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Nationals place Ryan Madson on disabled list due to back injury

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The Nationals have made a handful of roster moves on Tuesday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Most notably, reliever Ryan Madson has been placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a back injury. The Nationals also optioned reliever Sammy Solis to Triple-A Syracuse. Trevor Gott and Tim Collins have been recalled from Syracuse, and Erick Fedde has been moved to the 60-day disabled list.

Madson, 37, has had a forgettable year. He owns a 5.19 ERA with a 40/15 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings. He was on the hook for all four runs that scored on David Bote‘s walk-off grand slam on Sunday. Madson apparently aggravated his back injury during that appearance.

Fedde, 25, has been dealing with inflammation in his right shoulder since early July. He will likely rejoin the team when rosters expand on September 1.

Solis, 30, has struggled to a 5.24 ERA with 37 strikeouts and 15 walks in 34 1/3 innings this season.

Gott, 25, has pitched 16 1/3 innings in the majors this year, accruing a 4.96 ERA with 12 strikeouts and eight walks.

Collins, 28, has 13 innings in the big leagues and has posted a 2.77 ERA with eight striekouts and six walks.

Rob Manfred blames Bryce Harper for going unsigned

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Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke with the media today. Naturally, he was asked various questions about the landscape of the sport, given that superstars Manny Machado and Bryce Harper remain unsigned as spring training begins. Per The Athletic’s Brittany Ghiroli, Manfred said that he thinks the free agent market will begin to move once spring training exhibition games begin. Manfred also said that Harper’s camp suggesting that he wants $400 million back in 2016 was “an impediment” to discussions throughout the offseason.

No word on why Machado is also as yet unsigned, as he did not have a reported $400 million ask.

Manfred’s job is to look out for ownership, so it’s not surprising to see him point the finger at Harper. Consider:

Manfred’s comment comes just months after the Red Sox won 108 regular season games and the World Series with baseball’s largest payroll. And ongoing evidence that there is indeed a positive correlation between dollars spent and team success. We often hear justification for tanking/rebuilding because the Cubs and Astros did it and won championships because of it. When the Red Sox use financial muscle to win a championship, it’s crickets.

Manfred didn’t stop there, however.

An easy way to get baseball’s “glow” back would be for two of the game’s best and most popular players to be in uniform playing games. The first spring training exhibition game will be played on February 22, so it’s not looking like that’s going to happen anytime soon.

Baseball’s “glow” would also come back if more teams were actively trying to win. Instead, one-third of the league is “rebuilding” or otherwise coasting on revenue-sharing. For fans of the Rangers, Orioles, Royals, and Marlins — to name a few — the outcomes of their favorite teams’ seasons have already been decided, so what is there to get excited about?