Nationals Now Gauging Trade Interest In Bryce Harper

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At least one team in touch with the Nationals heard the club had deals "lined up" for multiple players, including Bryce Harper, but got the sense ownership pulled the plug late last night.

Harper has been the face of the Washington Nationals franchise since arriving in 2012.

Harper hasn't had the MVP season he's known for in Washington, and going into the final months of his contract make the situation in Washington even direr.

The Nationals would nearly certainly have wanted any suitor's offer to include relieving them of the remainder of Harper's $21.63 million salary for 2018.




Olney also listed the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers as teams that might look to swing a deal for Harper. They have been in contact with other teams. The Nationals might not see a reason to tie up so much money in Harper when Robles, Soto, Eaton and Taylor are under team control for the foreseeable future.

Ideally, the Nats would trade Harper for a starting pitcher, replace him with some combination of Michael Taylor and Victor Robles in center and acquire catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins. If the Phillies offer the best package of players for Harper, that's where he'll go.

They have until 4 p.m. "They're seeing if someone wants to go insane". The Nationals are struggling just to stay in the playoff hunt at 52-53, 5 1/2 games back in both the NL East and the wild card.

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