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WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Nationals‘ offseason , a day that was supposed to be all about introducing Patrick Corbin morphed into a day about Bryce Harper.Washington announced its six-year contract with Corbin, a heavily back-loaded deal worth $140 million, and the All-Star lefty starter donned a No. 46 Nationals jersey as rotation-mates Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg looked on from the front row Friday. After the news conference, general manager Mike Rizzo was asked a key question:How might the big bucks he used to outbid the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies for Corbin affect the pursuit of Washington’s own big-deal free agent, right fielder Harper?“I think they’re independent of each other. I really do. We’ve gone about this business of creating a roster for 2019, and at the end of the day, we’ll figure out whether that includes ‘Harp’ or not,” Rizzo said. “We thought it was good business — we had to fix the things we needed to fix. ‘Harp’ is a big part of our family, and we’d love to have him back.”But in an interview Friday with radio station 106.7 The Fan, Nationals owner Mark Lerner painted a different picture about where things stand with Harper, who didn’t accept a late-season offer from Washington.“I really don’t expect him to come back at this point,” Lerner said. “I think they’ve decided to move on. There’s just too much money out there that he’d be leaving on the table.”Lerner also described the team’s earlier offer to the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year and 2015 NL MVP, reportedly for $300 million over 10 years, as “the best we can do.”The Harper issue hangs over all of baseball as the winter meetings are set to begin Monday in Las Vegas, but it’s not as though the Nationals have been waiting around to see how it’s resolved.Rizzo has made a string of moves early in the offseason, adding two catchers — one, Yan Gomes, attended Corbin’s news conference, as did longtime first baseman Ryan Zimmerman — and two late-inning relievers, in addition to Corbin, a two-time NL All-Star who was 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2018.“We feel good about where we’re at,” Rizzo said about his starting staff. “We’ve got our Big 3.”They certainly do, and at a significant price.Corbin joins three-time Cy Young Award winner Scherzer, he of the $210 million deal , and three-time NL All-Star Strasburg, with a $175 million extension of his own.“As you’ve heard me say many, many times: Pitching is king,” Rizzo said.Corbin gets a $2.5 million signing bonus payable next Oct. 31 and salaries of $12.5 million next season, $19 million in 2020, $24 million in 2021, $23 million in 2022, $24 million in 2023 and $35 million in 2024 — when he turns 35. The final year’s salary includes $10 million that will be deferred without interest and payable on Jan. 15, 2026.He would earn $500,000 for winning a Cy Young Award, $250,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $100,000 for fourth and $75,000 for fifth, and the same awards for Most Valuable Player balloting. He would earn $100,000 for each All-Star appearance, $100,000 apiece for any Gold Glove or Silver Slugger, $250,000 for World Series MVP and $150,000 for League Championship Series MVP.“We’ve allocated a lot of resources to our front of the rotation , and I think that elite starters, middle-lineup bats and back-end relievers is where I think you spend your money,” he said, “and you try to get values along the periphery of your roster.” The final 10 have been decided. Let’s take a short look at each one."We made it! You helped us decide who all 30 of the Brew Crew Ball community’s top prospects were. Some of the picks drifted from the “expert” opinions. Some came out of left field. But ALL were voted on democratically and decided by you. Let’s take a look at #21-30.#21. OF Trent GrishamAge: 222018 stats (AA): 405 PA || .233/.356/.337 || 7 HR || 11 SB || 87 K || 63 BBGrisham was the Brewers’ first round pick in 2015. At the time, he was touted as the best high school hitter to come out of the draft. That has not exactly come to fruition. Grisham has shown grate discipline and been an adept fielder, but he has struggled to wow at the plate. The career .358 SLG is well below expectations. Still, Milwaukee has challenged the now 22-year-old throughout his professional tenure. There’s a chance that he could make the needed adjustment and become a regular outfielder. At this point, he’s organizational depth.#22. IF Antonio PineroAge: 192018 stats (Rk): 22 PA || .238/.238/.286 || 0 HR || 0 SB || 4 K || 0 BBPinero is a former international free agent known for his defensive versatility more than anything else. Since starting professional play in 2016, he hasn’t shown much of any skill with the bat. He was signed after the Red Sox lost him due to a violation of the International Free Agency rules. He has a strong arm and instincts, but his average to below average speed makes him more likely to be a third baseman than a shortstop. The bat can develop, and the Brewers have shown some confidence in him. The ceiling is still very far away for Pinero.#23. OF Je’Von WardAge: 192018 stats (Rk): 271 PA || .307/.391/.403 || 2 HR || 13 SB || 57 K || 32 BBDrafted at 17 in the 11th round of 2017, the young Ward is one of the more intriguing prospects in the entire system. Ward is still very raw, but shows phenomenal talent that the org hopes will translate into baseball skill. After some rigid work in the offseason, he showed great strides with his swing at Helena last season. He still needs to add power to his swing and develop his instincts in the outfield.#24. OF Tyrone TaylorAge: 252018 stats (AAA): 481 PA || .278/.321/.504 || 20 HR || 13 SB || 74 K || 27 BBJust a few years ago, Taylor was a top prospect in the Brewers’ org. After a few injuries that hindered his development, he’s just now crawling back into the organization’s plans. He’s a solid fielder who was the arm to play all three outfield spots. He makes average contact, but has seen a dip in his average as he tries to add more power to his swing. Taylor can be a good fourth outfielder that can handle starting responsibilities for a season or two.#25. RHP Adrian HouserAge: 252018 stats (AA-AAA): 78.2 IP || 5.03 ERA || 67 K || 25 BB || 9 HR || 1.538 WHIPMLB: 13.2 IP || 3.29 ERA || 8 K || 7 BB || 0 HR || 1.463 WHIPAfter a phenomenal pro debut, Houser had to take a step back when he suffered a UCL injury that required Tommy John Surgery. His low to mid 90’s fastball works well and he can get his above average curveball over for strikes. Houser projects to fill the back end of the rotation, or the back end of a bullpen. #26. RHP Adam HillAge: 212018 stats (A): 15.1 IP || 2.35 ERA || 26 K || 7 BB || 1 HR || 1.500 WHIPHill was an interesting acquisition from the Mets in the Keon Broxton trade. He has minimal pro-ball experience, but does have back end rotation potential. If the Brewers want to fast track him, the Brewers can use him as a reliever, where his ineffective command can be overcome by his talented arsenal. #27. RHP Lun ZhaoAge: 172018 stats (Rk): 8.1 IP || 1.08 ERA || 6 K || 2 BB || 0 HR || 0.960 WHIPZhao is, in my opinion, the most interesting international signing Milwaukee has made since Gilbert Lara. While Lara certainly didn’t live up to the extraordinarily high expectations Glenn Robinson Jersey , Zhao has the talent to make everyone forget that the signing even occurred. Zhao has some of the top spin rates recorded on his fastball and breaking pitches, even compared to the major leagues. At just 17, his velocity is in the high-90’s. It’s a wow experience to watch him.#28. OF Micah BelloAge: 182018 stats (Rk): 174 PA || .240/.324/.325 || 1 HR || 10 SB || 41 K || 18 BBDrafted in 2018, Bello has the tools to be an every day outfielder in the majors. His above-average speed and projection for high contact makes him an ideal top-of-the-lineup presence. Bello will of course need to make adjustments, but he has four tools that project to be average or better. His strong arm means he can play all three outfield spots confidently. He has the potential to be a Gold Glove corner outfielder, or a solid centerfielder. #29. RHP Caden LemonsAge: 202018 stats (Rk): 31.2 IP || 4.26 ERA || 28 K || 14 BB || 2 HR || 1.484 WHIPThe Brewers drafted Lemons in the second round of the 2017 draft knowing that he’d need a lot of work, but believing the end result would be worth it. Lemons can hit the upper 90’s with his fastball, has a secondary pitch that projects to be above-average, and his changeup shows potential. When everything is working, it can be easy to give Lemons a front-line grade. But Lemons needs a lot of work and has a lot of risk. His progression will be slow, but Milwaukee sees the potential as being well worth the risk.#30. OF Pablo AbreuAge: 192018 stats (Rk): 241 PA || .250/.335/.418 || 7 HR || 9 SB || 61 K || 28 BBAbreu was one of Milwaukee’s top international signings in 2016. He projected to be organizational depth, but has grown leaps and bounds since putting pen to paper. Based on early returns, Abreu shows five-tool potential. He has been greatly patient at the plate, continues to add surprising power, and has played admirable defense. As he continues to age, he’ll likely be relegated to left field, but should still be able to play center in a pinch. His arm would make him less than ideal in right field, but he’s capable enough. With some adjustments, he could be a 20-25 home run hitter. At 20, there’s still a lot of growth needed but the early samples have been great.Statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference

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