Report: The Nationals are also in on free agent Jason Heyward

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It was reported earlier this afternoon that the Cardinals, Cubs, and Angels were the finalists for free agent outfielder Jason Heyward, but there’s a surprise team in the mix.

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Nationals have been revealed as the infamous “mystery team.” It’s unclear who has the top bid at this point, but Heyman also writes that it’s believed Heyward has at least one $200 million offer on the table.

If the Nationals were to sign Heyward, they’d presumably stick him in center field and continue to go with Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth in the corner spots. This would move young Michael Taylor back into a fourth-outfielder role, though he’s obviously good insurance with Werth’s recent injury history.

Given Heyward’s age (he just turned 26 in August) and all-around game, he’s regarded as the top position player on the market. Many expect he’ll end up with a 10-year contract. The market for position players has been slower to develop than the pitchers, but it sounds like things are finally heating up.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.