Great Moments in Great Memories: Torii Hunter

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Torii Hunter on moving to right field to make way for Peter Bourjos:

“Kirby did the same thing for me, he moved to
right field to make room for me in center field,” Hunter said.
“[Bourjos] is a great kid. He’s 23 years old, he can run, so let him
run. With that kind of speed, I’ll work with him. My job, like Kirby’s
job, was to help the next guy coming along. And my job is to help us win
games.”

Kirby Puckett’s final major league game: September 28, 1995
Torii Hunter’s first major league game: August 22, 1997

The immortal who moved off center for Hunter was Rich Becker. Point is taken, though.

The Nationals expect Bryce Harper to test free agency

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Earlier this week at the Winter Meetings, Scott Boras said that he and the Washington Nationals had had preliminary discussions about a contract extension for Bryce Harper. Harper, of course, can become a free agent following the 2018 season and is widely expected to command the largest contract in baseball history.

While that may have given some Nationals fans hope that no other team would get the chance to bid on him, the Nationals are of the view that they have no shot to sign Harper before he at least tests the free agent market. From USA Today’s Bob Nightengale:

A lot of this seems like mutual posturing, doesn’t it? Boras trying to make it appear as though the he and Harper are giving the Nats a fair hearing and the Nats trying to make it appear as though, no matter what they do, Harper is going to hit the market. I tend to believe, personally, that Boras and Harper are hellbent on testing the market, but it’s possible that there is some number that the Nats can offer to head that off, right? Maybe?

Either way: big year ahead for Harper.