While the rumors linking the Nationals to free agent Grant Balfour provided for a great offseason debate this week, the 36-year-old closer has opted to instead sign with the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Washington Nationals, in partnership with Live Nation, announced on Thursday in a press conference at Nats Park that Grammy-winner Billy Joel will perform at the stadium on July 26.
Just two days away from NatsFest 2014, the Nationals have added a surprise special guest.
2013 record: 66-96, 4th place in AL Central
Manager: Ron Gardenhire, 13th season
Estimated 2014 payroll: $83 million
Once rumored as a target of the Nationals, lefty reliever Eric O'Flaherty has signed with the Oakland Athletics on a two-year deal.