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Nationals re-sign Joe Nathan to a minor league deal

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals have re-signed veteran reliever Joe Nathan to a minor league deal.

Nathan, 42,¬†opted out of his minor league contract with the Nationals near the end of spring training when he learned he would not make the club’s Opening Day roster. Now signed to a new deal, Nathan will try to prove himself in the minors and serve as bullpen depth with the potential to join the major league club at some point.

Nathan logged only 6 2/3 innings over the past two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery. However, he did not allow a run to score over those 10 appearances with the Tigers, Cubs, and Giants.

Justin Turner and Chris Taylor named co-MVPs of NLCS

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner and SS/CF Chris Taylor have been named co-MVPs of the NLCS, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.

Turner hit .333/.478/.667 with four singles, two home runs, and five walks across 23 plate appearances in the NLCS. He hit a walk-off three-run home run off of John Lackey in the ninth inning to win Game 2 for the Dodgers.

Taylor hit .316/.458/.789 with two singles, a double, a triple, two home runs, and five walks in 24 NLCS plate appearances. He hit a go-ahead solo home run in Game 1. He hit another go-ahead solo homer in Game 3 and later added an RBI triple.