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Arrieta not on Nationals’ radar despite Boras’ push

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Start with a big-name free agent. Make sure he’s represented by Scott Boras. Then connect them to the Nationals, specifically managing principal owner Ted Lerner.
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It’s happened before, it’ll happen again and it did happen today when ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick tweeted that Boras “is trying to engage the Nationals on Jake Arrieta.” <a href="http://www.authenticrangerssale.com/henrik-lundqvist-jersey-c-1_29.html">Henrik Lundqvist Womens Jersey</a> Crasnick went on to point out the obvious - the Nats already have committed $385 million to co-aces Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg - but mentioned “that hasn’t stopped Boras from making his pitch to Ted Lerner.”

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So which is it this time? Are the Nationals actually interested in Arrieta, or is Boras simply trying to make them interested in the right-hander?

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