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Report: Washington Nationals sign Kurt Suzuki

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Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have agreed to a two-year deal with catcher Kurt Suzuki. Financial terms are not yet known. The deal is pending a physical. UPDATE: The deal is reportedly for $10 million over the two years in total.

Suzuki hit .271/.332/.444 with 12 homers in 388 plate appearances in 2018 and has an .825 OPS over the past two seasons. Those two years are substantially better offensively than anything he did over the previous ten years of his career. He turned 35 in early October.

Given his age and how much of an outlier those two seasons were offensively, it’s hard to guess what he’ll do going forward, but even some regression from these recent highs will serve the Nats well if they use Suzuki wisely. He’s not a full-time catcher, really, having worked in a co-starting situation in Atlanta for the past two years. Assuming Washington pairs him up with someone who can play at least 60 or 70 games himself, they’ll have a pretty decent catching duo.

Bryce Harper is pandering hard to Philly fans

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Bryce Harper hadn’t even addressed his new hometown fans before his Phillies jersey started selling like hotcakes. Since then, he’s said all the expected things. Talking about joining the Phillies, he said, “From day one, it felt right … I always talk about family and being a family, being one unit, and I get that from this team. Every guy has your back and vice versa. I’m very excited to go into battle with these guys.”

Harper is continuing to pander hard to Phillies fans. Behold his latest Instagram post:

Has anyone ever really longed to see the Liberty Bell?

Harper also famously recreated that Chase Utley scene from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with actor Rob McElhenney on Twitter:

In Harper’s next post, he will talk about alternating bottles of You-eng-ling beers with glasses of “wooder.” He’ll add that every so often he will treat himself to a steak sandwich with cheese on it, then go home to watch all of the movies in the Rocky series.