes a terrific player that nobody talks about. CLEVELAND (AP) In a story Dec. 15 about Yonder Alonsos trade to the Chicago White Sox, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Alonso is married to the sister of star slugger Manny Machado. Machado is married to Alonsos sister.A corrected version of the story is below:Indians send 1B Alonso to White Sox for outfielder Alex CallIndians offseason makeover keeps going with trade of 1st baseman Yonder Alonso to White SoxCLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians have made another offseason move, trading first baseman Yonder Alonso to the Chicago White Sox.Cleveland gets 24-year-old outfielder Alex Call in a deal made official Saturday. Call has yet to make his major league debut. The Indians also rid themselves of Alonsos entire $8 million salary for 2019.Its been a busy week for the three-time AL Central champions, who traded slugger Edwin Encarnacion and infielder Yandy Diaz and re-acquired first baseman Carlos Santana in a three-team trade on the final day of the winter meetings in Las Vegas.Weve had a couple of goals going into the offseason and thats foremost trying to make sure we have a team thats capable of winning the American League Central in 2019 but also position the organization for sustained success beyond that, Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said. There are a couple ways to do that. One is to infuse young, controllable talent into the organization. The second element of that is to manage our finances. We feel like the series of moves weve made up to this point advances both of those goals.Cleveland may not be done. The club has considered trading either ace Corey Kluber or All-Star Trevor Bauer. The Indians have outfield needs and are looking to rebuild their bullpen.Alonso batted .250 with 23 homers and 83 RBIs in his only season with the Indians, who signed him as a free agent last December.It was the first trade between the AL Central rivals in more than two decades, and it could have broad implications for the rest of the offseason.We havent aligned on trades for a variety of reasons, but this was one of those instances wh ere what they were seeking to do aligned with what we were seeking to do, Antonetti said.Chicago already has Jose Abreu at first base [url=http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-tom-seaver-jersey]http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-tom-seaver-jersey[/url] , but he played in just 128 games last season due to injuries and could see more time at DH with the addition of Alonso. Alonsos sister is married to star slugger Manny Machado, a rumored target for the White Sox in free agency.Alonso was selected by Cincinnati in the first round of the 2008 amateur draft and broke into the majors with the Reds in 2010. He is a .265 hitter with 90 homers and 389 RBIs in 951 games with Cincinnati, San Diego, Oakland, Seattle and Cleveland.We envision both he and Abreu getting the bulk of the at-bats between the first base and the DH spots through the course of the season. How exactly that breaks down in the end will be a managerial decision, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said, adding that Alonso and Abreu are friends and Abreu was excited about the deal.Alonsos contract includes a 2020 club option at $9 million with a $1 million buyout. The option becomes guaranteed if Alonso has 550 plate appearances next year or 1,100 in 2018 and 19 combined, and he passes a physical at the end of next season.We certainly feel like it improves us in 2019 and like the potential of having him around in 2020 as well, Hahn said.The 24-year-old Call played for Class-A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham last season, batting .248 with 12 homers and 58 RBIs in 123 games. He was selected by Chicago in the third round of the 2016 draft out of Ball State.
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