Will Bobby Valentine be Nationals' treasure?

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We know that the Washington Nationals are going to fire Manny Acta, probably sooner rather than later. And we also know that the Nationals are done. Finished. Cooked. Kaput.

The only thing they have left to play for is a second straight shot to draft a young, talented Scott Boras client No. 1 in the draft.

So who will lead this plucky band of players? How about Bobby Valentine?

According to SI’s Jon Heyman the Nats are considering Valentine in their early discussions.

Valentine, who took the Mets to the World Series in 2000, is known for
his high-energy, attention-grabbing style, which seems to have turned
off MLB teams. (Remember this?) But he is loved in Japan, where he has coached the Chiba Lotte Marines for seven seasons. And as Heyman writes, Valentine …

… is known for turning losers into winners. He has always liked a
challenge. This definitely is a challenge. The Nationals are 29 games
under .500 at a time no other team is more than 10 games under .500.

Stay tuned …

Video: Jake Arrieta hits a 465-foot home run off of Zack Greinke

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Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.

The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.

Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.

Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.

Luis Valbuena to miss four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring

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Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.

Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.