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Nationals win arbitration case against Michael Taylor

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Washington Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor has lost his arbitration hearing against the club. He will earn $3.25 million in 2019. Taylor had requested $3.5 million. Going to war over $250K is kinda weird, but nothing surprises me in 2019.

Taylor, a backup outfielder, had a down year in 2018, hitting .227/.287/.357 (OPS+ 69) with six homers in 385 plate appearances.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.

Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.