Nationals GM says Bryce Harper will not be traded

Kristopher Nichols
August 1, 2018

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper will not be traded before Tuesday's deadline, according to president and general manager Mike Rizzo.

"Bryce is not going anywhere".

It's entirely possible the offers Washington received for Harper were underwhelming and rightful so when considering the season Harper is having and how he'd only be guaranteed to play two months of baseball before becoming a free agent. He also told ESPN's Buster Olney that Harper will not be dealt.

Olney also listed the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers as teams that might look to swing a deal for Harper.

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One report suggests that the Nationals have done more than just make Harper available, too. And it's not necessarily how far back of the wild card that is the problem for the Nats - there are now four teams between them and the Braves that the Nationals would have to jump for a playoff spot.

No one seems sure what Harper might earn in free agency after struggling to hit above.215 this season while his strikeout rates jumped to their highest point since 2014. And trading him now would basically eliminate that possibility. "They're seeing if someone wants to go insane". If the Phillies offer the best package of players for Harper, that's where he'll go. He is an already talked-about presence in a much talked-about clubhouse with a vastly underachieving team, a combination that could prove volatile.

The MLB trade deadline is set for 4 p.m. E.T. Stay tuned.

The Nationals (52-53) sit on the periphery of both the National League East and NL wild card races.

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