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Rendon and others headed to AFL

Rendon and others headed to AFL

On Wednesday afternoon it was announced the Nats will send at least six players to the Arizona Fall League, and maybe two more, including 2011 first round pick Anthony Rendon. The Washington Post first had the report.

Joining Rendon in Arizona next month will be pitchers Christian Garcia, Paul Demny, and Ryan Perry. Outfielder Brian Goodwin and infielder Jason Martinson will also participate.

Rendon, the sixth overall pick in 2011, has seen his season slowed by injuries. The 22-year-old fractured his ankle in April, but returned in July to play well enough for a promotion to Double-A Harrisburg.

Goodwin was drafted 34th in 2011 and rose quickly to Double-A, but he has struggled there with a .219 average. He has flashed some power to go along with his range and speed and could be the teams long-term solution in center field if he continues to develop.

Garcia, 27, is looked at as a guy who could contribute at the major league level soon. He has recovered from Tommy John surgery to post a 0.89 ERA through 43 relief appearances in the Nats farm system this season. He began with Harrisburg, but has thrived even more so at Triple-A Syracuse with a 0.59 ERA across 30.1 innings pitched.

The 25-year-old Perry has been a starter for Harrisburg this season and has a 2.82 ERA through 12 starts. A former first round pick, he was acquired via a trade with the Detroit Tigers over the offseason. Demny has a 5. 44 ERA as a member of the P-Nats rotation.

Martinson, 23, will participate as a taxi squad member, a distinction that allows a player to only appear in two games per week. He has spent time at both Hagerstown and Potomac this season.

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Nationals avoid arbitration, reach deal with Bryce Harper and three others

Nationals avoid arbitration, reach deal with Bryce Harper and three others

The Washington Nationals avoided arbitration and agreed to one-year deals today with Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon, Tanner Roark and newly acquired catcher Derek Norris.

If team's and players didn't agree to contracts by today's 1 p.m. ET deadline, an independent arbitrator will rule on the contract at a later date and decide how much the player will play for in 2017. 

Harper and the Nationals agreed to a $13.625 million deal, which was significantly more than the $9.3 million contract that was projected by MLB Trade Rumors. Last season, coming off his 2015 MVP campaign, Harper made $5 million. The 24-year-old will be a free agent after the 2018 season. 

Harper is coming off a disappointing season by his standards, in which he hit just .243 with 24 homers, which was way down from his total of 42 dingers in 2015. 

According to multiple reports, Rendon signed for $5.8 million, Roark signed for $4.315 million and Norris' deal was for $4.2 million.

Roark made just $543,400 last season, which he vastly out-performed. Roark was one of the most consistent pitchers in the National League last year as he won 16 games and posted a 2.83 ERA in 210 innings of work. 

With today's signings, all of the Nationals' arbitration-eligible players are under contract for 2017. 

Related: Tanner Roark to replace Max Scherzer on World Baseball Classic roster

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LOOK: Bryce Harper got married in suit jacket lined with pictures of wife

LOOK: Bryce Harper got married in suit jacket lined with pictures of wife

Nationals star Bryce Harper has a bold fashion sense, that's for sure. Just take a look at that hair. But he a more romantic fashion risk for his own wedding with a custom suit jacket. 

He opted for a navy blue tuxedo with black piping. It was the lining that really stood out as special. 

If you look closely, you'll see photos of Harper and his wife, Kayla, decorating the lining of the jacket. 

There's also the date of wedding and script reading "Mr. and Mrs. Harper." 

He credited the makers of his tuxedo, Stitched, in the tweet. 

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